McCain had most conservative voting record in 2010
February 24th, 2011
01:55 PM ET
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McCain had most conservative voting record in 2010

Washington (CNN)– Sen. John McCain, along with six others, can claim the title as the most conservative Republican senator in last year's congress, according to the National Journal's 2010 vote ratings, a dramatic shift from the Arizona Republican's voting record earlier in the decade.

The National Journal's analysis of 96 Senate votes taken in 2010 earned McCain an 89.7 composite conservative score, which tied him with established staunch conservatives such as Sens. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, and Cornyn, R-Texas.

McCain's venture farther right is just one example of an apparent shift of the Republican Party as a whole over the last two years, according to the National Journal.

Previously known for reaching out to his colleagues across the aisle, McCain earned his maverick title in part because of a voting record that exhibited a less partisan stance towards some pieces of legislation, like campaign finance and immigration. According to the National Journal's vote ratings, between 2002 to 2006 McCain bounced between the 44th- and 49th-most conservative member.

McCain's 2010 voting record may in part have been influenced by the conservative primary challenge he faced last year from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who repeatedly painted the longtime senator as too liberal.

Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and John Thune, R-South Dakota, also tied with McCain for the most conservative voting record.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Yes

    He is a loser. His can't use his war record to help him win elections, so he gave his soul to the dark side.

    February 24, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    That's so mavericky of him. No wait, he is not a maverick anymore that was just for 2008!
    No matter what this man does in the future his fate as a first class liar and clown was sealed in august 2008! His legacy will always be that other idiot from AK!!!
    He won the election and I can't imagine him running again why doesn't he grow a pair and go back to who he was before? Try to save some face before you drop dead!!!

    February 24, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  3. Palin: Like Coulter ... Minus the Manparts

    Ah yes, the new "conservative" who now forgets that he was ever a "maverick", who never remembers where he left his last vote or opinion unless the wind blows the facts in his face and then, he denies that the wind even exists.

    February 24, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. REAL Patriots do MORE than salute the flag, they EDUCATE themselves

    Give ol McSame some time, he'll be for it before he's against it. Sooooo mavericky trying to out con the cons and ou tloon the teahadists. Time to retire John!

    February 24, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. lindi

    I used to respect you McCain,for your bravery in Nam. But when you made the mistake of your career is when you introduced Palin,TeaParty,racism,radicals that want to turn Big Corporate companies into sweathouses for the american worker. Just like repug in wisconsin,"Lets stop these bastards,Ill buy you another rental property!!!!!The Gop has ruined this country,for a good long while! I,m an independent voter? Go Figure????

    February 24, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. they call me "tater salad"

    Hey look it's John "The Chameleon" McCain.......This guy has probably changed his position on more issues more times in the last 4 hours than most people changed their under-ware in the last 4 weeks!!! Get rid of these old, self-serving, corporate special interest lapdog, fossils.........They're ALL crooks!!!!!

    February 24, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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