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John McCain Refuses To Denounce Anti-Catholic, Anti-Jewish Supporter

ot so straight talk

John McCain is refusing to renounce the endorsement of a prominent Texas televangelist who Democrats say peddles anti-Catholic and other intolerant speech.

Instead, the Republican presidential candidate issued a statement Friday afternoon saying he had unspecified disagreements with the San Antonio megachurch leader, John Hagee. Hagee endorsed him at a news conference Wednesday in San Antonio.

The man says Catholicism is a cult and that we need to create war in the Middle East to bring about Armageddon.

Why is it so hard for John McCain to denounce that? How short a leash does the religious far right have on him?