Huffpost Politics

John McCain: 'We Are Dividing The Republican Party Rather Than Attacking Democrats'

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON — Staring at the specter of a partial government shutdown, Sen. John McCain says he's never seen anything like the harsh partisanship pervading much of Washington politics.

The Arizona Republican, serving his fifth term, says "we are dividing the Republican Party rather than attacking Democrats."

Appearing Friday on "CBS This Morning," McCain said he wouldn't judge the motives of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who conducted a more than 21-hour speech marathon in the Senate this week against Obamacare. But he also said that "I have not seen" anything like the gridlock that now has left the country facing a federal shutdown by Tuesday.

McCain called the federal government "very dysfunctional." He was asked about divisions within the GOP over what strategy should be used to kill Obama's signature health care program.

Also on HuffPost:

Sen. Ted Cruz
Share this
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Official Arizona GOP Body Passes Formal Rebuke of John McCain

John McCain rebuked by Ariz. GOP for 'unbecoming' deal-making ...

Arizona GOP Rebukes John McCain? Not Quite

Five years ago today, John McCain crippled the Republican Party

GOP sends negative Cruz info to Fox; Aide says John McCain 'f-g ...

Arizona GOP group tells McCain knock it off, act like a Republican ...

Ted Cruz's anti-Obamacare speech exposes rift within Republican party

GOP pushes government toward shutdown

Aide: John McCain 'f*cking hates' Ted Cruz

McCain and Flake divulge who they are backing in the GOP primary races

Arizona GOP Rebukes John McCain? Not Quite

Sen. John McCain 'hates' Sen. Ted Cruz: report

Senator John McCain rips the Dodgers after LA celebrates NL West crown in D ...

Boehner signals GOP focus now on debt ceiling