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  • John McCain: Hillary Clinton is an 'international star' ("she has done a really tremendous job")

    04/07/2011 10:28:56 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 78 replies · 1+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 2011-04-06 | Dave Cook
    Washington - Sen. John McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, calls Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton an “international star” but sharply criticizes the Obama administration’s policy on Libya. At a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters on Wednesday, Senator McCain, the 2008 Republican candidate for president, was asked to rate President Obama’s national security team. “I think the international star is Secretary Clinton,” McCain said. “She has done a really tremendous job.”
  • ISU Speaker Series invites Meghan McCain (to publicly attack, rip GOP conservatives)

    02/21/2011 5:01:26 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    Meghan McCain will offer her insight on the Republican Party this week as part of the University Speaker Series. McCain, the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John Mc- Cain, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Tilson Music Hall. Her speech is titled "Redefining Republicanism: No Labels. No Boxes. No Stereotypes." McCain gained attention for her political and social commentary during and after her father's campaign. She is the author of "My Dad, John McCain," an illustrated children's book, and "Dirty Sexy Politics," a political memoir. "She will bring a different view on what happens today...
  • Moderate Wisconsin Republicans Offer Compromise

    02/20/2011 7:57:04 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 162 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/20/2011 | Douglas Belking
    With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker maintaining a hard line on his budget bill and Democratic senators refusing to return to Madison to vote, attention is turning to a group of moderate Republican senators to negotiate a compromise to the stalemate that has drawn thousands of protesters to the state capital for a sixth straight day. The proposal, written by Sen. Dale Schultz and first floated in the Republican caucus early last week, calls for most collective bargaining rights of public employee unions to be eliminated – per Mr. Walker's bill – but then reinstated in 2013, said Mr. Schultzs's chief...
  • McCain: 'I'm not a starry-eyed idealist' (McCain: I share "common interest," "values" with Obama)

    02/03/2011 4:42:15 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-02-03
    (snip) Of his campaign rival, President Obama, McCain revealed that they now have a "common interest" and "common values" that will help them work together. Specifically, McCain believes the two could cooperate on "enhanced rescission" and "once we get the border secure…immigration reform," along with "several other issues."(snip)
  • (RINO) Sen. Collins recounts role in repealing 'don't ask' ("It was exciting")

    01/18/2011 9:29:55 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies
    The Press-Herald, Portland, Me. ^ | 2011-01-14 | David Hench
    PORTLAND — Sen. Susan Collins this morning described for a group of business leaders from across New England her role in repealing the law banning gays in the military. (snip) In a 30-minute presentation, the Republican lawmaker described the 11th-hour maneuvering against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the waning days of 2010, her work to convince key Republican allies to support repeal and the challenge of opposing a close friend, renowned veteran, Sen. John McCain of Arizona. "It was exciting to help lead what I believe to be a historic change for our country, but boy it was not...
  • After the shootings, Obama reminds the nation of the golden rule (McCain says Obama "a patriot")

    01/14/2011 2:00:15 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-01-14 | U.S. Sen. Juan McCain, RINO-Ariz.
    (snip) I disagree with many of the president's policies, but I believe he is a patriot sincerely intent on using his time in office to advance our country's cause. I reject accusations that his policies and beliefs make him unworthy to lead America or opposed to its founding ideals.(snip)
  • McCain favors comprehensive immigration reform after borders secured

    01/05/2011 7:26:33 AM PST · by WilliamHouston · 80 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/05/2011 | Michael O'Brien
    Congress should take up work on comprehensive immigration reform once the U.S. borders are secure, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday. McCain, a longtime proponent of comprehensive reform who had tacked right in his race for reelection last year, said that an immigration deal could be an area of compromise between Republicans and Democrats. "Once we get the border secured — and we can get the border secured — I would look forward to working on comprehensive immigration reform," the 2008 Republican presidential nominee said on NBC's "Today" show. The Arizona senator had in the past favored legislation that would...
  • Green skeletons lurk in GOP closets (Romney, Huckster, Palin, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Boehner, Bush)

    01/02/2011 6:21:09 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 69 replies
    (snip) Dig long enough and just about every Republican has a green skeleton in their closet. Many of them have their last presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, a longtime cap-and-trade enthusiast, to thank for it. (snip) "I support a reasonable cap-and-trade system," [Pawlenty] said. "I think it'd be good for the federal government to take that up rather than have states take it up as clusters of regions." Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, appealed to a New Hampshire audience in October 2007 on moral grounds by saying he backed a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gases and faulted the...
  • Outgoing GOP congressman: 'Credible conservatives' not about Obama 'hatred'

    12/31/2010 8:22:08 PM PST · by speciallybland · 153 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/31/2010 | Bridget Johnson
    Outgoing Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) said Thursday that a "credible conservative" movement that doesn't focus on "hatred" of President Obama is needed. Inglis was defeated in a landslide by Trey Gowdy in the June primary runoff. Gowdy, a staunch conservative and Tea Party favorite, went on to win the 4th District seat in November. Inglis lamented on CNN that the current wave of populist conservatism is unlike that of Ronald Reagan. "We'll get through and we'll get back to optimistic conservatism," he said. "We just got to get through this unfortunate period." The congressman said he was wounded in his...
  • Graham: Tea Party faces test now to be problem-solvers (Grahamnesty, YOU are the problem!)

    12/19/2010 10:57:26 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-12-19 | Bridget Johnson
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that the Tea Party needs to commit to being problem-solvers in the new Congress. On "Face the Nation," Graham was asked about the prospects for bipartisanship come January. "The House is in revolt," he said of the difficulty of extending the Bush-era tax cuts. "People are pissed off in the House at the estate tax. That's going to carry over a bit." Graham said that big government and spending is on the "run and retreat," but that the coming months will test the grass-roots movement that helped turn the tide in the midterm election. "The...
  • McCain: It's up to Obama to cooperate with GOP (Vichy RINO McCain stabs conservatives) (BARF ALERT)

    11/03/2010 5:59:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 2010-10-03
    <p>PHOENIX (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain says it's up to President Barack Obama to decide whether he wants to work with Republicans to solve America's financial woes and other problems.</p> <p>He maintains that he has been willing to work with Obama all along, but that the president hasn't shown the same cooperation.</p>
  • Voinovich: Congress must find agreement on key issues (RINO ALERT)

    10/30/2010 11:21:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 2010-10-25 | Peter Hamby
    Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - Retiring Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said Monday that the upcoming lame duck session of Congress should work together on a handful of key issues to demonstrate a commitment to problem-solving rather than partisan bickering. (snip) He suggested that in the lame duck session, the 18-member bipartisan debt commission should endorse recommendations to help repair the country's deep budget deficit. He called on lawmakers to listen to the commission and have "the courage to move forward and do the tough things that need to be done for our country." (snip) "Once we are elected we ought to...
  • Hatch: 'I'm no Bob Bennett' (RINO running scared ahead of potential 2012 challenge from Tea Party)

    10/23/2010 11:03:28 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-10-15 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) stressed Friday he has no intentions of following down the path of his Utah colleague, Sen. Bob Bennett (R). During an appearance on Bloomberg's "Political Capital With Al Hunt" set to air this weekend, Hatch, who's up for reelection in 2012, talked down the prospect of losing to a conservative primary challenger the way Bennett did earlier this year. “I like Bob Bennett. I felt like he was a great senator. But I'm no Bob Bennett," Hatch said of his colleague, who lost at a state party convention to Mike Lee, the new GOP candidate for...
  • Can Democrats and Republicans work together after the election?

    10/17/2010 3:00:52 PM PDT · by An Old Man · 96 replies
    CNN ^ | October 17, 2010 | Tom Cohen
    Washington (CNN) -- Bipartisanship is in the eye of the beholder, it seems, as Democrats and Republicans ponder how cooperation between them can improve after the upcoming congressional elections. The voting on November 2 is expected to diminish Democratic majorities in both chambers and perhaps cost them control of the House. Whatever the final tally, widespread voter dissatisfaction with the hostile political climate in Washington is evident. Democrats blame Republican intransigence, calling the GOP a "party of no" that has opposed almost every initiative to undermine President Barack Obama's campaign pledge to change Washington politics. Republican leaders say their opposition...
  • Interview with Senator Lindsey Graham (Graham "ready" to work with Pelosi, Reid, Obama on amnesty)

    10/01/2010 10:54:09 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 90 replies
    (snip) BLITZER: Are you ready to work with the Democrats on immigration reform? GRAHAM: Yes, I'm ready to solve the problem -- the immigration problem once and for all. Start with securing the border, and if I'm not willing to work on immigration reform? Why am I up here? Because it's a huge problem for the country. Start with border security. I'm willing to do anything that makes America stronger as long as I get something for it. (snip)
  • McCain to give NRSC $1 million (Cornyn praises McCain)

    09/29/2010 4:12:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 2010-09-29
    (CNN) - The National Republican Senatorial Committee blasted out an email to reporters Wednesday afternoon with the headline that Sen. John McCain has offered $1 million to the organization. The promise comes as the party committee is looking to pick up at least 10 seats in order to take back a majority in the Senate. NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn praised McCain, saying, "It's very encouraging to see Sen. McCain step up and do this. Republicans have historically not done this like Democrats have, and that has been a real competitive advantage that they have had." (snip) McCain's resources are...
  • Boehner: I'll Drop Tax Cut for Rich If I Have To [reality check at post 121]

    09/12/2010 8:24:10 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 239 replies · 1+ views
    (CBS) The leading Republican in the House, and a vocal proponent of allowing an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for all Americans, including the wealthiest 3% of earners, objected to charges by President Obama that Republicans are holding tax breaks for the bottom 97% of earners hostage unless the wealthiest also get an extension. In a pre-taped interview to appear on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner said that, if approving a bill to extend breaks for middle class income Americans were "the only option," he would support it. The Congressional Budget Office has...
  • McCain, McConnell plead against Koran burning

    09/11/2010 9:13:01 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 64 replies
    AFP ^ | 2010-09-09
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Two senior Republican US Senators pleaded Thursday for a Florida pastor to abandon plans to burn hundreds of Korans, warning the incendiary gesture could endanger US troops overseas. "Pastor (Terry) Jones' threats to burn the Koran will put American service men/women in danger -- for their sake please don't do it!" the party's 2008 presidential candidate, John McCain, said on his Twitter feed. And Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned that the "stunt" risked endangering US troops in the field, while urging the news media to show restraint amid global outrage at the pastor's plans.
  • Meghan McCain opens up about campaign, Palins (Meghan attacks conservatives as her father cheers)

    08/31/2010 7:27:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-08-31 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    PHOENIX (AP) — John McCain's daughter says in a new book released Tuesday that Sarah Palin brought drama, stress and uncertainty to her father's failed bid for the presidency in 2008, but she doesn't blame the vice presidential nominee for losing the race. (snip) In her book, released by Hyperion, Meghan McCain shows an itch to adopt her father's persona as a "maverick" delivering "straight talk."She calls religious conservatives the "intolerant far right," evoking her father's famous remark a decade ago that GOP religious leaders were "agents of intolerance." The elder McCain has since backed off from those statements. (snip)...
  • Maverick Graham is Still a Maverick (RINO Graham defends RINO McCain, responds to J.D. Hayworth)

    07/20/2010 7:00:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Fox ^ | 2010-07-20
    With one word, "yes," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, solidified his maverick status and no doubt fanned the flames of conservative resentment already running high against him, as he voted Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee to support the nomination of Elena Kagan for a seat on the Supreme Court, the lone Republican to do so. "I'm going to vote for her because I believe this last election has consequences," Graham said of Kagan, adding that her positions are "in the mainstream" and saying it was "not a difficult decision." As if to underline his conservative status, Graham reminded, "No one...
  • John McCain funded by Soros since 2001

    07/11/2010 5:03:44 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 96 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | Feb 12, 2008 | Jerome R. Corsi
    As Sen. John McCain assumes the GOP front-runner mantle, his long-standing, but little-noticed association with donors such as George Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry is receiving new attention among his Republican critics. In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros' Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry's Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.
  • McCain Invites Obama to Visit Border

    07/04/2010 9:36:57 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2010-07-04
    In an EXCLUSIVE interview on “This Week,” Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., invited President Obama to the Arizona border. “[Sen.] Jon Kyl and I invite the President to come to the Arizona Sonora border. The violence is incredibly high,” McCain said. “The human smuggling and drug cartels are at a level of violence where 23,000 Mexican citizens have been murdered in the last few years. … There is a level of violence which has increased to a significant degree which makes the situation far different than it was in 2007,” he said. “We have to secure the borders,” McCain said. “We...
  • Lindsey Graham – Maverick, deal-maker with ‘vision’

    07/04/2010 7:34:06 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies
    Lindsey Graham was sitting in a sedan early one morning and contentedly discussing the various fellow S.C. conservatives who dislike him — Tea Partiers, Constitutionalists, immigration hardliners — when Van Cato, his Upstate regional director, lifted a hand from the steering wheel and said: “That’s the leader of them right there. There’s his sign. He’s running for Greenville County Council.” “Harry Kibler,” Graham, South Carolina’s senior U.S. senator, murmured as he read the campaign poster. “He’s the one that has that prop of your legs sticking out of a toilet in the back of his truck,” Cato added helpfully. Graham...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: (RINO) McDonnell hosts fundraiser for (RINO) McCain's Senate bid

    06/01/2010 4:21:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 725+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-06-01 | Ajay Kumar
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will host his first fundraiser for Arizona Sen. John McCain, facing a tough primary battle against former congressman J.D. Hayworth, at a McLean home later this month, advisers to the governor say. The June 14 fundraiser will be at the home of Bobbie Kilberg, president and chief executive of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Kilberg, an adviser to McDonnell, is a member of McDonnell's new government reform commission. Other hosts include businessman Fred Malek, the commission chairman who has been under fire in recent weeks because of questions that have been raised about his past, former...
  • McCain gets political win on border troops (Kyl, McCain pimp "comprehensive immigration reform")

    05/25/2010 1:51:43 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 195 replies · 2,107+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2010-05-25 | David Weigel
    Here's a political story that really couldn't have gone better for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Today, President Obama joined Senate Republicans for their weekly luncheon, and according to people who were in attendance, McCain used his time to inform the president that the National Guard needed to head to the U.S.-Mexico border in order to control crime and make it at least possible to begin a discussion on comprehensive immigration reform. According to Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.), who backed up McCain, the senator even informed the president that he was doing a disservice by mischaracterizing what was in Arizona's new...
  • Graham gives Kagan positive reviews (McLame's lap dog loves liberals)

    05/19/2010 6:07:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies · 1,392+ views
    MSNBC - First Read ^ | 2010-05-19 | Ken Strickland
    Though he withheld comment on whether he will ultimately support her Supreme Court nomination, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham gave Elena Kagan generally positive reviews following their meeting today. "I think she's done a pretty good job" in her current position as U.S. solicitor general, Graham told reporters. He specifically cited her work on issues pertaining to the laws of war -- a topic he described as "something that's near and dear to my heart." "For the most part, I think she's taken pretty well-reasoned positions about legal rights of detainees," he said. But he quickly added, "I really don't know...
  • Lindsey Graham: Immigration would kill climate bill

    04/23/2010 5:35:06 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 60 replies · 1,542+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-04-22 | Marin Cogan
    A top Senate negotiator on climate change believes that a sudden turn by Senate Democrats to immigration could “destroy” any hope of a major climate and energy bill this year. “This comes out of left field,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), after hearing that Democratic leaders may now push immigration reform ahead of a climate bill. “I’m working as earnestly as I can to craft climate and energy independence, clean air and jobs, and now we’re being told that we’re going to immigration. We haven’t done anything to prepare the body of the country for immigration.” “This destroys the ability...
  • Schumer, Graham Unveil Immigration Reform Blueprint (INCLUDES "PATH TO CITIZENSHIP")

    03/18/2010 11:15:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 79 replies · 2,034+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 2010-03-19 | Jennifer Bendery & Jessica Brady
    Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) unveiled their bipartisan blueprint for comprehensive immigration reform Thursday, a move hailed by President Barack Obama as progress on an issue for which he has been criticized for ignoring. “The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation. We urge the public and our colleagues to join our bipartisan efforts in enacting these reforms,” the Senators said in a Washington Post editorial posted online Thursday. The Schumer-Graham outline entails four key components: a biometric Social Security identification card for employment verification; strengthened border security and interior law...
  • McCain, Palin to campaign together in Arizona

    03/15/2010 8:25:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 211 replies · 3,423+ views
    AP ^ | 2010-03-15
    PHOENIX (AP) — John McCain and Sarah Palin are scheduled to campaign together in Arizona next week for the first time since they conceded the presidential election in Phoenix in 2008. Palin and McCain will be at a rally and picnic in Tucson on March 26, followed the next day by a rally in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Jeb finally endorses ... in Arizona (McCain "a proven conservative leader")

    03/10/2010 12:45:05 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies · 1,576+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-03-10 | Aaron Blake
    Jeb Bush is finally endorsing in the big GOP primary, but it's not the primary we've been waiting for. Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) reelection campaign announced Wednesday that Bush will back him over former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.). We'll continue to wait and see whether Bush feels the need to weigh into the GOP primary in his home state. At this point, though, he'd really just be piling on by endorsing Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist. Here's Bush's statement: "As we continue to face tough challenges both at home and abroad, America needs leaders like Senator John McCain in the...
  • Mitt Romney warns tea parties (to vote for him or else!) (he also praises Crist) (BARF ALERT)

    03/09/2010 3:08:23 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 91 replies · 621+ views
    Politico ^ | 2010-03-09
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is warning the tea party activists to not run third party candidates that would “divide” Republican voters and waste opportunities for the GOP. Romney said in an interview with Newsmax posted on the conservative outlet’s website Monday night that he was pleased the conservative grassroots movement is “silent no longer.” The likely 2012 GOP presidential candidate cautioned though that while he supports the idea of conservative challenges in GOP primaries, third party tea party-backed candidates in the general election could be disastrous. “Divide and fail is the result,” Romney said of third party challenges. “That...
  • Romney: It's ok to change your mind, Obama did (a closeted Rat defends Obama, abortion)

    03/09/2010 9:38:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 58 replies · 372+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-03-09 | Jordan Fabian
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) on Tuesday defended his decision to change his mind on abortion when he was governor. Romney campaigned as a pro-abortion rights candidate and maintained that position throughout much of his governorship. But the 2008 GOP presidential candidate said that he had a change of heart because of a bill that was considered that would have allowed human embryo research. Republican and Democratic opponents of Romney used his switch on the campaign trail to paint him as a flip-flopper who has no core principles. But Romney, who is presumed to be a 2012 presidential hopeful,...
  • How the G.O.P. Goes Green (McLame's lap dog touts amnesty, carbon taxes, compromise with Rats)

    02/28/2010 12:57:37 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 38 replies · 888+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-02-28 | Thomas L. Friedman
    It is early evening on Capitol Hill, and I am sitting with Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, who, along with John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, is trying to craft a new energy bill — one that could actually win 60 votes. What is interesting about Graham is that he has been willing — courageously in my view — to depart from the prevailing G.O.P. consensus that the only energy policy we need is “drill, baby, drill.” What brought you around, I ask? Graham’s short answer: politics, jobs and legacy. We start with politics. The Republican Party today has...
  • Va.'s McDonnell to endorse McCain in reelection bid, advisers say

    02/23/2010 2:21:42 PM PST · by pissant · 49 replies · 1,064+ views
    Wash Post ^ | 2/23/10 | Anita Kumar
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain in his GOP primary battle with former congressman J.D. Hayworth, advisers to the governor say. McCain asked McDonnell for his backing after having campaigned for the Virginian last year. The 2008 presidential nominee, who is being portrayed by some critics as too moderate, undoubtedly hopes McDonnell can help him in conservative circles.
  • Adviser: Gov’t needs to look at global warming (McCainiac continues to push cap-and-tax)

    02/01/2010 2:13:21 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 324+ views
    The Telegraph, Nashua, NH ^ | 2010-01-17 | David Brooks
    New Hampshire would seem to be surprise proof when it comes to visits from prominent people urging support for various causes, but it was something of an eyebrow raiser a when a former policy adviser for John McCain’s presidential campaign went before business folks Tuesday to say that federal oversight is needed to control greenhouse gases.“I won’t pretend that I get standing ovations,” joked Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was a staff economist for President George H.W. Bush and served as chief economic adviser to McCain’s campaign. He spoke Tuesday to a gathering of New Hampshire businesspeople at the New Hampshire Institute...
  • McCain Nudges Obama Toward His Party’s Health Plans (RINOcare rising from the ashes of Obamacare?)

    01/24/2010 2:13:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 93 replies · 2,513+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2010-01-25 | Joseph Berger
    In the wake of a political setback for national health care legislation, Senator John McCain, the losing candidate in the last presidential election, advised his victorious 2008 adversary on Sunday that the way to get meaningful changes passed is to “start from the beginning” by meeting with Republicans. Mr. McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said on the CBS news program “Face the Nation” that President Obama should sit down with Republican leaders and begin adopting some of their ideas for improving the nation’s health care system such as overhauling medical malpractice lawsuits, allowing residents of one state to buy health...
  • Straight Talk from Sen. McCain (McCain says he wants bipartisan health care reform)

    01/15/2010 2:14:40 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 930+ views
    Fox ^ | 2010-01-14
    (snip) VAN SUSTEREN: Would you be willing, and this is maybe a given, but let me ask you anyway. Would you be willing to sit down with the president? Are Republicans willing to? Democrats say you Republicans are obstructionists, that you won't talk you and are just trying to abort the whole process. What are you willing to do? MCCAIN: We are willing to sit down. He wanted to be in on the takeoff. If you want us in on the landing, let us in on the takeoff. The fact is this process was partisan totally throughout. I've been a...
  • Graham says he’s ready to make a deal on climate change legislation (wants to be 60th vote)

    01/07/2010 6:13:25 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 180 replies · 6,361+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham is ready to be the 60th Senate vote to get the climate change and energy bill passed, he told a Midlands audience Tuesday at Harbison State Forest. “Since they’ve got no Republicans but me, business is open,” Graham said. Graham has been criticized by his own party for pursuing bipartisan resolutions on such issues as illegal immigration and possible filibusters of judicial nominees. And he believes that the cap-and-trade bills being debated this year are another occasion to do so, he told the audience at a forestry conference hosted by the S.C. Wildlife Federation. He said he...
  • Romney: 2012 “always a possibility.” (BARF BARF BARF)

    01/06/2010 5:57:50 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies · 1,408+ views
    Fox / The Des Moines Register | 2010-01-05
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  • (RINO) Graham censured again by county party in S.C. ("contempt and belligerence")

    01/04/2010 9:45:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,703+ views
    (CNN) - The Lexington County Republican Party in South Carolina voted late Monday to censure Sen. Lindsey Graham for his positions on several controversial issues, including his recent support for a compromise on cap-and-trade legislation. The Lexington GOP is now the second county party organization in a matter of months to censure Graham after Charleston County leaders approved a similar resolution in November. But unlike Charleston County, Lexington is one of the most conservative counties in South Carolina and is considered a bellwether of Republican sentiment in the state. The measure passed by a 13-7 vote after more than an...
  • The Opposition: Douglas Holtz-Eakin (McCain was "willing to disappoint Republicans")

    12/23/2009 1:15:37 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 853+ views
    Newsweek / The Washington Post ^ | 2009-12-21 | Robert J. Samuelson
    (snip) SAMUELSON: If John McCain had won, would there be more bipartisanship?HOLTZ-EAKIN: I think so. One reason is mechanical: it would have been a Republican president and a Democratic Congress. You have to operate in a more bipartisan fashion. It's also about style. McCain is more willing to disappoint Republicans than Obama is to disappoint Democrats.(snip)
  • Merry Christmas: GOP gives in on timing of health care vote

    12/22/2009 4:09:15 PM PST · by mdittmar · 208 replies · 5,893+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | December 22, 2009 | David Lightman and Margaret Talev
    WASHINGTON — It may be the only bipartisan agreement that Congress reaches this year on overhauling health care. Republicans, under pressure not to wreck Christmas for lawmakers and their staffs, agreed Tuesday that Senate passage of the Democrats' controversial bill seemed inevitable and scaled back procedural-delay mechanisms to allow a vote by the morning of Christmas Eve.Had the full debate continued, the Senate would have voted at around 9 p.m. Thursday, too late for many lawmakers and their staff members to get home in time for the holiday. Instead, the vote is set for 8 a.m. President Barack Obama had...
  • McCain: Ted Kennedy Would Be Disappointed that Health Care Reform Bill Isn't Bipartisan (BARF)

    12/21/2009 3:03:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 1,669+ views
    "I worked with him on many issues across party lines. There has never a major reform accomplished in the history of this country that hasn't been bipartisan, and he certainly, uh...all of the negotiations and efforts that I made with him, we never engaged in this kind of unsavory process of offering people different deals, which in the end cost people from other states lots of money and put burdens on them."
  • Insider Poll: Mitt Romney a Potential Presidential Candidate

    12/13/2009 10:56:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 158 replies · 4,735+ views
    SALT LAKE CITY - Over the course of two weeks, Utah Republicans had the chance to see the two most talked-about potential presidential candidates in their party. Mitt Romney attended an event for ADX security systems and Sarah Palin visited to sign her bestselling book. The Utahpolicy.com, Fox 13 Insider Poll finds that Mitt Romney is taken far more seriously as a potential presidential candidate. 53.5 percent of Republicans say they expect Romney to be the Republican party candidate to face Barack Obama. 31.3 percent of Democrats think Romney will be the candidate. Only 4.7 percent of Republicans and 6.3...
  • John McCain, critic-in-chief? (Lindsey Graham says McCain is GOP leader) (massive hurl alert)

    12/11/2009 3:49:39 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,324+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-12-11 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Barack Obama began his presidency with an open hand toward the man he had just defeated in a race that was at times bitter. "There are few Americans who understand this need for common purpose and common effort better than John McCain," said Obama at an inauguration-eve tribute dinner to his former foe. But in the year since that evening of comity and collegiality, McCain has emerged as one of the leading critics of the new president. On foreign policy, his traditional area of expertise, and domestic affairs, where McCain has shown new passion, the 72-year-old Arizonan is making it...
  • Graham says Obama has his back on climate bill (Kerry has "definite Republican votes") (barf!)

    12/05/2009 2:37:50 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 66 replies · 3,017+ views
    Sen. Lindsey Graham may be under fire from conservatives back home in South Carolina. But the Republican got a personal assurance from President Obama yesterday that the White House is supporting his efforts to craft a sweeping Senate energy and global warming bill. “The president told me personally he was very open, that nuclear power would be part of the mix, that clean coal would be part of the mix, that he’s for offshore drilling in a responsible way,” Graham said today in describing his Oval Office meeting with Obama. “But we have to have a price on carbon,...
  • Huckabee: The Biggest Big-Government Conservative (Big Government®) (**FLASHBACK 12/11/2007**)

    12/01/2009 3:40:52 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 486+ views
    If you liked George W. Bush's brand of big-spending, big-government conservatism, you'll love Mike Huckabee. BY MICHAEL D. TANNER Most of the leading Republicans running for president show some support for Bush's ideology, but no other candidate so completely embodies it. As governor of Arkansas, Huckabee dramatically increased state spending. During his two-term tenure, spending increased by more than 65 percent — at three times the rate of inflation. The number of government workers increased by 20 percent, and the state's debt services increased by nearly $1 billion. Huckabee financed his spending binge with higher taxes. Under his leadership, the...
  • Should Romney's faith be an obstacle? (barf alert)

    11/30/2009 11:55:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 88 replies · 2,072+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-11-30 | David Frum
    (CNN) -- Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical Christian leaders last week issued a bold political statement. They intended to target the Obama administration. Inadvertently, they may have also hit probable Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney. Mitt Romney ought to rank atop the Republican candidates for president in 2012. He finished second in votes cast in the primaries of 2008. He is a candidate with immense private-sector economic expertise in a time of urgent economic debate. But Romney has a political problem: his Mormon religious faith. A Gallup survey in December 2007 found that 18 percent of Republicans would not vote for...
  • KY-Sen. 2010: Trey Grayson gave keynote speech at Van Jones-sponsored climate change event

    11/29/2009 12:28:33 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 3,350+ views
    (snip) Trey Grayson, a Republican candidate for US Senate, was the keynote speaker on the issue of global warming last year at Eastern Kentucky University as part of the National Focus the Nation event. Now, why is that such a big deal? Well, the Special Adviser for Green Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation for Focus the Nation is none other than Van Jones. Yes, that's right, the self-proclaimed communist Obama hired to be the Green Jobs Czar that had to tuck tail and resign at midnight. WHOA Now, let's back up a bit. Here's a bit of history on Focus the...
  • Fans flock to see Huckabee ("compassionate conservative" alert)

    11/18/2009 1:40:28 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 661+ views
    Former presidential contender's book tour stops at ND. BY ERIN BLASKO SOUTH BEND — Bob Moore was enthusiastic about Mike Huckabee long before the Republican presidential candidate arrived on the national scene in 2007, charming his party's base with his strong commitment to conservative values and moderates and even liberals with his "aw, shucks" persona. He was quick to point that out Tuesday, shortly after meeting the former Arkansas governor at a promotional event at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. "I've read all of his books except the one that just came out," the Goshen man said, adding that that...