McCain: ‘There Just Aren’t The Votes There’ To Impeach Obama

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticizes the Obama administration during a Jackson, Miss., runoff rally in support of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran at the Mississippi War Memorial in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Jun... U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., criticizes the Obama administration during a Jackson, Miss., runoff rally in support of Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran at the Mississippi War Memorial in Jackson, Miss., Monday, June 23, 2014. Cochran faces state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, on Tuesday in a runoff for the GOP nomination for senate. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) MORE LESS
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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Monday that the votes to impeach President Barack Obama are simply not there in the U.S. Senate, even if Senate Republicans thought the maneuver necessary to stop what they see as an abuse of executive authority.

“We’re not gonna impeach the president of the United States. There just aren’t the votes there even if we believed that it was warranted,” McCain told host Mike Broomhead on Phoenix radio station KFYI.

The Arizona Republican instead encouraged electing a Republican Senate majority as a means of curbing the President’s “misbehavior.” He also said that impeachment talk among more conservative Republicans presents Democrats with an easy opportunity to fundraise against the GOP.

“I think the Democrats view [impeachment] as a good way to raise money to use against us, and I don’t want to let that happen,” he told Broomhead. “But I do believe the President has broken more laws by executive order — let me put it this way, I think he’s abused the executive branch in a way I don’t recall any other President doing that, by these executive orders that are just directly contrary to the law.”

McCain said he thought a lawsuit against Obama’s “abuse of power,” particularly with respect to Obamacare, was a better idea to combat the use of executive actions.

Separately, the sports-crazy senator weighed in on the disputed two-game suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for allegedly assaulting his then-fiancee.

“I can’t believe it. Frankly, I can’t believe it,” McCain said. “If you’re going to be suspended for the season for using a bad substance, which the only person you hurt is yourself, and then you knock someone unconscious that’s a woman — I don’t get it. I don’t get it.”

Listen below around the 5:30 mark:

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  1. McClown I think you meant to say there are no high crimes and misdemeanor there to impeach him on.

  2. Avatar for lew lew says:

    “There aren’t the votes” McCain continued, “Plus there’s the tricky thing about not breaking any laws.”

  3. Emphasizing, once again, that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one.

  4. We know there are not enough votes in the senate. No one has to tell us that McCain is just throwing the word impeachment around to try and make Obama look bad. It is the Congressional equivalent of infantile name calling. Which seems to be all McCain is capable of anymore.

  5. Avatar for lio lio says:

    No, you don’t have the votes in the Senate to convict on impeachment charges. But there are ample votes in the House to impeach Obama.

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