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John McCain: Fox News 'A Bit Schizophrenic' On Immigration

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) testifies before a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the state of video, on Capitol Hill May 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee discussed unbundling cable services and the impact of changing technology, among other topics. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 14: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) testifies before a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the state of video, on Capitol Hill May 14, 2013 in Washington, DC. The committee discussed unbundling cable services and the impact of changing technology, among other topics. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)

In an interview published Tuesday, John McCain called Fox News "a bit schizophrenic" on issues of immigration reform.

The Arizona senator recently sat down with the New Republic to talk about the GOP's position in the immigration debate, among other things. When asked about segments on Fox News that get people "riled up" about the issue, he told TNR, "I think that Fox News is a bit schizophrenic. I saw a guy on Hannity — maybe Huckabee — and the guy said, ‘You know, the Chinese are coming across our border, and they are going to commit cyber attacks.'"

"Honest to God! 'They are going to commit cyber attacks,'" he added, when asked why the Chinese would have to cross the border to commit cyber attacks.

Fox News personalities have differed on the issue of immigration reform. In June, Bill O'Reilly threw his support behind McCain's immigration bill, which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Sean Hannity famously declared that he supported the idea of amnesty, but changed his mind about the bill in June.

Meanwhile, McCain has been a leading proponent of immigration reform in the Senate, and co-drafted an immigration bill that passed the Senate. He has been calling for House Republicans to pass the plan next month as well.

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