McCain started out a town hall meeting in Gilbert Monday night by blasting the economic policies of the Obama administration.
The Arizona Republic reports the mostly conservative crowd began to turn on the senator when he opened it up for questions.
One Gilbert resident demanded McCain apologize for a comment made last month on the Senate floor about “tea party hobbits.”
McCain explained he was reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial, and he meant the notion of passing a balanced-budget amendment now is fantasy, like hobbits. McCain said he was sorry if it was misunderstood.
Others chided McCain for negativity and blaming President Barack Obama and Democrats for the nation’s troubles.