Q: â€œSo no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?â€
Mr. McCain: (Long pause) â€œYouâ€™ve stumped me.â€
Q: â€œI mean, I think youâ€™d probably agree it probably does help stop it?â€
Mr. McCain: (Laughs) â€œAre we on the Straight Talk express? Iâ€™m not informed enough on it. Let me find out. You know, Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ve taken a position on it on the past. I have to find out what my position was. Brian, would you find out what my position is on contraception â€“ Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m opposed to government spending on it, Iâ€™m sure I support the presidentâ€™s policies on it.â€
Republican presidential contender John McCain on Friday used the term “tar baby,” considered by some a racial epithet, and later said he regretted it.
Answering questions at a town hall meeting, the Arizona senator was discussing federal involvement in custody cases when he said, “For me to stand here and … say I’m going to declare divorces invalid because of someone who feels they weren’t treated fairly in court, we are getting into a tar baby of enormous proportions and I don’t know how you get out of that.”
After the event, McCain told reporters: “I don’t think I should have used that word and I was wrong to do so.”