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McCain: Tea Party Members Had ‘Mandate’ to Oppose Tax and Spending Hikes
National Review ^ | 2011-08-07 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 08/07/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT by rabscuttle385

Sen. John McCain defended the Tea Party against Sen. John Kerry’s “tea party downgrade” remark on Meet the Press this morning.

“We could have reached an agreement a lot earlier, but the members of the House of Representatives had a mandate last November, and it was jobs and the economy and it was spending. And for them to then agree to tax increases and spending increases was obviously a repudiation of the mandate they felt they had from last November,” McCain said.

He said that much of the “dysfunction” in the current political system could be attributed to “the failure of the president of the United States to lead.”

“The fact is that the President never came forward with a plan,” McCain pointed out. “There was never a specific plan. There was always the so-called ‘leading from behind.’”

McCain defended the S & P downgrade, saying it would be a mistake to “shoot the messenger.” He said he hoped the downgrade would lead to the congressional super committee looking seriously at entitlement reform.

He also criticized the decision to decrease troop levels in Afghanistan, saying, “All our military leaders said it increases the risk. Why would we want to increase the risk to the lives of our men and women serving?” He said that the decrease had lead to a perception in Afghanistan and other nations of withdrawal, which was further damaging the Afghanistan mission.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: debt; fakeconservatives; hobbitgate; hobbits; mccain; pretender; rino; taxes; teaparty; traitormccain

1 posted on 08/07/2011 9:38:21 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

mr. dysfunction himself calls the kettle black.


2 posted on 08/07/2011 9:39:59 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is he insane, or perhaps has dementia? Didn’t he just call the tea party hobbits?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2759975/posts?page=2#2


3 posted on 08/07/2011 9:41:26 AM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: rabscuttle385

Seriously, McCain said THIS? JOHN McCain? Senator John McCain?


4 posted on 08/07/2011 9:41:34 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Just when you think the left can't get any loonier . . .)
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To: rabscuttle385

I agree with everything he is quoted as saying. But I know that it is merely a calculation on his part to say this.


5 posted on 08/07/2011 9:41:47 AM PDT by oblomov
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To: NoGrayZone

Juan now defends the hobbits”

speaking out of both sides of his twisted mouth....again

he is no “maverick”... he is simply nucking futs


6 posted on 08/07/2011 9:43:30 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: rabscuttle385

This is the same RINO who called the TEA Party “Hobbits.” Too little too late, McStain.


7 posted on 08/07/2011 9:43:37 AM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: NoGrayZone

Maybe calling the Tea Party “hobbits” didn’t poll well.


8 posted on 08/07/2011 9:43:49 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Excuse me McCain, but these words would have best been said on the floor when they would have had more meaning. Day late, dollar short. I’m not buying, I can’t afford it!


9 posted on 08/07/2011 9:45:43 AM PDT by mardi59 (T)
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To: rabscuttle385

Multiple personalities of John McCain!


10 posted on 08/07/2011 9:47:05 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is it possible to be politically bi-polar?


11 posted on 08/07/2011 9:47:49 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: oblomov

Agree someone had to put the cuffs on the spenders S&P are right.Now the spenders are squalling like stuck pigs.


12 posted on 08/07/2011 9:47:54 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: rabscuttle385

McLame, either “get on the pot, or get the hell off of it” Somebody else needs it. You’re a pitiful excuse for a representative - I cringe further because you’re not just a representative, but a goddam Senator!. I doubt you’d understand this since you’re bat shit crazy in my opinion.


13 posted on 08/07/2011 9:47:54 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: rabscuttle385

This guy is a nutty as a fruitcake. He’s starting to flip flop more than Kerry. I think he’s truly lost his mind. He might should have his daughter do all the talking for him. She’ll keep him on the left where he belongs.


14 posted on 08/07/2011 9:51:32 AM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Why doesn’t Captain Queeg just STFU? No one cares what that senile old RINO has to say. Or his fat loudmouth daughter.


15 posted on 08/07/2011 9:52:12 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: oblomov

He found out that the rabid conservatives are pissed off.


16 posted on 08/07/2011 9:54:50 AM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: rabscuttle385
Prime example of America's DYSFUNCTION.

This link needs a million hits and needs to be sent to every Senator and Representative inbox.

17 posted on 08/07/2011 9:55:49 AM PDT by anonsquared
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks rabscuttle385.
We could have reached an agreement a lot earlier, but the members of the House of Representatives had a mandate last November, and it was jobs and the economy and it was spending. And for them to then agree to tax increases and spending increases was obviously a repudiation of the mandate they felt they had from last November," ... said that much of the "dysfunction" in the current political system could be attributed to "the failure of the president of the United States to lead. The fact is that the President never came forward with a plan... There was never a specific plan. There was always the so-called 'leading from behind.'" ... defended the S & P downgrade, saying it would be a mistake to "shoot the messenger." ...He also criticized the decision to decrease troop levels in Afghanistan, saying, "All our military leaders said it increases the risk. Why would we want to increase the risk to the lives of our men and women serving?"

18 posted on 08/07/2011 10:01:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: oblomov
It is too bad he didn't say this earlier, but I am glad that he didn't let the gigolo traitor just blame the tea party and he defended us. After having spent a lot of time in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp, I would guess that McCain really has a lot of personal animosity against Kerry, the North Vietnamese/China sympathizer.
I'm guessing China still has its hooks into Kerry, he has proven himself a whore to the highest bidder in his marriages, why would his patriotic allegiances be any different?
19 posted on 08/07/2011 10:02:21 AM PDT by madinmadtown (Marx, the patron saint of blame, envy and destruction.)
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To: rabscuttle385

John is a two-faced politician. If that’s not redundant I don’t know what is.


20 posted on 08/07/2011 10:05:11 AM PDT by hometoroost (Per Oceander: The only guarantees in life are death, taxes, and stupidity.)
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To: NoGrayZone

“Is he insane, or perhaps has dementia?”

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No, he just has Beltway Grand Delusion syndrome.

He thinks he can blatantly lie, contradict himself and not just get away with it, but actually charm us in the process.

The hugely overrated Bill Clinton was the exemplar of that pathological thinking.


21 posted on 08/07/2011 10:11:14 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: rabscuttle385

McLaims credibility is waning while the TpCaucus credibility is ramping up..

The TpCaucus is growing growing growing.. everywhere..
even in places you wouldn’t expect like San Fransicko.. Chicago.. New York City.. even in Maine..

Yes, Maine the habitat of Snowe and Collins.. the two republican eye rollers and droolers..
play: Jaws theme..


22 posted on 08/07/2011 10:13:46 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain also said " Now they call US terrorist", as if he was part of the Tea Party.

A case could be made that he is delusional but the truth is, he's a liar and an opportunist.

23 posted on 08/07/2011 10:15:46 AM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: rabscuttle385

Axelrod and Kerry both got the same talking points memo.


24 posted on 08/07/2011 10:30:38 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Yes Mr. Two Faced McPain your “mandate” is to shackle me with more government chains and suffering so you and your combined mob can live high and mighty. Forget about!


25 posted on 08/07/2011 10:47:06 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: rabscuttle385

Yes Mr. Two Faced McPain your “mandate” is to shackle me with more government chains and suffering so you and your combined mob can live high and mighty. Forget about it!


26 posted on 08/07/2011 10:48:08 AM PDT by Pilated
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To: NoGrayZone

McCain is bipolar


27 posted on 08/07/2011 10:52:00 AM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: rabscuttle385
McCain defended the S & P downgrade, saying it would be a mistake to “shoot the messenger.” He said he hoped the downgrade would lead to the congressional super committee looking seriously at entitlement reform.

They need this 'super committee' to point to when their constituents start howling. They could solve the problems themselves, if they were willing to take some blame, but no one wants to be blamed for killing women and children, or hurting the elderly, or abandoning our military, or whatever.

There is not one single facet of our budget that cannot be cut. Every program has fat in it, and can be cut, but someone will not like it. It will take an enormous amount of fortitude on the part of any Congressman to suggest ways to reduce spending, but it HAS to be done. We no longer have the luxury of saying that some program can't be touched by spending reductions.

28 posted on 08/07/2011 10:52:21 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Where was he when the chips were down? Where was he when it really counted? As a matter of fact, was he really ever there? Wherever ‘there’ may be!


29 posted on 08/07/2011 10:55:22 AM PDT by Parmy
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>> McCain: “We could have reached an agreement a lot earlier, but the members of the House of Representatives had a mandate last November, and it was jobs and the economy and it was spending.”

What exactly would the war hero have agreed to were it not for the sober moderation of TEA?


30 posted on 08/07/2011 10:57:15 AM PDT by Gene Eric (May our dreams converge for a free and prosperous nation.)
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McCain is probably getting an earful from his constituency.


31 posted on 08/07/2011 10:59:15 AM PDT by Gene Eric (May our dreams converge for a free and prosperous nation.)
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To: silverleaf

Not really...just like the “racist” charge grotesquely put on the Tea Party, this “downgrade” charge is so bogus and easy to attack that it will not stick. McCain is taking an easy road.

Who put on 14 trillion in debt? Not the Tea Party.

Whose policies mostly resemble Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland? Not the Tea Party.

Who wants to attack the main creators of wealth in the US - the private sector? Not the Tea Party.

Who threw the nation off the rails? Not the Tea Party.

Who wants to legalize 14 million low skilled, dirt poor, illiterate aliens who are now getting free medical and education? Not the Tea Party.

Tea Party people? Oh...you mean the Kulaks? They had nothing to do with the problems in this country but they are trying to solve them!

The Dems could have fixed this when they held the Senate, the House and the Presidency - but they declined because they are cowards! They cannot lead, their philosophy is hard left, and they are for the redistribution of your hard earned wealth.

The Dems will be the reason if this democracy falls - by stealing from those who made it, violating natural law, and forcing the citizenry to protect their homes and assets against a Soviet style confiscation. Remember the Kulaks!


32 posted on 08/07/2011 11:08:15 AM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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To: NoGrayZone

“Is he insane, or perhaps has dementia? Didn’t he just call the tea party hobbits?”

Obviously he’s doing some back-peddling after the fallout of his earlier statement. What a turd.

Personally, I’d rather be a hobbit than a democrat; I believe hobbits have better character.


33 posted on 08/07/2011 11:10:31 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam ("I know that God's tomorrow will be better than today!" A. H. Ackley)
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To: rabscuttle385
He said that much of the “dysfunction” in the current political system could be attributed to “the failure of the president of the United States to lead.”

Guess McCain has finally decided to be a 'maverick' against the corrupt dems... He must be tired of putting down his own party to pretend he's independent...

34 posted on 08/07/2011 11:14:05 AM PDT by GOPJ (The end of our great nation - caused by 'give it all away' dems. May dem scum reap what they sown...)
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To: Parmy

Exactly. When Joe The Plumber and Obama’s “redistribution of wealth is a good thing” gave him the opportunity, he blew it. I’d have jumped all over that and not let go.


35 posted on 08/07/2011 11:26:21 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Just when you think the left can't get any loonier . . .)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain needs to be put on Zyprexa!


36 posted on 08/07/2011 11:28:49 AM PDT by littlesorrel
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To: rabscuttle385

FUJM

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37 posted on 08/07/2011 12:03:47 PM PDT by hattend (As always...FUJM)
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To: rabscuttle385

Ol McCain. Sad attempt at trying to pull his foot out of
his mouth. His sense of entitlement is why we are in this
sinking boat today.
“He said he hoped the downgrade would lead to the congressional super committee looking seriously at entitlement reform.”
You can bet your a$$ that he will weasel his way on to this
committee and side 99.9% of the time with the commies.


38 posted on 08/07/2011 12:10:42 PM PDT by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Is there some way we can donate McCain to the democrat party? He’s as much a Tea Party supporter as he is a conservative. He’s the last guy I’d want defending my party.


39 posted on 08/07/2011 12:56:48 PM PDT by DPMD (~)
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To: rabscuttle385

Just throw him another pudding cup and ignore.


40 posted on 08/07/2011 12:59:16 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Free Republic- Still AAA rated)
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To: NoGrayZone

He knows what he vomited out in public to help Obama’s cause of avoiding making spending cuts. He’s trying to mitigate the damage he’s caused to his own reputation in the Senate. Too late Johnnyboy.

Senate Republicans should shun him. This is one backstab too far. He’s now joined Obama in a political game that threatened the world with default and resulted in the downgrading of the US credit. He’s gone too far. Backbench him or transfer him officially to Obama’s party.


41 posted on 08/07/2011 1:44:32 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: SaraJohnson
This whole thing has gone too far. I feared that we have been going over the cliff at such a accelerated rate, now I'm in panic mode.
42 posted on 08/07/2011 1:47:59 PM PDT by NoGrayZone ("Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being beheaded." Andrew Klavan of PJTV)
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To: NoGrayZone

It was treason to play politics with the debt ceiling like Obama chose to do in trotting out Geithner to threaten the world with default when they had no intention nor need to default on our loans even if the debt ceiling was not passed. They set a false deadline to create panic and to conclude the orchestrated election drama before Obama’s big fund raising birthday bash.

They made the US look like a banana republic being run by unstable jihadists holding knives to everyone’s throats to get a ransom from the taxpayers and US Treasury. The whole time they are shouting “The Tea Party is making us do!” to gain political points for an election. The president decided to play this kind of high stakes political game for a election performance and his poor judgement and carelessness harmed the Nation greatly. He should be impeached.


43 posted on 08/07/2011 2:14:31 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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