Now that the battle over the stimulus bill is over, John McCain has one request for President Obama: Veto it. “We fought a good fight,” the Arizona senator conceded on Fox News Sunday, saying the $410 billion bill would likely pass the Senate despite those efforts. McCain also called the Rush Limbaugh fracas “a distraction.” Other Republicans on the Sunday dial joined in decrying the obsession with Limbaugh:
- On CBS's Face the Nation, John Boehner accused the White House of creating the Rush flap to "divert people's attention from the spending binge they've been on the last six weeks."
- And Newt Gingrich dismissed Limbaugh as just "an interesting radio personality" on NBC's Meet the Press. "He's not the leader of the Republican party," the former House speaker said.
- Eric Cantor told CNN that President Obama's imminent undoing of stem cell research restrictions was intended to distract attention from the economy.
- Richard Shelby and McCain aren't bothered by the potential collapse of major US banks. Shelby pointed to Citigroup, which has “always been a problem child," the Republican senator said on ABC's This Week.