McCain plays poker on iPhone during Syria hearing

John McCain

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Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) listens during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on September 3, 2013 in Washington. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)


by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sometimes senators need a diversion from even the weightiest of topics. For Sen. John McCain during Tuesday's hearing on Syria, it was a game on his iPhone.

The Washington Post posted a picture taken during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing and reported that it shows the Arizona Republican playing poker on his phone. Only his hands and iPhone were visible.

Shortly afterward, McCain came clean in a sarcastic tweet posted on his Twitter account that began with the word, "Scandal!"

McCain wrote that he'd been caught playing on his phone during a hearing that, he quickly pointed out, exceeded three hours.

The senator added, "Worst of all, I lost!"

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