McCain had most conservative voting record in 2010
February 24th, 2011
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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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  1. Steve in Denver

    How "mavericky"

    February 24, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  2. Sgt Schultz

    "Most Conservative" = sold-out to Big $ Lobbyists. Contrary to what Fox "News" spoon feeds the Republican viewers 24/7,
    Facts DO Matter. Stop selling-out America to Big $ special interests. You call unions or workers special interests? Unions are outspent by a massive margin. Once you Partisans are done crushing the unions – there will be a monopoly of power and the middle-class that has to work for living will be dealt a permanent defeat. Republicans – check yourselves....your agenda is wrong for America's future.

    February 24, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. The King

    Of course, he got his but whipped by what we were told was "a liberal" in the '08 Pres campaign, so this quasi-psychotic, spiteful old, troll had to "get even". Just like when bush 43 whipped his but, he swung way to the left to "get even" against that whipping.
    mccain has never had a day of his adult life without getting at least ONE government paycheck. He's the epitomy of a welfare queen. Your welcome john!! Now go back under your rock.

    February 24, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Hoist The Lombardi

    He keeps that up and people will start calling him a "Maverick"!

    February 24, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. David

    From the self-proclaimed "maverick" who worked with Feingold to limit money in our campaign to the biggest partisan sellout in US history. What a scumbag.

    February 24, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Jamie from Riverside

    He also, easily, wins the mantle of being the ugliest (inside and out) Senator.

    February 24, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. shadysider

    Republicans don't understand that going right will only win primaries on the national level. McCain has acted like a politican scared of losing his job. It's pathetic to see a shell of a man who I admired over a decade ago.

    February 24, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Conservative or not, trailor trash Sarah Palin ruined McCain's legacy, if only he had known. McCain could have beaten President Obama if he hadn't put that trailor trash on the ticket with him, he would have won. McCain should have known when you remove someone from the country doesn't mean you can't take the country out of them (in this case trailor trash).

    February 24, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. Name king

    All these right wing lunatics that are playing politics with the ignorance of American people, are low and-deceptive, the repugs role of clamoring with big corporations to get the people giving up their freedom is despicable.

    February 24, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. willie floyd

    Who cares how he votes??? He's still responsible for pushing Palin on the country!!!! No amount of "Good" or bad voting is going to redeem him.

    February 24, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. Tony in Maine

    McCain is no more a maverick than my cat. When push comes to shove he, like most politicians, will say and do whatever it takes to get votes. His recent plunge into the rabbit hole of rightwingnuttia was to impress the Tea Party crowd.

    February 24, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    McCain actually had to most anti-Obama voting record since 2008. McCain iis a bitter old man who hates that a brilliant black man beat him for the Presidency. He has done everything possible to criticize President Obama, oppose everyrthing Presidetbt Obama has accomplished for restoring our nation, onstructed every piece of liegislation he could, and voted NO on every singel piece of legislation just to be contrary and vindicative towards President Obama. McCaiin needs to resign since his bitterness has taken over his ability to properly serve the nation and the people represents in AZ. McCaiin should be the one apologizing to all of us for the danage and stupidity we have had to bear from his choice of the unqualified Sarah Palin. She has been a national nightmare and a complete embarrassment. McCain should be ashamed of her and ashamed of betraying the nation's nest interests in recovery due to his own personal pettiness over being beaten by President Obama. I am so gratefil for President Obama. He is a wonderful man, a great leader, and truly is working hard for th best interests of the PEOPLE. Certainly can't say that about the Republicans who only support the Koch brothers, corporations, and the wealthy. Republicans hate the middle class and are now trying to damage us more with their irresponsible budget that puts all the burden on us and asks no money or taxes from corporations or the wealthy. If they really cared about the deficit, they would be asking ALL Americans to pay their fair share. Republicans care about no one but themselves and lie so much we cannot trust them any longer. McCain needs to reaign and we need to take away the jobs of the rest of the Republicans in 2012. They have no solutions for job creation for us nor wil they. They want America to fail in some twisted view it will help them in the 2012 election.

    February 24, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This Stooge was trying to appease the Tea Baggers. He has no moral conviction; thank God he is not our president!

    February 24, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    The Democrats of yesteryear are LONG GONE. What you have now are radical Progressives that are so far left, there is no compromise possible. Look at them running out of state in Wisconsin and Indiana to prevent our democracy from working. In DC they can't a single thing out of a 3.7 TRILLION dollar budget that is worthy of being cut. How does one "compromise" with such insanity?

    February 24, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    So he's a petty, angry old man who voted based on a need for vengence and political gain. Su-freekin-prise....after all, he's got an R after his name. I'm honestly beginning to think they're plan is to behave this batsh-t crazy every time a Dem is elected POTUS in hopes that America will just throw up its arms and say "screw it...it's not fair, makes no sense and will probably destroy us, but we're never electing another Dem as POTUS simply because it triggers the GOP's right-wing-extremist temper tantrum that send the economy spiralling, stalemates Congress and prevents any progress on most issues."

    February 24, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. ...

    I liked McCain better when he was able to think for himself. The "Maverick" is now all too predictable...

    February 24, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Anger over losing, and fear over his primary challenge is what caused him to lurch to the right, nothing more. Its sad to watch a man who described TR as one of his heroes do what Roosevelt would have loathed, and that was betray his principles for votes.

    February 24, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. PalmReader

    "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. "

    Payback to the Koch Brothers is becoming extremely arduous for GOPers. Wonder how long the American public is going to allow these fools to dictate what we should think, how we should think, and when we should think. I suspect not much longer, all things considered. That's the problem when we as a Nation think the John Birchers are the best America has to offer. Eventually, most do wake up and smell the damage . . .

    February 24, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  19. greg the progressive in jacksonville

    Dance puppet, dance. How sad is it that the radicals are now controlling the party.

    February 24, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Limbaugh is an IDIOT

    John McSame should retire! He has outlived his relevance in the senate PERIOD!!!

    February 24, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  21. The Real One In NC

    Yes McCain changes like the seasons. Anything to keep his Senate seat. He is a person that does not stand for something but will fall for anything.

    February 24, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. geecee

    Naturally, he doesn't want to lose the crazy right-wing constituents that have embraced him since he picked Palin as his V.P. so he's going to the extreme. Time to retire, John. Go live at one of your 7 homes and more if you can handle it. Just don't live in D.C. anymore, okay?

    February 24, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. Realistic

    Most conservative senator and voting record. Conservatism voting consists of: Lower taxes for rich, less education for those who can't pay for it, Getting rid of women's choice, smaller gov't as long its fits their ideology, more spending on wasteful military equip to make their friends richer and so on. That's not conservatism its called being a radical ideologue.
    What can one expect from the same person whom unleashed Palin on america.

    February 24, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    WOW! You mean that he beats out Mitch McConnell? McConnell has a more "liberal" voting record than these guys? I bet there will be some major backpedaling on the part of McConnell, Hatch and any other Republican Senator who feels his Conservative Credentials may be at risk!

    February 24, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. thomas

    Need you ask why John didn't become President !

    February 24, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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