John McCain appears to have confused Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

During an interview in Miami earlier this week with Spanish-language station Union Radio, a reporter asked McCain whether, if elected, he would receive Zapatero in the White House. McCain answered, "Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations, and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States." [TIME]

Awkward… The alternative hypothesis is that McCain really does reject Spain as an American ally. As Sam Stein notes, the interviewer gave McCain multiple chances to backtrack, but Maverick McCain insisted that he was going to meet with friends and reject those who were out to harm America. I guess McCain forgot that Spain’s in NATO.

John McCain appears to have confused Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation

During an interview in Miami earlier this week with Spanish-language station Union Radio, a reporter asked McCain whether, if elected, he would receive Zapatero in the White House. McCain answered, "Honestly, I have to analyze our relationships, situations, and priorities, but I can assure you that I will establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States." [TIME]

Awkward… The alternative hypothesis is that McCain really does reject Spain as an American ally. As Sam Stein notes, the interviewer gave McCain multiple chances to backtrack, but Maverick McCain insisted that he was going to meet with friends and reject those who were out to harm America. I guess McCain forgot that Spain’s in NATO

Lindsay Beyerstein

Lindsay Beyerstein