Senator John McCain, speaking to Piers Morgan in an interview on CNN July 19, 2012, spoke about Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s investigation of Barack Obama’s birth certificate. Here’s the exchange that occurs after a discussion of other spurious attacks against others:
MORGAN: What does it say about the state of modern politics, that that kind of thing can happen?
MCCAIN: Listen, we just had a sheriff of Maricopa County, again, who has taken it upon himself to prove that President Obama was not born in the United States of America. Need I say more?
MORGAN: Well, I think you need to say one thing more, which is what does it tell you about the state of politics?
MCCAIN: It’s crazy. It stokes the fires of extremism and passions of people that really is very unfair. So it’s up to us to try to steer things into a more rational behavior and thought. But this is still the greatest nation in the world. It’s still the best people in the world. It’s still the most innovative nation in the world.