05/17/2011 04:39 pm ET Updated Jul 17, 2011

John McCain Invokes Snooki In Warning Of 'Dangerous Aspects' Of Twitter

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed appreciation for Twitter, though stressed the importance of exercising caution when it comes to "dangerous aspects" of the social media platform during a speech in Washington, DC on Monday night, Politico reports.

"I hope you understand and appreciate that this means of communication has also sometimes got some dangerous aspects associated with it too," explained the Arizona senator. "Misinformation and things that are injurious to people, and we have to see that some self-discipline is exercised. I look at a lot of tweets that come back to me, and a large number of them call for my early demise, usually in a painful manner."

McCain invoked "Snooki" -- who rose to fame on MTV hit reality show "Jersey Shore" -- to make his case on the matter at the opening night of the Al Jazeera U.S. Forum at the Newseum. He said that a tweet he wrote last year signaling he wouldn't tax the super-tan star's tanning bed during the health care reform debate garnered more attention than a statement he made about renewing the START Treaty.

McCain and Snooki's mentions of one another on Twitter have landed the pair in the headlines in the past. Last year, Snooki told the senator's daughter, Meghan McCain, that she voted for her father in the 2008 presidential election "because he was really cute" and she "liked when he did his speeches."