A couple of weeks ago, Sen. John McCain got into a heated exchange with an Obama counterterrorism official who corrected the senator’s false statement that the accused Christmas bomber traveled to Detroit on a one-way ticket.
Well apparently McCain, the third-ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, didn’t learn his lesson. Last night on Fox he once again claimed that the “fact” that Umar Abdulmutallab was traveling on a one-way ticket should have been a red flag.
“We don’t need to go through all the fact — that his father went to the embassy. That he showed up on a one-way ticket. That … all of the things that should have, quote, connected the dots — a phrase I hate, by the way. But we should have. It never should have reached that point,” McCain told Greta Van Susteren.
In fact, it’s well-documented that Abdulmutallab was traveling to Detroit on a round-trip ticket.
Here’s the video:
And here’s McCain being corrected on the very same point on Jan. 20:
Late Update: McCain spokesperson Brooke Buchanan tells us that the senator is “aware now” that Abdulmutallab was not on a one-way ticket.
“The initial reports are where Senator McCain was taking the information was from,” she says. “He’s actually focused on bigger things, like making sure this doesn’t happen again.”