McCain Myth Buster: John McCain and George W. Bush

McCain Myth Buster: John McCain and George W. Bush

Today's McCain Myth: John McCain offers new ideas instead of more of the same on the issues voters care most about: the economy, Iraq, and health care.


WASHINGTON, DC–(PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 5, 2008–On the campaign trail, John McCain has tried to paint himself as an Independent “maverick” who has broken ranks with the Republican Party on a number of occasions. But his record reveals that on issue after issue, a vote for McCain is a vote for a continuation of the same failed Bush policies that have been disastrous for America.

When it comes to economic issues, McCain has pledged to make Bush’s budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, refused to denounce Bush’s threat to veto a bill that would help families and communities affected by the mortgage crisis, supported Bush’s veto of children’s health care and has promised to revive President Bush’s failed plan to privatize social security. McCain has also marched in lockstep with President Bush on the war in Iraq from the start and now talks about keeping our troops there for 100 years. [AP, 2/6/08;, 2/6/08; Congressional Quarterly Today, 2/27/2008; Senate Vote #307, 8/2/07; Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08; McCain Derry, NH townhall meeting , 1/3/08; , 1/3/08 ]

No longer a maverick, today the transformation to establishment candidate is complete.

Third Bush Term on the Economy…

McCain’s Short-Term Solution For the Economy? Tax Cuts for the Wealthy in Two Years, Of Course. When asked what efforts who have a short-term impact on the economy, McCain responded “In the shorter term, if you somehow told American businesses and families, ‘Look, you’re not going to experience a tax increase in 2010,’ I think that’s a pretty good short-term measure. And as far as confidence is concerned, I think if you say, ‘Congress is going to cut corporate taxes right away,’ if you say that you’ve got a plan to eliminate the AMT, I think some of those are kind of short-term measures right now.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08]

Republicans Postponing Consideration of Housing Bill So McCain Doesn’t Have to Make a Hard Vote. “Consideration of the mortgage package was delayed earlier in the week when a debate over the Iraq War lasted longer than expected. At the time, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., maintained that Republicans were intentionally delaying consideration of the mortgage package so that Arizona Sen. John McCain — the presumptive GOP presidential nominee — would not have to cast a vote on the bill before the March 4 Ohio primary.” [Congressional Quarterly Today, 2/27/2008]

Third Bush Term on Iraq…

McCain Would Spend ‘a Hundred Years’ or a ‘Million Years’ in Iraq. McCain interrupted a voter during a townhall meeting in New Hampshire telling him we could spend “maybe a hundred” years in Iraq and “that would be fine with me.” After the townhall meeting, he told a reporter “that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for ‘a thousand years’ or ‘a million years,’ as far as he was concerned.” [McCain Derry, NH townhall meeting , 1/3/08; , 1/3/08]

McCain Consistently on Bush Talking Points. In 2003, McCain echoed Bush’s rosy predictions by claiming that the end was “very much in sight” in Iraq. In 2005, McCain backed Bush, arguing that another year would prove “stay the course” was working. [The Hill, 12/8/05; ABC News, Good Morning America, 4/9/03] In 2006, McCain argued that Iraq was “on the right track” even as it slipped further toward civil war. [MSNBC, Imus in the Morning, 3/1/06] As of late, McCain’s campaign insists, “terrorists are on the run,” even while half of Afghanistan appears to have fallen back under the control of the Taliban and Osama Bin Laden remains at large. [, press release, 12/17/07; Time, 12/8/07; Investor’s Business Daily, 12/14/07]

Third Bush Term on Health Care…

John McCain Does Not Have a Plan For the Uninsured. According to the Wall Street Journal, McCain’s plan does not focus on “reducing the ranks of the uninsured,” of which there are about 47 million, or one in seven Americans. [Wall Street Journal, 10/11/07]

McCain Opposed Reauthorizing SCHIP and Providing Insurance For Millions of Uninsured Children. McCain voted against reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Program for five years, expanding the program by $35.2 billion. [Senate Vote #307, 8/2/07]

Third Bush Term on Social Security…

2008: McCain “Totally In Favor” of Bush Social Security Plan. “I’m totally in favor of personal savings accounts and I think they are an important opportunity for young workers. I campaigned in support of President Bush’s proposal and I campaigned with him, and I did town hall meetings with him.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08]

2005: McCain Campaigned for Bush Social Security Plan. “McCain has been especially supportive of his onetime rival, appearing with Bush at three events over the past two days in trying to prod Democrats into negotiations to include private accounts in a plan to revamp Social Security.” [Washington Post, 3/23/05]

After casting himself as a “Maverick” in 2000, the new John McCain is walking in lockstep with President Bush, pandering to the right wing of the Republican Party, and embracing the ideology he once denounced. On the campaign trail McCain has callously abandoned many of his previously held positions, even contradicted himself, in a blatant attempt to remake himself into a candidate Republicans can accept in 2008. So just who is the real John McCain? The Democratic National Committee will present a daily fact aimed at exposing the man behind the myth.

McCain Myth Buster: John McCain and George W. Bush