The Primary 100, Installment 2 of 100: #99 (tie) – Sen John McCain (R-AZ)

[mc_name name=’Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’M000303′ ] of Arizona must be defeated in the Republican primary election on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He represents a state that he carried as a presidential candidate in 2008 by eight points and that Romney carried in 2012 by nine points for a Charlie Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+7, yet his Heritage Action Lifetime Score is a measly 62%. This places him in the 42nd percentile of Republican members of Congress. A state this solidly red deserves better than a senator who is in the bottom half of Congressional Republicans on our issues.


  • On March 17, 2011, Sen. McCain voted to fund the operations of the federal government at too high a level, essentially “kicking the can down the road.” He also passed up the chance to defund Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or the EPA’s overreach under the Obama Administration.
  • On May 4, 2011, Sen. McCain served as a rubber stamp for extreme liberal activist Obama judicial nominee Jack McConnell. Not one of the fifteen members of the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary found him well qualified, and a substantial minority either abstained or found him not qualified.
  • On August 2, 2011, Sen. McCain voted to increase the national debt limit by about $2,4000,000,000,000.00 (that’s over two TRILLION dollars). In exchange for this vote, he secured a promise of discretionary cuts in the future (the future…always the cuts are in the future). Mr. 99th Worst apparently takes us taxpayers for fools.
  • On April 26, 2012, Sen. McCain voted to expand the Clinton era law putting jurisdiction over domestic violence squarely in the hands of the feds. This arrogation of the police power of states and localities is unconstitutional and filled with a liberal’s cornucopia of delights. So much for Mr. 99th Worst’s respect for the tenth amendment.
  • On May 16, 2012, Sen. McCain voted against the [mc_name name=’Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’L000577′ ] Budget titled “Saving the American Dream,” which would have achieved a balanced budget by 2017 if passed. Apparently, Sen. McCain enjoys adding trillions in debt each year for our grandchildren to pay; after all, at his age, he won’t be around to have to deal with it, anyway.
  • On June 11, 2012, Sen. McCain provided the key 60th vote for cloture on the nomination of Andrew Hurwitz to the Ninth Circus. This allowed the man to be confirmed, even though Hurwitz argued to the Supreme Court that they should insert their own wording into the Constitution on one of the cases he took pro bono. If only the Democrats had senators like McCain to confirm Republican nominees willy-nilly! A girl (or man, in my case) can dream.
  • On December 4, 2012, Sen. McCain voted for a sneaky lame duck treaty turning over sovereignty over the Americans with Disabilities Act to the United Nations. Everything stinks about this—the timing during the lame duck, the content vying to become the Supreme Law of the Land as a treaty, and McCain feeling comfortable to do this because he did not come up for re-election for another four years yet.
  • On January 1, 2013, Sen. McCain voted for a tax increase in the lame duck. Heeding the liberal pied piper of tax the rich, McCain voted lockstep with Democrats to sock it to the job creators and small businesses by jacking the marginal rates. We have seen this movie before. With friends like this Republican, who needs enemies?
  • On March 22, 2013, Sen. McCain voted for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which authorized states to collect sales taxes and opened the door for states to violate the Commerce Clause through protectionism in tax enforcement. Fairness is a good thing; this bill is not.
  • On March 23, 2013, Sen. McCain said it was just fine for U.S. tax dollars to continue to flow to the United Nations while its members continue to force its citizens to undergo abortions. Nothing is too evil for Sen. McCain to continue throwing money at—it’s not his money, so why should he care?
  • On April 17, 2013, Sen. McCain voted for gun control measures that would punish people for seeking psychiatric help by taking away their right to bear arms without any arrest or conviction or finding of predisposition to violence. It authorized secret background checks and gun show stings by Big Fed. It is like Sen. McCain has no concept of the limits of federal power.
  • He voted for the Gang of Eight immigration bill, never saw a debt ceiling or spending bill that he didn’t like, pushed through the Ryan-Murray debacle, and cosigned the notorious Lame Duck Cromnibus of December 2014.

Senator McCain is not representing the Left Coast or some northeast enclave. He is the senior senator from Arizona, a bastion of a red state if there ever was one. Is this the best Arizona can do? Is he entitled to a lifetime seat in the Senate for his heroism and service at the Hanoi Hilton? Give the man a decoration and a plot in Arlington when he passes, but the state of Arizona needs a voice that reflects its values much more consistently than this one does. Let John McCain celebrate his 86th birthday retired at home in Phoenix, not as a senator in Washington. Arizona needs to give this man a gold watch and primary him already.

Election history

Sen. McCain took over his seat by beating Democrat Richard Kimball in the 1986 election. Other than opposition from J.D. Hayworth and Jim Deakin in 2010 where McCain secured 56.2% of the vote, he has never faced a primary opponent.

Republican U.S. Representatives in Arizona Serving Before 2015

  • [mc_name name=’Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000565′ ] (R-AZ) – He is in the 78th percentile on our issues among Congressional Republicans. This Sarah Palin-endorsed representative has won every election since 2010.
  • [mc_name name=’Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’S000018′ ] (R-AZ) – He is the 97th percentile on our issues among Congressional Republicans. This is a man who came into the House as part of the Gingrich Wave of 1994, where Republicans took control of the House for the first time in most people’s lifetimes. He won election on a promise to serve no more than three terms then out, and unlike many others who made similar promises, he kept it by not running in 2000. He returned to the House by winning the 2012 and 2014 elections.
  • [mc_name name=’Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’S001183′ ] (R-AZ) – He is in the 97th percentile on our issues among Congressional Republicans. He has served since being elected in 2010.
  • [mc_name name=’Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’F000448′ ] (R-AZ) – He is in the 99th percentile on our issues among Congressional Republicans. He has served since being elected in 2002.


It takes only 5,649 signatures to get on the ballot to offer a more conservative alternative. A state this conservative deserves better than this octogenarian. Who will run or recruit Representatives Gosar, Salmon, Schweikert, or Franks to run? Surely we can exchange a 42nd percentile for a 78th percentile or better in a state this red! If you live in Arizona, what will you do?