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McCain: ‘I Would Just Be Shocked That Something Like That Would Occur at The New Republic’

On a conference call, I just asked John McCain if he was familiar with the circumstances of Scott Beauchamp and the allegations of false reports in The New Republic.
McCain had some idea, it seemed, asking, “He is saying that he did some things that he didn’t actually do, is that correct?” I said that was part of it, but the greater controversy was that he had tales of bad behavior on the part of U.S. soldiers, and now there’s some indication those stories don’t check out, and that documents that came out yesterday suggested the magazine had suspicions about his stories for a while, but had not commented publicly.
McCain: I would just be shocked that something like that would occur at The New Republic, that the stories wouldn’t check out.
Me: Senator, you sound like you’re smirking as you say that.
McCain: (laughing) I’m shocked that gambling would be taking place in that establishment.

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