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Posted on 03/08/2014 2:14:28 PM PST by VitacoreVision
John McCain Says Ted Cruz "Crossed a Line," Should Apologize to Bob Dole
08 March 2014
Senator John McCain (shown) yesterday accused Senator Ted Cruz of having "crossed a line" when the Texas Republican claimed that the GOP's most recent losing presidential candidates Bob Dole, McCain, and Mitt Romney "don't stand for principle." McCain, the five-term Republican senator from Arizona and the party's 2008 nominee, said Cruz owed Dole an apology.
Cruz, in a speech Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, told the crowd the three losing presidential candidates should have stood up for their views. "All of us remember President Dole, President McCain, and President Romney," Cruz said facetiously. "All of those are good men, those are decent men but when you don't stand and draw a clear distinction, when you don't stand for principle, Democrats celebrate," he said.
"He can say what he wants to about me and he can say anything he wants to about Mitt," the senator from Arizona said on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports. "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?"
I think John McCain and Bob Dole have crossed a line and should apologize to all of us.
John McCain should cross a line. With his signature. Admitting him to a rest home for batbleep crazy politicians.
The truth hurts
Bring out the veteran card eh? Veterans can never be wrong?
John, “Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!”
Hey, McCain retire and let Sarah Palin run for your Senate Seat. That is the patriotic thing for you to do for your country.
Also, Palin will become your legacy.
I don't recall Cruz saying anything about anyones military service, that being said I am pretty sure McLame left a goodly part of his brain in Vietnam, not sure that I could have stood up to what he did, but that doesn't mean he is fulling his duty to his constituents now.
Mclame has crossed “a line” many, many times. The old coot should do America a favor and resign.
Senator McCain knows that Senator Cruz was not attacking former Majority Leader Dole’s bravery in battle. Please resign, John. Now.
One is not the same as the other.
John Effing Kerry went to Vietnam or Laos or wherever and we disagree with him as well.
Should we apologize for his views due to his service?
Bite me...erh ...go...go far, far away....tard.
McCain can piss off, worthless POS.
Jaded old politicians always USED to stand for principles when they were young. That’s why and how they got elected initially. But, we don’t let young politicians run for president in the GOP. We pick out the oldest, most jaded one we can find, the one who knows politics more than people. The one who hasn’t driven himself to work in decades or know what it costs to replace a broken central A/C unit. They talk about the middle class worker when the only middle class workers they know are the people who SERVE them.
They all owe us an apology followed by a quiet retirement from public life.
With a class rank at Annapolis of 894 out of 899, it's a good bet he didn't show up in Viet Nam with a lot of brain to start with.
When will McInsane apologize to Cruz for al the nasty insults he has said?
But I don't see it that way.
John McCain crossed the aisle and should switch parties.
A seemingly long time ago ... I actually subscribed to the WEEKLY STANDARD (I know, I know ...). I believe Kristol himself wrote a cover story on McCain. I was touched in that, the climax of the piece was saying that he’d never, ever stoop to using his war record for political reasons.
I swear, that’s all true.
Shame on you, Juan McShame
He went into enemy territory to attack an American.
Shame on you, Juan McShame
This is relatively speaking, of course. He means that they were weaker about important principles than they could have been.
Cruz is a black-and-white thinker. That greatly appeals to some and will repel others. However this is still quite preferable to the line of clowns that the former great Democrat party has bequeathed us.
John McCain should have left the party or been pushed out a long time ago. But since the Republican party loves RINOs like him and is more like a country club where you pay your dues and eventually have a say, he’s the man with the reins.
McCain, hide behind a Bob Dole and use a red herring as a counter argument. McCain is disgusting and it’s people like him why the Republican party has failed. Frankly Ted is right, and he shouldn’t back down or apologize for stating the obvious, that Dole, McCain and Romney led the Republics into political “failure.” Someone like Romney was at least dignified and took personal responsibility for the failure, but McCain immediately pointed the finger at Palin (even though at the time she was the star of the show). Instead of blaming others and essentially hiding behind a more popular and sympathetic person like Dole, someone like McCain should accept “his” failure in 2008 and not blame Palin, or today try to besmirch Ted through some false argument of outrage (a fallacy). This guy is like an athlete who just didn’t know when his time had passed and eventually is a clown or punching bag for the real stars out there. Only in McCain’s case, this guy is doing real damage to the conservative cause.
McCain is just auditioning for his next Sunday morning television appearance.
How old is McCain?
America needs an apology from McRAT.
FU John McNuts!
John McCain to me is what dog crap is to my sneaker.
McCain has the lowest approval of any Senator, even Reid outpolls him.
Aside from the bookers of obsolete Sunday shows and the hardest core neocons, does ANYBODY care what he says anymore?
We already know you are a fool Juan, no need to open yer piehole.
Hell NO! Cruz should tell this loser and the others to "Bite it!".
If McLame doesn't like it, then he shouldn't have kissed 0bama's butt and tip-toed around issues such as where he was born, who his father was, what his nationality is, why he is using a stolen SS number, etc.!
I salute the service of all veterans, even the late and longtime Communist Party Chairman Gus Hall, who was in the Navy like McCain.
The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks.
This is just a ploy for attention from McCain.
Taking the lead from McCain, Jeff Flake is next worst.
McCain is acting like a thin skinned liberal. Wait a minute, that’s exactly what he is. No insult was meant for either Dole, McCain or Romney. But liberals are always taking insult.
Palin was the only reason I could stomach voting for McCain. I remember seeing stickers that said, "McWhatshisname/Palin".
When Ted Cruz has spent a few years as s prisoner of Nwar, or served his time in combat, or raised a family of decent children, he can claim authority to degrade the reputations of his elders. At this point, it seems to me that Cruz is a little brash for qualifying as President nominee. Maybe in another 20 years of faithful service —
Ted Cruz did not denigrate the military service of Dole or McCain. Their service does not give these men a pass on accountability for their failure to stand on Republican principle when they ran for president. McCain using Dole’s (and by association, his own) military service as a rationale to not criticize either man’s presidential campaign failures is as lame as McCain’s 2008 campaign.
John McCain got INTO the Naval Academy in the first place, because he was a “heritage” applicant. His father and grandfather were both flag rank officers, and if John had not been such a squirrel, BEFORE he was captured by the VC, he probably stood in line to become a flag rank officer himself.
But John Sidney McCain III (the full name of the GOP Presidential campaign of 2008) was something of a misfit, with few distinguishing characteristics as an officer, and had he not been the son and grandson of admiral officers held in high regard by the Navy, he would have been drummed out long before he was captured by the VC following what had been a record of poor regard for the equipment for which he was given responsibility, being involved in several crashes and a near-death experience on the USS Forrestal. To be honest, McCain was only there in the line of a very serious fire involving another plane first, but which resulted in the deaths and injury of a large number of sailors and serious disabling of the aircraft carrier, subsequent to which time he was transferred to another carrier, the USS Oriskany.
There is an old saying about there being old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.
McCain’s judgment was high-risk at best, as he had a tendency to ignore training manuals and schedules, and would push the envelope more than a little on occasion, including the day he was shot down over North Viet Nam on October 26, 1967. On a raid where he was coming in a little closer and hotter, a SAM missile took off the wing of his
craft, and his problems only got worse from then on. Suffering two broken arms and a broken leg after ejecting, he came down in a lake, where he was fished out of the water by civilian Vietnamese, who proceeded to brutalize him and kick him about. And this was even before the Viet Cong got to him.
McCain, to his everlasting credit, probably suffered an uncommon degree of abuse and privation that would have killed anybody with a lesser will to live, and equaled or exceeded what most other prisoners of the Viet Cong endured. That he finally gave up some information beyond name, rank, serial number and date of birth, none of it was to prove to be of any real use to the Viet Cong.
What I find troublesome here is Ted Cruz even mentioning these men’s conduct as a benchmark to boost his own perceived political saleability, through his own implicit praise of himself. None of these past candidates were my favorites, but it was not the best forum to condemn them with faint praise. That’s what marks Ted as a little too brash, and probably due for some correctional experiences yet.
Ted Cruz has had a meteoric rise during his short time as a Senator, thanks in part to John McCain’s foolish attacks on him.
Being called a ‘’wacko-bird’’ and other epithets by a Senator who can’t control his compulsion to speak into any microphone within a ten-block radius of his mouth has greatly enhanced Ted Cruz’s name recognition throughout the country.
In addition, being criticized by Senator McCain, who has the lowest approval rating among his own constituents of any U.S. Senator, enhances Ted Cruz’s stature as the antidote to John McCainism — i.e., a young principled Republican being attacked by a curmudgeonly old windbag who should have retired years ago.
Who cares what this a-hole says. He’s a jerk-face and needs to evaporate.
Ted Cruz was making a very valid point about the Republicans running as democrat lites and always losing. That was the point, that Republican candidates need to firmly say what they believe and not be afraid of it. That is what gets them to the White House. How anyone could be even remotely offended by what he said is just ridiculous and are just trying to change the subject away from the truth.
Are you a troll? Seriously. You need not look back more that 4 years to see what McCrazy has done for the cause. He attacks someone for doing What they said they would do when running for office, along with his RINO voting record.
John McCain is addicted to power, Cruz threatens his place. John isn’t happy about.
McLame didn’t have the guts to say he was offended by what Cruz said about him, not what he said about Dole. Typical whining from a grumpy old loser who went senile a couple of decades ago.
No, I don't care for McCain's or Romney's politics or behavior, but one's candidacy should not be merely based on rejecting past candidates. I feel it should be that of creating one's own legacy, and running on it, as Reagan did.
Cruz may be an acceptable candidate, but we have yet to see what compromises he will have to make to run on the national ticket. It's a little too early to tell.
We already have someone for 9+ years who ran on the premise of "change," without making the public look very closely at both his almost nonexistent record and his pronounced communistic philosophy.
Hey John McInsane...Cruz wasn’t talking about WWII, ya clown. He was talking about the political fights. And you know it.
So cram it, ya kook.
frankly.... these two gents do not get a life-time free pass to do and say whatever they want...