Yesterday during an interview with the Denver Post, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) claimed, “I will not and have never supported renegotiating the Colorado River Compact,” an agreement that “governs how seven Western states, including Colorado and Arizona, share the Colorado River“:
MCCAIN: And by the way, whatever misinterpretation there may have been, I will not and have never supported renegotiating the Colorado River Compact. … Never, Never would I support a renegotiation of the Colorado River Compact. Please. No. Got it?
But in August, McCain did exactly that. He told the Pueblo Chieftain that the compact “obviously, needs to be renegotiated“:
MCCAIN: I don’t think there’s any doubt the major, major issue is water and can be as important as oil. So the compact that is in effect, obviously, needs to be renegotiated over time amongst the interested parties.
At the Wonk Room, Majority Leader of the Colorado General Assembly Alice Madden recommends, “McCain should spend less time inside the DC beltway and more time with real Coloradans.”