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MCCAIN: I promised to tell the truth always about my intentions and my beliefs. (4/19/2000, South Carolina Statehouse)

REPORTER: Straight talk? (2/7/2006, CNN)

MCCAIN: Straight talk.

A little straight talk. (2/7/2006, CNN)

WAR ON IRAQ

MCCAIN: I believe that success will be fairly easy. (9/24/2002, CNN)

MCCAIN: I believe that we can win an overwhelming victory in a very short period of time. (9/29/2002, CNN)

MCCAIN: Easy.

Easy.

It was easy. (1/10/2007, MSNBC)

MCCAIN: The American people ... were led to believe that this would be some kind of a day at the beach which many of us, uh, fully understood from the very beginning would be a very, very difficult undertaking. (8/22/2006, CNN)

MCCAIN: I knew it was probably going to be long and hard and tough. And those that voted for it and thought that somehow it was going to be some kind of an easy task, then I'm sorry they were mistaken. Maybe they didn't know what they were voting for. (1/4/2007, MSNBC)

MCCAIN: Straight talk.

CONFEDERATE FLAG

MCCAIN: The Confederate flag is offensive in many, many ways, as we all know. It's a symbol of racism and slavery. (1/12/2000, CNN)

MCCAIN: Personally, I see the battle flag as a symbol of heritage. (1/12/2000, CNN)

MCCAIN: I went down to South Carolina and said that the flag that was flying over the state capitol, which was a Confederate flag, was - that I shouldn't be involved in it, it was a state issue. It was an act of cowardice. (10/15/2002, CBS News)

MCCAIN: Straight talk.

RELIGIOUS RIGHT

MCCAIN: Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right. (2/28/2000, CBS News)

RUSSERT: Do you believe Jerry Falwell is still an 'agent of intolerance'? (5/12/2006, CNN The Situation Room)

MCCAIN: No I don't. (5/12/2006, CNN The Situation Room)

ANNOUNCER: [McCain] ... recently spent some political quality time with Falwell, delivering the commencement address at the reverend's fundamentalist Liberty University. (1/16/2007, CNN)

MCCAIN: Thank you, Dr. Falwell, and thank you Liberty University Class of 2006. (5/13/2006, Liberty University)

GAY MARRIAGE

MCCAIN: Straight talk.

MATTHEWS: Should gay marriage be allowed? (10/18/2006, MSNBC Hardball)

MCCAIN: I think, I think that gay marriage should be allowed if there's a ceremony kind of thing if you want to call it that. (10/18/2006, MSNBC Hardball)

MCCAIN: I do not believe that gay marriages should be legal. [BOOS] (10/18/2006, MSNBC Hardball)

STEPHANOPOULOUS: Are you against civil unions for gay couples?

MCCAIN: I am not. I believe, but they, that, that (11/19/2006, ABC News: This Week with George Stephanopoulos)

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