Senator John McCain stopped in and visited the State House Republican Caucus:
McCain played to an interested, if largely non-commital, crowd during a weekly House Republican caucus meeting this morning. Most House leaders have not announced endorsements for the 2008 presidential primary, though the campaign for former Massachusetts Governor and announced Repubublican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday morning that Speaker Pro Tempore Mark Burkhalter will be part of his Georgia leadership team.
McCain also complained about government spending, saying the Republican Party angered its conservative base by presiding over the greatest expansion of government since the Great Society reforms of the 1960s.
“Nobody says no in Washington anymore,” said McCain, who has railed against pork-project spending at the federal level.
McCain, who represents Arizona and is on a cross-country trip to drum up support for an expected, but not formally announced, presidential run, also discussed energy policy, his position on appointing federal judges and the need for social security reform.
He fielded a question on PeachCare, which is Georgia’s version of a national health insurance program for children. That program is running short of money and state leaders are looking to Congress for additional funding.
McCain said he didn’t know there was a problem with the program.
“Drop me a note on that,” he told a state representative who brought the issue up. “I thought the program was in pretty good shape. (I’d be) glad to get on it.”
A friend who was present during the visit referred to McCain as looking like a “tired, old man” and said it’s likely he had more support before he visited the capitol then after he spoke.