Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) couldn't contain himself Thursday when he saw footage of Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSinema, Manchin curb Biden's agenda A call to regular order: Joe Manchin and the anomaly of the NDAA Like it or not, all roads forward for Democrats go through Joe Manchin MORE's (R) latest campaign ad.

In the ad, the Arizona senator says that the state has to "complete the danged fence" along the Arizona-Mexico border. A sheriff walking with him responds, "Senator, you're one of us."

In an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Shadegg, who is retiring, could be seen laughing along with hosts Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, and Mika Brzezinski.


After he composed himself, the congressman said, "It seems like some politicians have kind of changed ground on this issue. I guess maybe the president thinks it's funny. Sen. McCain now doesn't think it's funny. And he's saying we've got to get tough on the border."

McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, is facing a tough primary challenge this cycle from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R) and has come out tough on border security.

But some say the position is a flip-flop for McCain, who during the Bush administration worked with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship for illegals.

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