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. 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 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. George

    These earmarks are FEDERAL spending. If a city needs a new convention center and can't afford it, they should get the funds from their STATE government, not from me!

    March 6, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    McPampers tweets his pants.

    March 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Mark

    That one earmark will keep at least 50 construction workers working for at least 6 months, which means money to be spent at stores. So what is wrong with that?

    March 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    What Senator McCain meant to 'tweet' is that earmarks inserted by Democrats border on socialism and drag this country down, whereas earmarks inserted by Republicans are job creators that benefit the economy and the average American worker. Right, Senator?

    March 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Expat in Canada

    This just goes to show that A) even the GOP, who rails against pork, are just a guilty, if not moreso, and B) not all "pork" projects are equal, and that in some cases, "pork" can do a lot of good. In other words, don't use blanket sound-bites to criticize policy, but actually look at it.

    March 6, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. flybyshoeing

    Will McCain also complain about the Foreign Aid earmarks? Isreal and Egypt get aid every year as an earmark. What say you McCant?

    March 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    The editorial argued instead that the convention center project has the potential to create long-term wealth and jobs in the coastal resort city.

    Really? You don't say. You mean infrastructure improvements that require people to provide materials and labor help create jobs? And then, when finished, they help create jobs and increase the economic activity in the area in which they're built? What a novel concept! Where else have we been hearing this I wonder....

    March 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. shoegazer

    One man's earmark is another man's economic necessity.Seems like most can't see the forest from the trees.

    March 6, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Danny E Gonzalez

    earmarks were created as a way to help rural communities have th access to federal mopney in a way that wouldn't be disruptive to the process of writing a formal bill into law, the concenpt has been abused by some and in the last election was an issue Sen. McCain took to heart... perhaps it needs to be reformed, perhaps it should have an audience of at least a committe prior to making it into a spending bill, but to demonize them in this fashion will not help us advance... now do some of these waste money? if they do then the senator deserves to call people out on them... this should be use as a dialogue not as a wedge... I'm afraid Sen. McCain is using it as the latter.

    March 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. RobK

    The issue isn't necessarily the worthiness of the projects, but the process by which they are picked. There is no oversight. It is essentially lobbyists with an in with the Senator or Congressman's staff who get the projects. There is just too much potential for political payoffs for this process to be good for the country. It provides the appearance of corruption, even if the total dollar amount is small. McCain stands by his principals and doesn't request earmarks. Hopefully Obama is as principled.

    March 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Marc-Boise

    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.

    March 6, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. JP

    Now I know why the earmark for pig gas study is in Bama's budget.

    March 6, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  14. Bill

    Does anyone actually believe that a man that admitted to never sending an email during the campaign is now using Twitter?
    Building a convention center creates jobs just as building light rail does.
    With unemployment at the highest level in 25 years why is the GOP complaining about any project that puts people to work?
    Is it because the GOP "base" of rich folks are not losing their jobs?

    March 6, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  15. Wade, Phx

    A little sad March 6th, 2009 12:50 pm ET

    Isn't the Phoenix light rail one of those "porky projects"?
    Yes and no,. it was put in by Rep. Ed Pastor (D) as part of the 2005 Omnibus Spending bill.
    It only paid for $75 million of the total $1.4 billion project.
    Chump change really.
    The remaining $1.3 billion is being paid for by the taxpayers in Phoenix and Tempe.

    March 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Real American

    McShame again. His own Republicans are the people that loaded the bill with pork. Who is fooling who?

    March 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Where's the Change??

    Keep up the good work Senator McCain! Why should we pay for projects in other states regardless if it will bring jobs and money to that state? If a state wants to accomplish something, do it on your own dime. Obama promised to STOP THE PORK but has EVERY EXCUSE in the world why he is going to continue with the same old politics as usual. So much for the CHANGE WE VOTED FOR!

    March 6, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. I am Micheal Spineless Steele and I just kissed Rush Limbaugh behind

    the republiklans are raving and ranting about earmarks like Rush Limbaugh on steroid, but they are the ones who have 40% of the earmark loaded on the omnibus spending bill!

    strip all the republiklans earmarks off the spending bill and let the american people enjoy the benefits of the rest in their home states. the hypocrisy of the republiklans who caused this economic crisis along with GW for the last 8yrs is mind boggling!!!!

    March 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Ben

    So, this is an issue that means so much to McCain that he is willing even to take on his close friends. Should we hold that against him?

    This was a twitter, not an essay. To complain that it lacks detail is silly. It lacks detail by definition. If they want McCain's full opinion they can simply ask him and he will be glad to give them the full argument as to why he is so hostile toward pork.

    March 6, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. gl, Pittsburgh

    Earmarks are not the problem, but too many can be.
    President Obama said he would limit them not elimnated them. McCain wants to elimnated them becasue he hate the fact that it is helping out some disadvanage states that may need a little earmarks to help out. Remember McCain have 9 houses so this senator have no clue about have a need.

    March 6, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  21. Al

    It has become John McCain's self appointed role – i.e. JOB – to eliminate any opportunity for jobs to be created by the projects he calls pork.

    Although I have read his twitter updates "the top ten" list I don't buy the idea that these funds would not create jobs or keep the ones already in place in these projects.

    What is McCain's purpose? To eliminate opportunities for people to work? Does he actually think the dollars he is finding for these projects goes into a bank account and noone works because of thse projects?

    Once again John McCain is WAY out of touch.

    March 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Debby

    McCain should stay off the new inventions like the blackberry and tweeter. He is getting dangerous on them. LOL

    March 6, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  23. Candice

    One man's pork is another man's bacon- Semantics!!! If a pet project can create productivity and jobs, so be it!!! It's not what McCain said that was wrong, it was how he said it- to diminish the reputation of the person that beat him!!! When ideas are taken out of context as we all know they become controversial!!! Let's stick to the big problems and fix the small ones later

    March 6, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Don of Iowa

    The dumbest moron in the GOP just above Palin and then Bush thinks he has relevancy in this world for some reason, will someone tell him so he will get te hint Palin did that Americans are tired of hearing from tired stupid ignorant bigoted Republicans who can do nothing but crticize everyone else but have no solutions of their own? I wish we could buy every republican for what he knows and sell him for what he things he knows, we could get rid of the current economic calmity they created and get back the surplus Clinton left us before these morons took over the country and lamost destroyed it, Why is it every time a stupid republican drives this country into a ditch a Democrat has to come alo9ng and get us out of the mess. Have you noticed when the quote the unemployment figures and say they are the worst they have been since like today 1983 that the date they compare it to when it was bad before is always a year when a republican was in office or not quite a year since a democrat took over to get us out of another republican mess?

    March 6, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. spring forward

    he probabaly didn't know that one of his own put it in there, just shows they say NO to everything without even cheching it out, just say no republicans.

    March 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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