Sen. John McCain attacks Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for plans to filibuster gun control

John McCainSen. John McCain (R.-Ariz) doesn’t seem to like “wacko birds” Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or their filibusters and he says it is “wrong” to not allow debate on the issue of gun control.

“There is a handful of senators, led by Senator Cruz, who want to filibuster and not even allow us to debate this bill. That would be wrong,” Senator McCain told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face of the Nation.” 

The former presidential candidate called the two senators “wacko birds” last month, when Senators Paul and Cruz filibustered on the floor of the Senate for nearly thirteen hours, protesting the Obama administration’s use of drones and holding up the confirmation of CIA director nominee John Brennan.

“I would not only encourage it, I don’t understand it,” McCain continued. “What are we afraid of?”

‘The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand,” he added.

Cruz and Paul along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have already written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promising to “oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.”

The gun control legislation is expected to  hit the Senate floor on Tuesday, and it’s doubtful that young guns Cruz and Paul will put a halt to their filibuster despite the seasoned senator’s complaints.

It’s still unclear whether McCain himself supports the bill —specifically regarding expanding background checks.

“It really depends on how they’re carried out, how long, what the depth of it is,” he told Schieffer.

It wouldn’t be the first time McCain has spoken out on background checks. In 2000, he actually starred in an ad promoting background checks where he demanded “requiring criminal background checks by unlicensed dealers at gun shows.”

Watch McCain talk filibusters below.

 

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14 Responses to “Sen. John McCain attacks Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for plans to filibuster gun control”

  1. Katy says:

    I think he needs to go back to his high school government class, because that is NOT the purpose of the Senate. They’re supposed to care about where WE stand, NOT the other way around. Incompetence at its finest.

  2. Marc says:

    Once more 13 men stand against a tyrannical empire pledging their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for the rights of the people they swore to serve. Listen Close and Listen carefully because this is the sound of Revolution John McCain. This is the sound of the 13 rattles Benjamin Franklin spoke of.

  3. Kage says:

    The problem with gun control legislation is not in its intent, but the implementation. The primary goal is to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally disabled. Think about this for a minute. What we’re seeing is the government label many law-abiding citizens as either a criminal or mentally disabled. You’re a suspected criminal if you speak out against the system and against gun control or apply for too many backgrounds checks. You may even be considered mentally disabled. Look at the vets returning from war being labeled with mental disorders. The government is automatically placing labels on individuals if they meet a certain criteria. So once they have fully implemented their gun control laws, we will all be denied guns as we will all have some type of label justifying the denial. If you really think about it, the purpose of Obamacare is to create a national record of EVERYONE. Why are doctors asking patients if they are gun owners? How will being a gun owner affect a medical diagnosis? Have you ever thought about why depression is so common in today’s society? It could be a manufactured state of mind introduced by the food industry. It’s almost like they want us to think we are all going crazy so they can medicate us and tell us that we are not in the right state of mind to make well informed decisions and they’ll be made for us. I know a lot of this sounds far-fetched and 1984 like, but are we that far off? Start asking the right questions and come to reality. What’s the desired end state for the people in power? My guess is that one of those long term objectives could be population control.

    Read Judgement Day by Jane Jensen. It was published in 1999. It is an amazing, eye opener that is very easy to relate to. The ending is not what you expect and really makes you think. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck was also interesting as it described an extreme, socialistic society after the implementation of the UN’s Agenda 21.

  4. Bo says:

    McCain is just an old fart mad at his missed attempt to become president so he attacking two young men in good position to make a bid for the presidency. Apparently McCain doesn’t believe in our constitional rights either. He may as well jump ship and become a democrat. I think we should make some new laws, laws about our government. Like no one running for office can run unapposed. Term lengths on all congress and senators limited to 4 years. No secret service for presidents past 2 years. No guards at government buildings or security for congressmen and women or senators. Any congress or senator that goes into government not a millionaire and comes out one or goes to jail. Mandatory jail time for any goverenment corruption or fraud waste and abuse. No more above the law for them. Taking away our second admendent rights should make them just acceptable to violence as we are. They are no better than all the rest of us Americans.

  5. Nick says:

    Rand Paul 2016.

    I’m tired of funding excess warfare and welfare.

    Rand Paul’s 2014 budget balances the budget in 5 years.

    Hillary voted for the Iraq war, the PATRIOT Act and every raise in the debt ceiling she could have voted for.

    Rand Paul or none at all.

  6. sda53 says:

    How dare he! This is the problem in a nutshell. We don’t give a poop what their opinions are, their job is to represent our wishes! Arrogant ass. I once thought he was a man of integrity but see he has gone to the dark side. There will never be legal gun control in this country! The only way is to change our Constitution and if they do that we have to go there and straighten them all out. They have rubbed in our face having an illegal president. Indonesian muslim who has gone by alias used bogus social security numbers which makes him a criminal. Force his school records to be public, not bogus, to see if he indeed applied as foreign student to get free education. His own grandmother said he was born in Kenya and we can’t unremember that one. We the people are keeping our guns. Got Russian and Jihad soldiers training on our soil and stockpiled ammo to use against who???? How stupid do you really think we are. What are the millions of illegal aliens obama is supporting waiting to do for him? Can you hear me? WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP OUR GUNS!

  7. thomas giger says:

    for once i am glad that john mccain is against this unconstitutional use of a filibuster. there is nothing in the constitution about sixty votes. ted cruz is full of shit when he says that he is for the constitution.

  8. brian fabre says:

    Orson Wells said in a TV commercial for wine “NO WINE BEFORE ITS TIME” McCain, Grassley and Graham have past their time and have turned to VINEGAR. Senators that out of touch need to be replaced.

  9. Jonathan Gal says:

    I guess John McCain has ditched the “Maverick” persona.

    Now, he is the consumate “Bend With the Wind And Kiss the President’s Butt” kind of guy.

    What a lame ass! Even after all these years in the Senate, John McCain still doesn’t understand the document that he was fighting for in Vietnam! He must’ve been in it for the personal glory rather than the U.S. Constitution.

  10. Jonathan Gal says:

    John McCain is the epitomy of Washington arrogance and entrenched power.

    Anyone who has been in office that long should be swept off the stage into the dustbin of history, ASAP!!

  11. Jonathan Gal says:

    John McCain should be stripped of his membership in the Republican Party. I’m sure the Dems will gladly sign him up!

    • brin fabre says:

      Orson Wells said it best “no wine before its time” Graham, McCain and Grassley have been in US Government so long they have turned to vinager.

  12. OnlyRandPaul says:

    The people in Arizona need to quit electing this fruitcake and the same goes North Carolina and Lindsey chickenhawk Graham. He would just asoon close down a military base in his own state and loose revenues and ship them to over seas bases. Doesn’t do a thing for the people of his state. Same thing with Mccain and the border issue just a bunch of big government blowhards full of hot air. Stop electing these control freaks selling your freedoms for a little safety and security nonsense and rubbish while they cash in. Just like the federal government always getting us tangled and involved in things and we pay a price for it all for suppossed “peace and prosperity” LOL Yeah maybe for them.

  13. Geri DeClement says:

    Shame on you Senator McCain. I used to think of you as someone to be honored for all that you suffered as a POW. You had the mental and physical strength to withstand the torture that befell you. I am asking you to be vigilant at this time to uphold our constitutional rights.

    I don’t think you understand that those of us speaking out right now are insisting that you uphold our freedom because we can no longer trust our elected officials. We feel we will have to resort to defending ourselves against a tyrannical government. It seems to us (the few remaining sane Americans) that you politicians are a bunch of vultures, spending out of control, trying to enslave us and control us by lists and surveillance. Allowing law breakers to come into our country illegally and rob us of all we work hard for. You can justify 11 million people breaking the law, yet you can’t justify allowing all of us to maintain our LEGAL Constitutional rights.

    Do you see how convoluted your thinking is? I think you have served our country enough at this point.
    It definitely is time for you and the other cronies to retire and go to your bunkers to watch the end of the world while the rest of us out here fight for the crumbs you left us. At least let us think we have a chance by upholding our right to bear arms against those who will pass background checks and end up killing us anyway with the guns they get from the other “gangstas”.

    I ask you, What are YOU afraid of???????

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