Opinion: Ticket video chat: Matt Welch on ‘McCain Myth of a Maverick’ -- VI


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In this episode of our ongoing conversation with author Matt Welch, he discusses the role of religion in Sen. John McCain’s life and politics.

McCain’s regrets about going too far in his 2000 remarks about the religious right, his courting of the religious right within the Republican Party this election season and the stark differences between the roles of Rev. Wright in Barack Obama’s life and Rev. Hagee in the McCain campaign.

Previous chapters in our Welch chat about his book, ‘McCain: The Myth of a Maverick,’ are here for Part I, here for Part II, here for Part III, here for Part IV and here for Part V. Samples of Welch’s print writing in his former Times career are available here.

The remaining two episodes of our conversation will be published on The Ticket in the next day or so.


--Andrew Malcolm