The long-simmering feud between Sens. John McCain and Ted Cruz boiled over this week.
McCain mocked Cruz after the Texas senator claimed he had lobbied McCain to let U.S. troops carry their personal firearms around military installations.
McCain, the Arizona Republican who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he had never heard from the 2016 presidential hopeful or his staff about the controversial topic.
“You know, I was fascinated to hear that because I haven’t heard a thing about it from him. Nor has my staff heard from his staff,” a jovial McCain told reporters late Monday. “Where did that come from? I have not a clue.”
Cruz, a Tea Party favorite from Texas, on Tuesday morning confessed he had misspoken and later formally sent a letter to McCain asking the chairman to look into the topic.
He brushed off any suggestion of animosity — but then offered a back-handed compliment to McCain, who is well-known for talking to the media.
“Oh, I like John McCain,” Cruz said. “He can always be counted on for a good quote.”
The back and forth highlights the role that McCain, the presidential nominee for the GOP in 2008, might have in an election year in which three senators already joined the party’s presidential primary.
A fourth, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), is expected to join them. A close friend of McCain’s, he shares the same outlook on national security and foreign policy.
McCain and Cruz have battled before, and the Arizona senator also has a testy relationship with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), another presidential contender. The third GOP senator already in the race, Florida’s Marco Rubio, worked with McCain and Graham on a controversial immigration bill in 2013.
McCain might as well put a D in front of his name and hang a sign around his neck stating "I AM AN IDIOT."
John McShame is nothing more than a rino sheeple libtard minion of oblamea!
' "I have not a clue" John McCain'
Ted Cruz a Presidential Contender &Tea Party favorite from Texas
"GO TED GO"
And so Cruz was caught in a lie? Is that what I am reading?
No. He was mistaken and he said so. Cruz would not stoop so low as to lie about something on purpose. Maybe he had that conversation with another Senator but thought it was McCain. Mistakes do happen.
For the record... The reason I am backing Ted Cruz all the way has to do with one little item >>> HE IS THE ONLY POLITICIAN IN THE COUNTRY I TRUST. PERIOD.
johnny mac still owes the American people for 1 destroyed f14 fighter jet.
McCain was correctly defeated in his POTUS run. If it will get him in front of a TV camera he will say and do anything. He is a disgrace to himself, the GOP, and the American electorate. I do not live in AZ but will send a campaign contribution to whoever runs against him.
If I was Ted Cruz I wouldn't waste my time with the likes of that scumbag john (obama) mccain!!! I haven't trusted him since his election bid when he sold out to his twin brother barry soetoro. And he's been selling out ever since then, if not before. I just feel bad that Sarah Palin was stuck with him for a running mate.
McCain, lost his soul long ago. Cruz has it together.
He did not turn a traitor, He had hjis arms and legs broken thru horrible beatings 9 different times, he did not give in till after the ninth beating. Do you think you could do that and not eventually break. I am not a fan of McCain, but I do think respect should be showed to him for what he went thru in captivity.