I’m very curious to hear more about what happened here and whether it’s part of a pattern. Sen. McCain just held what seems to have been his first townhall back in Arizona since immigration reform became a headline issue over the last few weeks. And the response does not seem to have been positive with the folks at this town hall. Take a look. We’ll be tracking this very closely.
Late Update: The first AP report on this town hall has few details but the headline seemed telling: “McCain defends immigration plan to angry residents.”
Later Update: This sounds like it was a fun moment …
Some audience members shouted out their disapproval.
One man yelled that only guns would discourage illegal immigration. Another man complained that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. A third man said illegal immigrants were illiterate invaders who wanted free government benefits.
McCain urged compassion.
“We are a Judeo-Christian nation,” he said.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.