FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
If John McCain doesn't stop changing his position on the issues, he threatens to make John Kerry look like an amateur.
In order for McCain to win in November, he has to appeal to both the traditional Republican base and to independents. Dana Milbank in the Washington Post says it's a delicate dance, and if McCain's not careful "he's liable to break a hip." Of course any doctor will tell you a broken hip can be very difficult to recover from.
On Iraq, the economy, guns and God, McCain is to the right. On immigration, campaign finance reform and global warming, he's to the left. It's all very reminiscent of John Kerry back in 2004.
McCain went after Barack Obama yesterday, for proposing a windfall profits tax on oil companies. A month ago McCain said he was willing to consider a windfall tax on the oil companies.
What about offshore drilling? During his last presidential run, McCain was against it. Now he's for it, saying the states should decide if they want to drill for oil off the coast. This could cost him big time in states like California and Florida which are extremely environmentally conscious.
Then there are the Bush tax cuts. McCain was against them – twice – but now he's for them.
McCain has also called for the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay to be closed down and torture banned. But last week he criticized the Supreme Court's ruling that detainees there should have access to U.S. courts – calling it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
Here’s my question to you: How clear is it where John McCain stands on the issues?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Karl from California writes:
Jack, It depends on which issue, on which day, in front of which group, how much he remembers about it and if Joe Lieberman is there to correct him.
Rod from Chicago writes:
I believe the question should be: who is the phonier of the two candidates? John McCain released a new commercial claiming that he will be strong on environmental issues and the next day is urging that we start drilling around the shores of the U.S. for oil. It’s simply outrageous. What about his gas holiday tax proposal? We are starting to see John McCain win the gold medal on lying and pandering.
Tom from Huntington, New York writes:
It's absolutely clear. He takes both sides of any issue. If you didn't like something he said, wait a day or two and he'll change his mind. The only problem is he'll change it back again a few days later.
Darlene from Philadelphia writes:
It's hard to tell, I don't even think he knows. For instance, last month he was against offshore drilling, yesterday he's all for it. He respects and honors GI's (or so he says) yet he consistently votes against bills to help them. And, by the way, what happened to the gas tax holiday? He will tell the people what he thinks they want to hear.
Fergie from Bluffton, South Carolina writes:
Seven years ago, I supported McCain here in the South Carolina primary. Since then, he has kowtowed to the religious right in an effort to secure support with ultra-conservative Republicans. He will say anything in an effort to get elected. I won't vote for him again.
Beverly from New York writes:
Jack, How can voters be clear on his issues when he himself isn't sure? First he's for the environment, but wants offshore oil drilling. He hates war, but wants U.S. presence in Iraq for 100 years, then bomb, bomb, bomb, Iran. The man spins more than Linda Blair in the Exorcist.