March 6th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    To Judy, who opined, "Others in the country pay taxes to the government. Some of that money should come back to the states. Arizona pays taxes to the federal government, but because of McCain, they don't get anything back for the taxes they pay."

    Wouldn't it be a whole lot more straight-forward if the Federal government was left out of the process entirely? Why should we be required to send money to Washington just so they can give it back, if they feel like it, on their terms, with a lot of strings attached?

    It's our money, not the government's, and it's about time we demanded that Washington recognised that.

    March 6, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Nacho Cheese

    Ugh, he absolutely disgusts me. How appropriate is it that he, like many Republicans, rely on sound-bite-sized bits of information to be misconstrued by the public in a way that favors them. Amazing!

    Maybe McCain should consider getting a blog. That way, he could actually explain his inane one-liners. But that may be too much to expect from someone who relies on misconceptions and lies.

    March 6, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Active Duty Soldier

    Earmarks were McCains big issue last year. He relied on this issue to get him elected to the presidency. Guess what, no one cared and he lost. This is an old issue, being raised by a man who is bitter.

    March 6, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Honolulu Resident

    Why is it that the Democrats are upset? Oh wait a minute... it's because the Republicans beat them to the punch about the extra "pork". And that "THEIR" President said he would go "Line by line" and take out all the extra unnecessary spending. And of course he did not do that.

    Why are all the Democrats now crying foul when the Republicans point out the campaign promises not kept by their President? Yet if there was anything that President Bush did not do or fully do that he said he would, they were all over him like ravenous zombies?!

    I say "KEEP IT UP MCCAIN!"

    March 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. playlist

    McCain is a one trick pony..earmarks..earmarks...even when his sidekick Palin was one of the biggest abusers..now his buddy Graham..even the GOP won't listen to the old guy...lol.

    March 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. ides

    It's all pork, until it's in your state, and then it's beef.

    March 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. David from VA

    I can't stand McCain. I dislike Obama even more. Don't even get me started on Pelosi or Reid.

    They should just drop 500 billion dollars out of a plane and let the common folk fight over it and try to come away with some scraps. These spending bills are just a fancy way of doing the same thing – only some weasly politician gets to take the glory.

    March 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. karen-Phoenix

    McCain NEVER got us one bit of PORK here in AZ and it shows!!! WE are at the bottom of the barrell in schools and industry!!! The man is just lazy and doesn't want to work for us here in AZ! He's PORK himself and that is one of the reasons he lost! PORK is jobs, jobs and more jobs!!! It's roads, schools, industry, museums, parks, etc.

    March 6, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Cheney

    John,please come to the ranch,I just stocked it with quail.lol

    March 6, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  10. skullsoup432

    Hey, why isn't he telling us how to get Bin Laden? During the campaign he said he knew how, where, when...
    That was 4 months ago, what happened?

    March 6, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Kevin

    I dont want an earmark for my state or yours, or vice versa...local interest, local government.

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Kevin Denver Colorado

    People just don't like being called out on their scandals. Obama promised to go through all these bills line by line and take out the pork. Then he didn't do it. McCain is right to call him out.

    IDIOT! This is the OMNIBUS bill written over a YEAR ago.... It had 8 months of debate. Where the heck was his objections then? This is NOT Obama's bill it's BUSH's.

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Task

    There's certainly no irony that it was a friend of McCain's who put that pork in the bill. McCain has made it clear MANY times that he's not afraid to stand up to members of his own party. He's against pork whether it's from republicans, or democrats. He also said he's just as disappointed in the republicans who are responsible for 40% of the pork in that bill.

    It's just too bad Obama STILL isn't willing to stand up to HIS party. He's letting Nanci Pelosi run the show even though he's the president. Pathetic.

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Jim H

    Regrettably "All Earmarks" have been branded Pork. Too bad, some projects proposed from both sides of the aisle have considerable merit.
    Attempting to tie these to either the Obama or Bush administrations simply displays basic ignorance of the federal funding process. Therein lies the problem.
    The process is broken.
    It will take thoughtful effort by congress, senate and the president's administration to fix it.
    John McCain is spending a way too much time and effort to make political points instead of focusing his considerbale senate influence upon guiding specific legislation to ensure responsible changes.

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Kurt C.

    McCain doesn't like pork no matter who is the one proposing it. So, Graham stop porking it up.

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. liz

    It sits bad with alot of people, as usual he is fine with giving billions to people who are already rich, but 150K to a struggling museum is somehow evil?!?!

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Mccain McTwits

    McCain should not Twitter his generalized opinions without explanation. He's leaving the door open for scrutiny and unwelcome criticism. BUT.... somehow I'm not surprised.
    He has taken up Twitter to vent frustration from his personal inadaquacy in today's politics.
    Johnny the Maverick....it's ok to go home. You are not needed.

    March 6, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Kurt C.

    McCain doesn't like pork no matter who is the one proposing it. So, Graham stop porking it up.

    March 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Kurt C.

    McCain doesn't like pork no matter who is the one proposing it. So, Graham stop porking it up.

    March 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. MT

    For a person that owns like 7 Houses and 10 cars, he is PORK.

    March 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. Rachel

    Another "senior" moment for McCain. I can't imagine what would have happened had he become president.

    "Economy?... What economy?... What is an economy?"

    March 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Jackie in Dallas

    Really wish that people would stop and consider that earmarks do NOT equal pork. Earmarks are special projects that might be localized, but have value to the country. I'm not personally affected by volcanos, but I'm not so blinded by political rhetoric that I can't see that volcano observation and research, earthquake prediction, hurricane tracking and research, severe weather tracking and research, and tornado tracking and research will benefit the country as a whole. Not all of us will be directly benefited by all the projects, but they will affect the economy as a whole, the job rates, the profitablity of companies, the schedule of airlines....etc.

    McCain is tweeting about things that he considers pork, oblivious to the fact that he has himself submitted items that others have considered pork, and supported pork (including the Bridge to Nowhere of his former running mate) in the past. He has also voted against aiding the VA SEVEN times...an interesting thing for an "honored POW veteran" to do, don't you think?

    March 6, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  23. J in NJ

    Make em famous john!

    March 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. liz

    It sits bad with alot of people, as usual he is fine with giving billions to people who are already rich, but 150K to a struggling museum is somehow evil?!?!

    March 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Mccain McTwits

    McCain should not Twitter his generalized opinions without explanation. He's leaving the door open for scrutiny and unwelcome criticism. BUT.... somehow I'm not surprised.
    He has taken up Twitter to vent frustration from his personal inadaquacy in today's politics.
    Johnny the Maverick....it's ok to go home. You are not needed.

    March 6, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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