July 24th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain to meet with Dalai Lama


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(CNN)—Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain is set to meet with the Dalai Lama Friday in Colorado.

The Tibetan political and spiritual leader will be a keynote speaker at a three-day seminar at the Aspen Institute as part of a greater celebration of Tibetan Culture where he will also meet with McCain. McCain is expected to speak at the American GI Convention in Denver Friday morning, and will make the trip to Aspen to meet with the Dalai Lama later in the afternoon.

Often referred to as “His Holiness,” the Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since the Chinese occupied Tibet in 1959.

In April, McCain urged China to engage the spiritual leader in discussions on the future of Tibet.

"Our relationship with China is important,” the Arizona senator said in a statement. “But the Chinese government needs to understand that in our modern world, how a nation treats its citizens is a legitimate subject of international concern... I urge the government of the People's Republic of China to address the root causes of unrest in Tibet by opening a genuine dialogue with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, aimed at granting greater autonomy.”

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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Lisa

    I hope this gets the coverage it deserves; and I hope McCain can learn from his conversation with his Holiness.

    Obama 2008

    July 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. proud army and navy mom


    nothing new will be said or done because we all know Mcwar signed a deal with the devil,(bush, cheney) to continue their failed policies in exchange for their support.

    July 24, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. aware

    Go McCain! 🙂

    Kudos Senator McCain!

    Obama, the great pretender, is just an arrogant, egomaniac with no core principles, no moral center and no priorities other than political expediency!

    The media may crown Obama but America will not!

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. dodo

    Jack, it is not question of just trashing everything, like your candidate's campaign has been seriously doing the last few days. If the meeting generates something substantive, it will get the coverage it deserves. Just quit whining and concentrate on your message and stop the lies and distortations. And tell your candidate to be respective to his rival, they just differ on policies and approaches, calling a fellow senator a traitor is a sad and stupid thing to do.

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. hillbilly

    dalai llama,please tell mccain to stop the occupation of iraq.remind him we look like the chinese in tibet.

    July 24, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Susan

    My question is So What?

    July 24, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. JA Cook

    At least he's moved well beyond Hagee and that bunch.

    With the Dalai Lama he can discuss freeing India from the Chinese, or was it Burma?

    July 24, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. Phil, FL

    Good – glad they are meeting.

    McCain might get a lecture about wars. Better be on his best behavior and not mention the wars he intends to start so he can win another one.

    July 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. JA Cook

    Texas Trail Dog! represents the world we can hope to move beyond.

    July 24, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. Erika, KS

    I can't wait for all you negative people to be John McCain's age and see how you like it when people tell you are old and don't know anything, even though you will probably be very wise and experienced and have a decade or more of good years left in you! OL! You are all a bunch of youngish whiners who clearly haven't lived long enough to go around the block a couple of times! What goes around comes around. I had no idea that Americans believed in age discrimination like this!

    July 24, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  11. Anonymous


    July 24, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Obama 08: mature, white woman

    Maybe the Dalai Lama can instruct McCain on how to be more positive, to stop smearing and lieing and to develop a vision for the future.

    July 24, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  13. What!!!

    aYou people crack me up. IF it not your guy it is wrong and a mistake. Wow, that is stupid!

    July 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Lisa Q

    After the tour by Obama in Afghan and Iraq and the show in Germany...McCains therapy ..peace therapy....peace perfect peace...

    China would be sending McCain an Obituary notice soon..better watch out john!

    July 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Scott PUMA Alexander

    And yet the media won't be there to cover it, because they'll be too busy gushing over President Obama.

    July 24, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. Kenneth in MD

    I'm really shocked to see that 41% of Americans support this man with all the evidence that he has nothing to offer. Well, what can I say? Afterall, 29% of the same Americans approve of the job President Bush is doing.

    Wake up AMERICA!!!!!

    OBAMA 08!!!!

    July 24, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    SO I guess now the brain dead PUMAs are going to say, "My God, he's not a Muslim, he's a Buddhist!"

    July 24, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  18. Tim

    Wow that would be history, Mr Magoo meets the Dalai Lama . It would be perfect cause the Dalai Lama lived in exile and Mr Magoo lives in exile.

    July 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. John

    Yes My Friends, today I met with the important leader of Tibit, The Doll of Lama. I told him I am watching the border of Tibit and Pakistan very carefully. America will bomb that border if need be because I know how to win wars.

    July 24, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  20. kayla

    trying to get some attention mcsame? only Jesus can help you . in your dreams baby. THE YOUNG SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND THE OLD SHALL DREAM DREAMS.

    July 24, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. McGroovy

    Can't wait to see the video. Bet McLame thinks the Dalai Lama is a Groovy Guru. He is such a Hep Cat.

    July 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. Janet, American in Toronto

    The Dalai Lama meeting with McCain, really won't help McCain.

    An individual needs to change oneself, McCain is McSame!

    Maybe McCain wants to donate some dollars after the big sell off to InBev to help the Dalai Lama get his Tibet back from China?

    July 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  23. Peter of Oregon

    seeking more spiritual counsel is he?

    July 24, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Daniel, VA

    Kenneth in MD,

    Please tell me what experience Obama has. It is not just talk and talk. He may be a goor orator but he has no substance. I will vote for John McCain. I also had an opportunity to meet Dalai Lama when i was stationed in Delhi. Sensible people will always accept meeting John McCain. We can trust John McCain for our security, independence and prosperity. Barack is a socialist. Go away.

    July 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  25. R.I.F.

    Maybe the Dalai Lama can get McCain to understand that war is not always the answer. Good for him. McCain needs something like this to help calm him done. I swear I almost saw his head explode at least 5 times this week while attacking Obama.

    July 24, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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