Here is audio from a Star interview last week, in which Sen. Jon Kyl says his seatmate, John McCain, “might be added to that long list of Arizonans who ran for president but never were elected.”
Kyl said Sunday the comments where “totally misrepresented,” a claim that is not supported by the audio.
The second clip is from a Star editorial board meeting prior to the short interview, in which Kyl says at one point, “Let’s assume (Barack) Obama is elected ...”
Later, he is asked directly if he thinks Obama will be elected president.
He responds: “No. Sometimes there are things you’d like to do and sometimes there are things you just can’t get away with doing.”
For the original story on Kyl’s comments, go to: http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/264195
Following a Star editorial board meeting, Kyl answers a question from reporter Daniel Scarpinato.
Scarpinato: “When you look at the demographic changes in Arizona, I’m curious if, you know, four or eight years down the line, if an Arizonan is not running for president, if you think this becomes a battleground state.”
Kyl: “Let me respond to that in just a second.”
(Kyl responds to question after walking into the lobby of the Star.)
Kyl: “Who knows whether or not an Arizonan will run, but unfortunately, I think John McCain might be added to that long list of Arizonans who ran for president but never, uh, were, elected, uh, you know, Barry Goldwater, and Mo Udall, and Bruce Babbitt, and now John McCain. Maybe, uh, we’ll be able to say, well, Arizona’s the only state where your child can’t grow up to be president. So, let’s hope that doesn’t happen. If it’s not John McCain it will be another Arizonan someday.”
Kyl responds to a question from Star Executive Editor Bobbie Jo Buel. The question about Obama is near the end of the clip, which provides the full context of Kyl’s lead-up.
Buel: “Are you telling me you think he’s going to be the president?”
Kyl: “No. Sometimes there are things you’d like to do and sometimes there are things that you just can’t get away with doing.”