Friday, September 06, 2013

McCain Berated Over Syria At Arizona Town Halls

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was grilled at a pair of town halls Thursday in Arizona by constituents who expressed strident opposition to military intervention in Syria.

McCain, one of the most vocal oppoents for military action in Syria, was berated at two events held in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz. In Phoenix, McCain was shouted down angrily by a man.

"You don't respect our view," the man yelled. "We didn't send you to get war for us! We sent you to stop the war!"

"What you're doing, sir, is not just disrespectful to me but you're disrespectful to others who would like their opinion and their views heard," McCain told the man.

A woman there urged McCain to search for a diplomatic solution in Syria, telling the senator that "we cannot afford to shed more Syrian blood." The woman's mention of the word "diplomacy" prompted McCain to raise his eyebrows. At one point during the Phoenix event, a man stood next to McCain while holding a sign that read, "Don't Bomb Syria!!!"

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