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Mar. 20, 2008
"As they celebrate their version of Halloween here, they are somewhere close to a 15-second warning, which is the amount of time they have from the time the rocket is launched to get to safety."
McCain, talking about Israeli children and the Jewish holiday Purim, which commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from mass execution. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, who was traveling with McCain, later explained that the mistake was his: "It's my fault that I said to Senator McCain that this is the Israeli version of Halloween. It is in the sense because the kids dress up and it's a very happy holiday and actually it is in the sense that the sweets are very important of both holidays."