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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 07/28/2011

John McCain transcript highlights: GOP plan would ‘go far to reelecting Mr. Obama’


McCain: Current GOP plan “foolish.” (Musadeq Sadeq - AP)
Remarks Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made Wednesday night are making the rounds this morning.

Post blogger Greg Sargent was among the first to post video from McCain’s latest speech from the Senate floor, in which the former presidential candidate said the GOP division over raising the debt-ceiling would ”go far to reelecting Mr. Obama.”

But he also said it was unfair to America that Obama was “leading from behind.” McCain, in fact, implicated both sides of the aisle in the dysfunctional debate.


(A word cloud of the transcript. (Wordle.net))
Here are some highlights:

• “To somehow think or tell our citizens that if we have enough debate on amendments in the Senate, in the short term, in the next six days, we will pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution is unfair to our constituents.”

• “It is unfair of the president of the United States to lead from behind. It is unfair of the president of the United States not to come forward with a specific plan that perhaps could be considered by both bodies but only to go out and give lectures and act in as partisan a fashion as I have seen in his addresses to the American people.”

• “If conservatives defeat the Boehner plan, they’ll not only undermine our House majority. They’ll go far to reelecting Mr. Obama and making the entitlement state that much harder to reform.”

• “I just wish to say a word, again, about the Reid plan. First of all, I congratulate the majority leader for coming up with a plan because certainly the President has not.”

Everyone, from our readers to Sharron Angle are weighing in on McCain’s remarks. Read the rest of the full transcript here, watch the video and decide for yourself.

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