McCain Conference Call

posted at 10:35 am on April 25, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

John McCain held another blogger conference call, and started off talking about his effort to reach out to “areas that haven’t been able to participate” in economic expansion. The biggest lesson to be learned from the War on Poverty is that local control and local government is the key to success. Big federal bureaucracies just get in the way. He visited the Katrina-hit areas and toured the devastated areas, and later spoke about improving the response to future disasters.

On the economy, McCain says to anyone who wants to pay higher taxes: “I’m not your guy.” Spending is the problem, not revenue, including a 940% increase in earmarks over the last 12 years. He wants to keep capital-gains tax rates low in order to maintain and increase the revenue from them. “Anyone who wants to raise taxes in tough economic times lacks a fundamental understanding of economics.”

McCain also believes that a gas-tax holiday will benefit the working class, but he says it doesn’t solve the fundamental problems of oil imbalance


  • What obligation does Obama have to discuss his associations with former radicals, and what responsibility does the press have? — He’s surprised that there hasn’t been more focus on Obama’s comparison between William Ayers and Tom Coburn. Obama owes the American people an apology for both. Maybe he can make a case for Ayers, but the Weathermen were terrorists, and the media should discuss it.
  • The North Carolina ad — why pull it? — It’s not the tenor of the conversation McCain wants to wage. It’s open for discussion, but he doesn’t want to make it part of the campaigning at any level. In his view, the ad isn’t appropriate for the GOP, in a similar manner as Bill Cunningham’s remarks earlier in the campaign.
  • Can you win in California? — He intends to compete in California; as a Western Senator, he understands the issues facing Californians, and Schwarzenegger’s success there shows it can be done.
  • What is his analysis of the Basra operations? — It’s a “pleasant turn of events”. We’ve been pressing Maliki for action, and he persevered through some setbacks to success. Basra now is under Maliki’s control, and it has united the central government. Sadr is marginalized. “Overall, I’m rather pleased.”
  • Should voters take Obama’s relationship with Wright into account? — He doesn’t want to tell voters how to make their decision, but he’s concerned about the tenor of the Republican campaign. He can’t order them to take the ad down, but as the nominee, he can make public his concerns.
  • Hamas would be pleased with an Obama presidency Has he distanced himself from Carter, Hamas? — A lot of bad actors on the international stage seem to be rooting for Obama, including Daniel Ortega and others. Sitting down without preconditions with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad while Iran increases its support for Shi’ite militias shows how feckless Obama’s foreign policy is.
  • Obama withdrew from a debate in North Carolina. Would he be willing to have a “conversation” with Hillary instead? McCain says it’s inappropriate until the Dems have a nominee.

McCain’s next stop will be in Arkansas, where he will make appearances with Mike Huckabee. Afterwards, he goes to Florida for some fundraising, and next week, he’ll start talking about health care and get back on the bus with the media.

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Ever think that John McCain has enough scandal in his political past for the Dems to make him the poster boy of the “Republican Culture of Corruption”?

Red Pill on April 26, 2008 at 5:35 AM

He has some things in his past naturally, but I think Dems would get better results simply connecting him to the Republican party in general, especially Rove and his tactics. His popularity when others in his party are failing is due to his Maverick image in the media.

Typhonsentra on April 26, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Finally gave yourself away, liberal troll.

Well, if supporting idiotic big government ideas like border fences and at the same tauting Democrats for higher office makes one a “conservative”, then call me liberal.

Ministry of peaceandprosperity, very Orwellian.

NoDonkey on April 26, 2008 at 12:35 PM

Well, if supporting idiotic big government ideas like border fences and at the same tauting Democrats for higher office makes one a “conservative”, then call me liberal.

you ARE a liberal. Anyone against the border fence, which has been proven to work is an open-border liberal.

as far as a ‘democrat’ for higher office, what do you think mccain is??? get a clue…mccain IS a democrat

right4life on April 26, 2008 at 9:00 PM

His third divorce. Is breaking wedding vows before God and community, “conservative”?

Several times over the past few months, he’s clearly insinuated that he’s spent the night with one of his stable of women.

Which again, is his business. I’m not condemning him. Before I got married, I lived a similar lifestyle. And I knew it wasn’t conservative.

glad to see you’re holier than thou!

I can see why you like captain Queeg mccain, he thinks he knows whats best for everyone else too, like with mccain feingold.

yeah thats real conservative, telling everyone else how to live.


right4life on April 26, 2008 at 9:04 PM

I assume “right4life” means that you are pro-life. If that is true, you can’t in good conscience vote for Hillary. She voted:
– Against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban
– Against the confirmation of John Roberts
– Against the confirmation of Samuel Alito

Voting for Hillary is being an accessory to murder.

(Ditto for Obama)

Red Pill on April 26

McCain is not pro-life, please. you need to look at his record, not his words.

In a Jan. 7, 1992, letter to Arizona’s major pro-life group, McCain promised to support President Bush’s ban on federal funding of such abortion-dependent research. I have no intention of supporting the use of fetal tissue resulting from artificially induced abortions for research purposes,” McCain wrote.

A few months later, however, McCain began voting to overturn Bush’s pro-life policy-a drive that succeeded

after President Clinton took office. As recently as 1997, McCain led the way in defeating a pro-life amendment offered by Sen. Dan Coats (R.Ind.) that would have placed some limits on federal funding of abortion-dependent fetal tissue research.

One example-the subject of another ad-is what McCain said when he met with the editorial board of the very liberal San Francisco Chronicle on August 19: “I’d love to see a point where it [Roe v. Wade] is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to [undergo] illegal and dangerous operations.”

like every other issue, he stabs conservatives in the back. and he’ll appoint souter-like judges, no doubt about it.

right4life on April 26, 2008 at 9:09 PM

like every other issue, he stabs conservatives in the back. and he’ll appoint souter-like judges, no doubt about it.

right4life on April 26, 2008 at 9:09 PM

I agree with you. With Obama or Clinton, you get more Justice Ginsbergs (John Edwards, perhaps?). With McCain, you get more Souters. With Mike Huckabee, you get more Roberts, Alitos, Thomases, and Scalias.

John McCain does not deserve the Republican nomination, and by the grace of God Mike Huckabee will be the next POTUS.

Red Pill on April 27, 2008 at 9:12 PM