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  • Germany fumes over McCain’s Merkel attack

    05/03/2014 11:08:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 02 May 2014 14:56 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German lawmakers fumed on Friday over “vicious” criticism by senior US senators of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on Ukraine ahead of talks she will hold with US President Barack Obama. John McCain, a former Republican candidate for the White House, on Thursday accused Merkel of standing in the way of firmer measures against Russia over its actions in Ukraine due to Berlin’s lucrative business ties with Moscow. “I would tell her that I am not surprised but embarrassed at their failure of leadership. They’re the leaders, they’re being governed by the industrial complex from Germany,” McCain said. Republican Senator Jeff...
  • Ayotte to back immigration overhaul

    06/09/2013 8:55:34 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    AP ^ | 6-9-13 | Adminstration Propaganda
    WASHINGTON—Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte says she will back the bipartisan overhaul of the nation's immigration system. The New Hampshire senator said Sunday the nation's immigration is broken and needs to be fixed. She says the Senate proposal secures the border and provides a "tough but fair" way for immigrants to earn citizenship. A bipartisan group of eight senators drafted the bill and then guided it through the Judiciary Committee to the full Senate. Despite widespread support, the bill's passage is by no means certain
  • Republican ‘Old Guard’ Rips Into Rand Paul

    03/11/2013 10:40:00 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 19 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-11-13 | Curt
    The old guard....that old guard that gave us McCain and Romney to sacrifice at the altar of Obama, knowing full well they would lose....is at it again pulling out the knives and placing them into the backs of the new guard. The guard that has actual idea's, that actually has courage, that is willing to take on the old crony's. Here's Bill Kristol, that champion of the old guard: Was it, as Seth Lipsky suggested in a column in the New York Post, “wonderful,” signifying both that “our country is in a constitutional moment” and “the rise of a new...
  • Sen. McCain huddles with Democrats on new campaign finance reform proposal

    05/16/2012 12:26:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2012 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. John McCain is talking with Democrats about a joint effort to require outside groups that have spent millions of dollars on this year’s elections to disclose their donors. McCain (R-Ariz.), once Congress’s leading champion of campaign finance reform, has kept a low profile on the issue in recent years. He raised the ire of many Republicans a decade ago for pushing comprehensive reform, and many Republicans still held it against him during his 2008 presidential campaign.
  • McCain: I Haven't Endorsed Romney

    12/07/2011 6:39:26 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies
    Former presidential candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain says he has made no decisions on endorsing Mitt Romney in the 2012 race for the White House, contrary to an earlier story by The Hill. McCain had previously said he would not endorse during the primary, and officially says he has not made up his mind. His staff denied The Hill story is true, and this afternoon tweeted the Senator's response: "To clear up any confusion, I haven't made a decision on whether to endorse in the primary."
  • John McCain rips GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann on waterboarding

    11/15/2011 12:50:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Arizona lawmaker—who was tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam — said the controversial practice was both illegal and ineffective. BY ALIYAH SHAHID Republican Sen. John McCain is ripping presidential candidates in his party who insist waterboarding is an effective technique for interrogating suspected terrorists. The Arizona lawmaker—who was tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam — said the controversial practice was both illegal and ineffective on Monday evening. “Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding,” he tweeted. “Waterboarding is torture.” McCain, who ran for President in 2008, elaborated on CNN later,...
  • McCain jokes he's willing to take HGH test (earlier headline: McCain willing to 'step up and pee')

    11/05/2011 8:26:32 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-11-04 | Alicia M. Cohn
    A former National Football League player suggested sports fan Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) get tested for human growth hormone (HGH) on Thursday — and McCain jokingly agreed.
  • McCain warns Syria, Iran in Scottsdale speech (more U.S. wars in Syria, Iran?)

    10/30/2011 9:24:12 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 10 replies
    SCOTTSDALE, AZ (KOLD) - Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, on Sunday night warned Syria and Iran not to underestimate forces of change in the Islamic world. McCain, speaking to the 2011 AIPAC Summit at the Scottsdale Princess Resort, said Syrian President Bashar Assad's crackdown on dissidents looks like ousted Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi's failed battle against rebels in the north African nation. "This is increasingly the question about Syria," McCain said. "The Assad regime has spilled too much blood to stay in power. Its days are numbered, but it will use those days to murder more of its own people. In...
  • McCain eyes barring retirees from Tricare Prime (McCain stabs America's veterans in their backs)

    10/28/2011 7:18:14 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies
    Navy Times | 2011-10-25 | Rick Maze
    Link only, per FR posting rules
  • US Senator Talks About Military Option in Syria (McInsane Alert)

    10/23/2011 5:16:45 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-10-23
    U.S. Senator John McCain says now that NATO military intervention in Libya is ending, military action to protect civilians in Syria might be considered.
  • McCain blasts Obama for troop withdrawal from Iraq (McCain worries about Iraqi "democracy")

    10/22/2011 5:54:40 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    KPHO-TV CBS 5 Phoenix, Ariz. ^ | 2011-10-22 | Steve Stout
    WASHINGTON (KPHO) - Arizona Sen. John McCain is critical of President Barack Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will be pulled from Iraq by the end of 2011. "Today marks a harmful and sad setback for the United States in the world," McCain said in a statement Friday afternoon. "I respectfully disagree with the President: this decision will be viewed as a strategic victory for our enemies in the Middle East, especially the Iranian regime, which has worked relentlessly to ensure a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq." McCain said the decision is "a consequential failure of both the...
  • McCain to Obama: Get off the campaign trail (McCain wants to "negotiate" with Obama)

    10/16/2011 9:01:39 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-10-16 | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) thinks President Barack Obama is doing too much campaigning and not enough policymaking. McCain claimed that Obama, his 2008 opponent, was engaging in “demagoguery” on the issue of job creation as he’s traveled the country to pitch his jobs proposal. “It’s time the president came off the campaign trail, sat down and negotiated with us [on areas of] common ground,” McCain said Sunday on “State of the Union.”
  • McCain on sending troops to Africa: Be careful

    10/16/2011 8:59:58 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-10-16 | Ashley Killough
    Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona on Sunday questioned the president’s recent order to send American troops to central Africa, saying the move could put the United States on a slippery slope. “I worry about, with the best of intentions, that we somehow get engaged in a commitment that we can't get out of,” McCain said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • John McCain feels protesters' pain ("I understand their frustration")

    10/12/2011 4:56:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 60 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-10-12 | Manu Raju
    The Occupy Wall Street movement is getting sympathy from an unlikely person: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). The 2008 GOP presidential nominee said he understands the growing protest movement’s concerns over Washington bailouts of major financial institutions. “Down in Arizona today, Maricopa County has the highest number of homes underwater of any place in this country,” he told reporters Wednesday. “And it’s disgraceful that we took care of the financial institutions, and we did nothing about the housing crisis. So I understand their frustration.” He later quipped that he may be the “only” Republican does.
  • Meghan McCain speaks to UConn students (McCain attacks conservatives as "people who don't evolve")

    10/12/2011 5:00:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 59 replies
    (snip) McCain, who identified herself early in the program as heterosexual, spoke candidly about her own support for a battery of LGBTQ issues on stage...at one point, McCain even indicted pro-Don't Ask, Don't Tell politicians as being "dangerously out of touch.""I support equality," she said. "You can't call this country free if people are being discriminated against. "I'm scared by people who don't evolve," said McCain later on, frustrated by the static nature of conservative politics. The blogger, whose views contradict much of the religious rights' stance on homosexuality, suffered extreme backlash from news pundits throughout her father's campaign. (snip)
  • McCain and Cheney differ on interrogation stance (McCain defends Obama, attacks Bush)

    10/03/2011 11:02:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 2011-10-03 | Kevin Liptak
    Sen. John McCain said Monday he disagreed with former vice president Dick Cheney's assertion that the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki could be equated with enhanced interrogation techniques. "They're two entirely different things," McCain said Monday on CNN's "American Morning." "One is that this was specifically authorized by Congress after 9/11. And it's action that is taken against a declared enemy of the United States of America. I'm glad they did it. I'm glad that they will continue." On Sunday, Cheney said on CNN's "State of the Union" that President Barack Obama owed the Bush administration an apology for criticizing enhanced...
  • US must send medical aid to Libya: Senator McCain (Your Tax Dollars at Work)

    10/02/2011 2:22:31 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 27 replies
    AFP ^ | 2011-10-02
    WASHINGTON, Libya (AFP) — Senator John McCain called Sunday for urgent US medical aid to help thousands wounded in Libya, amid a growing humanitarian crisis as revolutionary forces battle the final vestiges of the Moamer Kadhafi regime. "They've got thousands and thousands of wounded. They say that they've lost 25,000 people killed, 3,000 have been maimed, 60,000 injured. That's their government figures," McCain told CBS television's "Face the Nation" program. "We should be helping them," said the influential US lawmaker, a Vietnam War aviator and prominent voice on US military matters who also was the Republican Party's losing 2008 presidential...
  • McCain: Christie candidacy viable, offers caution

    10/02/2011 9:31:11 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 47 replies
    CBS ^ | 2011-10-02 | Lucy Madison
    <p>Amid continued speculation that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is seriously considering a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, John McCain, 2008's GOP presidential nominee, said he thinks Christie would make a "viable" candidate - but he warned that "the swimming pool looks a lot better until you jump right in."</p>
  • McCain: Republicans should've stopped booing (McCain attacks Republicans)

    10/02/2011 7:56:51 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-10-02
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday the Republican presidential contenders should've stopped the crowd at a recent GOP debate from booing a gay soldier. McCain, certainly no stranger to presidential debates, added that in the heat of the moment, candidates often have a tough time reacting. "I do," McCain said on CBS's "Face the Nation," when asked if the candidates should've stopped the reaction. "But a lot of times, when you’re in a debate, you’re thinking about what you’re going to say, what the question is going to be. It’s hard to react sometimes. But I’m sure… I would bet...
  • McCain: Libya inspires people in China, Russia, Iran, Syria (Rubio is flanked by multiple RINOs)

    09/30/2011 4:17:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-09-30 | William Maclean
    TRIPOLI (Reuters) - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday the fall of Muammar Gaddafi was inspiring people all over world, including citizens of Syria, Iran, China and Russia, but he twinned his praise with caution about Libya's many revolutionary armed groups, saying they had to be brought under control. Leading the first visit to Tripoli by members of the U.S. Congress since Gaddafi's fall last month, McCain added at a media conference that U.S. investors were eager to do business in the oil-exporting country but this would be difficult as long as fighting continued. Many residents of the capital...
  • McCain: Money in Afghanistan 'has gone to Taliban' (McCain says nation building a "noble effort")

    09/16/2011 12:37:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-09-16 | Geneve Sands-Sadowitz
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said misspent and wasted U.S. funds to both Iraq and Afghanistan, where some taxpayer dollars have gone to the Taliban, are "disturbing." "What is disturbing was the recent inspector general's report that some 20 to 30 billion dollars both in Iraq and Afghanistan have been wasted and misspent, and in the case of Afghanistan in some cases the money has actually gone to the Taliban. Now that is not an acceptable use of the taxpayer's dollar," said McCain on Fox News's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" Thursday. McCain clarified that he was unsure of...
  • McCain, Feinstein Agree on Need for Military Presence in Mideast

    09/12/2011 8:28:25 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2011-09-11 | Napp Nazworth
    On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) appeared separately on “Fox News Sunday” to warn that the United States needs to stay active in the Middle East in order to fight the War on Terror. McCain said that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were correct, but also talked about mistakes that were made. “I don't think we should ever forget that those [Sept. 11, 2001] attacks originated in Afghanistan. I think we did the right thing there, but I also think we've learned a lot of lessons,” McCain said. McCain...
  • McCain: Torture hurt us

    09/12/2011 8:26:04 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-09-11 | Abby Phillip
    Sen. John McCain, a critic of President George W. Bush's use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the war on terror, reflected on the “issue of torture” a decade after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Abu Ghraib and the torture of prisoners hurt us a great deal and did provide a propaganda tool for our enemies including Al Qaeda,” the Arizona Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." Noting that on the 10th anniversary of those attacks he did not want to dwell on his differences with the current and previous administration, McCain applauded both Bush and President Barack Obama for...
  • McCain: Obama Has a Pattern of Ignoring Military Leaders ("I don't question [Obama]'s authority")

    09/08/2011 6:28:07 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Fox / Greta ^ | 2011-09-08
    (snip) SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: In Iraq, we have several obligations, or I think missions, that need to be accomplished in order to ensure the stability of Iraq. The area of tension between Kurdistan and the other -- in southern -- in the other -- northern Iraq and the Kirkuk area, they have no air assets and we should be helping them with that. Most importantly, counterintelligence capabilities that would counter some of these remaining organizations that are still engaged in violence. And 3,000 troops is not -- will not do the job. In fact, we may be putting 3,000 troops...
  • (RINO) Sen. McCain turns 75

    08/30/2011 5:20:48 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-08-29 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) received a slew of birthday tweets Monday.
  • McCain: I didn't want arms for Qadhafi

    08/29/2011 4:02:49 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-08-29 | Tim Mak
    Sen. John McCain on Monday strongly disputed a U.S. diplomatic cable that said he pushed to help Muammar Qadhafi’s regime obtain military hardware two years ago, calling the notion “outrageous.” The 2009 cable, released by the open information group WikiLeaks and written by staff at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, said in particular that McCain, at a meeting with Qadhafi and one of his sons, promised to help Libya obtain C-130 Hercules military cargo aircraft. (snip) On Monday, McCain told Foreign Policy magazine that the diplomatic cable was incorrect, and that he had never pledged any help to Libya in...
  • McCain: US should lead the way in Libya aid (McInsane Alert)

    08/22/2011 7:31:52 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    Arizona Sen. John McCain said the United States must lead the world in providing support to Libya as they begin their post-Gadhafi era. "I think we would be well-served if we make sure that there is not an extremist takeover or hijacking of this revolution," McCain said. McCain appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room", where he said an earlier and stronger showing of power by the U.S. in the air could have shortened the conflict significantly. "The only thing that was holding [Gadhafi] in power was money and fear," McCain said. "Once those are dissipated by military strength, it is...
  • McCain: Palin would be "formidable" in 2012

    08/21/2011 9:29:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | August 21, 2011 | Lucy Madison
    August 21, 2011 12:11 PM McCain: Palin would be "formidable" in 2012 By Lucy Madison Sen. John McCain says Sarah Palin has not solicited his advice on running for president - but he says she would make a "very formidable" challenger if she did jump into the race. McCain, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," declined to say whether or not he thought Palin, his running mate in the 2008 election, should run. "That's a decision that is so personal," he noted. But, he said, "I think she would be very formidable." The former presidential candidate pointed out that...
  • FREEP McCAIN: McCain Town Halls - Mon. Aug. 22 (Prescott, Ariz.), Tue. Aug. 23 (Goodyear, Ariz.)

    08/20/2011 6:59:40 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    The Arizona Republic / The Daily Courier, Prescott, Ariz. | 2011-08-19
    Sen. John McCain to hold town hall Tuesday in Goodyear Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3 pm Goodyear Justice Center 185 North 145th Avenue, Goodyear, Ariz. McCain town hall here Monday Monday, August 22, 2011 Noon First Congregational Church 216 East Gurley Street, Prescott, Ariz.
  • The End of Right-Wing Progressivism

    08/11/2011 10:29:39 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 49 replies
    American Conservative ^ | August 5th | Jack Hunters
    In the wake of the recent and raucous debt ceiling debate, The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart noted two important developments: The good news is that the Tea Party, more than Barack Obama, has now ended the neoconservative dream of an ever-expanding American empire. The bad news is that it has also ended whatever hopes liberals once entertained that roughly 100 years after Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, roughly 75 years after the New Deal and roughly 50 years after the Great Society, we were living in another great age of progressive reform. Beinart’s observations are generally-and hopefully-correct. They’re also even...
  • John McCain: I Stand By My Tea Party Criticism

    08/09/2011 4:23:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 53 replies
    U.S. John McCain, R-Ari, who's faced much tougher challenges than the current one, is striking back at Tea Party critics -- McCain refused to apologize for calling the Tea Party lawmakers "hobbits" in a speech in July. When asked by angry constituents in his home starte to apologize for remarks he made during the U.S. debt deal debate in July, McCain refused, nydailynews.com Tuesday. "I am sorry if it was misunderstood. I am not sorry for what I said," McCain said at a town hall meeting in Gilbert, Ariz., thehill.com reported Tuesday. McCain added, "Why should I when it's the...
  • McCain hosts town hall to talk economy, hobbits (McCain: "I am not sorry for" attacking Tea Party)

    08/09/2011 5:29:02 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies
    GILBERT - Arizona Sen. John McCain held a town hall in Gilbert this morning and the economy took center stage. The town hall was focused on the nations' economic troubles and McCain said the on-going financial problems would be much greater had Congress not passed a bill to keep the country from defaulting on its debt. McCain said he is very concerned with the recent S&P downgrade of the United States' credit rating and views it as a wake-up call to the nation. "It will cost more to borrow money and it is a very serious situation," McCain said. McCain...
  • McCain Photo - McCain drinking in the Bahamas with Charles Keating

    07/08/2002 7:05:25 PM PDT · by AZ Righty · 27 replies · 591+ views
    07-08-02 | AZ Righty
    Do any of you remember when the gold ‘ol American boy Sen. John McPain got caught with his hand in the cookie jar? I’m looking for the photo of McCain and Charles Keating in the Bahamas. If you know where I can find it please let me know. Thanks! AZ Righty
  • Kerry, McCain say bipartisan work needed post-S&P downgrade, differ on who to blame

    08/07/2011 8:52:26 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-08-07 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators and former presidential candidates say Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade the U.S. credit rating speaks to the need for more bipartisan compromise — but they also say the blame lay with the other party.
  • McCain: Obama Just Wants to Spend More Money (McCain: "I’m not a Tea Partier")

    08/03/2011 9:03:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 61 replies
    Fox ^ | 2011-08-03
    (snip) MCCAIN: ... just wants to spend money. Hello? He just wants to spend more money. You and I are -- remember when Ronald Reagan said the worst deal he ever made was when he sat down with the Democrats and said they would cut spending $3 and raise taxes for every $1. Guess what? They raised taxes and they didn’t cut spending. That’s why the Tea Partiers and others would – I’m not a Tea Partier -- but the fact is, we need a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. We couldn’t get it through the Senate as the...
  • McCain rips Toomey on Senate floor (McCain attacks Tea Party vision as "flawed" and "terrible")

    07/31/2011 5:31:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 153 replies
    The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. ^ | 2011-07-31 | Colby Itkowitz
    Former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, who this week referred to Tea Party lawmakers as "hobbits," publicly criticized Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey Sunday during an unusual unscripted debate on the Senate floor. McCain, who appeared to be having a great 'ol time during a back and forth with Democrat Majority Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, referred to Toomey and those who share his views as "terrible." (snip) "...the terrible obstructionists on this side of the aisle, the terrible people, their flawed philosophical views about the future of America..."
  • McCotter calls for a truce between Republicans, Tea Party

    07/30/2011 5:50:53 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 100 replies
    The Hill, Washington DC ^ | 2011-07-30 | Peter Kasperowicz
    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), a Republican presidential candidate, called Saturday morning for Republicans and the Tea Party to stop fighting and work together to help save the country, presumably from Democratic policies, although he was not specific. "On the right, take note," McCotter said on the House floor. "It is as unwarranted and injurious for a Republican to call a Tea Partier a hobbit as it is for a Tea Partier to call a Republican a RINO."McCotter was referring to a comment earlier this month from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who compared Tea Partiers to hobbits. That sparked rebukes from...
  • McCain vs. the Tea Party

    07/27/2011 11:53:56 AM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 209 replies
    Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing — wrongly, he said — that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling. By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial. “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party...
  • McCain on the Debt Limit (McCain stabs Bachmann, calls on GOP to surrender to Dems)

    07/14/2011 4:06:35 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 2011-07-14
    As rain splatters the windows of Sen. John McCain’s second-floor office on Capitol Hill, the 74-year-old Arizona Republican leans back, clasps his hands, and recalls the Nineties. Brinksmanship, he says, cost the party then, and it could cripple Republicans this summer — especially if Rep. Michele Bachmann gets her way. Over in the House, “I am told that it is very difficult,” McCain says. “There are Republicans who are committed, like Michele Bachmann, to vote against raising the debt limit under any circumstances.” Bachmann, he warns, is acting “sort of like Senator Obama did.”(snip) Yet as poorly as Obama has...
  • 'Ronald Reagan would be disappointed in you': John McCain attacks Republican field

    06/19/2011 5:33:49 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 57 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 6/19/11 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Republican Senator John McCain today ripped into the current crop of GOP candidates, accusing them of breaking with the party's traditions by preaching 'isolationism.' Mr McCain, the Republican candidate in the 2008 presidential elections, said if former President Ronald Reagan were still alive he would have been disappointed in last week's Republican presidential debate in which candidates voiced impatience with U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Libya. Mr McCain told ABC's This Week: 'He would be saying: "That's not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that...
  • Libya mission brings John McCain and John Kerry together again (EPIC BARF ALERT)

    06/28/2011 7:57:36 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2011-06-28 | Paul Kane
    For 25 years, war has fortified — and nearly destroyed — the ties binding John McCain and John F. Kerry. (snip) Concerned about what they see as an isolationist and fearful drift in both of their parties, Kerry (D-Mass.) and McCain (R-Ariz.) are advocating an even more forceful role for America in the world. (snip) Kerry and McCain are leading the fight in Congress to shore up support for U.S. action in Libya... (snip) The elder statesmen are also hoping to forge something resembling a Marshall Plan for the Middle East... (snip) But the Kerry-McCain partnership was derailed when Kerry...
  • McCain: Libyan rebels seek U.S. recognition, might pay for war costs

    04/23/2011 6:24:26 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2011-04-23 | Byron York
    (snip) "I reminded them that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia reimbursed us after Operation Desert Storm," McCain says. "They said they'd be glad to discuss that.(snip) "They're very good people," he says. "Mainly well-educated, a number of women in the [Transitional National Council] -- very normal, dedicated people." (snip) McCain dismissed concerns that rebel forces include some veterans of al Qaeda. "I'm sure that there may be some element there, but I guarantee you that they didn't rise up because they wanted to be al Qaeda fighters," McCain says. "They rose up because they wanted to throw off the yoke of...
  • 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.”
  • McCain: Border still not secure

    03/25/2011 5:16:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 2011-03-25 | Brady McCombs
    Arizona's stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border is still not secure despite improvements, and ending the National Guard mission there is ill-advised, Sen. John McCain said Thursday. (snip) McCain spoke to reporters after a border tour he took alongside four fellow Republican lawmakers from Arizona: Rep. Jeff Flake, Rep. Paul Gosar, Rep. Ben Quayle and Rep. David Schweikert. The group toured the border near Nogales and Douglas and met in Tucson with officials from the Arizona High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, or HIDTA. While in Douglas, they met with the widow of rancher Robert Krentz who was killed a year ago...
  • (RINO) McCain: Bomb Libya, enforce no-fly zone

    03/06/2011 11:49:57 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 2011-03-06
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain called Moammar Khadafy "insane" today as he reaffirmed his call for a US-backed no-fly zone over Libya to prevent its embattled leader from using aircraft to slaughter its citizens. During an interview on ABC News' "This Week," McCain told Christiane Amanpour that the US cannot "risk allowing Gadhafi to massacre people from the air, both by helicopter and fixed-wing [aircraft]." McCain (R-Ariz.) furthered reiterated his support for imposing a no-fly zone, saying Ghadafi's air assets were "not overwhelming." "Let's just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to...
  • John McCain: Gadhafi Is 'Insane'

    03/06/2011 8:52:38 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2011-03-06 | Joshua Miller
    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., reiterated his call for a U.S.-backed no-fly zone over Libya this morning and called Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "insane."
  • 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...
  • McCain deeply regrets Lieberman decision to retire (BARF ALERT)

    01/19/2011 4:21:56 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies
    <p>Republican Senator John McCain has traveled the world as part of a “three amigos” group with Senate colleagues Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham, and he is sad that Lieberman plans to retire when his term expires in 2012.</p> <p>McCain told us in a telephone interview that Lieberman told him that after 40 years in politics, “every once in a while you just get a little tired.”</p>
  • When John McCain Was a Democrat (Almost) [News Flash: He Still Is One!]

    12/20/2010 5:50:31 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 2010-12-20 | Joshua Green
    ...my nutshell case for why McCain was functionally a Democrat: As a war hero who's hawkish on foreign policy, he more than matches Bush on the military front. As a reform-minded foe of corporate welfare, Big Tobacco, and the Republican right, he is peerless. McCain is Bush's most vociferous critic, voted against the president's tax cut, forced his hand on campaign finance reform, and federalized airport security in the face of White House opposition. He has co-sponsored numerous bills with Democrats--many of them in the presidential-aspirant class--requiring background checks at gun shows (Lieberman), a patients' bill of rights (Edwards), better...
  • John McCain: 'I'm the Same Person' (McMaverick defends Obama, sucks up to Palin, pushes Big Tent)

    10/18/2010 5:37:16 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2010-10-18
    (snip) ...as McCain again said he supported his former running mate former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin. "I haven't seen anyone since Ronald Reagan that with certain individuals and large groups of individuals who really have this passionate belief and support for her," he said, "It's really a remarkable thing to observe." (snip) "I couldn't be more proud of the campaign she waged," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of her or her performance and her continued performance. So, I think, you begin to think about legacy and I think that Sarah Palin will play a very big role in...