McCain won't apologize for wildfire comments

Published: Aug. 25, 2011 at 8:19 PM MST|Updated: Sep. 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM MST
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Phoenix, AZ (KOLD) - Senator John McCain is coming under fire again for comments he made about Arizona's wildfires earlier this summer. But the Arizona lawmaker says he won't take back a controversial statement.

Criticism is coming from Hispanic politicians and activists since two Arizona men now face charges for starting the wallow fire.. the largest fire in state history.

Current and former democratic legislators and other Hispanic leaders called today for Senator McCain to apologize for saying that illegal immigrants have started some fires.

"We are concerned about, particularly, areas down on the border where there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," McCain said back on June 18th.

Because of these comments after touring the Wallow Fire, some say McCain engaged in race-baiting by not specifying what fires he was talking about.

McCain's office reacted by saying that the Senator wasn't referring to the Wallow Fire when he said "some fires." A spokesman for McCain says no apology is owed or coming because the forest service had told him, during a briefing, that illegal immigrants have started some fires along the border.

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