Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) opened a can of maverick on Friday during an appearance on Fox News, repeatedly reminding the host that the government shutdown was brought about by the GOP-led effort to halt the Affordable Care Act.
Anchor Martha MacCallum asked McCain about the White House’s handling of the suspension of death benefits to military families. The Arizona Senator explained that while the Obama administration deserves blame, it was however, a GOP-induced shutdown that caused the problem in the first place.
He said, “Let’s have a little straight talk, Martha. [The administration] wouldn’t have had the opportunity to handle it that way if we had not shut down the government on a fool’s errand that we were not going to accomplish. The whole premise of shutting down the government was the repeal of Obamacare. I fought against Obamacare harder than any of the people who wanted to shut down the government.”
TPM reports, “McCain’s appearance on Fox came shortly after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), the leader of the movement to defund the health care law, spoke at the Values Voter Summit.”
The interview closed with McCain rattling off a number of proposals that are “achievable” for Republicans.
“Defunding Obamacare is not one of them,” he said emphatically.
“Well, we’ll see,” MacCallum said, prompting sarcastic laughter from the senator.
“I guarantee it,” McCain said. “Not only will you see, I guarantee it.”
MacCallum is grasping at the notion that defunding Obamacare is within reach. It’s not going to happen.