McCain apologizes for insulting Long Island

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Posted: Nov 30, 2011 6:45 PM
McCain apologizes for insulting Long Island

Don't diss Long Island _ you'll hear about it in a New York minute.

Republican Sen. John McCain was trying to make a point during debate on a defense bill Wednesday when he said Long Island "sometimes regrettably" was part of the United States. That drew a swift rebuke from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., who took to Twitter to demand an apology.

"All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11. Long Island deserves an apology," Schumer said.

McCain then stood on the Senate floor to explain it was a joke and referred to "wonderful Long Island." He also apologized to Schumer _ sort of.

"I'm sorry there's at least one of my colleagues that can't take a joke and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor," McCain said.

That got Schumer tweeting more.

"NYers can take a joke. But if Sen. John McCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona."

Schumer later said of McCain: "I don't think he meant it to be malicious, but I didn't want to let it go unanswered."