McCain challenged Booker on his gun buyback plan, saying “You do support mandatory gun buybacks. Now, when I heard you and Beto [O’Rourke] saying that, to me that is like a left-wing fever dream.” She added, “I want to know how you think you and Beto are going to go into red states and go to my brother’s house and get his AR-15’s because let me tell you he’s not giving it back.”
Booker responded, “My point is this—I’m not where Beto is in the way he’s been talking about this issue.” McCain interrupted “Good, because he’s crazy,” which Booker took issue with.
“We should watch the way we talk about each other. Seriously, we can’t tear the character of people down,” said Booker. “He has no problem doing it to me,” McCain fired back. “I mean, he was very nasty to me about this,” she added.
But Booker didn’t back down. “Just because somebody does something to us doesn’t mean we show the same energy back to them,” he said.
After the show Booker’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, took to Twitter to express his dismay at McCain’s question and praised Booker’s response:
McCain responded, and said that she was tough on Booker because she felt he was giving her the runaround:
You’re Cory Bookers campaign manager. I asked a specific policy question - he says he’s the most direct candidate and I’ll I got was a dodge. https://t.co/yv3ZDQLbBc— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 30, 2019
Viewers also took sides on Twitter, with some saying McCain was right to press Booker:
I watched it! You are correct Meghan!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Nisa Hooper (@NisaHooper) October 30, 2019
Another expressed their right to bear arms and praised the assault rifle McCain said her brother wouldn’t be giving up:
My wife can handle an AR-15 much easier than a handgun or shotgun. If she needs to defend our home, I pray she has the AR.— Tony B (@tbarragan29) October 30, 2019
But others said McCain was rude to Booker:
You were so rude to Mr Booker and I agree he handled it with grace— Shar (@sharoncollette) October 30, 2019
And another said McCain was “looking for a fight:”
My take on the exchange is that Megan was looking for a fight. She wanted to stand up for her Brothers assault weapons. Sad— Laurie (@luckykash777) October 30, 2019
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