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Sen. McCain: I Ďdonít understandí Sen. Reidís repeated attacks against me (He's 'confused')
The Hill ^ | 2/25/10 | J. Taylor Rushing and Bob Cusack

Posted on 02/25/2010 10:13:39 AM PST by NormsRevenge

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday he is confused about his relationship with Harry Reid (D-Nev.), noting that the majority leader has a habit of lambasting him one day and praising him the next.

In an interview with The Hill, McCain said, “It’s very confusing because he was very personal in his attacks on me during the [2008 presidential] campaign, and then occasionally he’ll stand up on the floor of the Senate and say, ‘Oh, this good guy McCain.’ I don’t understand this. I don’t understand it.”

Following the 2008 election, Reid said he and McCain patched things up, but McCain downplayed that conversation: “Well, he came over and said he wanted to work together in the Senate. Sure.”

With a shrug and a laugh, McCain said, “I don’t hold any grudges. It’s just paradoxical some of the things he says. One day he’ll go out there and say one thing, and then the next day he’ll say another. You’ll have to ask him about what apparently are contrasting views about me…. He’s a bit contradictory.”

Reid spokesman Jim Manley declined to comment.

Reid and McCain came into the House in 1982 and both joined the Senate four years later. They are both navigating challenging reelection fights in neighboring Southwestern states that have been socked by the economic recession. Nevada’s housing market is the hardest-hit in the country; Arizona’s is second-worst.

In 2004, McCain and Reid — who are both avid boxing fans — attended a championship fight together in Nevada.

The 2008 election changed much between the two men. During the election year, Reid said he “couldn’t stand” McCain and labeled his campaign tactics “scummy.” He later acknowledged he had “said things I wish I hadn’t said.”

But the tension resurfaced. Reid recently accused McCain of flip-flopping on his support for Medicare and described him as a “name-caller. In a January New York Times article, Reid was quoted saying McCain has failed to live up to his potential as a “statesman” since the election.

Earlier this month, Reid said, “John has no reason to be the way he is. He’s become very, very kind of opposed to everything.”

McCain has sometimes returned fire. Minutes after Reid accused McCain of flip-flopping on Medicare cuts, McCain went to the floor and fired back at the majority leader.

Over the last year, McCain has become one of the most consistent critics of President Barack Obama and Reid’s legislative agenda. More than a few have said he’s bitter about losing the race.

Not so, says McCain.

“I am the luckiest guy who has ever lived that I’ve ever known,” McCain said. “For me to look back in anger, I mean, it’s just foolish. Some people say, ‘He’s bitter, he’s resentful.’ I’m not. I’m grateful.”

McCain, known for his strong opposition to earmarks and attempts to reduce federal spending, is skeptical that Republicans have learned their lesson from the last two elections.

Asked if the GOP is ready to govern, McCain laughs and says, “We’re always ready to govern.

“We have to convince these independent voters out there that we did learn our lesson about spending and we will be fiscally responsible,” he said.

“You’ll notice that the approval ratings of Republicans hasn’t shot up. You’ll notice that the voter registrations for Republicans haven’t dramatically increased. So we still have a real sales job to do.”

McCain is facing what could be a challenging primary with former Rep. J.D. Hayworth. Even though polls show him comfortably ahead, McCain is taking nothing for granted.

“I know I’m in a tough fight. I’ve taken every campaign I’ve been in seriously. I take this one seriously,” he said.

McCain has enlisted his 2008 running mate, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to campaign for him in Arizona. Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is also coming to Arizona next week to return the favor McCain paid him as an early supporter of his campaign.

And Mitt Romney, who ripped McCain regularly during the 2008 presidential primary, endorsed McCain this week.

McCain said he reached out to ask Palin, adding that the two talk “every few weeks.” He called Romney’s endorsement “very important.”

“He clearly ran a very impressive campaign in ’08,” McCain said of Romney. “Two, there are a lot of admirers of Gov. Romney in my state. He did very well in Arizona in the primary. And he’s viewed by many — I think very appropriately — as one of the leading candidates for the Republican nomination in 2012.”

Leaning back in a chair in his Russell Senate Office Building suite, decorated with Southwestern-motif paintings, McCain brushed off conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh’s criticism of Romney for endorsing McCain.

McCain doesn’t bite much at questions about what he would have done differently in the presidential race. But he does say it made his skin thicker.

“You learn, you grow … you learn to roll with the punches,” he said.

He called the Tea Party “a potent political force,” saying it “represents the frustration and dissatisfaction of Americans toward Washington and the Congress and the president.”

McCain said the so-called “birther” movement — a vocal group that has questioned Obama’s U.S. citizenship — “doesn’t have very much influence” among Republicans or the Tea Party. Hayworth aligned himself with the movement in a CNN interview this week in which he said “it would be great if people can confirm who they say they are.”

McCain’s campaign pounced, highlighting the statement in an e-mail to reporters.

The 73-year-old senator said he hasn’t been asked by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to campaign for him in his GOP primary battle with former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R), but that he would be willing.

Crist and then-Sen. Mel Martinez (R) gave McCain a critical endorsement in the waning days of Florida’s GOP presidential primary in 2008 that helped McCain defeat Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Both dropped out of the primary race within days, clearing McCain’s path to the GOP nomination.

“Sure, I’d be glad to try to help him,” McCain said of Crist, who is under fire from conservatives for backing Obama’s stimulus package.

A month after Obama’s one-year anniversary in office, McCain declined to offer a grade on the president’s performance, but indicated he would grade much lower than the B+ that Obama gave himself.

However, McCain said Obama has acted wisely in trying to improve America’s image abroad and increase U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan.

“But domestically, I have to say very frankly that America is a right-of-center nation and he’s governing from the left,” McCain said. “That is why the American people have expressed their dissatisfaction.”

On the eve of the healthcare summit at the White House, which McCain will be attending, he also said Obama’s apparent strategy to push the bill through the Senate without GOP support contradicts his campaign-trail pledge to seek bipartisanship. Obama and Reid appear poised to use reconciliation rules to get the bill through the Senate with a simple majority.

“They’re in a very difficult position,” McCain said of Democrats.

“If they do nothing, they have failed for a year in the view of most observers. But if they jam something through with reconciliation, then they risk a backlash.”

Cracking a smile, McCain said, “Obviously, I prefer option A.”


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: confused; harryreid; idontunderstand; mccain; mccainsenile; mccaintruthfile
Time to put him out to pasture where he'll be less 'confused'... it'll be pretty close to where Harry gets pastured.. and then they can bray at each other..
1 posted on 02/25/2010 10:13:39 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

Two old farts soon to be retired by their constituents


2 posted on 02/25/2010 10:14:22 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: NormsRevenge

This old fart doesn’t know what a pos a$$hole reid is... mccain must go. Juan is senile.

LLS


3 posted on 02/25/2010 10:15:39 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: NormsRevenge

JohnBoy Reid is a nutcase!


4 posted on 02/25/2010 10:15:53 AM PST by PORD (People...Of Right Do!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Pot calling the kettle black! McCain sure confuses the rest of us!

But, major kudo’s to McCain for his presentation at the summit. He did good!


5 posted on 02/25/2010 10:15:57 AM PST by WestwardHo (Whom the god would destroy, they first drive mad.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Arthur Wildfire! March; lmarie373; Abundy; missanne; Victoria Delsoul; 50mm; ...
McCain is very confused...about which party he belongs to!
6 posted on 02/25/2010 10:16:20 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: NormsRevenge

7 posted on 02/25/2010 10:17:32 AM PST by McGruff (Don't criticize. Explain to me who I should support other than Sarah Palin.)
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To: PORD

off of Drudge..

MCCAIN WANTS FEDS TO REGULATE VITAMINS, SUPPLEMENTS...

8 posted on 02/25/2010 10:18:15 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: rabscuttle385

“In an interview with The Hill, McCain said, “It’s very confusing because he was very personal in his attacks on me during the [2008 presidential] campaign, and then occasionally he’ll stand up on the floor of the Senate and say, ‘Oh, this good guy McCain.’ I don’t understand this. I don’t understand it.””

Yes, I suppose McCain is confused. When you do all you can to give Reid and his regime victory after victory, you’d think you’d get more praise from them.

Poor John. Just can’t seem to please any one these days....


9 posted on 02/25/2010 10:19:08 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: NormsRevenge

Pfft. McCain takes it & likes it from Reid, et al, then turns around & repeatedly kicks conservatives in the teeth.


10 posted on 02/25/2010 10:20:26 AM PST by skeeter
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To: NormsRevenge

“I’m confused,” said Senator McCain. “Where’s my soup?”


11 posted on 02/25/2010 10:21:04 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: NormsRevenge
It's simple McLame. Sometimes you're a useful idiot to the Dems and the rest of the time you're a convenient dog to be kicked.
12 posted on 02/25/2010 10:21:12 AM PST by Upstate NY Guy
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To: NormsRevenge

Fight back, John....or is that too much to ask? Progressive Idiot.


13 posted on 02/25/2010 10:21:24 AM PST by cranked
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To: Para-Ord.45

JOHN, HARRY, Take it outside.


14 posted on 02/25/2010 10:22:47 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain said, "I don't hold any grudges. ..."
He lies.
15 posted on 02/25/2010 10:23:03 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: rabscuttle385

“McCain is very confused...about which party he belongs to! “

McCain: “I’m confused”

Kyl: “ Hold that thought”

McCain: “ What thought?”


16 posted on 02/25/2010 10:23:05 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (Support our troops, and vote out the RINOS)
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To: NormsRevenge

Also here:

Proposed Bill May Destroy Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements (McCain + a Democrat)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2458940/posts

Yet, this is the guy we have representing us/opposing Obama on ‘healthcare’???


17 posted on 02/25/2010 10:23:11 AM PST by AuntB (WE are NOT a nation of immigrants! We're a nation of Americans! http://towncriernews.blogspot.com/)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Hey Juan McCain, it’s not hard to understand. Reid is deranged, a sociopath....as for you Juan, just go away, please, go away.


18 posted on 02/25/2010 10:23:23 AM PST by mojitojoe (¬ďMedicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.¬Ē - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: NormsRevenge

It’s easy. Reid is crazy and nasty and stupid and evil. McCain, by contrast, is crazy and stupid and ignorant.

Reid sometimes pretends to respect McCain when doing so advances Reid’s agenda. McCain is too stupid and unprincipled to realize he’s being used.


19 posted on 02/25/2010 10:24:31 AM PST by rogue yam
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey McLame, it’s called politics. sheesh, for as long as he’s been around you’d think he’d know this.


20 posted on 02/25/2010 10:28:03 AM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: NormsRevenge

McCain is the last man in America who still thinks that being a US Senator is some sort of gentlemanly and nobile occupation.

How a 4 term senator could still be so naive is both puzzing and sad.


21 posted on 02/25/2010 10:28:23 AM PST by Carling (My Mom said if you have nothing good to say ... um ... I think my Mom was wrong on that one.)
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To: AuntB

Thanks!!! .. and good question indeed.


22 posted on 02/25/2010 10:29:56 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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Reid said he “couldn’t stand” McCain and labeled his campaign tactics “scummy.”

Hell has officially frozen over, I actually agree with Reid on not just one but two points. I can't stand McCain AND I think the way he runs as a conservative but stabs us in the back once elected, is pretty scummy.

23 posted on 02/25/2010 10:30:45 AM PST by DCBurgess58 (In a Capitalist society, men exploit other men. In a Communist society it's exactly the opposite.)
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To: NormsRevenge

You don’t need to understand them John Boy!.....Either blast the hell out of them or get out of the way!!!


24 posted on 02/25/2010 10:30:48 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain said, “It’s very confusing because he was very personal in his attacks on me during the [2008 presidential] campaign, and then occasionally he’ll stand up on the floor of the Senate and say, ‘Oh, this good guy McCain.’ I don’t understand this. I don’t understand it.”

McCain, This should be absolutely clear to you, it's exactly how you treat fellow Republicans and Conservatives every day.

25 posted on 02/25/2010 10:32:07 AM PST by RJL
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To: McGruff

So where’s the world’s saddest song?


26 posted on 02/25/2010 10:32:50 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: AuntB

McCain ran the worst campaign for federal office I have ever seen, with the exception of Rick Lazio’s run against Hillary.The day after he named Palin the momentum swung completely in his direction and he blew it with the worst decision ever,suspending the campaign. If he’s bitter about losing, he should be talkng to the guy he sees in the mirror when shaving.


27 posted on 02/25/2010 10:34:09 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: NormsRevenge
“We have to convince these independent voters out there that we did learn our lesson about spending and we will be fiscally responsible,” he said. “You’ll notice that the approval ratings of Republicans hasn’t shot up. You’ll notice that the voter registrations for Republicans haven’t dramatically increased. So we still have a real sales job to do.”

Yes, you do. Funny how McCain suddenly finds wisdom before a re-election campaign. Too bad his wisdom lasts about as long as the snow that fell last night and was melted and gone by sunrise this morning. I hope he enjoys retirement.

28 posted on 02/25/2010 10:34:20 AM PST by revo evom
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To: Para-Ord.45
Two old farts soon to be retired by their constituents


29 posted on 02/25/2010 10:38:21 AM PST by Ditto (Directions for Clean Government: If they are in, vote them out. Rinse and repeat.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Why don’t you like me?


30 posted on 02/25/2010 10:40:52 AM PST by egannacht (Inalienable rights granted by...)
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To: rabscuttle385

Juan McCain only knows how to fight against conservatives.

McCain is the Democrats lap dog and toy poodle.


31 posted on 02/25/2010 10:45:39 AM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards Islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yep, 27 years and he’s still the Democrat he always was.


32 posted on 02/25/2010 10:46:46 AM PST by DoughtyOne (If we as Republicans can't clean up our house, how can)
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To: NormsRevenge

McCain thinks since he has thrown conservative under the bus so many times that Reid and his ilk have great respect for him......wrong!!!!! They like him about as much as we do!!


33 posted on 02/25/2010 10:48:20 AM PST by ontap
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To: NormsRevenge

John, let me explain. Harry is a scorpion and no matter how nicely he asks you to give him a ride in a “bipartisan” manner he will always sting you half-way across the stream. It’s what he is, it’s what he does. If you and the rest of the RINOs understood that we wouldn’t be in this mess.


34 posted on 02/25/2010 10:52:04 AM PST by hometoroost (I am not a crook, I did not have sex with that woman, and I am not an ideologue.)
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Oh COME ON! Harry... you too?... You KNOW I would help if I could but right now my a** is on the line... and so .. you know...


35 posted on 02/25/2010 10:57:05 AM PST by ElPatriota (The SILENCE of the Catholic Church (...Actually I'm hearing MORE from RCC now! ....) ** DEAFENING **)
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To: NormsRevenge

As if MeCain being confused was something new.


36 posted on 02/25/2010 11:01:08 AM PST by DoughtyOne (If we as Republicans can't clean up our house, how can)
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To: NormsRevenge
Perhaps Reid and the Dems were misled by McCain's recent campaign speeches into thinking that John is no longer on their side.

Note that McCain's feelings are hurt when he's critized by a Democrat. When he's criticized by conservatives, his usual response is contempt.

37 posted on 02/25/2010 11:04:25 AM PST by Interesting Times (For the truth about "swift boating" see ToSetTheRecordStraight.com)
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To: DoughtyOne

News Flash!....John McCain is confused!


38 posted on 02/25/2010 11:08:22 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ontap

“They like him about as much as we do!!”

Traitors are never trusted by either side.


39 posted on 02/25/2010 11:10:14 AM PST by A Strict Constructionist (The Constitution is the issue, other issues are small potatoes. If we fail none will matter.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll have to be honest with you, John. It’s your Negro dialect. He doesn’t like it when you talk street.


40 posted on 02/25/2010 11:11:31 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“I don’t understand it.”

It’s really very simple John. Nobody likes you.


41 posted on 02/25/2010 11:22:06 AM PST by sjmjax
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To: NormsRevenge

See? Even they don’t respect you either...


42 posted on 02/25/2010 11:23:59 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (Fix bayonets!)
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United through the roots of the same tree.
43 posted on 02/25/2010 12:30:55 PM PST by HighlyOpinionated (He has refused his Assent to Laws. He has erected a multitude of New Offices. Who? Obama!)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

NewsFlash Update

As of 14:00 02/25/10, MeCain still confused... Politamedics in route...


44 posted on 02/25/2010 2:03:09 PM PST by DoughtyOne (If we as Republicans can't clean up our house, how can)
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t buy the confusion. McDemocrat knows he’s trying to help Barry Soetoro by appearing more dimwitted. If it wasn’t an election year McTraitor would be bowing to Soetoro and lavishing praise on him. Go JD Hayworth!


45 posted on 02/25/2010 5:54:26 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: rabscuttle385

Will the old fool ever learn?


46 posted on 02/26/2010 7:01:41 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (Farah: "If [certifigate]'s been settled show us the birth certificate. Simple.")
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