What Did John McCain Say About His Wife?
A man attending a McCain event as a registered member of the press was kicked out of the Des Moines town hall meeting for asking a question that working press should have asked him weeks ago: Did you call your wife a "cunt"?
The headline is typical of the kid glove treatment McCain gets from the media. McCain didn't "field the question" he kicked a member of the press out of his town hall meeting for asking a question:
REGISTER STAFF Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ May 1, 2008
A Clive man drew gasps from fellow audience members at todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential candidate forum by using a four-letter word in a question to Sen. John McCain.
A member of the audience, identified as Marty Parrish of Clive, asked McCain during the event at the Polk County Convention Complex about a rumor that McCain had once used a profane word referencing female genitalia to describe his wife.
A book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Real McCainÃ¢â‚¬Â by Cliff Schecter, accuses McCain of using the word in an exchange with his wife, Cindy, in 1992.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a transcript of todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s remarks:
PARRISH: This question goes to mental health and mental health care. Previously, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been married to a woman that was verbally abusive to me. Is it true that you called your wife a (expletive)?
MCCAIN: Now, now. You donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Um, you know thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the great thing about town hall meetings, sir, but we really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s people here who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t respect that kind of language. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll move on to the next questioner in the back.
The audience gasped at the question and applauded at McCainÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s handling of it. Parrish was escorted from the event and questioned by Secret Service, but not charged. Parrish had checked in to the event as a member of the press.
Parrish, a 45-year-old Baptist minister and technology business owner, said he attended the event specifically to confront McCain about the rumor.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is about character,Ã¢â‚¬Â Parrish said, when reached by telephone afterward. Ã¢â‚¬Å“And in a moment of intemperance, he called his wife the most despicable name a person can call a woman.Notice McCain didn't have the guts to answer the question. The word "no" was not, last I checked, considered profane even in Des Moines.
It's not like the McCain campaign has a policy of not responding to the cunt allegation. McCain had his spokeswoman accuse Schecter of fabrication in the New York Daily News when the Scheter's book came out: