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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soundoff (402 Responses)
  1. Kurt C.

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

    March 6, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Steven

    I think it iwould be great idea to generate a list of all the 'pork' people are talking about. And then with each item listed, have the proponents tell us why it will create jobs, stimulate the economy and will be a good way to spend money and also have the opponents tell us why it will not create jobs and will not stimulate the economy. Then we can look at the information and form our own informed opinion.

    A million dollars for a convention center might be a good idea, particularly if there is match money and there is a clear plan as to ow to sell it for meetings, etc. On the other hand, travel meetings are going to take a hit for a while, so how are the planner for this convention center going to survive, grow business and create jobs?

    From my point of view the general comments about too much 'pork' don't care much weight.

    March 6, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    Ha ha ha! The Republicans are so consumed with having something to cry about they can't even keep track of who or what their whining about! Thats funny!!!

    March 6, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. jake747

    McCain is a simplistic disappointment. An earmark is a technique for funding, it has nothing to do with good or bad, right or wrong, it totally depends on the nature of the project and how much review it has received. I used to love McCain, but he becomes more and more of a hack all the time. I think it's time for him to ride off into the sunset.

    March 6, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. lori

    This is the problem with the GOP, they speak before they read .Half of those earmarks are from the GOP.

    March 6, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. ran

    Another example on a long list of why Graham needs to go. Mccain is right on this one. All earmarks need to go.

    March 6, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Grimm

    It would seem there a lot of the "earmarks" have been lost in translation while being mentioned so frequently in the media. There's no way to tackle the current economic crises in one fell swoop. It must be broken down and attacked on multiple fronts. For those that feel SC should pay for the Convention Center out of it's own coffers I hope you say the same when it comes to "earmarks" for your individual states. The "me first" outlook on things just doesn't work. Not all of the "earmarks" are bad. Ask Gov. Jindhal about the "earthquake monitoring earmark." Not every individual part of the plan will benefit every city in every state. But whe you looked at the whole plan, you'll see the whole is truly greater than the sum of it's many parts. For those who feel Obama's plan isn't up to snuff, please offer alternatives that are just as good or preferably better.

    March 6, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. Ben

    Justin: McCain has none. He has never sponsored any. Does that help?

    March 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. U gotta be kidding

    I keep hearing that the repugs are the weathy getting richer but everyone forgets who payed for Obama's Election. How many billion in untraceable debit cards. Can you say Waren Buffet. Let me see he owns GE (smart grid tech and #1 wind mill producer) NBC and MSNBC the Obama channels Shaw floor for the upgrades and many other burkshire controlled companies. So the people that say the rich got richer need to realize the Richest MAN will get most of the STIMULS. But that can't true can it.

    March 6, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Guitarjelly

    40% of the earmarks are by republicans (which is given to them because they are the minority, the same was true when Dems were in the minority). Earmarks are how states get federal funding. Earmarks are only bad when they go to blue states.

    March 6, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Adrian

    I've noticed that the people that agree with McCain's yellow cyberjournalism also have misguided preconceptions, about the budget and about the Obama administration in general, that essentially amount to "tax bad, war good, spend bad, oppress gays good."

    March 6, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. lane

    But this is the issue with all pork. Some is good, perhaps even necessary, the problem is no one explains it, or puts it in bills where it doesn't belong. And so McCain pointed to a piece of pork from his friend, that just tells me he isn't playing favorites.
    If you are SC then your rep needs to get up there on the floor and beg, plead and explain why you need this and show PROOF of the benefit. Slipping in some short paragraph that sneaks money out of my tax dollars is a slap in my face and indeed thosee struggling to make it in this "land of opportunity".

    March 6, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. U gotta be kidding

    I keep hearing that the repugs are the wealthy getting richer but everyone forgets who paid for Obama's Election. How many billion in untraceable debit cards. Can you say Warren Buffet. Let me see he owns GE (smart grid tech and #1 wind mill producer) NBC and MSNBC the Obama channels Shaw floor for the upgrades and many other Berkshire controlled companies. So the people that say the rich got richer need to realize the Richest MAN will get most of the STIMBUFFET.

    March 6, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. Jackie in Dallas

    Big John,
    Not sure where you are from, but most communities use earmarks like this when they can't afford it on their own. Our own President Bush, supported a real PORK project to build a fancy new stadium for the Texas Rangers (that he nearly bankrupted when he owned them). They already had a stadium, they just wanted a new one. I'd much rather support a Convention Center in South Carolina (which right now is having even more economic problems than the US in general) than a sports arena, but both have value to the communities.

    You guys...instead of arguing about the value of projects which add up to less than 1% of the entire budget, why don't you do some real reseach into the meat of the budget, where one new helicopter of the 20 ordered by President Bush would pay for most of these projects! You are quibbling over pennies, when thousands of dollars are at stake that you are ignoring!

    March 6, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. Steph

    How would a new convention center benefit the country?
    1. US Companies provide the raw materials
    2. Trucking companies move the supplies to the site
    3. Architects and designers are hired to plan the project
    4. Construction workers build the convention center
    5. Restaurants and stores (some of them national chains) get more business
    6. Everyone from the construction company owners to the truckers to the person waiting tables at a nearby restaurant spend the money they make on other good and services...and the cycle continues.

    March 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. LOL

    The economy is sound!

    March 6, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  17. Tom Kaye

    Hello . . .

    40% of the "pork" is for Republican politicians!

    March 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  18. Ohio Woman

    McCain didn't seem to have a voice when he voted with Bush's spending the past 8 years. He is another pathetic, old rich white Republican who doesn't know what it is like to be losing life savings.

    March 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. Moe, NY

    Can you say obstructionist?

    March 6, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. mike

    will the convention center create jobs??? isn't that the goal??

    March 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. dr.mimi de la cruz

    PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD KNOW BETTER THAN TO

    SPEND AMERICAN TAXPAYER $$$$ ON AMERICAN TAXPAYERS.

    IT'S PORK IF YOU SPEND IT ON AMERICAN INTERESTS BUT IF

    YOU SPEND 12 BILLION A MONTH ON IRAQI INTERESTS, IT'S

    GOOD REPUBLICAN TREASON & AMERICAN DOWNFALL.

    March 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Obamacratic

    Hey Mr. McNasty:

    Sell a couple of those extra houses and give them the money. Your depends are lined in gold, you can spare it.

    March 6, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Alan

    Earmarks are to one what economic boons are to otheres. If you live and work in that area, and they don't have the money to build this, but building it creates JOBS, for crying out loud it's something that's NEEDED RIGHT NOW. This is not wasteful spending if it puts people to work.

    Pick pick pick.

    McCain and other Republican idiots: DEFINE EARMARK and REMOVE YOUR OWN FIRST by example we can follow. Stop griping and harping and JUST DO IT.

    March 6, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Angie in Pa

    Since When Did John Mccain Learn to use Technology? Twitter Away Johnnie

    March 6, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  25. Joanne

    McCain is a LOSER!

    March 6, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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