McCain Claims to Be 'More Pro-Russian' Than Putin
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) wrote an op-ed which ran in Pravda.ru in which he claimed he is "more pro-Russian" than Vladimir Putin.
McCain's op-ed was published on September 18 and according to CNN, although he it made clear he wanted it to run in Pravda--a Russian newspaper founded in 1912--his column ran instead on Pravda.ru, "an electronic news website founded in 1999."
Nevertheless, McCain spoke his mind: "I am pro-Russian. More pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today."
Of Putin's heavy hand he said: "They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media."
McCain's concluded with an appeal to the people :
I...believe in you. I believe in your capacity for self-government and your desire for justice and opportunity. I believe in the greatness of the Russian people, who suffered enormously and fought bravely against terrible adversity to save your nation. I believe in your right to make a civilization worthy of your dreams and sacrifices. When I criticize your government it is not because I am anti-Russian. It is because I believe you deserve a government that believes in you and answers to you. And I long for the day when you have it.
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