The Pharmaceutical Companies

Mitt Romney asks John McCain "don't turn the pharmaceutical companies into the big bad guys." McCain deadpans back: "they are." That, I think, was the old John McCain who people liked. The context was McCain's call for reimportation of drugs from Canada.

This is followed by a commercial break and then when we come back the King of Straight Talk winds up doing some immigration pandering. "I've never supported amnesty," says the lead Republican sponsor of a Senate amnesty bill.

UPDATE: Ponnuru gets an email from a rival campaign noting a 2003 news account in which McCain explains that "Amnesty has to be an important part because there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens. That has to be a component of it."