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MNGOP Rips Franken... for Voting, with McCain, to Cut Obama's Military Spending

Sometimes, you just can't win.

Sometimes, you just can't win.

On Wednesday, the MNGOP tweeted this:
-- MNGOP (@mngop) September 24, 2014 Sounds scary, right? But what if you were told one of the Franken votes the MNGOP highlights was in favor of an amendment introduced by hawkish Republican Sen. John McCain and was intended to cut wasteful military spending proposed by Obama? Doesn't sound so bad, right?

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Turns out that's exactly what happened. The press release the tweet links to highlights this vote as an example of "Franken's Record Of Cutting The Military Budget":
Franken Voted For An Amendment To Reduce The Amount Provided For Air Force Aircraft Procurement By $2.5 Billion. (H.R. 3326, CQ Vote #312: Rejected 30-68: R 14-26; D 15-41; I 1-1, 10/6/09, Franken Voted Yea)
The Senate's official record of the October 9, 2009 vote indicates McCain's amendment was "to strike amounts available for procurement of C-17 aircraft in excess of the amount requested by the President in the budget for fiscal year 2010."

The amendment failed by a 68-30 margin, with Franken and Amy Klobuchar joining just 13 other Democrats in voting against POTUS's proposed military spending.

Doesn't exactly sound like McCain and Franken were leaving the homeland vulnerable to attack, does it? Nonetheless, in the aforementioned release, MNGOP Chair Keith Downey says, "Our military is once-again [sic] engaged in a battle against terrorism, but if Senator Franken had his way, our troops would be ill prepared to deal with the threat of ISIS."

To his credit, Downey does acknowledge that Franken's vote cut against the grain of his party. The Republican trying to take Franken's seat, Mike McFadden, has made portraying Franken as Obama's lap top a central theme of his campaign.

"About the only time Al Franken has stood up to the Democratic majority is when he's voted to slash defense spending," Downey says. "We now face a new, more determined enemy in the form of ISIS, an enemy that must be defeated. Minnesota needs a Senator who understands these threats and will stand up to out of touch politicians like Al Franken who want to cut our military budgets indiscriminately."

Aside from the question of whether or not he'd paint McCain with the same brush, Downey's comments, at least for this writer, bring to mind this observation: h/t -- Tommy Johnson

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