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McCain tweet on Iran draws criticism

Republican senator compares Ahmadinejad to monkey Iran sent to space, drawing sharp criticism

Associated Press
Published: 02.04.13, 21:27 / Israel News

A leading Republican senator's tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow Republican lawmaker as racist.


On Monday, Sen. John McCain wrote, "So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" He then linked to a news story about Iran launching a monkey into space.


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Faced with criticism, McCain said in another tweet, "lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke."


That did not satisfy Rep. Justin Amash, who tweeted, "Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes."


During the 2008 presidential campaign, McCain, the Republican candidate, created a stir during an appearance when he repeated "Bomb Iran," to the tune of the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann."



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