Sen. John McCain expressed chagrin about Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s argument with President Barack Obama on an airport tarmac last week but nonetheless defended her attempts to highlight immigration policies.
“I’m concerned about whenever there’s a situation that evolves like that,” the Arizona Republican said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It doesn’t help the president. Doesn’t help our governor.”
McCain defended Brewer by saying the Republican governor had a “legitimate point” to make over the president’s immigration policies.
“He has been to Arizona on many occasions,” McCain said. “He’s never been to the U.S.-Arizona border where Fast and Furious took place, where we had a Border Patrol agent killed, where we’ve got drugs are flowing into Arizona, into Phoenix, and around the country.
“So, let’s invite the president down on this whole immigration issue but securing the border . . . The cartels have people sitting on mountaintops in Arizona, guiding the drug runners up to Phoenix, which are distributed all over the country. It’s a big issue with our governor, and it should be.”
Some officials and pundits have criticized Brewer for the dispute, in which Obama was objecting to her characterization of a White House meeting with him in her political memoir. They contend that she was disrespectful to the president when she pointed her finger at him.
For her part, Brewer later said on a Phoenix radio talk show: "He was somewhat thin-skinned and a little tense to say the least."
As for pointing her figure, she said, "I was trying to be very calm. The picture is interesting, I don't remember doing that."
Also during the “Meet the Press” interview, McCain condemned the Supreme Court for allowing corporately funded super PACS to exist.
“On both sides, we have these incredible amounts of money,” he said. “And I guarantee you there will be a scandal. There is too much money washing around politics. And it’s making parties irrelevant, by the way.”
McCain also questioned the source of funds in the super PACs.
“It’s going to be a scandal that has to do with foreign money,” he said. “It has a scandal to do with the way that it was raised.”
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