The Trail

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


McCain Jumps on Talk Of Early Test for Obama

COLUMBIA, Mo. --John McCain has not been talking too much about international affairs in recent days, but the suggestion by Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden that the world may try to test a President Obama early in his administration prompted him to dive back in.

Biden was quoted telling a crowd at a Seattle fundraiser Sunday: "Mark my words. It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. The world is looking. We're about to elect a brilliant 47-year-old senator president of the United States of America.

"Remember I said it standing here, if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're going to going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

Biden urged the crowd to stand by Obama when he is elected president, a comment that drew a response from McCain.

"The next president won't have time to get used to the office," McCain said. "We face many challenges here at home, and many enemies abroad in this dangerous world. Just last night, Senator Biden guaranteed that if Senator Obama is elected, we will have an international crisis to test America's new president. We don't want a president who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars."

-- Michael Abramowitz


Ken Adelman Says He Supports Obama

Kenneth Adelman is the latest Republican foreign policy heavyweight to back Barack Obama, telling the New Yorker's George Packer that he intends to vote for the Democrat in two weeks.

"When the economic crisis broke, I found John McCain bouncing all over the place. In those first few crisis days, he was impetuous, inconsistent, and imprudent; ending up just plain weird," Adelman wrote, according to Packer. "Having worked with Ronald Reagan for seven years, and been with him in his critical three summits with Gorbachev, I've concluded that that's no way a president can act under pressure."

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