Robertson Blasts McCain as 'Dangerous' VP Choice

By Bruce Sullivan | July 7, 2008 | 8:26 PM EDT

( - Christian Coalition head Pat Robertson launched some fierce rhetoric at Arizona Senator John McCain on Sunday, saying that the former Republican presidential candidate would be a poor choice as a running mate for Texas Governor George W Bush because of what Robertson described as McCain's "intemperate" disposition.

"If Bush would like to have somebody screaming curses at him three times a week at the other end of the White House, then McCain is his man. Other than that, if he wants harmony in his official family, I think he might look elsewhere," Robertson said on NBC's Meet The Press.

Robertson, who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination in 1988, said that he did not think McCain would make a good president and was concerned that as vice president McCain would only be one heartbeat away from controlling the nation's nuclear trigger.

"This is very dangerous. Could you imagine dealing with our foreign powers and you get mad and you fly off the handle. It could be dangerous. I'm serious. It could be very dangerous. I think we need balanced leaders," said Robertson.

When pressed, Robertson refused to call McCain unbalanced, but he did say that McCain showed a lack of intelligence during the Republican primary in Virginia by coming to Robertson's hometown in Virginia Beach and denouncing him.

"I'm suggesting that we need somebody who wouldn't go into a man's hometown and make extreme statements like that, on the spur of the moment," Robertson said.

McCain has stated repeatedly that he has no interest in the vice presidency and would not accept the nomination if offered by Bush, the likely GOP presidential candidate.

Bush and McCain are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Pittsburgh, their first face-to-face meeting since Bush secured the nomination in March.