July 24th, 2008
12:15 PM ET
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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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    July 24, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |


    July 24, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. Zak, Chicago

    As a Buddhist and an Obama supporter, I am really glad to see McCain meeting with the Dalai Lama. Relief for Tibet (and sending suffering) needs to transcend our divisive politics and be find a way into the public discourse.

    I seriously hope the meeting goes well, and that both men come away with a better understanding of each other and how move towards common goals in the future.

    July 24, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Ben

    The Dalai Lama does not agree with McCain's policies, but he believes in talking with your enemies. Non violence above all. If everyone in the world thought like the Dalai Lama, we would be at peace. If everyone in the world thought like McCain, there would be constant war. What do we really want from our leaders?

    July 24, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. Joe in NJ

    Oh, please! Some of you Obama supporters are such pathetic hypocrites. If it was Obama who was meeting the Dalai Lama you'd be screaming about what a great world leader Obama is and how religous leaders love him, etc.

    July 24, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. EBC

    Hey, I hope he'll remember his name! ha! ha!

    Sen. McSHAME does NOT have a good history of remembering and stating things accurately. He's in constant "LaLa" land. I hope the Dalai Lama can bring some intelligence to this moron before he hurts himself big time.

    July 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. SIMP

    Texas trail dog

    Boy does that name "dog" fit you. You might want to change your blog name before you go calling other people hateful names, think about it, maybe if you sit real quite no distractions, you might come with something. LOL

    Obama all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    July 24, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. rice, bryan

    that would go against any part of the southern baptist extreme conservative, wouldn't it. i mean the dalai lama doesn't believe in god the way that group does, he believes in reincarnation.

    July 24, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. James Hussein, SC

    OK Senator McCain, you are concerned about Tabetan people and the Chinese gevernment. But, you don't care about all those Americans you are willing to send to their deaths so you can feel like a winner?

    July 24, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. California Gold

    Let's see what the next McCain Foot In Mouth gaffe will be with The Dalai Lama. Heaven help us.

    July 24, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. McLAME

    Sorry, but the Dalai Lama is voting for Obama...if he could vote.

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. David from Ohio

    Actually, I'm not a "youngish" voter and simply recognize that the country needs to go a different direction than Bush and the neocons have taken it–a course McCain is willing to continue. It seems to me that the McCain and Bush supporters who are the ones who have learned nothing as a result of their life experience.

    July 24, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. Claudia

    This is a joke. The Dalai Lama probably looked at McCain the same way he looks at Bush "out of touch".

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Holyness Dalai Lama

    If you could make another comment like the one you made about Bush-that should be it for McCain. I know you love Obama.

    July 24, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  15. Ian MacIsaac

    Hopefully the Dalai Lama can quell his inner sadness about never being President.

    July 24, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    McCain is no neo-con...and he sure isn't a Bush.

    Conservatives around the country are angry at Bush's afflictions–getting us into Iraq, creating a humongous federal deficit, free-wheeling with government defense contractors and the oil industry–on our dime.

    Conservatives would NEVER elect another Bush.
    That said–they would also never vote for a President will do just as badly–by pushing the nation towards failed and outdated concepts of European socialist policy and detrimental restrictions and micromanagement of trade–like Obama.

    July 24, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Obama Supporter from FL

    Hey – Vote Nader: If Obama said that, I would think the same thing. I'm an independent, so clearly I'm not saying that just based on political party. I wasn't attacking McCain, just stating a fact. And while I do think Tibet needs to be more free, our hands are completely tied by the fact that China owns us – even more so after we financed the Iraq war through them.

    July 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Has anybody been wondering besides me why McCain has bashed Obama this entire week, gone golf riding , went to buy cheese, and has yet to talk about the Gas Tax Holiday, how to fix the economy, the jobs lost, and the mortgage crisis?

    But yet he has time to meet the Dalai Lama, and plan a cookout.

    Is it just me?

    July 24, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  19. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Maybe he'll apologize for his buddy Dumbya going to China for the Olympics...

    July 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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    July 24, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. not important

    Dalai Lama is a hypocrite and a liar just like Ralph Nader. Ralph Nader and his lobbyist ties are well known. Just ask Ralph Nader about Public Interest Research Groups or Public Citizen. Point is that Nader is a hypocrite and Dalai Lama is a liar.

    July 24, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. ST MARY

    Sen. John McCain is expected to meet with the Dalai Lama Friday.
    Often referred to as “His Holiness,” the Dalai Lama has lived in exile in Dharamsala, India since the Chinese occupied Tibet in 1959.

    McCain often referred to as DEVILISH!!

    Texas Trail Dog -WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD!!!

    July 24, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Judgement over Experience!

    McCain, I really don't care what you do, I have no respect for a man that continuously lies and can't get anything right. You are not fit to run this country.

    July 24, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. Chuck-Washington

    Do you think McSame even knows where Tibet Is???

    I'd bet anything he cannot find it on a map.

    July 24, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Richard

    I wonder what a war-monger has to say to a man of peace. Maybe he'll say we need more killing in the world. I don't think so, this is just another political ploy to get attention. I'm sure there will be no transcript of the meeting, hopefully since the Dalai Lama is a man of truth, he will tell us what transpired. I would bet mcshame will do most of the listening.

    July 24, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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