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. Larry, Hazleton, Pa

    This is likely the only thing that I totally agree with McCain on – that is no pork barrel spending......................If senators or congressman believe so much in the program they are trying to get funded then go trhough the complete process and quit trying to always go through the back door. They should have a special budget that list each and every piece of spending that they want and outline the entire project and then vote on each one at a time. Put all in the light of day and see how much they want it.......

    March 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  2. bendo

    Keep up the good work gop, your doing to yourselves what would cost the DNC millions of dollars in advertising! This stuff from the gop is just priceless, we Dems are having a grand time watching ya'all play in the mud!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. RIP constitution

    Wow... none of you seem to get the point. The Federal Government has ZERO business in giving money for localities to boaster their infrastructure. It would seem to me that if Miami wants to improve upon their convention center, that Miami should foot the bill, not the rest of America.

    Yeah, its pork, no matter how you look at it. It would be far better for the Federal Government to NOT take that much in tax "revenue" from the State of Florida in the first place, Let the state harvest that revenue and use it to what ever means that the state, city or what have you use that money for. Say good bye to the country that was made great by the ideas of free market and opportunity... it is in the slow strangle hold of socialism... of which, we will all regret before the end.

    Much like federal intervention in the public education system, we are going to look to the lowest common denominator to set the standard of living across the board, and that sickens me.

    March 6, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Laverne

    Senator McCain should sweep around his own front door before sweeping around someone elses. He has finally learned a little something about tweeting and using a blackberry and it's gone to his head. I guess this is a new whole world of communicating for the "old timer", but how about worrying about the pet projects in Arizona instead of SC.

    March 6, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Jeff W.

    How could anyone ever take his opinion on anything seriously again after attempting to make the VP Sara Palin? I mean, talk about awful judgment. I love how he's called a "maverick". Doesn't that word mean someone who makes impetuous decisions without thinking them through? This guy has been nothing but a sore loser and should be ashamed of himself. I'm so delighted that we get Obama for 8 years and not this jerk for 4.

    March 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Conroc

    The issue is not whether the convention center is a good thing. If it is, find investors in SC to put up the bucks. The issue is how earmarks are inserted into bills with another purpose altogether.

    March 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. Big Ed

    The bigest "porkers" are Republicans. Look it up.

    March 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    Did not all earmarks create job?
    money are being spent and somebody is getting that money.

    March 6, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. please

    I wonder who is going to build the convention center? One might guess American builders who are currently sitting at home. Might be a good thing to employee some more people.

    Too bad McCain didn't have a problem with the no-bid contracts in Iraq that went to fix the Iraqi infrastructure. God forbid we actually invest any money in the US.

    March 6, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    What that paper calls irony I call honesty. Should he not call this pork because his friend submitted that earmark. I can not believe my eyes. You are trashing him for being fair and honest. I don't care if this is a left or a right media outlet they are wrong for going after him on this.

    March 6, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Did not earmaks create jobs?
    somebody is getting money to do that work.

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

    McCain consistently makes it appear that all earmarks are worthless wastes of money, when, in fact, Congress has always used this to help constituents in their own district (which is generally why the public elected them). Frequently the leadership of both parties uses the insertion of earmarks to guarantees committed votes ("I'll vote for your bill, even though I am not really in favor of it, if you will do something for my district in return"). Money allocated to states frequently doesn't get to small projects that are really needed.

    I am not defending "pork"...there are plenty of these projects that seem questionable to me...but this has been a recognized perogative of Congress since the beginning and it is unlikely to stop. 40% of the earmarks in the stimulus package are from Republicans, so it is not a partisan thing. Whenever there have been bills introduce to reform this system or eliminate earmarks, both parties vote the bill down resoundingly. The actually dollar amount of earmarks is pretty insignificant against the numbers of government spending, even though they seem large to us. You really have to put it in perspective and look at what the money is being spent on, and stop listening to the hype.

    McCain has been stuck on this issue for decades, and just won't let it go even though he is outnumbered 534-1 on the issue in Congress. I think the Congress should have left these things out of the stimulus, but I am happy the president is not holding up any chance of recovery over this miniscule amount of added spending. Richt now, it is relatively unimortant in the grand scheme of things.

    March 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  13. Frostlanta

    It is only 950k for a convention center people. I'm sure that would create more jobs and business for the city of Myrtle Beach so what's the problem McCain. I'm sure you spend more than that on one of your many houses...gosh what a hypocrite.

    March 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  14. survivor

    Ah shucks one mans pork is actually someone else "bringing home the bacon" !! Its really stupid of all these politicians claiming pork – the real pork seems to be coming out of politicians mouths!

    March 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  15. GOP stick with your principles

    Conservatives and Republicans and Right wingers and extremists should not take any of the funds allocated from any of the earmarks or stimulus package or bank bail out that comes from the U.S. government.
    At least until congressional Republicans grow some hair and stop listening to Rush Limbaugh instead of the american people that elected them.

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

    The question isn't whether or not the earmark has merit. The question is whether Federal tax dollars from citizens across the country should be paying for them. Local projects benefit the area involved and as such, local dollars should pay for them. In Portland where I live, the Federal government has subsidized light rail and a tram system for example. They both have significant merit but why should someone from Georgia help pay for it when they derive absolutely no benefit? Part of the problem is that Federal officials get elected in part due to claims of how many Federal dollars they bring back to the area.

    March 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. carlo

    McCain is so hell bent on making Obama look bad so he can say "I told you so", he'll run rough shod over all of his friends, including Graham.

    March 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  18. Typical White Person

    Every earmark should go. If a state or locality has a project they think deserves federal money they can write a grant for it and it can be weighed against other projects instead of some senator on a committee getting his state's projects ahead of my state's projects because of where he sits.

    Better yet – if we eliminated most federal taxes and charged states only for national defense the states could manage on their own and there wouldn't be any earmarks.

    Kudos to McCain for being bi-partisan in bashing earmarks.

    March 6, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Chris

    Well, it really is surprising that JM is tweeting cause we all recall he admitted he can't use email!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. paul oregon

    makes one wonder!!!! these polticians are suppose to be educated
    one sees stories like this over an over. if we elemated schools we could save alot of money. it appears our fearless leaders did not learn anything while there were in school so who needs education

    March 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. Bryan

    Let's face it, despite Obama's attempts to paint himself as above earmarks, in only a few weeks he's shown himself to be the King of Spending. Earmarks will kill this country–and hopefully this administration–by 2010.

    March 6, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham – The same guy who ranted incessantly about the stimulus package being a "spending bill" and the US not having the money to waste on it. Ah, gotta love the GOP, whose fundamental concept of leadership is "do as I say, not as I do."

    March 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Kevin in Ohio

    An earmark is an earmark is an earmark, whether its democrat or Republican in origin. Thank you, Sen. McCain.

    If the Converntion Center Project is worthy.... and maybe it is..... open it up to a vote, ON ITS OWN MERITS, on the floor of the house and senate.

    I know it would take forever for the House and Senate to consider each and every spending item individually.... but that would definitely be a good thing as it would save us billions, no, trillions, of dollars of throw-away money.

    March 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Todd

    I lost so much respect for McCain during the 2008 presidential campaign. He's gone from being a thoughtful, insightful, independent moderate to acting like some cranky, off-the-wall wingnut.

    Idea, Senator McCain: spend less time sending snide Tweets, and more time fixing the economy that your "close friend" George W Bush destroyed.

    Pay attention to what you're doing, man!

    March 6, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  25. Elmer Fudd

    McCain looks like Tweety-Pie, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd. But most of all he reminds me of Rush Limbaugh, because he's pandering to the same anger and short attention spans. "Pork" has become little more than a white trash epithet for anything that doesn't stock your own fridge with beer.

    March 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
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