Republican presidential candidate John McCain moved to distance himself Friday from the views of a San Antonio televangelist who Democrats say peddles anti-Catholic and other intolerant speech.
But Mr. McCain refused to renounce the endorsement of John Hagee, a leading figure in the Christian Zionist movement.
“In no way did I intend for his endorsement to suggest that I in turn agree with all of Pastor Hagee’s views, which I obviously do not,” he said in a prepared statement.
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The campaign issued the statement after two days of criticism from the Democratic National Committee, the Catholic League and Catholics United, who say Mr. Hagee has written negative things about the Catholic Church.