John McCain Blasts Rand Paul Filibuster: Drone Concern 'Totally Unfounded'

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While Republican senators flocked to the floor Wednesday night to support Sen. Rand Paul's nearly 13-hour filibuster, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did exactly the opposite on Thursday. McCain quoted heavily from a Wall Street Journal editorial that slammed Paul's filibuster on the Obama administration's drone use, including a line that said "If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in college dorms." McCain called Paul's concern that the government could kill any American with a drone "totally unfounded." He referenced Jane Fonda, as Paul did on Wednesday, calling her "not his favorite American" for her support of the Viet Cong, but said the American government would not have killed her. "To somehow say that someone who disagrees with American policy and even may demonstrate against it, is somehow a member of an organization which makes that individual an enemy combatant is simply false," McCain said. Graham also chided his fellow Republicans on the floor for joining Paul in his filibuster. "To my Republican colleagues, I don't remember any of you coming down here suggesting that President Bush was going to kill anybody with a drone, do you?" Graham said. "They had a drone program back then, all of a sudden this drone program has gotten every Republican so spun up. What are we up to here?" Graham, who has railed against the president for the administration's handling of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, praised Obama's use of the drone program. "People are astonished that President Obama is doing many of the things that President Bush did. I'm not astonished. I congratulate him for having the good judgment to understand we're at war," he said. "And to my party, I'm a bit disappointed that you no longer apparently think we're at war." Many senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supported Paul's efforts on the floor Wednesday. Additionally, McCain said the filibuster would give fire to critics of the Senate rules and warned his colleagues that it set a bad precedent. "What we say yesterday is going to give ammunition to those critics who say that the rules of the Senate are being abused. I hope that my colleagues on this side of the aisle will take in that information," he said. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/john-mccain-lindsey-graham-blast-rand-paul-filibuster-88564.html?hp=t2_3 Fair Use Disclaimer: This video may contain copyrighted material. This material is made available for educational, research, and news reporting purposes only.
Posted March 7, 2013
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