Arizona Sen. John McCain says federal earmark spending is a "corrupt practice" and praised Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi's opposition to it.
McCain did a telephone conference call with reporters Monday morning on Rossi's behalf. Rossi, who is in a competitive race with Democratic incumbent Sen. Patty Murray, was not on the call. Rossi has said that earmarks should be banned until Congress balances the budget. McCain says he's opposed to earmarks at all times but says he's happy that Rossi is committed "at least in the short term."
McCain criticized the amount of earmark requests Murray has made for the state, citing a recent story by The Seattle Times that showed nearly $20 million of her defense earmark requests would benefit clients of former staffers who are now lobbyists.