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McCain mispronounces name of Georgian president
Muriel Kane
Published: Tuesday August 12, 2008

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain has seized on the current Georgian crisis as an opportunity to talk tough to the Russians and tout his foreign policy experience.

However, according to CNN, "McCain's claim to have a handle on national security could be slightly undermined by mispronouncing the name of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili three times."

McCain repeatedly called the foreign leader "President Sashkavili."

Matthew DeLong at the Washington Independent was even more scathing, noting, "McCain gave a brief history of the republic, and said he has met with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili 'many times, including during several trips to Georgia.' ... I don't mean to be petty -- the name is not an easy one to say correctly, particularly for Westerners -- but McCain wasn't even close. If he met 'many times' with the Georgian president, it would probably be a good sign that McCain had done his homework and pronounced the leader's name properly -- especially when he is highlighting his supposedly close relationship with Saakashvili."

It has also been pointed out that McCain's "brief history" of Georgia appears to have been lifted in part directly from Wikipedia -- presumably by McCain staffers, since the candidate himself has confessed to having no knowledge of how to use the Internet.

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast August 12, 2008.

 
 


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