DC - Republican candidate John Sidney McCain III angrily denounced Senator McCain for saying he didn't vote for George W Bush in 2000.
"Senator McCain was just angry about Bush's personal attacks on him," said Candidate McCain. "So he told four people at a party that he didn't vote for Bush. But that's all past. Now that I am the GOP's candidate for President, I no longer didn't vote for Bush in 2000."
"As of today, I voted for George W Bush in 2000. And so did my wife," he announced. "And anyone who says differently, I just might punch out."
Reaction was swift and positive. "This puts to rest the false and spurious claims made in 2000 by Democratic Senator McCain," said presidential historian Karl Rove. "Republican candidate McCain has clearly stated what the historical record should be. Who are you going to believe: McCain in 2000 or McCain today?"
"No-one can be sure whether their vote was counted in 2000 anyway," said White House voting expert Dana Perrino. "When Senator McCain said he didn't vote for Bush in 2000, he was have been referring to his use of an unreliable electronic voting machine. Those machines have been improved to guarantee that his vote, and every vote for McCain, will recorded in 2008. In fact, we'll give him a few bonus votes, just to be sure."