06/23/2008 04:16 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

McCain Disavows Top Adviser -- But Said the Same Thing in December

John McCain just disavowed comments from his top adviser Charlie Black for saying the assassination of Benazir Bhutto "helped" McCain win the nomination and another terrorist attack against the U.S. "would be a big advantage to him."

McCain responded with shock, saying, "I can't imagine why he would say it. It's not true...I strenuously disagree."

Yet following the tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December McCain struck the same note -- telling Roger Simon of the Politico:

"My theme has been throughout this campaign that I am the one with the experience, the knowledge and the judgment," McCain told reporters after a speech to an overflow crowd at an Elks Lodge here. "So, perhaps it (i.e., the turmoil caused by the assassination) may serve to enhance those credentials."