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John McCain Protester Tackled [VIDEO]

Sep 27, 2010 – 12:44 PM
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David Knowles

David Knowles Writer

(Sept. 27) -- John McCain has had some close calls in his political career so far, but his latest was probably a bit too close for comfort.

The former maverick and current Arizona senator was physically confronted by a protester at the conclusion of a televised debate with the challengers to his seat in the upcoming midterm elections (Democrat Rodney Glassman, Green Party candidate Jerry Joslyn and Libertarian candidate David Nolan).

Described as a peace activist and bearing a sign, the protester strode toward McCain on his way out of the KTVK television studios in Phoenix before McCain's security team tackled her. Still, she continued to chant "John McCain has got to go," NECN and KTVK networks reported.

McCain was also confronted by "about two dozen" protesters on his way into the debate, myFox Phoenix reports.
Their three specific complaints all pertained to the same thing: the DREAM Act, the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and funding for the war in Afghanistan. The group joined in unison to blame McCain for leading an effective filibuster against passing the bill that would address all three of these issues.
The Senate voted 56-43 in favor of said defense authorization bill last week, which wasn't the 60 needed to move it onto the floor for debate, to the anguish of many around the Web.

During the debate, McCain battled his fellow candidates on topics such as immigration reform, border security and the economy.

After easily defeating former Arizona representative and radio show host J.D. Hayworth for the GOP nomination last month, McCain looks poised to retain control of the Senate seat he's held for the past 23 years come November.

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