March 6th, 2009
12:42 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain's tweet not sitting well with one newspaper

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. chuck


    March 6, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Bailey

    McCain continues to be an UNreliable source.

    You would think that he would have changed his strategy, but he remains just as divisive and controversial as ever!

    McCain is clearly still suffering from a painful defeat and just too bitter to be honorable.

    March 6, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  3. elana

    I have to wonder if John McCain "twitters" his own e-mail accounts every day and is counting down the 7 and counting pieces of "pork real estate" he and his wife own????????????????

    March 6, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. U.S. Common Sense

    The Convention Center is not a Federal issue, therefore it should not receive Federal tax dollars. The state and private financing should pay for the project.

    March 6, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. R in Maine

    That has always been McCain's problem, an inability to deal with context. Too many big words, broad ideals for him.

    March 6, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. RevDrMarkSr

    If this convention center is so important – why can't the locals pay for it themselves? Why do I have to pay for it? Its time we stop going to the goverment's pockets for evey thing our politicians want – you wantit, you build it. – A mall, baseball park, convention center, beach replenishement. I'm tired of paying for your projects.

    March 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. KJ

    McCain is just a bitter old man.

    March 6, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. Wade, Phx

    Justin March 6th, 2009 1:52 pm ET

    McCain should twitter his own earmarks…
    Well since he's never asked for any, it would be kinda hard don't you think.

    And for those bashing McCain, he doing what the people of AZ voted for him to do. Cut out the pork.

    And to the question about AZ taxpayers, we get a return from the fed for taxes we pay. We have Rep. Ed Pastor (D) and Sen. Jon Kyle (R) who love to stuff bills with pork.

    March 6, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. Put an End to the Republican Dictatorship Over the US

    I'm sorry but, isn't this the way the Republicans do things?

    Why is it a surprise to anyone that something a Republican is saying is 'WITHOUT CONTEXT'?

    They always shoot off at the mouth first, THEN 'SPIN' what they said later.


    March 6, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Barbara Campbell

    The usual neocon spin – underestimating the American people again and again. Unfortunately for the champions of corruption and deceit, we know that they spent eight years trashing the economy. We know that this budget is left over from Bush. We know that more earmarks were introduced by Republicans than Democrats, and we know that Republican earmarks benefit the fatcats while Democratic earmarks benefit the people.

    Attention GOP: change is in the air. Get with it or get lost.

    March 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Jason (from Chicago)

    How come no republicans are stepping up and taking responsibility for the fact that 6 out of the 10 most expensive earmarks are from republicans and that the republican earmarks actually outspend the democrats with earmarks. 40 republican officals with earmarks cost more the the 57 democratic officals with earmarks. Any why hasnt McCain mentioned that the earmark spending is actually down half a billion from last year? Republicans are hypocrites and just plain pathetic.

    March 6, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Phil from IN

    “#6. $950,000 for a Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.”


    Excuse me Senator McCain, is that 'pork' anything like the $11 Million WASILLA Sports Complex built by your hockey-mom VP candidate during the 08 election? You betcha. Talk about your 'special interests'...Her kids play hockey and she builds a sporting complex with, imagine, a hockey rink! Ringing any bells, or does Joe Lieberman need to whisper in your ear and fill you in?

    It seems to me that a convention center has a wider array of potential uses than a sports complex. Apples to Apples.

    And the cost? Let's see. Less than $1 Million, or.....More than $10 million like "the City of Wasilla" spent. I don't know if I'd be so bold if I were you, Mr. Senator.

    March 6, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. abraxis

    McCain and Graham, friends no more!

    March 6, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Darko

    IF S.C. needs a convention center that might bring in future wealth that S.C. will benefit from...don't you think that S.C. ought to pay for it?

    March 6, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. dev

    Some people are so stupid with there comments, not all earmarks are bad and I think the its creating jobs at lease for people who are losing their homes. These republicans are well taken care of they don't wanna see anyone else eat

    March 6, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Stop sniping and start snipping! But remember President did not create this budget; it was a hold-over from the last administration. I hope he vetoes it: sending it back to Congress telling them that they can & must do better!

    March 6, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. I pay mine...... folks still can't get pasted McCain is a Republican. The guy takes on anyone who does not do you...YES YOU the ones bashing Him.....takes on anyone who does not do the common American good. lIbs, attack his name and make fun of him. Now I truly am glad I left your freakin' party.

    March 6, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |

    Sit back and quibble over 8 B here or there it will not matter when the economy spirals into a depression.

    Where is that "stick by your principles", that "support and respect" the President because he is "standing by his princples" jargon we heard when we marched to an elective war? We are in a crisis greater than 9/11 right now, this affects millions of American citizens right now and repubs harp and snipe and fiddle while America burns.

    March 6, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Frank, Las Vegas

    A few thoughts. All pork is not bad, a point that McCain has never understood. I guess it's too big of a concept for him to understand. Second, does anyone Really think it's McCain on twitter? It has to be one of his staffer's. You have to know how to reach the internet and McCain doesn't know. Last, typical GOP tactics, just throw something out there without any explanation and hope it sticks. So what does this all mean, it's why the American people overwhelmingly rejected McCain and the GOP, and still, McCain doesn't get it.

    March 6, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. Wolf

    McCain is a frigging idiot. No doubt about it. What he should be doing is keeping his mouth shut. He, who tried to pawn Sarah Palin off on us. The earmarks are disgusting and will never end. And he will always be a "spoiled brat" as a fellow POW said of him. What a jerk Arizona must be proud.

    March 6, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. Chris

    Eleanor –

    "The truth is 40% of this bills Pork is from republicans!!!"

    Which means, say it with me... 60% of the pork is from Democrats! And since McCain is calling out pork from his friend Sen Graham, he's obvioulsy not worried about who created the pork, only that it's there.

    I'm disgusted with Left and Right pork, but apparently you are only concerned with the 40% Republican pork, not the 60% from your side.

    March 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Hypocs

    It doesn't matter if it's Sen. Graham who inserted the convention funds request into the bill; as long as old man sour loser McRove and the republicans can tie the whole spending bill to the President. That's all that matters! Just republican politics folks – it's all about perception!

    March 6, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  23. ken

    Hey SC, no one is saying it won't create wealth. The reason it's pork is because federal tax money (taxes from people in Florida, Texas and all other 50 states) is used for a project that will only benefit people who live in South Carolina. If it's so beneficial, use your own money for it.

    March 6, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  24. Enderlyn from Toronto

    I don't recall President Obama talking about stopping earmarks during the campaign. McCain even teased him about his own earmarks. He said he will go through the budget to take out programs that don't work. Get this right every one.

    March 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. alpha_nu_916

    mccain should take another shot at the presidency. so he'll be 77, the important thing is he's making strides to connect with the youth of america.
    twittering; using a blackberry; rocking ed hardy t-shirts.
    i'm guessing by 2012, he'll be bumping jay-z out of all 15 of his cars, have both ears pierced, & be dating holly from "the girl's next door."

    March 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
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