"I never met a war I didn't like."
- Self-Appointed Secretary of State John McCain is heading back to Ukraine to meet with government leaders in Kiev and generally stir up shit.
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) ripped fellow Republicans on Thursday for objecting to a package of aid and sanctions to respond to the Ukrainian crisis, calling himself “embarrassed” and telling his GOP colleagues: “Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans.”
In a fiery floor speech, McCain, who backed the Ukraine bill and has urged for a speedy congressional response, said he has “been embarrassed this way about members of my own party.”
“I will say to my friends who were objecting to this – and there are a number of them on my side – you can call yourself Republicans; that’s fine because that’s your voter registration,” McCain said. “Don’t call yourself Reagan Republicans. Ronald Reagan would never – would never – let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people.”
McCain also criticized a push from Republicans to delay an Obama administration proposal cracking down on political nonprofits in the Ukraine package – something that the GOP believed could help lure some of their lawmakers who are uncomfortable with the IMF section.
“Our signal to the people of Ukraine today – as Russian military forces are massing on their border – wait a minute, it’s more important that we get our campaign finance regulations fixed,” said McCain, who is leading a Senate delegation to Ukraine that begins Thursday night.
The Senate is set to leave for recess without having passed an aid package to Ukraine. The House has overwhelmingly passed legislation that provides loan assistance to Ukraine, but it does not include sanctions nor the IMF reforms.
The House legislation “has not a single binding sanction in it,” McCain said. “Not one. Not one binding sanction in it. Not one strong message to the people of Ukraine that we’re supporting them.”
Read more: Politico.com