McCain delivered a blistering seven-minute denouncement of the letter-writers: "These attacks have no logic, no basis, and no merit. And, they need to stop. They need to stop now." Another quote: "When anyone - not least a member of Congress - launches specious and degrading attacks against fellow Americans on the basis of nothing more than fear of who they are, ignorance of what they stand for, it defames the spirit of our nation and we all grow poorer because of it."
The text of McCain's remarks is below the jump. Here is a copy of the letter. McCain's strong speech has prompted a flurry of reaction, including a repudiation by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). (Although the cited article highlights a "condemnation" by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rubio was on NPR earlier today and repeatedly declined to condemn the letter-writers, simply saying he would not have made such allegations.)
(UPDATE: Intended to, but forgot to add the context of McCain and Franks being on opposite sides of the GOP primary battle between Rep. Jeff Flake and Wil Cardon to attempt to replace Sen. Jon Kyl.)
STATEMENT BY SENATOR JOHN McCAIN ON THE MATTER OF RECENT ATTACKS MADE ON HUMA ABEDIN
July 18, 2012
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