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McCain caught playing poker during Senate hearing on Syria

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Sen. John McCain plays poker on his iPhone during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the use of U.S. force in Syria.  (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., perhaps the Senate’s most outspoken voice in favor of military action in Syria, was caught playing poker Tuesday at the first congressional hearing about giving the president authority to use force in the war-torn country.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee grilled the panel of top Obama officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey.

While McCain spoke up when it came his turn, a Washington Post photographer snapped a photo of the Arizona Republican trying his luck in the meantime.

The senator later explained his poker habit on CNN.

“As much as I like to always listen with rapt attention constantly (to) remarks of my colleagues over a three and a half period, occasionally I get a little bored and so I resorted,” he said, chuckling. “But the worst thing about it is I lost thousands of dollars in this game.”

He followed up, saying it was only “fake” money.

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The tweet posted by Sen. John McCain after the photo of him playing poker during a congressional hearing on Syria hit social media.

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3 Comments to “McCain caught playing poker during Senate hearing on Syria”

    John Fuller said:
    September 3, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    This is hilarious! At least he is not wasting time on yet another false flag attack. These fake wars are getting a little boring.

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