A top adviser to John McCain has apologised after saying that a terrorist strike on the US would benefit the Republican presidential candidate.
To Forbes magazine, Charlie Black (photo) said he regretted the remarks, in which he said that it would be a “big advantage” for senator McCain if there was a new attack on US soil.
John McCain said he “strenuously disagreed” with Mr Black comments, and found it hard to believe that he said that.
Mr Black’s comments were a “disgrace” said Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign.
Mr McCain being a former US Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner-of-war who has travelled the world while serving in the Senate, the Republican candidate followers say that, with his extensive grounding in foreign affairs, he has an advantage over the less experienced Mr Obama.
‘It’s not true’
Thus, they argue, he benefits any time national security matters are the news of the day.
“I cannot imagine why he would say it. It’s not true.”, said John McCain (photo) when questioned by reporters about Mr Black’s comment.
“I’ve worked tirelessly since 9/11 to prevent another attack on the United States of America. My record is very clear.”
Mr Black said that he ” deeply regret the comments. They were inappropriate.”
“I recognise that John McCain has devoted his entire adult life to protecting his country and placing its security before every other consideration.”
Bill Burton, Mr Obama’s spokesman said : “The fact that John McCain’s top adviser says that a terrorist attack on American soil would be a ‘‘big advantage’ for their political campaign is a complete disgrace, and is exactly the kind of politics that needs to change.”
The row came as Mr McCain tried to focus on energy issues. The Republican candidate said that if he was elected, he would offer a $300m reward to anyone who developed a more efficient electric car battery.
In the same time, Barack Obama’s team announced that he will be campaigning with Hillary Clinton, his former rival, in New Hampshire on Friday.
Observers say it is an attempt to bring the party together after the divisive primary battle between the two candidates. The rally will be the first time Mrs Clinton has appeared on the campaign trail on behalf of Mr Obama since earlier this month, when she retired from the race.