Skip to comments.McCain decries GOP fight against Obama mandate: ‘we need to get off that issue’
Posted on 03/23/2012 5:00:11 AM PDT by IbJensen
March 22, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain has criticized his party for waging a war on women based on their reaction to the Obama administrations mandate that will force religious institutions to pay for contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilization.
In response to a question from Meet the Press moderator David Gregory , who asked if there was something of a war on women among Republicans during an interview Sunday, the Arizona senator said we have to fix that.
I think that there is a perception out there because of how this whole contraception issue played out ah, we need to get off of that issue, in my view, said McCain. I think we ought to respect the right of women to make choices in their lives and make that clear, and get back onto what the American people really care about.
McCain gave the remarks weeks after backing an amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) that would have restored to employers the right to opt out of paying for employees birth control, a measure that was voted down.
However, McCain has welcomed the fact that a measure in his home state to allow employers to decline to cover contraceptive pills not used for medical reasons will likely be voted down. The bill stalled in the state Senate this week, but supporters say they will try to address the medical privacy concerns that have been voiced by McCain and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
GOP leaders in both the U.S. Senate and the House have vowed to fight the mandate that has sparked a firestorm of grassroots opposition in Catholic and Christian churches across the U.S. Protests in at least 129 U.S. cities are planned for Friday against the mandate, which has also earned condemnation from every bishop heading a Catholic diocese in the U.S.
If the state is allowed to violate the religious rights of one religion, then surely it can violate those of others, said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell last month of the mandate. If the rights of some are not protected, the rights of all are in danger.
I refer to Juan McCain, the eternal politician who continually gets re-elected by the clueless Arizonanas as a 'hoarse whisperer.' In the campaign mode he is like a marshmellow like when he ran against Obozo he would never say anything derrogatory about his esteemed opponent who went on to bet his sorry ass and commence turning America into a banana republic without the bananas.
he is a a milquetoast and never a defender of true conservative issues. Hard to believe he was a hero in the Nam war, but then being a veteran I never considered being a POW hero material. Further, I didn't vote for him, rather I voted for Sarah Palin.
Certainly not as part of the opposition.
Ye gads! Won’t that idiot EVER shut up!
I’m not sure who is worse, him or his daughter, but both of them need a good strong cup of STFU!!!
McCain, the Commie mole traitor, never fails to please his masters.
I wonder what the democrats did to McCain that his Vietnamese captors couldn’t.
McCain is just such a vapid doooooooosh.
Why doesn’t he just do a Specter and be done with it? We have to “get off the issue” that he is a Republican.
“Hard to believe he was a hero in the Nam war,”
He sort of fell into that position. I don’t think from what we know now that if Dad and Granddad hadn’t been high ranking Admirals that he would have never seen the inside of a cockpit except on an airshow tour with the rest of us ground huggers.
mclame needs to wheel himself back to his nursing home
Juan McCain and his daughter, three boobs that talk.
STFU old man.
Nothing you will ever say or do will get your wife out of the arms out of the other man.
He is fully accepting and repeating the democRats “reframing” of the issue.
What a jackass.
He needs to be one of the first purged from the GOP after a conservative/TP takeover.
Because the GOPe remembers 1964 when they ran a Conservative and lost.
They do not remember 1976,1992,1996 or 2008 when the exact opposite happened/ Nor do they remember 1980 and 1984 when a Conservative candidate won in massive landslides.
I was flabberghasted when McCain pulled ahead in primary.
He is awful
“What has three boobs and talks?”
The sooner this ass is gone from the scene, the better. He is second behind Obama as having done more damage to our country in the past decade and a half. He constantly mucked up the good economic bill under Bush to get back at him for the 2000 race, and now he is just an old foolish idiot that has no clue what is actually going on.
McCain is in his preferred political mode: as Little Sir Echo for the news media’s current bash conservatives line of attack.
Join us today on Wall Street at Noon protesting Obama and McCain’s mandate.Watch the nrws blackout.It will not have happened.Thank God for Free Republic.
Dear Sen. McCain, we will get off this issue when the government gets its ugly choke hold off of my religion. This “mandate” literally is a violation of my First Amendment Right. “Birth Control” coverage should be optional for everyone in their insurance plans, but forcing everyone to pay for it is illegal and a violation of the First Amendment. You Mr. McCain forcing me to pay for something that my religion has consistently taught since I was a young girl in Catholic School is asking me to commit a grave and mortal sin. This really is not a battle of just Catholic institutions being forced to pay for coverage, it is about forcing every believing Catholic to pay for what we know is murder. Other women may choose as they desire, but mandating the rest of us to pay for her choices is wrong under the Constitution, wrong under the First Amendment, and morally wrong according to the teachings of the Catholic Church.
So Sen. McCain the gauntlet has been thrown down and slapped across your face. You either honor your oath of office or you don’t. You can let them choose and that is the same thing I ask for myself.
LET ME CHOOSE, not you and not the government.
What is it about the UNPRECEDENTED attack on freedom of religion that McCain doesn’t get?
No... he IS a republican... THAT is the truth and the problem.
How do I hate thee, Juan. Let me count the ways.
Like most conservatives, I’m opposed to women making choices in their lives.
McCain is an idiot.
I perceive a fallacy in your argument.
The law says no establishment if religion.
If the law is struck solely to comply with religious based belief and view, then the government is in effect establishing religion.
To be successful, the argument must be made on other grounds.
Guys like McCain are no longer slowing the slide into socialism, they’re greasing the slide.
I refuse to use the false term “Separation of church and state”
Today I use the far more accurate term “Protection of church from state”.
No. The best we can hope for is to slow some of the implementation down, get rid of the worst parts.
If only he would “pull a Specter” then we could dispense with the charade that he is a Republican. He is the very definition of RINO.
ObamCare will not be repealed, the GOP establshment won’t stand for that. Romney would never sign it anyway.
This is a prime example of his instincts. He will not fight the necessary fight. It makes it too hard to “reach across the aisle” to his “good friends”.
That’s why he got his ass handed to him in `08.
Telling McCain to get the choke hold off of my religion is a fallacy? Telling McCain that can’t demand Catholics pay for ‘birth control’ is a fallacy?
The government can demand that the option for birth control coverage be offered, but it cannot force anyone to purchase it as part of their coverage.
So I don’t get what you are saying at all..
I held my nose and voted for this puke and know why people are against voting for mittens.
On the other hand, I'd vote mcpain again and will vote for mittens, although not with any great passion.
Arizona, you owe us big-time for re-electing and burdening the rest of us with this burn-out.
Having rolled that around, a thought. The protection of church from state seems to be a body of statutes and custom.
That body of law and custom is being steadily eroded. I believe the current President, his wife, his girls, every appointed lackey in the White House and many leaders of Congress have no religion in the sense of Christian or Jew.
They see their task as eroding that body of law and custom to destroy that which remains.
New York City is seen by Moslems as the great Satan, the fountain of sin. It and the other American cities are without religion. Having none, they are by definition sin ridden. To one with religion, that is bad. To one with no religion, the absence of all restraints is good.
It is my view that sadly, there is no great will to return the cities and thus America away from what are perceived as sinful ways. There is lack of conservative will to get it done.
What an idiot, but it’s a problem shared by most republican “leaders”.
Democrats are busy calling them misogynist racist nazi murderers, and the republicans beg for forgiveness.
Why anyone would treat David the chimp Gregory’s talking points with respect ....
> To be successful, the argument must be made on other grounds.
How about this one.
Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF!!!!!!!!
This regulation, established by an act of Congress, violates the FREE EXERCISE clause of the First Amendment by forcing religious institutions to pay for something that violates their religious conscience.
Thomas Jefferson said, “To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
This is even worse than that, because it compels all of Biblical Christianity, as well as the Catholic Church, to furnish funds for what they consider to be an egregious offense to God.
In fairness, having just blasted McCain for this in my first post, he did not criticize his party for “waging a war on women” as stated in the article.
Juan needs some serious reprogramming in confined environment.
My thought is that the argument must be made on other grounds than Christian beliefs. The person demanding birth control has no right to force all others to provide that which she is unwilling to provide for herself.
The whole question of government involvement in the issue is without basis. There is no authority for the government to have anything at all to do with birth control. That authority has been assumed out of thin air. Birth control is not a health issue, it is an economic issue. If the woman can’t control her urges then she must be forcibly sterilized for the benefit of society.
That principle is the issue of the coming election. The out of control power must be reigned in and the rules such as the one in question must be abolished. Alternatively, there must be blood in the streets to settle the issue one way or the other
Shut up John!
He’s done his crazy act for so long that some Mafia dons gave it a try to avoid prosecution. mccain has moved on to a Strom Thurman routine now.
Would the people of Arizona please RETIRE THIS TURKEY !!
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