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, “The Real McCain” by Cliff Schecter, accuses McCain of using the word in an exchange with his wife, Cindy, in 1992.
Here’s a transcript of today’s remarks:
PARRISH: This question goes to mental health and mental health care. Previously, I’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 don’t want to … Um, you know that’s the great thing about town hall meetings, sir, but we really don’t, there’s people here who don’t respect that kind of language. So I’ll move on to the next questioner in the back.
If the McCain’s blow and use of the C-word was in private and all we knew was that it was a rumor then it would be a personal matter, but he was calling her names in public. That aspect of it engenders a level of intent to humiliate the person at who the invective is directed.
Parrish, a 45-year-old Baptist minister and technology business owner, said he attended the event specifically to confront McCain about the rumor.
“This is about character,” Parrish said, when reached by telephone afterward. “And in a moment of intemperance, he called his wife the most despicable name a person can call a woman
Its is not just things like name calling and humiliating his spouse that McBush is getting a pass on, its other substantive policy issues. Why. Because Democrats are so busy attacking each other. Anyone attending the next straight talk town hall meeting might want to ask McBush about his actual treatment of vets, not the standard Conservaspeak about being pro military, John McCain Adores the War and Ignores the Warriors
In 2005 and 2006, McCain voted against expanding mental healthcare and readjustment counseling for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, efforts to expand inpatient and outpatient treatment for injured veterans, and proposals to lower co-payments and enrollment fees veterans must pay to obtain prescription drugs.
“There was an effort to increase the budget for veterans’ healthcare beyond what President [George W.] Bush had requested as part of his budget,” DAV spokesperson Dave Autry explains. “The idea was to increase funding for veterans’ healthcare by cutting back on tax breaks for the wealthy. The proposals were pushed by Democrats and opposed by Republicans in almost straight party-line votes.”
In other words, John McCain’s votes indicate he would rather give tax cuts to the rich than care for wounded veterans (Neither McCain’s campaign office, nor his Senate press secretary responded to telephone and email inquiries for this story).
Both Senator Clinton and Senator Obama scored higher then McSame on supporting vets by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).