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. Kelly

    I see no problem with what Sen McCain is doing. If the senator who put this earmark into the bill is prepared to spend the money on whatever project, he/she should also be prepared to explain to the american people why they think it is necessary. I do not think that we should stop all earmarks because I am sure that some are beneficial. I think that it got out of control because everyone started saying well if Senator (Joe Blow) can get money for his people, I want to get money for my people and here is my project.

    I am a lifelong democrat but keep up the good work on this issue Sen McCain, if you don't want to be questioned, don't request an earmark.

    March 6, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Frozone

    Old man tweets at cloud.

    March 6, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. Raymond

    Obama told McNasty to go dup in his hat.
    He should be looking for an old folks home NOW.

    March 6, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. Simmy

    “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.


    Really, do you think a man who was half-wit enough to select an unqualified female because he thought she could help him become president, would realize that he was talking about his best friend? Answer: No. He is full of bitterness for having lost to President Obama, and feels that he has found a righteous cause through which he can funnel his attacks. He was the man who extended his hand across the aisle, until President Obama whipped him big time.

    He is now dedicated to making the President's life miserable (politically). He has nothing left to lose. He is going by the "Limbaugh Handbook" that says: "Repeat, repeat, repeat until the people get wary of hearing the same messages and succumb." This tactic was used in Germany when Hitler began gaining power. He and his supporters would go around the city with bullhorns daily, hour after hour, and tell the people how evil and corrupt their present government was. They promised the people a better life, and all kinds of "goodies," if they would switch from the current government and follow them. It is interesting that Republicans read what they view as the bible of "Socialism" in regards to President Obama, but their tactics are frighteningly similar to those used by Hitler.

    March 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  5. KMAN

    Always true to form ... McCain is once again full of hot air, a narrowly defined biased point of view and hypocrisy!

    March 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Clay

    McCain also opposes a honey bee breeding site in Texas, in spite of the fact that our bee population has been decimated over the past few years for reasons scientists still can't understand. Einstein once said that if the honey bee became extinct that mankind would follow within four years. I guess McCain thinks he's smarter than Einstein. The thought that he might have become president is horrifying beyond belief.

    March 6, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. Les

    One thing with Senator McCain, he doesn't have ANY earmark, in fact McCain belong to a group in DC against Pork Barrel Spending. McCain walks his talk while Obamachimp just talk and talk until it pierce your eardrums.

    March 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  8. kirk

    Justin is not very smart. McCain has no earmarks!! I'm glad McCain is keeping the heat on the pork! No more earmarks!!

    March 6, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  9. Ken

    Commentor above asks:

    "Why should I (a Florida resident) or anyone else outside of that area flip the bill?"

    I'll remember that the next time a hurricane goes through your town, and you want FEMA and federal bailout money.

    P.S. And where were you when your tax dollars were paying for schools... in *Iraq*???

    March 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. Ian Robertson

    This is not a debate about who is sponsoring what and whether or not he is a "friend". The point is that we are about to run the '09 budget deficit to 1.3 trillion dollars and in light of that, does it not seem reasonable to expect our congressman to show some restraint in writing "pet" projects dollars into the budget. There are any number of things I would love to see happen in my community but I am also pretty sure this is not the right time for that. And as for the jobs these projects create – let's be real – the government is not going to create sustainable job growth through these projects. Short term jobs? Maybe. Long term funding needs to sustain the projects once completed? Most definitely....

    March 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Danny E Gonzalez

    Wile I agree with some of what you said, I am curious to hear why you think he is using this as a wedge. How do you decide if he is using it to create dialogue by bringing it into the open or just simply using it as a wedge? I often have trouble deciding when it comes to issues that I think would have no dialogue if it was not for it being broadcast on the news.

    March 6, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. Patrick

    Republicans had no problem throwing our tax dollars around while Bush was in office. Now that they're in the minority, they are obsessed with fiscal responsibility. Dumb Idiots!

    March 6, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Patrick

    Republicans had no problem throwing our tax dollars around while Bush was in office. Now that they're in the minority, they are obsessed with fiscal responsibility. Dumb Idiots!

    March 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. disgusted

    Republicans would have you believe that all earmarks are bad and all earmarks are from Democrats. It is BS. Get to work, quit sniping and acting like children.

    March 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Vicki

    I was not a big fan of McCain but he has a right to tell the American people about all the pork in this bill!!!

    B.O. said "NO PORK" will be in the bills he signs yet he is allowing 9000 pork projects in this bill. I'm also furious at the republicans who have requested the pork projects!

    As for the idiot that says "he should just twitter his own earmarks: McCain has NEVER asked for an earmark in his entire time in the Senate!!

    March 6, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Scott

    That's promoting Astronomy in Hawaii, not Astrology. As a potential member of the TMT project to build the world's largest telescope, there are only 2 suitable sites in the world: Hawaii and Chile. You make the decision of where the future of science should be.

    March 6, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Predictable

    Stupid, crazy, old fart.

    March 6, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Big John

    This convention center may be great but how does it help the United States. If South Carolina wants the center and will benefit from it , then let them pay for it.

    March 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. Beaver

    The problem with earmarks is they are not considered on their own merit. They get slipped into bills that usually have no relevance to the earmarks. Danny Gonzales suggested having earmarks reviewed and approved in committee before making it to a bill. That's a viable option.

    I would like to see no amendments to any bill that are not related to that bill. This would ensure each amendment (earmark) is considered on its own merit.

    March 6, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |

    mCCAIN is simply a very disappointed man from the out come of the last presidencial election in which he was boxed to the corner, i wish he coukld realize that he's further dainting his status by relentlesly trading the low part

    March 6, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Bill, Bloominton IL

    Why isnt there an earmark for Biden to learn how to use the web? I have noticed Biden has not been interviewed in about a week.

    March 6, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Buzz Daly

    Amusing comments to be sure.

    Apparently some folks missed the election and the direct repudiation of the Limbaugh party's failed policies. It is not about big or small government, but, a government that works for the PEOPLE. If tax breaks and less regulation is a solution to anything, don't you folks think we'd be OK now, since that has been the foolish policy for far too long?

    It appears some folks don't realize who won the election. Wake up and either follow a true leader for a change, or get out of the way. You're not being helpful.

    March 6, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. alvino

    While his buddy Lindsay adds pork (republican pork has more fat), John McCain shows what a bunch of hypocrits the republicans really are.

    March 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. gl, Pittsburgh

    McCain must be a very unhappy married man if all he does is not for something to complain about. Cindy McCain needs to get on her JOB!

    March 6, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Justin from New Haven, CT

    I love how the red states whine about earmarks, high taxes, and welfare: yet they pay less taxes, get more earmarks and federal aid than the states who trend blue, pay high taxes, and get less back from the government.

    March 6, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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