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McCain: Durbin Needs To Apologize For Saying Republicans Are Racist

In a heartfelt speech on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain took issue with Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois for his comments that alluded to racial biases in the Republican party.

McCain was referring to Durbin's comments that the reason Republicans are delaying a vote on Loretta Lynch to be attorney general is because she is African American.

McCain said, "That is unfair, it is unjust. It is beneath the decorum and dignity of the United States Senate. At no time has the majority leader ever indicated that he would not bring the Lynch nomination to the floor. Had the senator from Illinois and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle not filibustered this bill over a manufactured crisis we could have considered the Lynch nomination this week. I deeply regret that the senator from Illinois chose to come here yesterday and question the integrity and motivation, mine and my Republican colleagues. It was offensive and unnecessary and I think he owes this body, Ms. Lynch, and all Americans an apology."

It was only Wednesday when Durbin made his controversial comment stating that Lynch, "is being asked to sit on the back of the bus when it comes to the Senate calendar." Durbin then took the floor immediately after McCain, but he never directly discussed his "back of the bus" comment. Instead, Durbin asked why it is taking twice as long for Lynch to get nominated as it did for Attorney General Eric Holder.

Republicans were justifiably angered by the comments because they have nothing to do with policy or with Lynch's Senate confirmation. They also point out that Lynch would be replacing an African-American attorney general. When asked if he believed the GOP's decisions had a racial component, Durbin refused to say yes. Instead Durbin said, "They are motivated first and foremost in stopping the nominees of President Obama. That's their number one goal."

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