McCain reaffirms his endorsement of torture
Sen. John McCain said President George W. Bush should veto a measure that would bar the CIA from using waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.
The Republican presidential candidate voted against the bill, which would restrict the CIA to using only the 19 interrogation techniques listed in the Army field manual.
His Senate vote was controversial because the manual prohibits waterboarding — a simulated drowning technique that McCain also opposes — yet McCain does not want the CIA bound by the manual and its prohibitions.
McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, is well-known for his opposition to waterboarding, which puts him at odds with the Bush administration.
"I knew I would be criticized for it," McCain told reporters Wednesday in Ohio. "I think I can show my record is clear. I said there should be additional techniques allowed to other agencies of government as long as they were not" torture.