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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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brbeamer111 January 27 2014 at 5:36 PM

And all those that support him....

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tugboy101 January 27 2014 at 10:24 PM

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

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emily5505 January 27 2014 at 6:21 PM

Now, all they need to do is VOTE him OUT in 2016!!

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rwikert January 27 2014 at 6:24 PM

This article states the censure came from a meeting of the state committee members and 20% of the members needed to approce the censure. What this worthless article DOES NOT say is how many people are on this state committee. For all we know, 4 out of a committee of 20 censured him.
TERRY TANG, AOL (HuffPost??) did a pathetic job. Journalism this is not.

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sarracen January 27 2014 at 6:24 PM

Apparently any type of cooperation with the "enemy" is a criminal offense. Nice to know what the next few years are going to look like.

A divided Republican Party and a whole lot of new seats for the Democrats. Thanks, Tea Party!

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jbur33 sarracen January 27 2014 at 6:35 PM

They should join the Tea Party!

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Julie January 27 2014 at 6:25 PM

John McCain is the reason I left the Republican Party after 45 years . This 30 year politican hasn't done a dam thing in Congress or Arizona and yet the older voters in AZ still put this fool in office and think he's doing a GREAT job.
Wake up folks look at his track record along with the Keating Five..............

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Gordon January 27 2014 at 6:25 PM

It's time to retire ALL RINO's - starting with Mc Cain.

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hydtguy January 27 2014 at 6:27 PM

A RINO living off the past, his go allong to get along, "My Friend" voteing recors says it all.

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qwerty.today hydtguy January 27 2014 at 6:50 PM

Another GOPT in the discussion. No reason to compromise when you can bring the country to a standstill.
Voting records do say it all, the GOPT has done nothing positive for this country.

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fridgiee85 January 27 2014 at 2:46 PM

whacko birds!!

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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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