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Voters Explode on John McCain at Phoenix Town Hall: ‘We Didn’t Send You to Make War for Us’

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Voters Explode on John McCain at Phoenix Town Hall: ‘We Didn’t Send You to Make War for Us’

A number of Sen. John McCain’s constituents are not happy with the Arizona Republican’s support of President Barack Obama’s plan to take military action against Syria. Voters made that much perfectly clear when they confronted him at a town hall in Phoenix on Thursday.

“We didn’t send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war,” one man said to applause, CNN reports.

Another man told McCain Congress is ignoring its duty to represent voters.

“This is what I think of Congress,” he said, holding a bag of marshmallows in his hand. “They are a bunch of marshmallows. That’s what they are. That’s what they’ve become. Why are you not listening to the people and staying out of Syria? It’s not our fight.”

Voters Explode on John McCain at Phoenix Town Hall

David Hart of Phoenix, makes a point to U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., during a town hall meeting at the Burton Barr Central Library on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Phoenix. Credit: AP

Voters Explode on John McCain at Phoenix Town Hall

Albert Moussa, left, of Tucson, Ariz., speaks to U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., on the concerns about military action in Syria during a town hall meeting at the Burton Barr Central Library on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Phoenix. Credit: AP

Voters Explode on John McCain at Phoenix Town Hall

A crowd member holds up signs against military action in Syria as U.S. Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks with constituents during a town hall meeting at the Burton Barr Central Library on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Phoenix. Credit: AP

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday afternoon passed a new use-of-force resolution that, if passed by the Senate, will give Obama authority to carry out military strikes. It also includes a loophole that may leave room for placing troops on the ground.

The resolution only prohibits “the use of United States Armed Forces on the ground in Syria for the purpose of combat operations.” The language seems to leave open the possibility of deploying troops for non-combat operations, such as securing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons.

“Polls this week have shown more Americans oppose military strikes in Syria than support them,” CNN reports.


A woman at the Arizona town hall, claiming to have an 18-year-old cousin in Syria, said the U.S. had not pursued all routes of diplomacy.

“For me, to listen to you say there is no good option in Syria – I refuse to believe that…The good option right now is to take Saudi Arabia and Iran and force them to stop supporting the two sides in Syria. And you could do it. You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Sen. McCain. We cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood,” she said.

McCain validated the voters’ concerns, saying that there are “strong feelings” from both sides of the issue.

“[A]ll of us, our hearts go out to those people who have been massacred and killed in this terrible bloodletting that’s been going on,” he added.

This story may be updated with additional video footage.

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Citygirlk
by on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

It's not our fight but if we stay away it sure will come to bite us in the ass one way or another in the future, so we might as well try to straighten things out now.

sarahjz
by Bronze Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I wish they would ALL listen to the people and avoid this war.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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Good for them!  We the people need to speak up.  I would like to ask though why  Obama supporters aren't telling the president.  the same thing

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM
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Are you serious?

Obama supporters couldn't tell you who the Vice President is, you think they have any clue about Syria?

Obama supporter:   

 Support Obama -Good

Not support Obama - Racist.


 

Quoting 4kidz916:

Good for them!  We the people need to speak up.  I would like to ask though why  Obama supporters aren't telling the president.  the same thing


 

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM
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 You would think that McCain having been a POW during Viet Nam, he would not want to see us  get into one more war that is none of our business in a country that is not seen as a threat to us.

lylalane7275
by Silver Member on Sep. 6, 2013 at 9:41 PM
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I don't think McCain has a very good grasp on reality, and I don't think he has in a long time.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 1:31 AM

I have a huge problem with the US fighting for Al Qaeda. The military does not like it one bit.

What are O and McC thinking???


Quoting Citygirlk:

It's not our fight but if we stay away it sure will come to bite us in the ass one way or another in the future, so we might as well try to straighten things out now.



Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM
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I am not sure you are comprehending this.

We are arming the same groups of people who flew airplanes into our buildings on 9/11.

The rebels, Al Queda, Muslim Brotherhood are all offshoots of the same ideology.

Our poor election choice is biting us in the ass, right now.

Quoting Citygirlk:

It's not our fight but if we stay away it sure will come to bite us in the ass one way or another in the future, so we might as well try to straighten things out now.


 

Citygirlk
by on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Then fine let Syria implode and become al Qaedas home base. 

Quoting SallyMJ:

I have a huge problem with the US fighting for Al Qaeda. The military does not like it one bit.

What are O and McC thinking???


Quoting Citygirlk:

It's not our fight but if we stay away it sure will come to bite us in the ass one way or another in the future, so we might as well try to straighten things out now.




Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Sep. 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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Quoting Citygirlk:

Then fine let Syria implode and become al Qaedas home base. 

Quoting SallyMJ:

I have a huge problem with the US fighting for Al Qaeda. The military does not like it one bit.

What are O and McC thinking???


Quoting Citygirlk:

It's not our fight but if we stay away it sure will come to bite us in the ass one way or another in the future, so we might as well try to straighten things out now.







That would be a good point, except for the fact we are helping Al Queda.

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