KATHLEEN HENNESSEY
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April 19, 2007
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McCain in Vegas tells critics to 'lighten up'

LAS VEGAS - Arizona Sen. John McCain said critics complaining about his recent joke about bombing Iran should "lighten up and get a life."

"Please, I was talking to some of my old veterans friends," the Republican presidential candidate told reporters Thursday, a day after he parodied the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann" at a campaign stop in South Carolina. The senator changed the song's title to "Bomb Iran."

"My response is lighten up and get a life," he said.

McCain's quip, which was circulating on the Internet, was prompted by an audience question about whether the senator believes the …

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