Early in the debate, McCain derided:

You know, we spent $3 million to study the DNA of bears in Montana. I don't know if that was a criminal issue or a paternal issue, but the fact is that it was $3 million of our taxpayers' money. And it has got to be brought under control.

Criminality? Paternity? This canard has has been cut from and pasted into his stump speech so often that it has become as unintelligible as his wish to "deliver bottled hot water to dehydrated babies".

However, this was not simply sloppy speechwriting - this stump speech remnant speaks volumes about McCain's disdain for endangered species and his ignorance of modern science, in particular genomics.