“They spent three million dollars last year to study the DNA of bears in Montana. I don't know if it was a paternity issue or criminal, but it was a waste of money."
That was not spur of the moment, he has said exactly the same thing many times. He loves that paternity issue joke.
In fact, a multi-agency government project spent $4.8 Million over a five-year span, and it is a very serious and important effort to protect an endangered species. It took me only a couple minutes to find this article about it, so it's not exactly a secret project. McCain is making a pitch to be seen as an environmentalist, but this is just more proof that he is full of hot air.