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Senate Proceeding on Dec 22nd, 2010 :: 2:48:20 to 2:51:30
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John McCain

2:48:20 to 2:48:40( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: public statements on american television -- on american television. a short time ago vladimir pud inn saying -- putin saying that if we move forward, they would take action. their foreign minister has made statements not last year, but

John McCain

2:48:20 to 2:51:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: John McCain

John McCain

2:48:41 to 2:49:01( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: last month, saying one thing, publicly declaring it, while on the other hand, we this will prevent them from doing what they say they will do. that -- that's a contradiction. you know, i understand how sound treaties are, how binding treaties are.

John McCain

2:49:02 to 2:49:23( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: i understand when a leader of a nation says if the united states -- on "larry king live" god bless you, larry. thank you for everything that you did for us. on "larry king live" that they will have to take -- quote -- "appropriate action if we improve quantitatively or qualitatively our stratigic

John McCain

2:49:24 to 2:49:44( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: missle defense systems, then obviously you have to give credence to that when public statements are made. now, obviously in the view of senator kerry, who has done a masterful job in shepherding this treaty through the united states senate in the last several days, that -- that's not that meaningful.

John McCain

2:49:45 to 2:50:06( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: so we just have a fundamental disagreement of opinion, but i can say this, if we negotiated a treaty and made certain agreements and the president of the united states made public statements on national or international television contradicting that, then i think we would -- it would give the party that we are in negotiations with significant

John McCain

2:50:07 to 2:50:30( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: pause. not once statement that i've been able to find has a russian leader, either foreign minister or defense minister or prime minister or president, said that they will adhere to the provisions that are in this amendment. so that -- that's a -- a fundamental contradiction that

John McCain

2:50:31 to 2:50:51( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: i'm sorry can't be resolved. i know what the votes are going to be on this treaty. and, again, i congratulate senator kerry for the very incredible job he has done and, frankly, his great willingness to talk with me and negotiate with me and have dialogue and --

John McCain

2:50:52 to 2:51:13( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: and work towards a common goal. and he has done that in good faith and i'm grateful for the opportunity you have given me to play a role including agree to this amendment which i think will improve the treaty. i want to say i know how difficult this has been for senator corker and other members on this side.

John McCain

2:51:14 to 2:51:32( Edit History Discussion )

John McCain: i want to thank senator lieberman for the continued hard work that he does on this issue. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment. i think it is -- it is very helpful. with that, mr. president, i

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