If President Obama‘s is looking for a chance to add his own contribution to the growing canon of political YouTube videos filmed along the Arizona – Mexico border, this may be his chance. In an interview this morning with Jake Tapper on This Week Sen. John McCain invited President Obama to visit the Arizona border.
“[Sen.] Jon Kyl and I invite the President to come to the Arizona Sonora border. The violence is incredibly high…The human smuggling and drug cartels are at a level of violence where 23,000 Mexican citizens have been murdered in the last few years. … There is a level of violence which has increased to a significant degree which makes the situation far different than it was in 2007.”
“We have to secure the borders…We can get it secure then we can move on with comprehensive immigration reform. But I invite the President to come to the border and he can see for himself the absolute necessity of getting our border secure.”
One gets the sense that no matter how many unforeseen emergencies the president has land on his plate over the next few months he is not going to be able to shake the border problem from the national headlines. The visuals lately have become too powerful. Moreover, if AZ Gov. Jan Brewer is looking for a follow-up to her Arizona border sign video this could be it: a viral invite to Obama to come to the border himself.
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