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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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  • s c

    McCain doesn’t know when to speak up (unless he’s brown-nosing the media), and he doesn’t know when to shut up. If McCain gave a damn, he’d make it clear to the Clown-in-Chief that whatever else he is, he’s no Commander-in-Chief.
    Obummer doesn’t need to remind him that he (McCain) waged a campaign with one hand behind his back and his mind in neutral. He even pulled a Perot-syle stunt.
    On the other hand, Obummer is still on the campaign trail. AND, he waited a YEAR before he could cough up some parts of a healthcare plan. When he said he’d ‘hit the ground running,’ he meant he’d be running the country into the ground – via one-way poverty.
    Mr. Prez, don’t waste our time whining that a majority wasn’t enough for you to lay waste to America. Do us a big favor, and resign. Chicago
    needs you. America doesn’t need you, and America can’t afford you.

  • JeffH

    s c, well said and I might add that the mighty one conducted himself like a grade schooler. You, Mr. President, were out of line, and yes Mr. President, it is you who only know how to campaign. You certainly don’t know flip about being a leader.

  • michael cheaney

    sour grapes over losing the election,can we just do some thing with health care that will help the american public.

  • John Carville

    Perhaps someone should remind POTUS that he is not – repeat, IS NOT – the final authority. He is just the foreman on the job. Congress is the Board of Directors.

  • Joe H.

    Hey, somebody help Michael over here, he doesn’t have insurance and wants to use your money to get some, ANYBODY???? sorry Dude I tried!!!

  • Loella F.Barilleau

    WERE POLITIANS ALWAYS SO BAD OR DID THEY JUST GET BAD AS THE YEARS PASSED….HONESTY IS MISSING FROM 90% OF THEIR CHATTER

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