John McCain Just Can’t Stop Laughing At Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday denied reports that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is pushing him to hold hearings exploring whether soldiers should be able to carry concealed guns on military bases.

“I was fascinated to hear that, since I haven’t heard a thing about it from him, nor has my staff heard from his staff,” McCain told reporters.

Responding to a question about a Politico report that Cruz said he is “pressing” for a hearing on easing the gun ban for soldiers, McCain said, “I have not a clue.”

Cruz, a 2016 presidential contender seeking to distance himself from the rest of the Republican field, said Sunday he is pressuring McCain directly to hold the hearing. “It’s very important to have a public discussion about why we’re denying our soldiers the ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights,” Cruz said.

McCain said he’d “be glad” to talk about the issue and decide “if we need a hearing. But it came as a complete surprise to me that he had been pressing me.”

Asked where it came from, McCain pondered the different methods of communication Cruz could have used to relay the message.

“Maybe it was through some medium that I’m not familiar with. Maybe bouncing it off the ozone layer for all I know. But there’s a lot of holes in the ozone layer, so maybe it wasn’t the ozone layer,” McCain said.

“Maybe it was through hand telegraph? Maybe through sign language? I don’t know,” McCain continued.

McCain has shown he’s no fan of Cruz in the past, calling him a “wacko bird” and “crazy.”

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