McCain: Payroll tax cut showdown 'harming' the GOP
December 20th, 2011
06:38 PM ET
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McCain: Payroll tax cut showdown 'harming' the GOP

(CNN) - Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday the battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over extending the payroll tax cut was causing damage to the GOP.

"It is harming the Republican Party," McCain said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "It is harming the view, if it's possible anymore, of the American people about Congress. And we've got to get this thing resolved."

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate called on GOP leaders to meet with Democratic leaders in the House, Senate and White House to hammer out an agreement before the tax cut expires at the end of the year.

McCain was one of 89 senators who voted Saturday to pass a Senate bill that would extend the tax reduction by two months. But House Republicans argue the short-term extension is only a band-aid, opting instead to hold out for a yearlong solution.

On Tuesday, the Republican-controlled House passed a measure calling for more negotiations. House Speaker John Boehner issued a letter to President Barack Obama, urging him to order the Senate back from its holiday break to engage in more talks.

"I think we have to recognize reality," McCain said. "And that is we are not going to see the payroll tax cut expire on the first of January. And we have to accommodate to that reality. It would not be fair to the American people at this time."

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  1. GI Joe

    You're right, McSongbird. Let 'em keep pulling their shenanigans. Along with Newt's tongue and all the other crap coming out of their mouths they'll lose the Presidency, the House, and a lot of Senate seats.

    The TRUE republican thoughts have been exposed. We won't forget.

    December 20, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Nancy

    It is harming the 99 percent John but I can see how you would be more concerned about the republican image. geez

    December 20, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Bill

    At least McCain can see the damage that has been done to an already poisoned GOP brand. Those losers Cantor, Boehner and the Tea Bag Squad clearly thinks all is well in GOP land. Wrong.

    December 20, 2011 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Ex-GOP Con

    'nuff said.

    December 20, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  5. thomas mc

    See? It wasn't the Democrats who wanted to raise your taxes, it was the Republicans!

    December 20, 2011 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Have to admit, he's right. At this point the republicans look like a bunch of two-bit crooks, bleeding all they can from a population that's bled dry to begin with. All the time sheltering their pet donators with lavish tax breaks and incentives to do business off-shore. The protected are called job creators. What a laugh.

    December 20, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Rennee' Hernandez

    McCain says: "It is harming the view, if it's possible anymore, of the American people about Congress". Not one word about what it will do to the American people. It appears his only concern is what people will think of the GOP.

    December 20, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    McCrypt awakens from his senile coma to voice a moment of lucidity?

    Who says the only Christmas miracle took place 2000 years ago!

    December 20, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    McCain is afraid the American people will catch on to the fact that the GOP/Tea Party supports taxcuts for MILLIONAIRES and opposes tax cuts for the Middle Class.

    December 20, 2011 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  10. Juanster

    at least McCain is being honest !

    December 20, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  11. kayla

    the repugs don't want to raise taxes on the rich, only on the middle class

    December 20, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  12. billy

    If by harming you mean showing teh American public that the GOP only cares about rich people, then yes, yes it does.

    December 20, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. MWM

    The republicans are trying to solve the long term debt problem and the democrats are trying to dig us out of the current recession. Until they both realize that there are two problems and they require simultaneous solution we are stuck with political bickering. If they only remembered solving simultaneous in algebra class!

    December 20, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. judy gormely

    What exactly is the payroll tax cut? How is it going tp change things and why doesnot anyone spell it out exactly so it could be understood. It the bill passed in the middle of the night was behind our backs why was it doen? Is that legal? We are a government for and by the people. Aren't we? Also, if a bill is huge why dont the people devide it up and each discuss the parts they read? Isn't that what they did in law school? No one reads it ... something is wrong. Who's side is Obama on? The congress have a responsibility and they need to fight for what they are there for or become half timers. That is an excellent idea ... Judy

    December 20, 2011 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Joan

    They tried for weeks to come up with a deal for a year long extension but failed. The Democrats wanted to pay for it with taxes on the millionaires but the Republicans won't even consider that since most of them signed the pledge to that unelected lobbyist. Where are their priorities? The Republicans wanted to tie it to the oil pipeline which has nothing at all to do with the bill but it is one of their pet projects. It may be a great idea but does need more environmental studying and there may be a better and safer route for it. So now Boehner thinks they can set up another committee to solve this problem in a few days and over the holidays yet. What is he thinking? They should have a simple up and down vote and pass this thing. Then millions of people can go to sleep knowing that they won't lose their payroll cuts. When they come back they can have their committee and solve this problem with lots more time. It is so simple that it boggles the mind why they are playing this game. The Senate Republicans supported this bill almost completely so why are the House Republicans not respecting their decision. Actually Boehner supported it until the right wing house pulled his strings. This is so embarassing for the Republican party. They could have come out of this looking good if they had passed this bill. It would have looked like they cared about the people and were finally able to compromise. They are going to regret this if they don't pass this bill ASAP. It is not too late.

    December 20, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. Logic in LA

    The GOP is harming the U.S. – It's time to get the fanatics out of office, tell the religious zealots to stay out of politics and to go back to an America where moderates can disagree but get things done.
    There are too many groups and association that claim to be based on religion that are actually political organizations. This is corruption on a civil and moral basis.

    December 20, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  17. LoLo

    No doggie mess sherlock. You republicans have dug your own graves. You don't want to help the middle class and that is a big problem.Your party has one agenda and that is to make "President Obama a one term president. When you brought S. Palin on the scene tha t was the beginning of the republican/tea party undoing. Then you march out the clowns and expect the true Americans, democrat or republican to fall for your liesto vote them in as President. You lose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 20, 2011 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Stopthemadness

    "The Democrats do particularly well among middle income Americans, while the Republicans win support only from the top end of the income scale," adds Holland. Enough said. bye bye 2012 is going to be a crazzzzzzyyyyyyy year.

    December 20, 2011 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  19. Terry

    I appreciate the remarks and the vote from Senator McClain, however the final statement he made in this story, that to let the tax cuts expire "just would not be fair to the American people" raises a very serious question in our government today. Just when did the "tea party Republicans" and now pretty much ALL republicans give a flip about the American people unless they are the rich who put money in their campaign and their pockets. We are going to be in a lot worse trouble than we are in now if we don't wake up to the tea parties tactics and put a stop to it.

    December 20, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    perhaps some of these folks that have been "blinded by the right" will start to see what President Obama and many others have been saying about the Tea Party GOPers all along that they talk tough but don't know at all how to govern. Boehner so far makes Nancy Polosi look like a superstar the way he can't handle his own caucus. But I am sure the FoxNews bunch will spin this in a way that their groupies will still fault everyone but the GOP.

    December 20, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Nevis Mn

    Cantor is the snake in the woodpile and Boehner refuses to cut off his head.

    December 20, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  22. Peter

    What the Tea/Republicans in the House are doing–blocking a vote even on this–amounts to political terrorism. Throw da bums out!!!

    December 20, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  23. American

    Incompetent Boehner and his House Tepublicans are beyond disgusting, raising taxes on middle-class Americans at Christmas time.

    December 20, 2011 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. Name king

    Aahhh the jump ship, when Obama comes aboard is finally catching up to the repubs. They will shout bloody hell about an issue and as soon as Obama comes aboard they will jump over board. This shows plainly that the repubs has no intention of bettering our economy. This is not even ideology driven, this is straight sabotaging the economy just to see one man get out of power. Obama has taken a ravished economy and have it rolling again, despite all the obsticles the repubs have put in its way. I wonder how long the people will keep looking past the repubs and don't hold them accountable for the treasonous crap they are plating with the American people.

    December 20, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. Lead Baron

    The GOP eat their own. They cater to the rich, wage war on the middle class and blame everything on "liberals". The tea party sellouts in the GOP are Obama's best bet for re-election. Watching the Republicans interact amomgst themselves is like watching a bucket of snakes bite each other.

    December 20, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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