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. Beverly, NYC

    More Senators need to call out their colleagues like Senator Mccain has, the schools in his state are in shambles but he Mr. Graham would rather build a convention center? Not to mention heand governor Sanford has the biggest mouth on Stimulus spending. The hypocracy of our elected officials know no bounds. The members of the House and Senate are becoming the Bernie Madoff of politics. Throw all the two face obstructionist bums out.

    March 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. I voted for change!!!!!

    Wow, McCain is definitely steping on his friends toes to get a point across.

    March 6, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. southerncousin

    McCain has always been against earmarks whether democrats or republicans. The MSM just never had time to report that while covering all the gushy Obama stories as Begala and Carville told them to do.

    March 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Another good example is his attack on the research on the "Mormon Beetle," which is, in fact, necessary to help learn how to protect crops from the destructive little pests who pose a threat to the livelihood of farmers in the mid-west and to the food supply as well.

    March 6, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. GEE

    A REPUBLICIAN PUT EARMARK JUST SHOWS YOU WHAT KIND OF SNEAKS THEY ARE ITS FUNNY DON,T TELL KING RUSS

    March 6, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Straight Talk

    I like it. For some reason the "OPEN ADMINSTRATION" supporters here have heartburn with this honesty..... Humm, I wonder why?

    March 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. yolanda

    McCain is still smarting from the election. I wonder if he and the republicans had won would they protest so loudly if McCain had won. God blessed America when he lost. If the earmarks are creating jobs and improving lives, what's the problem?

    March 6, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. David in San Diego

    McCan't is so old news–why does anyone care? The next CNN mention should be his obituary–which should include how his "hot dog" flying got him shot down in 'Nam. Then again, I am hoping for a McCain-Palin ticket in 2012.

    March 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  9. Beverly, NYC

    How about posting the list CNN. I would like to send correspondence to all involved.

    March 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Not so bright...

    Most of these earmarks will create jobs. Period.

    Isn't that what America needs right now?

    March 6, 2009 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. He's A Joke

    Give me a break. Listen to what is being said before you stick up for McCain. McCain & Graham are old idiot's who thinks they can still play the "ROBBERS" and not get caught.

    March 6, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. What are you talking about

    @SGTBIGO. I have a really nice house in South East , Washington D.C. I can sell you.

    March 6, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  13. He's A Joke

    Give me a break. Listen to what is being said before you stick up for McCain. McCain & Graham are old idiot's who thinks they can still play the "ROBBERS" and not get caught.

    March 6, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. He's A Joke

    Give me a break. Listen to what is being said before you stick up for McCain. McCain & Graham are old idiot's who thinks they can still play the "ROBBERS" and not get caught.

    March 6, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. geecee

    Oh, that is indeed a good one! McCain and Lindsay Graham are like Siamese twins and McCain complains about this particular earmkark? Love it, just love it.

    March 6, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  16. dan in Tucson

    More Republican sour grapes. How many jobs would the so called earmarks generate. If you add them up, a whole lot. The stimulus bill's purpose is fulfilled when jobs are created and the local economy gets a jump start. Just because the jobs aren't in Arizona, doesn't make it an earmark Mr. McCain. I live in Arizona, and I had about as much as I can take from our Republican senator. I hope he gets voted out of office next time.

    March 6, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Ghost

    Good points here. As Roland Martin pointed out a few days ago, one man's pork is another man's shot at creating jobs.

    So the question becomes which of these really doesn't bring about any jobs?

    March 6, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. FormCritic

    McCain criticizes an earmark introduced by his own friend.

    Doesn't that show that McCain puts the nation's best interests ahead of personal interests?

    We are all fortunate that Senator McCain has not gone off in a huff. We're all better off because this man of character has chosen to keep on working for us.

    March 6, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. He's A Joke

    Give me a break. Listen to what is being said before you stick up for McCain. McCain & Graham are old idiot's who thinks they can still play the "ROBBERS" and not get caught. CNN better print this and all the others who get omitted.

    March 6, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. Kimberly in Arizona

    Mccain is a bitter old OLD man with nothing to do but twitter all day. Hes NOT going to win re-election here in AZ because of things like this. He does NOT CARE what the project is for, or how it will help states and the economy, only that its not one of his beloved USELESS tax cuts!!!! Tax cuts dont help those who have lost their jobs thanks to the bush and mclame years! He would rather see even AZ suffer than even think about alocating money here. Hes a pig his wife is a pig and AZ is done with his games!

    March 6, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  21. Rick

    In the grand scheme of things, these "earmarks" are chump change. Yes, I know that a few billion is a lot of money, but McCain portrays these "earmarks" as a significant contribution to the economic problems that we are now having. That simply isn't true.

    Also, if he insists on doing this, he should limit his attacks to truly wasteful spending. Convention centers bring wealth to communities. That's why cities have them. They also bring wealth to other communities as money is spent on those traveling to conventions.

    McCain needs to focus on more relevant issues. The value of these projects almost always outweigh their cost.

    March 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. abc

    it's politics as usual for McCain. apparently, he opposes everything, since day one in our new administration for what? he's just there to disagree without contributing any constructive ideas/suggestions.

    some of these critically acclaimed pork projects are beneficial and open job opportunities in a time of crisis. why can't the senators from both parties find necessity projects to replace the useless, truly wasteful ones? i'm sure there are plenty to be found, we can start with education. were these spendings (media term-pork) designated to fund needed projects when no other way will be provided?

    i believe it's the content of the individual project that needs to be examine. every state has different needs for important projects to boost their economy, especially now.

    March 6, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  23. abc

    it's politics as usual for McCain. apparently, he opposes everything, since day one in our new administration for what? he's just there to disagree without contributing any constructive ideas/suggestions.

    i believe it's the content of the individual project that needs to be examine. every state has different needs for important projects to boost their economy, especially now.

    some of these critically acclaimed pork projects are beneficial and open job opportunities in a time of crisis. why can't the senators from both parties find necessity projects to replace the useless, truly wasteful ones? i'm sure there are plenty to be found, we can start with education. were these spendings (media term-pork) designated to fund needed projects when no other way will be provided?

    March 6, 2009 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  24. dr.mimi de la cruz

    HEY FOLKS,

    DID WE THINK MCSAME WILL DO ANYTHING CONSTRUCTIVE??

    HE WAS THE FIVE STAR GENERAL IN THE BUSH ARMY THAT DID

    EVERYTHING IT COULD TO DEFEAT US IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE.

    THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HIM & THE REST OF THAT KKK CLUB

    OF IGNORANCE IS THAT HE HIDES THE HAND THAT THROWS THE

    STONE BUT HE IS & WILL BE A VOICE FOR THE WEALTHY BIGOTS.

    March 6, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. chelle

    The term "earmark" has become a dirty word. It's truly amazing to watch the American people swallow the rhetoric without even knowing how their system works. An earmark is just money for a designated project – in and of itself the term earmark is neutral. It can be for a useless bridge to nowhere OR for something that will truly aid a district.

    Senator McCain knows better and is just pandering to the current rhetoric of the GOP – don't spend anything – we ran up trillions of dollars in spending but the Democrats can't. Reduce taxes and everything will be just dandy.....apparently the sky is pink in their little world.

    March 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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