"My friends, I didn't do it. I didn't even know it was going on."
That's the line former Republican presidential nominee and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is taking in a federal lawsuit that claims he violated the copyright of Jackson Browne's 1977 hit song, "Running on Empty," when it aired in one of his presidential campaign commercials.
A federal judge allowed the suit to move forward Friday.
More striking, perhaps, is that McCain effectively claimed in a statement to the judge that he was a puppet for the Republican National Committee in the production of advertising for his campaign.
"I was not involved at all in any way in the writing, creation, production, distribution or dissemination of the video, nor do I have any knowledge whatsoever of how this video was written, created, produced or disseminated or who was involved in any aspect of the writing, creation, production, distribution or dissemination of the video," McCain said in a statement acquired by Wired's David Kravets. "I was completely unaware that this video even existed until I was informed of it after this lawsuit was filed." (Source: Raw Story)
How funny is this- the Candidate with the Drill Baby Drill mantra, is in trouble for swiping
Running on Empty. Befitting of both his candidacy AND the republican party!