McCain: Cruz's Nazi Comparison 'Over the Line'

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 06:33 PM

By Greg Richter

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When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, compared people with John McCain's views to World War II appeasers of Nazis, he wasn't pleased.

"I fought on the floor when it really mattered, when I thought we could beat it," McCain told Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto on Wednesday.

John McCain has served in Congress since 1983, first in the House, and in the Senate since 1987.

"So I will take a backseat to no one in my opposition," he added. "In 2012, I spent two months traveling this country saying we've got to repeal and replace Obamacare."

Cruz spent 21 hours on the Senate floor overnight Tuesday in a marathon speech urging the Senate to pass the House's bill to defund the Affordable Care Act while maintaining funding for the rest of the government.

With a lot of time to fill, Cruz stretched out every subject he covered for as long as possible. He read bedtime stories to his children and repeated quotes from the TV show "Duck Dynasty."

So when he decided to mention Republicans who don't support his tactic to defund Obamacare, a need for words, and perhaps weariness, were certain to combine to have him say something that would anger someone.

"If you go to the 1940s, Nazi Germany," Cruz said in his speech. "Look, we saw in Britain, Neville Chamberlain, who told the British people, 'Accept the Nazis. Yes, they'll dominate the continent of Europe but that's not our problem. Let's appease them. Why? Because it can't be done. We can't possibly stand against them.'"

Cavuto pointed out to McCain that Cruz had mentioned "pundits" in his comparison to Nazi appeasers, and not politicians. But McCain said he can be a pundit, too, and he wouldn't let the comment stand without responding.

"We have a significant disagreement. That doesn't mean we have to be disagreeable," McCain said. "But when people are compared to appeasers to the Nazis in World War II over an issue of healthcare, then I have to say, wait a minute, that's just over the line."

McCain has previously apologized for calling Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, "wacko birds."

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