McCaskill Says McCain Skips Benghazi Briefing to Hold Benghazi News Conference
November 15, 2012

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill says Arizona Senator John McCain skipped a top-secret Senate briefing on the Benghazi attack to hold a news conference on—Benghazi.
In an interview with KMBC TV, McCaskill says she and McCain sit on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
McCaskill says the Committee had a closed-door Benghazi briefing Wednesday morning, given by the Department of Defense, the Department of State and other intelligence agencies. McCaskill says McCain, however, was not at the meeting.
She says he was at another part of the Capitol giving a news conference. McCain says the Congress needs a special Select Committee to investigate what happened when the Benghazi consulate was attacked and the US Ambassador to Libya and three others were killed.
McCain’s staff told KMBC today his absence was due to “a scheduling error”.
Thursday, CNN reported McCain became irritated with a reporter who asked by he was not at the Homeland Security Committee hearing.
“When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.
“I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.
Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”
When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”
McCaskill says only two Republican Senators were at the entire secret briefing.
McCaskill opposes McCain plan for a Select Benghazi Committee. She thinks existing Congressional Committees can ask the same questions
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran’s staff says Moran arrived late to the Homeland Security session.Moran is also a member of the Homeland Security panel.
He was in the Republican Caucus leadership meeting.
Moran was elected to lead the Republican Senate Campaign Committee for the next two years. His office says that leadership election process ran overtime.

Four Years Later, McCain Defending Palin Pick as Veep
May 7, 2012

Politico:
Sarah Palin’s qualifications were the overriding reason Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) selected the former Alaska governor as his 2008 presidential running mate, he said Sunday.
Speaking about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selecting of a vice presidential running mate, McCain said on ABC’s “This Week” that the “primary, absolute, most important aspect is if something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take that place?”
“I happen to believe that was the … primary factor on my decision in 2008,” McCain said, “and I know it will be Mitt’s.”
Having a “person [Romney] knows he could trust,” is also a critical consideration,” McCain told host Jake Tapper.
In the aftermath of McCain’s failed presidential campaign, Palin’s detractors – and some supporters – criticized her as ill-prepared to serve as president had she been pressed into duty. The recent movie “Game Change” dramatized just that.
Republicans are lucky this election cycle, McCain added, because they have a “very deep bench” when it comes to potential vice presidential nominees.

The Politics of OBL
April 28, 2012

(AP) – The killing of Osama bin Laden, first presented as a moment of national unity by President Barack Obama, has become something else: a political weapon.

Obama’s re-election campaign is portraying his risky decision to go after America’s top enemy as a defining difference with his Republican presidential opponent, suggesting Mitt Romney might not have had the guts to order a mission that put lives and perhaps a presidency at stake.

Obama himself is opening up on the raid again – and opening the secretive White House Situation Room as an interview stage – to hail the one-year anniversary.

The broader goal for Obama, whether through campaign web videos or the trappings of the White House, is not to just to remind voters of an enormous victory on his watch. It is to maximize a political narrative that he has the courage to make tough calls that his opponent might not.

“Does anybody doubt that had the mission failed, it would have written the beginning of the end of the president’s first term?” Vice President Joe Biden says in laying out Obama’s foreign policy campaign message. “We know what President Obama did. We can’t say for certain what Governor Romney would have done.”

The strategy underscores the fact that the Obama who ordered the raid as commander in chief is now seeking a second term as president. The risk is the political blowback that can come if he is seen as crossing a line into politicizing national security.

“Sad,” said a Romney spokeswoman. “Shameless,” said 2008 Obama election foe John McCain.

Biden even combined the killing of the al-Qaida leader and Obama’s support for a failing auto industry into what he called a re-election bumper sticker message.

“It’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” the vice president said in a speech on Thursday.

Huckabee Endorses Akin for Missouri Senate
February 23, 2012

Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has endorsed Rep. Todd Akin’s campaign for the US Senate.
“Huck PAC and I are proud to support Todd Akin for U.S. Senate from Missouri. Congressman Akin, a veteran conservative, has represented Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District since 2001 and during his time in Congress has become known as a strong, independent conservative voice,”according to a news release.
The Akin campaign says Huckabee will campaign with Akin in Joplin March 3.
The statement says Akin is “humbled and thrilled”, to have Huckabee’s endorsement.
Huckabee almost won the 2008 Missouri Republican presidential primary. He lost narrowly to the eventual nominee, John McCain.
He’s made numerous visits back into the state since that campaign. Huckabee’s brand of Christian conservatism remains popular in the Missouri Republican Party.

McCain Back Home, Says He’s Met Nobody Who Thinks Congress is Mature
August 5, 2011

From ‘No Lables’, a group attempting some by partisanship in politics:

Appointed members of the “Super” Committee should be willing to put “everything on the table,” Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said yesterday on the No Labels Radio program on VoiceAmerica co-hosted by Mark Salter and Mark McKinnon, two No Labels Co-Founders. (McKinnon was the lead media adviser to Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidential primary campaign, while Salter worked for McCain in various roles for 19 years, including as his biographer, speechwriter, and chief of staff.)

“I saw a poll yesterday that 77 percent of the American people feel that the members of Congress acted like spoiled children,” McCain said. “17 percent said that they believed they acted in a mature fashion. Now, having only been back in Arizona for a couple of days, I have met no one in the 17 percent group.”

McCain also expressed support for the Gang of Six’s approach as a good framework to use moving forward.

“A little good news I think was the Gang of Six,” McCain said. “That was three Democrats and three Republicans that sat down for months together. They had their problems, they had one of the major players leave the Gang of Six and then come back eventually, and they did come up with a proposal that I think will be a blueprint for the way we have to move forward if we are ever going to get this debt and deficit under control.”

McCain mentioned Senator Rob Portman as a member of Congress he would like to see appointed to the “Super” Committee because of his fiscal experience and his willingness to put “everything on the table,” as No Labels has been calling for.

“I’ll give you a good example of who I hope will be on the committee is Senator Rob Portman,” McCain said. “He has a piece in the Wall Street Journal today and basically he says that everything has to be on the table. He has the background and knowledge, as you know he was the head of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bush, and even though he’s just in his first term, he’s already made an incredible impression on the Senate because of the depth of his knowledge.”

McCain also discussed the need to close tax loopholes. “If you consider ethanol subsidies taxes, then include me out, because I’ve opposed some of these special deals for special interests that have made the tax code about three feet high. I’ve opposed these subsidies all along. I’ve opposed these special loopholes and breaks that are written into the tax code which favors those who are most influential.

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