McCain Caught Playing Online Poker ... During Syria Hearings
Senator laughs it off, says hearings were nearly 4 hours in
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2013 6:47 PM CDT
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(Newser) – This might make it a little trickier for John McCain to sound so serious next time he's warning about the huge consequences at stake in Syria: Photographer Melina Mara of the Washington Post snapped a photo of him playing online poker during today's Syria hearings on Capitol Hill. You can see it here. The camera doesn't lie, and McCain isn't even attempting to get evasive: "Scandal! Caught playing iPhone game at 3+ hour Senate hearing - worst of all I lost!" he tweeted after the photo started making the rounds, notes MSNBC.

He elaborated later on CNN:

  • "As much as I like to always listen with rapt attention constantly (to) remarks of my colleagues over a three and a half period, occasionally I get a little bored and so I resorted. But the worst thing about it is I lost thousands of dollars in this game." He quickly added that it was fake money.

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Barbara Kemp
Oct 9, 2014 11:33 AM CDT
It might have been play money to him but it was the tax payers money he was really wasting. Wonder if you could get away with this while an employer was paying you to pay attention. NOT?
Sep 4, 2013 9:08 PM CDT
It's their job to pay attention to what's going on, not to goof around.
Sep 4, 2013 5:59 PM CDT
Scumbag! THIS is the man who wanted to be our president?! A man with that kind of attention span?