Rand Paul: John McCain, Lindsey Graham ‘parading’ as conservatives, need to be ‘called out’

by Diana Stancy Correll
October 18, 2017

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., slammed his colleagues in the Senate, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for “parading” as conservatives while opposing legislation that is not “conservative.”

“People like McCain and Graham, who parade as conservatives but are not really conservative, they need to be called out because they are bankrupting our country,” Paul said Tuesday.

Paul added that Graham was part of the “problem” in Washington, D.C., and has contributed to the national debt because of his willingness to increase military spending.

“Lindsey Graham wouldn’t know a conservative if he met one,” Paul, who is libertarian, said before wading into the debate on the rising national debt. “He’s never been a conservative. He’s probably a big part of why we have such a massive debt in this country.”

88 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • parthenon1 says:

    I feel certain McCain wont run again and Graham will have strong primary opponent. Susan Collins and Jeff Flake are others that need to be sent home as well lets hope the primary opponents of these people can clean house. Now is the time with the Democrat party so messed up and going far left they shouldnt be any trouble !

  • Dillon650 says:

    Vote out anyone with 3 terms or more. They have been holding America and it’s people Hostage long enough, decades of putting idiots in charge. Why should Congressmen / Congresswomen remain in power for decades, while the president only gets 2 terms? Doesn’t make much since.

  • metheoldsarge says:

    The voters in Arizona had a golden opportunity to dump RINO McCain and replace him with Kelli Ward in the 2016 State Primaries. They blew that big time. What were the voters in Arizona smoking when they sent him back to Washington? Hopefully they will not be smoking the same stuff and send Flake back to Washington Next year.

  • Tiger says:

    They have shown their colors and we all got the message as soon as Trump elected and during the campaigns. 2018 on the way.


    1. Rodney Steward says:

      We’re going to have a war before it’s over Tiger!!

      1. Retired says:

        Don’t forget a bucket of lard to keep the bore lubed and dip before loading it .

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          I need to kill a hog, hadn’t killed one in a while, fresh blood too!

          1. Retired says:

            You got it and save the blood in the freezer, that works as good as lard .

          2. Rodney Steward says:

            Exactly, it’s good fish bait too, it just don’t last long!! πŸ™‚

          3. Rodney Steward says:

            It seems you and run and dumb are having fun on our INS. that has been destroyed!

          4. Retired says:

            Our insurance system has been going down hill since the day of the HMO . In the EU national insurance has been available for a long time and it works . Just think of the money insurance co. would loose plus the market boys . I have seen drastic changes since the ACA , mainly medicine and what Dr. have to go through to justify treatments including lab work . I have one Dr. that speaks open about the hoops that have been created by the government . Then the Government can NOT figure out why the younger generations do not want that hassle and become Dr. .

          5. Rodney Steward says:

            One of my best friends is my Pharmacist, and he said that it would take years to ever straighten out our healthcare system, if then! And that Obama and his bunch covered every corner to destroy it, and it was meant to fail and be a Gov. run system like the rest of the world!

          6. Retired says:

            What a lot do not realize the ACA is affecting everyone of us no matter what insurance one has .

          7. Rodney Steward says:

            That’s a fact, it’s hurt mine bad!

          8. Retired says:

            Sad thing is the Media never reported on all those that got hurt thanks to the ACA .

          9. Rodney Steward says:

            Exactly, and the Dem. party is still running on it now!!

      2. Tiger says:

        We are already at war, the winner keeps this Republic.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          They’re determined to put restrictions on our weapons that will eventually lead to take away! I sent a nasty little message to the NRA yesterday on not to give in on anything! The Nevada shootout was a staged event! I still believe that Jesus Campos was one of the shooters!

          1. Tiger says:

            Won’t work, no way with what is happening in America today, no way. Besides they can’t disarm us while they are so secure, we the people will attack them sooner or later. They are not getting our guns.




          2. Rodney Steward says:

            “WOW” that was SUPER and well worth the time to watch, I got started and couldn’t stop watching this woman!! The greatest freedom in the world, if we can keep it!! She lived it Tiger, and I’m all in!! Thanks Girl as usual, you’re the best!! πŸ™‚

          3. Tiger says:

            Welcome my friend. She is not the only one who warned us, many Cubans did and others.

          4. Retired says:

            I had friends from the EU this summer and they could not comprehend that that my 13 year old Grand Daughter shot her first Buck the year before she got a Doe .

          5. Rodney Steward says:

            That’s great RT., I got my first at 11, and my wife has killed bigger Deer than I have! My family on both sides are all big hunters, women, kids, all of us and basically live off deer meat!! That was great, tell her Uncle Rod said he’s proud of her! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    2. Anouk says:

      Two rattlesnakes together! Soros the criminal, McCain the traitor.

      1. Tiger says:

        Too many snakes rattling their tails and making a mess of what Trump and the people want. The fun thing is this Hillary and Obama deal with Russia over the uranium is busting wide open and will spill onto the country like a tsunami and maybe, just maybe with the FBI agent who was the lead investigator, now going to talk these rats will be trapped and thrown overboard. I feel sure if the heat gets turned up on Lynch, Hillary, Billy and Obama they will disappear.

        When God is with you nobody can go against you.



    3. Ramon1710 . says:

      Someone airbrushed out the horns on Soro’s head.

      1. Tiger says:

        Is that possible?

  • kbfallon says:

    McCain should be passing the days with Pelosi in a rocking chair at the old politicians retirement home…and Graham sitting at his favorite stool at Murphy’s Tavern.

    1. Retired says:

      There should be a lot more joining them .

  • Tar Heel58 says:

    McCain, Flake, Graham and others are the Waters,Pelosi,Shummer of the GOP. Their an embarrassment to all true Conservatives.

  • Pete Bundy says:

    Time for the people in the various states to get rid of the RINO’s and get conservatives in their place. McCain, Graham, Collins, Flake and others need to be sent packing.

    1. Reasoned thinker says:

      Pete Bundy — I believe that the name “Rand Paul” should be added to that list!

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      2. Pete Bundy says:

        Paul does not claim to be a republican as he is libertarian

        1. Reasoned thinker says:

          Pete Bundy — Understood, but he is being ELECTED as a Republican, isn’t he? I actually live in Kentucky . . . and, of course, have voted for Rand Paul in the past . . . The bothersome thing about Rand Paul, in my opinion, is that he seemingly sets “impossible constraints” up on issues he is willing to vote for!!! The result is that he appears NEVER to be sufficiently satisfied with any (Republican) bill to vote on it (in support of the Republican “agenda”). Also, he MOST definitely appears to be an “anti-Trumper.” Of course I REALLY don’t like the appearance Rand Paul presents of being anti-Trump.

          In short, I suppose I don’t really “trust” Rand Paul anymore . . . and believe he is simply “mouthing” the “Republican line,” because he can’t really get elected as an “Independent” (i.e., not enough Independents” out there to get him elected) . . . and running as a “Democrat” would be “an impossible mountain for Rand Paul to climb (i.e., for Democrats to “swallow hard,” and for Democrats to actually vote for him).

          1. Pete Bundy says:

            As I am not from Kentucky I am not that familiar with his day to day thoughts. Here in NC we voted Thom Tillis to the US Senate and he is turning into a RINO-sort to a McCain light. I would suggest that the super RINO’s need to be voted out of office and then go after the second tier.

          2. Reasoned thinker says:

            Pete Bundy — I totally agree with you about the “super RINO’s.” Best regards to you.

          3. Retired says:

            Problem is most like McCain just got re -elected .Everybody wanted Boehner gone but Ryan and McConnell are no better so now what can we do ??

          4. Pete Bundy says:

            Do the best to get real conservatives in to run against them. We have gotten promise after promise and for the most part they are hollow. I have called and called my rep asking when will term limits be proposed, when will congress abide by the laws they pass etc etc and all I get is some “promise” from a very young staffer who does not keep up with current events much less recent past history.

          5. Retired says:

            So basic, he is a independent thinker and not a party Bot ??? Isn’t that what Trump is ,he can think for himself compared to Obama and Hillary ????

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    2. Retired says:

      If we could only get rid of the inner city trash that is in the house , that is where a lot of the hate is coming from every time they open the mouth .

  • joleenworden says:

    Rand Paul is about as conservative as it gets, and most of the time he keeps his word. McCain is a RINO and has never been a conservative. Graham is sort of in between, sometimes conservative on some things. What really matters is how these people actually vote on the important bills that advance President Trump’s agenda to do what he promised to the American people who elected him. McCain so far has been an obstructionist brat, but Paul has not been perfect either. Name calling does not get the work done. The House has kept its word on repealing Obamacare, but the Senate has not.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      What really matters is how they vote on serving the needs of the country. Paul is conservative, not doubt about that but the president isn’t. Paul is calling out people for among other things increasing military spending, one of the presidents agenda items. Trump has plans for the country, expansive plans. Paul on the other hand wants to cut spending every and anywhere. In the coming months you will see Paul voting more and more against bills supported by the White House as Trump gets his plans in gear. In the end McCain and Graham may vote in support of Trump visions more the Paul does.

      1. Peter Smith says:

        So I guess the added $9 trillion plus added to the national debt under Obama was not expensive?
        But you are wrong, Senator John McCain will not vote for or support President Trump and/or his agenda. He’s proven that already. He should resign his seat, and if he wants, run again for the seat as a Democrat. Any bets on the outcome?

        1. bobnstuff says:

          So far McCain voted against a healthcare bill that wasn’t even close to the one promised by Trump while campaigning. He has supported the increase in military spending, something Trump did promise. McCain is his own man and has been elected over and over by his state. He owes Trump nothing and his voters everything. McCain was serving his voters in congress while Trump was still a Democrat. McCain has spent his life serving his country while Trump spent his life serving Trump.

          As far as the spending under Obama, he tried to do what the voters that elected him twice wanted. Unlike Trump and company Obama never ran as a conservative. Trump panders to the right but spends like a liberal.

          1. Peter Smith says:

            John McCain voted against the healthcare reform bills, period. One of which would have done nothing more than open up a path for negotiations with the House on a possible comprehensive package of reform. In other words, he didn’t even want to open the opportunity for discussion of improving the current failing Obamacare.
            Military spending would have passed with or without McCain. It was a “freebie”, he had no political skin in the game. He’s a RINO and should resign his seat in the Senate. Then he can run in a special election as a Democrat and see what happens.
            John McCain stopped serving his country a long time ago, he serves only himself now. The Arizona voters are ignorant, I’ve seen their ignorance first hand. I know what I’m talking about. Half of them, or even more than that, cannot even tell you who their Senators are.
            So your assertion is the voters wanted Obama to increase the national debt from the $10.3 trillion when he began to the $20 trillion when he left?
            As far as your assertion of President Trump being a big spender, we’re still operating under the final $4.15 trillion budget of Obama. I think a little more time will be needed to prove your “big spender” myth.

          2. bobnstuff says:

            Would you vote for a bill that was so bad the leadership had to get the house to promise not to pass it. The republicans have had seven years to write a replacement bill for the ACA so why would anyone believe all of a sudden they can come up with one now. McCain is the elected representative and one the people he represents can ask him to resign and they aren’t. As far as the debt going up under Obama, I haven’t the time to explain how it happened but I will remind you that the president can’t spend a dime without the congress giving it to him. We haven’t seen Trumps spending programs yet, We know he wants a wall that’s $32 billion right of the bat.

          3. Peter Smith says:

            McCain voted against the second attempt that was a vehicle to start discussion and debate among the two houses of the Congress. How does that make sense? Obamacare is failing, the Congress needs to either replace it with something that will work or let it fail. I really don’t care, repeal and replace or let it fail, I have healthcare through my employer. It is actually in my best interests to see it fail and end my having to pay for the healthcare of so many others with my tax dollars.
            You haven’t even seen the Trump spending plans and yet you stated earlier ” Trump panders to the right but spends like a liberal….” You make a statement based on Obama and indict President Trump?
            What is the cost of the failing ACA/Obamacare? According to the CBO, a new report on Obamacare’s costs, andβ€”sure enoughβ€”its 10-year price-tag now eclipses $2 trillion. It’ll take years to build the wall in total and $32 billion is chump change when compared to Obama’s signature “accomplishment”. And the Wall will actually work and succeed.

          4. Retired says:

            Maybe they need to look at how much campaign money McCain get laundered from the Insurance industry and lobbyist .

          5. Retired says:

            Did you ever hear of abolish like promised . Then riegn in the insurance co.and allow across the border ???

          6. bobnstuff says:

            Do you know why insurance isn’t sold across state lines?

          7. Retired says:

            Go ahead and tell me your thoughts !!!

          8. bobnstuff says:

            Didn’t think you would know. you have that in common with the president.

          9. Retired says:

            I asked for your opinion and not BS .

          10. bobnstuff says:

            McCarran-Ferguson Act (1945)

            Insurance firms in each state are protected from interstate competition by the federal McCarran-Ferguson Act (1945), which grants states the
            right to regulate health plans within their borders. Large employers who self-insure are exempt from these state regulations. The result has been a patchwork of 50 different sets of state regulations and the cost for an insurer licensed in one state to enter another state market is often high.

          11. Retired says:

            It took you this long to answer , forgot you had to look it up !!! Self insurance was Cheaper than paying for insurance . Congress could have changed that act instead of the wet dream ACA , but then they would have lost Campaign money . I like the way some EU countries do elections 6 month for campaigning instead of our long term campaigning . 2016 wasn’t over and they already started on 2018 and some are working on 2020 ,what a bunch of BS .

          12. bobnstuff says:

            Some of use have lives. I book mark that kind of stuff when I find it. You are right about the length of campaigns being to long. Trump formed his 2020 campaign on day one in office and has spent a couple of million dollars already, mostly with his own business.

          13. Retired says:

            Care to back that UP with something other than left wing media ????

          14. Retired says:

            Wrong subject , back up your remark about Trump .I am well aware of the Fiasco of the Ins. industry . If Obama would have done the right Thing with the ACA that would have been changed , something Trump wants to do ,but you would rather have the ACA welfare Program .

          15. Just1Saddletramp says:

            Read my reply to Peter Smith. McCain has only been re-elected primarily for two reasons: he is on the Republican ticket but panders to the Democrats. He is his own man, for sure. He does what best serves his own personal interests.

          16. Retired says:

            That is his life history .

          17. bobnstuff says:

            He was elected because more people voted for him.

          18. Retired says:

            Your answer is wrong and his was correct , you know very little about John .

          19. bobnstuff says:

            He had the most vote. He got them because more voters like him better. It’s simple.

          20. Retired says:

            Like I said you don’t know much about John , votes don’t tell the mans history in politics .

          21. kbfallon says:

            Trump helped McCain get re-elected Mr. Dum azz and once again, is in it for himself. You spread more crap than a manure spreader.

          22. Retired says:

            He has more manure than a barn with 200 milking cows.

          23. votedemout says:

            And folks. that screed comes directly from a bonafide libtard troll. This fool parades around conservative sites inserting little gems that some might see as musings of a disgruntled conservative. NOT SO!!!! Bobbie is a full blown Libtard.

          24. Retired says:

            You Nailed that one correct ,plus he uses other names as well as his many computers .

          25. Retired says:

            McCain also would not vote to Abolish the ACA nor will he fight against the Insurance industry to cross borders and lower rates .The ACA was nothing more than a welfare program for people and Insurance companies . The market program made some people very rich starting with the failed computer program . Congress could have passed a law that insurance can not discriminate against prior conditions instead of 2700 pages of garbage .

          26. bobnstuff says:

            When did we have a bill to repeal the ACA, not in this congress. Also can you explain why insurance isn’t sold across state lines, I bet you don’t know. Also you don’t have a clue what is in that 2700 page bill. In fact why are you even talking about the ACA since you know nothing and just keep repeating the crap you have been feed.

          27. Retired says:

            Go ahead wise owl and spew your Crap , did you forget our high court called it a Tax and not health insurance ??? You would lose the bet .I know the game you are trying to play, It’s in the Democrat and Union hand book .

          28. Rodney Steward says:

            Be easy with him RT., I believe he was a victim of Harvey W. at a young tender age!! And we know he ain’t never read any of those 2700 pages either! Half his family are free riders!

          29. bobnstuff says:

            It’s still the law of the land and will be for a long time. Get used to it. The republicans can’t repeal it and if they let it die they get the blame for crashing the healthcare system.

          30. Retired says:

            After Trump 2020 win things will change and it might happen inn 2018 . If McCain’s cancer does him in it will also change things . Like a good Democrat you did not give me the answer I asked for WHY ???

          31. bobnstuff says:

            Things could change in 2018, I wonder if Trump will do better with the Democrats in charge of the Senate. If the republicans keep putting up crazy people for congress they will lose.

          32. Retired says:

            You got it backwards , Democrats will loose more seats as lots of Democrats got hurt by the ACA and they are not stepping forward to eliminate it .I don’t think any of the Rhinos are up in 2018 ,might be wrong . It is the senate that matters and not the house so much .

          33. bobnstuff says:

            Bannon is going to put up RWNJ to challenge half the republicans in the primaries and there will be a blood bath in some cases. He is going to weaken who ever wins. Take a look at what’s happening in Georgia.

          34. Retired says:

            Of course you are always right ,even when you do NOT KNOW what you are talking about as all you read is left wing BS and Fake News .

          35. kbfallon says:

            The book you refer to is ” Politics for Azz Monkeys”. McCain ran for re-election using the repeal of obammie care lie as did some others….if not he would have been a former senator!

          36. Retired says:

            Politics is not about honesty anymore , it’s all about raising campaign money for themselves and the party . That is why so many can NOT handle a person like Trump .

        2. Just1Saddletramp says:

          McCain was a Democrat when he moved to Arizona years ago and only switched to the Republican Party because Arizona was a Republican stronghold at that time

          1. Peter Smith says:

            And now he’s just spoiled goods. Get him out of there and perhaps the stench will subside. If he doesn’t want to support the Trump agenda, the agenda “We the People” voted for and elected, he needs to just pack his bags and leave ……

      2. Retired says:

        I doubt McCain will ever side with Trump as he knocked out his choice for President.

    2. Reasoned thinker says:

      joleenworden — Please reference my comments regarding Rand Paul (a few paragraphs above, in response to Pete Bundy). In short, I”m not really “comfortable” anymore with Rand Paul. Somehow, Rand Paul comes across as a “true RINO,” Just my opinion . . . I wonder if others (among us Republicans) out there are similarly concerned about Rand Paul?f

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