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  • 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 lauds anti-Gadhafi force during Libya visit (McCain praises Obama for bypassing Congress)

    04/22/2011 3:33:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-04-22 | Sebastian Abbot
    (AP) BENGHAZI, Libya - U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s troops are his heroes. (snip) When Obama acted with limited congressional consultation, McCain - who was the 2008 Republican presidential contender running against Obama - defended the president, saying he couldn’t wait for Congress to take even a few days to debate the use of force. If he had, "there would have been nothing left to save in Benghazi," the rebels’ de-facto capital.
  • 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...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Challenger: McCain an Obama 'enabler' (J.D. Hayworth attacks McCain) (GO J.D. GO!!!)

    01/25/2010 12:21:47 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 143 replies · 4,459+ views
    Presidential nominee in 2008 faces GOP primary fight. BY JOSEPH WEBER Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Arizona Republican, said in an interview Monday that his planned primary challenge to Sen. John McCain will portray the four-term incumbent as a not-so-conservative Republican who has "enabled" President Obama and his failed economic and security policies. "I'm giving Arizona Republicans a clear choice between a consistent, common-sense conservative . . . or someone who describes himself as a maverick but is a moderate," the outspoken Mr. Hayworth told The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show. Mr. Hayworth, 51, quit his job Friday as...
  • McCain: CIA Abuse Probe "Serious Mistake" [says U.S. violated Geneva Convention, tortured detainees]

    08/30/2009 10:46:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies · 4,410+ views
    Says Abuse of Detainees Helped al Qaeda Recruit Terrorists, But Opposes Investigation into "Enhanced" Interrogations. BY MICHELLE LEVI Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he thinks it is a "serious mistake" for the administration to focus on the past when investigating the interrogation techniques of the CIA under President Bush on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "For us now to go back, I think, would be a serious mistake. "I believe that the president was right when he said we ought to go forward and not back. I worry about the morale and effectiveness of the CIA. I worry about this thing...
  • Western swing reflects 2012 campaign strategy [2010? or 2012?] McCain's Rat "friends" turn on him]

    02/16/2009 1:16:14 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 21 replies · 866+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-02-16 | Mike Soraghan
    In heading to Denver to sign the massive economic stimulus bill and Phoenix to announce his housing plan, President Obama is signaling the importance of the interior West to the Democratic Party and his re-election plans. “They certainly think they’re going to pick up three or four states out here,” said Denver pollster Floyd Ciruli. Obama won Colorado solidly in November. Arizona went for home-state Republican Sen. John McCain, but is seen as a top Democratic target in 2012. “They’re making sure that all portions of the Obama coalition are carefully tended,” said Larry Sabato, professor of politics at the...
  • Obama honors rival McCain on eve of inauguration

    01/19/2009 9:49:59 PM PST · by VictoryGal · 61 replies · 1,654+ views
    Reuters ^ | Jan 20, 2009 | Jeff Mason
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Barack Obama honored his vanquished Republican rival John McCain on Monday, describing the Arizona senator as an "American hero" while the Democrat prepared to assume the office that both men fought bitterly to attain. Obama and McCain clashed repeatedly on the campaign trail over foreign and domestic policy in sometimes heated exchanges that occasionally veered into the personal. But Obama made clear that period had passed even as he predicted the two would not always get along in the future. "John is not known to bite his tongue and if I'm screwing up, he's going to...