‘You’re Crazy!’ McCain, Cruz Still Feuding
At yesterday’s Washington Ideas Forum sponsored by The Atlantic, John McCain said he “admired and respected” freshman senator Ted Cruz — before relating details of their continued spat:
“Where I disagree with Sen. Cruz — and I made this statement to him publicly and privately — was shutting down the government injured the people my state!” McCain said, becoming angry. “I am elected to represent them.”
He noted that one community near the Grand Canyon had to have food flown in from food banks during an October government shutdown that was instigated by Cruz with the hope of repealing, defunding or delaying President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
“I have to say, ‘Stop! You’re wrong, you’re crazy!'” McCain exclaimed. “That’s what I have to say and if I sound angry, it’s because I have met and talked to constituents of mine who are on minimum wage who had to resort to go to food banks. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”