Charlie Black, lobbyist and adviser to Sen. John McCain’s campaign, has apologized for his statements suggesting that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would stand to gain from another terrorist attack on American soil. Rescinding his earlier claims, Black said, “I deeply regret the comments. They were inappropriate.”


Charlie Black said he regretted the remarks to Forbes magazine in which he said a new attack on US soil would be a “big advantage” for Senator McCain.

Mr McCain said he found it hard to believe Mr Black had made such comments with which he “strenuously disagreed”.

Democrat Barack Obama’s campaign said Mr Black’s comments were a “disgrace”.

Followers of Mr McCain — a former US Navy pilot and Vietnam prisoner-of-war who has travelled the world while serving in the Senate — say his extensive grounding in foreign affairs gives him an advantage over the less experienced Mr Obama.

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