In 2008, the Republican Party needs a nominee who can debate Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) on the important issues confronting our nation today. “Very Close” highlights how Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Clinton actually agree on more issues than not. We need “a full-spectrum conservative” like Governor Mitt Romney who can provide a clear conservative contrast with Sen. Clinton.
Script For “Very Close” (WEB:30):
ANNOUNCER: “Is John McCain really the heart and soul of the Republican Party?
“Imagine a debate between McCain and Hillary Clinton.
“On amnesty for illegal immigrants, they agree.
“On voting against President Bush’s tax cuts, they agree.
“On imposing an additional 50 cents a gallon cost on gasoline, they agree.
“On blocking conservative judges, they agree.
“Even Bill Clinton says…”
FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “‘She and John McCain are very close.'”
ANNOUNCER: “Don’t we need a leader who agrees with conservatives?”
GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”
AD FACTS For “Very Close” (WEB:30):
ANNOUNCER: “Is John McCain really the heart and soul of the Republican Party? Imagine a debate between McCain and Hillary Clinton. On amnesty for illegal immigrants, they agree.”
- Sen. McCain And Sen. Clinton Both Voted For The 2006 Senate Amnesty Bill. “Passage of the bill that would overhaul U.S. immigration policies and offer a path to citizenship for most illegal immigrants in the country. It would subdivide illegal immigrants into three groups based on how long they had been in the United States. Illegal immigrants in the country more than five years would be able to stay and earn citizenship; those here between two and five years would have three years to file paperwork for a temporary work visa, after which they would be eligible for permanent legal residency; and those here less than two years would have to return to their native country and go through normal channels if they want to return. It would create a guest worker program that could accommodate an additional 200,000 immigrants a year. It also would authorize increased border security and enforcement provisions, including a requirement for businesses to verify documents of all prospective employees through an electronic system managed by the Department of Homeland Security.” (S. 2611, CQ Vote #157: Passed 62-36: R 23-32; D 38-4; I 1-0, 5/25/06, McCain And Clinton Voted Yea)
- Sen. Clinton: Immigration Legislation Must Have A “Path To Legalization” For The 12 Million Illegal Immigrants Here. “Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York said she was disappointed that the Senate did not move forward with its immigration bill and that the cornerstone of any future measure must be a ‘path to legalization’ for the 12 million undocumented immigrants already here.” (Eunice Moscoso, “Democrats Promise Immigration Reform,” Cox News Service, 6/30/07)
- Sen. McCain Still Supports His Immigration Plan For A “Path To Citizenship.” QUESTION: “But fundamentally, I’m wondering, don’t you still have the same plan for a path to citizenship that you fundamentally held months ago?” MCCAIN: “Sure.” (ABC/WMUR, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester, NH, 1/5/08; www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LbTSe6uLqI)
ANNOUNCER: “On voting against President Bush’s tax cuts, they agree.”
- In 2001, Sen. McCain And Sen. Clinton Both Voted Against The $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut. The bill lowered marginal rates, eliminated the marriage penalty, and doubled the child tax credit. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote #170: Adopted 58-33: R 46-2; D 12-31; I 0-0, 5/26/01, McCain And Clinton Voted Nay)
- In 2003, Sen. McCain And Sen. Clinton Each Cast Two Votes Against The $350 Billion Tax Cut. The comprehensive bill lowered taxes by $350 billion over 11 years – including increasing the child tax credit and eliminated the marriage penalty. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote #179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, McCain And Clinton Voted Nay; H.R. 2, CQ Vote #196: Adopted 50-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, 5/23/03, McCain And Clinton Voted Nay)
ANNOUNCER: “On imposing an additional 50 cents a gallon cost on gasoline, they agree.”
- McCain-Lieberman Would Dramatically Raise Taxes On All Carbon-Based Fuels, Like Gas For Your Car And Home Heating Oil. “What is not widely understood is that [Sen. McCain] is currently sponsoring legislation that, in the name of fighting global warming, would dramatically raise the tax on all carbon-based fuels, including gasoline, home heating oil, coal, and to a lesser extent, natural gas.” (Roy Cordato, “McCain’s Costly Tax On Energy,” National Review, www.nationalreview.com, Posted 1/10/08)
- American Council For Capital Formation Study: McCain-Lieberman Could Hike Gasoline Prices By 50 Cents Per Gallon. “A study by an economic research institute, the American Council for Capital Formation, underscored these findings, estimating that under S. 139: … By 2020, gasoline prices would increase 30 to 50 cents per gallon.” (H. Sterling Burnett, “Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” National Center For Policy Analysis, 11/18/04)
- Sen. Hillary Clinton Has Co-Sponsored McCain-Lieberman. CLINTON: “And we were debating the McCain-Lieberman Bill, which I’m a proud co-sponsor, to try and do something with CO2.” (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The 17th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum, Washington, DC, 6/14/06)
ANNOUNCER: “On blocking conservative judges, they agree.”
- Sen. McCain Joined Democrats In The Gang Of 14 And Stopped Sen. Bill Frist From Banning Filibusters. “An effort that started as little more than hallway talk and phone conversations led to a last-minute deal May 23 that stopped Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s plans to engineer a ruling the next day to bar filibusters of judicial nominations. A group that became known as the ‘gang of 14’ – seven Republicans and seven Democrats promised to vote against any such change as long as Democrats swore off future judicial filibusters in all but extraordinary cases. That unified promise had the effect of denying Frist the votes he needed to ban the practice altogether.” (David Nather, “Senate Races Against The Nuclear Clock On Judges,” Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 5/28/05)
- Sen. Clinton Was “Certainly Supportive” Of The Gang Of 14. CNN’S JUDY WOODRUFF: “Some people have noted that you chose not to be part of the group that announced the compromise, that worked on the compromise. The Gang of 14. Should somebody make anything of that?” CLINTON: “No. I think that this was a process that a couple of my colleagues started, you know, some weeks ago after Senator Reid could not reach any understanding with Senator Frist. And I thought they were pursuing a noble effort. I didn’t know whether they would be successful or not, but I was, you know, certainly supportive of their efforts to try.” (CNN’s “Inside Politics,” 5/26/05)
ANNOUNCER: “Even Bill Clinton says…” FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: “‘She and John McCain are very close.'” ANNOUNCER: “Don’t we need a leader who agrees with conservatives?” GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY: “I’m Mitt Romney and I approved this message.”
- Former President Clinton: Sens. Clinton And McCain “Are Very Close.” “‘She and John McCain are very close,’ [President Bill] Clinton said. ‘They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history, and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.'” (Alexander Mooney, “Bill Clinton: John McCain And Hillary Are ‘Very Close’,” CNN’s Political Ticker, http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com, Posted 1/25/08)