Saturday, July 30, 2011

WATCH: McCain's Initial Speech Deriding Tea Party, Balanced Budget Amendment Requirement, Tax Raisers and President

Arizona Senator John McCain (R-AZ) made front-page news a couple of days ago when he derided some conservative Republicans and Tea Party followers for insisting on a balanced budget amendment being part of the debt ceiling negotiations.  Here is his initial speech on the floor of the Senate, on Wednesday night.

In reviewing this speech, it becomes apparent that - yes, he DOES agree that the Tea Partier's insistence on a balanced budget amendment is unreasonable given the lack of votes for it.  However, he does it in the context of criticizing all the sides that he felt were holding up a resolution of the situation.

The following day, McCain seemed to backtrack somewhat when he went on Sean Hannity's Fox News show, though he did not backtrack as far as Hannity would have liked him to.

Finally, here is his interview on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show on Friday night.

In conclusion, Sen. McCain was very consistent in urging the President, the Democrats, and those in the Republican party to come to what he believed (believes) is the best solution.  And, as of tonight, it seems very possible that McCain's proposal might be the one that the party's move towards on Sunday.  (Hmmm, who is going to be on the Sunday talk shows?)

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