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▣ Cochran vs. McCain - Something to chew on

posted by admin on January 28th, 2008 at 12:16 PM (MST)

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This is from the transcript of Meet the Press, January 27, 2008. Enjoy.

MR. RUSSERT: The issue of your temperament has once again come to fore. This is from a colleague.

SEN. McCAIN: Thad.

MR. RUSSERT: "Thad Cochran of Mississippi"...

SEN. McCAIN: Mm-hmm.

MR. RUSSERT: ..."who's known Senator McCain for more than three decades endorsed Mitt Romney." "Cochran said his choice was prompted partly by his fear of how McCain might behave in the Oval Office.

"`The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine,' Cochran said about McCain. `He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.'"

SEN. McCAIN: Well, I--you know, I've known and loved Thad Cochran for many years, and I've always felt we had a very close and warm relationship. My family goes back to the state of Mississippi. His colleague, Trent Lott, of course, is one of my strongest and best supporters. I have a wide circle of supporters, conservative and moderate--Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, Lindsey Graham.

MR. RUSSERT: What does he base that on?

SEN. McCAIN: I, I really don't know. Do I feel strongly about issues? And we all know, as much as I love Thad Cochran, he's an appropriator. And I have fought him hard time after time after time on these pork barrel projects that he has been famous for, many of which, in my view, have been harmful to our economy and our environment. So we've had, we've had strong words from time to time about pork barrel spending. He's one of the great pork barrelers, and he's very proud of that. He's very proud of his...

MR. RUSSERT: He was a co-sponsor of your campaign finance bill.

SEN. McCAIN: He was, and I appreciate that. And there're many areas in which Thad Cochran and I have agreed. But I have to admit to you, and I think it's very clear, we've had strong debate on the floor of the Senate about pork barrel projects. In the last two years, the president of the United States has signed into law $35 billion worth of pork barrel projects, many of them sponsored, in all due respect, by my friends on the Appropriations Committee on the Republican side. That could've meant $1,000 tax credit for every child in America. That's where we have open and honest disagreements. Sometimes we feel very strongly. I feel very strongly about protecting the American taxpayer.


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