Don't know how I missed this, from an April 2008 Bloomberg report of a John McCain townhall meeting in Youngstown, Ohio:
"I have to tell you, if I were president of the United States, the next toy that came into this country from China that endangered the lives of our children, it would be the last toy that came into the United States,'' McCain, an Arizona Republican, told about 300 people at a town hall meeting in Youngstown, Ohio, drawing thunderous applause.I'm not too politically savvy, so I rely on the media experts to tell me: is offhandedly promising to ban a $22 billion/year American industry that accounts for 80% of the country's toys more maverick or more level-headed voice of experience? Or is it just old man bluster, which he forgets about the minute he steps off the stage?
update from barely a week later: Or is it McCain flip-flopping and adopting the bold, America First vision of Obama, who threatened to ban all Chinese toys in 2007??
McCain Vows to Halt China Toy Imports If Children Endangered [bloomberg.com via playthings.com]