ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: Senator John McCain had harsh words Tuesday for the Democrats both in Congress and on the campaign trail, accusing them of putting politics ahead of national security.
“I can only draw one conclusion from what the Democrats are trying to do today…” McCain said in Inman, South Carolina, “is that their political priorities have taken over their dedication to our nation’s security. And I don’t say that lightly.”
On Monday McCain, R.-Ariz., sent a letter chastising the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org for calling on Democratic presidential candidates to filibuster the war funding bill before Congress. Tuesday, he tied those Democrats to the group.
“These are good men and women on the other side of the aisle,” McCain said, “but they’re being driven by the most radical left wing organization and the name of it is called Moveon.org.”
McCain went on to attack MoveOn for its ad in September that questioned the veracity of the commander of mulit-national forces in Iraq, General David Petraeus. He then said he would fight against the Democrats, even if it mean time off the campaign trail.
“I’m going to have to maybe go back to Washington and leave the campaign trail depending on what happens here,” McCain said. “Because I’m not going to let them get away with it. I’m not going to let them set a date for surrender. I’m not going to let them lose this war.”