Union Leaders Boo McCain on Immigration


Sen. John McCain (news, bio, voting record) threatened on Tuesday to cut short a speech to union leaders who booed his immigration views and later challenged his statements on organized labor and the Iraq war.

“If you like, I will leave,” McCain told the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department, pivoting briefly from the lectern. He returned to the microphone after the crowd quieted.

“OK, then please give me the courtesy I would give you.”

Later, the senator outlined his position on the Senate immigration debate, saying tougher border enforcement must be accompanied by guest-worker provisions that give illegal immigrants a legal path toward citizenship.

Murmurs from the crowd turned to booing. “Pay a decent wage!” one audience member shouted.

“I’ve heard that statement before,” McCain said before threatening to leave.

McCain responded by saying immigrants were taking jobs nobody else wanted. He offered anybody in the crowd $50 an hour to pick lettuce in Arizona.

Shouts of protest rose from the crowd, with some accepting McCain’s job offer.

“I’ll take it!” one man shouted.

McCain insisted none of them would do such menial labor for a complete season. “You can’t do it, my friends.”

Some in the crowd said they didn’t appreciate McCain questioning their work ethic.

With his profile rising, a growing number of Democrats are accusing McCain of flip-flopping on issues to court conservative GOP primary voters.

McCain denied that charge later Tuesday — after addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a GOP-leaning group that backs his immigration views. There were no boos. Just laughter, and at the end of his remarks, a standing ovation from the Hispanic leaders.

3 Responses to “Union Leaders Boo McCain on Immigration”

  1. Vincent Narodnik Says:

    I am now calling this man “McStain” -or-”McStain- a Skidmark on Americas drawers” As for the prospects of someone like him being president????? Frightening and disgusting at the same time. I remember when I was young, being told dreamily ‘’in America, ANYONE can become president'’. …with increasing horror, I am coming to believe that this is true. God help us all!

  2. Jim Says:

    It’s all about winning votes, even it means at the expenses of national soveregnty, or whole-sale of a nation. It seems that all they care about is getting their name on the history books.

    Mccain obviously tries to win Hispanic votes to achieve the presidential victory in 2008, in exchange for 12 million free citizenships. If this is not a wholesale of one’s nation, what is?. One must wonder what the meaning of the word patrotism is.

  3. David M. Says:

    Who the hell does that man think he is telling AMERICAN CITIZENS they are too lazy to do a job? Let’s face it, the illegals are running the country at this point. I bet McStain(good one Vincent!) has never worked a labor job in his life! Lazy no good !@#$%!

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