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. Veteran in Kansas

    One persons pork is anothers economic development plan. It's real easy to cry pork barrel spending just by looking at a few words. So a Convention Center is pork, to the community building the convention center it is jobs, then after construction, it becomes a draw to get money into the community, which means additional jobs and tax bases through buisness growth to support the convention center and a increase in visitors. What makes this project pork, well I would have to say if the people you represent do not benifit from it,then its pork, if the people you represent gain a benifit then it must be economic development.

    Hmmmmmmmmm, really does look like a grumpy old man that lost trying to have his last big fling at the expense of a nation trying to recover from 8 years of very poor economic policy and a total lack of federal regulation and oversight.

    March 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. AndyBlue

    What? McCain can turn on a computer now? I dont believe it.

    I like McCain's vague statements as usual. Tell us who put the pork there McCain is would that show that most of your buddies have their hands in the pot too.

    Once a hypocrite always a hypocrite. I have lost all respect for John McCain this past year. No fool like an old fool who doesnt know when to roll in the towel and retire. You are a stain to the republican party and you dont even know it.

    March 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Rico

    A true Republican and a Maverick too. If it does not directly benefit them then no matter how good the project is, it is still a bad idea.

    March 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    @ Eleanor, who said "Wake up americans are not that stupid!!!"

    I'm sorry to inform you, but yes, YES THEY ARE THAT STUPID. Look around you. Read these blogs. Approximately half of the country believes and supports the GOP when they complain about "pork" and earmarks in this bill (and others) when those same GOPers are fighting for their own "pork" and earmarks anyway. The FACT is, the GOP only has this supposed attack of conscience when a Dems are in the WH or control Congress...the GOP yells about pork and fights for this idiotic tax cut, trickel down ideology because they don't want the tax revenue to exist while Dems are in control (tax revenue = capital with which to pursue the Dem agenda). In essence, they seek to create failure for the Dems. Sound familiar?

    March 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. JK Ashburn, VA

    Typical of the local media. They think convention centers create jobs. It's a zero-sum game. They only move jobs from one region to another. If folks are holding conventions in Myrtle Beach, it means they are NOT holding them somewhere else. Same goes with sports stadia. Government funding arenas, stadia, and convention centers is an immense boondoggle that the private sector beneficiaries of those facilities should pay for.

    March 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Bethie

    McCain had no problem throwing our tax dollars around while his buddy Bush was in office. Now that he's in the minority, he is obsess with fiscal responsibility. Moron.

    March 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Independent

    i wonder how many jobs could have been created if the taxpayers got to keep their 950,000 dollars instead?

    why does the left always support making government the big employer? wheee we can all work for the government on whatever useless projects didn't have enough merit on their own to happen!

    guess how much of obama's spending has been pork so far? ALL OF IT.

    March 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Mike

    “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.

    If you lookup the word "Hypocrite" in dictionary, I bet it has Republican as one of its meanings 🙂

    March 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Haley

    John McCain twitter? The old man is trying to portray himself as "hip". Try again Maverick!

    March 6, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. VY

    THIS IS the kinda thing that happens with ditto heads...empty headed mentality

    March 6, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. republicans hate america

    Oh snap!! McPhony said we would know their names but he didnt mention it was his close closet buddy Lindsey!!

    March 6, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. The Truth

    Opposition to Der Fuhrer Obama will not be tolerated!

    March 6, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Unshrub

    A majority of our food comes from plants that are pollinated by bees. The bee population is dying off in large numbers and there is major concern that the entire bee population may die off in the near future. Yet, McCain and others have called the $1.5 million in bee research pork. That is just plain stupid.

    March 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. VY

    Darko, sweetheart...just incase you just woke up...we're in a recession...states and individuals do not have the it? That's why we NEED GOV to fund stuff right now and get the economy moving. March 6th, 2009 4:10 pm ET
    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 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. obamacrat

    I liked McTwitter better when he didn't know how to use the internet.

    March 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. BreAnna - Military Brat

    If South Carolina should pay for their own convention center to provide jobs, then shouldn't all of the states pay for their own projects and job creating opportunities as well? Why even have a stimulus package if each state should be paying for their own stimulus? Doesn't make sense, huh. You act as though every month your paycheck will look like this:
    Deducted 950 mil for SC Convention Center
    Deducted 2 mil for TX school construction
    Deducted 4 million for jobs in Idaho.

    Really? Because S. Carolinians don't pay taxes huh.

    March 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    katiec March 6th, 2009 12:47 pm ET
    Some earmarks are beneficial and give aid to needed projects when no other way is provided
    Point 1. What do you do when all 535 members of congress feels the same way about their earmarks.
    Point 2. In this current economy we only need to spend what is neccessary
    Point 3. The president promised to go through the budget line by line, in short we were promised NO EARMRAKS! Why all of a sudden is it ok to break a promise?
    McCain is right!

    March 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Griff............... on The Truth...

    You have no Friends in Politics,

    March 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. BKB

    A republican hypocrit? I am shocked I tell you...shocked.

    March 6, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. Richard A. Spomer, Alexandria, VA


    John McCain is just informing the general public of hand greasing, brown nosing, BO-FU body making, and other corrupt activities being practiced by those in control. Politics is a corrupting activities that only the rich get to play, and will get away with lieing…

    March 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Luke Brown

    Myrtle Beach is full of greedy Republicans who oppose taxing themselves, but are happy to have the rest of us pay their way.

    PS ... MB already has a convention center. Remember that is where the Presidential primary debates were held last year.

    March 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. chad in avery, ca.


    March 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Sawber

    “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.


    Does being someone's friend mean you should accept something that isn't good for the country as a whole?

    Lots of earmarks "have value". Does that mean the federal gov't should pay for them? Nope.

    March 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. George in NM

    John McCain is a hypocrite and biggest sore looser of all time. Give it rest McCain, just go away and leave this country to run by the man Barack Obama who whipped your tail in the presidential elections.

    March 6, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    Marc-Boise March 6th, 2009 1:40 pm ET
    Wow. $950,000 dollars out af a trillion dollar budget. It's going to break the bank. By most accounts, "pork"adds up to .4% of the annual budget. Get over it John
    The excuses are crazy! The promise was NO EARMARKS! Your example is ONE EARMARK out approx 9000! Account for the others and then tell me what the percentage of the budget th eearmarks are now! Stop the excuses, stop the picking and choosing and hold this president to his promises!

    March 6, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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