McCain asked about PNAC and 9/11 at town hall

McCain asked about PNAC and 9/11 at town hall
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Thursday July 10, 2008

During a town hall event in Portsmouth, OH on Wednesday, John McCain was asked by a member of the audience whether his links to the parent organization of the Project for a New American Century explain why he has been reluctant to support calls for a new investigation of 9/11.

The questioner began, "I was curious about a document. Back in September of 2000, the Project for a New American Century, or PNAC, whose members included Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Jeb Bush and Paul Wolfowitz, wrote a document entitled 'Rebuilding Americans Defenses.'"

As McCain turned and paced away from him, the questioner continued, "In it, they state, quote, "The process of transformation, even if it bring revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event like a new Pearl Harbor."

"Now, many Americans believe that that 'new Pearl Harbor' event took place on 9/11," the questioner went on, as McCain grimaced slightly. "And according to a recent New York Times and CBS News poll, 84% of Americans believe that there were some criminal elements of our government involved in 9/11."

Calls of disapproval began to arise from the audience, but the questioner shot back, "Hold on!" and continued asking McCain, "Can you tell us about your roll as -- hold on -- as president of the 'New Citizen Project,' founded in 1994, which served as a chief fund-raising and parent organization to PNAC? And is this one of the factors that has made you so reluctant to support the victims' family members and first responders who are begging for a new investigation into 9/11?"

The boos became louder at that point, and McCain grimaced again, turned his back and walked away, but the questioner insisted, "It's a serious question."

"I have a serious answer, sir," McCain replied, "and that is that it was Joe Lieberman and I -- a Democrat -- that sponsored the legislation for the 9/11 Commission. ... And very frankly, the administration was not, shall I say, enthusiastic about the establishment of that commission. ... I am proud of what the 9/11 Commission did. I am proud that we have enacted many of the reforms ... that they recommended. And I will stand by their recommendations and their conclusions, as will the overwhelming majority of Americans."

"It's a free country," McCain concluded. "You are free to disagree with their conclusions. But I am proud to have been one of those who was, along with Joe Lieberman, responsible for the establishment of the 9/11 Commission."

This video is from, broadcast July 9, 2008.

follow up to McCain

Can you comment on the assertion by Jersey Girls Kleinberg and Van Auken that 70% of their several hundred questions weren't addressed?

Great job to whoever the

Great job to whoever the questioner was!

Justin A. Martell

In a soldier's stance, I aimed my hand at the mongrel dogs who teach! Fearing not that I'd become my enemy in the instant that I preach! My pathway led by confusion boats...mutiny from stern to bow!


Good job. Well spoken, and good question. McCain's response is one we've heard from him several times, or at least variations of it. He and the "majority of Americans" support the 9/11 Commission's recommendations and conclusions, he introduced legislation to have the Commission created (with Joe Lieberman who is NOT a Democrat anymore, if he ever was), etc... Yet, he NEVER answered the question put before him. Good job.

Edit: For future reference, the CBS/NYTimes poll didn't say that 84% believe something criminal is going on regarding 9/11... it says that only 16% of Americans believe what they're being told.

Do these people deserve to know how and why their loved ones were murdered? Do we deserve to know how and why 9/11 happened?

absolutely, this was a model question-

whenever possible, go with questions prepared/rehearsed, if any context is needed, keep it short and get to the question asap, so they're left on the spot having to answer before the crowd can get the "booos" going.

in his answer McCain avoided everything in this guy's question, which touched on a number of points- he couldn't even stand to look at him. Probly took a year off his life, finding out that people know things he's involved in.

9/11 Family Steering Committee Review of the 9/11 Commission Report:

Complete 9/11 Timeline


These are the types of EDUCATED questions I like hearing about!!!
Kudos to the questioner!

Mark in Philly

Nicely Done

I love it when the questioner tells the mind-numbed audience to shut their bleating mouths.

Perfectly done

the questioner was authoritative, confident, articulate and well prepared. Brilliant job!!


Be quiet, I can't hear what the movie is saying

we have been trained to be good doggies . . . do tricks for biscuits.

this dog is growling

I Smell Fear

Just looking at this man walking away from the bulls-eye question, was a great moment to watch. You could smell fear even in digital form! Who do these 'patriots' actually represent?

Remember when

Reagan used to stand in front of helicopters and acted like he couldn't hear reporters' questions? I see a repeat of that if McCain becomes president. The questioner asked about a new investigation and McCain acted like he didn't hear him correctly and answered the question the way he wanted to hear it.

Or maybe he needs to turn his hearing aid up. (LOL)

Oh, did I mention he's a "war hero"?

Failing to answer a question through misdirection is the politician's oldest trick in the book.

This was a case study, of course:

The questioner asks about PNAC and McCain's connection to it, not even alluding to the 9/11 Commission. McCain responds by taking credit for (and praising) the 9/11 Commission, not even alluding to PNAC. Perhaps McCain figures some of the audience is confused enough to suppose that PNAC and the 9/11 Commission are one in the same -- in any case, he's managed to sidestep a question that puts him in a bad light, while drawing the audience's attention to another 9/11-related matter that he spins (undeservedly) favorably for himself.

Look at the sheeple

For some reason, when I watch these town hall style presentations, I look at the people in the audience. You might want to check it out. At the McCain events the people seem so disconnected. It almost appears as if they have no real desire to hear what the man is saying. It appears as if they feel that this person is the one they should support but they really don't have any true connection to his message.

It's strange and sad if you ask me.
Together in Truth!

I think

.......that question made McCain shit his pants. That was an awesome question, and it was delivered flawlessly

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The person with the funny (?) hat

Professional Manner of the questioner

was great to see! The public question was obviously well prepared, the speaking tone was great and when the crowd began to moan it was very professionally handled with a couple of " hold on, hold on now" comments. While Mc Cain's answer was predictable, he has had some practice with similar questions. Hopefully some of the crowd was paying enough attention to learn something. I personally liked the private (2nd question) more when he was asked for a comment on the fact that Lee Hamilton is on record saying the commission was set up to fail and WTC7 was not addressed etc. I'd like to see a shorter direct question similar to that directed in a public forum which I feel would be harder to dodge and may be easier for the crowd to digest. Anyway, outstanding effort and very professionally handled!

" The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he simply cannot believe it exists " J. Edgar Hoover

"I am proud of what the 9/11

"I am proud of what the 9/11 Commission did. I am proud that we have enacted many of the reforms ... that they recommended. And I will stand by their recommendations and their conclusions, as will the overwhelming majority of Americans." - John McCain

"We were set up to fail" - Lee Hamilton

Great minds ... think for themselves.

A Quick, Effective Delivery

And when a less than desirable answer was provided, the questioner didn't interrupt with a follow-up that would have surely been over-ruled by moderators. (And would have been the last thing remembered by the audience.)

Instead, the audience was left largely remembering the very suspicious PNAC and 9/11 information.

Great Job! I see we have much more work to do as so many

mindless sheeple applauded after McInsane's non-answer!

Absurd how he implied that the official investigation was a successful "bipartisan" mission with Joe Lieberman of all people! (And what does "bipartisan" prove when both sides are corrupt & complicit?)

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I agree! And just who are these outstanding Americans

who comprised the 911 commission ? I really didn't see any. What exactly have they contributed to benefit the American people or it's fading Republic? 911 is not a partisan issue. It's about murder!

"the individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he simply cannot believe it exists" J. Edgar Hoover

I still suspect McCain's coached via earpiece....

...and still appears more undead than alive!

This means McCain's V.P. nominee will be more important than his nomination! I suspect, it will be Lieberman.

I agree with the above, this older conservative audience appears lifeless--sheeple-- very congruent with the medicated eyes and cancerous growth of the face of McCain. They have kind of the Strom Thurmond, Robert Byrd thing going on.

McCain might as well mailed in his responses since they're canned ones he's used previously, "I stand by the 911 Commission's findings as do most Americans."

By the way, the disconnect doesn't end there, we still have the wonderful tour of Rwanda by Mrs. Barbie Doll McCain accompanied by the Huckster (Huckabee) next week to look forward to!

...don't believe McCain!

Great job.

McCain is a total piece of ass wipe.


Everything about this was good. Not only how the questioner handled the situation with the audience, as noted, but the way the video depicted the whole experience as a fun adventure, which is what these type of interactions can and should be. Very positive and cool. Thank you for doing it and sharing it. :-)