ABC News' Tahman Bradley reports:
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called Democrats' shepherding of the economic recovery bill a "bad beginning" for President Obama's promise of a new kind of politics in Washington.
"It was a bad beginning because it wasn't what we promised the American people," McCain said Sunday on the CNN program "State of the Union."
McCain contends that Republicans were shut out of the legislative process by Democrats in Congress, who, he says, loaded the $787 billion stimulus with projects that won't create jobs.
"This bill was not bipartisan. It is incredibly expensive. It has hundreds of billions of dollars in projects which will not yield jobs."
McCain said his '08 White House rival had broken a promise to govern in a bipartisan fashion. "Candidate Obama said that these conferences would be open to the public. Said that the American people would have five days to view [legislation] on the Internet. There [were] commitments made that certainly aren't being kept now."
McCain also said there's a lesson for President Obama in the string of Cabinet nominees who were forced to withdraw: look for people who are not part of the Washington elite.
He said, "What I would have done -- and I hate to keep saying it that way -- is get outside of the Beltway. Get outside of Washington. Get people who have succeeded. Get the Meg Whitmans, and the Carly Fiorinas, and the Fred Smiths, and the John Chamberses. Get people who haven't been inside the Beltway, who haven't been part of the incestuous relationship that have caused the special interest and the national interest to somehow be distorted to a degree that the American people have lost confidence in what we do in Washington."