McCain sick of dirty deals....then makes dirty deal with tea party

United States
March 26, 2010 6:00pm CST
On Thursday morning John McCain said on CNBC that he was sick of all of the dirty deals that were made in the health care bill. During the interview though, McCain was asked about his re-election bid, and he stated that he made a deal with the tea party movement to stay out of the race. What do you think of all of this?
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@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Hell, John McCain has Sarah Palin campaigning for him. How desparate is that? Now you know those two are not letting by gones be by gones. (Check out the body language between Sarah & Cindy McCain in today's news clips) This campaign togetherness has to be the ultimate dirty deal because you know Sarah from the frozen North doesn't do any thing if the money (or publicity) isn't right. lol
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• United States
27 Mar 10
I am sure she is walking away with A LOT of money. Like you said, she doesn't do ANYTHING unless it involves a lot of press, money, or both. I am sure this was both.
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
27 Mar 10
That's "dirty" to you? I'm not a big fan of anything that keeps third parties out of play, but this isn't even remotely similar to the blatant bribery that's going on in congress right now nor is it as bad as Obama's alleged attempt to bribe Joe Sestak with a job in his administration to keep him from running against Arlen Specter.
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
27 Mar 10
Ok, now I see what was REALLY said. So either you misunderstood what McCain said, or you're lying. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say you misunderstood. Here's what he really said. In response to: "LET'S BRING UP THE TEA PARTY MOVEMENT. THAT MIGHT BENEFIT YOUR OPPONENT AND THAT WOULD BE A MOVEMENT ALIGNED WITH A REALLY STRONG EFFORT TO REPEAL THIS." He said: "THE TEA PARTY LEADERS IN ARIZONA HAVE SAID THEY'RE GOING STAY OUT OF THIS RACE." He didn't make any "deal" with them. The full transcript can be read here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/35953973 The Arizona Tea Parties made it clear almost four weeks ago that they don't like EITHER republican candidate and refuse to endorse either one of them. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/03/01/20100301hayworth-tea-parties-senate-politico.html So not only was it not a "dirty deal." There was no "deal" at all. Nice try though.
• United States
27 Mar 10
Taskr, do you really think this is the first time a president gave representatives earmarks, for a vote? This has happened for decades, I can't believe you are so naive about this, and shocked that this happens. By the way, the president of the United States owes it to the people of the country to appoint the best people to do the job of the people. It shouldn't matter what party he is in, or anything else.
• United States
27 Mar 10
Taskr, if you listen to the Hayworth people, and they will tell you a different story. I know what the "tea party leadership" has officially said, but many in Arizona don't think that this decision was made in their best interest. It looks like it was in the best interest of the people who THINK they run the tea party movement.
• United States
26 Mar 10
I am NOT taking up for this deal. I don't agree with it...but what happened was McCain is in a tight race this time. If a tea party candidate jumped into the race it would pull votes from McCain but not from the dem running against him..therefore just about making the Dem a sure win. With a Tea party candidate in the race...both McCain and the Tea Party candidate would have lost. So in order to defeat the democrat...the tea party decided it was better to NOT run against McCain. Not because they like McCain...but because they would rather have McCain in office than the other guy. They had to make the choice of the "lesser of two evils". I hate that kind of choice. But it happens everyday. How many people don't like either guy running in an election...so what do they do..vote for the one they hate the least.
• United States
27 Mar 10
LIL, then you see why it is so hypocritical of McCain to bash deals that are made to pass bills, and then do the same thing to keep his job. I wonder how many tea party members will see this and be outraged that SOMEONE is making deals on their behave?
@Taskr36 (13926)
• United States
27 Mar 10
On the plus side Lil, there was no deal at all and certainly no deal made by McCain. The Arizona Tea Party simply decided that they don't like McCain OR Hayworth and aren't endorsing either of them. McCain mentioned in the interview that the tea party is staying out of the race when asked if the tea party would benefit his opponent. This "deal" is really just something debater cooked up in his own head. You can see the entire transcript of what was said here. http://www.cnbc.com/id/35953973
• United States
27 Mar 10
Taskr, the "deal" was set up by the leaders of the tea party movement in Arizona. If you have paid attention to the race you will see that there is a candidate that is much more tea party friendly, but they have "decided" NOT to support either candidate. You tell me what the "leadership" in Arizona is really doing. There are many in Arizona that are upset about the lack of support for Hayworth, and when Palin endorsed McCain many knew the fix was in.
• United States
26 Mar 10
For him or the teaparty to stay out of the race? I vote for him to stay out of the race. But, I also think that if the teaparty brings in a candidate, we'll get Obama back in the White House. McCain should stay where he is, so he can wibble and wobble and cover both sides of the aisle as he is prone to do. I would prefer a real Conservative running.
• United States
26 Mar 10
The dirty deal that McCain made was to keep the tea party out of the race. Now, he never said what the deal was, or any details of this, but he said it on national TV.
• United States
27 Mar 10
Somewhere along the way staying in power became bigger than doing the right thing. Bigger than having a fair fight over ideas. He's not ready to retire and this may be his last holding onto power. Sad, eh?
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• United States
27 Mar 10
I wish these people would understand that it isn't their decision on when they leave. It is the people that put them there.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I have to agree with Lil, in a tight race you're sometimes forced to make deals and I don't know if I'd classify the deal McCain made as a dirty deal. A third candidate would have hurt him.
• United States
27 Mar 10
Spalladino, you wouldn't call a deal to save your job behind close doors dirty? I would!!! I guess I wouldn't be as upset if McCain hadn't bashed all of the deals that were made to pass the health care bill, and then ignore the deal he made to save his job.