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McCain: 'Complete the danged fence'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on the need to build a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border, January 2007:

I think the fence is least effective. But I’ll build the goddamned fence if they want it.

McCain again in September 2008:

What my plan was, and what our proposal was, that we secure our borders, and we can secure it, not necessarily with walls and fences. Although that is important in populated areas, in the deserts of Arizona vehicle barriers, cameras, and sensors, all of those things, can be used.

McCain in May 2010:

The 2007 failure of the Senate to pass an immigration reform was a huge asset to McCain, taking the heat off of an issue that divided him from the GOP base. The return of immigration as an issue to Arizona, in the form of the state's tough new enforcement bill, is proving just as difficult to navigate as reform was in the nadir of McCain's presidential bid.

By David Weigel  |  May 10, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Immigration  
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