McCain's 'Liberal' Misstep

At a town hall meeting in Richardson, Texas, Thursday afternoon, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a gaffe that will surely provide myriad conservative radio talk show hosts confirmation of their views, by accidentally calling himself a liberal.

"I will conduct a respectful debate," McCain told the crowd at Texas Instruments, per ABC News' Bret Hovell. "Now, it will be spirited because there are stark differences. I am a proud conservative, liberal Republica--- conservative Republican," he said, catching himself. "Hello?" he said as the crowd laughed. "Easy there."

Take two: "Let me say this: I am a proud conservative Republican and both of my possible or likely opponents today are liberal Democrats!"

Cue Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham, et al.

- jpt

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