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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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wmcleigh January 28 2014 at 12:39 PM

This trivial moderate-conservative crap is just a sideshow. Someday someone in the media will expose the real McCain and chronicle (1) his treasonous broadcasts while accepting uniquely private hospitalization outside the general POW population in Hanoi, (2) his track record at NAS Jacksonville, Florida and why he was passed over for admiral rank, (3) his being the architect of the byzantyne maze of laws that keep our government's abandonment of about 400 other POWs (and his collaboration) secret to this day, (4) his maltreatment of his original wife and family- particularly after her tragic accident, and (5) his attempted rape of the wife of one of those POWs we left behind. McCain is a bad guy and a real-life "Manchurian Candidate."

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Rob & Kathy January 28 2014 at 6:41 PM

I agree. Progressives seem to think it's in vogue to call themselves a, "moderate". A moderate is just a fence sitter lacking in integrity and conviction and bases their positions on the direction of political winds.

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Walt January 28 2014 at 12:30 PM

AMAZING IF YOU TRY TO WORK ON THE GOOD OF THE COUNTRY, INSTEAD THE GOOSE STEP PREPAIRED BY THE FAR RIGHT WING, YOU ARE NOT A GOOD REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR OFFICE....WHAT I AM SEEING IS A VERY DISTURBING TREND TO DESTROY THE COUNTRY FROM WITHIN INSTEAD OF WORKING OF THE COMMON GOOD OF THE PEOPLE, THIS IS WHAT THE RIGHT WING HAS MORFED INTO. I GUESS IF THE BRIGHTER PEOPLE OF BOTH PARTIES WORK TO FIND A REASONABLE PERSON THAT WILL WORK FOR THE COUNTRY, AND EXIT ABOUT 22 OF THE NEW TEA PARTY NIT WITS, WE MAY MAKE IT.,

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Rob & Kathy January 28 2014 at 6:35 PM

Most of the rabid goose steppers are progressives and Obama supporters. Clearly, Obama's policies have weakened the country. Higher taxes, poor job market, median incomes decreasing and skyrocketing debt is good for trhe people? You sound like another low information voter.

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crawnjl January 28 2014 at 8:40 AM

The entire GOP should be censured!
You're all a bunch of nuts!

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Rob & Kathy January 28 2014 at 11:12 AM

Look at ObamaCon, the economy, the deficit and our foreign policy decisions. You call the GOP nuts?

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SUNFLOWERgirl January 30 2014 at 2:40 AM

I would say a NUT is someone who would support the choice to have your unborn baby dismembered and beheaded in the womb. Oh, wait, that's is the Dumbocrats.

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Owen January 28 2014 at 7:02 AM

I"ve always had alot of respect for John McCain, considering his vietnam exploits, however I truly think its time Mccain, called it a day, and started to find other things to do, he truly makes no sense, most of the time

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wmcleigh January 28 2014 at 12:42 PM

He got shot down on his third mission and received no award verified by a third party.

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kgunfever January 28 2014 at 6:27 AM

wac job throw him out along with barry.

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kgunfever January 28 2014 at 6:25 AM

good news another commie on his way out.

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sanmarino100 January 28 2014 at 6:13 AM

McCain is a Democrat. I like too see him out . Dump McCain !
Too many RINOs ! Too many !
Goo fishing, mc Cain ! Get a hurry cane !

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rrpatreilly January 28 2014 at 6:01 AM

It was a long time coming. Mccain crossed the aisle too many times that he lost his was back. McCain does not represent the conservatives in the Senate. Don't forget this guy has been in office so long and that he is one on those old reps responsible for the economic woes of this once great country.

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I LOVE YOU!!!!! January 28 2014 at 11:19 AM

By your way of thinking nothing should ever get done. Do you know what conserve means. I doubt it. It means to save not over do. You can't be conservative when you want to take away from poor people then side with those who have everything. Most people who are rich didn't get it by saving. They did it by taking lt from people. Like a reverse Robinhood. If this country were to follow your thoughts, out of 350million people only 3 million would have anything. Wait we have that now. So you think that's ok. Idiot that's what you and everyone who thinks like you are.

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laurie January 28 2014 at 6:01 AM

I have to say it's time for professional people to run the government, not some one who won a popularity contest. all these old politicians need to retire and get some new faces and fresh ideas to run our government. The old ideas don't work and that's all they have to offer us...

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Paul Karolionok January 28 2014 at 5:36 AM

The Arizona Republican party censure of John McCain is outrageous and shameful just because he does not share their extremists views. Regardless is you like him or not, he has chosen a centrists view which is in line with mainstream America. The Arizona republican party would probably find itself more welcome in Munich in the early 1930's.

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FRED January 28 2014 at 5:46 AM

Centrist? You must be a BO supporter, only someone like you with brown colored glasses would think like that.

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Seewcrazy January 28 2014 at 6:37 AM

With all due respect sir, that's balogna. John McCain has shamed his office by not representing republican citizens the way he should. He has compromised the conservative position and done us great disservice. He should come out of the closet and simply admit what he is, a died in the wool progressive and become a democrat. The way he has been "serving" the people is to serve them up on a platter to those who complete anathema to a free country.

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