Twitterview On the F-22 with @SenJohnMcCain: “It’s what Eisenhower Warned Us About”

By Caitlin Taylor

Jul 21, 2009 11:46am

TAPPER:  so @senjohnmccan whats going to happen with the F-22 Senate vote today? do u have the votes?

MCCAIN:  @jaketapper I never count votes Jake, but it appears to be close.

TAPPER: @SenJohnMcCain is "jobs" the most compelling issue for your opponents?

MCCAIN: @jaketapper Yes, but also argue capability – despite the fact it's never been used in Iraq or Afghanistan

MCCAIN:  @jaketapper Jake, look at the where the "jobs" are and who is voting for the F-22…

TAPPER: @SenJohnMcCain Chambliss seems to rely on Air Force officials a great deal for his arguments – does USAF disagree w/Gates + Mullen?

MCCAIN:  @jaketapper CoS & Secretary of the AF agree with Secretary Gates

TAPPER: @senjohnmccain Chambliss has certainly suggested that AF officials — esp CoS Gen Schwartz — privately say they want to save F-22…

TAPPER: @senjohnmccain i hear you,re: jobs, but isnt that the defense contractor way, spreading jobs out throughout the US to maximize cong support?

MCCAIN:  @jaketapper of course, but it doesn't mean we need the plane.

TAPPER: @senjohnmccain on its face seems odd that such a struggle to kill a plane opposed by Mullen, Gates, AF, POTUS, Levin + you

MCCAIN: @jaketapper It’s what Eisenhower warned us about in his farewell address to the nation

TAPPER: @SenJohnMcCain the rise oif the military-industrial complex? what do u recommend to fix it?

MCCAIN: @jaketapper the F-22 amendment is a crucial vote on whether we can prevail over the Military Industrial Congressional Complex or not.

-jpt

*This post has been updated with McCain's answer to the final question.

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