McCain, Graham Slam Paul's 'Ridiculous' Filibuster
Republican senators call it a cheap political stunt
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2013 1:05 PM CST
In this Feb. 14, 2013, photo, John McCain talks with Lindsey Graham on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Rand Paul may be winning praise for his Senate filibuster, but two of his Republican colleagues hated it. John McCain and Lindsey Graham took to the Senate floor themselves today to criticize the talk-a-thon, with McCain calling it "ridiculous" and Graham arguing that it "cheapened" the debate on drones, reports the Hill.

  • McCain: He took particular exception to Paul's rhetorical question about whether the US might drop a missile on Jane Fonda for disagreeing with government policy. "To infer that the president is going to kill someone like Jane Fonda or someone who disagrees with him is simply ridiculous. If someone is an enemy combatant, that enemy combatant has nowhere to hide, not even in a cafe.”

  • Graham: “This president is not going to use a drone against an innocent person sitting at a cafe because it would be illegal. It would be murder.” Graham also called out Republicans who helped Paul keep the filibuster moving. “I don’t remember any of you fellow Republicans coming down here and saying President [George W.] Bush was going to kill anyone with a drone. But we had a drone program back then ... so what is it that’s got you so spun up now?”

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Mar 8, 2013 8:24 AM CST
McCain, Graham have one foot in the grave, the other on one of Obama's errent banana peels.
Mar 8, 2013 7:53 AM CST
This is the only time I agree with MccCain and Graham. Rand Paul is a coo-coo who needs to comb his hair and STHU, or know what he is talking about.
Mar 8, 2013 3:39 AM CST
Levin and Mc Cain cooked up the Silent Filibuster. Both these clowns were able to get the votes in the Senate to continue the Silent Filibuster for the 2013 Congress. Levin had a chance to support going back to only a Talking Filibuster,but no, Levin thinks he knows more then the American voters do. Levin if you read this comment,I say shame on you Mr. Levin. Maybe you will retire to Arizona and live happily ever after with your other Senate obstructionist, Mc Cain. The Silent Filibuster is making a mockery of the American voters. I commend Rand Paul for using the Talking Filibuster! He did not hide from the U.S. Voters, like most of the rest of the Senators do. I do not agree with a lot of Paul's views, but I do agree we need only Talking Filibusters in the Senate, I do support a 60% vote to stop debate in a Filibuster. All voters deserve to know why a Senator is Filibustering. The Silent Filibuster has been used over 350 times in the last 4 years, a Filibuster of any kind was used only 68 times for over 200 years before Obama. No wonder we voters have utter contempt for Congress.