From AP Political Writer, Rob Fournier:
Later, the senator outlined his position on the Senate immigration debate, saying tougher border enforcement must be accompanied by guest-worker provisions that give illegal immigrants a legal path toward citizenship.
Murmurs from the crowd turned to booing. "Pay a decent wage!" one audience member shouted. McCain curtly threatened to cut the speech short, which quieted the crowd.
In the speech, McCain also argued that withdrawing U.S. troops prematurely from Iraq would turn terrorists loose on the United States.
That's when one audience member unleashed the barnyard epithet.
McCain got another laugh when he finished the speech and asked whether anybody had "questions, comments or insults." One audience member obliged with a pointed question on his immigration plan.
McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.
Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain's job offer.
"I'll take it!" one man shouted.
McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. "You can't do it, my friends."
Wow. Does he actually believe the BS he spouts? Does he earn so much a year these days that $50/hr seems like a pitance? Does he not know that it roughly would be $100k/yr if it was a year round employment and if it was only a season it would still be more than many people make in a year?McCain is out of touch and he's been sacrificing way too much of what made him an appealling candidate in order to appeal to the mainstream RNC constituency. He's supporting Bush more and more. He's supporting the guest worker program. He's supported Governor Schwarzenegger. McCain made all sweet and friendly with Jerry Falwell, for Christ's sake (pun/irony intended).
Which makes another quote from Mr. Fournier's article so apropos:
Arnold SchwarzeneggerIt began with a chorus of boos when McCain mentioned his support of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger a fellow Republican. Shrugging off the reaction, McCain said somebody came up to him at the Schwarzenegger event and said:
"Do people tell you look like John McCain?"
"Yes, they do."
"Doesn't that make you madder than hell?"
You know...at this point...I'd deck anyone who said I look like John McCain. He went from hero to insult...and all, ironically, in an attempt to try to broaden his appeal. Serves him right...because no sellout deserves better, no matter what they may have done for their country in the past.