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October 4, 2015

McCain Warns NRSC Against Using Immigration Votes Against Dems

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., warned Republican campaign operatives not to use Democrats’ support for an immigration overhaul against them in 2014, saying the party should “look back” at previous electoral failures with Hispanic voters and “re-evaluate what they are saying.”

The Senate on Thursday approved major immigration law changes that were authored in part by McCain.

In a story reported by The Hill earlier Thursday, a National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman said vulnerable, red state Democrats who voted “yes” on immigration would be imperiling their re-election chances. The Capitol Hill newspaper quoted NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring as saying that those in-cycle Democrats are “more loyal to Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama than they are to middle-class men and women struggling in their home states.”

Fourteen Republicans voted to approve a bipartisan immigration reform framework negotiated by eight senators, including one Republican up for re-election, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

“Well, all I can say is maybe they ought to look back at what happened in 2012 and 2008 with the Hispanic voter, and then maybe they ought to re-evaluate what they are saying,” McCain told reporters after the vote when he was informed of the NRSC statement. “There are plenty of issues that separate Republicans and Democrats, but I don’t think [this is one, given] that a majority of Americans — 70 or 80 percent, depending on which polls you judge by — are in favor of what we are trying to do.”

Though The Hill’s report said the NRSC did not plan a “major focus” on immigration in its campaign strategy, the on-the-record statement painting supporters of the bill as beholden to the president and Schumer — a former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chairman — could put Republican supporters of the bill, like Graham, in the awkward spot of falling into that same category.

Last month, the NRSC posted a video ad to attract donors called “Yes,” highlighting supporters of the immigration bill and touting the parties willingness to pass legislation.

If the NRSC does decide to use the Democrats’ immigration votes against them, it wouldn’t be the first time a party committee seemed to be at odds with itself. In 2008, Schumer used anger over the Wall Street bailout against Republicans who voted for it, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. And many Democrats who ran against incumbents that year — including current Sen. Al Franken, Minn. — also criticized their Republican opponent for voting to rescue the financial industry.

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: Dayspring e-mails to offer the following statement: “The NRSC hasn’t engaged on the issue or a national effort about the legislation and has no plans to. This isn’t a policy discussion, rather it is about the politics for three vulnerable Democratic Senators whom, according to public polling, face an uphill climb.  Voters in each state will decide whether their Senator’s votes represented their views.”

McCain’s warnings, even if the NRSC does not target specifically on immigration votes, are not without meaning to other outside groups who could weigh in at any time. We’ve reported previously and repeatedly the concerns held by top Republicans about losing control of their message to these groups, so even if the NRSC chooses not to engage, others could do so.


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  1. lisalake

    June 27, 2013
    6:28 p.m.

    FU @SenJohnMccain. No one is listening.

    • Pamela

      June 27, 2013
      6:34 p.m.

      The way, most Americans feel toward McCain right now.

    • AUDREY

      June 28, 2013
      11:32 a.m.


  2. Grumpy

    June 27, 2013
    7:39 p.m.

    LOL Not sure how to break this to John-boy, I’ve personally had dozens of people tell me they’ve already changed their voter registration from Republican to Libertarian, Independent, NPA and TEA.. Because of McCain and Rubio

    If the pattern continues, about all that will be left of the party next year will be Rove, Jeb Bush, John McCain, Marco Rubio, Lindsay Graham, their LaRaza and Chamber of Commerce buddies.

    • 1950semperfi

      June 28, 2013
      8:31 a.m.

      Grumpy:: As a long time voter and supporter of the GOP I will change my voter reg. to independent I also called my Rep and told him if the House passes any thing like the senate bill don’t call me for any donations.This bill is a joke and Rubio shot himself in the foot with his vote. How stupid can they be to believe Schumer and the Democrats

      • Grumpy

        June 28, 2013
        8:40 a.m.

        If they find themselves without a base, maybe they’ll start to figure it out..

        I’m about to publish a Marco Rubio Pink slip in the forums on my website – so people can copy, print and mail..

      • AUDREY

        June 28, 2013
        11:29 a.m.


  3. Miller51550

    June 27, 2013
    11:46 p.m.

    Rino McCain is showing his TRUE COLORS.

    And it is not the War Hero from Vietnam.. that is coming out.

    He is more concerned about his LEGACY than what is GOOD FOR AMERICA

    Ask him IF HE READ and understood the bill.

  4. George Alvarez

    June 28, 2013
    8 a.m.

    Hey old man, time to retire, you outlasted your stay, you need to be put out to pasture with all the other RINO”S!

  5. john_freeman0130

    June 28, 2013
    8:30 a.m.

    McCain should be worrying about the white voters the Republicans have lost. Many, myself included, will be eyeing third-party candidates.

  6. Onepoint

    June 28, 2013
    8:34 a.m.

    Hell, we are going to use it against you McAmnesty. So I wouldn’t worry so much over how its going to used on the Dems.


    June 28, 2013
    11:26 a.m.



    June 28, 2013
    11:38 a.m.


    • Richard Cotromano

      June 29, 2013
      9:41 a.m.

      You are right-on.This bill negates everything else,it’s game over if if the traitors behind this bill get their way.All the soldiers that died and were injured fighting for this country will be in vain!We have to band together and stop it all cost!

  9. Deserttrek

    June 28, 2013
    11:51 a.m.

    agree with comments by others, as for the house, lets’ all be careful, I don’t trust bohener any more than mccain or goober graham. we are going to bescrewed by the elite, its just a question of how much and how soon.

    as a side note I left the gop when newt was all about family this and that over individual rights.

  10. Cecelia Henderson

    June 29, 2013
    11:20 a.m.

    From the articles and polls I reviewed, the 60%-70% rating were for a path to citizenship only with “border security”. Mr. McCain, you no longer speak for the majority. You’re acting like some kind of Hispanic savior, but you’re not listening to them. American Hispanics wanted a secure border, a path to citizenship, protection for the immigrates that are legally in line, No where did I see that any Americans wanted or expected pork, subsidized cars, waived/exempt criminal offenses, immediate benefits/welfare, tax/obamacare favoritism for employers to hire illegals over Americans or any other favoritisms offered to the new immigrants. If the illegals want to live in America, they need to take the good and the bad just like the rest of us. Since when do you get to side with the illegals over the rights and wishes of Americans? Americans expect “fair” and you haven’t been offering a “fair” Immigration Plan. I hope you lose the next election. You’re allegiance has changed and you no longer speak for the majority.

  11. 1tymtrvlr

    June 29, 2013
    2:59 p.m.

    I have already changed my political affiliation to Independent, or Constitutional American Independent. mcsame is a liberal marxist as$clown, dances to the welfare beat. Not one of these morons are citing fact that amnesty will cost the American taxpayer $6.3 trillion dollars. mcsame thinks if he kisses the illegal parasites’ arses that they will vote for him. he is the best example other than obama as to what is really wrong with the country. He is also a defeatist, he retreats at the cost of those he is suppose to protect.

  12. giatny

    June 29, 2013
    9:26 p.m.

    This man must stop pretending to be a Republican. Newsflash: the Dems are
    already slandering Republicans for not giving the illegals free health care
    and all federal benefits in McCain’s corrupt bill. The GOP is officially dead
    with McCain supplying the final push. The stupidity of the GOP gives me
    headaches. The only choice America is left with is between tyranny or stupidity.

    • Mindy Robinson

      June 30, 2013
      4:05 a.m.

      Or forcefully clean house. Are we really going to just roll over and play dead? Will you really just let them destroy this nation and the future of all generations? I won’t.

  13. Layla

    June 30, 2013
    5:58 p.m.

    John McCain is selling out his country.

  14. Jack White

    July 23, 2013
    9:44 p.m.

    When will this senile old fool switch parties already?

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