McCain insults Long Island, Schumer hits back at Arizona
November 30th, 2011
09:41 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain insults Long Island, Schumer hits back at Arizona

(CNN) - GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona apologized Wednesday night for taking a dig at Long Island, prompting Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York to quickly bite back.

"Isn't it true that Justice (Sandra Day) O'Connor was specifically referring to a person who was captured on Long Island? Last I checked, Long Island was part – albeit sometimes regrettably – part of the United States of America," McCain said on the Senate floor Wednesday.

He made the joke while discussing a Supreme Court case during a Senate debate about detainee policies.

But to one (rather influential) New Yorker, McCain's snark about the island, home to more than 3 million people, wasn't that funny.

Sen. Schumer quickly fired off on Twitter: "All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11. #LongIsland deserves an apology."

About 50 minutes later, a reluctant McCain returned to the Senate floor and took the microphone.

"In an exchange I had on the floor I mentioned that the wonderful people and the wonderful Long Island, I made a joke," McCain said. "I'm sorry that there's at least one of my colleagues that can't take a joke, and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor."

The apology, however, didn't seem to do the trick for Schumer, who again took his disappointment to Twitter.

"NYers can take a joke. But if @SenJohnMcCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona," he wrote.

- CNN's Joe Von Kanel contributed to this report.

Filed under: Arizona • Charles Schumer • John McCain • New York • Senate
soundoff (135 Responses)
  1. FedUp

    What is up with McCain lately? He turned his back on the military that he was once part of. Now he is insulting a beautiful place to live. Time to retire Sen. McCain.

    December 1, 2011 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Jay

    Schumer needs to get over himself.

    December 1, 2011 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  3. kenny

    Senator McCain may not realize it but he is the joke. It appears he never learned the lesson about people thinking him a fool until he opens his mouth and removes all doubt.

    December 1, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Jarod

    ...Children! ...seriously, is this the best we have leading our nation?

    December 1, 2011 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Andrew

    GOP stalwarts rarely show love for any region that boasts a highly educated, highly liberal population.

    December 1, 2011 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  6. MT

    "GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona apologized Wednesday night for taking a dig at Long Island"

    No, he didn't. He made fun of people who were offended by his "joke."

    December 1, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. Sick

    my states better than your state.....mommy mommy mommy...... :'(

    December 1, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  8. Donkey Party

    McCain is a disgrace and a dishonor to anyone whoever wore a uniform to protect the country (like me). Just because he crashed 5 military jets and got himself captured, doesn't make him a hero. Heroes have honor and integrity, McCain is devoid of both.

    December 1, 2011 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. trex

    ......Oh John, after YOU picked Palin to STAIN AND CURSE US WITH, and now this and a few other gaffes,.......I suggest you retire and play the part of "Uncle Joe" , as last seen on "Petticoat Junction" .............

    December 1, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. E. Eddie Edwards

    Now boys, quit the shower room horseplay and get back to work!

    December 1, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
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