McCain shows irritable, sarcastic side during interview

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- John McCain used to be known for his lighthearted sessions with journalists.

But he appeared to show another side yesterday during an interview with the editorial board of The Des Moines Register in Iowa -- seeming irritable and sarcastic.

When he was asked why he picked Sarah Palin, who the questioner said "doesn't have a lot of experience," McCain said he disagrees with that assertion, and that the American people seem to agree with him on it.

It was then suggested that Palin's lack of experience worried voters. McCain turned sarcastic, saying he hadn't seen that worry reflected in the polls -- and that it perhaps comes from a "Georgetown cocktail party person."

At another point, he was asked if he's strayed from his "straight talk" image with advertising that some have labeled deceptive. McCain asked for examples of that. And he said he's "always had 100 percent, absolute truth."

The newspaper has posted videos of the session on its Web site.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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