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John McCain Predicts 'Real Backlash' Over Sequester

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., center left, calls out to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, as they leave the Senate chamber during votes on last-ditch motions to block $85 billion in automatic spending cuts at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) | AP

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) said Thursday evening in an interview that even though the sequester has gone into effect he will continue to work to reverse it.

"My goal is to try to get it stopped. It really doesn't kick in hard for a little while, and I continue to try to get em to reverse it. Kelly Ayotte and Lindsay and I did have a proposal of cuts that I thought were reasonable. ... But I think what you're going to see is a real backlash on the defense side here in the next week or two: jobs, particularly in industrial, military-industrial complex, the complaints from the service men and women about they don't know what their lives are going to be like.

You know, when they cancel the deployment of an aircraft carrier --whether they had to or not I'd be glad to try to find out -- but you know if you're going on a nine-month deployment on your ship, you close your house, you make arrangements for being gone for nine months, and all of a sudden a few days before they say, eh, well you're not going. We're disrupting people's lives that are an all-volunteer force in the military, and it's a big mistake in my view."

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