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Claim: John McCain was one-upped by a heckler during a campaign stop.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2008]
Origins: Every election cycle reminds us that there's very little new under the sun when it comes to political humor, just recycled jokes that are continually refurbished to reference the candidates du jour. The purported exchange between Republican presidential nominee John McCain and a heckler is a variant of a item we found in a 1946 collection of humorous anecdotes, with that version referencing a campaign that took place a century ago:
During one of his campaign speeches, Theodore Roosevelt was continually interrupted by a heckler who kept shouting, "I am a Democrat."A somewhat similar campaign anecdote about a British MP popped up in 1969 memoir:
Finally Roosevelt had to do something. With disarming gentleness he inquired, "May I ask the gentleman why he is a Democrat?"
"My grandfather was a Democrat," replied the heckler. "My father was a Democrat. And I am a Democrat."
"And suppose," continued Roosevelt, "that your father had been a jackass, and his father had been a jackass. What would you be?"
The heckler shouted back, "A Republican!"
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Just to round out the cycle (and because it's too funny to pass up), we note the following humorous but non-political incident involving the Count
During the 1953 Masters golf tournament, one of the competitors, CountLast updated: 14 October 2008
The look on his face as he realized what he had done was more memorable than his shot.
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