Senator John McCain participates in the televised Republican debate at the Reagan Library. Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
When it comes to the Bush tax cuts, John McCain has a pretty complicated story. See if you can follow along:
It starts with being against them before he was for them. At this week's debate, McCain said he opposed the tax cuts in the past because they didn't come with spending cuts. But that's not what he said at the time.
In 2001, McCain said President Bush's $1.35 trillion tax cut benefited the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. At the time, he tried but failed to change the bill to reduce income tax cuts for the wealthiest and give greater benefits to those earning less money. Not a word about spending cuts.
In 2003, McCain opposed a $350 billion tax cut. In that instance, he said it was because there should be no tax cuts while the cost of the Iraq war and its aftermath were still unknown.
Flash forward to the 2008 presidential race. Not only is McCain giving a different reason for his previous opposition to tax relief, but he now wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, fighting what he calls "the Democrats' plans for a crippling tax increase." This is from the man who calls his campaign bus "The Straight Talk Express."
Of course, it's not too hard to figure out why he's suddenly for the cuts now: McCain's opposition to the Bush tax cuts is one of the many reasons why he's come under such harsh criticism from many in the conservative base.
Here’s my question to you: Why would John McCain misrepresent his own record when it comes to the Bush tax cuts?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jack, He misrepresents his record to win because he can not accept the fact that he has no clue what he is doing with the economy or this so-called plan he has. He should just admit he is as confused on the economy as a high school senior taking an economics class. And turn Democrat, because if he gets the nomination, in the words of Rush Limbaugh: "He will destroy the Republican Party."
Terry from Castle Rock, Colorado writes:
I think McCain is basically a decent guy but after losing the nomination to Bush in 2000, the old straight-talker has learned how to pander to the core of the Republican Party. You know, those are the ones who think we are in a war in Iraq instead of an occupation. They're the ones who don't have a problem borrowing and spending but go spastic when tax and spend is mentioned. They're the ones that McCain needs to convince of his conservative credentials.
Jack, Thank you for saying something that supports what many of us believe to be a consistent behavior of John McCain and why the Republican base will not hold their nose and vote for him if he is the nominee. I won't vote for Hillary as Ann Coulter said, but I will stay home.
George from Savona, New York writes:
The Straight Talk Express left the barn when ambition exceeded morality. He took a page out The Bush Book. If his lips are moving, he's lying.
It's simple. The Republican voter in 2008 punishes honesty in all forms. Didn't McCain tell the people of Michigan their old jobs were gone forever, and Romney said they would come back? McCain got punished for that. He's just learning.
Two words: Conservative pandering. Another two words: stupid question.
Jeff from Connecticut writes:
Jack, The obvious answer is that John McCain's bus broke down and he's taken up new residence on the "Sellout Express".
i like john mc cain and if thats all we can find that he has changed his mind on i don't hold it against him. his first position was much more responsible in that you cannot cut taxes and increase spending..he shouldn't pander to the peole who got us in this mess in the first place.
he's trying to pander to the "Club For Growth" nuts. McCain was correct when he stated that cutting taxes in war time was a prescription for financial disaster. the Bush administration's irresponsable fiscal and trade policies have destroyed the US Dollar's value and bankrupted America. we are likely to see the same hyperinflation that LBJ's "guns and butter" policies during the Viet Nam War caused in the 1970's.
Simple Jack. He needs to establish himself as a conservative, the only problem is, he's not. It doesnt matter what he says at this point, the fact of the matter is he has never been a conservative. Just because I bark doesnt make me a dog. There is only one TRUE conservative in the GOP field, Ron Paul.
Because you cannot win the Republican nomination if you favor any tax increase, even to pay for war or to keep the country from going bankrupt. George Bush's father raised taxes to reduce the Reagan deficits and he was pilloried by the majority of his party. They fail to understand that we must commit to fiscal sanity or we will commit fiscal suicide.
Because he trying to be all things to all people and will sell his soul to the devil which in this case are the hard core conservatives of the Republican party. But this is where the real McCain comes shining through. He is about as true to his "core values" as any of these politicians and he will change his tune on a dime. Just once I wish one of these politicians of either party could look the American people straight in the eye and tell them "I will not lie to you. I will always tell you the truth. And I will do what the majority of the people of this country want me to do rather than what I think in my infinite "decider" wisdom should be done". If one politician could tell me that one time, they would have my vote!
You answered your own question. "McCain's opposition to the Bush tax cuts is one of the many reasons why he's come under such harsh criticism from many in the conservative base." Senator McCain wants to be president and he'll take all the help he can get, be it Rudy, Crisp, Arnold, Bush and, shall I add, Karl Rove?
When was the last time a candidate DIDN"T misrepresent a record, twist a record, or make up a record to get something they want like an election. We need to face facts we are not a morral nation anymore – Saying we are doesn't make it so.
Last time I looked, McCain was calling himself a Republican. All Republicans lie, with the possible exception of Ron Paul. Does that answer your question?
John McCain is an old fashioned politician who will tell you anything to get your vote. He will tell you he is for people from Mars to be treated with dignity if they are living here illegally if they have any chance to vote for him.
We have seen politicians like this before and we had one for 8 years and our country can not take another 4 of yet another one. I am not for one candidate, I am more against McCain and Hillary. They are both bad for our country.
He wants to win so bad he seems to have gotten very cantankerous and is willing to sell his soul to the gop to get there. I am a dem but I at least used to respect him. I thought he would not sell out or change his convictions but he seems to have done just that. He was horribly pompous, over-bearing and down- right rude at the Republican debate the other day and now if I were voting Repulican I'd vot for Romney.
There was a time when I had a lot of faith in Sen. McCain, and would support him for President. He was right when he didn't vote for the Bush tax breaks as they were written, and for the reasons given at that time. I let the current Federal deficit and economy stand as my evidence. Now that he has back tracked on that vote, and his recent rendition of "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.......", It leaves me with some concern. Comparatively It's easy to get into a war, but sometimes it's not easy to get out of one.
Because he isn't the sharpest tack in the box, he is a lot like Bush, can't remember what he said yesterday. If there is any doubt about how smart McCain is check out his class standing at the academy, and he sure hasn't improve any since he squeaked through school. Look for him to flip-flop a few more times, while he figures out what he actually said. His little song about bomb Iran should be enough to turn everone off that is considering him for President, if not they are just about as dumb as McCain.
McCain is pandering to the extreme right wing coalition. Instead of presenting his case to the vast numbers of moderate voters he is selling his soul to the devil. There is no difference between McCain and Romney. They both have spines made of silly putty.
During the GOP debate, that took place January 30th, I could only think of Lou Dobb's piece that occurred before the debate.
It seems he as well as many other Americans are fed up with government politics and how the government doesn't listen to the people.
We are now living in an era in which two parties, Republicans and Democrats, have complete control.
It seems hard for me to believe that three hundred million plus Americans can declare themselves either Democrat or Republican.
Worst of all the more I listen to the debates on both parties, the more I come to realize that the message of both parties is the same.
Bigger government, more socialized care, and although most the Republicans say they will cut taxes it seems obvious to me that the only way
any of these candidates can keep their promises would be to raise taxes. We are truly living in a new era in which the voice of the people is not heard.
In a country that was created due to taxation without representation it seems clear to me that we have ventured far off course. As far as John McCain misrepresenting his own record it's more than obvious that he is trying to earn the nomination of the wrong party. Sadly the only candidate most in step with the Republican party keeps getting asked whether or not it is he who is asking the nomination of the wrong party, that man is Ron Paul.
Probably having a "senior moment" or as my nephew would say, "liar, liar, pants on fire." My opinion is "which mis-information" will the public believe."
They all lie to get elected and leopard's don't change their spots. I just pick the lesser of all the evils and pray they won't be as bad as this last batch of liars and thiefs we have in office.
It concerns me that we would be willing to put a man into Presidency who has very little educational background and bases all his merit on his past wartime experience. Why that is important, economic issues are hitting much closer to home now; and I don't feel he'd be competent enough to handle things. Did you see his response to Ron Paul's question on the economy? He had no idea what work groups and sunlight meant!!
McCain flip-flopping on taxes? Should we be surprised? I wish someone would ask him to spell "economy" the next time he's in a debate. Once again I can only suggest: Ron Paul... His version of an economic stimulus plan puts them all to shame, including Romney.
When it comes down to it, the only person that truly believes in what he is trying to sell – reduced taxes, reduced spending, and a return of personal rights – is Paul. (Cue in the song from Thunderdome by Tina Turner)
Just like Bush...Liar Liar pants on Fire!!!!!!!
John McCain will do anything to become President. He better watch out because his Oval Office will become a bit crowded with all the influencials he's encouraging to jump on board!
ah!,? who me, not.
mr mccains answer to you jack.
bowling green, mo.
Jack, its simple - to get elected. But people take notice if the tax cuts are repealed on everyone, not just the wealthy:
A married couple with taxable income of $ 50,000 pays now a tax of $ 6,721 (it could be less since qualified dividends and capital gains tax on them could be 5 or 10%) whereas the same couple would pay $ 8,107 in taxes if the rates go back to those of 2001.
mc cain wants to keep the bush tax cuts to pander to the republican base.
Its not any more complicated than that. I dont believe any candidate can honestly say they wont raise taxes. Unless we raise taxes, we will continue to just print up money and cause the dollar to crash and inflation.
Better yet. Lets leave Iraq and curb spending.
It certainly was a hugh blunder, although it must have worked on Mitt Romney. McCain left him an opening big enough to drive a truck through it, and he didn't take full advantage of it. Looks like McCain has been around Bush too long. He doesn't only make false statements he stands by them.
At 71 years old, you can hardly expect him to remember why exactly he voted on something that long ago!!! He would have been a great president 8 years ago, unfortunately his time has passed. Even more unfortunately, there is no rising Caucasian male star he the republican party to pass the torch to.
I miss John McCain version 2000; version 2008 has too many flaws.
John McCain is a flip-flopper. He is trying to make himself appear to be a fiscal conservative to quiet the criticism that he has been receiving. The problem is, he's not a conservative! His record proves it. How can such a war-mongering individual call himself a conservative! He's willing to stay in Iraq for 100 years! We are blowing the big bucks on that war. As Ron Paul has reminded us time and time again, Republicans, in the past, have been elected to end wars, not continue them. Bush ran on a humble foreign policy in 2000, with a strategy of no nation-building. If you want a true conservative in '08, vote for Ron Paul.
Because hard core Republicans still love Bush and are hoodwinked by trickle-down, voodoo economics and anything you say against him or his policies infuriates the base nearly as much as insulting Jesus. McCain is pandering to them, even though, in his heart, he is a true fiscal conservative who believes in a balanced budget and cares for America's middle-class and poor. Too bad core Republicans don't feel the same.
Gee I hope that the tax cuts are made permanent becase I think that is why I got an extra 75 cent in my pension check for the month of January. That will go a long way to pay bills, buy gas and grocerys
I support and will continue to do so John McCain. I agree that he has softened his position on the tax cuts to pander to the base but he has always been against tax hikes of any kind so I'm not suprised that he is for keeping them now.
Jack, McCain is feeling the hot breath of the Democrats, whichever candidate they put forward. He must play around with his voting history to reach the constitutuency, so many of whom are disheartened with Bush and look to the Democrats for a change, while still keeping the favor of his own party.
Jack Senator McCain is a professional Politician. He has no idea. You are assuming he understand the economy, he does not. Hillary, John they will do and say whatever it takes to get elected.
The man can not have a serious debate about the economy or the Constitution. The debate the other night sitting back with that dumb smerk on his face. This a Man that is a professional?? they fought for 155 minutes over nothing.
Jack find us someone that can really lead!!! other than Ron Paul who is there??
McCain will do and say anything to attempt to become the nominee and most of the time the media supports him!
Want lower taxes? Vote Ron Paul!
Ron Paul, the taxpayers' best friend in Congress. -National Taxpayers Union
It's just more proof that John McCain is not a conservative and no friend of the GOP. Does it really surprise you that he would lie or twist his record to try and win favor from a party that he doesn't even share the same beliefs with? It's about time we had a truthful and consistent candidate for president. It's about time we had Ron Paul.
McCain is in a pickle. He must support the president, and his Iraq War policy to win the Republican nomination, but by so doing most likely loses the presidential election, because seventy percent of voters are opposed to the war. Good luck John.
Is John McCain this election's John " Flip Flopper " Kerry, I think so...
Why should he be any different than the others running for office?
Instead of voting for the honest candidate, we have to figure out which one is the least dishonest.
Well of course he is changing his position, he wants to win the nomination. And he also wants to try to gain the support of the party and get some more money from the rich and famous. Besides he is a professional politician. I wonder how many people he commanded in the Navy as a leader and how many years ago that was. He probably can't remember or he'd use that typical Washington response "I have no recollection of that". Mr. McCain is really no different than most of the people who run for office even though he tries to appear to be and then he gets that disgusting grin on his face. Huckabee was correct when he said that actions are the best way to judge people, but in smilies' case you can also determine if he is lying or trying to deceive people by watching his lips move.
TLC from Texas
It's natural, he's a politician!!!
It's called positioning, Jack. Political positioning. John McCain is no different from Mitt Romney or any other of the political hacks. He is just as good, maybe even better than most, at rewriting history. He's done the same thing on the surge by declaring it a success. He simply changes the initial objective to fit the current facts and calls it a success. He walks through a marketplace in Iraq with 100 american soldiers and at least 4 helicopter gunships as his umbrella and says it's safe. Why is the media not focussing on these issues with McCain's version of the truth? I did not see any of these McCain truths challenged during any debate. Remember, a person who will lie to you will steal from you, as he has already tried to steal the truth!
I can't believe Mr. McCain would have the nerve to have an opinion that sometimes alters based on changing circumstances! I thought real conservatives held their opinions no matter facts or circumstance.
If you listen to Mr. McCain's so-called "straight talk" and then check the records, you will see several discrepencies.
For example: He claims he is against earmarks, then why did he miss the votes on the massive bills containing thousands of earmarks? Why did he vote for a bill in Sept containing approx a 4 billion dollar earmark taking real estate from veterans and taxpayers and donating it to wealthy residents of L.A.? Why will he now secure our borders when he was in Congress during the first amnesty and did not secure our borders then? Etc, etc.
Its very simple I think. He wants to win the election and will do whatever is necessary to promote his cause.
Jack, If McCain going to RUN as a Bush he has to go along with Bushs
It's called political positioning, Jack McCain is no different from Romney or any other political hack. They'll say anything to get elected. With McCain it's a habit. He calls the surge a success by simply changing the original objective of the surge to meet the current facts. He did the same when he walked through an Iraqi market-place with at least 100 American soldiers and 4 attack helicopters and declares the market safe. Always remember a person who will lie to you will steal from you, as they have already attempted to steal the truth!
A vote for McCain is a vote to bomb Iran. If we bomb Iran, the Great Depression will look like a cakewalk.
Has anyone thought maybe he is getting the "I don't remembers" like Reagan did uring all that Iran mess. Or maybe he just wants to be elected so bad he'll rephrase anything. The staying in Iraq for 100 yrs is what turned me off on him.
But someone is going to have to raise taxsto get us out of the mess we are and have been in for to many yrs. Where would we be if China called in their loans? Or any one else for that matter.
the answer to that question is easy....Can you say Senile.
He is old, he probably can not remember what he said yesterday, let alone years ago.
To win the conservative base. I know he looks like a fool by playing both sides of the coin but hey thats all part of politics of "straight talk express", Right?
Because John McCain is like just about every other politician out there: they say what they know the people want to hear, hoping they forget the actions of the past. He knows he can't win without the support of conservatives. Well guess what? To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen's remark to Dan Quayle: "Senator, I knew Ronald Reagan. And Senator, you're no Ronald Reagan."
Jack the answer is very simple, the man is an idiot
It's no mystery. You win the Republican nomination by pandering to the righty wing-nuts. There is simply no other way to get the nomination in the last decade or so. By the way, _all_ of the GOP candidates are pretending to be much more conservative than they really are... Romney and Huckabee are now embracing stances that had never occurred to them before they decided they wanted to grow up to be president. And to listen to Recently-deposed Rudi, you'd think he invented Ronald Reagan; he looks nothing like his policies when mismanaging New York.
The real question is: Why is it that the far-right still hates McCain so? He is a decorated combat veteran who has served his country honorably in the Senate for many years. He was actually a popular figure until he committed the blasphemy of criticizing Pope Bush II in 2000. The thing is: he was right. Most people now agree with the bulk of what he was saying in 2000. Unfortunately, in the Church of Rove... once a heretic, always a heretic.
McCain has proven time and time again that he will do anything or say anything to get the nomination. His flip flop on taxes, the fact that he said he would not vote for his own immigration bill to saying outright lies about Governor Romney's position on Iraq (even though he says he is running a non-negative campaign). If he does get the nomination, which I hope he doesn't, I will not be voting and I suspect that I am not alone. I was trying to think of a good Vice President for him and I don't know maybe Satan.
John McCain is a very confused man. I don't know why he continues to misrepresent his own record, but perhaps he'll stop once he decides which party he belongs to.
McCain's words are now coming through the filter of his strong desire for the Presidency. In 2000 he was derailed as the the engineer of the "straight talk" express. This year he's moved to the caboose of conservative movement and plans to enjoy the ride to the nomination.
Doesnt really matter what the republican canidates spew out of their mouths to convince the oh-so gullible conservatives.. Hillary/Obama is unstoppable.. People want the war to end, the economy fixed, enviroment looked after, higer wages and more jobs. Republicans cant deliver on those issues. Democrats can. Look at how many more Democrats are showing up to the primaries then the Republicans... Democrats are excited and ready to fix the what the Republicans have messed up the past 7 years,, The Republicans... sadly have no leader.. And my response to that is the same that Speaker Pelosi said about Bush's tantrum that he couldnt get his privitazing Social Security initiative passed: " POOR BABY!"
"Cut taxes for the rich, increase fees for the masses, and continue subsidies for all major industries". That is Reaganism at its best, and the ideal to which John McCain aspires, guided by the infallibility of "The Trickle Down Theory of Economics". Of course he would deny his backsliding from this course!
May I say in retrospect that this theory didn't work?
Ok uncle – who cares about all this McCain flip-flopping. And let’s call the tax cut what is really is – more of the same deficit spending. Who do you believe will have to pay for this “tax cut” – that’s correct not us but the next generation. How much longer will all this spending and more spending continue? We need to stop the spending and get on with a real plan to get back on track with controlling this spending hemorrhage.
Who is the real Flip Flpper? McCain....Taxes, Amnesity Economy...This guy cant tell the TRUTH if his life depended on it...
James from Alabama!
It is not about the tax cuts. John McCain is a Republican on paper and a Democrat at heart.
Here's the straight talk on McCain: given his age, this is his last shot at the presidency, and Republican voters have demonstrated that honesty isn't what they look for in a candidate.
Jack, John McCain still hasn't figured out that we want this war to end..the sooner the better....means he is a slow learner ...or as stubborn as Bush...both of which we don't need ...been there done that ...no thanks
Uh, because he's senile?
I'm 63 years old and have voted in every election since I was 18. I've always voted Republican.
If John McCain continues to be the Republican canidate, then for the first time I'll vote completely Deomocratic for President, other Federal offices, as well as State and Local.
who cares! at the time he voted against it because the tax cuts didnt effectively help the middle class. now he is PERMANENTLY for the Bush tax cuts with spending restraints!! both stances are good for the people. he may have changed his opinion but he now is permanently for the cuts. enough said. we need to curb spending with the tax cuts and McCain can and do that for America.
How sad that he has, I liked the "old" straight shooting McCain who is this man now? A Bush in McCain's body, have we been invaded by aliens?
And I quote, " It seems the straight talk express has lost a few wheels." Secondly, he wants endorsements like today's Forbes...the rich! Voting for John McCain is a vote for – no change!
jack he,s trying to come with something besides his service record, which is great but it won,t get him elected. gary indiana
It's simple, Jack. He changed his mind.
There will always be people trying to find something wrong with the Republican candidate. This is our best choice to lead America for the next four years. We are at war. Even if we cut and run from Iraq - which would be abysmally stupid - we would still be at war. Of all the candidates still running, John McCain is the only one with military experience and he served with honor. That counts for something in times like these.
Because McCain is like most politicians who speak outside both sides of their mouths! Talk about flip-floping ! No there is no straight talking with this man! Only more of the same Bush agenda!
Well, time has proven McCain to be correct about the tax cuts. Of course, now is now and perhaps his reasoning would be different. However, the tax cuts are not the issue with me, it is the blowing in the wind of change of Romney. I ask, would you buy a used car from Romney? Of course you wouldn't, not ever!
McCain is so desperate to be president, he'll misrepresent anything just to win the big "prize". Trust me folks, if McCain gets in we'll be in Iran before you know it.
Remember "Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran"?
I think in the 2000 and 2004 elections, the republicans called the democrat nominees "flip-floppers". Let us not lose that terminology just because he is a Republican.
Barack said it well last night, taxes will go up for the top 3% who have not been paying for the last 7 years. Tax cuts will remain for the middle class and poor.
Democrats and Independents need to realize if you vote for McCain, please make sure your son or daughter and grandchildren enlist in the military. They will be needed for more wars.
Either Democratic candidate will be better than any Republican...We need to bring respect back to the United States and serve the needs of the American people.
Well it is quite simple to explain his actions. The people he has to advised him, have told him this is the best course of action to obtain the Republican right wing's (which is the strongest wing at this time) support. In this election (this time out of the gate) to be elected as the Republican president the Republicans' need to come out in force. The Democrats are voting in greater numbers at this time. It maybe different on Super Tuesday, don't think so. Sad but true.
Because he has yet to realize that MOST Republicans are NOT far right, they are moderate, and not the demons of the Ann Coulter variety, but ordinary people, facing the same problems as Democrats and Independents, and Libertarians.
If he would be who is he is, and not recant his positions, I would respect him, but this is so sad, he is not the man crushed by the very same AD consultants HE now uses to crush Romney.
One thing I like about Clinton is her refusal to recant her vote on Iraq. She did what she did, and will not try to rewrite history.
McCain should look at that, and stand behind his decisions, which were correct at the time, and are still correct today.
It's too bad, isn't it? No matter what he does, he will never be right wing enough for them, so why not just forget them and speak to HIS base, the quiet BASE, the majority of his party? Because this is his last chance to be President and he wants it as all costs.
I used to have some respect for McCain, wouldn't vote for him, but respected him. That was until he answered the question regarding his opposition to Bush Tax cuts during the last debate. Disingenous is too nice a word for his answer. Thought this was going to go under the radar of the main stream media. Thanks for restoring some of my faith back in journalism.
"Lower Taxes" is the priary mantra of the Republican party. Republican politicians bellow this mantra at every opportunity, but the actual Republican base does not seem to understand or care that the Republicans are cutting taxes by creating huge nation debt and creating incredible unfunded liabilities (future national debt) for all of our children and grand children. Regan, George I, and George II are the biggest flim flam men of the group. The estimated unfunded liability in 2040 or so is estimated to be about $60 TRILLION.
But even if McCain is currect in voting against the Bush tax cuts, he has to drink the Republican cool aid endorse lower taxes lower taxes even if it will destroy the economic viability of the United States.
because he lost a few wheels on the straight-talk express.
This is just another example of a typical politician lying to the American people. McCain's back and forth, flip-flop style just makes him less trustworthy and harder to understand. There is only one man who has been consistant and principled on lower taxes throughout his entire political career. That man is Ron Paul.
McCain is a Bush clone, he will say and do whatever he has to to get elected.....
For the first time in American politics, it appears
that two Democrats will be running for the presidency
in the fall. Amazing!
Simple, he is a true politician!
What's sad is that he can't even remember what his previous positions are... Sigh...
While the changing rationale for his current position is disturbing, at least the reasons he cites are all rational and good reasons to oppose a tax cut. Though, I personally like the position he now has for the reason he now gives.
John McCain is a dishonest, cranky, ill-tempered man. He claims that Romney is a "flip-flopper" ... hmm... can we say hypocrite??? At least Romney takes full responsibility for it. Romney recognizing when he's wrong and does the right thing. McCain is naive and oblivious. He's a manipulator of the truth.
For the same reason he kissed and made up with Jerry Fallwell. He's pandering to the Conservatives and in the process has lost his "straight talk" appeal.
Jack, Its because he is a straight lier! Do you think he cares about anyone? He just cares about getting the nomination. He is a fake republican that knows nothing about the economy! You heard him, he wants to stream line illegal immigrant and continue to export our jobs to other countries.
McCain is running against the entire Democrat party and half the GOP on economic issues and since he says he can work both sides of the aisle, he doesn't know who to believe anymore. The only thing the tax cut did was to increase the national debt by 5 trillion dollars. But Congress doesn't care about that. Nor do they care about the almost 50% deflation of the dollar in worldwide currencies. McCain's problem is of his own making by failing to keep up with the real times. Same as Romney. Huckabee should be playing upright bass in a Dixieland band. So far in all state elections held thus far, the Dems have turned out approximately 25-30% more total voters than the GOP. That by itself pretty much shoots down ANY polls. We will have a Democrat president.
He misrepresents his record to win because he can not accept the fact that he has no clue what he is doing with the economy or this so called plan he has. He should just admit he is as confused on the economy as a high school senior taking an economics class. And turn Democrat, because if he gets the nomination, in the words of Rush Limbaugh: "He will destroy the Republican Party."
The obvious answer is that John McCain's bus broke down and he's taken up new residence on the "Sellout Express".
Can I get FLIP FLOP!!! just like Romney, and Huckabee! FLIP FLOP! one man is consistant Ron Paul!
I understand the reason you ask many of your questions, and often times they elicit some rather insightful responses from many of your viewers. However, when I read this question I literally laughed out loud because of the obviousness of the answer. Political expediency. McCain 'changed his tune' on the Bush tax cuts because he knew it was the only real way he could appeal to the Conservative base. Because he is fairly moderate on many social issues he has to have something in his political portfolio that would attract more fundamental Conservatives despite his standing on the social side of things. And sadly, as with so many things in politics, the Conservative base is apparently believing what McCain is saying today despite what he's said AND done in the past. You would think, as politically savvy as Romney believes he is, that Romney would have already brought up the inconsistencies in McCain tax cut history.
Not with the McCain platform.
He's going to need all the money he can get to support his war, which the republicans would allow to last 100 years.
Sounds like more money for the wealthy, and less money for the poor.
Sounds like a great economic stimulus plan to me...
McCain flops around looking for the right thing to say, just as Romney flops around depending on who's asking the question. Maybe Romney was right in saying that McCain is to old for the job. Oh yeah! Since every other word out of McCain's mouth is "Reagan" then maybe he is already getting Alzheimer's and simply forgets what he says from one day to the other.
In the end, it really doesn't make any difference which get the nomination. They don't stand a chance against either Hillary or Obama.
Looks like the John McCain "Straight Talk Express" is breaking down!
Two words: Conservative pandering.
Another two words: stupid question.
Why would John McCain misrepresent his own record when it comes to the Bush tax cuts? It's simple, Jack...because McCain is a politician.
Why would he misrepresent his own record/reasons?
Is he a politician? Were his lips moving?
Because he is trying to fit the conservative mold, like all the rest of the Republican candidates running. I'm a Republican, but if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, she gets my vote, because I can't stand all the Republicans, most notably McCain and Romney, are trying to fit their moderate pegs into conservative holes.
Because he's a liar and the truth is not in him.
Three words, Jack:
He's a Politician.
Plain and simple!
I meant bi-partisan!
John Mccain is a typical politician who says anything to get elected. He is a calculated fip-flopper who just goes with the wind.
Maybe he is having a senior moment
Can you say "Double Talk Express"?
He's a republican, he'll change his past, misrepresent the current and lie about the future to become the president.
McCain will misrepresent his past actions for the same reason Hilary does. They are "old school" politicians who believe that if you can fool the people just long enough to get them to vote for you, you will have won. It may not be fair or ethical, but that's the reality of how politicians have operated for years.
Why? Because his record reveals his true colors and he wants to attempt, again, to present himself as a maverick in Washington to get the nomination, and then take a dive to get his friends the Clintons back in the White House. We have had the same thugs running this country for the past 40 years and we all know it.
Just as Obama said last night, The wheels have come off the Straight Talk Express. That' why he's changed his tune on tax cuts. John McCain is one of the biggest panderers we've ever had try to take the White House
Jack, thank you for saying something that supports what many of us believe to be a consistent behavior of John McCain and why the Republican base will not hold their nose and vote if he is the nominee. I won't vote for Hillary as Ann said but I will stay home.
If the media was fair, they would tell the truth about his record. I did not see on any station Obama's comments about John McCain last night in the debate. He pointed out about Mr. Straight Talk and his lies and flip.flops.
Wesley A. Plummer
I wouldn’t blame him for flip–flopping. It’s his age that made him to forget what he believes on taxes…..
Jack. This is simple. POLITICAL GAIN!
I think McCain is basically a decent guy but after losing the nomination to Bush in 2000, the old straight-talker has learned how to pander to the core of the Republican party. You know, those are the ones who think we are in a war in Iraq instead of an occupation. They're the ones who don't have a problem borrowing and spending but go spastic when tax and spend is mentioned. They're the ones that McCain needs to convince of his conservative credentials if he's going to be their nominee. He should just go back to straight talking because he's the only hope the Republicans have of having a candidate with a chance to win in November.
As we all know, Mr. McCain is the oldest candidate in the race. Maybe he hasn't intentionally misrepresented his original reasons for opposing the tax cuts. Maybe he just forgot.
Whore!!! Didn't he also kiss Jerry Falwell's posterior in his chase to be a "Conservative". It is bad when you suck up to people who have villified you.
Could the reason be; he is a liar and the truth is not in him?
It's simple. The Republican voter in 2008 punishes honesty in all forms. Didn't McCain tell the people of Michigan their old jobs were gone forever, and Romney siad they would come back? McCain got punished for that. He's just learning. By the way R. Paul is the most honest Rep and look how he does.
Apparently, John McCain thinks that by appealing to independent voters, he has the best opportunity to win the nomination. Problem is, if you don't appeal to your party's base (most of the party's base in this case), how can you expect to win. I say let him run as an independent and let us Republicans nominate a Republican.
Why would McCain . . .? Simple: VOTES
john mCcain is to old, forgetfull and what he says does not make sence what so ever, he shouls stay home and change his diapers and mabty he can come up with a better plan, he says all that now because he wants to be the next president who tris to stay in iraq as long as he pleases, we dont need him, sorry to say, go home McCain and let someone run this country who can, Susi Illinois.
I am wondering when Senator McCain is going to stop whispering and talk in a normal, inside voice when promoting his positions. His elocution reminds me of suspect under questioning from a law enforcement officer. His demeanor is just as strange. When he is on my TV screen, it seems like fiction or a mystery-plot something on the order of The Twilight Zone. He must change his persona to appear as a celebrity with no flaws and the only way he can succeed at that is to whisper carefully rehearsed script. I wouldn't vote for him if he ran for dog-catcher.
They say that head strung patriotism is the last resort of scoundrels. This guy does not have to repeat his 'patriotism' ad nauseum every time he opens his mouth for the votes. While I never liked Romney in the first place, he seems to have the decency that this guy does not. I am still more surprised at the conservatives flocking to this guy at this late hour knowing for sure that either Obama or Hillary is going to scalp him for his 'unstraight' talk as you pointed out.
Well, I'm 75 and I understand senior moments. Perhaps John McCain may have just forgotten what he said, although he's just a kid of 71. I'd hate to have one of those moments at a critical time in our country, and there are plenty of critical times right now. McCain appears to be very sharp, though. I'm glad President Reagan made it through before his illness became severe. I don't believe the Presidency should discriminate against the elderly, but a memory test might be in order as a prerequisite.
I can't answer that, only John McCain can. However, I dare anyone to get on a stage with dozens of cameras pointing at you and questions fired at you and not get a little flustered and perhaps misspeak. Perhaps both are true. Who knows? Hindsight is usually 20/20. But I can tell you one thing. John McCain is a good guy with high morals and ethics. His background is nothing if not clean and honorable. And he is certainly more fiscally conscious than Mitt Romney. Their campaign budgets should underscore that issue. Same goes for Hillary and Obama. How either of them can consider themselves fiscally responsible after spending the money that they do is beyond me. And Hillary can't be trusted no matter what.
I know exactly how John McCain got to this point. He's one of the few republicans along with Ron Paul that doesn't always cater to the conservative base. I think for the primaries it's a smart strategy reeling that group in with the tax cut talk. I do believe though that McCain will want to change those tax cuts eventually b/c in many cases they do more to help the $250K family + than the middle class 75K family. I believe people making the most money should be taxed at higher rates...they don't need all that money to survive(basic living), and even taxed at a higher rate allows them to live a better life than the family making the 75K a year. They already have the expertise and the gross amounts of money to have shelters that save them on taxes that many people in the middle class can't afford.
I'm a Regan Democrat who will never vote for McPain. If we need another 4 years of a Carteresque liberal to ruin our economy and purge the Republican party of the cancerous country club "Rino's", then so be it. We conservatives need to clean our party before we can clean up our country.
Perhaps he's a little bit too old to be President and he forgot his position. I mean, he did say "April was a busy year" during the debate the other night.
I am wondering when Senator McCain is going to stop whispering and talk in a normal, inside voice when promoting his positions. His elocution reminds me of a suspect under questioning from a law enforcement officer. His demeanor is just as strange. When he is on my TV screen, it seems like fiction or a mystery-plot something on the order of The Twilight Zone. He must feel the need to change his persona to appear as a celebrity with no flaws and the only way he can succeed at that is to whisper carefully rehearsed script. I can not trust someone so superficial.
McCain has changed his tune about the Bush tax cuts out of his need to convince conservative Republicans that he is one of them. Without the bulk of the Republican party behind him he cannot gain the nomination or beat the Democrat candidate. The problem for McCain is that a person arrives at being a conservative by being teachable, well read and by maintaining a very good memory. Conservatives already know that McCain is not one of them.
I listen to Fox news this morning and said McCain reminded them of Ronald Reagan
in his second term, the Reagan I remember in the second term he was starting to lose it. His memory was going in the second term.
I am a registered republican that will not vote for Mccain if nominated I will join Ann Coulter by voting for Obama and not Hillary because her baggage is heavy.
Three reasons Jack: Ambition; political expediency; and the inability to admit a change of opinion. The Straight Talk Express left without Senator McCain. Frankly, he'll sell his mother just to satisfy the motives that drive him right now.
Jack, you know perhaps he did it by accident. When you flip flop on the issues long enough, it's hard to remember how you really feel and how you really felt.... You've almost got to keep notecards to remind yourself of what you've said.
Jack, I think its pretty simple. In 2001 McCain opposed Bush's tax cuts not only because they didn't have spending caps but because in his opinion they didn't do enough to help the middle class. McCain put forth a plan that capped spending and gave more to blue collar middle class families. Obviously that didn't happen and that's why we are headed toward a major recession. In 2003 the U.S. government was spending so much on war that offering a 350 Billion dollar tax cut was financially irresponsible. Now in 2008 the economy is so screwed up from irresponsible spending that we must have tax cuts not higher taxes. The only way to make this work is to cut spending somewhere else to pay for them.(not borrow from the Chinese government) Hence, cut pork barrel projects. That seems pretty straight forward to me and its definately not Flipflopping as you put it. That is a Mitt Romney Trait. Brad Hissong Cincinnati, Ohio
McCain will pretend to hate all taxes–that position that assumes no relationship between taxes and spending–and not worry at all, because a certain number of people will buy it without logical reasoning, as they have for years. I hope everyone looks at those W2s and votes in their own interest in this year's–and all–elections.
It's because he's a politician and has forgot how to tell the truth.
It's time for some straight talk – McCain will do and say what he thinks will get him elected.
Because John McCain, like Mitt Romney, conduct their campaigns with a weather vane. Only Ron Paul is still using a compass.
Come on Jack.
You know the answer to this question. He's lying to get elected. Mccain has left whatever dressed up moral core he had at the door in favor of wooing Republicans.
He doesn't care about doing the right thing for America.
He cares about doing the right thing for John McCain.
P S If it is McCain vs. Obama Iam voting McCain
That man (McCain) would say anything to get elected. that's a jock because anything associated with Bush or Republican is not going to win.
John McCain is "changing his tune" because he has learned from his 7years of
promoting Bush, how well the Karl Rove principle that "Truth can be created by the repetition of a lie" works in political campaigns . I was all for McCain in 2000 and even in 2004, but when he knelt to kiss the Republican ring and Bush's foot in '04, he lost all credibility as "an independent thinking moderate" and I wondered what they either had on McCain or promised him , to get him to sell his soul like that. Obviously it was the Rep.Party backing for his 2008 presidential run.
Same old, same older=Not this time McCain.
McCain is the flip flopper. He is far from Presidential. What I want to know Jack, is what are these republicans seeing in this guy to endorse him? Is it just me and all the people I talk to? John McCain has no substance, he repeats the same thing and to me it seems that he has a political coach who is telling him what to say and what people want to hear. "I'm a conservative" "you're a liberal"
sorry John...your time is up
the truth is I find all three of the reasons he said has opposed these cuts in the past valid. They did emphasize tax cuts on the weathy too much. They should have been accompanied with spending cuts. It is a bad idea to cut taxes when you have unknown cost of a large war on your hands. I do think that he is emphasizeing the latter 2 at this point and he should probabally just come out and say his full reasoning all at once. Keep in mind though that he hasn't actually changed his position unlike others on the campaign trail
Why would John Mccain misrepresent his own record?
Why wouldn't he? I mean, if you want to cater to everybody to get the most votes you have to play both sides of the spectrum: against tax cuts, for tax cuts; for amnesty, against amnesty; moderate conservative, conservative liberal. It seems that Senetor Mccain will say and do just about anything to get the majority vote. Hopefully Americans will be intelligent enough to see through his "straight talk" and elect a real leader. To be fair, i'm not against a politicians changing their minds (they're people too...maybe); but i am against the kind of hypocritical and dirty campaign that he is running, it is dishonest and disreputable, and i believe that we as americans should have somebody better than that representing our great country.
John McCain has been a flip flopper for some time now. He flipped on his stance on illegals. He says build a fence but he won't say what he will do next. Before he rode on the plane for George Bush's reelection, he was a go getting good guy. On that plane George put his hand on John's back and started moving his mouth like a dummy. I live in Arizona and we don't want him here any more.
Mr. McCain's "Straight Talk Express" should be named "B.S. Express"
Ok Jack, the answer is simple.....He is a polictian...come time for election they say what the people wants to hear, but once elected, the same old story in washington.
John McCain's recent dishonest behavior in promoting "disinformation" about Mitt Romney's comments on Iraq is one more example of his saying whatever he thinks will profit him. His behavior recalls the "old school of dirty tricks" politics that we've seen too much of in the past. I find it distressing that some people would consider voiting for him. I certainly wouldn't!
Senator McCain has been entirely consistent. It did not make sense to cut taxes when spending on the war was clearly going to mount into the hundreds of billions of dollars. And, now, we have to make the tax cuts permanent or risk adding to our current economic woes. Senator McCain is accused of pandering to the conservative base of the Republican Party when he does the right thing. This is no different than his politically unpopular support of the "Surge". Only this time more people agree with him.
Jack it's pretty obvious that the "straight talk express" has been derailed by McCain's willingness to say anything or do anything to sit in the Oval Office. It's a classic example of "power corrupts...."
When John McCain started pandering to Evangelicals I knew his commitment to straight talk was over. He is trying to get an endorsement from an already fractured republican party and he will do it by any means necessary. I am ashamed now to say that I once admired the man.
John McCaine will do or say anything that he thinks will get him elected, including groveling before the conservative right wing. Just like he did in 2006, groveling before Pat Robertson at Liberty University.
Was McCain really misrepresenting his record Cafferty? In all fairness to McCain, more than a soundbite would be fair for his explanation. Circumstances do prevail and, in so doing, require modified action. When the Democrats are in power, I wonder how many tax breaks Osama bin Laden will get when he retires. Didn't someone famous once say: "A society deserves itself." We wouldn't be talking about McCain if the media hadn't set their sights on Guiliani and blasted him into outer space before he even got started.
Because his true colors are showing. Let's be real and call him by what he should be called John McBush!!!!!!! He has been under their thumb since they slandered him in the 2000 primaries.
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