Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor Wednesday to lambaste Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempt to liken his political opponents to those who tried to appease Adolf Hitler.
McCain also noted the Texas Republican — who held the Senate floor for 21 hours Tuesday into Wednesday — was not around in 2009 and 2010 when Republicans put up a united front in what McCain described as a long and hard fight to defeat the health care law.
“To somehow allege that many of us are nor haven’t fought hard enough, I think, does not comport with the action that took place on the floor of the Senate,” McCain said.
But he took particular affront to Cruz’s statement during his all-nighter that the people who say Obamacare can’t be defunded are similar to former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, whom Cruz described as saying, “accept the Nazis. Yes, they’ll dominate the continent of Europe, but that’s not our problem.”
Cruz went on to say: “I suspect those same pundits who say defunding Obamacare can’t be done, if it had been in the 1940s, we would have been listening to them. They would have been saying you cannot defeat the Germans.”
McCain said, “I resoundingly reject that allegation. That allegation in my view does a great disservice for those brave Americans and those who stood up and said what’s happening in Europe cannot stand.”
McCain also declined to call Cruz’s nearly daylong talkfest a filibuster. “I can’t call it a filibuster because a filibuster is intended to delay passage of legislation. There was no doubt that there was a time certain — that time on the floor would have to expire. So I guess the kind of depiction I can say is extended oratory.”