John McCain Defends Strippers, Not For The First Time

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J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Arizona Sen. John McCain, 76, turned heads this week when The Hill reported he was hopeful that a proposal to eliminate the $1 dollar paper bill from circulation would help increase tips for the nation’s strippers. “Then I hope that they could obtain larger denominations,” he told the paper, in response to a question on the topic. Later, in a shout to the reporter, down the hall, he added, “Fives, tens, one hundreds!”

But it was hardly the first time McCain had expressed concern over the wellbeing of exotic dancers. McCain’s turns with strippers and youthful hijinks from his time in the Navy actually played a role in his 2008 presidential campaign — at least for a week during a introduction tour of Florida. “I enjoyed every single moment of my life here, from learning to fly to blowing my pay at Trader Jon’s,” he said in Pensacola, shortly after winning the Republican nomination. Trader Jon’s, during his time in the Navy, had been a bar often filled with dancing girls, some of whom he dated.

The 1996 book The Nightingale’s Song describes the scene: “He dated everyone from schoolteachers to the strippers at Trader John’s [sic], the fabled airdale raunch bar, often returning to base just in time to change clothes and drag himself out to the flightline,” Robert Timberg wrote.

In his own book, Faith Of My Fathers, McCain said the bar scene was the watering hole of “almost every unmarried aviator in Pensacola,” featuring at the back “local girls, trained as exotic dancers” who “entertained rowdy crowds of aviators.” One of them was the “Flame of Florida,” whose stage name was Marie. “She was a remarkably attractive girl with a great sense of humor,” McCain wrote, saying their dates were on Sunday nights when the bar was closed.

McCain recounted one night out with friends, when the Flame reached into her purse, popped open a switchblade and began to clean her fingernails, shocking some of those around her. Afterwards, McCain  wrote, he took the “worldly, lovely Flame of Florida to dinner.”

In the two books, McCain also described toga parties, a fling with a Brazilian model, and throwing the “most raucous and longest beach parties of any squadron in the Navy.” These stories have always been a part of the McCain “Maverick” narrative— carousing Naval aviator who cleaned himself up in the service of his country—and they have served the Senator well in his career. So it is no surprise that he would like to pay the profession back.

54 comments
tailhunter10
tailhunter10

But it was hardly the first time McCain had expressed concern over the well being of exotic dancers. "

If this is what you call a second time then there never was a first.....lousy article, poorly written and the bias is beyond obvious.


 

lordofthefly
lordofthefly

Yep, Mac needs to retire. His war mongering is bad enough, but the w-ore mongering will kill what little support he has from women. Well, you know, unless they're among the recipients of his "generosity."

glennra3
glennra3

That was a long way to travel for a story that wasn't.


Writer's block sucks.

Onepatriot
Onepatriot

Doesn't matter if you're a dem or rep, men are men.  You're always going to have men fascinated with the opposite sex.  If they want to waste (in my view) their money at strip clubs,. that's their business.  Also, if there are women that want to earn a living that way, then that's their business and how much they make is too. Let them make all the tips they can.

I have no problem with harmless sex between two consenting adults.  That is Not my business.

That said, it does show a certain aspect of ones judgment and if you want to be a politician, then voters ought to reflect on that come election day.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

It is refreshing to hear stories from a real man instead of the metrosexual in the White House.

FrankDurman
FrankDurman

McCain is such a RINO that it borders on treason. I can't stand this guy.

Libtards-UNITE
Libtards-UNITE

Not sure which is dumber, this article or the responses below. 

mario
mario

que tio más cachondo¡ me estoy quedado filpando, a sus 76 años y aun con ganes de marcha¡¡¡es tan cachondo . mi expareja de Hamburg, pennsilvanià se quedaria flipando.

sacredh
sacredh

Strip bars are nothing more than temples to evil where men are agitated into spilling their seed upon the ground. That is forbidden in the Bible. Every sperm is sacred.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

Maybe the late Sunday partying and showing up on Monday just in time for the flight line had something to do with the fact that he crashed 5 planes.  If his dad hadn't been an admiral, he probably would have been a swabby on the deck after the 2nd or 3rd one.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

John McCain and Strippers have much in common. Both quickly shed their morals when money is waived.

sacredh
sacredh

What is this wicked world coming to? A senator that ran for President is talking about his liasons with strippers. A congressman showed off his man thing and neither one of them have been publicly horse whipped. Yet. These are both signs of the End of Days as foretold in the Bible. Hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, droughts and floods ravage our nation because of the wickedness and lack of moral values. Women are marrying women, men are marrying men (with ZERO chance of conceiving a child) and yet the Light remains invisible to most of the heathens in our Great Country. I weep for what we have become

Hermione
Hermione

I have more respect for strippers than I do most politicians.

Enough said, move on, nothing to see here.

sacredh
sacredh

Shame on John McCain. I know what was on his filthy mind. He wants to use coins and treat those fallen women like slot machines. You can't insert coins and expect them to pull your lever.

Belarusa
Belarusa

But......If there are no more dollar bills, what will we have left when the liberals are done taxing us to death?

FrankBlank
FrankBlank

Hey, the old wad is going rogue on the g-string thing!  But did he ever slip Sarah baby a fiver? 

AZWI
AZWI

I always thought that, that old man was a pervert. On a serious note this is just another incident to prove that John McCain is completely out of touch with the average American. How about the customer what if they can only afford a dollar tip. Once again McCain is forgetting about the average person 

JakobStagg
JakobStagg

I think I may have another idea. Let's get rid of politicians. Think of all the money we'd save if we replaced them with people who had better ideas than "waste and debt". 

In the alternative, we could get rid of money altogether. It is fictitious anyway.

nostalgia
nostalgia

I personally have no problem with strippers or stripping itself. If women want to parade their bodies around for money and patrons want to spend money to see these women parade their bodies around, that's their choice. And I really don't have any problem with a legalized and well-regulated prostitution industry either (well-regulated being the key word here).

IanBortner
IanBortner

@Onepatriot Would you also defend McCain for abandoning his first wife when he got home from Vietnam and discovered that she was crippled in a tragic accident? 

grape_crush
grape_crush

@ReneDemonteverde > It is refreshing to hear stories from a real man instead of the metrosexual in the White House.

You mean the father of two in the White House who's still married to the same woman after 21 years isn't to be considered a 'real man'?

And to you, a 'real man' is a womanizing, strip-club-cruising Navy brat who dumped his first wife for a richer and healthier woman?

There's more to being a man than being a swingin' dck.

glennra3
glennra3

@FrankDurman 

This is one of the most honest Republican statements I've ever read: disagreement with the GOP on any issue = treason.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Libtards-UNITE You are complaining when no body responded in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Arabic and other languages yet. But that time will come as America goes multi cultural.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@sacredh Can you imagine the number of illigitimate kids if men have no other means of enjoyment ? 

tailhunter10
tailhunter10

@sacredh 


  Jeeze,  crawl out from under that rock and experience the world. Then you can judge others.....

SarahConfran
SarahConfran

Fallen women? A lot of women who strip do so because the pay is really good and they are completely fine with being dressed provokively.

ky7ups
ky7ups

@Belarusa Don't you mean what will be left when the conservatives are done giving it to the rich and the corporations?

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@AZWI 

According data of the Soviet Union during the war in Vietnam, ЗРК C-75, downed more than 1000 enemy planes. Among them 54 strategic B-52.

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

F-4 "Phantom" McCain gets on the tops of the aircraft carrier «Enterprise» in the Tonkin Gulf, was shot down our missile defensein the sky over Vietnam.5 years Vietnamese held him captive in a cesspool, sometimes beat on the head...

The lieutenant colonel in resignation Yury Petrovitch Trushechkin

was as a part of the missile calculation (ЗРК С-75 ) that knocked in the skies over Vietnam, American plane which was piloted by future candidate for president of the USA John McCain, and even took away as a trophy its private papers.

sacredh
sacredh

@destor23, they are women that have fallen from grace. They show their private parts with the express purpose of leading men astray. They tempt men with their charms and break up countless good Christian marriages. The flesh is weak and they prey on that.

rivival37
rivival37

@Sibir_Russia In Vietnam, McCain flew the A-4 bomber, not the F-4 interceptor that was used as both a bomber and a fighter.

MaxWright1
MaxWright1

@sacredh @xoferbean  "I love freedom but that doesn't mean that we are free to sin." 

 Yes it does. This isn't a theocracy.  

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@sacredh @destor23 When you are more Christian than the Pope what can one say ? Nobody uses the term fallen women anymore. Except maybe Mantis.

sparrow
sparrow

"Those who defy the Holy Scripture should be publicly beaten and stoned."

If you are so righteous, who's stopping you?  Go forth, right NOW, and cast the first stone.

sacredh
sacredh

@xoferbean , I am not Jesus Our Lord and Savior and I'm not stupid. I am a righteous warrior for The Lord. I am not tempted by wicked women or the sins of the flesh. I cannot be lead into temptation. Wiggling naked women arouse only my pity and scorn. I love freedom but that doesn't mean that we are free to sin. We are free to sing the praises of our Lord and work for the good of our fellow man. Those who defy the Holy Scripture should be publicly beaten and stoned.

xoferbean
xoferbean

@WithGodAsMyWitness Jesus you're stupid. The express purpose of leading men astray? Really? That's why they do it? It's not a job? It's not for money? They're just demons yeah? What is the world coming to indeed? Can't believe people like you still exist. If you don't like the country and you don't like freedom then go live in Saudi Arabia.