McCain may put Mukasey confirmation before torture objections
Presidential candidate and former POW John McCain lambasted his opponents who do not view waterboarding as a form of torture on ABC's This Week, but did not give indication what he would oppose the confirmation Attorney General nominee Michael B. Mukasey, who claims not to know the specifics of the technique.
Speaking of Mukasey, moderator George Stephanopoulos said, "He was asked whether or not he thought waterboarding was torture, he said he wasn't sure. That's a similar position to Mayor Giuliani who said the same thing this week. You fundamentally disagree."
"Anyone who says they don't know that waterboarding is torture or not has no experience in the conduct of warfare and national security," McCain said. "This is something fundamental about America. It isn't about an interrogation technique, it isn't about whether someone is really harmed or not, it's about what kind of a nation we are."
Less than one minute later Stephanopoulos asked McCain if he was going to oppose Mukasey's nomination on those same grounds, McCain's convictions were less clear.
"I wouldn't, I can't be that absolute, but I want to hear his answer."
The following video is from ABC's This Week, broadcast on October 28, 2007.