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As is becoming all too commonplace for him, Sen. John McCain reversed direction on his assessment that President Obama was “directly responsible” for the horrific mass shooting that took place at an Orlando gay nightclub Sunday morning.
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“I misspoke,” the Arizona Republican said Thursday in a statement.
“I did not mean to imply that the President was personally responsible. I was referring to President Obama’s national security decisions, not the President himself.”
Earlier that day, McCain boldly assigned direct responsibility for the mass shooting that left 49 dead and 53 injured to Obama.
“Barack Obama is directly responsible for it, because when he pulled everybody out of Iraq, al-Qaida went to Syria, became ISIS, and ISIS is what it is today thanks to Barack Obama’s failures, utter failures, by pulling everybody out of Iraq,” McCain angrily said, according to ABC News.
“So the responsibility for it lies with President Barack Obama and his failed policies,” he added.
In what The Hill described as his “toughest reelection of his career,” McCain is seeking a sixth term in the Senate this year. Despite having nearly 100 percent name recognition, his polling numbers are equal to those of his likely Democratic opponent, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.
McCain will turn 80 in August.
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