McCain dodges on past rationale for opposing tax cuts
Posed with a tough question about his shifting explantion for opposing the original Bush tax cuts, McCain completely dodged.
When he originally opposed them, he did so saying that they were skewed in favor of the rich.
Now he says he voted against them because he wanted to get spending under control.
He didn’t really reconcile the difference, choosing instead to harp on his usual message about spending being out of control, the cause for GOP losses in ’06 and why “our base became disenchanted.”
Oh, and he noted a couple of times that he was part of the Reagan Revolution and has the support of Phil Gramm and Jack Kemp (both coming in for their second mention of the night).
None of this gets at his past language regarding the Bush tax cuts, but there was no follow up.