During a town hall meeting in Gilbert, Ariz., on Monday, Sen. John McCain was met with some boos after he wouldn't apologize for calling members of the tea party "hobbits."
During the debt-ceiling debate in late July, The Hill reports that the Arizona Republican quoted a Wall Street Journal editorial, saying: "If the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue and the public will turn en masse against Barack Obama. ... Then Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced-budget amendment and reform entitlements, and the tea party hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor."
"I am sorry if it was misunderstood. I am not sorry for what I said," McCain told constituents on Monday after he was asked to explain the remark. The moment was captured by Arizona’s local 3TV News.