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September 1, 2014

McCain Threatens Congressional Action if Nats Don’t ‘Let Teddy Win’

McCain Threatens Congressional Action if Nats Dont Let Teddy Win

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The “Let Teddy Win” movement got a little boost Tuesday night from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The former presidential candidate voiced his outrage that the Washington Nationals mascot representing 26th president Theodore Roosevelt has never once pulled out a win during the crowd-pleasing, fourth-inning presidents race that takes place at every Nationals home game.

McCain even went as far as saying Teddy’s losing streak deserves a Congressional hearing to investigate the root cause of his poor winning record.

“Theodore Roosevelt is one of the great presidents in history,” McCain said in a seven-minute segment on ESPN’s “E:60.” McCain has long said Roosevelt is his political hero, and he told ESPN that it’s been “traumatic … as I watch my hero, my childhood idol, being treated in such a cavalier fashion.”

McCain added, “I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the fact that one of the truly great presidents in history has never won a race. I’m outraged. That’s why I’m calling for Congressional hearings to right this horrible wrong.”

With such a short and compact schedule for the rest of this Congressional cycle, HOH knows Congress will be busy with such big-ticket items as funding the government, taxes and looming automatic spending cuts. But even with a tight schedule, we think a hearing on why Teddy’s never won deserves a sliver of lawmakers’ time.

And with the pennant race in full swing and the Nationals in a position to potentially win a division title, what could be a better time than now?

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