McCain Takes Back ‘Wacko Bird,’ Regrets Republican Infighting

by Alec Torres

Senator John McCain said Thursday that he regrets calling the Tea Party Caucus of the Republican Senate “wacko birds,” and he worries about Republican infighting. Saying that he has learned to “never get personal” in political disputes, McCain expressed concerns over the growing Republican tendency to attack members of their own party.

“I do worry about the Republican party,” McCain said. “It’s the first time I have ever seen Republican senators running ads, raising money that is being used to attack incumbent Republican senators.”

McCain, however, has been a vocal critic of his own party’s fight against Obamacare, criticizing Republicans beyond his “wacko bird” comment. On several occasions before and during the shutdown McCain stood against Republicans, telling Republicans that they’ve done America a disservice by convincing them they could repeal Obamacare. He even told Republicans that they need to give up on attempts to “replace and repair” Obamacare and should accept it as settled law.

McCain was speaking at the Hero Summit hosted by the Daily Beast.