March 6th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain's tweet not sitting well with one newspaper

McCain has been Twittering his '10 Porkiest Projects.'
McCain has been Twittering his '10 Porkiest Projects.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) – A South Carolina newspaper isn’t too happy with what John McCain’s been Twittering.

McCain has been using the microblogging site to post a near-daily list of the “10 Porkiest projects” in the omnibus spending bill. On Wednesday, the Arizona senator posted “#6. $950,000 for a Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.”

The Myrtle Beach Sun News editorialized Friday that McCain is using the site “to make congressional earmarks a political wedge issue for the Republicans” by posting such earmarks without context.

The paper wrote that “readers of McCain's Convention Center tweet are now invited to think - without the inconvenience of critical reflection - that the Myrtle Beach Convention Center project has no value.”

The editorial argued instead that the convention center project has the potential to create long-term wealth and jobs in the coastal resort city.

“The irony in all this,” the paper wrote, is that the earmark was inserted into the spending bill by one of McCain’s closest friends: South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.


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  1. KC

    Well he said he would name names and he is. Hmmm....wondering who would win the election if it were held today?

    March 6, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  2. Wally

    That's well and good if it increases long-term wealth and jobs. How is it going to do it though?

    March 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. arithmetic is liberal

    Come on, Arizona.

    2010's around the corner.

    You can do so much better than this 'ready, fire!, aim" clown.

    March 6, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  4. Phil P

    I am pleased that someone else sees the stupidity in McCain's Tweets. I have been replying to them for weeks asking him to supply backup.
    Its unfortunate that there will still be some who dont care for substance over one-liners and will accept his list as "McCain sees all the 'pork' and makes a point of it" when McCain himself probably supports some of the projects he points out as "pork"

    March 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  5. SGTBIGO

    I honestly don't have a problem with what Senator McCain is doing. These earmarks shouldn't be there and this newspaper should explain why others in the country should help fund this? This goes to show you that McCain is willing to call out even his best friends for what is right. Good for you Senator McCain. Keep them coming.

    March 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  6. Stream Of Consciousness

    Now I remember why I avoid twitter like the plague. Do your freaking jobs lawmakers!!

    March 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Observant

    McCain is an idiot, ingore him

    March 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Faye

    Way to go McCain. Now another question for McCain if you were elected President would you have left the pork along because that was a Bush deal or would you have taken it out under your President. McCain you are losing friends over Bush pork spending. By the way that is nice because instead of a new Convention Center why not build a new school for Dillon SC?

    March 6, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. Freddy

    Is there anything more inane and useless than Twitter? Oh yeah, Liberals.

    March 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. katiec

    Some earmarks are beneficial and give aid to needed projects when no other way is provided.
    Mccain has gone overboard on this. Although the ridiculous pork should be eliminated, he targets every earmark.
    Course, what choice does he have when is own party is in such
    disarray?
    Understand his state is very upset that he does not bring these
    benefits to them.

    March 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Jon in CA

    Hey – Mrytle Beach Sun News – instead of acting like a rag... how about your readers fund their OWN convention center??

    Earmarks need to stop NOW!

    March 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Jobless

    I can't wait to see Lindsay Graham speak out against the earmark he put into the spending bill. He can feign outrage all he wants but the hypocrisy could not be any more transparent.

    March 6, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  13. Alan Boyer

    SHDD: Same Hypocracy Different Day

    March 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. Watchful Cowboy

    First of all – wonder what McCain has in the bill? Our representatives need to be taking care of business in our area – fact is building a convention center could create 1,000s of jobs – I know I am in construction. Then you have the long term impact of a center that brings business to the area. I think a convention center built here is West Texas would be a good idea – short term and long term jobs. It isn't a hand out – those construction workers will earn their money.

    March 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Had It

    McCain can't type. His aides are doing his job for him. All he can do is spread the hot air.

    March 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. jj

    who cares about this old man?

    Gop don't know how to loose and go away. Atleast al gore did and John Kerry did!

    March 6, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Wonderful. McCain has pissed of a red state. I wonder what Saxby's(S.C.) chances are in the next election now that Old Man McCain put his own party on blast.

    March 6, 2009 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. A little sad

    Isn't the Phoenix light rail one of those "porky projects"?

    BTW, I live in Phoenix and I think the light rail project is great. I don't think a project that creates jobs and solves local problems is necessarily a bad thing.

    But I think McCain is being hypocritical. He can look out of his office window on Central and see where the "earmark" is going. And the people employed working on it.

    March 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. TjayeInLA

    I'm sorry, but is McCain too old to understand that the convention center will need to be BUILT? And that they will need to HIRE people to build it? And that those people will then have a JOB? And that building a convention center takes years? And in those years of people working, they will then have money to SPEND? And when those people resume spending, other businesses will then start to have CONSUMERS? And those businesses with consumers will then be able to HIRE employees? And those employees will be able to SPEND? And when they spend they will support other businesses that will be able to hire more people who will then be able to spend and so on and so on and so on??

    How is this escaping the minds of the Republican party?

    March 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  20. jimreeder2

    John would love a convention center in the middle of the Az desert. One man's waste is another man's wonder.

    March 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  21. Shucks

    More GOP foolery. The front end doesn't know what the back end is doing.

    March 6, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. Nourisha

    that's the thing with this whole earmark business - everyone thinks their project has merit and how do you know if it does or not by just looking at the summary of the earmark? also, why keep pretending that earmarks aren't a problem on both sides and have been for a long time?

    March 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. Chipster

    Republicans have, in the past, added huge port spending for foolish things (like the bridge to nowhere) so their attempt to politicize this falls flat. We pay a lot in taxes and, if there is a worthy project in our state that needs a little help, it's our representatives responsibility to try to get us a return on our investment. Earmarks are not necessarily frivolous and can often be very important to the state and the nation. An investment in saving a particular plant or bug that generates critical medicinal value could certain be made to sound very silly but could save lives. Cleaning marshlands can make the difference in the seafood industry, having a huge impact on the environment and economy.

    So, when someone tries to make an earmark sound foolish, check it out. It may be foolish or it may be critical to the state or the entire nation. Don't simply accept politically motivated nonsense persuade you either way.

    March 6, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  24. Libertarian

    Hopefully they aren't using Facebook too. McCain's friend list will be dwindling and he'd be kicked out the group "United GOPer's".

    Maybe he'd pick up a few friends by "inviting them to his cause". lol

    March 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  25. Debi

    Good job McCain...... now you have managed to make your friend Sen. Lindsey Graham appear stupid for putting an "earmark" in the bill.

    Of course, SC's gov does not want any of the stimulus money. So, they get what they deserve.

    Maybe McCain can work it so he can buy some land around where the convention center would be and have another million dollar parking lot.

    March 6, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
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