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Stephanopoulos Asks McCain About His Anger Issues In Response To The Washington Post

The Washington Post ran a featured piece on McCain's temper this morning " McCain: A Question of Temperament." In the piece, Rep. Bob Smith said t

The Washington Post ran a featured piece on McCain's temper this morning " McCain: A Question of Temperament."

In the piece, Rep. Bob Smith said this about hothead McCain:

Former senator Bob Smith, a New Hampshire Republican, expresses worries about McCain: "His temper would place this country at risk in international affairs, and the world perhaps in danger. In my mind, it should disqualify him."

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That's pretty harsh...McCain blamed Smith's quote on their ummmm "working differences" from the past and said he's just as angry as every American these days. He's just passionate after all.

"They want change, they want action."

That is true. We want change and action, but we'll only get more of the same Bush policies with a McCain presidency so what exactly is he going to change?

Transcript via ABC News below the fold:

MCCAIN: Yes, I served with him, and had significant differences in several issues. But the point is, look, those -- many -- all -- the majority of those stories 15, 20, 25 years ago. The point is that feel passionately about issues. I work across the aisle. I've been successful in getting legislation done. But the important thing is that, do I get angry from time to time, when I'm investigating Mr. Abramoff and find out they ripped off Indian tribes? When I see bridges to nowhere? And you know what, the American people are angry, too. They want change. They want action. And they're fed up and they're angry with the way things have been going here in Washington.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you conceded in your own memoir in 2002 that your temper had been a problem. How can you assure voters that it's under control?

MCCAIN: Again, look at my record. Look at my conduct on the campaign. Look at -- I mean, look, I am very happy to be a passionate man. I love this country. I love what we stand for and believe in, and many times I deal passionately when I find things that are not in the best interests of the American people. And so, look, 20, 25 years ago, 15 years ago, that's fine, and those stories here are either totally untrue or grossly exaggerated. One thing I've learned over time is that stories get better and better over time.

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