McCain’s temper flares during pretty tame TIME interview

As you know, McCain is now afraid to speak to the media. He used to talk to reporters all the time, up until a few months ago. It was the hallmark of his “maverick” status. But now, suddenly, John McCain and his campaign are deathly afraid of the candidate actually speaking with reporters. Why? Not clear. But it’s a marked change from the McCain we knew just a year ago, let alone the McCain who ran for president in 2000. It’s one more sign that something has changed. McCain is not the same man he was eight years ago, let alone one year ago. What happened? Here’s an excerpt of TIME’s interview:

There’s a theme that recurs in your books and your speeches, both about putting country first but also about honor. I wonder if you could define honor for us?
Read it in my books.

I’ve read your books.
No, I’m not going to define it.

But honor in politics?
I defined it in five books. Read my books.

[Your] campaign today is more disciplined, more traditional, more aggressive. From your point of view, why the change?
I will do as much as we possibly can do to provide as much access to the press as possible.

But beyond the press, sir, just in terms of…
I think we’re running a fine campaign, and this is where we are.

Do you miss the old way of doing it?
I don’t know what you’re talking about.

Sadly, Senator McCain, I think that’s exactly the problem.


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