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Obama And McCain Get Personal, Clash Over Healthcare Reform

March 4, 2010 by  

Obama and McCain get personal, clash over healthcare reformDiscussions between President Obama and Senator John McCain became heated during Thursday’s healthcare summit, culminating with the commander-in-chief reminding the Arizona Republican that he is no longer campaigning for the nation’s top leadership position.

In the middle of the debate over healthcare policy reform, McCain slammed Democratic leaders for allowing special deals to be inserted into the Senate’s version of the bill, including special "carve-outs" that won over many moderate Democrats, convincing them to vote along party lines.

The veteran senator also blasted Obama for his of lack of transparency in creating the piece of legislation.

"In fact, eight times you said that negotiations on healthcare reform would be conducted with the C-SPAN cameras," said McCain. "I’m glad more than a year later that they are here."

Obama tried to interject more than once, but McCain went on for several more minutes.

After he had finished, Obama responded, "Let me just make this point, John, because we’re not campaigning anymore. The election’s over."

"Well, I’m reminded of that every day," McCain replied, causing an eruption of laughter in the room.
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