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Sen. John McCain: Fox News is ‘schizophrenic,’ and tea party is negative

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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Sen. John McCain in a sit-down interview with The New Republic earlier this week called Fox News “schizophrenic” on immigration and suggested that tea party members were damaging to the Republican Party, touting negative messages that ran counter to Americans’ political will.

The interview was conducted by Isaac Chotiner, for The New Republic.

SEE ALSO: Tea party asks its grass roots to help kill health care law

Published highlights: On Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelMr. McCain said “he is doing OK,” and that his military friends say he “is respectful,” The New Republic reported. And on Secretary of State John KerryMr. McCain said he’s “working extremely hard, frenetic,” but may be “trying to take on too many issues at once.”

Meanwhile, Mr. McCain described former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s work on the global level as “rock star” status, The New Republic reported.

“I think she did a fine job,” he said, in the magazine. “She’s a rock star. She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world.”

Mr. McCain also said moments later in the interview that he would have “a tough choice” to make in a presidential election that pitted Mrs. Clinton against Sen. Rand Paul, The New Republic reported.

The New Republic later raised the issue of immigration and asked, “If you watch Fox, there are all these segments on immigrants and crime and so on, and people get riled up, and then they want reform. It’s a difficult dynamic in the party.”

Mr. McCain’s published response: “I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic. I saw a guy on ‘Hannity,’ maybe ‘Huckabee,’ and the guy said, ‘You know, the Chinese are coming across our border, and they are going to commit cyber attacks.’ … Honest to God!”

Mr. McCain also said that he’d like to be president, and that Sarah Palin — his former vice presidential candidate and former governor of Alaska — maintained a positive message during the campaign, despite the negative influences of tea partiers.

The question from The New Republic: “Do you draw any connection between her [Sarah Palin‘s] outlook and the group of congressional Republicans, tea partiers, that you had trouble with?”

His answer: “No, because I think she had a positive message. A message that we would have less government, lower taxes, less regulation. Many in this group didn’t come to power to get things done. They came to power to keep things from getting done.”

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by Platinum Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 8:52 PM
Had he only been more candid and chose a better running mate....
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:23 PM
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He's right about Fox News.
by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:33 PM

McCain strolls into Dem caucus meeting

By Judy Kurtz - 07/31/13 12:31 PM ET

Sen. John McCain — a Democrat?

There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol.

The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance.

As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.

Saying he “had to give a speech,” McCain was eyed walking away sporting a big grin.

Obama scheduled Wednesday powwows with House and Senate Democrats just ahead of Congress’ five-week recess.

McCain has emerged as a dealmaker in talks with Democrats, and has had numerous dustups this year with the Tea Party wing of the GOP. At one point he memorably described Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) as “wacko birds.”

The senator on Wednesday joked it would a "difficult choice" for him if Paul and Democrat Hillary Clinton were to face off for the presidency in 2016.

— Carlo Munoz contributed.

John McCain         @SenJohnMcCain

To be clear: I opened the wrong door, looked in and saw the President, said "my mistake" and everybody laughed. Lighten up everybody...

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by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM
I do like McCain. I voted for him in the 2008 primaries.... wasnt a fan of Palin though, but wanted them compared to Obama the 1st time around (voted for obama over romney though.... he was way too conservative for me). I, personally, have always respected the Republican party thats why I registered that way, I do agree with his comments on the Tea Party & Fox News (then again i really dont get the lure of 24/7 news channels & all of the political commentary in general) though.
by Ruby Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 9:48 PM

I know, what a dope he is!

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