Shutdown Showdown: McCain ‘Get Biden out of witness protection’

johnmccain_021907Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that President Obama should be more engaged in talks to reopen the federal government and avoid default on the nation’s debt, adding that “maybe we need to get Joe Biden out of the witness protection program.”

“I’m glad that negotiations are going on,” McCain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” I’m disappointed that twice … we were close to a deal and the Democrats moved the goalposts, in light of the polling data.”

McCain said he was also “disappointed” that Obama “has not played a more active role in this, as Bill Clinton did in ‘95.”

“Maybe we need to get Joe Biden out of the witness protection program,” McCain said, noting the vice president’s lack of visibility in recent weeks and relationships with his former colleagues in the Senate.

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McCain said it was time for Democrats to be “magnanimous and get things done.”

“I know what it’s like to be in the majority and in the minority, and it won’t be forgotten,” he added.

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