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McCain Gently Warns House GOP: We’re Doomed If You Screw Up Immigration Reform

Posted by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM
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McCain Gently Warns House GOP: We’re Doomed If You Screw Up Immigration Reform

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Moments after immigration reform passed the Senate Thursday by a whopping 68-32 vote, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gently nudged his House colleagues to do what it takes to ensure the success of a comprehensive overhaul.

“We will be doing whatever we can to convince our colleagues in a respectful manner,” he told a handful of reporters just off the Senate floor. “None of our colleagues on the other side of the Capitol like to be talked down to or given tutorials. They have their own views and we respect them. And we need to have a respectful dialogue.”

The Arizona Republican is a critical figure in the reform effort — a member of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators that struck the deal that formed the foundation of the legislation. Much has been made about the GOP’s death spiral with Hispanic voters, the country’s fastest-growing demographic, which resoundingly voted for Barack Obama twice.

TPM asked McCain if Republicans can recover in 2016 if the overhaul falters and if the party nominates a pro-immigration candidate. He took a deep breath and shook his head.

“No,” he said.

Despite his leading role in pushing immigration reform in 2006 and 2007, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee lost the Latino vote, in no small part because the the Republican Party had thwarted reform. McCain took a hard right on immigration policy during his own reelection bid in 2010, before coming back around after the 2012 election.

He said Obama has played a constructive role in reform and has “struck the right balance.”

TPM also asked McCain if he believes it’s important for Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who has all but rejected the Senate immigration bill, to stand by his principle that any legislation must have the support of a majority of House Republicans in order to come to a vote.

“I can’t tell the Speaker what to do,” he said. “I trust him and he’s a friend of mine and I have great confidence in his leadership.”

McCain responded to GOP operatives’ plans to campaign against vulnerable Democratic senators over their immigration reform votes.

“All I can say is that maybe they ought to look back at what happened in 2012 and 2008 with the Hispanic voters and then maybe they ought to reevaluate what they are saying,” he said. “There’s plenty of issues that separate Republicans and Democrats but … 70, 80 percent, depending on which polls you judge by, are in favor of what we’re trying to do.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee had reportedly indicated that it would target Democrats over the issue, but spokesman Brad Dayspring later denied it and said the NRSC has “no plans” to do so. But he said he believes some Democrats may be hurt by it politically. Fourteen Republicans joined all 54 Democrats in voting for the bill Thursday. All the opposition came from Republican senators.

Recalling the “very bitter disappointment” surrounding the failed reform effort in 2007, McCain sounded a note of confidence that his efforts will bear fruit this time around.

“I am confident the will of the American people will finally prevail,” he said.

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JanuaryBaby06
by on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Not a very flattering Picture of McCain.

grandmab125
by Platinum Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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 McCain should have retired a long time ago.

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 2:30 AM
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Any repub for a bill that will not be sure to strengthen our borders and start enforcing the law is not a repub but a rino.Any repub for a bill loaded with pork is not a repub but a rino.

JustCJ
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM
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Exactly! I was just going to say he needs to have D after his name along with that Governor of New Jersey...

Quoting tnmomofive:

Any repub for a bill that will not be sure to strengthen our borders and start enforcing the law is not a repub but a rino.Any repub for a bill loaded with pork is not a repub but a rino.


tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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I am really starting to wonder what it will take to get REAL conservatives in there.We need NON career politicians..people that have actually worked for a living and love our country and are not willing to sell us out.

Quoting JustCJ:

Exactly! I was just going to say he needs to have D after his name along with that Governor of New Jersey...

Quoting tnmomofive:

Any repub for a bill that will not be sure to strengthen our borders and start enforcing the law is not a repub but a rino.Any repub for a bill loaded with pork is not a repub but a rino.




-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM


Quote:

He said Obama has played a constructive role in reform and has “struck the right balance.”


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“All I can say is that maybe they ought to look back at what happened in 2012 and 2008 with the Hispanic voters and then maybe they ought to reevaluate what they are saying,” he said. “There’s plenty of issues that separate Republicans and Democrats but … 70, 80 percent, depending on which polls you judge by, are in favor of what we’re trying to do.”

JanetMonroe1991
by Member on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:50 PM

How far to the right do the Repubs need to go for you to be happy? You understand that without both parties working together nothing gets done right? And to work together you have to give the Dems some of the things they want. 

Quoting tnmomofive:


I am really starting to wonder what it will take to get REAL conservatives in there.We need NON career politicians..people that have actually worked for a living and love our country and are not willing to sell us out.

Quoting JustCJ:

Exactly! I was just going to say he needs to have D after his name along with that Governor of New Jersey...

Quoting tnmomofive:

Any repub for a bill that will not be sure to strengthen our borders and start enforcing the law is not a repub but a rino.Any repub for a bill loaded with pork is not a repub but a rino.






blues_pagan
by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:53 PM
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Figures all the Repubs here are saying he is a fake because he is willing to work with the other side.  People who think like you, whether Dem or Repub, are what is wrong with this nation.

Just click on the picture to come visit.  There is no need to apply since our Lounge is open to all CafeMom members.

tnmomofive
by Silver Member on Jun. 29, 2013 at 12:51 AM
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How much is enough for the dems? Anymore it is pretty much all or nothing.Lets not pretend that dems have been bipartisan.

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

How far to the right do the Repubs need to go for you to be happy? You understand that without both parties working together nothing gets done right? And to work together you have to give the Dems some of the things they want. 

Quoting tnmomofive:


I am really starting to wonder what it will take to get REAL conservatives in there.We need NON career politicians..people that have actually worked for a living and love our country and are not willing to sell us out.

Quoting JustCJ:

Exactly! I was just going to say he needs to have D after his name along with that Governor of New Jersey...

Quoting tnmomofive:

Any repub for a bill that will not be sure to strengthen our borders and start enforcing the law is not a repub but a rino.Any repub for a bill loaded with pork is not a repub but a rino.








blues_pagan
by on Jun. 29, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Fingerpointing is silly.

I think that this is the problem.  There are so many people like yourself who are out there and simply point fingers without looking in their own backyard.  I am a "liberal" who just so happens advocates for bipartisanship.  That is why I voted in certain politicians who held that belief (these politicians came from all different parties to include Democrat, Republican, Independent and a Socialist Democrat).  I don't want an all or nothing government mainly because that would not work.  We need a balanced view and politicians who understand the meaning of cooperation and compromise.  Sometimes you have to give a little to get and McCain is one of the few Republican politicians who actually gets that.

Quoting tnmomofive:


How much is enough for the dems? Anymore it is pretty much all or nothing.Lets not pretend that dems have been bipartisan.

Quoting JanetMonroe1991:

How far to the right do the Repubs need to go for you to be happy? You understand that without both parties working together nothing gets done right? And to work together you have to give the Dems some of the things they want. 

Quoting tnmomofive:


I am really starting to wonder what it will take to get REAL conservatives in there.We need NON career politicians..people that have actually worked for a living and love our country and are not willing to sell us out.

Quoting JustCJ:

Exactly! I was just going to say he needs to have D after his name along with that Governor of New Jersey...

Quoting tnmomofive:

Any repub for a bill that will not be sure to strengthen our borders and start enforcing the law is not a repub but a rino.Any repub for a bill loaded with pork is not a repub but a rino.









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