McCain talks tough on Iran

Other News Materials 17 June 2009 07:31 (UTC +04:00)

Sen. John McCain made it clear today that President Obama needs to speak more forcefully about the electoral mess in Iran and the crackdown on demonstrations that resulted in seven deaths yesterday.

Appearing on NBC's Today Show, McCain said the president "should speak out that this is a corrupt, fraud, sham of an election." Obama's response to the election and the subsequent violence was far less subdued.

McCain was also asked by NBC's David Gregory about the flap over David Letterman's jokes last week about Sarah Palin's daughters. The Arizona senator, who has experience being the butt of Letterman's jokes, quickly dispensed of the controversy by accepting last night's apology by Letterman. McCain said the same thing on his Twitter site: "Letterman apologizes and did the right thing -- time to move on."

Palin, his running mate, didn't sound like she is ready to move on, though. Her statement on the apology was less accepting. It read, in part: "Of course it's accepted on behalf of young women, like my daughters, who hope men who 'joke' about public displays of sexual exploitation of girls will soon evolve."