“I think it’s disgraceful that the president is going to sign it,” McCain said in an interview on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” He asked: “What is it here in Washington, business as usual?”
McCain described himself as “the loyal opposition” to the president and noted that “the country is in too bad of shape not to work together.”
“I’m committed to working with the President,” he added. “Here we don’t get the message from the people in this country…they voted for change.”
While criticizing Obama, McCain also pointed a finger at Republicans who put their own earmarks into the spending bill.
“It’s a bipartisan disease and we don’t seem to get it,” he said. “Forty percent of those earmarks were Republican earmarks.”
Asked for his take on the dust up between Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and Rush Limbaugh, McCain said: “I think there's a lot of voices in our party. Rush Limbaugh is one of them, Michael Steele, I respect enormously, the governors, Pawlenty and Jindal and Palin and others.”
“I think Mr. Limbaugh speaks for a number of Republicans,” he said. “Let’s all speak for the things we value and the things we believe in.”
“We just lost two elections in a row, big-time. Let's get together.”