McCain, Biden coming together for Sedona, Arizona forum

April 23, 2013

These days Washington is not known for bipartisanship, but every now and then a breakthrough is made.

So it is noteworthy that Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, and Senator John McCain, a Republican, are appearing together at a forum in Sedona, Arizona on Friday.

The occasion is an annual event staged by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University in McCain’s home state.

Both Biden and McCain have long experience in foreign policy and national security matters. Biden is a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and McCain has long served on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

They also have a long history in national politics. Biden ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008 in a race ultimately won by President Barack Obama, who later that year defeated McCain, who was the Republican nominee.

The theme for what is called the Sedona Forum, being held at the Enchantment Resort, is “How can we promote freedom and democracy effectively?”

Photo: Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is ceremonially sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden (R), as McCain’s wife, Cindy, holds the Bible at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 5, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


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IMHO, this forum resulted in the real-est comment on gun control to date. Thank you for putting this in perspective Joe B! Bottom line is that the general population is reacting to the potential for a repeat of Newtown. In some cases, the absence of knowledge or understanding and/or the ability to devote time and attention to the issue/cause incites a knee-jerk reaction. The bigger issue is…how do we prevent the mentally ill from acquiring lethal weapons and not compromise the constitutional right of the population as a whole?

Posted by alloveritllc | Report as abusive

I cannot for the life of me understand how these verrrry wealthy men consider a vaca in the wealthy district of Sedona (And also McCain’s home ground advantage) can be construed as momentous. Let them meet where the problems exist: go to the Bronx, or Flint, or a poor district ind DC. Look at the mess you cannot figure out. Or, sip your 100 year old scotch and suck on your penile stogies, and contemplate your moves toward the next election cycle.

Posted by susette | Report as abusive

I am sad to see this exchange of partisanship, in the light of political bashing, and betrayal,

Posted by quotelawrence1 | Report as abusive

Obama needs to be impeached. He is an ignorant bluegum.

Posted by jaxman44 | Report as abusive

Um…McCain is a RINO…so this is basically just 2 democrats getting together to have lunch at a giant posh resort for the ultra-rich.

Posted by RD137 | Report as abusive

“Showing up at the same event” is not necessarily bipartisanship.

Biden might be there to refute the nonsense & lies of McCain, his slavish devotion to putting other people’s kids in harms way, and generally sick level of ambitious self absorption.

Posted by Bookfan | Report as abusive