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.
Shame on you printing this BOB SIP trash!!!!!!!!!
McCain does his Party no good, fighting with the other Members. Hey, Dummy, we're trying to defeat the Democrats, not each other. "When you can't say something nice, Shut-Up"!!!
As a 20 year veteran I have a great deal of respect for Sen McCain but I'm sorry to say in the last few years I've heard a lot of words but little to no action. IE; we now have a panel considering eliminating and reducing active duty & retired benefits but have heard nothing from him. There is also a proposal to close 15 military instillations and he has been silent. What we veterans need is action not words.
Wyman, thank you for your service! What the VA is doing to the vets is outrageous, and now I understand that vets will only get medical care for 5 years after they leave the military. That is just not right, and not the way it was set up by Dr.Michael DeBakey. It was intended that vets get life-time care for the injuries they received or illnesses they developed due to exposure to Agent Orange. And, it's a battle to get care at a near-by clinic, which was named after, of all people, Charlie Wilson! It's because of him getting involved in the Russian-Afghan war that led to the development of the Mujahaded, which Osama ben Lauden joined. Remember the movie, Charlie's War? It's about him and his involvement in that war. Now look where we are in Afghanistan. If the Russians couldn't beat them, then we sure as heck aren't going to be able to. As for McCain, he needs to retire. And, I'll also support a candidate who'll be running against him in 2016. However, I don t know if there is any TEA party group active in Arizona. I checked 2 and the last post on one was in 2012! Looks like the TEA Party needs to really get fired up again!
"Old Timer's Disease" McCain. Go out to pasture, John, we do not need the likes of you.
Is this not the same McCain that lied through his teeth to his constituents about closing the borders to get reelected? Then of course he reverted back to his old crummy self. Arizona needs to stop falling for the bullsh** and vote right.
The media love McCain and Graham because those two lovebirds enjoy mocking true conservatives. They're pathetic and should just jump ship and join the Demon party.
It is unto the people in Az to get rid of this idiot once and for all!wake the hell up Az he is a liberal rino and does not deserve to be in the United States Senate!He deserves to be in the BIG HOUSE FOR TREASON!
VOTE THIS LOOSER OUT NOW!
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