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McCain Is Booed by Labor Activists
JSOnline via AP ^ | April 4, 2006 | Ron Fournier

Posted on 04/04/2006 1:13:02 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain threatened on Tuesday to cut short a speech to union leaders who booed his immigration views and later challenged his statements on organized labor and the Iraq war.

"If you like, I will leave," McCain told the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, pivoting briefly from the lectern. He returned to the microphone after the crowd quieted.

"OK, then please give me the courtesy I would give you."

It was a contentious session that tested McCain's commitment to the straight-talking image he honed during his failed 2000 presidential bid. An underdog six years ago, the Arizona Republican is expected to seek the 2008 GOP nomination as a front-runner.

"I loved it. I love mixing it up like that," McCain said after the speech to a Democratic-leaning crowd of several hundred.

He did seem to enjoy the back and forth that began minutes into his address, when he mentioned campaigning on behalf of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a fellow Republican. The crowd booed the reference to Schwarzenegger but laughed at McCain's self-effacing joke that followed.

He said somebody came up to him at the Schwarzenegger event and said, "Do people tell you look like John McCain?"

"Yes, they do."

"Doesn't that make you madder than hell?"

Later, the senator outlined his position on the Senate immigration debate, saying tougher border enforcement must be accompanied by guest-worker provisions that give illegal immigrants a legal path toward citizenship.

Murmurs from the crowd turned to booing. "Pay a decent wage!" one audience member shouted.

"I've heard that statement before," McCain said before threatening to leave.

Afterward, the senator said he offered to cut his speech short "because I wanted to be heard."

In the speech, McCain also argued that withdrawing U.S. troops prematurely from Iraq would turn terrorists loose on the United States.

This time, there was no booing - though one audience member cursed from the back of the crowd.

McCain got another laugh when he finished the speech and asked whether anybody had "questions, comments or insults."

The first questioner seemed to challenge his commitment to organized labor. When McCain started to praise a particular labor group in Arizona, the crowd booed again.

"Stop!" he said with a smile, drawing laughter from the crowd. "I surrender."

But he took more questions, including a pointed one on his immigration plan.

McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain's job offer.

"I'll take it!" one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."

Some in the crowd said they didn't appreciate McCain questioning their work ethic.

"I was impressed with his comedy routine and ability to tap dance without music. But I was impressed with nothing else about him," said John Wasniewski of Milwaukee. "He's supposed to be Mr. Straight Talk?"

Others said McCain showed some moxie, if not the best political judgment.

"Most of us don't agree with him on immigration, but I give him credit for trying," said Chris D. Schoenbeck of Milwaukee.

With his profile rising, a growing number of Democrats are accusing McCain of flip-flopping on issues to court conservative GOP primary voters.

McCain denied that charge later Tuesday - after addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a GOP-leaning group that backs his immigration views. There were no boos. Just laughter, and at the end of his remarks, a standing ovation from the Hispanic leaders.

Yet McCain's mind was still on the labor activists and their prickly reception.

"I can't tell you how much fun that was," he said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: aflcio; aliens; amnesty; booed; election; ifyoulikeiwillleave; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; immigration; johnmccain; lettuce; mccain; payadecentwage; rudedems; stopisurrender; unions
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1 posted on 04/04/2006 1:13:04 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

"If you like, I will leave," McCain

See ya! Take the notepad and the pen as a souvenir!


2 posted on 04/04/2006 1:14:24 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Why is it that Dems/union people have no manners?


3 posted on 04/04/2006 1:14:52 PM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I would Boo him too and I live in AZ, freaking RINO


4 posted on 04/04/2006 1:15:03 PM PDT by Roverman2K
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

That would be great if he then went across town to a conservative Republican event and was boo'd there too!


5 posted on 04/04/2006 1:15:28 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: Roverman2K

So, you're admitting you're just as boorish as these union thugs?


6 posted on 04/04/2006 1:16:08 PM PDT by My2Cents
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Still rooting for The Lump over here.


7 posted on 04/04/2006 1:16:32 PM PDT by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government "job" attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"Do people tell you look like John McCain?" "Yes, they do." "Doesn't that make you madder than hell?"

That would make me madder than hell, for sure.

8 posted on 04/04/2006 1:16:34 PM PDT by shekkian
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona

Good grief, I'll relocate my children to Arizona when and if they pay $15/hour.


9 posted on 04/04/2006 1:16:49 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
That's funny. According to this chart at www.opensecrets.org, McCain's gotten quite a bit of his campaign cash from oranized labor. They can't be too ticked at him...
10 posted on 04/04/2006 1:17:04 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla

oranized=organized


11 posted on 04/04/2006 1:17:32 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Roverman2K

He makes me extremely nervous. I seriously think he's mentally ill from his time as a POW. As a fellow vet, I sincerely appreciate his sacrifice, but to me, he has that simmering rage just beneath the surface, ala Hillary.


12 posted on 04/04/2006 1:18:08 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

>i>"If you like, I will leave"</i>That could be a campaign slogan.


13 posted on 04/04/2006 1:18:08 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

"I'll take it!" one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."

What freaking America does McCain live in? Oh, yeah, nevermind.

I know Marines doing THE dirtiest work of all, and they don't get $10/hour.

Man, I can't wait to vote against McCain.


14 posted on 04/04/2006 1:18:12 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"If you like, I will leave"

That could be a campaign slogan.

15 posted on 04/04/2006 1:18:25 PM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Common sense will do to liberalism what the atomic bomb did to Nagasaki-Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

This is why the MSM loves him. He would destroy the Republican party.


16 posted on 04/04/2006 1:18:44 PM PDT by stevio (Red-Blooded Crunchy Con, American Male (NRA))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

"He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona."

Sign me up!


17 posted on 04/04/2006 1:19:39 PM PDT by NapkinUser (Secure our borders, no amnesty.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

They pay 50 an hour to pick lettuce? huh?


18 posted on 04/04/2006 1:19:48 PM PDT by wordoffaith
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To: samcgwire

Wonder if his puppy dog Lindsey Graham was with him.


19 posted on 04/04/2006 1:20:25 PM PDT by gulfcoast6
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Is McCain's job offer still open?

'cause I'll go scrabble across the border if he's offering $50 an hour to pick lettuce. I'll miss FreeRepublic, but dang, a few years in his fields, I'll be set for life.

Then again, last I checked, most of my lettuce comes from South America, and an illegal here means nothing towards the price from there.


20 posted on 04/04/2006 1:20:38 PM PDT by kingu (Liberalism: The art of sticking your fingers in your ears and going NANANANA..)
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To: wordoffaith

Maybe McCain was thinking of some of the other leafy plants that they're tending to down south ($50/hour).


21 posted on 04/04/2006 1:20:57 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: stevio
This is why the MSM loves him. He would destroy the Republican party.

And the GOP is helping to do it.

We just got a survey/fundraising letter from McCain. Sent by the RNC.

The RNC's isn't getting a dime of our money any time soon.

22 posted on 04/04/2006 1:21:36 PM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: samcgwire
Prima Donna McLame goes temperarmental so early on in the race.

What will he do as the media drops the "maverick" label and treats him like the rest of the pubbies?

23 posted on 04/04/2006 1:21:39 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: gulfcoast6

Great analogy. I always thought of them as Frick and Frack, never sure which was which always.


24 posted on 04/04/2006 1:21:46 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I can't remember the last time I agree with organized labor on anything.


25 posted on 04/04/2006 1:22:38 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (If you don't want to be lumped in with those who commit violence in your name, take steps to end it.)
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To: mlc9852
Why is it that Dems/union people have no manners?

More importantly, why don't they have any eggs or fruit?

26 posted on 04/04/2006 1:24:20 PM PDT by dagnabbit (George Bush deported my children to Amerexico.)
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To: samcgwire
What freaking America does McCain live in? Oh, yeah, nevermind.

I know Marines doing THE dirtiest work of all, and they don't get $10/hour.

They also do get three square meals a day, free medical care, free housing, and a good pension plan, that is not included in your above wage rate.

I ain't busting on the brave people who make the scarifice and serve our country, who I am busting on are the grandstanding politicians and their lackeys who try to hide behind them for cheap political points.

BTW, you do know that there are 17,000 undocumented(illegal) aliens serving in our Armed Forces.

27 posted on 04/04/2006 1:25:18 PM PDT by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The "Hispanic Chamber of Commerce", (google it, there are many) don't appear to be GOP leaning to me. LOL!


28 posted on 04/04/2006 1:26:03 PM PDT by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: WestVirginiaRebel

Vote for John Smith: "If You Like, He'll Leave"
I'd vote for him.
Problem is, once they're elected you can't blast `em out.


29 posted on 04/04/2006 1:26:07 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Looks like the UAW has worked its way into the Arizona lettuce pickers.

30 posted on 04/04/2006 1:27:42 PM PDT by ILS21R
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To: samcgwire

Also sam, I ain't no mccain fan. He whored himself to the MSM and is now finding out what the MSM does to their lady of the night in the morning.


31 posted on 04/04/2006 1:27:52 PM PDT by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: ElkGroveDan

Hell, it would just be great if McCain would actually speak to actual real life Republicans. It seems like he just tours groups that don't vote for us anyways. He gets his rocks off being the 'anti-Republican' and just dirtying the water for the party. I'd like him to resign his seat in the Senate to run for the nomination and when he loses it we not only spare the country of his 'straight talk' but we would also gain a real GOPer in that second AZ US Senate seat. I don't know, maybe J.D. Hayworth??


32 posted on 04/04/2006 1:28:20 PM PDT by bpjam (Now accepting liberal apologies.....)
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To: stevio

This is why the MSM loves him. He would destroy the Republican party.
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Well he is already doing a good job of that, but the Repubs are SELF-destructing anyway, with Bush carrying the Mexican flag in the lead...McCain will destroy anyone or anything to be President...just like the Marxist Witch. Birds of a feather.


33 posted on 04/04/2006 1:28:24 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: wordoffaith

That's $50/hr tax free. Who would turn that down?


34 posted on 04/04/2006 1:28:46 PM PDT by blaquebyrd
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To: stevio

"This is why the MSM loves him. He would destroy the Republican party."

72% of the public opposes the Republican Party's immigration party. They're not budging.

Most of America opposes the Supreme Court's Kelo decision on taking private land. The Republicans didn't propose any legislation to reverse it.

Bush and the Republican Party are hemorraging red ink out of every orifice in budget after budget.

And it's MCCAIN who's going to destroy the Republican Party?


35 posted on 04/04/2006 1:29:52 PM PDT by Vicomte13 (Et alors?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

is he running as a republican or a democrat?


36 posted on 04/04/2006 1:30:00 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Dane

"They also do get.....free medical care...."

How many illegals are on medicaid?


37 posted on 04/04/2006 1:30:42 PM PDT by NapkinUser (Secure our borders, no amnesty.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"If you like, I will leave," McCain told the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department, pivoting briefly from the lectern. He returned to the microphone after the crowd quieted.

"OK, then please give me the courtesy I would give you."

Prime Exhibit A in why this loon will never be elected President.

That said, they should have told him to leave!

38 posted on 04/04/2006 1:30:55 PM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: Willie Green

Ping.


39 posted on 04/04/2006 1:31:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department

The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners walked away from the AFL-CIO years back, what are they building and constructing in this department without us carpenters...?

40 posted on 04/04/2006 1:31:15 PM PDT by mmercier (communists, queers and nitwits)
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To: mombonn

He is an entertaining candidate, in a watching-an-accident kind of way.


41 posted on 04/04/2006 1:31:54 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

LOL!


42 posted on 04/04/2006 1:32:00 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; HiJinx

"McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain's job offer.

"I'll take it!" one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends.""


How DARE he tell American men they can't work as hard as a bunch of illegal aliens!!! This infuriates me! Maybe HE couldn't handle hard labor, but he's just an elite senator - not good for much but photo-ops and cocktail parties.

Construction workers work out in all elements - extreme heat, extreme cold, even bone-chilling rain, and he has the nerve to tell them they "can't do it". And all of the American construction workers I know do it for a whole lot less than his offered $50.00 per hour. My husband is a crane operator with 30 years of experience and doesn't even make $50.00 per hour! Hell, I hoed enough cantaloup and watermelon fields in the blazing Oklahoma sun when I was a kid and I managed to do it just fine - and believe me I wasn't making $50.00 per hour! They should have pelted him with rotten tomatoes. "Can't do it" my angry a**!

If this doesn't tell us what the political elite think of the American people, nothing will.


43 posted on 04/04/2006 1:32:08 PM PDT by EagleMamaMT ("Uncle Sugar: Handle it at the border or Uncle Winchester will handle it at the porch." Squantos)
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To: Vicomte13
72% of the public opposes the Republican Party's immigration party. They're not budging.

So who are they supporting the democrats amnesty party?

44 posted on 04/04/2006 1:32:25 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Dane

Those 17,000 undocumented (illegal) immigrants currently serving in the U.S, Military are earning their citizenship the hard way.

I rarely hear anything about them. That is so sad.


45 posted on 04/04/2006 1:33:08 PM PDT by Pragmatic Warrior (.....Grow your own dope. Plant a liberal!!)
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To: Vicomte13

Last nail if confirmed, IMO.


46 posted on 04/04/2006 1:33:09 PM PDT by samcgwire (samcgwire was or was not here today, depending on why you want to know.)
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To: NapkinUser
How many illegals are on medicaid?

How many native born Americans are also.

47 posted on 04/04/2006 1:33:29 PM PDT by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Great soundbites if anyone had a recorder going.


48 posted on 04/04/2006 1:33:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: Dane
there are 17,000 undocumented(illegal) aliens serving in our Armed Forces.

The act of signing up changes that status. Yeah they might have come illegally, but if they have a US DOD ID card they are sure as heck 'documented'.
49 posted on 04/04/2006 1:33:46 PM PDT by TalonDJ
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
With his profile rising, a growing number of Democrats are accusing McCain of flip-flopping on issues to court conservative GOP primary voters.

McCain courting members of his own party? That'd be a first.
50 posted on 04/04/2006 1:34:29 PM PDT by JillValentine (John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt: Modern-day Julius Streichers.)
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