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June 18th, 2008
02:03 PM ET

How clear is it where McCain stands on the issues?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

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.


Filed under: 2008 Election • John McCain
soundoff (250 Responses)
  1. Mark, Oklahoma City

    He's clear as mud on every issue. If you look up the word "flip-flop" in the dictionary, you will see McCain's picture.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  2. Rod from Chicago

    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 environment issues and the next day urging that we start drilling around the shores of the United States for oil is simply outrageous. What about his gas holiday tax proposal? We are starting to see John McCain win the gold medal on lying and pandering. He is winning this award by a landslide, thus he will lose by a landslide!

    June 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  3. Don Bezler

    Jack,McBush don't know where he is from one day to the next does
    too much FLIP-FNPPPING.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  4. David, Orlando, FL

    It’s as clear as the muddy water in the flood zone.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  5. Kristen- Philadelphia, PA

    Well Jack if McCain would actually talk about the issues instead of nit picking about Obama’s staff I would know where he stood on the issues.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  6. Ray Kinserlow

    John McCain is as clear on the issues as the stuff my 82 year old mother who supports Obama soaks her dentures in.

    Ray Kinserlow
    Lubbock, Texas

    June 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Not too clear on a lot of the more important issues, if John McCain would stop concentrating on attempting to hold Barack Obamas hands over the fire, and oversee his staff a little closer on what they are giving him as answers he would be much better off.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  8. Darlene - Philadelphia

    It's hard to tell, I don't even think he knows. For instance last month he was against off shore 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 BTW what happened to the gas tax holiday? He will tell the people what he thinks they want to hear. By the end of this election he will be an extreme liberal democrat.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  9. leevaughn brown

    Hey Jack
    McCain flips better than a pancake at IHOP.
    He says one thing, checks the polls on the issue then flips.
    I wonder who advises this man, because he is always changing what he says. He is the candidate of change alright, on every issue. Flippy-Flop, Flop-Flippy-Flop, Flippy!
    Cinti, Ohio

    June 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Karl in CA

    Jack, it depends on which issue, on which day, in fron ot which group and how much he remembers about it and is Joe Lieberman is there to correct him. In other words, he's nowhere on all issues most of the time.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  11. Maggie Muggins

    Poor old John is taking a lot of heat because of his not for and not against it positions on many of the issues. You have to remember he has to cater to the far right extremists and religous fanatics to keep some of the Republican base.

    Anyone can tell the truth and get away with it but it takes an astute person to craft a vialbe smoke and mirrors platform and succeed. Also I don't think it is fair to expect John to remember everything he has said given his advanced age so people should consider giving him some latitude on many of these contradictions.

    Even if John gets elected and does absolutely nothing over the next 4 years it will be an improvement over the past 8 years.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  12. Jayne in NH

    McCain gives new meaning to the term "flip flopper." He's pandering to the Republican base – or trying to – and has rejected everything that made him an attractive candidate in 2000. And, while I've got your ear, would you news people please stop calling him a "maverick?" Mavericks don't vote with an unpopular president 95% of the time.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  13. Michael Smith, New Orleans

    McCain's stand on important issues is about as clear as the midwest floodwaters. Voters will never elect a 'Flip-Flopper-In-Chief'.
    It's actually hard to find an issue where McCain hasn't reversed himself according to the political soup of the day.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  14. Paul

    Jack,
    It is clear as MUD. McCain thinks we don't need to know where he stands on the issues. As long as we all will to let him "protect" us all.
    I do not think he really understands the real issues and his thinking of the "surge" is working well is not real good thinking.

    Paul
    Texas

    June 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  15. Bill,Quarryville. PA

    He makes his policies clear enough to me that he is willing for the United States to stay in Iraq for 100 years. On his economy policies he makes it clear that he is willing to continue the trickle down theory where the rich pay less tax then the middle class. He makes it clear to me when he says he does not favor a windfall profit tax for the oil companies. That is all need to know for me not to vote for him.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  16. Michael In Maine

    Jack,
    John McCain is about as clear as mud. He's flip flopped on so many issues since 2000 that who knows where he's going to stand a year from now? McCain’s also becoming less coherent with every speech. It's no wonder he sticks to small town hall type meetings surrounded only by his party’s faithful. He'd be a major embarrassment in a stadium of 30,000. All people would be looking at each other trying to figure out what the old geezer is babbling about.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  17. Debbie,NJ

    Jack he is as clear as a tornado or hurricane on a foggy day.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  18. Ted Beaverton, OR

    Jack, it depends entirely whether you are talking about McCain today or a given date in the past. He flip-flopped on the oil drilling. Decided to follow Bush, (Like he didn't have any idea Bush was going to do this) I actually heard a GOP strategist say this morning ;that McCain and Bush both acknowledged their flip flops. Apparently when you acknowledge your position reversal that makes it OK. Does that come under his maverick message, his Obama copycat message, or the cloned Bush message.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    I like John McCain but I am not certain which John McCain I like. Do I like the 2004 model that steers down the center of the road or the 2008 model that needs a wheel alignment as it always seems to be drifting to the right gutter? I guess I like the 2004 model that was stripped down, held more passengers, and got better mileage. I think those spins around Baghdad may have snapped the drive shaft.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  20. Efren

    Jack, all I know is that if he puts Mitt Romney on the ticket there will be more flip-flopping than a netted fish on a captain's boat!

    June 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  21. Tom in Desoto Texas

    Since he's been in Congress since 1982 and after 7+ years of being aligned with Bush 90% of the time his position is crystal clear, status quo. He will next come out explaining how he will need entire famlies to sign up for his 100 year war(s).

    June 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  22. Jed in Redding, CA

    McCain's problem isn't that he changes his position on the issues. The man has been in public service for 25 years so he's bound to make some contradictory statements.

    McCain's problem is that he doesn't live in the youtube age where everything he has said, especially in the last couple of years, can be called up with 'basically a google.' McCain either lies when he says 'I never said that.' or he's gone senile and literally does not remember actually saying that which he said. Either way it does not bode well for his commander-in-chief aspirations.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  23. Terry in Hanover County

    It's time to elect John McCain as the next Waffle King of the United States. I don't know if he forgets his past positions or like so many other politicians, past positions become fungible when one's desire to win exceeds everything except the candidate's own ego.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  24. Howard

    His stands on the issues are clear the American people know where he stands and those who do their own research know that he is not like President George Bush or running for a third Bush term; for example j he can stand on his own and is willing to change when the times or the issue is demand it. Not caring where the party wishes to hold the party line.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  25. ross G Rerflands, CA

    How clear is it where John McCain stands on the issues? As clear as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  26. Karen an Independent from Pennsylvania

    Not very. On any given day it is how the wind is blowing.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  27. Eli, Oklahoma

    Jack,

    He's just like any candidate running for office.

    They will say what people want to hear to get elected, then, once they get elected, they forget what the issues where.

    It's called "dysfunctional government" and it is never going to change.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  28. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    McCain is as clear on the issues as any person running for president can be but it is like an optical illusion. Nice to watch but it isn't real. The illusion is simple. Promises you can't possibly keep.
    People think that one person when elected president can change everything and that is just not so. No one person can decide anything for this country. That is done by the majority vote of congress. McCain or Obama or who ever else running for the job can promise any list of solutions or ideas to a problem but congress has to be sold on it and then the majority of them have to vote for it or it is just an illusion. In reality, either candidates stand on the issues is smoke and mirrors.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  29. Paul, Columbia, SC

    John McCain is crystal clear about knowing the issues. But then; so is Barack Obama. Neither offers any solutions. It's a muddy road ahead; again.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  30. Ray,Florida

    I don't know how clear McCain is Jack!
    But he shure is transparent!!!! You can tell tell the old maverick is willing to say whatever it takes to try to win vote's.

    McCain of 2000 has left the building!

    June 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  31. Ralph, Long Island, NY

    It's as clear as the inky water around a squid in muddy water at night while in the middle of a blackout during a new moon. C'mon Jack, Stevie Wonder could see that.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  32. Jeremy. Boston, MA

    Issues Jack? Who cares about issues when vacuous slogans and mindless adoration can get you elected?

    June 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  33. Malik

    I don't think McBush even knows where he stands. He likes to beat around the bush with the American people! I mean, he says he hates war, but he must really love it if he said that he wanted to stay in Iraq for at least 50 years. This guy is JUST NOT FIT to be a President! He'd really mess up the world; messier than it needs to be! Clearly, this dude's got a head full of terrible wiring.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  34. john marlton, nj

    It is very clear where both McCain and Obama stand on issues. They will say absolutely anything to get elected. If elected, it is perfectly clear Obama will be like Robin Hood, taking from those with and giving to those without while McCain will be like some combination of Napoleon and Popeye.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  35. Linda in Virginia

    Jack, he's changing those stands so much that you never know where he stands. Don't blink for long as you'll miss those changes

    June 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  36. jon hoffman

    Jack
    McCain is in the 'Moment". It is as clear as one would expect from a 1958 Annapolis Grad at the 1% bottom of his class 894/899. Bad at Math and never took an Econ class. He only knows what daily advisors tell him. He just does not know the differences or the ramifications of each policy. Let us not assume he knew the distinctions the first time.
    Jon
    California

    June 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  37. Steve Daniell in Montgomery

    Dear Jack,

    Aside from his opposition to abortion, and his love for Justice Scalia's view of the Constitution, I really cannot figure out Senator McCain's true positions on anything: they flit around like a tumbleweed in a dust devil. I hope we can get some clarity before November; however, if past performance is any indicator, I'm not going to hold my breath.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Tom - Virginia

    Jack –

    You are right, McCain is a flip flopper.

    He has taken so many sides of the issues he is starting to forget what is his current position. Is he the 2000 Republican Maverick or the 2008 Bush clone or just plain senile?

    Changing your position once in a while as you learn new facts is ok, but not on every issue. Stand up for what you believe in.

    No matter what, his name should be changed to Sen McFipFlopper.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  39. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,I guess the republicans can't win in the liberal media,The left said President Bush is too stubborn and won't listen to reason,this is probably true,but I don't see a person that's willing to change his mind as anything but an asset to the country!Sometimes you have to change your mind for the good of the country!

    June 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  40. Brian Reed, Redneck Politico,Redmond,OR

    I can't tell what his positions on issues are because I can't stay awake when he speaks....

    June 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  41. Mitchell in NJ

    McBush hasn't a clue so he actually listens to anyone who whispers in his ear. He's been as out of touch as most of the Washington clan is currently. Our only hope is that Obama can put together a team that will do the right thing – perhaps good ideas will survive through the first few years of an Obama administration.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  42. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Whatever is on John McCain's teleprompter is what he reads and sometimes that's not clear.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  43. Clair Mizner

    About as clear as the water in you toilet bowel. That is where most of his issues belong.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  44. joan ont.ca

    It is not clear and never will be., he can't remember what he said yesterday . It's the age thing.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  45. Tina (Texas)

    Leave the old goat alone. He is just have senior moments.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  46. Shane from Montreal

    John Mccains is bigger flip-flopper than Mitt Romney or "Flipper" himself.

    I don't think even he believes have the crap that comes out of his mouth

    June 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  47. Greg ...Cabot AR

    I always thought:

    You can fool all of the people some of the time...

    Some of the people all of the time....

    But you can't fool all of the people all of the time..........

    Maybe John McCain forgot the last line since he seems to want to agree with everyone,......depending on what the polls show today.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  48. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    McCain changes his opinions hourly as he scans the newswire to see who said what and if he should agree or disagree. He does exactly what he accuses Obama of doing and has the ........ to lie about it in press conference after press conference. McBush strikes again!

    June 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  49. JC from Lexington, SC

    I think it is abundantly clear where McCain stands on the issues. He stands on the issue, of standing for the issue. I mean if there is an issue to stand up for, McCain is your man. If there is an issue to be against, McCain has got your back. I mean an issue is an issue. You know the issue is always going to be the issue with McCain, and that is the Issue....wait....what was the question again?

    June 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  50. Pablo in Arlington Texas

    Jack

    I have listened to the man for years and I don't think even he knows where he stands from one minute to the next. English must be his second language, it sure doesn't seem to be his mother tongue.

    Pablo

    June 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  51. Jasmine in Germany

    "You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time".

    June 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  52. MICHAEL

    It's not only flip-flopping, it's also called political pandering. If you take a close look at his congressional voting record over the years, he's a lot more conservative than he tells everybody he is. He needs to stop telling everybody he's a maverick and start telling everybody who he really is, John McBush.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  53. Bill, Stringtown, Ok.

    John McBush has been hopping around so much, why don,t we wait a bit longer and maybe he'll hop right up to Mars. that would save the middle class a few billion . This would also pacify G. Dub"s fantasy. It is my opinion that John McCain is about the most hollow person to ever exist! If Barake Obama dosen't win, it is a testament to the voting public's ignorance, and the impotance of the Democratic party.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  54. Deb from Lancaster, PA

    From what we have been seeing, and much to our disadvantage, McCain will say anything he thinks will get him elected.
    He certainly is following the Bush election model: The Mushroom Theory of Politics - "Keep 'em in the dark, and feed 'em a load of manure periodically, and that will keep 'em happy."

    June 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  55. Michael Steuer,. Bedford, N.Y.

    I truly feel bad for John McCain. Though not the deepest thinker in the Senate, he was always known to act with his heart. He was truly a Republican maverick. Unfortunately this does not give you a path to the presidency. So his advisors told him he had to sell out. And John sold out. Flip Flop does not begin to describe the sadness of watching John McCain in his 70's

    June 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  56. debbie

    About as clear as the Internal Revenue's 2007 Tax code..........

    debbie
    mesa, arizona

    June 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  57. Mike from NYC

    He was clear...
    Until the Republicans jeered
    And the Democrats smeared
    Now, the Independents don't now who to cheer

    June 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  58. mitch martin arkansaw

    they are very clear and very different every week.keeps one from becoming bored.by the time he stops flippin' this pancake ,there wont be nothin' left but a grease spot.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  59. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl mcamnesty is not the first to put both feet in his mouth, or to talk out of both sides of his mouth. i do believe he is the first to actually be able to do both at the same time. and this is the best the republican party could come up with?

    June 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  60. Rosalynd Florida

    McCain is like those folks who swear there joints can tell them when it is going to rain. Senator flip-flop McCain changes his position on the issues if his ear itches, his knee creeks or if his outrages stance will get him in the daily news cycle.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  61. BillD

    How clear is it to us or to himself? Either way, I'd have to say clear as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  62. Mwita (Los Angeles, CA)

    John McCain is in a quest to get "Flip-Flopping" added as an Olympic sport. He is a shoe in for the gold in Beijing.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  63. Karen J. from Rocklin, Ca

    Well Jack,not clear at all. He is so full of contradictions and gaffes that come november he will lose by a landslide!!!

    June 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  64. Will from San Jose, CA

    What is clear is that the McCain of 2000 is dead a buried. He has been replaced by a pandering talking head in a McCain suit.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  65. Cynthia

    Clear, John McCain doesn't know the meaning of the word. He flip flops too often for anyone to know where he stands on any of the issue. The only thing that ohn McCain seems to be clear about is a negative campaign against Barack Obama – that has been his only constant..

    June 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  66. mitch martin arkansaw

    he's like a freshly beached whale,trying to get back in the water.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  67. bettee

    I don't know, let me get my bifocals and hearing aid.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  68. Archie Goodman

    John McCain talks to people expressing his views. Barak Obama speechifies with with little or no substance included. People want to be given answers not oratorios by Obama.
    Archie

    June 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  69. Hope from Madisonville, KY

    The straight talk express has jumped the tracks. McCain will now
    say or do whatever it takes to get elected, leaving his ethics behind him. I guess we can expect to see negative attacks increase even
    though he has always said he would stick to issues. The only issue he cares about is being President.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  70. el-tee

    Jack - Before he realized just how unpopular the president is with the electorate he acted as if he was heir apparent to the presidency. Now that he has clearer vision of this he is clouding his previous positions. The is exemplified when one reviews the June 19 2005 transcript of his appearance on Meet the Press when he said he was in "totally in agreement with the president on the biggest issues, making the case for me to find someone else to vote for this fall. - El-Tee from the lower right hand corner of ND.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  71. MadPlato

    It’s about as clear as a lead window beneath a starless and moonless sky.
    McCain should now be called McChameleon.
    He is a tortured lizard- fish who has flip-flopped so much that pretty soon he won’t be able to navigate in these turbulent, presidential-election waters.
    The American public does not want any more lies-or appearances of obfuscation and confusion-or flops!
    Obama…full-steam ahead!

    MadPlato
    El Paso, Texas

    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  72. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    No offense intended but Hillary had me confused as can be; however, McCain is writting a new book called "How To Create Confussion Amoung The Voting Public" using in excess of 1000 deceptive, misleading, and what do you want to hear from me platforms. John McCain, Bush and the rest of the OLD die hard republicans are a shinning example of why I changed parties. You just never know any more where they are coming from or where they are going.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  73. ken

    We know where McCain stands on the issues and he is professional enough to modify his position when circumstances change. Obama changes his mind like most people change their socks. He follows the polls rather than reality. With Obama he has yet to tell exactly what change he is going to magically perform if elected.

    Ken
    Lawton, OK

    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  74. John St. Louis Mo

    Jack:

    It is obvious to me where John McCain stands on the issues. It is called a spinning wheel. Where ever he might be, guides his stance. If he is talking to Oil execs, it is lets drill for more oil. If he is talking to environmentalists, it's lets find a greener way to live. When he talks to working class Americans, it's lets give you $0.02 per day to buy more gas. I think he has graduated from the GWB School of logic.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  75. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, get serious. In 2000 gas was $1.25, now it's over $4.00. In 2000 the economy was good, now there's a recession. So why wouldn't you change your position on drilling and cutting taxes to adapt to the changing US situation? Wasn't it Bush's refusal to change Iraq strategy that got us into the mess there? McCain pushed for more troops long before anyone else, and he was right. Conditions are different than in 2000 and McCain has adapted.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  76. JW Georgia

    On the issues, it is clear that Mr. McCain is small minded. Mr. McCain has been a member of the Senate for many years. How is it that his 'solutions' have not already wended their way into a more problem solving status? The answer is that Mr. McCain occupies a seat in the Senate but does not present greatness to his constituency. That would also be the case as Chief Executive.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  77. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    No offense intended but Hillary had me confused as can be; however, McCain is writting a new book called "How To Create Confussion Amoung The Voting Public" using in excess of 1000 deceptive, misleading, and what do you want to hear from me platforms. John McCain, Bush and the rest of the OLD die hard republicans are a shinning example of why I changed parties. You just never know any more where they are coming from or where they are going.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  78. Cliff, Kroger ND

    Even McCain doesn't know where he stands. He was nominated on the basis of being the "least Republican Republican". The problem is he isn't leading his party in a new direction, he just changing the labels on the same failed policies.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  79. John in San Diego

    Jack, flip-flopping has gotten a bum rap. Changing your mind on an issue after careful deliberation and consideration of new information is commendable. George W. should have flip-flopped on his decision to go to war in Iraq, for example. A careful examination of McCain's flip-flops, however, seems to reveal that his changes in position have been based only upon his consideration of the short-term political beniefits of one position over another.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  80. Rick PA

    McPander doesn't have a clue. If off shore drilling is needed how about we the people buy the oil rigs instead of big oil companies. And if he thinks the interrogating methods on any kind of suspect of the list I saw on TV and read today. It shows were his head is. McShame!!

    June 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  81. Rosalynd Florida

    McCain is like those folks who swear there joints can tell them when it is going to rain. Senator flip-flop McCain changes his position on the issues if his ear itches, his knee creeks or if his outrages stance will get him in the daily news cycle.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  82. Mandy

    Clear? Bless his little heart, it's hard to tell if he's flipping or he's flopping.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  83. Rodney- Stafford,VA

    Jack I would say he's as clear as bush was about WMD's in Iraq

    June 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  84. David Bakody

    Jack, perhaps we should ask Senator McCain with all due respect........
    Who's on First ? It is both just as clear and indeed hilarious!

    David
    Dartmouth NS

    June 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  85. Diane Glasser

    John McCain is like a pancake, he has to flip himself according to the content view of whom ever he is courting at that moment . and then flips over again when he courts another group with the opposite view. The problem with this is he is going to get burned on both sides when he stays under the heat too long.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  86. Harold from Anchorage-,AK

    His answers, my friend, are blowing in the wind; his answers are blowing in the wind.
    PS: hot air.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  87. milly in massachusetts

    With John McCain it's like the weather, wait awhile and it will change. His views and where he stands on an issue change from day to day. To call him a flip flopper is putting it mildly.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  88. Shafi Alam

    Being desperate McCain seems to be confused about where he stands.

    Shafi Alam
    Austin, Texas
    Now Tokyo, Japan

    June 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  89. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    That teleprompter John McCain uses keeps feeding him information that's in conflict with what it told him to say on a past issues. This age of technology is just not working for McCain and I'm not sure he can rely on his memory.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  90. Shellie Shimmel, Redlands CA

    We're totally unclear about where McCain stands on the issues because I don't think even McCain knows where he stands. I hate to say it because I do respect the man, but I think he's starting to go senile.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  91. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    I'd honestly rather have someone who changes his mind like the rest of us from time to time. Sure he didn't support oil rigs in the past, but gas was also a buck-a-gallon then. Times have changed, politicians need to learn to change too.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  92. ejmounsey Granville Ohio

    It depends on which day you ask. EJM Granville, Ohio

    June 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  93. Jesse

    .

    Hi Jack,

    If you can figure that out let me and the rest of America know... or should we just ask Mr Bush?

    Jesse
    Seattle Wa

    June 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  94. Isaiah, FL

    Jack, McCain is so desperate to become president and so confused by Obama's lead that even John McCain does not know where John McCain stands on the issues.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  95. Trevor

    Not very clear. Hither, thither and yon. I guess he has too many advisers.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  96. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I hope the Republicans kept their flip-flops they brought to their last Convention to ridicule Kerry. They're gonna need them.

    June 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  97. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I guess he's trying to woo Clinton's supporters by trying to be all things to all people-just like she did.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  98. Gia in Los Angeles, California

    Jack - I think his plan is to take every stance on every issue, so he can get everybody to agree with him (at one time or another). He's just trying to cover all his bases, you see.

    Gia
    Los Angeles, CA

    June 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  99. Jan from Ohio

    Jack, McCain's stances on major issues are as CLEAR AS MUD!!! That man has flip-flopped on so many issues that he'd LOSE if he dabated HIMSELF in a "town hall meeting"!!!

    It astounds me that this was the "best" candidate that the RNP could cough up for the '08 presidential election!!!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  100. Rob

    Almost as clear as the Mississippi River is right now.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  101. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    There are two issues that confronting America: peace and the economy. John McCain is not the peace candidate. Not this year, anyway. John McCain thinks that if the economy is o.k. for the rich, that it must be good for the poor and the working people who don't make enough money to think for themselves. Besides, if they were smart, they would be rich, right? Of course all John McCain's take on the issues can change as quickly as the New England weather.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  102. Pugas-Az

    Could it be that McCain's memory is failing him? He is trying to walk a tightrope that is swaying from left to right.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  103. Dave- Bloomsburg pa

    Jack, We need a leader with a plan to show us the way. A person with a vision we all can buy it to, to help shape the changes that will bring this country back on course. John Mcain is not that visionary. Plan; what plan, it depends what day of the week it is!!!!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  104. Joshua P. form NC

    Seeing as if his only issue is making Obama look scary he's doing a great job at it.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  105. ron canada

    why is it that if mccain says he would like to revisit some issues it's called flip flopping or confusing however sen. obama is constantly changing his mind on issues usually to adopt what someone else as proposed earlier that he ridiculed now it's called going forward. give me a break

    June 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  106. Ike from PA

    And they say McCain is a man of "experience" and true to his convictions. Maybe McCain is "losing his bearings"

    June 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  107. Sam Taylor Oroville California

    Issues? McCain don't need no stinking Issues, as He has Dubya's footsteps to stand in.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  108. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    He's on whichever side of an issue that Joe Lieberman tells him he's on.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  109. Thomas, Yo.town, OH

    McCain is VERY clear on his issues. Regardless of what he says, he's running on GW's third term. What Bush says, McCain does. McCain has fallen.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  110. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It's as clear as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  111. Jason - Indianapolis

    Jack, I think it can be good for a politician to change his mind. It shows that he or she can admit mistakes, and eventually choose the correct course of action. However, I don't believe that this in the case in Sen. McCain's decisions. I used to respect him for his moderate view, but ever since he started running for president he has tried to make a hard right turn. He used to be correct on his stance on these issue, but he has changed his mind to align with the republican party and to pander to the conservative base. Jason – Indianapolis

    June 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  112. Mike

    It's very clear where McCain stands on the election: Anywhere he as to in order to win.

    Winning elections, today, isn't about cogent policy positions or sensible statements. We all know its about the newsbite, the soundbite and the Rove-bite.

    What we're seeing now are two candidates desparate to grab attention, no matter what. Next will come the personal attacks, the lies about love children, hints about drug abuse and infidelity.

    Ahh...ya gotta love a good Presidential election!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  113. Donald, Canton NC

    McCain is like the wind - he's constantly changing his stand on issues by continually claiming "he was wrong" at that time.

    If this is true, then how can we afford a loser with such poor judgement???? Or is it he is senile?

    June 18, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  114. peter reilly brevard,n.c.

    As clear as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  115. DMAC/Post Falls, ID

    I don't really care what someone thought 4 or 8 yrs ago. Times and circumstances change. This whole world has changed since you people out there elected Bush. So that means that a person can change their mind on different topics. One size does not fit everything all the time. Now it is time for this country to talke a good long look at this country while we still have one. What may have been good in1950 is not now. People get your hads out of your rears and take a good long look. Your openions have changed from yr to yr and even daily.And a lot of you can't even make up your minds on something so simple as to what to wear daily.
    God willing they start taking oil off our lands that is so much easier to get to while they open up the more expensive to develope off shore and Alaska.
    If the Dems don't do this being an Independent and voting both parties there won't be another Dem. vote from this old lady.
    It is in our best interest both for our economy and the security that no one seems to give a hoot about.
    I can follow McCain's thinking , but then I am an old timer.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  116. Adam

    John McCain is such a flip flopper on issues I don't know how anyone can vote for him.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  117. John D George

    I find it incredible (as in not credible, the original meaning of the word) that both McCain and Bush are blaming democrats for gas prices and failure to explore for oil. They have both been in governing positions for decades, and Bush from "the" oil state; not a word heard until now, and then blaming another party. The operative word is "incredible".

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  118. BD Saugerties, NY

    Clear as mud Jack. Clear as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  119. Daniel Mierk

    Simply put, Jack, McCain is a slippery man.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  120. Sharon

    Like watching an old man play Twister. Painful yet oddly amusing.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  121. judy correllus

    Jack, John McCain is looking more and more like a tired old, tattered battle flag, barely fluttering in the wind.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  122. Paul Robinson

    Sure. It's crystal clear where he stands. Everywhere and nowhere.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  123. Jim, Honolulu

    It's very clear where Mc stands: wherever the popular place of the moment may be. And don't be so shocked; after all, he is a long-time politician, so it's almost instinctual.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  124. Michelle, Vancouver, BC

    Didn't we just talk about how politicians should just "admit it" when they change their minds? Let's give him a chance to explain his change his reasoning, and let's have an open mind to hear the explanation.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  125. Don-Ocala, FL.

    What day of the week is it? Odd days, he is left-Even days, he is right!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  126. anandabart

    From Bruce in Los Angeles:

    It's as clear as mud. Or as clear as who he's addressing at whatever particular moment. Or it depends on if the day of the week as an "r" in it.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  127. Jason, Appleton, WI

    McCain seesaws back and forth between issues so often you would expect him to be at a playground. We need a president who believes in what they are fighting for, not believing in what will win them the election.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  128. Doug Runyon

    Clear as mud.

    Just the way McCain wants it.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  129. Joseph Berry Jacksonville Fl

    Not very clear, he changes his mind way to much.. I'm in the Fl National Guard and we don't need a President that unsure about big decision.....

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  130. Sarge

    What makes you think that he remembers what his position is on an
    issue? The man is old and confused......

    Sarge
    Indianapolis

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  131. Gloria

    I'm a little confused where he stands, maybe he's confused too.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  132. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    McCain does not "stand" for issues, he wobbles for them as he sticks his finger in the air to see what dircetion George is blowing him to. The Straight Talk Express has taken a permanent detour on the Bushwacked Highway.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  133. Christi

    McCain's position is as clear as the muck left behind in my mother-in-law's living room in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Good thing he is stopping in Iowa tomorrow, maybe he will find himself.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  134. Terry

    I liked the old McCain. I don't know who this Republiclone is.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  135. Patrick Rogers

    Jack:

    It's abundantly clear where McCain stands on the issues. He stands for the ones he thinks will help him get elected.

    I can't believe I voted for this guy in 2000. Strike that, I didn't. This is not the same guy. Not by a long shot.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  136. Gordon Cormack

    McCain's approach to issues is flexible, guided by a clear and consistent philosopy: classic opportunism. Ross Perot nailed it.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  137. Michelle

    How clear is it where McCain stands on the issues?

    The words: "London Fog" come to mind....

    Michelle
    Somerville, NJ

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  138. DJ

    Im thinking the straight talk express might be riding the yellow brick road.
    We're off to see the wizard

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  139. Brad Vidmar, Rock Island, IL

    McCain's positions on the issues are very clear: They're Wrong! Plain and simple.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  140. Ryan KS

    McCain is showing signs of his age, supporting a topic and then completely changing his mind. We don't need a President who can't make up his mind.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  141. Cynthia Teysko

    It depends on the day of the week and the audience. John McCain doesn't have a chance to win in November. As a health care professional, I recommend he take it real easy during the campaign. As a registered Republican, I will vote for Obama.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  142. Chris Plainfield, IL

    You know Jack, i'm not sure how clear he is on the issues, maybe we should ask an old friend of his. Oh George!!!!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  143. Ken - Florida

    Jack,
    My problem is not where John McCain stands on the issues yesterday ot today but trying to figure out where his stands will be tomorrow...

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  144. Brad Vidmar, Rock Island, IL

    McCain's positions on the issues are very clear: He's Wrong! Plain and simple.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  145. maureen Carlson

    Jack:

    I never cared for McCain. He is devious, and understated, but worst of all–dangerously UNPREDICTABLE.

    maureen
    st. louis

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  146. Tony from Torrington

    John McCain bases his stance on issues on the facts known at the time. That's called flexibility and intelligence. He was against tax cuts while spending was outrageous, and is for them if the spending decreases. That sounds like balancing the budget. Of course the left only plays the flip-flop tune and leaves out the rest. Much liker the 100 years quote..it's as if they think the American people are stupid and can't get the rest of the quote in another news outlet.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  147. Connie

    Jack, I believe this has something to with age or his ties to Bush, it could be rubbing off. I would still bet on age though , at 64 years old I can not remember what I stood on yesterday, except I will vote for Obama.

    Connie from Indiana

    June 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  148. Janee

    John McCain stands wherever it is expedient and wherever it will get more votes.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  149. Pat Fox

    It's so clear- Mc Cain is on *both* sides of every issue. That way he increases the chances that people who don't pay much attention will hear something they agree with.

    : >

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  150. Michael

    Jack, it is obvious where John McCain stands on the issues. He agrees with whatever his current audience believes. From tax cuts, from the privitization of social security, drilling, Guantanamo, the overturning of Roe v Wade, torture, and I'm sure some others, it is clear that McCain will flip-flop whenever its politically expedient. Let's just hope the voters don't fall for it.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  151. Jason Lenoir - Raleigh, N.C.

    McCain does'nt have any validity or clarity in where he stands – He's a policy flip-flopper, Enviro-Marxist, advocates open borders, opposes Roe v. Wade and other legislative civil rights laws. It's very unclear exactly where "McBush" stands.

    Obama '08

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  152. Danielle, Erie, Pennsylvaina

    Not clear at all Jack. He's an old confused man, he doesn't know what he says half the time. He cannot run this country, if he does, me and my family are moving to Canada.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  153. Jim, Honolulu

    It's very clear where Mc stands: wherever the politically popular place of the moment may be. And don't be so shocked at that; he is, after all, a professional politician, so it's almost instinctual.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  154. Cynthia Teysko--San Diego, California

    It depends on the day of the week and the audience. John McCain doesn’t have a chance to win in November. As a health care professional, I recommend he take it real easy during the campaign. As a registered Republican, I will vote for Obama

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  155. tylar smith

    I'ts perfectly clear where McCain stands on the issues. He stands all both sides of every issue. He's confused or something. He can't seem to make up his mind. How can we elect a person who can't seem to trust his own judgement?

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  156. Lou Lasser

    There is a clear choice –
    McCain wants to drill for oil and build nuclear power plants.
    Obama wants to tax the oil companies more.
    Which choice produces energy and which generates nothing at all?

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  157. Darren S.

    What is clear is John McCain is the candidate for all people ... if you don't like his stance on an issue, just wait a week and he'll come around.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  158. J.L.

    McCain is as clear as O'Bama. To be political is to become a waffle.

    They both have many indentations.

    As always we have the lesser of 2 evils.

    I think it is time for a real dedicated, organized third party.

    The 2 we have are both players of the political blame game.

    The real problem we have is the Weak leadership we have on both sides.

    This is my humble clinging to my Guns thoughts.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  159. Harvey

    Jack, it makes no difference how McCain feels about the issues. Bush has been such a disaster to this country he has pretty well sealed the deal for a Democratic president for at least the next 8 to 12 years. The Republicans could run Jesus Christ and still lose. Bush is the best thing ever to happen to O'Bama.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  160. Tara Masoni

    Dear Jack:

    Why are we still worrying about McSame? Poor guy is a loon!
    he is confused and dangerous.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  161. Tom Menaker

    After criticizing Governor Romney during the primaries for changing positions to please the Republican base, Senator McCain is now doing exactly the same thing. He flips to attract the base and flops to attract the independents; whatever it takes!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  162. alex

    where he stands is as clear as a Rubiks Cube
    and we'll still be attempting to figure it out well beyond
    November 08'

    June 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  163. warren yarber

    Warren Yarber Bristol .Va
    McCain has flip floped so much he should be Flap Jack McCain.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  164. ryan cullen

    The only thing he's made clear on any issue is...he is, most certainly NOT presidential material.
    That's as CLEAR AS A BELL.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  165. Fred Cook

    McCain's stance on the issues can only be seen in the context of the most recent polls and what is politically expedient at the moment. Some things never change.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  166. Richard Williams in Larchmont, NY

    Jack,
    He sounds like one of my favorite law firms "Fumble, Bumble & Stumble". Since my vote is going third party, I find this extremely ammusing.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  167. Mary

    Where does McCain stand on issues? Well, I am not sure he knows where he stands either. His flip-flops are so frequent, he probably does not remember where he said what.. And that is bound to get worse with age. He morphed himself into an opportunist from maverick. Please nobody vote for him. he sold his soul to Big Oil and the Neocons.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  168. Phil Entrekin, Mesa, AZ

    Trust me, as a native of AZ I have followed his career since it started and it has never been clear on where John McCain stands on any issue. In fact he will stand anywhere you want as long as you promise to vote for him. My family used to support him – we no longer do.
    Phil Entrekin, LTC, USA (Ret)

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  169. Peter Paul

    He really lost his bearings no doubt about it..

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  170. Dave in North Carolina

    Clear? Talking Straight? Not anymore. He has proven he say anything to get elected. Not the John McCain I thought he was.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  171. Wendy Windsor, On

    Jack it is about as clear as mud where McCain stands on any
    issue. He spends so much time flip flopping, I'm surprised he
    hasn't broken a hip. What is clear is his desparation to find support &
    how identical he is to Bush. Sad really that he claims he is the better
    candidate, YIKES!!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  172. Karol

    Calling flip-flopping on off-shore drilling is a misnomer. Eight years have passed since he – and many of us – objected to off-shore drilling at the time.
    But then gas was not $4+ a gallon and we were not in an economic slump. He is right on that and it is a necessity – not a flip flop.

    The other issues are a different story.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  173. Charlie in Bremerton, WA

    Its very clear Jack. Like all politicians he's simply pandering in order to come out on top. Only in this case he isn't paying attention on who he's pandering too and is unsure if it should be the voters or the people who've controlled the country for the passed 8 years.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  174. Bruce Marshall

    Jack what day of the week is it???

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  175. Stan

    Its simple Jack.All you have to do is open your eyes to see that like his democratic counter part he is trying to be all things to all people.If elected, like his counter part he will do nothing to help the people and everything to gain power for the party. Sounds a little socialist doesn't it. Democrats and Republicans are just two sides of a circle. no difference when it comes to the people.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  176. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    depends on who he talks to, he changes his views like i change my socks, only i remember to change .

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  177. greg

    Jack, I don't even think McBush knows where he stands on the issues. He's looking for every possible out. At this rate the democrats just can sit back and hand the shovels to the Republicans to dig their graves. Maybe if McBush and the Republicans actually paid attention to the real issues affecting americans, he would make some progress.

    Drilling for more oil keeping our infrastructure on oil is only delaying the inevitable. The sooner we diversify our sources of energy the sooner America will get back on its feet. Do you think Big Oil, McBush, Big Bush and Cheney want to see this happen. The proof is in the actions drill, drill, and more drill. Flipping idiots

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  178. Kevin

    Jack

    It is very clear on where John McCain is on the issues. He is whereever he thinks he needs to be including on both side for and against at the same time. The republicans painted Kerry as a flip flopper. McCain is the original flip flop hip hop pick and drop candidate issue candidate. John will find a way to be both for and against war in Iraqi, taxes, tax cuts, drilling for oil offshore, holiday for MLK, gay marriage you name it. But he is a true conservative???? And Barrack Obama is the one we don't know???? Hmmm!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  179. Coolergw Aiken,SC

    And they say we shouldn't worry about age!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  180. samtaf

    Mccain does not even stand to the side of his party, a party that is slipping away from his grip as he continues to persue a policy of the Chameleon.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  181. Casper

    he's trying to appear like he represents both sides but in doing so he is appearing as neither he needs to choose a side and stick with it and deal with the consequences.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  182. Denis Vidmar-London

    I don't think it matters where he stands on the issues. Once again a typical situation in politics, where once again, a politician will get away with changing his/her mind over and over again, because no one holds them accountable. The American people have to understand that they have the right and power to hold them accountable.

    In November it will be very important for all Americans to go out and vote and show Washington that they mean business when it comes to getting the country back in shape.

    True change could and would come with Obama as President taking Bobby Jindal as his VP...that would be the ultimate United States of America.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  183. Blake

    We know exactly where McCain stands on the issues, with Bush and the Republican Party. The maverick I supported in 2000 is gone and all that is left is a man, desperate to get elected.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  184. Ricky from Roseville, Michigan

    Jack, let me give you an idea. January 2008, McCain didn't mind if we were in Iraq for a hundred years, and months later, he tried to pull off an "I have a dream" moment, by suggesting we'll be out by 2013. Is a 95 year difference clear enough for you?

    To steal a line from McCain. "That's not change we can believe in." (creepy smile that isn't even clear itself)!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  185. Ron from Parker CO

    Becasue he is a presential candidate, I'm trying hard to understand McCain. I now have whiplash. His conflict stems from his need to appeal to the republican/conservative base which is often at odds to his own values. It's clear that he has compromised his beliefs.

    Maybe he should debate himself in the 10 town hall meetings and send the winner to debate Obama.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  186. Toni

    McBush. You always know McCain won't do what he says he will do from the get go. He always acts like he differs from Bush but in the end he sides with Bush. I cannot see the difference.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  187. Bob M

    Are you kidding!!

    Kerry didn't even flip flop on the war. (the intent of the resolution was not for the war but for diplomacy first, war as a last resort.)

    McCain is just desperate. His rate of change is infinitely higher and may be measured in terra -flops/sec.

    if they were in the right direction even this would be OK but sadly most have been for campaign donations. In this John has prostituted himself.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  188. Tina from VA

    My question to you Jack is...where is the media? Why isn't the media holding McCain's feet to the fire for his change on about every issue concerning voters in this election. Senator McFlipFlop has changed his position so many times I've gotten a McWiplash and now I'm wearing a McBrace.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  189. Carl Davis

    I have a favorate saying for someone in their 70s, "their wheels fall off ans sense of direction is lost a lot". I

    June 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  190. Mo

    McClueless has no true picture on most of the issues, his advisers are trying to make him look like he has a clue, but its just not working out.
    His is just a McFlipFlop

    June 18, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  191. Stan

    Jack, things look so bad on both parties ballots that we can only hope that this will be Nader's year.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  192. Aaron of Brooklyn

    He's about as clear as crude oil..........

    June 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  193. cynthia rubio

    McCain flip-flops more than a landed fish. For example, last week McCain said he is not for privitization of Social Security, never was, and never will be. In the past, he sang a different tune:

    2004: "Without privatization, I don't see how you can possibly, over time, make sure that young Americans are able to receive Social Security benefits. [C-Span Road to the White House, 11/18/2004]

    2008: "As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it – along the lines of what President Bush proposed. 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]

    But, heck, he's an old guy. Maybe he just "forgot".

    Cynthia Rubio

    June 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  194. Joe

    The clearest place to stand is where the Lobbyist tells him to stand! Isn't that the best advice for anyone running for President? The safest bet is to NOT stand waist deep in Alligators!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  195. Foley in Idaho

    Jack, I think your Russert seguey (sp?) into that question was brilliant because it brought up a very valid point from a very reasonable man; as new information is gathered, and as time passes, people's minds change, and it is best to acknowledge that, accept that one may have been wrong before, but intends to take immediate steps to rectify any mistakes that have been made and then move on.

    McCain's problem is two-fold in that he's attempting to rectify a mistake with another mistake, and that he had a wonderful time criticising others who had it right in the first place.
    His position seems very clear... He will do what suits him at any given moment, and no recognition of past mistakes is necessary.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  196. Claudia

    It appears that Sen. McCain will say anything to promote his candidancy. I am no longer able to trust where he stands on the issues and as a life long Republican I cannot, in all good conscience, support him. I will never again put my trust in a politican just because he represents my party. It appears that CNN is the channel for the real "straight talk". Thank you.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  197. Jon, Seattle

    Being a staunch Obama supporter, I find it odd that I almost feel bad for McCain. McCain for years was an independent or at least a GOP Maverick, holding onto an ideaology that did not line up with the core beliefs of the Republican Party. Independents have never won presidential elections and likely never will– elections now are all about branding and fueling fat cash-laden campaigns. As such, McCain has joined the GOP, but now he having to flip flop and renege on a myriad of issues to appease the republican base he desperately needs to stand a chance in the fall.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  198. Paul

    McCain is all about oil as is Bush.If you say everything you can be wrong only half of the time.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  199. Jackie from Texas

    Jack,
    It is not at all clear where John McCain stands on the issues. Just yesterday CNN showed a clip of him saying "win-fall profit taxes don't scar me"...then speaking in Houston he was ANTI-windfall profits tax.
    Is THAT clear to anyone else? John "tell you what you want to hear" McCain...

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  200. Dan Kirkpatrick

    McCain has no stand on the issues, and I honestly believe he has no recollection of what he says at any given moment. That is why it's so effortless for him to state his position. In one instance when asked what his stand on gay marriage was; he stated he was basically for it, and then emphatically denounced it 11 minutes later.

    Moline, IL

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  201. Bruce St Paul MN

    It is not clear at all. That's how he can claim to be conservative/independent/moderate all at the same time. He does not demonstrate any depth of knowledge regarding policy issues, and may also have a problem with retention. It's not too much of a stretch to imagine him before a Senate hearing a few years from now saying "I don't recall being in that meeting".

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  202. Devon

    John, all these old school politicians have been playing the Washington game for too long. You can never know where they actually stand on any issue because it all depends on who's giving them money at that particular moment. What I'm more curious about is why pundits like you aren't throwing the f-word around when talking about McCain as you did with John Kerry in 2004–that is, "flip-flopper."

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  203. Steven Farrell

    Jack,

    McCain's positions are about as clear as the flood waters in the MidWest. It seems he has been changing his postions on crucial issues as often as the Bush Administration changes their rationale for going to war in Iraq. If Barack Obama doesn't address McCain's flip-flopping in his Campaign, I hope that the DNC will.

    Steve
    Ventura, CA

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  204. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    What day is it, what year is it? I think John McCain has redefined flip flopping, he has taken it to a whole new level. I think he moves which ever way the mop flops. It is on the verge of being very sad. I think he changes his mind on issues even faster than he does about about his relationship with George Bush, guess it depends on how it suits him that particular day. So no Jack, he is not clear in anyway shape or form on anything, not just the issues.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  205. John B North Carolina

    Hey, if you don't like McCain's positions, wait a minute.

    What's clear is that he's becoming a political chameleon, increasingly moving his past stances depending on the audience and the winds. In an age where almost everything he says gets on camera, he seems not to understand people can document his slippery situational statements. I used to at least respect him for his positions that really did look like straight talk – but then he cuddled up to kooky preachers including those who blamed 911 and Katrina on a sinful nation, he flipped on the long-term Bush Tax cuts, on a long-term energy conservation program by offering to lower gas taxes, and now drilling.

    Ironically, his campaign is so ham handed that he tries to separate from Bush claiming to care about the environment in ads released the same day as his drilling statement to the oil Barons. If he can't manage his campaign message releases any better than that, how in hell will he be able to run the country? He's moved so far from his former persona, he's completely lost his appeal to people in the middle.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  206. richard ruth

    McCain stated positions are inconsistent on most issues in this campaign. Sometimes McCain contradicts himself in the same sentence! I makes one want to say "will the real John McCain please stand up." No one who has seriously followed this campaign could vote for McCain. It is impossible to tell what he advocates.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  207. Mado in Canada

    Clear as mud Jack. He is an amazing man. Flipping from one side to another with such speed! I think he should be looking for a spot with 'Cirque de Soleil' not the presidency! How does he (or anyone else for that matter) keep all his positions straight? And when questionned on any one of his several positions how can he recall which answer to give, unless his goal is to confuse all of us to the extent that he himself appears to be? He certainly is succeeding with me!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  208. Chris Swansea, MA

    He will say what ever it takes to get votes. Then when in office count on tax breaks for the wealthy, more war in other words MORE OF THE MCSAME. When people say "What about your promises?" the answer will be "get over it".

    June 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  209. Akan

    It's really not clear where he stands on issues. He says one thing today, then turns around and says something totally different the next day. I'm not sure if age has something to do with this. I do know that with this kind of "flip-flopping", he will definately flip- flop his way far away from the White House come January 20, 2009.

    Akan
    Killeen, TX

    June 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  210. Harry

    It's clear he wants to be president. It's also clear that he will say what it takes to be president. As far as seeing where John McCain clearly stands, it takes one of those high speed cameras.

    Harry
    Ky.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  211. mark, Temple TX

    McCain does not have a clue about the issues. It's evident when he stumbles with the words on his three telepropters. He's reading words and does not know what they mean and then has that deer in the head light s look as he waits for the audience reaction.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  212. Devon

    John, all these old school politicians have been playing the Washington game for too long. You can never know where they actually stand on any issue because it all depends on who’s giving them money at that particular moment. What I’m more curious about is why pundits like you aren’t throwing the f-word around when talking about McCain as you did with John Kerry in 2004–that is, “flip-flopper.”

    From San Jose, California.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  213. Michael,

    Hi Jack,
    John McCain has always been the same, hypocrite and flip flop. Republicans never trusted him. He was the nominee because of the independents. Now with the Oil drilling crusade with George Bush he has lost his appeal to the independents. Goodbye Florida 08.

    Michael,
    Orlando, Florida

    June 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  214. Darrell Henderson

    Mccain will continue to flip flop on all issues this is the only way he can seem somewhat crediable to the American people. Mccain says Obama is experienced well I think by him changing his mind so much the independents and republican base will soon see who is really ready for president.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  215. Martha Davidson Vancouver B.C. Canada

    Jack,

    How clear is it where John McCain stands on the issues?

    As mud Jack, as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  216. Linda, Virginia

    Murky, Jack.....Murky.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  217. Jacob Anderson

    For a man who showed so much backbone and courage in Vieatnam to be reduced to pandering to every replubican right wing Fox News inspired issue is sad, John Mcain's flip flopping is classic replublican spin, Bush says the Democratic controlled Congress is the reason the gas prices are at 4 dollars a gallon ,where was it when he took office and look at the increase during the first 7 years of Replubican rule in Congress and the White House, both of these guys are the most short sighted leaders of our time.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  218. Ian Allen

    Hello from Canada Jack ! Nothing of McCain's change in positions are reminiscent of John Kerry’s “flip-flops”. On offshore drilling, at a time when oil prices skyrocket without sign of slowing amid an international increase in demand, I would hope some minds would change concerning increasing supply…drill at home ! On opposing tax cuts, McCain was against them at the time of their passing, but recognizes that letting them lapse would result in a tax increase today…against everything he campaigns for. Changing circumstances require new positions. That represents neither a flip, nor a flop.

    Ian Allen
    Toronto, Ontario

    June 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  219. Steve in Pensacola

    Clear as mud. It's astounding the number of various stances and 180 degree turn-arounds that are available in clips from interviews he's done between 2000 and now. It'll make you dizzy. i don't know how he keeps it all straight.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  220. Les Young Oklahoma

    McCain has no view of his own on anything he is courting the base of his party so heavily he not sure what he believes in makes look like the joke he is.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  221. Richard Sternagel

    McCain is as clear as Mud on the Issues!Flip-Flopper He Is!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  222. Doug, AZ

    McCain has absolutely no business accusing Obama of being “risky” “out of touch” or even a “flip flop” because HE’S the one that’s just that. Nobody knows where this guy is truly coming from and that makes him EXTREMELY risky in my opinion. If the people of this country vote him in, they deserve exactly what they get!

    Obama 2008

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  223. Theresa in Minneapolis MN

    Where he stands is not clear because he changes it so frequently. He really ought to consider Senator Norm Coleman from MN as his VP running mate since their policies follow the most opportunistic to each of them at the time! From a line from A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
    said to Roper by Sir Thomas More, "We can only hope that your head will be facing to the front when it stops spinning."

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  224. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    Do you really think that it matters to most voters. I doubt that the voters of America pay much attention to the real world. I really do not know what most of them pay attention to. Clearly it is not logic or reason because if that was any criteria uses we would never have had Bush.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  225. Alan, Surprise, AZ

    McCain has flip-flopped on off-shore drilling in the gulf, he has flip-flopped on torture, and he has flip-flopped on Bush's tax cuts. And he has chastised the Supreme Court , the protectorate of the U.S.Constitution. So who knows where this guy stands on the issues. More importantly, what would he do if he were elected president.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  226. JED

    I hate to say ... but he is just confused!

    NY

    June 18, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  227. Jimmy J. Pack Jr.

    mccain will stand exactly where the high muckey mucks of PR for the grand ol' party tell him to stand. He's such a brainless puppet, he'll gladly stand with the president, the same man who handed him his behind in 2000. If mccain wins, it will only be further proof that The United States is populated with the dumbest people in the world. Four more years of this mess? No thanks!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  228. Jimmy J. Pack Jr.

    mccain will stand exactly where the high muckey mucks of PR for the grand ol' party tell him to stand. He's such a brainless puppet, he'll gladly stand with the president, the same man who handed him his behind in 2000. If mccain wins, it will only be further proof that The United States is populated with the dumbest people in the world. Four more years of this mess? No thanks!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  229. Independent in New Mexico

    And I thought that it was just me who was losing track of where Senator McCain stood on what issue....

    June 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  230. Richard Puncsak

    McCain is clearly all for oil. Haven't heard a word on an electric car. Exxon own the battery patents that are holding up the technology developments.

    I don't hear either part calling eminent domain on intellectual property for national security purposes. That would get us out of the mess we're in. It's the only way out that I can see. The rest of the policies are all moot if we're going to be learning Chinese as a primary language.

    He's pretty clear of staying with oil. As I see it that's what has caused the mess. The republican party which is, as far as I can tell, the oil company party... is having quite a party... at our expense.

    Richard
    Knoxville TN

    June 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  231. Joshua

    I think John McCain is very clear. Yes I think if is very clear that John McCain has a blurred veiw of the war, our economy, and John McCain makes it crystal clear that Barack Obama is the better choice for president. Clearly.de

    Detroit MI

    June 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  232. Devon

    Jack, all of these old school politicians have been playing the Washington game for too long. You can never know where they actually stand on any issue because it all depends on who’s giving them money at that particular moment. What I’m more curious about is why pundits like you aren’t throwing the f-word around when talking about McCain as you did with John Kerry in 2004–that is, “flip-flopper.”

    (From San Jose, California)

    June 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  233. Nwabiani Marilyln

    JACK, permit me to use the title of your book "It'sGetting Ugly Out There" but i honestly feel is uglier than you may have anticipated, because whenever i watch Senator McCain speak to the audience, it seems to me he is mocking himself. Could someone please advice him to get more serious on the issues? I do hope AMERICANS WOULD NOT HEAD FOR A FALL BY GOING FOR McCAIN.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  234. Shawn

    Well Jack, depending on the weather and his mood on any given day, he probably doesn't know where he stands on the issues. If i were a betting man, I would bet before the general election we will hear McCain change his position on every issue. To him it is about what he thinks we want to hear, not about what needs to be done.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  235. Obama-Kennedy'08

    The ONLY thing McCain is clear on is........Keeping us in a war we can not afford, drilling for oil anywhere he can get it, taking funding from our childrens schools, and squandering our tax dollars.

    I thought this guy said he was going to be as transparent as glass. Now, he's flip-flopping so much you couldn't catch him if you tried.

    And as for these talking heads saying we have to do 'STUDIES' about alternative energy........Let me tell you, they DID all these studies in the '70s. I know, I sell the Manuals and Handbooks on the studies done on behalf of the government, on eBay.

    They've ALREADY done the studies, bought up the patents, and won't do anything with them.

    Ask Pres. Bush why he was building a 'Geo Thermal" Western White House durring the last election? How come the US as a Country doesn't have GeoThermal, Solar, or Wind Power, yet? They've had the resources for 30 years.

    Oh yeah, I forgot, the Bushes can do what ever they want.

    Ya know, maybe the Hippies were RIGHT!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  236. Maurice, Statesboro,GA

    I greatly respected the McCain of 2000. He was his own man. He was a maverick that even a committed democrat would take seriously. However, since his nomination, he has thrown every hint of independence from his party to the wind. If his position changes reflected changes in the situation, I could respect it. But, his current flips-flops are transparent attempts to win votes.

    His oil drilling plan would take 10 years to come online. In the same amount of time, we could improve our green energy (flex fuels, hydrogen cells, etc). Brazil uses sugar cane ethanol for 40% of their fuel. Surely, the USA can be as innovative as Brazil. I'm afraid that, if McCain is elected, he will just do more drilling and nuclear plants. Then, he will throw some chump change at green energy and claim he tried.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  237. Tom from Nebraska

    Jack, This is easy! He stands where he thinks we want him to stand. He is in the same mode as our current president on many important issues. And then again he is and then he isn't. Not a clue about our economy so that will change a few times. Not a clue about very important issues like drilling off the coast, change once again. Want more of the same? Vote McCain.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  238. Meg

    As a registered independent, McCain has just lost my vote in Nov. Offshore drilling will not resolve our energy crisis. We need new solutions!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  239. kay, tx

    He comes to TX, meets with foul-mouth oil baron Claytie Williams, denounces him, takes his money, then does a one-eighty by calling for the renewal of off-shore oil drilling. Maybe he should look up pandering hypocrite on "the google." Oh, that's right, he can't use "the google" because he doesn't know how to use a computer.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  240. Fred,San Antonio,TX

    Dear Jack,

    I don't know what's clear about John McCain anymore I'm still trying to figure out what he means when he quotes Mau when he says " It's always darkest before it get black."

    June 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  241. Carl

    Jack, McCain's stance on the issues is perfectly clear. He will say whatever he thinks the people he is talking to wants to hear. It doesn't matter he is now in election mode.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  242. Caroline

    It's hard to be clear about anything when you dancing around political bullets. McCain is getting pretty dizzy from the dance. Someone needs to get him chair so he can calm down and figure out what he really believes.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  243. Dennis in Indiana

    I think McCain in spite of his protestations to the contrary, has made his positions very clear – if George Bush is for it, so is he. I guess the American public's desire for change after the 8 year debacle of the Bush administration hasn't resonated with the presumed republican candidate and as a democrat and Obama supporter I couldn't ask for more.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  244. Mike in Colorado

    Seems as though McCain wakes up in a new world every day and some times between lunch and dinner. Trying to keep up on his positions can make one dizzy

    June 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  245. craig diamond

    Whether you are for McCain or Obama we should pray that our next President has the wisdom and ability to change his mind as often as circumstances require. The past eight years we have lived under a President who has been "god-like" in his opinions. Never once has he been wrong!

    June 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  246. Larry Garrison

    McCain doesn't 'stand' on the issues at all. He leaps back and forth upon them like a game of Frogger. He's pandered so much in the campaign I doubt he himself even knows his true viewpoints anymore.

    Tulsa, OK

    June 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  247. Ian

    Who even cares about the Republicans this year? Have you seen the Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida polls? Obama's got this thing in the bag.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  248. lindsay in az

    i've lived in arizona for 22 years, and i couldn't tell you his definite position on much because it keeps changing. in 2000 i liked mccain, but he seems to have lost who he is during the bush administration.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  249. Barbara from Michigan

    About as clear as mud.

    June 18, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  250. Gene

    Jack, it actually is easy to see where McCain stands on the issues – it's clear as mud if you just pay attention to what he says. If you are in doubt on any issue in regard to McCain just go back to see how Bush stood on the issue in 2000 and 2004, because that is the McCain position as well. As an independent voter I have been trying to figure out his position on various issues not just for months, but for years. I have determined that McCain is the "King of Flip-floppers." On the economy I still haven't figured out where he stands. I do find it interesting though that McCains wife doesn't even trust Johnny to manage her money per there joint pre-nuptial agreement, but yet he expects all the voters to let him manage the taxpayers money for the federal government. Yes, it seems peculiar to me as well. As I see it here in Appleton, WI; a great place to live..

    June 18, 2008 at 4:36 pm |