Blame Democrats for the lack of bipartisan cooperation in the Congress, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Thursday.
McCain, who earlier this week vowed no cooperation for the rest of the year as a result of the process used by Democrats to pass healthcare legislation, said it was the other party that was to blame for the shutdown in bipartisan work.
"It's not that we won't cooperate," McCain said during an interview on the "Today Show" on NBC. "They have not made one, single effort to work in a bipartisan fashion."
The Arizona Republican had backed off his original remarks in which he accused Democrats of having "poisoned the well" with their healthcare efforts, saying that he would happily with with Democrats on issues of national importance.
But he ultimately laid blame again at the feet of Democrats on Thursday.
"The fact is, I didn't realize at that time that Democrats would jam through legislation, as they did, on a totally partisan basis," he said.
McCain's remarks drew a stiff rebuke from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) office, as well as from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, who compared the senator to a six-year-old.
McCain channeled the movie "A Few Good Men" and dismissed Gibbs's shot this morning.
"I haven't got the time nor the inclination to respond to the White House flack," the veteran Republican senator said.