In it, but not of it. TPM DC
"Both of us during the campaign promised change in Washington," McCain said, adding that Obama said he would put all of his health care negotiations in front of the camera.
"I'm glad that more than a year later they are here," McCain said.
"We promised them change in Washington and what we got was a process that you and I both said we would change in Washington," McCain said.
He charged the bill was "produced behind cloesd doors" and used the Republican-preferred nicknames for the deals made to win conservative Democrats, the "Louisiana Purchase" and "Cornhusker Kickback." He also said "special interests" such as the pharmaceutical lobby and doctors were able to secure deals.
Watch the video of their testy exchange:
Obama tried to cut McCain off, but the Republican continued, "Can I finish please?"
"The American people care about what we did and how we did it," McCain said.
Obama said "we can have a debate about process" or about how to agree and pass health care reform. "The latter debate is the one they care about more."