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. SMJ

    I can only imagine what our country would be like if McGumpy had been usual, he has NO PLAN...only complaints and the word "NO"!

    March 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  2. MAYS


    March 6, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Nsikan Jacob

    And we should blame the President for this? Very soon, we all will open our eyes and see these for what they are – ignorance and hatred. Remember the helicopter thing? Remember the stimulus package debate? I want a president and senators to know better than many of us. Each time things like this surface, I am glad I made the right use of my vote. I am also becoming hardened Obama supporter by the day.

    March 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  4. marlene

    Sen. McCain remains an angry, old man. He lost the 2008 Presidential election, and so it has become his cause to be the angry old man in the Senate. If you have had the chance to watch him speak, on C-Span during this legislative session, he is always mad at something, or someone – shacking the papers or pounding his fist on the table. His anger is directed at both parties and against anyone that thinks differently than he does. Let's hope reason will pervail and someone from Arizona will successfully run against him in 2010 for the Senate seat, Mr. McCain holds. Marlene in Mich

    March 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  5. Independent_me

    The thing is, commonsense will tell you that the earmarks go toward projects that create jobs. Somebody has to build the convention center. Businesses will use it to hold – oh, wow! – CONVENTIONS! When there are conventions being held more jobs are being created....

    So it doesn't matter if ts a bicycle path (somebody has to build it = jobs), and somebody has to maintain it = jobs), or a convention center – earmarks are the means that senators use to get money fro projects that create jobs in their districts. What the Republicans do is twist and spin everything so that reality becomes distorted and gullible people buy into it.

    The news media also help the misconception by playing silly games such as the earmark game played by on stupid cable channel today. Somebody needs to stand up and explain what earmarks are, how and why they help communities. Stop the stupid spin and twist game!

    March 6, 2009 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  6. Justin

    McCain should twitter his own earmarks...

    March 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  7. ule

    McCain must be a bitter loser. He is not fighting to restore the mess his party put into or is he coming up with good ideas as what to do to help the shrinking economic recover. He is just causing confusion and distraction. I think he is in line with Rush the speed man

    March 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. Larry

    It's not the nature of the earmarks themselves. Some have more merit than others. I'm sure the Myrtle Beach earmark has more merit than the Promoting Astrology in Hawaii earmark. So what? It's the process that's broken. McCain (along with his democratic allies inc. Feingold) are trying to fix a major problem. Anyone who attacks him for doing this has no political ethics.

    Our fearless leader promised to take on the special interests that result in earmarking. Now, he backs away, using hollow rhetoric that this is last year's business. Not when it's your signature on the bill it isn't.

    Obama. No Change...

    March 6, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    wow from all the stuff I've been hearing I thought only Democrats inserted pork and earmarks into the budget.

    March 6, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. Tom Eyemdaman

    I'm tired of the old argument of "Earmarks are just a way of getting money for worthy projects that. can't get money otherwise."

    If they can't get money otherwise, are they worthwhile? If projects are worthwhile for a given community, then the community should incur the debt of financing that project. It's a local project, it has local benefits and costs, and it's a local issue.

    Earmarks are those items that won't stand up on their own mertis and have to be added to larger packages to escape scrutiny.

    March 6, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  11. Republicans Suck

    McCain is one big loser

    March 6, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  12. david goldman



    March 6, 2009 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Misty

    McCain is loosing it- He needs to retire.

    I also am fed up with the republicans being so destructive and stupid. Bush and Republicans ravaged US and the world and brought them to this state. Now Obama and the democrats are trying to fix it– instead of supporting them they are a pain in the behind.

    March 6, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  14. Southerner

    People just don't like being called out on their scandals. Obama promised to go through all these bills line by line and take out the pork. Then he didn't do it. McCain is right to call him out.

    March 6, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  15. Hepstyle

    This isn't hard to figure out. People hate pork until the criticism is aimed at the pork they benefit from.

    March 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  16. Rich

    We have major issues to deal with like the economy, the war on terror. Instead you are focusing your attention on issues like what helicopter the president rides in. While the issues you identify may be legitimate, in relative terms they are i insignificant in the middle of a crisis.

    Millions of jobs have been lost, the market is crashing our financial systems are not functioning and are on the edge of disaster. Yes there is waste, yes we should address it. However, the house is on fire and you are complaining that the hose is leaking. Lets put the darn fire out then we can buy a new hose.

    March 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. phili

    Republican congremen are too hypocrite for me.

    March 6, 2009 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Steve

    That's great that it will create future income for Myrtle Beach. Let the people of Myrtle Beach finance it. Why should I have to pay for something that will never benefit me?

    March 6, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. Mark B

    What kind of reporting is this? Where is the comment from McCain asking him why he is criticizing this earmark? Where is the comment from Graham responding to McCain. And then where is the commentary of the "journalist" to their responses?

    What is the state of journalism in this country moving towards?

    March 6, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Maurice from Ontario

    Individual Senators can have individual opinions about particular projects that have been earmarked. However, these same Senators owe it, to themselves, to their colleagues, and to the country, to fully inquire about the nature of the particular projects, before spewing disagreement to the entire nation. Sen. McCain certainly doesn't have the pulse of every community in the US!!!

    March 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  21. demwit

    We have to hold our quick pro quo AFL-CIO conventions somewhere!!

    March 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Tax Cuts can increase that certain part of tha male body!

    So Arizona has NO earmarks in the bill?

    I smell BS

    March 6, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  23. Daivd

    Pork is food. Ham, bacon, sausage, etc. If the money is staying in the US, it is not wasted! Its going somewhere. I doubt that there is an earmark to buy Saudi oil and set it on fire. The earmark to study the sex life of ants - well some is getting salary for it, paying taxes, paying his mortgage, buying food, etc.

    March 6, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. grahame

    Trouble is, the term 'earmarks' has gotten a bad rap because of stupid people like Sarah Palin and the bridge to nowhere. Earmarks can be a good thing if they are used to create jobs and security for people who otherwise would be on food-stamps. Don't let the Republicans fool you into believing it's all wrong. McCain is still at heart a groveling loser anyway. I believe he will do anything to bring about the downfall of the Democrats. McCain can't stand the fact that he lost.

    March 6, 2009 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  25. Potter-Efron

    John McCain is a long time critic of earmarks, and for him to be this even-handed is a good thing...if, indeed, the entire list is even-handed. However, the new administration cannot do everything at once; I would like to see a lot more poaitive involvement from
    the Republicans for a while, and an acknowledgment that the current crisis is not business as usual. If McCain were president and "bipartisan" he might be working on stimulus as opposed to redoing the budget himself.

    March 6, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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