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McCain Weighs In On Early Morning Phone Call Debate

As you may have noticed, the Democratic presidential candidates seem to be extremely interested in what might happen at 3:00 in the morning.

First Hillary Clinton put out an ad suggesting that she was best prepared to handle a phone call to the White House at that time of night – when, incidentally, "your children are safe and asleep!"

Then Barack Obama put out his own ad, arguing that he's the one best able to protect your children at 3 a.m.. And Clinton subsequently responded to that one.

One politician who had not weighed in on the 3 a.m. issue, however, is presumptive GOP nominee John McCain. Until now.

As the Associated Press reports, McCain said today that he's the one you want answering that early morning phone call.

`I would believe that my knowledge and experience and background clearly indicates that if the phone rang at 3 a.m. in the White House, and I was the one to answer it, I would be the one most qualified to exercise the kind of judgment necessary to address a national security crisis,'' McCain said.

``I've been involved in every major national security challenge for the last 20 years that has faced this country,'' he added. ``I look forward to having that debate as to who's most qualified in the event of a national crisis and the phone ringing at 3 a.m. in the White House.''