Challenger Kelli Ward Calls John McCain Budget Vote ‘Shameful’

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John McCain is taking heat back in Arizona for voting yes on the massive budget and debt limit suspension bill passed around 3 a.m. Friday morning.

His primary challenger calls his vote “shameful.”

Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward is challenging McCain in his pursuit to win a sixth term in the U.S. Senate.

McCain joined with 17 Republicans and all Democrats to pass the massive bill. Breitbart News reported that Obama and Senate Democrats cheered the bill’s passage.

Ward called the deal, “a shameful, hastily drawn up, secretly negotiated sham. John McCain continues to align himself with Democrats in voting for legislation Arizonans oppose and that sells the future of our children and grandchildren.”

The gargantuan budget deal and debt limit extension was introduced in the middle of the night on Monday and passed in the first hours of Friday morning. The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 64-35 after passage in the House earlier in the week.

The Ward campaign points out:

Federal deficits will continue to be out of control in the two year deal hammered out quickly and in secret by leadership that has refused to listen to the American people.  This budget increases federal spending by $80 billion over two years and continues the funding of Planned Parenthood among other harmful programs.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) thundered on the Senate floor, “At its core, this deal with President Obama provides what President Obama has demanded throughout.”

Breitbart News also reported on Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and his attempt to slow the process on the Senate floor:

If anything, we should be passing more stringent budget caps. It disappoints me greater than I can possibly express that the party that I belong to that should be the conservative party doesn’t appear to be conservative. This is a big problem.

The bill suspends the debt limit beyond the end of Obama’s term as President and increases federal spending.

Ward led McCain by nine per cent in an August poll of registered Arizona voters. She also raised $525,000 in her campaign’s first quarter of fundraising.

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