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John McCain defends Huma Abedinagainst Michele Bachmann

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John McCain took to the Senate floor
today to discuss Huma Abedin?
known variously for her work at the
State Department under Hillary Clinton
and for her marriage to sexting ex-
congressman Anthony Weiner. Is McCain perhaps a People magazine
subscriber, using his time in the
chamber to congratulate Abedin on the charming family photo unveiled
by the mag today? Alas, no. McCain was defending
Abedin against recent accusations
made by Rep. Michele Bachmann that
Abedin's security clearance should be
questioned due to alleged ties to the
Muslim Brotherhood. "I understand how painful and injurious it is when a
person's character, reputation, and
patriotism are attacked without
concern for fact or fairness," McCain
said according to prepared remarks.
"It is for that reason that I rise today to speak in defense of Huma Abedin." The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins unpacks the story: Bachmann recently started an inquiry as to
whether Congress has been infiltrated
by members of the Muslim group.
After fellow Rep. Keith Ellison raised
questions about her sourcing,
Bachmann replied with 16 pages of evidence, leading with accusations
about Abedin's family ties. Back to McCain: Ultimately, what is at stake in this
matter is larger even than the
reputation of one person. This is
about who we are as a nation, and
who we still aspire to be. What makes
America exceptional among the countries of the world is that we are
bound together as citizens not by
blood or class, not by sect or ethnicity,
but by a set of enduring, universal,
and equal rights that are the
foundation of our constitution, our laws, our citizenry, and our identity.
When anyone, not least a member of
Congress, launches specious and
degrading attacks against fellow
Americans on the basis of nothing
more than fear of who they are and ignorance of what they stand for, it
defames the spirit of our nation, and
we all grow poorer because of it. In an appearance this morning on Current TV, Ellison said of Bachmann's inquiry, "This is all about waving a red
bloody flag and trying to get people
to be hysterical and afraid and gin up
the hate machine."
 
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