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Robertson Warns Bush on McCain

Politics: TV evangelist says senator would be "dangerous" choice as running mate for presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

May 08, 2000|From Reuters

WASHINGTON — Television evangelist Pat Robertson, a powerful voice in the Republican Party, said Sunday that Sen. John McCain of Arizona would be a "dangerous" choice as Texas Gov. George W. Bush's vice-presidential running mate.

Speaking on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press," Robertson said McCain, who aggressively challenged Bush for the Republican presidential nomination, displayed an "intemperate" character during the primary season. He attacked Robertson as an "agent of intolerance" while campaigning in Robertson's hometown of Virginia Beach, Va., before the state's presidential primary.

"If Bush would like to have somebody screaming curses at him three times a week at the other end of the White House, then McCain is his man. Other than that, if he wants harmony in his official family, I think he might look elsewhere," Robertson said.

Saying he didn't want to get into character assassination, Robertson said he did not think McCain would make a good president. But he later said he is concerned that McCain, if chosen vice president, would be one heartbeat away from controlling the nation's nuclear trigger if the president were incapacitated.

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