John McCain: Republicans Took Wrong Stance On Tax Break

Sen. John McCain says Congress' failure to reach agreement on legislation extending a payroll tax cut for working Americans "hurts the Republican Party." The GOP's 2008 presidential nominee says his party made a mistake in voting down the Senate-passed version of a bill that would have kept the current payroll tax relief intact for at least two more months.

McCain tells CBS's "The Early Show" he feels badly for 160 million Americans, whom he called "innocent bystanders." He says the House should pass the same bill that cleared the Senate "but put a year on it" and send it back.

McCain says in the CBS interview, "This is really tragic for the American people, and I would say that next November, no incumbent is safe, nor should they be."


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  • by US on Dec 26, 2011 at 06:43 AM
    All the people that areposting here must be the only people in the country that are on all recent polls concerning Congress , the GOP and the Tax Reformist, and The TEA PARTY.Congress 9-11 per cent approval rating...the WORST IN THE HISTORY of our country since these people have stage an "occupy congress DC". Someone needs to tell them they are Congressmen, they are doing a sit-it on themselves and the US. Dummies ! LOL
  • by troy on Dec 23, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    This is nothing new,Everybody already new they were going to wait till the last second to pull this card.Those who watch and see thus learn,see way out side the box.We have been watching you all pull the same tricks year after year.To predictable to be true!If this is the GOP's Ace in hole,we got a Royal flush!!He has answered this many many times.Simple he did not wright them.The most he may be guilty of is lack of over site of these mailings.He trusted his editor at a time he was working as a OYGBN" Obstetrics, Gynecology".It was a time he was very busy.Some times truth is just that simple.Look we knew this was coming.It just shows how weak the GOP really is.To have to pull out something around 20 years old.And that's the best you got on him?I can smell trouble in the air.You guys are kidding your self.A news letter he didn't even write or even know who did.It first came to his attention a few years later.later.He answered it many times.He served this Country 16 years after these news letters were brought up.The best you got!Really,seriously and you banked it all on this?The American people are not fools.I tell you what you can keep your trip Aces all three of a kind!We are going to take the odd man out to the White House.How organization, organization,organization.Sit back and watch!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:48 PM
    Ummmmmm What happened to all the Right Wing Tro//s? (Crickets in the background)
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Re: Ron Paul...a racist??? I thought I was watching an episode of "To Catch A Predator", the way he took off when he got busted. Ron Paul walked away, leaving his chance to explain and his Presidenti­al hopes behind him...This will be an issue. Wait until the spot light hits him, nowhere to hide.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:05 PM
    Democrats ought to develop at least one commercial that vividly calls out Republican­s working both sides of an issue .... supporting­, then whacking on it if Mr. Obama pushes it as well, or flipping over to the non-suppor­t side .... either form of flip flop is worth reminding voters about .... there could be a contest for the fastest hypocritic­al self-contr­adiction by a Republican candidate .... with both Newt and Willard actively campaignin­g, there will be ample material for the project.
  • by Ron Paul ...a racist??? you be the judge. on Dec 23, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    Re: Ron Paul lack of coverage, I have a feeling he is going to get "A LOT OF COVERAGE" based on his involvement with a publication from his past. Just like Herman Cain past, it is not going to just go away. http://www.salon.com/2011/12/22/ron_paul_and_his_racist_newsletters/singleton/#comments
  • by Dick the "BullDog" Brower on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    The GOP doesn't need to worry about Obama! HE WILL BE BACK! The middleclas­s are smartening up FINALLY.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    Let's all save some money by voting all the GOP out. Let's do away with their staff, their pensions and their lifetime healthcare­. Make them work for a living for a change.
  • by troy on Dec 23, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    To witn ty 7, Let me start by saying I started watching witn about 20 years ago.After switching from wnct ty 9. In 2008 I was very disappointed in what seemed to be media bias in the coverage of Dr.Ron Paul. Here we are again but this time, to say he is not as news worthy as the others in this race is unforgivable. I truly believe this comes from way over your head on the corporate ladder.Big wigs pulling their strings. Bias can not be denied.To do so only undermines 20 years of credibility once garnished to witn. I'm not mad or being ugly.I am sad,Integrity within news reporters have been diminished. Trust and respect are the most critical relationships between reporters and their audience. After 20 years it almost feels as if your news family becomes apart of my family.Even though Allot do come and go.It's hard to let family go.It is very disturbing to watch all the creditably these people have spent their entire careers trying to build diminish at no fault of their own.They are not choosing to not report Ron Paul's surge in Iowa.It's coming from the top.There is no mention of this huge ground breaking story on your website.It's sad, this movement is real.When it happens there will be no reporters left with any integrity to even document it!Our history will be lost. Nobody seems to get it in this context as I share with you. However real people see the media bias against Ron Paul.That"s all their talking about.The worst of is not even the bias. It is just it is so blatant,in your face.It is a insult. Feels like a insult. Like we are to stupid to see. It is sad in a great many ways! Thank you for your time, Sad in Winterville, Troy
  • by Ha Ha Ha on Dec 23, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    If the G-OOPS listened to the American people like they promised they would have gone along with the surtax on the second million of income (which the American people support) as a means to pay for the full 12 months and this whole deal would have been done without needing the two month extension.
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