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  • We need an Ebola czar: McCain

    10/13/2014 11:14:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    Sen. John McCain suggested Sunday that President Obama should nominate an Ebola czar to lead the nation’s response to the deadly virus. “From spending time here in Arizona, my constituents are not comforted. There has to be more reassurance given to them,” the Arizona Republican said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
  • John McCain wants Lindsey Graham to run for president

    10/05/2014 6:24:41 AM PDT · by Bettyprob · 38 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | October 3, 2014 | Ben Bullard
    South Carolina GOP Senator Lindsey Graham is thinking about running for president. Graham told The Weekly Standard in a lengthy interview that he isn’t crazy about other potential Republican candidates’ positions, and that he’s been encouraged by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to consider entering the race for the GOP presidential nomination. “I’ve strongly encouraged him to give it a look,” McCain told the Standard. “I think Lindsey has vast and deep experience on these issues that very few others have. I happen to like a lot of these guys—I like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie. Ted Cruz has gone out of...
  • Arizona’s McCain: Execution was torture

    07/25/2014 6:00:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 25, 2014 8:05 PM EDT
    U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture. The Republican who represents the conservative state told Politico that he supports capital punishment for certain crimes but felt Wednesday’s execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood was a “bollocks-upped situation.” The execution has renewed debate about the death penalty. But Arizona lawmakers say the debate is not likely to have an impact on practices in the state. …
  • McCain: ‘They Call Me Amnesty John’

    07/09/2014 3:10:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 9, 2014 - 4:03 PM | Penny Starr
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday that while the majority of people in his state approve of his support for comprehensive immigration reform which includes a pathway to citizenship, those who oppose it have dubbed him “Amnesty John.” “The 30 percent view [illegal immigration] as the compelling and only and most emotional issue to them,” McCain said. “They’re the ones who come to my town hall meetings and call me Amnesty John.” McCain was one of the “Gang of Eight” in the Senate to sponsor the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Bill, or S.744. The Senate passed the...
  • John McCain on Bowe Bergdahl: ‘It’s done’

    06/02/2014 1:52:39 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/2/14 | BURGESS EVERETT
    John McCain isn’t concerned with the legality of the prisoner swap designed to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan — but he opposes the deal all the same. McCain also said he supports the drive from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to hold a hearing on Bergdahl — but lamented that it might not accomplish much. “It’s worthy of a hearing,” McCain said. “But, it’s done.”
  • Sen. John McCain: Send Weapons To Ukraine

    04/09/2014 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 61 replies
    [Caption:] U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic Senator from the state of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, second left, and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok [All Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" leader], stand around him during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Sen. John McCain (R. Ariz.) advocated for sending arms to Ukraine Tuesday [link at URL] on Fox News. McCain acknowledged the arms would not likely enable Ukraine to defeat the Russians in open war, but emphasized it could improve the Ukrainian military's morale and ensure that the Russians would have "a real fight...
  • John McCain: I Hope Jan Brewer Vetoes Gay Bill

    02/24/2014 10:54:06 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    CBSNews ^ | February 24, 2014
    ByMARSHALL COHEN February 24, 2014 John McCain: I Hope Jan Brewer Vetoes Gay Bill Arizona's two Republican senators have urged their governor to veto a controversial measure that gives businesses in the state the right to refuse service to gays based on religious beliefs. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake offered Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., some unsolicited advice on Twitter. McCain on Monday echoed a tweet posted Saturday by Flake that addressed the issue directly: "I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062," the tweets read. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled state House and Senate approved the legislation last week. Brewer, a...
  • Arizona GOP Censures McCain for 'Liberal' Record

    01/25/2014 2:54:31 PM PST · by Cyber Liberty · 39 replies
    AP via CBS news ^ | Jan 25, 2014 | Terry Tang
    The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative. The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate. Sifert said no further action was expected. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. [snip]
  • Rubio, McCain: Gates should have waited to write his book

    01/13/2014 1:13:52 PM PST · by lowbridge · 57 replies
    washington post ^ | january 12, 2014 | Niraj Chokshi
    Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates should have waited to publish the memoir in which he harshly criticized President Obama's leadership in the war in Afghanistan, two top Republican senators said  Sunday. "I would have waited, but as far as waiting until it's over in Afghanistan, I wouldn't have done that," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CNN's "State of the Union," though he was quick to praise the former defense secretary. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a potential 2016 presidential contender, made similar comments on CBS's "Face the Nation." "My preference would be that people would refrain from writing these sorts...
  • McCain and Graham slam Obama for Iraq violence

    01/05/2014 9:09:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | January 4th, 2014 06:13 PM ET | Conor Finnegan
    As the Iraqi army and al Qaeda-linked militants battle for control of the city of Falluja, Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are slamming the Obama administration for its Iraq policy. More than two years after the administration failed to reach a status of forces agreement with Iraq and withdrew all American combat troops from the country, the two senior Republican senators are blaming President Barack Obama for the violence erupting there this week. “While many Iraqis are responsible for this strategic disaster, the administration cannot escape its share of the blame. When President Obama withdrew all U.S. forces from...
  • McCain still hopeful immigration reform is a political priority

    10/24/2013 8:32:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | October 23, 2013 | Perla Trevizo
    Passing immigration reform is a way for Republicans to get on a positive agenda and regain some of the approval of the American people, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday during a town hall in Tucson. He said the prospects of passing comprehensive immigration reform this year are still strong despite some Republicans saying the government shutdown and the way it was handled by President Obama affected any chance for compromise. But “the same people that said that are the people that oppose immigration reform. They are just trying to find another reason,” McCain said after the town hall meeting attended...
  • McCain: Republicans thinking they can repeal Obamacare is 'not rational'

    09/20/2013 1:56:23 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/19/13 | Jake Tapper
    Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said conservative Republican attempts to defund Obamacare will prove fruitless. "In the United States Senate, we will not repeal or defund Obamacare. We will not. And to think we can is not rational," McCain said Thursday on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”
  • The idiot's on Greta now...

    09/19/2013 7:44:14 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 55 replies
    09-19-2013 | Me
    Check it out....
  • Obama asks Graham, McCain to travel to Egypt

    07/30/2013 2:21:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2013 5:09 PM EDT | Donna Cassata
    Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain have been asked by President Barack Obama to travel to Egypt next week to urge the military to move ahead on new elections, the senators said Tuesday. Egypt has been roiled by deadly protests since President Mohammed Morsi was toppled in a military coup on July 3, developments that have threatened the $1.5 billion in annual U.S. military and economic aid to the Arab world’s most populous country. Responding to reporters’ questions Tuesday about an attempt to cut off the aid, Graham offered up word that Obama has sought the help of the...
  • my official welcome ZOT to free republic

    07/29/2013 4:38:02 PM PDT · by chickenpp · 251 replies
    i'm not a leftist my left views: banning all guns because they are the culprits in most violent crime, pro choice though you pay your own way, essential services should be government services like police, fire, water, highways. my center views: no gay marriage but allow domestic partnerships, a compromise to make everybody happy. my right views: eliminating hud, dept of education, and well over half of government agencies. government agencies not eliminated would be mostly shrunk and made more efficient. favoring school choice. repealing obamacare and leaving insurance to the free market. eliminating or weakening most government regulations. foreign...
  • Sen. McCain: US will have ‘most militarized’ border since Berlin Wall

    06/25/2013 10:18:54 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 104 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/25/13 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday said that an amendment advanced by the Senate would leave the U.S. with the “most militarized border” since the fall of the Berlin Wall and pave the way for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Are Rubio, Graham, Boehner & McConnell Dumb Enough to Believe CBO's Scoring of the Immigration Bill?

    06/20/2013 2:18:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 25 replies
    6/20/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    And dumb enough to support this immigration bill given the Senate's 54-43 rejection of the Cornyn plan for a border security 'trigger'? The CBO dynamically "scored" (with numbers supplied to it by Dems) the immigration bill (S. 744) and found that it - low & behold - will DECREASE federal deficits over the next 20 years. Hmmm. How are those CBO-scored ObamaCare numbers working out for ya? They were only $2 TRILLION DOLLARS off when predicting the cost of ObamaCare. But no way they could botch this....right? I wonder what the odds are of these 4 getting primaried, given that...
  • McCain Didn’t Realize He Was Posing With Rebel Kidnapper, Spokesman Says

    05/29/2013 9:21:53 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 231 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 5/29
    WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain’s office is pushing back against reports that while visiting Syria this week he posed in a photo with rebels who kidnapped 11 Lebanese Shi’ite pilgrims. The photo, released by McCain’s office, shows McCain with a group of rebels. Among them are two men identified in the Lebanese press as Mohamed Nour and Abu Ibrahim, two of the kidnappers of the group from Lebanon.
  • Syrian Rebel Alliance Openly Threatens Ethnic Cleansing

    05/27/2013 5:37:01 PM PDT · by robowombat · 25 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 27 May 2013 10:10 | Alex Newman
    Syrian Rebel Alliance Openly Threatens Ethnic Cleansing Written by Alex Newman A spokesman for the primary rebel alliance in Syria, known as the “Free Syrian Army,” threatened that opposition forces could start implementing a broad ethnic-cleansing program aimed at Shia Muslims and especially the Islamic Alawite sect to which dictator Bashar al-Assad belongs. As Obama administration-led Western powers and a coalition of Sunni Arab dictators continue to fuel the increasingly ruthless conflict, the rebel FSA spokesperson said in a TV interview that minority communities would be “wiped off the map” if the regime’s forces managed to capture the city of...
  • Exclusive: John McCain Slips Across Border Into Syria, Meets With Rebels

    05/27/2013 11:00:06 AM PDT · by don-o · 141 replies
    Sen. John McCain Monday became the highest-ranking U.S. official to enter Syria since the bloody civil war there began over two years ago, The Daily Beast has learned. McCain, one of the fiercest critics of the Obama administration’s Syria policy, made the unannounced visit across the Turkey-Syria border with Gen. Salem Idris, the leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army. He stayed in the country for several hours before returning to Turkey. Both in Syria and Turkey, McCain and Idris met with assembled leaders of Free Syrian Army units that traveled from around the country to...
  • Tea party vs. old guard in Senate GOP rift

    05/23/2013 2:58:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2013 5:51 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor and Charles Babington
    A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers is in full view again with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of using tactics that might tempt Democrats to change Senate rules that now protect the minority party. How to deal with the government’s debt and spending became the latest quarrel between the GOP’s 2008 presidential candidate and tea party champions such as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. …
  • McCain warns Obama-Nixon comparisons are ‘overreaching’

    05/20/2013 12:17:29 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 105 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 5/20/13 | Hillary Chabot
    McCain warns Obama-Nixon comparisons are ‘overreaching’ Monday, May 20, 2013 PrintEmail Comments (37) By: Hillary Chabot U.S. Sen. John McCain bucked the party line coming from many of his fellow conservatives this morning, saying suggestions that compare the trio of scandals gripping the White House to Watergate are “overreaching.” “I think it’s overreaching. We need a full and complete investigation and then we will decide the dimensions of it,” said McCain while campaigning for Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez in Dorchester. “It is terrible but we have to have a full investigation before we leap to conclusions.”
  • Lindsey Graham: ‘Enemy combatant’ (In Spades!!!)

    04/20/2013 12:55:08 PM PDT · by yoe · 361 replies
    Politico ^ | April 20, 2013 | KATIE GLUECK
    Several Republican lawmakers are calling for the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings to be tried as an enemy combatant, rather than as an ordinary criminal. “It is clear the events we have seen over the past few days in Boston were an attempt to kill American citizens and terrorize a major American city,” read a Saturday statement from Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.). “The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill...
  • McCain: Are You a "Wacko Bird" Like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Ted Cruz?

    03/09/2013 12:34:48 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 71 replies
    Reason ^ | 3-9-2013 | Nick Gillespie - OP/ED
    March 9, 2013 McCain: Are You a "Wacko Bird" Like Rand Paul, Justin Amash, and Ted Cruz? Nick Gillespie courtesy Benjamin Lee's Twitter Feed"Wacko Birds" is the new "Jerk Store."That is, it's the sort of comedic comeback that reflects far worse - and oh-so-sadly - on its creator than its intended target.During a recent tirade, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) denounced Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as "wacko birds." Reports the Wash Post: “They were elected, nobody believes that there was a corrupt election, anything else,”McCain said. “But I also think that when,...
  • The Amnesty Delusion [Leave the pandering to the Democrats]

    11/12/2012 2:07:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/12/12 | Editors @ NRO
    aving suffered not one but several humiliating defeats on Tuesday, Republicans are in danger of embracing “comprehensive” immigration reform — which is to say, amnesty — out of panic. The GOP does need to do better among Hispanics and other voters, but this is not the way to achieve that — and, more important, it is bad policy. A formal policy of refusing to enforce the law is not obviously the best substitute for an informal policy of refusing to enforce the law. But first, credit should be given where it is due: The Obama administration, by keeping economic growth...
  • McCain blocks WNYers’ bid to rebury sailors in U.S.

    12/03/2011 9:40:27 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies
    The Buffalo News, Buffalo, NY ^ | 2011-12-02 | Jerry Zremski
    WASHINGTON — Two hundred and seven years after their deaths, 13 of the Navy’s first fallen heroes this week came closer than ever to returning home from the shores of Tripoli — thanks in part to the efforts of two veterans’ advocates from Western New York. But then Sen. John McCain got in the way.
  • 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: 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..."
  • McCain: tea-party 'foolish' on balanced budget (McCain rips Tea Party - THANK YOU, SARAH PALIN!)

    07/27/2011 6:19:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 188 replies · 8+ views
    Politico ^ | 2011-07-27
    Veteran Sen. John McCain has had enough with tea-party-aligned lawmakers who have vowed not to vote to raise the debt ceiling before passage of a constitutional balanced budget amendment. The Arizona Republican, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee, described their position as “foolish,” “deceiving, even bizarro,” given Americans’ anxiety about the sliding stock market, a halt on hiring and the possibility of higher interest rates related to the looming default.
  • McCain uneasy over Republican 'isolationism' (McCain praises Obama for starting war in Libya)

    06/19/2011 2:58:51 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies
    AFP ^ | 2011-06-19 | Emmanuel Parisse
    WASHINGTON — US Senator John McCain on Sunday expressed concern about growing isolationism in the Republican party, particularly among those vying for the 2012 presidential nomination. McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee, said he was alarmed to hear various candidates at a campaign forum last Monday express opposition to US military involvement in the NATO military assault on Libya's Moamer Kadhafi. "There's always been an isolation strain in the Republican party, that Pat Buchanan (a former Republican presidential contender) wing of our party. But now it seems to have moved more center stage, so to speak," he said. There is no...
  • McCain, Graham to Congress: 'Stay the course'

    05/28/2011 6:43:49 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 52 replies
    The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, SC ^ | 2011-05-28 | Brad Dickerson
    (snip) During the comments, talk turned briefly to whether McCain would support former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin - his running mate during the 2008 presidential election - in a bid for the White House in 2012. McCain said it is all hypothetical at this point, as Palin has not officially announced her intention to seek the Republican nomination. "I'm proud of Sarah Palin. I'm proud of the campaign that she ran and she invigorated our campaign," McCain said. "I think she will be a very formidable candidate if she decides to seek the nomination of the Republican Party." The New...
  • Republican Blames Fox News for Hindering Support for His Position on Immigration Reform

    05/20/2011 5:06:45 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 65 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2011-05-20 | Edwin Mora
    Washington (CNSNews.com) - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), when talking to Capitol reporters, said that Fox News makes it difficult for him to garner support for his stance on immigration reform, which includes a “pathway to citizenship” for illegal aliens already living in the country. The senator, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that Fox News using the word “amnesty” during the 24-hour news cycle has hindered support for his position on reforming the U.S. immigration system, which lawmakers on both sides say is broken. “In today’s world, it’s very hard for bi-partisan agreements to be formed,” said Graham, “because...
  • John McCain: Libya vote unlikely (McCain attacks the Constitution, supports Obama's Libya war)

    05/11/2011 7:36:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 2011-05-11 | Meredith Shiner
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday he does not believe Congress will act before the May 20 deadline to authorize military engagement in Libya and he does not “recognize” the constitutionality of the War Powers Act that sets the timeline, in any case. “No president has ever recognized the constitutionality of the War Powers Act and neither do I,” McCain said. “So I don’t feel bound by any deadline. It’s pretty obvious there’s no consensus in the Senate or in the Congress now to move forward with a resolution. I respect that.”McCain, the top Republican on the Armed Services Committee,...
  • McCain's approval 2nd lowest among U.S. senators

    05/07/2011 8:23:38 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies
    KOLD-TV CBS 13 Tucson, Ariz. ^ | 2011-05-06 | Michael Truelsen
    John McCain has the second-lowest approval rating among U.S. senators, according to a new poll. About one-third of Arizona's registered voters approve of McCain's job performance - 34 percent compared with 53 percent who disapprove of the job he's doing - according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling. That's a drop from 40 percent approval in January. Only Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) scored lower among sitting senators, 29 percent to 58 percent.
  • Cartels made Phoenix U.S. ‘drug distribution center,’ McCain says (Juan McCain Alert)

    05/06/2011 4:59:17 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies
    Land Line ^ | 2011-05-04 | Charlie Morasch
    U.S. Sen. John McCain said Wednesday that he’s “seen this movie before” when it comes to federal claims of a secure border between the U.S. and Mexico. In a Senate hearing, McCain criticized the Department of Homeland Security for not keeping up with escalating drug and smuggling cartel violence that has resulted in mass graves and executions of Mexican officials. McCain, R-AZ, told Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano he remembered the U.S. giving amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in 1986, “when we said we’d secure the borders.” Today, millions of illegal immigrants enter the U.S. at Tucson. McCain said:...
  • GOP Sees Shot at Latino Gains (RINOs want to pander to Hispanics by pushing amnesty)

    05/01/2011 11:16:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2011-05-02 | Vauhini Vara
    Former staffers for defeated California candidates Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have an urgent message for fellow Republicans: Their political future depends on Latino voters, and the Obama administration may be providing an opening. (snip) Mr. Wilson, managing partner at Wilson-Miller Communications Inc. in Sacramento, said that if the topic of immigration arises, Republicans should avoid anti-immigration rhetoric meant to stir up the conservative base. "We're on safe ground when we say, 'We have to secure our borders and get a guest-worker program, then work on a pathway for citizenship for people who are already here'—and then quickly pivot off...
  • Greater US involvement needed in Libya crisis, McCain tells FRANCE 24 (McCain attacks "birthers")

    04/30/2011 4:11:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    FRANCE 24 ^ | 2011-04-28
    (snip) On the US political front, McCain said he was relieved that the “birther” issue -- a reference to doubts raised by the right wing about whether US President Barack Obama was born in the United States as required of US presidents under the Constitution -- had been buried with the release on Wednesday of the president's long-form birth certificate. “We have unemployment to deal with, and we have wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” McCain said, calling the birther issue “a silly distraction”.(snip)
  • 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...
  • McCain travels to Libya to meet with rebel forces

    04/21/2011 11:16:18 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 121 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2011 | DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, is heading to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi for a meeting with forces fighting to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi, an aide told The Associated Press. McCain was scheduled to arrive in Benghazi on Friday, said Brooke Buchanan, a spokeswoman for the senator.
  • 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...
  • McCain says work still needs to be done to secure border

    03/24/2011 6:06:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 11 replies
    TUCSON - Senator John McCain joined four Republican state representatives in Tucson today to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and discuss security and the federal government's role in securing the U.S. borders. McCain says there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure Arizona's borders are secure. He is upset that the federal government plans to withdraw National Guard troops from the border on June 30, he thinks this is too early and there is work that still needs to be done. "Every place we go, and we've talked to the people on the border, and here...the work...
  • 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."
  • Lieberman, McCain Call for More Forceful U.S. Response to Libya Violence

    02/27/2011 7:50:10 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies
    Fox ^ | 2011-02-27
    Senators Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., both expressed disappointment Sunday that President Obama has not responded more forcefully against the violence spreading in Libya and called for the arming of rebel forces in that country. (snip) Lieberman stopped short of calling for direct American military involvement, but McCain did not rule it out. "I think there possibly could be," the Arizona Republican said of using military force, though he hastily added that Libyan pilots are sure to obey a no-fly zone.
  • McCain's Shift Makes Him Senate's Most Conservative (HURL ALERT)

    02/24/2011 5:25:56 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 2011-02-24 | Reid Wilson
    The politician who once best exemplified the idea of a "maverick" independent has shifted so far to the right that he is now tied for the title of the Senate's most conservative member, according to National Journal's 2010 vote ratings. According to a comprehensive examination of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., along with seven of his colleagues, voted most often on the conservative side. His 89.7 composite conservative score ties him with stalwarts like Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and gives him a more conservative score than Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (snip)...
  • McCain Visits Valley, Shares Political Forecast (of GOP pushing "very extreme conservative" in '12)

    02/23/2011 9:15:17 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    Meghan McCain, daughter of U.S. Senator John McCain spoke at Indiana State University tonight. McCain shared her experience on the campaign trail with her father as well as where she sees the country going politically. One big goal of hers is to redefine republicanism."I have two theories. The first is in the next election Republicans will nominate a very extreme conservative. If that happens I think that the idea of a third party rising up could happen for the first time in history," McCain said.
  • McCain, Napolitano Hint at Joint Benchmarks for Immigration Reform Talks (HURL ALERT)

    02/17/2011 6:36:40 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2011-02-17 | Devin Dwyer
    Arizona Sen. John McCain and his Republican colleagues have long said they will only join Democrats on a comprehensive immigration reform deal if and when the southwest border is secured. Now McCain says he wants to develop a mutually-agreeable set of benchmarks with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for what level of security is sufficient and how to determine when that goal has been met. “We have to agree on certain criteria on what is successful securing of our border,” McCain said today during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing. “I think it would be very helpful to all of...
  • McCain: Obama Should Call for Mubarak to Resign

    02/10/2011 5:17:30 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2011-02-10 | David A. Patten
    Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain is warning that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s decision not to step down could touch off “a much more dangerous situation,” and he called for the Obama administration to tell Mubarak he must resign immediately. “The volatility of the situation was already very high,” McCain said on Fox News, “and I think it’s been ratcheted up dramatically. “I think the United States had better be more clear in our message to President Mubarak, that we are very clear in our message that he needs to step down,” McCain said. Asked by host...
  • McCain slams Mubarak, calls to quit

    02/10/2011 4:11:06 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Herald Sun ^ | 2/11/11 | AFP
    US Senator John McCain has condemned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's "deeply unfortunate and troubling" refusal to step down immediately and urged him to heed his people's calls to quit power.