October 26th, 2010
04:29 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain: 'these are harsh times'

Charles Town, WV (CNN) - As he stumps for a string of Republicans in increasingly bitter races, Sen. John McCain warned candidates against overconfidence and defended recent searing attacks on his Democratic colleagues.

"These are harsh times," he said, in response to a reporter's question about his criticism of Sen. Barbara Boxer and a conference call in which he slammed Sen. Patty Murray over the use of earmarks.

"She engages in that corrupt practice. Now whether she is corrupt I will let other people make judgment," McCain said on the call.

McCain did not back away from those statements Tuesday.

"[Senator Murray has] wasted millions and millions of taxpayers dollars," McCain said. "I have been to the floor for 20 years saying that earmarking was a corrupt practice so why should I be reluctant to say it when one of the most ardent practitioners of it will continue on that path?"

The senator from Arizona also warned fellow Republicans not to claim victory before the ballots are counted, reminding them "it isn't over till it's over."

McCain was campaigning in West Virginia with Senate hopeful John Raese, a longtime Republican candidate and businessman who is waging an unexpectedly close race against the state's popular Democratic governor, Joe Manchin.

McCain saved a few choice words for Manchin as well. Republicans in the state have enjoyed great success in portraying the well-liked governor as a rubber-stamp supporter for Democrats in Washington, especially the president.

"Gov. Manchin is running away from President Obama as fast as he can on literally every issue," McCain said. "If I could make a suggestion, I would suggest the governor become a Republican and run against Rockefeller next time."

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  1. Shari from Madison

    Enough of this idiot. He couldn't become President so he will bash a sitting President. He wants repub's back in so he, along with Cheney can again get loads of money from the Oil companies.

    October 26, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. sma232il992

    Governments and the interests of some governments is the main reason all happening in the region

    October 26, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. BinMESA

    Hard times that John McCain helped create. Unfortunitly he is not the only hack we have in Arizona. He is in the top 10 however. "My friends" (as he so often says) I have never done anything for Arizona but I do own several houses there, I think.

    October 26, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Rick in AZ

    I love it when John McCain talks about being against "earmarks". Why else does one send people to Congress if not to bring home the "bacon"? In his 27 or 28 years in Congress McCain has done NOTHING for this state. Running for Senator again he promises to still do nothing for AZ. It is incomprehensible that anyone would vote for this man.

    October 26, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  5. Todd the Mod

    John McCain gave us Sarah Palin.

    October 26, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |

    These are indeed harsh times and you Mr. McCain helped start this downfall of America when you picked Half Gov. Palin. No one knew or even heard of her and America was much better off for it. Then you unleashed her on America like a plague. Then she teamed up with Beck and Fox No News on one singular mission, to dumb down America. A mission which I fear they have completed. Now so many of Americans just follow these two idiots like blind sheep. So I hope you're happy Mr. McCain, thanks a lot!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    October 26, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. they call me "tater salad"

    Don't be fooled........Things are not harsh for McCain! The guy owns 9 mansions and has 13 different luxury vehicles to choose from...........This dancing clown wouldn't know harsh if it walked up and bit him right on his wealthy, country club elitist ass...........Harsh indeed!!!!!

    October 26, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. they call me "tater salad"

    Oh, but wasn't it just 2 short years ago that this moron was trying to win himself an election by telling us all that "the fundamentals of our economy are very strong" like it was no big deal and we all can just relax..........."I'm the great and powerful OZ (pay no attention to that man behind the curtain)........It's all a put on folks,I sure hope you all get a clue by November or this country is really in trouble!

    October 26, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. AZ Thoughts

    Senator McCain – what have you done for the people in Arizona? You have become so Washingtonized that you have forgotton your own state. You spent $20 Million in the primary and blasted the airwaves with rancous ads and your band of sheriffs. Do you realize what $20 Million can buy for people in Arizona? It's time you were retired and went home to one of your ? (fill in the number) houses. I wish the rest of Arizonans would get their heads out of their behinds and realize it's time to set you out to greener pastures. 20 years means nothing when you are doing nothing for your state!!!

    October 26, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  10. Mickey, NY

    McCain is nothing but a coward who got through his military service on the coattails of his father. He deserves to be sent back to his bamboo cage.

    October 26, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. curtther

    So he was a war hero that was 8million years ago. He flip flops more than a fish out of water.

    October 26, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. George of the jungle

    John has no class. He sounds more like Palin every day. To think he could have been our predient and with that mouth. Vote all the repos out in November then lets move on and work on the economy.

    October 26, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
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