Romney: McCain senate “lion” — did he mean lyin‘?

Scenes from McCain’s pathetically low turnout 2016 campaign kickoff

Mitt Romney repaid his debt to John McCain Saturday at Dobson High School in Mesa — where Romney, not McCain — was more likely to pull in the needed crowd for the aged senator’s bid for another 6-year term. McCain will be 80 by Election Day — you do the math.

The puny turnout for this performance was laughably overestimated at nearing 1,000 by McCain’s sycophantic Arizona Republic reporter Dan Nowicki. Local media outlets accurately reported the crowd was only about 300. See the photo and topical cartoon here. When Donald Trump came to Phoenix in the scorching heat of July, over 5,000 turned out. Ben Carson drew an estimated crowd of 12,000 in August.

Romney wore the prescribed uniform of the day, navy blazer and tie-less open collar blue shirt, with a slight stripe deviation. He, McCain and Jeff Flake could have passed for a Golden Oldies era trio seen on late night TV ads hawking cassette sales to senior citizen insomniacs. Several women seated nearby were musing over hair: Romney’s over-dyed tresses, Flake’s bleach highlighted locks, and McCain’s white comb-over, which a guy with them pointed to as one of the few consistent things about him.

Arizona’s Republican congressional delegation, all running for reelection wisely kept their distance.

Romney rejected rumors that he might get into the 2016 presidential race, and dutifully mentioned candidates he could support, who “I think would be terrific presidents, whether it’s Jeb Bush or Chris Christie or Marco Rubio or Lindsey Graham or Carly Fiorina. The list goes on and on.” Romney, who lost the presidential race to Obama in 2012, obviously has a partiality for single digit candidates.

Pointedly omitted from his list was conservative Sen. Ted Cruz, who McCain has openly insulted and called a “Wacko bird.” Breitbart’s Tony Lee reports on McCain’s sarcastic comments about Cruz in response to a question by Fox News host Martha MacCallum. McCain’s brazen animus holds little sway with Iowa voters. Bloomberg reports Cruz has surged ahead by 31 percent to become the front-runner in the campaign for the Iowa Feb. 1 caucuses, opening an impressive lead over Donald Trump.

John McCain has hit the depths of Number Six on Roll Call’s roster of the 10 most vulnerable U.S. senators. He’s has been in D.C. doing his dirty work (video) since 1982.

“There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain,” is how Senate Conservatives Fund describes John McCain on a page titled, Replace John McCain.

It’s time to do it.

Seeing Red AZ supports conservative, two-term state senator and family physician Dr. Kelli Ward in the 2016 senate race.  Check out her credentials and issues pages and see why.


18 Responses to Romney: McCain senate “lion” — did he mean lyin‘?

  1. Attila The Hunny says:

    The full extent of the desperation to gather a crowd was evident just prior to the so called “rally” for McCain. I received this email plea for an event previous emails claimed was “filling up fast.”:

    Friend – The big rally is today. John McCain and Mitt Romney together at Dobson High School in Mesa. Rally starts at 2:30 pm.

    We’re on our way to meet Mitt. He’s here and we’re excited. I hope you are too.

    If you haven’t sent your RSVP – it’s not too late to join us! We’ve made some special last minute tickets available so everyone who wants to attend can be here for this exciting rally.

    Click here now to claim some of the special last-minute tickets for yourself, family or friends.

    See you at 2:30 pm, Dobson High School, Mesa.

    Campaign Manager
    McCain for U.S. Senate

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Ellsworth says:

    Donald Trump is coming to the Valley for a free event with free parking on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at noon. Doors open at 10 am. at the International Air Response – 6250 South Taxiway Circle Mesa, AZ 85212 
    Information, map and registration information are all here:

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I had such a fun time reading the above post, SRAZ…..laughing all the way through. The photo and topical cartoon were especially funny.

    Saw this campaign kickoff on local TV this morning. The close-up shots of McCain and Romney didn’t expose the viewer to the small crowd in a big auditorium. It did show the huge potbelly on the senior senator with his belt below the oversized stomach. They actually showed the youth-challenged McCain holding a small baby’s hands held by its mother. He’s really desperate doing the kissing babies routine.

    He knows he’s in for a tough battle. The lack of crowds should be his first clue.

  4. East Valley Conservative says:

    McCain and Romney both lost to Obama. What crowd pleasers they are.

    Jeff Flake just went to a valley mosque and drew parallels between Muslims and Mormons. Funny, I don’t recall any incidents of Mormons committing acts of mass murder and calling out “This is for Joseph Smith!!”

    • azgary says:

      Mormons are often very much open borders amnesty types though, similar to catholics.

      need to fill the pews and donation plates.

  5. William Heuisler says:

    McCain and Election Skullduggery

    Arizonans should learn political history and prepare for McCain skullduggery in 2016.
    In the 2014 Mississippi Republican Primary, Conservative Republican Senate Candidate, Chris McDaniel defeated incumbent Republican Thad Cochran (a DC “insider” like John McCain). It was a 3-way race and McDaniel didn’t get 50%. A run-off was required. So John McCain, Karl Rove and the National Republican Senatorial Committee bought nasty, racist attack ads against Conservative McDaniel and paid black Mississippi Democrats to vote in the Republican run off. McDaniel again won Republicans, but lost the run-off as paid Democrats voted for Cochran.

    Rove and McCain denied defrauding Mississippi Republicans, but Federal Election Commission filings show they lied.

    What if McCain pays AZ Primary candidates to dilute the anti-McCain vote? And by the way, is criticizing a War Hero really unpatriotic?
    1) Conservatives should create/coordinate email-chains to discuss (and mostly agree) on a Republican candidate.
    (2) “War Hero”? Many of us served; some were captured or badly injured, but we’re only “heroes” to our children.
    Liberals are a minority among AZ Republicans because attachment to McCain blinds them to McCain’s attachment to Democrats Levin, Durbin, Schumer and, of course, to George Soros. Conservatives must reject McCain. To claim a relatively unknown Conservative cannot beat McCain is a myth. Remember, Conservative Brat beat RINO Cantor’s $5.5 million in Virginia and Conservative McDaniel “won” in Mississippi.
    In the Internet Age Arizonans must show everyone how quickly an “unknown” candidate becomes known. Remember Phone trees? Conservatives must create email lists of Conservative friends and then coordinate all their lists for 2016 Email Trees.
    A Goldwater Republican, I’ve walked the precinct miles, chaired Republican Districts, attended State and National Committee meetings as Delegate and run for office. I’ve also served my country – 4 years a Marine and 4 in a US Agency. Been shot up, wrote books and love my country, but I’m only a hero to my dog.

  6. Observer says:

    John McCain is in big trouble. He knows it and so do the rest of us who are looking forward to this RINO maverick’s defeat.
    Thanks for the coverage you give to conservative Sen./Dr.Kelli Ward. I view her as Arizona’s version of Prof. David Brat, who soundly defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia. The people were fed up with Cantor’s arrogance and disregard for GOP principles and he was rightly kicked to the curb.

    Go, Kelli, Go!!!!

    • azgary says:

      dave brat said deport illegals.

      kelli ward will not say that, EVER, and if she wont say it she will not do it.

      she is no different on amnesty/immigration than the az R congressmen who toe the party line.

      if you want somebody like brat van steenwyk is the only Az. option, ward is just more of the same.

      look at this and see if you can find ward saying ANYTHING close:

      Van Steenwyk
      Illegal Aliens Secure Borders & Immigration Reform Policy

      you wont be able to.

      everybody owns their vote, but dont kid yourselves into thinking ward is another Brat or is anything more than party line on mass amnesty so slavewagers can have cheap foreign workers to take jobs from american citizens and drive down wages.

      • Realist says:

        Clair Van Steenwyk is as much of a caricature as John McCain is. The difference is McCain had family connections that got him into the US Naval Academy, (where he graduated at the bottom of his class) and married an heiress the second time around. “Van the radio man” is an egomaniacal dunce with nothing to recommend him. A vote for Van is a vote for McCain. It’s as simple as that.

        I’ve read your comments hinging everything on the deportation of millions of illegals. I wish it could be accomplished, but the facts belie such dreams. There would be open and armed warfare in the streets of our cites and neighborhoods if people were taken from their homes and rounded up for deportation. Who would conduct the roundups? Who would pay for the deportations? What would happen to the family members who might not be there when the vans pulled up to cart momma away while dad was at work and the kids were at school? What about the kids who are American citizens?

        What we need to do is absolutely shut down our borders now and put a stop to visas of all kinds, even those for students, which is a major problem and one that led to the overstays who perpetrated the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our homeland. You must adore McCain to be pushing Van. I’ll bet you voted for Jimmie Lee Deakin last time around and help re-elect McCain then. As to David Brat, he was a college professor. Kelli Ward is a medical doctor. Van the radio man went as far as high school.

        Small picture thinking will give us more of the same, azgary.

      • jakesez says:

        While I also feel Van Steenwyk is clogging the race and in doing so is helping McCain’s election efforts. However, I do not think we conservatives should not resort to the liberal and establishment practice of making personal insults. If you don’t agree with him, tell us why and what you think is a better idea. Calling him a brat is very liberal way of fighting. It tells me you either don’t know what he believes or you don’t have an answer to his ideas.

      • Not A McCainiac says:

        You’re very wrong about Dr. Ward.
        If you throw away your vote on Van the Radio Man you’re supporting McCain as surely as if you marked your ballot for him. We’ve been down this path countless times and thanks to egotists and their few followers who split the votes, McCain gets reelected.

      • Realist says:

        Though he will never be elected, let’s play “pretend” for a minute.

        Will Clair Van Steenwyk, a freshman with no creds single-handedly have enough clout to buck 99 other U.S. Senators? Even you know what the odds of that would be.

        After “deporting” tens of millions who will not go peacefully, will he bring back “the good ones” like Trump says he will? Will he “put a door” in the wall Trump claims Mexico will build as Trump says he’ll do? Trump also says he has “a heart,” so the so-called DREAMERs get to stay and continue to sap our taxpayer paid benefits and displace American students with legal citizen parents seeking university placement.Then they will take American jobs.

        Will Clair be on the ballot as Van? Will anyone know who he/she is or care?

        You must be on McCain’s payroll.You’re obviously doing all you can to reelect him.

        I would appreciate a response to these questions. You ignored by previous comment. Thanks.

  7. 1776 says:

    Nothing to add except that in reference to the Hon. Senator’s years and abilities, you were too kind in the first paragraph which says in part: “the aged senator’s bid.” I suggest instead the term “superannuated” be used henceforth as it is specific to the subject, meaning: obsolete through age or new technological or intellectual developments.

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      That’s funny. However, he wasn’t too superannuated to help out the Jihadi terrorists in Syria and Libya with his “friend” Hillary in weapons trafficking. When does the media call him out on that?! Oh, that’s right – he’s one of them.

      The good news – it was discussed today on the Lisa Benson radio show – 960 The Patriot.

  8. Saguaro Sam says:

    Surprised that the McCain campaign train was still looking for passengers—-

    Hey, Johnny Mac——-over 11,000 “unattended minors” have flooded over our southern border in the past TWO months.
    The photos on the internet show males who are all hiding their faces, but look old enough to vote.

    The Catholic Church in AZ knows how to bus in illegals for their events, and even gives them special tee shirts to wear——why not you, McTraitor?

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Off topic – but very disturbing.

    Paul Ryan Set To Mail Obama Check To Bring In Muslim Refugees – Breitbart

    From the article: All of nine of them (Matt Salmon included) voted to elect House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has a two decade long history of pushing for open borders immigration policies.