More from Cochran on McCain’s temper

Sen Thad Cochran told theSun Herald of an incident back in 1987 when John McCain grabbed a member of the Sandinistas during a meeting on a diplomatic mission to Nicaragua:

“McCain was down at the end of the table and we were talking to the
head of the guerilla group here at this end of the table and I don’t
know what attracted my attention,” Cochran said. “But I saw some kind
of quick movement at the bottom of the table and I looked down there
and John had reached over and grabbed this guy by the shirt collar and
had snatched him up like he was throwing him up out of the chair to
tell him what he thought about him or whatever. I don’t know what he
was telling him but I thought, good grief everybody around here has got
guns and we were there on a diplomatic mission. I don’t know what had
happened to provoke John but he obviously got mad at the guy and he
just reached over there and snatched him.”

There were no punches thrown and the two sat back down. The man, who
appeared to be ruffled after the confrontation with McCain, was an
associate of Ortega’s, possibly a lieutenant, but Cochran said he was
unsure of his identity.

9 thoughts on “More from Cochran on McCain’s temper

  1. Probably said something nasty in spanish, thinking that the gringo wouldn’t catch on.
    But McCain was born SOUTH of Nicaragua.

  2. I hope this doesn’t fire up too many knuckle-dragging trogs who’ll see in the episode a “real man,” not some wimp.
    I think it would been mighty funny, and could have changed the course of history, if the guy had pounded the living shit out of McCain. Oh, to go back in time…

  3. this is similar to an incident that occurred around the same time period in germany, i believe, with a german government official.
    he’s established a pattern of not just shouting obscenities at his colleagues but of manhandling foreign people meeting with him on official business.
    if mccain ends up in the white house we are really going to find out what trouble is.

  4. yeah, i’ve been googling but can’t find the report i read about the argument with the german official but mccain was involved in some sort of negotiation/discussion/something and he either said something nasty to the german official or also put his hands on him, i don’t remember. perhaps someone else will have more success locating it in archives somewhere. german diplomatic feathers required soothing after mccain’s bad behavior.

  5. McCain must have really pissed Cochran off at some point. As I recall, this isn’t the first time he’s told the press something unsavory about McCain.

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