There was growing buzz over the weekend that a bipartisan agreement on gun control — a deal that would expand background checks — could hit the floor as early as this week. However, any deal could be derailed by the looming threat of a Republican filibuster involving Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. With Cruz standing proudly in the way of any gun legislation, Democrats are trying to make him pay a political price — and even a couple of high-profile Republicans are questioning his tactics.
McCain´s comment on Cruz´ threatened filibuster is based on most Americans not knowing what a filibuster actually is. When the topic comes up remember to tell people what a filibuster is. A filibuster is one or more Senators refusing to allow the Senate to END discussion of a bill and vote on it. Traditionally the reason for a filibuster was because one or more Senators believed that there were still aspects of a bill that had not been adequately discussed. Senator McCain said that Senator Cruz´ statement that he would not be willing to allow debate on the bill to end until he was satisfied that every Senator (and their constituents) understood what they were voting was foolish because the Senate was about debate.
I voted for Sen Cruz and contributed my hard earned money to his campaign. So far he is doing the job I, and other Texans, sent him to the senate to do. We don´t think the country needs any new federal gun laws and we don´t want any.
“I don’t understand it,” McCain said. “What are we afraid of?…
Sad, but it may take another filibuster, or more, to explain the importance of the 2nd Amendment to Senator McCain and some others who don´t seem to understand. However, the most comprehensive and articulate of explanations just don´t seem to be enough to make some people understand.
John McCain should know better. "I don´t understand" why he doesn´t, which leads me to believe he understands perfectly well and chooses to side with those who are out to "fundamentally change" America. (How do you compromise with someone who has told you their intentions to destroy this country as we know it?)
Thank God for Senator Ted Cruz and the few, and hopefully growing number, of others in DC who are willing to still stand for the Constitution of the United States of America and the liberty and freedoms bequeathed to us by our Founders and Framers.
Sarah must have had a very bad day when she endorsed juan mccain over J. D. Hayworth. Would he have won his seat if not for that? Sarah, one mistake but we in Texas are most grateful to you for your support of Sen. Ted. He is what we once hoped for senior juan. Unfortunately, senior juan will never be the man Ted Cruz is. This government is not for you, you horse´s patootie It belongs to WTP and WTP are becoming mighty perturbed at your shenanigans. What´s your game juan? just a little jealous of the new man on the block?
Senator Cruz was elected by Texas and he is doing what his people expect him to do. That is his job. If only the rest of the sloths down there knew what their job was ? Especially the campaigner in chief.
I think Sen. Ted Cruz dislikes the Obama team and His Majesty and isn´t afraid of any of them. McCain should just come out and tell the world he is a democrat! That´s all he ever represents. Go away and retire, your time is up.
McCain and the WH just don´t get it do they? They ignore the 2014 tidal wave at their own peril. I don´t live in the great state of Texas, but I sure can appreciate the effort that Sen. Cruz is making on the behalf of my Country. Sic ´em Senator and filibuster their pants off.
The reason for the filibuster was because early on was talk of only an up or down vote, no debate! There has been enough of sidestepping the Constitution to date. We need those Senators like Cruz, Lee, Paul and the other 10 who have signed onto the letter to Reid to Stand Firm. The gun bill and immigration they want shoved down the throats of the citizens just like obamacare AND you know how wonderful obamacare is for all.
Could the people of Arizona impeach him please...funny Mc runs as a conservative..gets elected and is a full 10000000% dem...Mc is the reason people stop giving to the rnc...the man is beyond belief....do a poll, Cruz will win by a landslide compared to Mc.
Sarah Palin could end this for us. She could "disown" McCain. This would nullify all the RINOs, and all the cheese eating collaboration. Imagine RINOs nullified. Or imagine McCain and Lindsey in their new Goering uniforms. They do. Imagine Sibelius in hers, holding that riders crop. Imagine your kids singing the new song of the "Reich" in Sunday School: "Freedom -- what is it good for?" I can imagine Palin "disowning" McCain. No she doesn´t want his suicde on her hands. But I can imagine her executive producing a movie. "Red Dawn" with a little Ezekial 38 thrown in, about a country not found in the Bible because its Christless government and once great people were sent a great Delusion to believe, and went mad.
Serious question: Did John McCain accomplish anything during his military career, other than losing airplanes?
His father and grandfather both made the rank of admiral, which explains his acceptance into Annapolis, but neither one of them is ever mentioned in a history book either. I think we are dealing with a man of average to no talent here.
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Robert E, 4/8/2013 9:45:08 PM (No. 9266123)
Sen Cruz is the template for the future of the Republican party....... I don´t understand why the entire party doesn´t stand behind him.... it´s time we called these boobs out and supported more men and women like Mr. Cruz......
I don´t want to hear another lecture from a republican on this board about supporting their presidential candidates. John McCain is an embarrassment as a senator and would not have been appreciably different from zippy as president. Thanks professional republicans for giving us this as the only option to a Marxist.
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