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. John

    Typical GOP lies, line them up and mow them all down. Redistibute their wealth less is more...

    March 6, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Patrick

    Why can't Myrtle Beach or South Carolina pony up the one mill if they want to stimulate the local economy. Federal money should be for federal needs like roads, schools, and energy. I hate to agree with McCain, but this is pork. It doesn't do jack to help the economy as a whole, just the economy at one resort town and at the expense of some other place that already built their convention center. It's not like more convention centers creates more conventions or anything.

    So yeah, It's pork.

    March 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. Cindy

    Tweets are so dangerous. Lawmakers should be promoting "Think before pressing Send" not instant messaging. These messages are going to come back to haunt them. We try to teach our kids to think... and they lead by this example? I guess it makes them hip and cool... with it...

    March 6, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Two promises were made during this campaign regarding earmarks.

    Obama: I will veto every bill that crosses my desk with earmarks in it.

    McCain: I will stop the earmarks and those that put earmarks in bills, I will make them famous, you will know their names.

    McCain just lived up to his promise. Lets see if Obama vetoes this bill. I would say Obama broke his promise with the stimulus bill. Some would disagree but we all can agree that this bill will tell the tail.

    March 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Jon

    Ah the insincerity drips with every word. We all know if McCain hadn't been the 2008 Republican nominee he'd be a "Republican crusader fighting to stop the hijacking of President Obama's bill by other Republicans to load it with pork." Instead everyone is crying "Judas" because McCain has the stones to stand up to his political friends as well as his enemies.

    March 6, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. Robert

    Come On Lindsay Graham,,, Bless this with your wisdom,,,Your constituents will understand ..They (the people) and They (the state) don't need this cultural improvement or the jobs it will create. Right!
    Our Senator from NC (Richard Burr) wouldn't put up with crap.. neither would our congressman Howard Coble.
    They know whats right for their people like all you conservatives..Of course you may have get Rush Limbaughs blessing before you can say no to your constituents!
    How could a progressive and affluent state with and eductaional system like SC even consider defrring money from schools for a convention center for the rich... Simply unherad of in Republican circles,,,Right?

    March 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  7. JJ12343

    He has been doing this for years.

    March 6, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. jd

    It is too bad that our Senators go and vote on a plan they never even read through. I think its time we cleaned up Washington as well.

    March 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  9. J Huck

    Really??? McCain is computer-literate now??? since when???

    March 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Doc

    With such an eye for pork and wasteful projects, McCain need only look in the mirror. He is "senate pork"; he is a waste. The time and attention and drama emitted from this hot air windbag might be better served for study in the Dept. of Energy.
    Instead of whining about Obama, he should skewer his fellow republicans like McConnel, who is the biggest spender in this bill. Congress wrote it, let congress rewrite it.

    March 6, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. cheryl brooks from cali

    Mccain needs to forget it period!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Yvonne

    What? McCain is using a computer or blackberry now?

    I thought his POW/war injuries made that impossible. At least that's what they told us during the campaign.

    Of course, they used POW as an excuse for everything, including the reason he didn't know how many houses he owned!

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Judy

    SGTBIGO March 6th, 2009 12:46 pm ET – I honestly don't have a problem with what Senator McCain is doing. These earmarks shouldn't be there and this newspaper should explain why others in the country should help fund this? This goes to show you that McCain is willing to call out even his best friends for what is right. Good for you Senator McCain. Keep them coming.

    Others in the country pay taxes to the government. Some of that money should come back to the states. Arizona pays taxes to the federal government, but because of McCain, they don't get anything back for the taxes they pay.

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. Dave in Houston

    A valuable project in your district is pork in everyone else's.

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |


    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  16. L for Legend

    Hypocrits, that whole bunch of them.

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. Omkar Suchit

    Why does SGTBIGO think that "others in the country" are paying fot the Convention center. Don't the people in SC pay taxes too?

    March 6, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Tony - Fla

    Doesn't matter is what the point is. If Myrtle Beach or South Carolina want it, they can pay for it. Why should I (a Florida resident) or anyone else outside of that area flip the bill? LIMITED GOVERNMENT. That is why it doesn't bother me that the AFL-CIO convention in the overly priced South Florida resort did not bother me (why it did not throw the AFL-CIO member up in arm is beyond me), but when the Dems and the Reps did their plush gatherings at the resorts your flipping right I was steamed. Or when you impose a sin tax on one group to pay for the expenses of another (latest example: SCHIP, smokers paying for children's health care) where is the justice in that? But as soon as someone mentions Flat Tax or a Fair Tax somebody else screams it’s a tax on the poor or that the rich need to pay more, what happened to equality in this country, you know we are all equal. Don't get what I am saying incorrectly, I don't even make $40K a year. I bet though if we all were taxed equally (and no I am not saying $ for $ I am saying percentage wise) the politicians would be more careful of what they were doing, especially if the people had the power of the purse strings to say "you guys are not doing the job I sent you there to do so you know maybe I won't go out there and make that extra purchase that is going to generate the tax revenue you want up there in DC until you do. Believe me voting in the two party system does not equal "Change We Can Believe In" it is just swapping one mess with the other mess.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  19. Sandra

    Old man, old message, old news.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Steve

    If this project is worthy, have a seperate debate on it. The time has come to end the practice of attaching bs to bills.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Mike Gillie

    I think most people are really missing the larger picture here. Sure the building of the center would be a big benefit for the local economy, I have no doubt. But is that what the entire country needs to be paying for? I don’t think so. So this is pork in the biggest way. If the local government wants to build it let them come up with a way to pay for it.

    March 6, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Don in Albuquerque

    Too old, too out of touch, just like during his campaign. Besides, who would trust his judgement-He picked Sarah Palin as a running mate.

    March 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  23. Christy

    The more and more John McCain speaks, the more and more hypocritical and irrational he sounds. Who cares if it’s called an "Earmark", "Pork", or "A Blank Check"? If tt's going to create new jobs, in this economy, go for it! Building/Renovating a convention center at a major vacation spot will create MANY new jobs. What is Johnnie doing about the jobless rate in this country other than complaining? He shows me everyday the kind of do-nothing president he would have been. .

    March 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  24. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    This RUSHlican thing has gone a little too far; now, the poor old Republicans are wanting their fellow Pubs to fail.

    Give us a break "John-Eight-Homes-McComplain;" not everyone has a trophy wife making us $100 million a year off beer.

    March 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  25. gl, Pittsburgh

    The problem with McCain is he is too rich and don't won't pork and any bill becasue he don't want to help people in need. All pork is not bad, just to rich man McCain.

    March 6, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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