Saturday, May 19, 2007 8:58 p.m. EDT
McCain Goes Nuts Near Senate Floor
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, launched into
a shouting match during a Thursday Capitol Hill meeting, where
reportedly the presidential candidate dropped the "F” word and more.
According to reports in the Washington Post and the New York Post,
Cornyn apparently got the former POW’s attention when he raised the
issue about the number of judicial appeals that illegal immigrants
In a meeting room just off the Senate floor, McCain opined that Cornyn
was purposely raising petty objections to a compromise plan then being
hammered out between Senate Republicans and Democrats and the White
"This is chickens--- stuff," McCain fired at Cornyn, according to the
news reports. "You've always been against this bill, and you're just
trying to derail it."
Not to be outdone, Cornyn accused McCain of being too occupied campaigning for president to take part in the negotiations.
"Wait a second here," Cornyn said to McCain. "I've been sitting in here
for all of these negotiations and you just parachute in here on the
last day. You're out of line."
"F--- you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room," McCain reportedly rejoined.
McCain, who has missed 42 votes this year, hasn't been intimately
involved in the comprehensive immigration reform debate for months.
Reportedly, the shouting match was played out in front of a bipartisan
group of senators and aides who had gathered in the meeting room.
Pundits suggest that the temper flare may reopen the can-of-worms that is McCain's "anger-management problem."
Brian Jones, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, acknowledged that a "spirited exchange" did take place.
"Negotiating such a large and important piece of legislation can be
intense, and a spirited exchange did occur," Jones said. "[McCain] is
somebody who feels very passionate about his work and about solving the
problems facing the country."