John McCain: Meatloaf Was A ‘Bad Choice’ For Romney Campaign

Senator John McCain called Mitt Romney’s decision to have rocker Meatloaf perform “America the Beautiful” at a Thursday campaign stop in Defiance, Ohio a “bad idea.”

The Republican Senator was confronted by TMZ Friday and exclusively spoke about the singer’s questionable performance. Telling the site the aging rocker and former Celebrity Apprentice contestant was a bad choice for Mitt Romney’s campaign. TMZ posted video of their conversation with McCain today.

Asking the senator whether it was appropriate for Meatloaf to take artistic license with the song and change the lyrics McCain retorted “Change the song? Or have someone who knows the words?”

Several media outlets have spoken out against Meatloaf’s take on the American classic. NBC News likened it to “screaming” and “wailing.” TMZ said the singer went “completely off the rails.” Our own James Johnson called it a “train wreck of a performance.”

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In addition to his baffling rendition of “America the Beautiful,” the singer made several confusing comments about the political race which The Huffington Post points out is a direct quote:

“There has storm clouds come over the United States … There is thunderstorms over Europe. There are hail storms – and I mean major hail storms – in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere, and there’s only one man that on the other night when President Barack Obama, God bless him, said to Mitt Romney, ‘The Cold War is over.”

What did you think of Meatloaf’s performance?