Editor’s note: Senator John McCain visited Rochester, NH, today, and got some pretty straight talk from a volunteer. Here's a clip from that exchange. You can read the transcript, provided below.
Volunteer: Senator McCain, you are the man that we want for our next president of the US. I'm gonna do a little straight talk. You're a straight talker and so am I, very much. I'm a die hard Yankee and I'm a straight talker.
McCain: I could never tell by your accent.
Volunteer: (laughs) Mine's not really a question, it's a statement. It's a statement about a lot of your campaign staffer members and I'll tell you right now I know I'm going to be right on top of their s**t list but I could care less…
Volunteer: You have a lot of people here, I'm one of your volunteers that's been doing work for you since I first met you in October. And there's a lot of people here that are volunteering their time. You've got two people sitting right here next to me, Brad Marston, Sheridan Folger. They have done more work for you volunteering than a lot of your paid staff have. I've had problems with a lot or your paid staff…
McCain: A lot of our paid staff, a lot of them are on work release programs as you know… (laughter)
Volunteer: That I can believe the way they work because you know, all your signs that are up outside today, they were put up by us, not by your staff people.
McCain: I understand, and I thank you.
Volunteer: You've got to make some changes.
McCain: All right.
Volunteer: You've got to make some changes in your…
McCain: We'll put you in charge.
Volunteer: (laughs) No I want Brad and Sheridan in charge.
McCain: Ok good.
Volunteer: 'Cause we've done some good work.
Volunteer: They've done some good work for you, you've got thousands and thousands of people who love you, admire you, respect you greatly and we want you as our next president of the United States.
McCain: Thank you, thank you and we'll fix it. We'll have our folks sit down and chat with you about what needs to be fixed in your mind and in your view and let me just say again, I'm very aware, I'm very aware that the only way that campaigns succeed and certainly the only way every one of mine have is through volunteers and I'm extremely grateful and I thank you.
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