Should John McCain's "Temperament" be a consideration in his Presidential "Bid" to secure the nomination?

FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty: John McCain sounds confident that he’ll be the Republican nominee for president. But not everyone is ready to place McCain at the top of the ticket. * The Washington Post reports several of McCain’s Republican colleagues are warning that his well-known tirades on and off the... show more FROM CNN’s Jack Cafferty:

John McCain sounds confident that he’ll be the Republican nominee for president.

But not everyone is ready to place McCain at the top of the ticket.

* The Washington Post reports several of McCain’s Republican colleagues are warning that his well-known tirades on and off the floor of the Senate suggest a temperament unfit for the office of president.

Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran says,

* “The thought of McCain being president sends a cold chill down my spine.
* He is erratic.
* He is hotheaded.
* He loses his temper
* and "he worries me.”
* Another Republican, former Senator Rick Santorum, describes McCain as
* being “very rough in the sandbox”, saying he hasn’t built up a lot of goodwill.
* Witnesses cite several examples of McCain cursing and belittling senate colleagues in front of people.

But his supporters insist McCain’s fiery personality is a good thing, saying his capacity to get outraged shows how much he believes in something.

One top aide dismissed the idea that McCain isn’t fit to be president and said most stories about his temper are “wildly exaggerated.”

When it comes to House Republicans, McCain has had a strained relationship with many of them for years. But Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole says, quote: “You’ll have more Democrats running away from Hillary Clinton than you’ll have Republicans running away from our nominee.” unquote.

McCain has been endorsed by 13 of the 100 senators. That’s more than any other candidate, Republican or Democrat.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean when some of John McCain’s Republican senate colleagues question whether he has the temperament to be president?

Tune in to the Situation Room at 5pm to see if Jack reads your answer on air.

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