Morning Poll: Should John McCain Apologize For Blaming Wildfires on Illegal Immigrants?
As you probably know, the Wallow fire -- the largest forest fire in Arizona history, which destroyed over 538,000 acres of forest and cost more than $79 million to extinguish -- was not started by illegal immigrants.
That, as you might imagine, is horrible news for Senator John McCain.
McCain, you should recall, inexplicably blamed forest fires on illegal immigrants and then offered little-to-no evidence to back up his claim.
"They have set fires because they signal others, they have set fires to keep warm, and they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them," McCain said. "The answer to that part of the problem is to get a secure border."
As we noted yesterday, "The Mav" inserted the immigration issue into a forest fire -- and he's not even running for office.
Now that it's clear the Wallow fire wasn't started by illegal aliens, immigration groups are calling on Arizona's senior senator to apologize to the immigrant community.
McCain, it seems, has no plans for an apology. His office issued the following statement:
"As Senator McCain has said time and time and time again, he was not referring to the Wallow Fire in his remarks two months ago. Instead, he was referencing a U.S. Forest Service official's briefing he had just received, reporting that some fires along the Arizona-Mexico border were, in fact, started by illegal immigrants -- a fact that has been widely supported by federal, state and local officials."
We have a feeling an apology from John McCain won't do much to put an end to the immigration debate, but we want to know what you think: should McCain apologize?
Cast your vote below.