McCain: Fox News 'Schizophrenic,' Tea Party a 'Concern'

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Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 11:53 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Fox News is "schizophrenic" on immigration and the tea party is limiting what the Republican Party can accomplish in Congress, Sen. John McCain said.

In a wide-ranging interview with The New Republic, the Arizona Republican reflected on how Fox News has covered the immigration debate.

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"I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic. I saw a guy on 'Hannity,' maybe 'Huckabee,' and the guy said, 'You know, the Chinese are coming across our border, and they are going to commit cyberattacks.'… Honest to God," McCain said.

McCain also reflected on the influence of the tea party in Congress, saying he's concerned about the impact its members are having on the ability of Republicans to get things done.

He said the tea party group "sometimes doesn't want to take up a bill and at other times blocks a bill because they can't get all the amendments they want."

During the interview, McCain praised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, describing her as having "rock star" status.

"I think she did a fine job. She's a rock star. She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," McCain said.

He even suggested he'd consider supporting Clinton for president in 2016, if the matchup was against Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a tea party favorite.

"It’s gonna be a tough choice," McCain laughed.


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