AP and CNN weigh in on McCain thinking Spain is in Latin America

Here’s AP on the story we’ve been reporting on all day, in which John McCain appears to believe that Spain is in Latin America, and run by a dictator:

Jose Luis Rodriguez Who? John McCain either doesn’t want to meet Spain’s prime minister any time soon or isn’t quite sure who he is.

In a radio interview broadcast in Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries Thursday, the Republican presidential candidate repeatedly dodged questions as to whether he would invite Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to the White House if McCain wins in November.

“All I can tell you is that I have a clear record of working with leaders in the hemisphere that are friends with us and standing up to those who are not,” he said. “And that’s judged on the basis of the importance of our relationship with Latin America and the entire region.”

He had been asked, however, about a leader outside the hemisphere.

McCain added, when that was pointed out: “I am willing to meet with any leader who is dedicated to the same principles and philosophy that we are for human rights, democracy and freedom and I will stand up to those that do not.”

Responding to the first of four questions on whether he would confer with Zapatero, McCain said he’d talk with leaders who are cooperative with the United States. Then he discussed Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his work in fighting drug cartels.

AP fails to note that McCain had offered to meet with Zapatero in April, so there’s a pretty major, and inexplicable, flip-flop from McCain here.

And here’s CNN, which does a good job of showing how inexplicable and confused McCain’s answers were:


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