John McCain has been outraged by Ted "Tea" Cruz and tea party Republicans over their silly efforts to defund Obamacare that has now shut down the government and caused much discomfort throughout the country. The pain is now being felt by our veterans and their families who have been denied death benefits because the Republicans shut down the govt. Fox News loves to bash Democrats with the military and has been trying to tie them to the latest mess Republicans have caused the country.
John McCain was on Fox News with host Martha MacCallum and quickly dispatched Fox News efforts' to blame Democrats and Obama for the government shutdown and the problem with the veterans benefits.
When anchor Martha MacCallum asked him about the White House's handling of the suspension of death benefits to military families, McCain said that while the administration deserves blame, it was a GOP-induced shutdown that caused the problem in the first place.
"Let's have a little straight talk, Martha," McCain said. "[The administration] wouldn't have had the opportunity to handle it that way if we had not shut down the government on a fool's errand that we were not going to accomplish. The whole premise of shutting down the government was the repeal of Obamacare. I fought against Obamacare harder than any of the people who wanted to shut down the government."
McCain's appearance on Fox came shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the leader of the movement to defund the health care law, spoke at the Values Voter Summit. MacCallum asked McCain how he felt about Cruz "representing" Republicans at a meeting scheduled for Friday at the White House.
"First of all, Martha, please, he's not representing us there," McCain said, adding that he thinks it's "unconscionable" that President Obama hasn't negotiated with Republicans.
The interview closed with McCain rattling off a number of proposals that are "achievable" for Republicans.
"Defunding Obamacare is not one of them," he said emphatically.
"Well, we'll see," MacCallum said, prompting sarcastic laughter from the senator.
"I guarantee it," McCain said. "Not only will you see, I guarantee it."
Jon McCain reiterated the fact that the country had a chance to defund Obamacare with a vote for Mitt Romney, but chose not to. Hear that, Martha? McCain also made clear his dislike for Sen. Cruz when MacCallum erroneously claimed that Cruz was representing all Republicans senators at the White House meeting over debt ceiling talks.