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04/19/2007


Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake Urge Brewer Veto of Arizona Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

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"I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062," Arizona Senator John McCain tweeted this morning, joining his colleague Senator Jeff Flake who tweeted a nearly identical message over the weekend.

Brewer spoke about the bill with CNN on Friday:

“Well, it’s a very controversial piece of legislation. We know that. We know that it’s failed in a lot of states across the country. ... I’ve been reading about it on the Internet and I will make my decision some time before ... by next Friday ... if I do decide to sign it. But it’s very controversial, so I’ve got to get my hands around it.”


John McCain Compares ENDA to 'Busing', Says it Might Lead to 'Reverse Discrimination'

Despite the fact that his wife is petitioning him to do so, it appears unlikely that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will be swayed to a'yes' vote on ENDA, the Huffington Post reports:

MccainWhen asked what lingering concerns he had about backing ENDA, McCain replied, "Whether it imposes quotas, whether it has reverse discrimination, whether it has the kinds of provisions that really preserve equal rights for all citizens or, like for example, busing. Busing was done in the name of equality. Busing was a failure. Quotas were a failure. A lot of people thought they were solutions. They weren't. They bred problems."

Polls show that a majority of Americans support making it illegal to fire LGBT individuals, and young voters -- including Republicans -- are more supportive of gay rights than older voters.

Yet McCain insisted young people would share his concerns about the legislation.

"I think the young people know we do not need reverse discrimination, they don't believe in quotas and they don't believe in some of the programs we saw in the name of racial equality implemented in the past which turned out to be counterproductive," he said. "Ask people in Boston if busing turned out to be a good idea."


Cindy McCain Petitions John McCain to Support ENDA

MccainAn HRC organizer nabbed Cindy McCain at a Staples in Phoenix, and got her to sign a petition on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and send it to her husband, the Washington Post reports:

Arizona is a key state, since activists are targeting both McCain and his fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Flake; McCain has opposed the bill in the past, while Flake has not voted on the issue since taking office in January...

...At the moment, it does not appear that Cindy McCain has changed her husband's mind. In an e-mail, McCain's spokesman Brian Rogers wrote, "Senator McCain enjoys and appreciates having discussions on the important issues of the day with all the members of his family, and he respects their views."

Some bigots are really hard to turn.


John McCain Rips Russia and its Anti-Gay Laws in Op-Ed Putin Never Sees, is Mocked on Kimmel: VIDEO

Earlier this month, after Russian President Vladimir Putin penned a NYT op-ed intended to meddle with American minds over the Syrian conflict, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) vowed to publish his own in the iconic Russian newspaper Pravda.

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"(Putin) is not enhancing Russia's global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world..."

McCain, who has never been one to stand up for LGBT rights, also shockingly slammed Russia's anti-gay laws:

"They write laws to codify bigotry against people whose sexual orientation they condemn. They throw the members of a punk rock band in jail for the crime of being provocative and vulgar and for having the audacity to protest President Putin's rule."

Unfortunately, McCain's diatribe did not reach his intended audience, for it was published in Pravda.ru, an online site, and not the well-known paper.

Politicker reports:

Pravda.ru, the news outlet that actually published McCain’s piece, is an electronic news website founded in 1999. Even though the website also bears the name Pravda, it is not connected to Pravda newspaper. The website has English and Russian editions and covers everything from politics to fashion and celebrities.

While editors at the communist Pravda publication said last week they were not going to accept an op-ed by McCain, a spokesman for the senator said McCain submitted one anyway, in addition to Pravda.ru, since there was confusion over the two different Pravdas. As expected, it was not published by the newspaper.

Putin said Thursday in a press conference he was not aware of McCain’s opinion piece about Russia.

McCain also received a sound mocking from Jimmy Kimmel last night.

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Jon Stewart Responds to the Syria Crisis, McCain's Poker-Playing Response: VIDEO

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Jon Stewart hilariously shredded Senator John McCain last night for playing a game of iPhone poker during the Syria intervention hearings, but mostly just threw his arms up at the Groundhog Deja Clusterf**k of it all.

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John McCain Calls Out Islamophobic FOX News Commentary: VIDEO

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Senator John McCain (R-AZ) had some words with FOX News' Brian Kilmeade after Kilmeade freaked out over Syrian opposition groups' use of the phrase "Allah Akbar".

Said McCain:

“Would you have a problem with an American person saying 'Thank God? Thank God?' That’s what they're saying. Come on! Of course they're Muslims, but they're moderates and I guarantee you that they are moderates. For someone to say 'Allah Akbar' is about as offensive as someone saying, 'Thank God'”

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