New Pro-Fence Ad From McCain Leaves Out His Anti-Fence Voting Record

May 10, 2010 2:41 pm ET

In a new pro-border fence ad, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) converses with Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu about border security measures.  McCain conveniently leaves out his anti-border security funding votes and his anti-fence statements from this new, misleading ad.

McCain Ad: "Complete The Danged Fence"

Sen. McCain: Drug and human smuggling, home invasions, murder.

Sheriff Babeu: We're outmanned.  Of all the illegals in America, more than half come through Arizona.

McCain: Have we got the right plan?

Babeu:  Plan's perfect.  You bring troops: state, county, and local law enforcement together.

McCain: And complete the danged fence.

Babeu: It'll work this time.  Senator, you're one of us. ["Complete the Danged Fence" via YouTube, accessed 5/10/10]

Conveniently, McCain Forgets That He Has Voted AGAINST Border Security Funding

2006: McCain Voted AGAINST Providing $85 Million And 800 New Staff For Immigration Investigation.  Sen. John McCain voted against Sen. Sessions' amendment that would "appropriate an additional $85,670,000 to enable the Secretary of Homeland Security to hire 800 additional full time active duty investigators to investigate immigration laws violations." The amendment failed 66-34.  [S.Amdt. 4660 to H.R. 5441, Vote #201, 7/13/06]

2006: McCain Voted AGAINST Providing Additional Funds To Build A Border Fence On Southwest Border.  Sen. McCain voted against an amendment that would "appropriate an additional $1,829,400,000 to construct double-layered fencing and vehicle barriers along the southwest border and to offset such increase by reducing all other discretionary amounts on a prorata basis." The amendment failed 71-29.  [S.Amdt. 4659 to H.R. 5441, Vote#200, 7/13/06]

2006: McCain Said Placing National Guard Troops At Border Is "PR"

2006: McCain Said Putting National Guard At Border Is "Partially PR." During an interview on Larry King Live, host Larry King and Sen. John McCain had the following exchange regarding bringing additional National Guard troops to the United States-Mexico border:

KING: You like the National Guard idea, since -- what do they really do?

MCCAIN: I think what the National Guard will do is one, provide some comfort to some of our citizens who feel we don't have enough people down there, and they're correct. I think the second thing is important to point out, that the guard people will play support and administrative roles and some labor work. But in order to be an effective border patrol -- remember the border patrol, it requires training, just like it requires training to do other specialties. So I think the President's intention is for them to go down there and be of assistance, but not be on the front line.

KING: Is it PR?

MCCAIN: Partially PR, because Americans are so upset about broken borders in a time when we're in a war on terror and we are not enforcing our borders. All of us understand and appreciate that. Larry, parts of southern California and parts of the southern part of my state are devastated by illegal aliens, whether it be health care costs or law enforcement or even destruction of our wildlife refuges. I understand the frustration that Americans feel, but thank God the majority of Americans feel that we have to handle this in a humane fashion and in a comprehensive fashion. [CNN, Larry King Live, 5/14/06]

2003: McCain Said We Can't Secure The Border With A Fence And More Troops

2003 McCain: "We Can't Secure Our Borders.  We Can Never Build An Impenetrable Wall To The North And South Of Us." During an appearance on Fox's Big Story, Sen. McCain said, "We can't secure our borders, Rita. We can never build an impenetrable wall to the north and south of us." [Fox News, Big Story, via Lexis 5/31/03]

2003: McCain Said Border Couldn't Be Fully Protected Because Good Jobs Would Continue To Drive Illegal Immigration.  During a press conference, Sen. John McCain said: "We're not going to have a secure border as long as there's this kind of attraction of jobs into the United States of America. Our border between Arizona and Mexico is long, it's desolate and it cannot be fully protected 24 hours a day. The second issue is that, from a political reality, is there's a growing influence of Hispanic voters and Hispanic representation in the United States of America at all levels. And I believe that in a very positive fashion that influence can be meaningfully felt here in the legislative process because of the deep concern over both the humanitarian aspects of it, as well as labor protections, as well as citizenship is concerned." [McCain Press Conference via Lexis, 7/25/03]