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  • ‘Maverick’ McCain arrives in Pakistan

    08/13/2011 8:25:42 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies
    ISLAMABAD: Former US presidential candidate and senior Republican Senator John McCain is arriving today in the capital as part of ongoing efforts by the US and Pakistan to repair ties damaged by the Abbottabad raid on May 2. McCain, 75, is also a senior member of the US Senate’s Arms Services Committee, which has the power to approve or deny military assistance to Pakistan. He is the most senior US figure to visit Islamabad since Washington withheld $800 million in military assistance to Pakistan last month.
  • Mccain References Tea Party Hobbits On Senate Floor

    07/27/2011 9:36:27 PM PDT · by lbryce · 96 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 27, 2011 | Christopher Santarelli
    You’ll have to watch this to believe it. In a harsh criticism of House Republicans and think tanks critical of Rep. John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt limit, the 2008 Republican Presidential nominee, who chose Tea Party darling Sarah Palin for VP, said about this about a faction of his own party: Granted, Sen. McCain was quoting a Wall Street Journal opinion piece this morning when he recited this passage: “The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and...
  • 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...
  • Video: McCain: U.S. ‘ready to invest’ in Egypt (McCain gives away your tax dollars to Islamists)

    06/25/2011 1:18:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2011-06-25
    U.S. Senator John McCain, joined by business leaders on a visit to Cairo, says the U.S. is ready to invest in Egypt. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
  • 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.
  • McCain believes Obama has changed since campaign (McCain wants to negotiate with Obama) (HURL ALERT)

    01/24/2011 6:06:41 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 111 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Two years after running against President Barack Obama, Senator John McCain says he sees a change. Appearing on CBS' "Face the Nation," McCain expressed optimism that Obama will lead Democrats and Republicans to find common ground on key issues.(snip) Asked if the push to repeal health care reform is a waste of time -- because Senate Democrats will block repeal and, should it pass, the president would veto it -- McCain said, "We need to have a vote on it because we promised the people we would. We campaigned that we would `repeal and replace'. We have to...
  • McCain says Nobel award based on expectations [is "pleased" that Obama got prize]

    10/09/2009 8:24:46 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 2,003+ views
    (CNN) — Arizona Sen. John McCain said Friday the Nobel Committee's decision to award President Obama the Peace Prize was likely based on expectations, not accomplishments. "I can't divine all their intentions, but I think part of their decision-making was expectations," McCain told CNN's John King. "And I'm sure the president understands that he now has even more to live up to." But Obama's former rival for the White House said he was happy with the decision.
  • McCain condemns Bush-era torture [McCain attacks Bush...again] [Iran applauds] [barf]

    08/31/2009 8:51:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 2,873+ views
    Republican Senator John McCain has denounced the use of torture on terrorism suspects during the administration of former president George W. Bush. "I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the convention against torture that we ratified under President Reagan," said McCain. In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, the Arizona senator said that the enhanced interrogation techniques also helped al Qaeda recruit additional members. "I think these interrogations, once publicized, helped al Qaeda recruit. I got that from an al Qaeda operative in a prison camp in Iraq,” said McCain, who added that he...
  • McCain Calls Iranian Election "Rigged"

    06/16/2009 9:33:34 AM PDT · by meandog · 19 replies · 832+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2009
    Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, tackled some tough yet timely topics on The Washington Times' American Morning News Tuesday. Turmoil among voters in Iran, who have taken to the streets at their peril and in protest of alleged election rigging, had the senator issuing strong condemnations and a recommendation for the Obama administration. Mr. McCain said he believes Iran's presidential election was rigged and that the U.S. should do "whatever is necessary" to halt their nuclear weapons. "Look these people are bad people and I know that it was unpopular to call them part of an axis of evil or...
  • FL 2010: [RINO] Charlie Crist defends stimulus-bill support [would have voted for Porkulus]

    05/19/2009 3:08:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 912+ views
    Now a U.S. Senate candidate, Crist calls backing 'pragmatic.' BY LUDMILLA LELIS DAYTONA BEACH - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, now a U.S. Senate candidate, said he would have made the "pragmatic" decision to vote for the federal stimulus bill, differentiating himself from fellow candidate Marco Rubio and the man he is trying to replace -- Mel Martinez. Speaking to a politically mixed crowd in Daytona Beach, Crist emphasized his support for the bill as practical and pragmatic, though it would have meant crossing Republican party lines. Only three Republican Senators backed the stimulus bill, and Martinez wasn't one of them....
  • Two Views of the Republican Party’s Future [McCain wants "inclusive party," praises NC4NA]

    05/10/2009 10:27:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 42 replies · 1,696+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 2009-05-10
    The Republican Party is not an endangered species but can do a better job of outreach, recruiting candidates and getting the message out, Sen. John McCain said Sunday. In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” McCain responded to a question referring to a story in Time magazine, describing the party as “in distress.” “I probably would not go that length,” McCain said. “We all work in cycles for many years. We have seen parties down and parties up. That’s a great thing about American politics. “But having said that, do we have to do a better job of getting our...
  • Senator John McCain Says We Need to Stop Giving Government Aid to Gitmo Detainees

    05/06/2009 5:25:30 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 734+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-05-06
    (snip) SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R), ARIZONA: Well, first of all, Neil, they should not be eligible for any benefits. That would be crazy. But the major point here is that President Obama, with great fanfare, announced the closure of Guantanamo Bay, the prison at Gitmo, as we know it, and then, nothing. In other words, they did what, you know, that everybody would like to see done at least around the world, et cetera, but then no addressing of the fundamental issues associated with it. What do you do with the detainees? What sort of system of trials do you...
  • McCain urges China to get tough on North Korea

    04/08/2009 9:15:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 555+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-04-08
    BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Senator John McCain urged China on Thursday to take a firmer stand against North Korea following Pyongyang's latest rocket firing, saying Beijing had more leverage than any other country to influence the North's behavior. The Arizona Republican said stronger measures were needed in response to Sunday's launch, including sanctions at the U.N. Security Council. Both Beijing and Washington are veto-wielding permanent members of the body. "I want to say very frankly what we all know, and that the nation that has true influence over North Korea" is China, McCain said in remarks to reporters following meetings...
  • McCain: Obama not working with Republicans [still believes Obama is "sincere" about bipartisanship]

    03/28/2009 5:30:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 994+ views
    UPI ^ | 2009-03-28
    WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in an interview published Saturday, said President Barack Obama needs to learn how to be effectively bipartisan. In a session with editors and reporters at The Washington Times, McCain said the Obama administration has reached out to him only once since the inauguration. On that occasion, a lawyer discussed the possible closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention center. Obama defeated McCain 53 percent to 46 percent in the November presidential election, with most swing states going into the Democratic column. "There are things that, statements that then-candidate Obama made during...
  • McCain: For the Geithner Plan

    03/26/2009 11:21:00 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies · 415+ views
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) just gave an address on “generational theft” at the Heritage Foundation and semi-endorsed Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s plan for purchasing toxic assets from financial institutions. “It’s progress,” McCain said, generating a few sighs in the packed room. He opposes any more TARP money going out without more oversight, but wants to give Geithner’s plan a chance. His preference is that banks be “taken over, their managers suffer for their failure, and their assets sold off,” another comment that didn’t light up the room. The speech rather quickly dovetailed into an attack on earmarks. “I’m aware that...
  • McCain refuses to attack Obama’s foreign policy ["I’m not against a dialogue with the Iranians"]

    03/20/2009 7:12:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies · 1,170+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 2009-03-20 | Edward Luce & Demetri Sevastopulo
    It was almost as if last autumn’s bitterly fought presidential election never happened. En route to Brussels, where he will give a keynote speech on Saturday at a security conference, John McCain sounds supportive of the man who defeated him. Asked whether Barack Obama will return next month empty-handed from Strasbourg, where he will request more support from his Nato counterparts in Afghanistan, Mr McCain said: “There is enormous goodwill in Europe towards the new president.” In an interview with the Financial Times, Mr McCain, who retained his Senate seat when he became his party’s nominee, repeatedly declined to criticise...
  • McCain speaks up for Geithner

    03/20/2009 3:05:06 PM PDT · by Vn_survivor_67-68 · 113 replies · 2,988+ views
    FT ^ | March 20 2009 | By Edward Luce
    Tim Geithner, the embattled US Treasury secretary, should be given a chance to succeed, says John McCain, the former presidential candidate, who is the first prominent Republican to speak up in Mr Geithner’s defence amid growing calls for his resignation. Speaking to the Financial Times, Mr McCain said that the “perfect storm” over AIG “has been as explosive in a short period of time as anything I have seen”. Mr McCain, who was one of the few Republican senators to vote in favour of Mr Geithner’s nomination after revelations of tax arrears, was speaking at the end of a week...
  • KNIGHT: Obama's porn king at Justice (11 repukes vote to confirm Ogden)

    03/18/2009 2:51:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies · 1,386+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 3/18/2009 | Robert Knight
    Under President Obama, it was expected that porn pushers might find a sympathetic ear, given the smut industry's generous support of liberal politicians and causes. But the fox is no longer circling the henhouse. He's made it inside. On March 12, the "world's greatest deliberative body," the U.S. Senate, voted 65 to 28 to elevate porn attorney David Ogden to be deputy attorney general. Eleven senators from the "Party of Family Values" (Lamar Alexander, Kit Bond, Susan Collins, Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg, Jon Kyl, Richard Lugar, presidential nominee John McCain, Olympia Snowe, Arlen Specter and George Voinovich) joined a nearly...
  • McCain says he's ready to work with Obama

    03/11/2009 8:46:10 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 62 replies · 1,228+ views
    WASHINGTON, Mar 10, 2009 (UPI via COMTEX) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., says he's ready to work with President Barack Obama, the man who dashed his hopes for the White House last year. From issues involving Afghanistan and Iraq to military procurement reform, McCain says he is ready to work with the White House, Politico reported. Last week, he had a breakfast meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, appeared with the president at a White House media event and discussed how to squelch budget earmarks with Vice President Joe Biden. "These are terrible, perilous times, so I will seek...
  • McCain: 'I don't want him to fail' [wants Obama to succeed]

    03/10/2009 9:07:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1,122+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-03-09 | David Rogers
    After a losing presidential campaign in 2000, John McCain came back to the Senate and established himself as a force no White House could ignore. Eight years later, he’s home from defeat again, facing a very different landscape dominated by President Barack Obama and the collapsing American economy. From Afghanistan and Iraq to military procurement reform, McCain tells POLITICO he is already working with Obama. Last week alone, he had breakfast with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, appeared with the president at a White House press event and took a phone call from Vice President Joe Biden soliciting McCain’s input on...
  • Transcript: Sen. McCain on 'FOX News Sunday' [talks about Rush, bailout, Obama]

    03/09/2009 8:20:34 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 1,013+ views
    Fox News ^ | 2009-03-09
    WALLACE: The stock market has dropped 20 percent since the Obama inauguration. Can this now fairly be called the Obama bear market? MCCAIN: No, I -- I think I'd leave -- like to leave that up to the experts. But I do believe that a $1.2 trillion stimulus package -- add that to a $750 billion TARP, add that to this $480 billion supplemental, add it to another TARP that's coming down -- massive deficits, and we are committing generational theft. We are laying a debt on future generations of Americans. . . . . . WALLACE: Back in 2002,...
  • Priorities -- Not lining the pockets of contractors (with Pres__ential Memo about Reforms)

    03/04/2009 11:21:28 AM PST · by cc2k · 6 replies · 410+ views
    White House web site ^ | Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 11:32 am
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 at 11:32 am Priorities -- Not lining the pockets of contractors Last week the President laid out the foundation of a new vision for our budget and the way government does business. It is a vision based not on ideology, but on the idea that we can and must invest boldly in our future while also making the hard choices and being vigilant to bring in a new era of fiscal responsibility.Last week began with the fiscal responsibility summit, where the President and members of Congress came together to generate ideas to get the country on a sustainable long-term track. One of...
  • Republicans back new withdrawal timetable [McCain "one of the chief cheerleaders"] [WOT] [Iraq]

    02/27/2009 11:06:37 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 661+ views
    Financial Times ^ | 2009-02-27
    By Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington and Andrew Ward at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama pledged to remove combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of entering the White House. John McCain, his opponent, strongly disagreed with the imposition of an artificial timetable, saying he would rather lose the presidency than the war. It is a measure of how much has changed over the past six months that Mr McCain is now one of the chief cheerleaders for Mr ObamaÂ’s plan to withdraw US combat troops from Iraq by August 2010. The former Republican presidential nominee...
  • McCain praises Obama's speech, still questions spending [wants bipartisanship, "renewable energy"]

    02/25/2009 7:36:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 914+ views
    KTAR News Talk FM 92.3 Phoenix, Ariz. ^ | 2009-02-25 | Kevin Tripp
    Republican Sen. John McCain rates President Barack Obama's first speech to Congress as "excellent." "There were areas that obviously I have questions about and disagreements with, but I think the theme of his speech and his delivery were excellent," the president's rival in last year's election said, following Tuesday night's speech. "I think he carefully balanced the enormity of the size of the challenges and difficulties that America faces and, at the same time, I think he gave Americans assurance and confidence that we can get through this," McCain said. The Arizona Republican said, however, that he has concerns. "I...
  • McCain: Obama Speech Lacked Detail [but still "excellent"] [also talks about Palin]

    02/24/2009 9:08:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 2,323+ views
    CBS News - Political Hotsheet ^ | 2009-02-24 | Michelle Levi
    Despite the fact that he might have wished he had been the man who just finished his first address to a joint session of Congress as president, Sen. John McCain had kind words for President Obama's address this evening. "The president gave a very effective speech," McCain told Katie Couric on CBSNews.com's presidential webcast following Mr. Obama’s address. "His delivery and the theme of the speech was excellent."Still, McCain said, "now I would like to know how we are going to implement it." "I don't know where Social Security was,” McCain said. “I don't know how you increase all of...
  • Schwarzenegger defends tax hikes, applauds stimulus [tax-and-spend leftist RINO hurl alert]

    02/23/2009 10:38:44 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 585+ views
    And if there's any GOP governor who plans to refuse federal aid, he said he'd be happy to take it on behalf of California. BY ARI B. BLOOMEKATZ Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday defended his decision to raise taxes as a necessary step to stem California's staggering economic crisis. During appearances on morning news shows in Washington, D.C., Schwarzenegger said he would gladly accept money from the federal stimulus package approved by Congress last week even though some fellow Republican governors had balked at the program. And he predicted that although California's economy would begin rebounding next year, it would...