From the Charleston Gazette
Rockefeller criticized Sen. John McCain, the presumed Republican nominee for president. "Senator McCain does have a temper. But today, he speaks in a monotone on the campaign trail."
Rockefeller believes McCain has become insensitive to many human issues. "McCain was a fighter pilot, who dropped laser-guided missiles from 35,000 feet. He was long gone when they hit.
"What happened when they [the missiles] get to the ground? He doesn't know. You have to care about the lives of people. McCain never gets into those issues."
Later he had this to say;
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., apologized Tuesday for a comment he made about Sen. John McCain on Monday.
During an interview with Gazette editors on Monday, Rockefeller said the next president must focus on the needs of everyday people. McCain's policies on health care, education, the economy and retirement security, he said, do not put real people front and center.
Rockefeller said he made an "inaccurate" analogy on Monday when he compared McCain's past role as a fighter pilot to his ability to connect with real people on the ground.
"I have extended my sincere apology to him. While we differ a great deal on policy issues, I profoundly respect and appreciate his dedication to our country, and I regret my very poor choice of words."