McCain: Bachmann Reminds Me of ... Obama

Her refusal to lift the debt ceiling is misguided, he says
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2011 3:20 PM CDT
John McCain: Michele Bachmann Is Acting Like Then-Senator Obama Did on Debt Ceiing
John McCain thinks the McConnell plan might be the best way out.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

(Newser) – This probably hurts more than any Jon Stewart video: John McCain compares Michele Bachmann to President Obama of all people in an interview with the National Review. “There are Republicans who are committed, like Michele Bachmann, to vote against raising the debt limit under any circumstances,” he says. She is acting “sort of like Senator Obama did,” says McCain, referring to Obama's refusal in 2006 to do so.

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McCain says he likes his fellow Republicans' "zeal and fervor," but they must understand that a default would be disastrous for the country in general and the GOP in particular because it would give Obama “total victory” in 2012. It's time for a deal, and the Mitch McConnell plan might be the best option at this point, he says. “If I were Boehner and Cantor, I’d get one of our highly respected Republican pollsters to come over and brief them,” he says. “Right now, we’re not winning the battle.” Click for the full interview. (Read more John McCain stories.)

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