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Arizona GOP censures McCain for his 'liberal' record


Why Arizona's GOP Censured John McCain

By TERRY TANG

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.

The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate.

Sifert said no further action was expected.

McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. But former three-term Sen. Jon Kyl told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1mIyKyy) that the move was "wacky."

"I've gone to dozens of these meetings and every now and then some wacky resolution gets passed," Kyl told the newspaper on Saturday. "But most people realize it does not represent the majority of the vast numbers of Republicans."

Kyl also said McCain's voting record was "very conservative."

McCain isn't up for re-election until 2016, when will turn 80. He announced in October that he was considering running for a sixth term.

According to the resolution, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee has campaigned as a conservative but has lent his support to issues "associated with liberal Democrats," such as immigration reform and funding the federal health care law.

Several Republican county committees recently censured McCain.

Timothy Schwartz, the Legislative District 30 Republican chairman who helped write the resolution, said the censure showed that McCain was losing support from his own party.

"We would gladly embrace Sen. McCain if he stood behind us and represented us," Schwartz said.

Fred DuVal, a Democrat who plans to run for Arizona governor, called the censure an "outrageous response to the good work Sen. McCain did crafting a reasonable solution to fix our broken immigration system."

McCain has been dogged by conservatives objecting to his views on immigration and campaign finance, among other issues, since he first ran for Congress in 1982. Republican activists were also turned off by his moderate stances in the 2000 presidential race.

McCain was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and won his Senate seat in 1986.

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tommy050 January 27 2014 at 6:02 PM

They should have done it when he was caught in the savings and loan scandals in the 80's. He was the only Senate member caught in that to have his carreer survive.

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jmoore1142 January 27 2014 at 1:08 PM

The whole Congress should be censured, both Dems and Repubs for their horrible job with managing our money. OMG….are you kidding me, 17 Trillion Dollars in debt and our currency in danger of collapse. They should all be sent packing. Absolutely irresponsible performance from the whole lot of them. They act like two year olds bickering over who gets to hold the toy instead of working for the American nation. Just look at the shape our country is in, it is the worst it has ever been and these idiots just fight over who said what and who did what and the country is burning down all around us. Shame on all of you in Congress, you act like you're royalty of something with you ridiculous salaries and benefits. With 22 million Americans out of work how many of you have taken a pay cut or benefit cut. How many of you even act like you work for the American people instead of the special interest groups who flood your re-election piggy banks with money and then tell you all what to do and when. Don't deny it, any of you charlatans. I never thought I would be ashamed of my own government but instead of spying on the rest of the world how about doing your job for us once in a while.

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Diana Klein January 27 2014 at 10:37 PM

You keep asking me to sign out. I don't know how! I don't know how I signed on.

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ibeyour1 January 27 2014 at 1:09 PM

"We would gladly embrace Sen. McCain if he stood behind us and represented us," Schwartz said

He is supposed to represent the people not the party!

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capsec250 January 27 2014 at 6:27 PM

McCain has gone too liberal for his own good and for the good of the prople , he seriously needs to retire and just walk away , at 80 yrs old and enjoy what he has left , because IF he stays he will end up leaving with NOTHING . First off we need to set Term Limits for ALL political offices to a Maximum of 2 four year terms then OUT , if they cant get a job done in 8 years they never will and its time to leave , Plus when they are in those offices too long the corruption begins and takes over so the become NON-Productive , and a wast of Our Tax Dollars . and EVERY politician MUST have a minimum of 5 years Active Military to even apply for any political office , if they are going to be in control of out militart they Must Know what its all about NOT like Obama that is in charge and has no clue what he is doing . SO , McCain NEEDS TO LEAVE NOW ! ! !

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tugboy101 January 27 2014 at 10:24 PM

78 years old . still working .......must be benefits

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don2rivers January 27 2014 at 2:45 PM

"Not representing his Party"? John McCain was not elected to represent "The Republican Party"! He was elected to represent "The People" as stated in our constitution! That is something that ALL of you elected officials NEED TO READ AND ABIDE BY! This party system SUCKS with the way the parties have each drawn away from what the people want and just push their own agenda, especially the Republican Party and their Greedy push for big business! In reality there should be NO PROFESSIONAL POLITICIANS! You should be allowed only 2 terms in any one office anywhere. If you have done well representing your constituents then you can possibly be elected to the next higher office, and so on up the line. There should be NO PARTY AFFILIATIONS, REPRESENTATION FOR THE PEOPLE ONLY!!! This is the only way we would actually have what our Constitution specifies, "FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE"!!!

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John Matthew January 27 2014 at 2:44 PM

Maybe we should consider just abolishing the whole entire "Party System". Wow now that's a thought! Gee what should we in turn then call ourselves? I don't know let's try calling ourselves Americans. What a novel idea! Let's then just look at an elected American political candidate as just that. Someone who represents the federal, local and state's views on the important issues by the majority of the vote of those who were elected to represent them in this fashion to begin with. It will never happen and at this rate we can just all dial in to that flipping horrible news channel CNN and listen to Wolf (when the heck are you going to retire for good) play out the daily drama of politics that continually reminds us of how much we don't have a say in the matter. Gee how ironic these same politicians were in fact elected. OMG!!!!!!!

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AncientMariner January 27 2014 at 2:40 PM

How do you say "********" in Arizonian?

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cuseme3095 January 27 2014 at 2:35 PM

A 20%vote from a few whackjobs gets the headlines. You must be digging deep for news today. I am not a McCain fan but this stuff allows people to see just how messed up our government is at all levels. How about rating elected officials on the contribution they make to solving our nation's problems rather than if they are "liked" or not.

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