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Protest at McCain’s Senate office leads to arrest of dozens

April 29, 2008

WASHINGTON – U.S. Capitol Police arrested dozens of protesters, many in wheelchairs, at the Senate office of  presidential candidate John McCain on Tuesday while to Arizona Republican was in Florida campaigning about health care as well as raising money.rtr1zyqk.jpg

The activists demanded to talk to McCain about his lack of support for legislation that would help poor handicapped people stay in their homes and out of nursing facilities.

McCain is the only presidential aspirant who has not endorsed the bill, said Bob Kafka, a spokesman for ADAPT, an activist group that staged the protest. Democratic contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton support the bill, he said.

About 500 members of the group are in Washington this week celebrating their 25th anniversary of community activism, Kafka said. About 40 protesters were in McCain’s office with another 50 outside the hallway shouting to see McCain. Hundreds of others staged another demonstration outside the Republican National Committee near the Capitol, he said.

Kafka said Medicaid rules are forcing people who need care into nursing institutions. “The main thing that drives our organization is the passion to live in our communities,” he said.

McCain’s office had no immediate comment on the protest. 

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- Photo credit: Reuters/Carlos Barria (protesters follow McCain in Florida).

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Arrested crippled people? Now, if that is an example of things to come with a McCain presidency..FORGET IT!
Shame, Shame, Shame!

Posted by Jen | Report as abusive
 

Greedy people don’t need to care about those that don’t bundle money for them.

Posted by Matt Woolery | Report as abusive
 

“McCain is the only presidential aspirant who has not endorsed the bill, said Bob Kafka, a spokesman for ADAPT, an activist group that staged the protest. Democratic contenders Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton support the bill, he said.”

It sure would be plesent if MSM, in this case Reuters, could get the facts correct. Ron Paul, like it or not, is still running for the Republican nomination. The national convention is not until September and McCain has not won the nomination. So please Reuters get the facts correct, you are a professional national news organization.

Posted by tim minnesota | Report as abusive
 

Great! It’s about time some real differences on policy got some media focus, instead of comparing the Democratic infight with the currently uncontested McCain. Obama, is the only candidate I trust.

 

To Jen, McCain had nothing to do with the arrests.

The U.S capital police is in charge of security at the senate offices not McCain or anyone on his staff.

To blame this on McCain is an outrage. To link him up with this incident is an outrage. McCain himself is disabled and can’t even lift his arms up to comb his hair from the torture he went through.

I am sick and tired of McCain being smeared by the media.

The headline should be u.s capital police arrest them.

For the media to link it to mccain is an outrage. McCain was in Florida at the time.

But it worked. Now voters like Jen won’t vote for McCain because they think he is evil.

I am so sick of politics. The worst election campaign ever.

 

McCain may be personally disabled, but his policies do not reflect either an understanding or the desire to address the quality of life issues faced by most disabled people. Let’s look at the man’s policy positions: McCain’s tax policies would continue the economic devastation of the disability community. Unlike most disabled folks, McCain doesn’t have to worry about being warehoused in a nursing home, or going without health care, money, lack of transportation options, job security, the list could go on. Not surprisingly, he has no substantive disability initiatives in those areas either.

 

“Arrested crippled people? Now, if that is an example of things to come with a McCain presidency..FORGET IT!
Shame, Shame, Shame!”

Don’t be an idiot. The USCP made the decision to arrest. McCain, who was halfway across the country, had nothing to do with it.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive
 

McCain’s staff called the Capitol Police.

Posted by Fed Up | Report as abusive
 

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