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That bastion of conservative advocacy known as the New York Times Editorial Board has endorsed a candidate in the Republican race:

Senator John McCain

Why?  Because of his positions that are at odds with grassroots Republicans:

“…Arizona Sen. John McCain as “the only “Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe.”

But McCain, the New York Times said, “has been a staunch advocate of campaign finance reform, working with Senator Russ Feingold, among the most liberal of Democrats, on groundbreaking legislation, just as he worked with Senator Edward Kennedy on immigration reform.

From the Chicago Tribune:

NYT Endorses Clinton and McCain

CHICAGO TRIBUNE’S THE SWAMP

by Lisa Anderson

http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2008/01/nyt_endorses_clinton_and_mc_ca.html

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The New York Times came out Thursday night endorsing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton as “the best choice for the Democratic Party as it tries to regain the White House” and Arizona Sen. John McCain as “the only “Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe.”

But McCain, the New York Times said, “has been a staunch advocate of campaign finance reform, working with Senator Russ Feingold, among the most liberal of Democrats, on groundbreaking legislation, just as he worked with Senator Edward Kennedy on immigration reform. That doesn’t make him a moderate, but it makes him the best choice for the party’s presidential nomination.”

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MCCAIN ON MCCAIN-LIEBERMAN:

RHETORIC:

McCain Praised His Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bill With Senator Lieberman. MCCAIN: “Joe Lieberman and I, one of my favorite Democrats and I have proposed — we did the same thing with acid rain. They’re doing it in Europe now, although not very well. What we’re saying is look, if you can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, you’ll earn a credit. If somebody else is going to increase their’s, you can sell it to them. Meanwhile we have a gradual reduction in the greenhouse emissions.” (MSNBC, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 1/24/08)

REALITY:

Sen. McCain Has Repeatedly Teamed Up With Sen. Joe Lieberman To Push Radical Climate Change Legislation:

McCain-Lieberman Would Have Capped Carbon Dioxide Emissions. “The latest bill rejected by the Senate, sponsored by Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz, and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., would have mandated caps on carbon dioxide and a market-oriented system for trading them. Those who needed more energy could theoretically buy credits from those who could make do with less. But government would still have to establish the overall cap on energy use.” (Thomas Bray, Op-Ed, “Public Rejects Giving Control Of Energy Use To Government,” The Detroit News, 6/26/05)

  • McCain-Lieberman Would Have Hiked Gas Prices. “The increases in gasoline prices projected to occur (is) 9 percent in 2010 and 19 percent in 2025.” (“Analysis Of Senate Amendment 2028, The Climate Stewardship Act Of 2003,” Energy Information Administration, 1/6/07)

The U.S. Energy Information Administration Estimated That McCain’s Global Warming Legislation Would Have Decreased U.S. GDP By $776 Billion. “The cumulative losses in actual GDP are about $776 billion (1996 dollars) in the SA.2028 (McCain-Lieberman)…. The peak, single-year impact on actual GDP under SA.2028 occurs in 2025, with a loss of $76 billion (1996 dollars), or about 0.4 percent of GDP. The largest percentage change in actual GDP, 0.5 percent, occurs in 2011, where the estimated loss in actual GDP that year is $57 billion…” (“Analysis Of Senate Amendment 2028, The Climate Stewardship Act Of 2003,” Energy Information Administration, 1/6/07)

“Impact Of McCain-Lieberman * If The Climate Stewardship Act Passes, It Would Increase:

  • Energy Costs By 30 To 50 Percent.
  • Unemployment By Nine Percent.
  • Electricity Costs By 46 Percent.
  • Fuel Oil Prices By 33 Percent.
  • Inflation By 27 Percent.” (Editorial, “Climate Stewardship Bill Would Starve U.S. Economy,” The Detroit News, 10/30/03)

Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Said McCain-Lieberman Was “The Right Thing To Do.” “Continuing his fight for environmental protection and energy security, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today joined a bipartisan group of Senators in offering an amendment to the Energy Bill that would ensure that America takes a leadership role in addressing the effects of global climate change. … Kerry said. ‘It is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.'” (Sen. John Kerry, “Kerry Joins Bipartisan Group In Offering Climate Change Amendment To Energy Bill,” Press Release, 6/22/05)

Sens. McCain, Kerry And Lieberman Voted For Global Warming Legislation That Was Soundly Rejected By Senate Republicans And Democrats. 49 Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against McCain’s “greenhouse gas” amendment to the energy bill. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #148: Rejected 38-60: R 6-49; D 31-11; I 1-0, 6/22/05, McCain, Kerry and Lieberman Voted Yea)

National Review Called McCain’s Legislation “Kyoto By Another Name.” “Who does Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) think he is fooling?  McCain’s Climate Stewardship Act, cosponsored with Sen. Joe Lieberman (D., Conn.), is a political roadmap back to the Kyoto Protocol, the United Nations global-warming treaty that the Senate preemptively rejected by a vote of 95-0 in July 1997.” (Marlo Lewis, “Kyoto By Another Name,” National Review, 6/16/04)

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McCain has belittled his own knowledge on economics

POLITICO

Jonathan Martin

http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/0108/McCain_has_belittled_his_own_knowledge_on_economics.html

McCain, faced with his own past statements pooh-pooh’ing his grasp of economic issues, said “I don’t know where you got that quote from.”

Moderator Tim Russert probably got it from the Wall Street Journal.

“I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues,” McCain told the paper’s Steve Moore in 2005.  “I still need to be educated.”

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During tonight’s debate in Florida, Senator John McCain questioned where a quote came from that cited his own admission that he does not understand economics.

Here is Senator McCain’s admission:

Sen. McCain: “‘The Issue Of Economics Is Not Something I’ve Understood As Well As I Should.” “Like Mike Huckabee, who joked recently that he ‘may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night,’ McCain suggested to reporters Monday that American consumer culture offered a short cut to expertise. ‘The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,’ McCain said. ‘I’ve got Greenspan’s book.'” (Sasha Issenberg, “McCain: It’s About The Economy,” The Boston Globe, www.boston.com, Posted 12/18/07)

Sen. McCain Says He Doesn’t Fully Understand Economic Issues:

Sen. McCain: “‘The Issue Of Economics Is Not Something I’ve Understood As Well As I Should.” “Like Mike Huckabee, who joked recently that he ‘may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night,’ McCain suggested to reporters Monday that American consumer culture offered a short cut to expertise. ‘The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,’ McCain said. ‘I’ve got Greenspan’s book.'” (Sasha Issenberg, “McCain: It’s About The Economy,” The Boston Globe, www.boston.com, Posted 12/18/07)

· Sen. McCain: “I Still Need To Be Educated.” “On a broader range of economic issues, though, Mr. McCain readily departs from Reaganomics. His philosophy is best described as a work in progress. He is refreshingly blunt when he tells me: ‘I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.'” (Stephen Moore, “Reform, Reform, Reform,” OpinionJournal.com, 11/26/05)

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In Tonight’s Debate, Sen. McCain Denied That His Own Comment On His Understanding Of Economics:

McCain Dismissed His Own Comments When Tim Russert Quoted Him Saying He Did Not Know About Economics. RUSSERT: “National security in the war in Iraq a dominant issue in the campaign until a few weeks ago. Now the economy has taken hold. If you ask any of the voters, it’s the economy. You have said repeatedly, quote, I know a lot less about economics than I do about military or foreign policy issues. I need to be educated. is it a problem for the campaign that the economy is the most important issue, one by your own acknowledgment you’re not well versed on.” MCCAIN: “I don’t know where you got that quote from.” (MSNBC, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 1/24/08)

But Sen. McCain Himself Said He Doesn’t Understand Economic Issues:

Sen. McCain: “The Issue Of Economics Is Not Something I’ve Understood As Well As I Should.” “Like Mike Huckabee, who joked recently that he ‘may not be the expert that some people are on foreign policy, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night,’ McCain suggested to reporters Monday that American consumer culture offered a short cut to expertise. ‘The issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should,’ McCain said. ‘I’ve got Greenspan’s book.'” (Sasha Issenberg, “McCain: It’s About The Economy,” The Boston Globe, www.boston.com, Posted 12/18/07)

  • Sen. McCain: “I Still Need To Be Educated.” “On a broader range of economic issues, though, Mr. McCain readily departs from Reaganomics. His philosophy is best described as a work in progress. He is refreshingly blunt when he tells me: ‘I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.'” (Stephen Moore, “Reform, Reform, Reform,” OpinionJournal.com, 11/26/05)
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In Tonight’s Debate, Sen. McCain Called On Making The Bush Tax Cuts Permanent, And Said Not Doing So Would Amount To A Tax Increase:

McCain: We Should Make The Bush Tax Cuts Permanent. “I’m disappointed because I think it’s very important that we make the bush tax cuts permanent. I voted to make them permanent twice already…. If we don’t make the tax cuts permanent, they will have what amounts to a tax increase.” (MSNBC, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Boca Raton, FL, 1/24/08)

But Sen. McCain Voted Against The 2001 And 2003 Bush Tax Cuts:

In 2001, McCain Was One Of Only Two Republicans To Vote Against The $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #170: Adopted 58-33: R 46-2; D 12-31; I 0-0, 5/26/01, McCain Voted Nay)

In 2003, McCain Was One Of Only Three Republicans To Twice Vote Against The $350 Billion Tax Cut. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 50-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, 5/23/03, McCain Voted Nay)

In 2004, Sen. McCain “Clearly” Opposed Making The Bush Tax Cuts Permanent:

In 2004, McCain Said He Was Against Making The Bush Tax Cuts “For Higher Income People” Permanent. SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “They want to make the tax cuts for higher-income people permanent, and I don’t want that.” (NPR’s “Morning Edition,” 6/16/04)

· Sen. McCain: “I Would Clearly Support Not Extending Those Tax Cuts.” RUSSERT: “Since the Civil War, every president who has been at war has increased taxes. Should the president consider postponing his tax cut?” MCCAIN: “I would have – I voted against the tax cuts because of the disproportionate amount that went to the wealthiest Americans. I would clearly support not extending those tax cuts in order to help address the deficit. But the middle-income tax credits, the families, the child tax credits, the marriage tax credits, all of those I would keep.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 4/11/04; www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLSookkRNIk)

Just Weeks Ago, Sen. McCain Said His Votes Against The Bush Tax Cuts Were Not Mistakes:

Sen. McCain Still Believes He Was Right To Vote Against Numerous Republican Tax Cuts. NBC’s TIM RUSSERT: “Do you believe that voting against the Bush tax cuts was a mistake?” SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “Of course not.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 1/6/08; www.youtube.com/watch?v=5swpJxMNU-A)

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Senator McCain has had trouble defending and explaining his votes against the Bush tax cuts.  During an interview this morning, Senator McCain—during the course of just one sentence—highlighted the fact that he voted against the Bush tax cuts that he now says he favors extending. Vote against tax cuts…then say you’re for the tax cuts?  Quite a waltz to dance.

Here’s a web video that highlights these contradictory stances, titled “Waltz.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StZcJWpmKwk

The script and ad fact follow:

Script For “Waltz”:

CHYRON: “John McCain…on taxes.”

“First he says…”

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “I’ve always been for tax cuts.”

CHYRON: “Then he says…”

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “Although I voted against the first tax cuts.”

CHYRON: “What was that?”

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “I’ve always been for tax cuts.  I have always, although I voted against the first tax cuts.”

CHYRON: “One more time.”

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “I’ve always been for tax cuts.  I have always, although I voted against the first tax cuts.”

CHYRON: “John McCain.  Always for tax cuts.  Except when he’s against them.”

Ad Fact For “Waltz”:

Sen. John McCain: “I’ve been involved in all of these issues, I know how to stop the irresponsible spending. I’ve always been for tax cuts, I have always…uh… although, I voted against the first tax cuts, but these tax cuts have to be made permanent…” (Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” 1/24/08)

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