Skip to comments.Sen. McCain: I Ďdonít understandí Sen. Reidís repeated attacks against me (He's 'confused')
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, Its very confusing because he was very personal in his attacks on me during the [2008 presidential] campaign, and then occasionally hell stand up on the floor of the Senate and say, Oh, this good guy McCain. I dont understand this. I dont 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 dont hold any grudges. Its just paradoxical some of the things he says. One day hell go out there and say one thing, and then the next day hell say another. Youll have to ask him about what apparently are contrasting views about me . Hes 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. Nevadas housing market is the hardest-hit in the country; Arizonas 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 couldnt stand McCain and labeled his campaign tactics scummy. He later acknowledged he had said things I wish I hadnt 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. Hes 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 Reids legislative agenda. More than a few have said hes bitter about losing the race.
Not so, says McCain.
I am the luckiest guy who has ever lived that Ive ever known, McCain said. For me to look back in anger, I mean, its just foolish. Some people say, Hes bitter, hes resentful. Im not. Im 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, Were 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.
Youll notice that the approval ratings of Republicans hasnt shot up. Youll notice that the voter registrations for Republicans havent 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 Im in a tough fight. Ive taken every campaign Ive 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 Romneys 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 hes 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 Limbaughs criticism of Romney for endorsing McCain.
McCain doesnt 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 Obamas U.S. citizenship doesnt 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.
McCains campaign pounced, highlighting the statement in an e-mail to reporters.
The 73-year-old senator said he hasnt 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 Floridas 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 McCains path to the GOP nomination.
Sure, Id be glad to try to help him, McCain said of Crist, who is under fire from conservatives for backing Obamas stimulus package.
A month after Obamas one-year anniversary in office, McCain declined to offer a grade on the presidents 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 Americas 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 hes 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 Obamas 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.
Theyre 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.
Two old farts soon to be retired by their constituents
This old fart doesn’t know what a pos a$$hole reid is... mccain must go. Juan is senile.
JohnBoy Reid is a nutcase!
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!
off of Drudge..
“In an interview with The Hill, McCain said, Its very confusing because he was very personal in his attacks on me during the [2008 presidential] campaign, and then occasionally hell stand up on the floor of the Senate and say, Oh, this good guy McCain. I dont understand this. I dont 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....
Pfft. McCain takes it & likes it from Reid, et al, then turns around & repeatedly kicks conservatives in the teeth.
“I’m confused,” said Senator McCain. “Where’s my soup?”
Fight back, John....or is that too much to ask? Progressive Idiot.
JOHN, HARRY, Take it outside.
McCain said, "I don't hold any grudges. ..."He lies.
“McCain is very confused...about which party he belongs to! “
McCain: “I’m confused”
Kyl: “ Hold that thought”
McCain: “ What thought?”
Proposed Bill May Destroy Freedom of Access to Nutritional Supplements (McCain + a Democrat)
Yet, this is the guy we have representing us/opposing Obama on ‘healthcare’???
Hey Juan McCain, it’s not hard to understand. Reid is deranged, a sociopath....as for you Juan, just go away, please, go away.
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.
Hey McLame, it’s called politics. sheesh, for as long as he’s been around you’d think he’d know this.
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.
Thanks!!! .. and good question indeed.
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.
You don’t need to understand them John Boy!.....Either blast the hell out of them or get out of the way!!!
McCain, This should be absolutely clear to you, it's exactly how you treat fellow Republicans and Conservatives every day.
So where’s the world’s saddest song?
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.
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.
Why don’t you like me?
Juan McCain only knows how to fight against conservatives.
McCain is the Democrats lap dog and toy poodle.
Yep, 27 years and he’s still the Democrat he always was.
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!!
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.
As if MeCain being confused was something new.
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.
News Flash!....John McCain is confused!
“They like him about as much as we do!!”
Traitors are never trusted by either side.
I’ll have to be honest with you, John. It’s your Negro dialect. He doesn’t like it when you talk street.
“I dont understand it.
It’s really very simple John. Nobody likes you.
See? Even they don’t respect you either...
As of 14:00 02/25/10, MeCain still confused... Politamedics in route...
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!
Will the old fool ever learn?
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