|From the NewsMax.com Staff|
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 could receive.
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 House.
"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.
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."