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Arizona GOP censures McCain for his 'liberal' record

Why Arizona's GOP Censured John McCain


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 wmcleigh 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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joenina89 January 28 2014 at 4:54 AM

maybe it's time to retire,you did alot for 32+years,enjoy the rest of your life.Thank You Senator

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dbkav8 January 27 2014 at 11:05 PM

Drought produces hallucinations.

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paddleman1928 dbkav8 January 27 2014 at 11:24 PM

McCain is a perfect example of that!

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joynerz January 27 2014 at 11:38 PM

That's quite a compliment to McCain.

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estimatorone January 27 2014 at 11:57 PM

Sounds like some of the local republican party bosses
are getting ready to put someone else up in McCain's
spot. 2016 is a ways off. A lot can happen by then.

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dupawe January 27 2014 at 9:20 PM

Just more craziness from the anti America republican kiddygarten . Give them some pacifiers with a little sugaron them and jhire some new nannies for them

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crawnjl dupawe January 27 2014 at 9:46 PM

They a really a immature group of do nothing legislators. I've seen nothing like it!

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choppa January 27 2014 at 9:14 PM

can any one say term limits?

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tugboy101 January 27 2014 at 10:24 PM

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

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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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DoveLuvs January 27 2014 at 8:29 PM

McCain has been in office sense 1986 look at his tract record folks and get him out of office. It's time to rethink for sure and stop putting people in office that are against the constitution or against any one that tries to change it or stop it from working in our Country. To many people are in office that are destroying our County and its time to get them out and keep them from coming back in office. WAKE UP FOLKS the Congress is not going to do it WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO GET IT DONE. Our vote and our voice means something we need to rise up and make our voice heard in this NATION.

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jimoaklanduniv DoveLuvs January 27 2014 at 8:31 PM

ALL DEMS and RINOS need to be voted OUT, IMPEACHED or RECALLED, so the Destruction of ole barry and his cronies STOPS!!

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wal5we jimoaklanduniv January 27 2014 at 8:45 PM

move to communist China.

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