(COLUMBUS, OHIO) – While Barack Obama was greeted by 200,000 Germans chanting "Yes we can" in Berlin, John McCain was greeting a few dozen people at a German restaurant here in Ohio.
"I'd love to give a speech in Germany – a political speech – or a speech that maybe the German people would be interested in," McCain said at Schmidt's Restaurant und Sausage Haus.
"But I would much prefer to do it as president of the United States rather than as a candidate for the office of the presidency."
Before his speech today, Obama said he was concerned about the rhetoric McCain has been using recently to differentiate their positions on the Iraq war by saying Obama "would rather lose a war than lose an election."
"I was disappointed by that language," Obama said on the NBC Nightly News. "I've never questioned that he wants to make America safer. And for him to suggest that I don't – for him to suggest that somehow I'm less concerned about the safety of my wife and daughter than he is I think, was unfortunate."
McCain responded today that Obama was missing the point. "All of us care about our children, I am sure that every American does," he said. "The point is that Sen. Obama doesn't have an understanding of what was at stake with the surge, what is at stake in the future for the security of this nation. I stand by my comments and I think the record authenticates it."