RICHARDSON, DEMOCRATS SEE McCAIN FLIPPING AGAIN ON AMNESTY
Phoenix, AZ (JULY 8) - During an interview on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" last night,Gov. Bill Richardson (D-New Mexico), said he believes John McCain will again adopt a pro-amnesty position following this year's election.
"I think we've found Sen. McCain's political base - pro-amnesty Democrats," said Mark Sanders, spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ). "McCain needs to pick a side: Mexico or Arizona. Democrats who are more sympathetic to Mexico than to Arizona are rooting for McCain."
First, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) credited McCain as being his mentor on open-border policies, and then White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs and President Obama praised McCain for his pro-amnesty work. Now Democrat Richardson is openly hoping for McCain's re-election.
"Because you are known by the company you keep, even McCain can't flip-flop his way out of his support for open borders," Sanders said.
Last night, when Ed Schultz described McCain's recent emphasis on enforcement as "the biggest flip-flop of the year," Richardson responded:
"My view is that he is in a tough re-election, in a primary against J.D. Hayworth, and this is such a hot issue in Arizona. My hope, Ed, is after he gets re-elected that he will come back to his old position, which was as you said the Kennedy-McCain bill which has increased border enforcement but also has a path to legalization, a guest-worker program, cracking down on illegal hires, but most importantly a path to legalization."
Richardson continued: "If you're going to get into immigration reform, you got to have some Republicans, and right now it doesn't seem we have any. Maybe Lindsey Graham. Maybe John McCain after he gets re-elected."
"Democrats are rooting for McCain because they know his rhetorical twists and turns are merely designed to trick voters," Sanders said. "John McCain was for amnesty yesterday, is for amnesty today, and will be for amnesty tomorrow. That is why Arizona voters will elect J.D. Hayworth to the U.S. Senate."