McCain: Partisanship in DC is worst he has seen

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. walk to their party caucuses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, as the Senate struggles with a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a partial government shutdown when the budget year ends next week. Tea party-leaning members of the House GOP caucus successfully attached language to that bill last week that would strip funding for President Barack Obama's health care program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. walk to their party caucuses on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, as the Senate struggles with a stopgap spending bill that would prevent a partial government shutdown when the budget year ends next week. Tea party-leaning members of the House GOP caucus successfully attached language to that bill last week that would strip funding for President Barack Obama's health care program. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Staring at the specter of a partial government shutdown, Sen. John McCain says he's never seen anything like the harsh partisanship pervading much of Washington politics.

The Arizona Republican, serving his fifth term, says "we are dividing the Republican Party rather than attacking Democrats."

Appearing Friday on "CBS This Morning," McCain said he wouldn't judge the motives of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who conducted a more than 21-hour speech marathon in the Senate this week against Obamacare. But he also said that "I have not seen" anything like the gridlock that now has left the country facing a federal shutdown by Tuesday.

McCain called the federal government "very dysfunctional." He was asked about divisions within the GOP over what strategy should be used to kill Obama's signature health care program.

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