MORE

John McCain's "Very Disappointed" in GOP Presidential Candidates' Positions on Waterboarding

Arizona Senator John McCain -- who spent the better part of five years getting tortured by North Vietnamese soldiers during the Vietnam War -- took to Twitter this morning to let some of his fellow GOPers know that he's "very disappointed" in their positions on waterboarding, a controversial CIA interrogation tactic.

"Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding. Waterboarding is torture," McCain "tweeted" this morning.

The senator's referring to comments made by several Republican presidential candidates during a debate in South Carolina Saturday when the issue of whether waterboarding is torture was brought up.

"I don't see [waterboarding] as torture. I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique," Herman Cain said during the debate.

See video of the debate below.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann also is totally down with waterboarding.

"If I were president, I would be willing to use waterboarding. I think it was very effective. It gained information for our country, and I -- and I also would like to say that today, under Barack Obama, he is allowing the ACLU to run the CIA," Bachmann said.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney didn't discuss waterboarding during the debate, but his campaign says he, too, doesn't consider it torture. In fact, he and McCain sparred over the issue during the 2008 GOP presidential primary, which McCain ultimately won.

Two GOP presidential candidates -- Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman -- agree with Arizona's senior senator when it comes to waterboarding.

"It's illegal under international law and under our law. It's also immoral, and it's also very impractical. There's no evidence that you really get reliable evidence," Paul said.

"We diminish our standing in the world and the values that we project, which include liberty, democracy, human rights, and open markets, when we torture," Huntsman added.

Regardless of how you feel about waterboarding, watch video below of conservative radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller getting waterboarded -- after previously claiming the practice isn't torture, that is. Enjoy.


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >