Friday, May 30, 2008

Is the Meaning of 'Have', "Will Be" or "Have"?

McCain national security adviser Randy Scheunemann conceded that McCain said troop levels "have" been drawn down to pre-surge levels. "If he had said 'we'd drawn down,' he'd be accurate," Scheunemann said. "If he had said 'we were drawing down,' he would be accurate."

-- Report on today's conference call with McCain campaign staff (via)

"It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is. If the -- if he -- if 'is' means is and never has been, that is not -- that is one thing. If it means there is none, that was a completely true statement."

-- Bill Clinton, August, 1998

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