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McCain: Cruz’s Criticism of Bob Dole Crossed a Line (Good Lord!)
blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 3/7/14 | Niels Lesniewski

Posted on 03/07/2014 11:22:05 AM PST by cotton1706

Sen. John McCain said Friday he told Sen. Ted Cruz that the Texas Republican’s criticism of former Majority Leader Bob Dole in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference crossed a line.

In an interview on MSNBC, McCain said he confronted Cruz on the Senate floor about the freshman’s CPAC comments from Thursday, in which Cruz called out Dole, McCain and Mitt Romney — the party’s last three unsuccessful presidential nominees.

“I spoke to Ted Cruz — he and I have a cordial relationship — about this, and he can say what he wants about me, and he can say anything he wants to, I think, about Mitt,” the Arizona Republican said. “But when he throws Bob Dole in there, I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country? Bob Dole is such a man of honor and integrity and principle.”

Dole was severely wounded on the battlefield during World War II. He recovered from his war injuries along with fellow future Sens. Philip Hart of Michigan and Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii. McCain noted Dole’s current health condition during the TV interview.

Cruz, a potential White House contender in 2016, was the first speaker at the three-day conference of conservative activists held just outside the Beltway at National Harbor, Md.

“Of course, all of us remember President Dole and President McCain and President Romney,” Cruz said at CPAC. “Now look, those are good men. They’re decent men, but when you don’t stand and draw a clear distinction; when you don’t stand for principle, Democrats celebrate.”

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1 posted on 03/07/2014 11:22:05 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Ah, shut up McLame


2 posted on 03/07/2014 11:23:01 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706

Oh, Shaddup, you old good for nothing RINO


3 posted on 03/07/2014 11:23:21 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: cotton1706

Idiot Alert!


4 posted on 03/07/2014 11:23:51 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: cotton1706

5 posted on 03/07/2014 11:24:09 AM PST by Viennacon
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Just so long as it wasn’t a RED line...


6 posted on 03/07/2014 11:24:28 AM PST by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: cotton1706

No. McCain is offended that Cruz mentioned him but he is using Dole and a shield.


7 posted on 03/07/2014 11:24:43 AM PST by CrappieLuck
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To: cotton1706

Sit down Gramps! Apparently you got off at the wrong bus stop.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 11:24:53 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: CrappieLuck

Should read - “as a shield”


9 posted on 03/07/2014 11:25:45 AM PST by CrappieLuck
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To: cotton1706
Bob Dole was a good soldier who did what he had to do. His political life was the very epitome of go along and get along establishment republicanism. Newt Gingrich aptly described Dole as "the tax collector for the welfare state." McCain is out of line playing the vet card to excuse a pusillanimous policy maker.
10 posted on 03/07/2014 11:25:59 AM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: cotton1706

LOL. McCain is pissed because Cruz included him the pantheon of wannabe Rep Presidents—President Dole, President McCain, and President Romney—losers all.


11 posted on 03/07/2014 11:26:06 AM PST by kabar
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To: cotton1706

Will this decrepit old loser ever shut up?


12 posted on 03/07/2014 11:26:14 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cotton1706
Doesn't it say about all that needs to be said, that McCain picked this particular media outlet to sound-off!!

William Flax

13 posted on 03/07/2014 11:26:38 AM PST by Ohioan
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To: cotton1706

How many lines has KingHussein, POSOTUS, crossed, idiot.


14 posted on 03/07/2014 11:26:43 AM PST by PGalt
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To: cotton1706

“... he and I have a cordial relationship”

Is that another fantasy of his? I cannot imagine anyone being even amicable to him because he’s just such a nasty piece of work.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 11:27:20 AM PST by Politicalkiddo (Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. -M. Twain)
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To: cotton1706

“he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country”

I have the deepest respect for Bob Dole’s sacrifice. I am sure he served our country, in the military, with honor and courage.

On the other hand, the worst thing we could’ve done was nominate him as a presidential candidate. There is certainly a difference in how Bob made himself as a soldier... and how he made himself as a politician.


16 posted on 03/07/2014 11:27:59 AM PST by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: cotton1706

Shut up and go away McCain


17 posted on 03/07/2014 11:28:25 AM PST by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11))
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To: cotton1706

The problem with resting on your laurels too long is that that they dry out and crumble eventually.


18 posted on 03/07/2014 11:28:40 AM PST by Psalm 144 (My citizenship is not here, Pharaoh.)
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To: cotton1706

Was McCain as supportive when Liberals slammed Dole during HIS Presidential campaign?

NOT


19 posted on 03/07/2014 11:28:56 AM PST by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: cotton1706

20 posted on 03/07/2014 11:29:12 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: cotton1706

McCain can do this because he was just voted the most popular senator in the USA.

Oh, wait a minute...


21 posted on 03/07/2014 11:30:41 AM PST by moovova
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To: cotton1706

Dole’s military service in the 1940’s had nothing to do with his run for President in 1996. McCain is once again running off the reservation. He is an egomaniac who should have been tried and convicted for influence peddling during the 1990’s (Keating S&L affair). Unfortunately George H.W. Bush’s Justice Department didn’t want to deal with the spectacle of prosecuting America’s astronaut hero John Glenn so all of the” Keating 5” Senators, got a pass for their criminal activity.

Obviously Cruz lives inside McCain’s head. In his heart McCain probably knows Cruz could beat Hillary in 2016. He (McCain) can’t stand the young upstart Cruz receiving applause and attention without playing by the rules of the Senate Club.


22 posted on 03/07/2014 11:31:06 AM PST by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: Viennacon

Well-stated, 3-panel pics, Viennacon. BTTT!


23 posted on 03/07/2014 11:31:26 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Timber Rattler; maggief

The only good thing that came out of Dingy Harry’s getting rid of the 60 vote cloture rule is that it makes McCain and all the other RINO pukes no longer relevant. They are no longer needed and the press doesn’t follow them or make them important.

So they now only get covered if they bash other conservatives.


24 posted on 03/07/2014 11:31:51 AM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: cotton1706

The only thing that crossed the line is McCain’s meds. They are below the level needed to keep him sane.


25 posted on 03/07/2014 11:32:20 AM PST by ZULU (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: cotton1706
“I spoke to Ted Cruz — he and I have a cordial relationship"

That, McStain, is because Senator Cruz is a gentlemen, even when talking to traitorous scum, like you McStain.

26 posted on 03/07/2014 11:32:38 AM PST by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: cotton1706
"...I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country? Bob Dole is such a man of honor and integrity and principle.”

I am sure we all believe Dole fought bravely and honorably and he is a Great War Hero. BUT I FAIL to see the relevance when 50 years later he ran for President that Dole and failed to put together a principled message or even a good campaign. After Dole lost he went on Leno and other appearances and did a great job communicating his life and message. I recall many people remarking that if they would have known THAT Dole they would have voted for him.....

27 posted on 03/07/2014 11:32:51 AM PST by 11th Commandment ("THOSE WHO TIRE LOSE")
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To: cotton1706

We see.... RINOs get to slam conservatives ( lets remember bob dole slammed gingrich just a few months before election).... but conservatives cannot slam RINOs


28 posted on 03/07/2014 11:33:40 AM PST by BRL
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To: Soul of the South

Thanks for the reminder, SotS. Plunder & CRONY $OCIALI$M go hand-in-hand. BTTT!


29 posted on 03/07/2014 11:34:21 AM PST by PGalt
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To: cotton1706

It’s time for Ted to destroy more than one “line”. Repub RINOS please don’t give me another stupid RINO. Will the party of Stupid wake up and support a candiate that actually has core beliefs? I don’t want to see Karl Rove, Jeb Bush, Christie and any such ilk on my TV again. Cruz or possibly Rand Paul. Don’t promise to give the harlots free birth control. Don’t expand benefits to this already sick socialist nation. Cut taxes and make people fend for themselves. That’s how it was done in the past. Anybody getting a gov’t check should wear a scarlet “G” on their clothes!


30 posted on 03/07/2014 11:34:34 AM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: cotton1706

It crossed a line? Like those red lines Obamaramadingdong likes or like the lines that Mclame constantly crosses while belittling and insulting actual Conservative that don’t bow down to his insanity?


31 posted on 03/07/2014 11:35:22 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: cotton1706

McCain, STFU, it’s time to go out to pasture.


32 posted on 03/07/2014 11:35:35 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: cotton1706

McAmnesty also called obozo a good man. The dude needs to be put back in a cage, he’s clearly a danger to this nation.


33 posted on 03/07/2014 11:35:56 AM PST by drypowder
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To: cotton1706
Dole: Tax collector for the Welfare State.
34 posted on 03/07/2014 11:36:59 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Politicalkiddo
I wouldn't be surprised if McCain verbally abuses Cindy McCain.

I can't stand the old fool!

35 posted on 03/07/2014 11:38:19 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: cotton1706

McCain became dead to me when he didn’t train his fire power on his own consultants who shot Sarah Palin in the back. She defends him (that’s class). He doesn’t. That’s all I have to see.


36 posted on 03/07/2014 11:38:39 AM PST by winner3000
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To: cotton1706

Someone should get the butterfly net and put him in a quiet corner.

I think it was a Freeper who met him and said he seems to have Asperger’s or something - mentally off.


37 posted on 03/07/2014 11:38:41 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: cotton1706
McCain never has anything good to say about a conservative. He attacks them over and over. Cruz said Dole was “a good man”. McCain should just shut up.

By the way, where is Sarah Palin when McCain attacks conservatives? After the way McCain's staff back stabbed her throughout the 2008 campaign you would think she would stand up for conservatives at least once.

38 posted on 03/07/2014 11:41:14 AM PST by detective
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To: cotton1706

One of the many problems of today’s Republican party is that the losers think they have something valuable to contribute.


39 posted on 03/07/2014 11:41:56 AM PST by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: cotton1706

I am tired of the warrior card. It does not make them a better servant of the people. Just because you served does not give you a pass on being a crappy politician. I honor their military record and service but that does not translate to being good for this country in office. John Murtha was a Marine and I still despise him. Semper Fi.


40 posted on 03/07/2014 11:43:53 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: cotton1706
“But when he throws Bob Dole in there, I wonder if he thinks that Bob Dole stood for principle on that hilltop in Italy when he was so gravely wounded and left part of his body there fighting for our country?

Really, really hate going there but the fact is human character tends to betray inexplicable inconsistencies.
That said, I wonder if he thinks Benedict Arnold stood for principle when he was so gravely wounded he left a leg in the battlefield fighting for our country.

41 posted on 03/07/2014 11:44:47 AM PST by stormhill
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To: cotton1706
The McCain Davis-Manafort Lobbying Trail that led to the Ukrainian Crimean Crisis

John McCain armed Kosovo Islamic terrorists

John McCain armed the KLA, Politika

Group tied to al-Qaida backs McCain for prez

42 posted on 03/07/2014 11:45:23 AM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: cotton1706

Ah, the old military canard: because he was a brave soldier, you can’t criticize him politically, no matter how much his voting record stinks.

Sorry, McCrank, it won’t work.

Go, Ted, go.


43 posted on 03/07/2014 11:46:55 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706

Bob Dole is a good and decent man, Mitt Romney may be a good and decent man. McCain is not a good or decent man.


44 posted on 03/07/2014 11:49:46 AM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: cotton1706

Like anybody gives at rat’s patoot (other than the lamestream media who loves him) what McLame has to say.


45 posted on 03/07/2014 11:50:49 AM PST by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: cotton1706

Cruz’ remark was far too gracious for these RINO scum

But McCain’s own statements make no sense. McCain was a POW. If anything he deserves as much or maybe even more consideration for his military service. Both of them sacrificed but being a POW is especially rough. So McCain’s statement is not logical


46 posted on 03/07/2014 11:50:53 AM PST by plain talk
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To: cotton1706

I saw Cruz’s speech and those few sentences were absolutely true and the people in the audience clapped and yelled their approval. McCain’s reaction was wrong but then he is always wrong.


47 posted on 03/07/2014 11:52:29 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Resolute Conservative

Why didn’t McCain use the warrior card on B0 Soebarkah?


48 posted on 03/07/2014 11:57:56 AM PST by Zuse
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To: cotton1706

McCain understands fully what Sen. Cruz was saying.

So, in providing talking points to the lamestream media for their attacks on TEA Party conservatives, McCain has crossed the line. Again.


49 posted on 03/07/2014 11:58:42 AM PST by Heart of Georgia
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To: cotton1706

If speaking the truth is crossing the line then we might as well fold up the tent and go home.

“Half a truth is often a great lie.”
—Benjamin Franklin


50 posted on 03/07/2014 12:01:23 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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