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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WATCH, IN CONTEXT: Sen. McCain Calls Out "Ill-Informed" Nebraska Senator For "Series Of False Statements" About Border Security, Immigration Reform

Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ) went off on Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) on the floor of the Senate this morning for speaking out against the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill with the newly-passed border security amendment.

Fischer was finishing reading her statement as to why she was opposing the Senate's bill, saying it "remains fatally flawed", and McCain asked her permission to put a question to her.  She accepted, and McCain - one of the "Gang of 8" which proposed the immigration reform - asked her whether she had ever visited the U.S.-Mexico border.

When Fischer said that she had visited the border in Texas about a decade ago, McCain got to the heart of his response:

"She is so ill-informed in the statement I just saw I don't know where to begin, except to say that if you don't think that this legislation secures the border, you haven't spent any time on the border.  Certainly not any meaningful time, and I can't express my disappointment in the series of false statements that the Senator just made."

She defended her statement, and McCain offered to host her on a trip to the Arizona-Mexico border to "see what has been done and can be done with the use of technology."  Fischer said she "look(s) forward to accepting his invitation to visit his fine state."



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