Nikki Haley tap controversial pastor for campaign launch invocation
John McCain denounced Pastor John Hagee record of fundamentalism. In 2023, Nikki Haley is hugging Hagee anyway.
John McCain told voters that he saw prominent evangelical leaders as "agents of intolerance" of no use to the movement.
The message did not resonate with most Republican voters and the Arizona Republican candidacy waned.
McCain was determined to draw important lessons from his earlier failure and eagerly forged partnerships with far-right social conservatives.
In fact, the GOP senator even welcomed the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee — at least for the time being.
It wasn't long before McCain was asked if he agreed with Haji's record of radicalism
Including the pastor's claims that the Holocaust was a divine plan of God to the Pride parade in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
McCain, reluctant to be associated with such extremism, felt