Sen. 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.