Heh-heh, John McCain doesn’t understand who the combatants are in the Iraq war. Awesome.
(CNN) â€“ The Democratic National Committee seized on John McCain’s apparent gaffe while discussing Iran Tuesday, saying it raises questions whether the Arizona senator “can be trusted to offer a clear way forward.”
The misstep in question occurred during a news conference in Jordan earlier Tuesday, when the presumptive Republican presidential nominee repeatedly said Iran was supplying al Qaeda. Iran is predominately a Shiite country and is not aiding the Sunni dominated Al-Qaeda.
McCain ultimately corrected himself after Sen. Joe Lieberman whispered in his ear.
“I’m sorry, the Iranians are training extremists, not al Qaeda. I am sorry,” the Arizona senator said.
DNC spokeswoman Karen Finney quickly pounced on the misstep.
“After eight years of the Bush Administration’s incompetence in Iraq, McCain’s comments don’t give the American people a reason to believe that he can be trusted to offer a clear way forward,” she said. “Not only is Senator McCain wrong on Iraq once again, but he showed he either doesn’t understand the challenges facing Iraq and the region or is willing to ignore the facts on the ground.”