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John McCain, Charles Schumer Spar Over Long Island Joke

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Sen. John McCain (above) dissed Long Island on the Senate floor today, earning a Twitter rebuke from New York Sen. Charles Schumer.

Updated: 6:25 p.m.

Sens. John McCain and Charles Schumer sparred today over a joke the Arizona Republican made about Long Island while discussing legislation on the Senate floor, with the New York Democrat taking to Twitter to demand an apology.

In a debate with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) over how the federal government should handle terrorist detainees apprehended on U.S. soil, McCain said: Isnt it true that Justice [Sandra Day] OConnor was specifically referring to a case for a person captured on Long Island? Last I checked, Long Island was part albeit sometimes regrettably part of the United States of America.

Schumer, who was not on the Senate floor at the time of McCains remark, responded on Twitter with a post directed at his Republican colleague: All of America saw how heroic Long Islanders were on 9/11. #LongIsland deserves an apology.

But McCain was unrepentant, taking to the floor soon after to deliver a sarcastic apology.

In an exchange on the floor ... I mentioned the wonderful people of Long Island, McCain said. I made a joke. Im sorry theres at least one of my colleagues that cant take a joke, and so I apologize if I offended him and hope that someday he will have a sense of humor.

Schumer responded on Twitter: NYers can take a joke. But if @SenJohnMcCain wants to mock parts of America, stick to Arizona.

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