It’s everywhere: in an interview with a Spanish station (go here for the audio, it’s toward the end), McCain showed that he has no idea where Spain is. The man who poses himself as the expert on foreign policy essentially put Spain in Latin America. For a refresher, let’s take a peek:
Um, that’s Europe and, well, there’s Spain.
Update: From the BBC:
In Spain, opinion was divided on the ambiguous answer.
El Pais favoured the interpretation that Mr McCain knew who Mr Zapatero was, and was deliberately signalling his displeasure with the prime minister’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq in 2004.
“McCain was asked four times and four times he avoided committing to a meeting with Zapatero,” wrote the newspaper.
That would be a big change from April, it said, when the candidate told a reporter “it is the moment to leave behind discrepancies with Spain”.
El Semanal Digital, an online newspaper, was dismayed by the interview.
“He did not even mention Zapatero’s name” it wrote.
Mr Zapatero himself seemed untroubled, telling Spanish media that his government would work with Washington “whoever wins the elections” in the US.
And most disturbing, from Randy Sheunemann, McCain’s foreign policy adviser, in an email to The Washington Post:
“The questioner asked several times about Senator McCain’s willingness to meet Zapatero (and id’d him in the question so there is no doubt Senator McCain knew exactly to whom the question referred). Senator McCain refused to commit to a White House meeting with President Zapatero in this interview.”
Thinking Spain was in Latin America was just the tip of the iceberg.