Senator McCain hosts quiet town hall - Tucson News Now

Senator McCain hosts quiet town hall

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After some contentious, angry town hall meetings in recent months, Senator McCain found peace and tranquility at the El Pueblo Activity Center on Tucson's South side.

A crowd of fewer than 100 agreed with the Senator's every position, asked him for some help and sat admiring as he chastised his fellow lawmakers for shutting down the government.

"It was a fool's errand," he told the group. "It has no chance of success."

But he said it hurt a lot of Arizonans and "caused great pain."

He cited the 600,000 people from all over the world who came to see the GrandCanyon and other monuments "only to be turned away,"he said.

Numbers he cited show it caused a $45 million loss to the state's tourism industry.

"The vendors will never make that up," he said "while the government workers will get paid."

He believes it's up to the voters to make sure it doesn't happen again, as has been rumored.

"80% of the America public don't want it to happen again," he says.

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He also says the opinion of Congress in the "lowest in history."

He cited a poll which shows the approval rating of Congress is the lowest since polling began 40 years ago.

He also believes the GOP has to change its message from opposition to a positive marketplace of ideas.

"We have good ideas," he says. "They just haven't been articulated well."

McCain will discuss issues affecting Arizonans like the Affordable Care Act.  Yesterday President Obama spoke about healthcare reform and the glitches the website has experienced.

Republican leaders like McCain spoke out recently saying the party's fight against President Obama's signature healthcare reform would go on.

"We will continue to try and get rid of the worst aspects of Obamacare, including the medical device tax and others, but it was a fools errand to start with – it was never going to succeed," stated McCain. 

"We are doing everything we can possibly do to get the website working faster, sooner, we have people working overtime,"stated President Obama in his address from the White House yesterday.

Other topics sure to come up are issues related to the recent government shutdown and the debt ceiling.

The audience will be able to ask questions on what they want to know, and Tucson News Now would like to know what questions viewers have for Senator McCain.  Viewers are able to post those questions on the Tucson News Now Facebook page. 

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