McCain Slams Spending ‘Gridlock in Washington’

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 14, 2008 3:02pm

ABC News’ Bret Hovell Reports: Senator John McCain, who has been a member of Congress from Arizona for 24 years, criticized the Washington establishment Friday, for the Senate’s failure to pass a moratorium on so-called “earmark” spending.

“Anyone who had the misfortune of watching [that vote] will know how hard it is trying to do the Lord’s work in the city of Satan,” McCain said at a campaign stop Friday, reprising a laugh line he uses frequently.

“There’s gridlock in Washington,” he continued. “You know it as well as I do.”

McCain traveled to Washington from the campaign trail in Philadelphia Thursday night to vote for a budget amendment offered by Senator Jim DeMint, R-S.C., which would have eliminated for one year the special projects lawmakers can insert into bills. Only twenty-nine senators voted for the amendment.

“The last place in America where they don’t get it is Washington DC,” McCain told reporters after finishing a town hall style event in Springfield, PA. “Americans want this process stopped. They want the waste and mismanagement of their tax dollars stopped.”

McCain, the soon-to-be Republican nominee for the presidency, took both parties to task for the failure to pass the amendment, but took care to note only six Democrats voted for the provision, compared to twenty-three Republicans.

“It’s not just Democrats, it’s Democrats and Republicans.”

McCain rails against earmark spending at nearly every campaign stop, and was a co-sponsor of the DeMint amendment.

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