McCain Mocks Ted Cruz Claim About Hearings On Guns On Military Bases

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Monday relentlessly mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) after the Texas senator claimed that he had been pushing McCain to hold an Armed Services Committee hearing about Second Amendment rights on military bases.

“I was fascinated to hear that, since I haven’t heard a thing about it from him, nor has my staff heard from his staff,” McCain told reporters, according to the Huffington Post.

McCain was responding to a question about a Politico report in which Cruz said he was “pressing” for hearings to discuss whether soldiers should be able to carry their personal concealed weapons onto military bases.

“I’d be glad to discuss the issue and see if we need a hearing, but it came as a complete surprise to me that he had been pressing me,” McCain told reporters, according to The Hill.

McCain then speculated about how Cruz could have possibly communicated with him about hearings.

“Maybe it was through some medium that I’m not familiar with. Maybe bouncing it off the ozone layer for all I know. But there’s a lot of holes in the ozone layer, so maybe it wasn’t the ozone layer,” McCain said. “Maybe it was through hand telegraph? Maybe through sign language? I don’t know.”

Cruz, who announced in March that he is running for president, said last week that the Second Amendment should “serve as the ultimate check against governmental tyranny.”

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