July 4th, 2009
08:32 AM ET
13 years ago

McCain: History has a 'right side and a wrong side'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/04/art.mccain0704.gop.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain gave the GOP's weekly radio address."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - The United States was founded on the idea that "history has a right side and a wrong side," Arizona Sen. John McCain said in the weekly Republican address broadcast on the Fourth of July.

"We share a kinship of ideals with every man and woman on earth who struggles for their God-given rights. The world must never doubt where we stand in the liberation struggles of our time..." he said, in the address broadcast on radio and the Web Saturday.

"Today, we stand with the millions of Iranians who brave batons, imprisonment and gunfire to have their voices heard and their votes counted. They do not ask us to arm them or come to their assistance with anything other than public declarations of solidarity, and public denunciations of the tyrants who oppress them. We have a moral obligation to do so."

McCain and other Republicans have previously called on President Obama to make a stronger public statement in support of Iranians protesting the circumstances surrounding the country's controversial election last month.

Full McCain address after the jump


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