Ann confirms George Soros is funding both Hillary AND McCain. I made this connection in my last post. Nice, oh so nice.
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Here we go again. Just when I was going to try to cut this candidate some slack.
Chad Groening – OneNewsNow – 2/13/2008 10:40:00 AM
Author and investigative journalist Jerome Corsi says some critics of GOP presidential candidate John McCain are concerned about a non-profit organization he founded in 2001 that has received funding from left-wing donors like George Soros and Teresa Heinz-Kerry.
Dr. Jerome Corsi recently published an article in WorldNetDaily which focuses on the Reform Institute, which Senator McCain (R-Arizona) used to promote his political agenda and to provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections. The best-selling author says critics are questioning McCain’s conservative credentials in light of the fact that prominent leftists have donated heavily to this organization.
“It’s shocking to think that George Soros and Teresa Heinz-Kerry have [had] this kind of funding hook to John McCain for so many years,” notes Corsi. “I think it explains how this foundation backed and promoted McCain’s various leftist positions, as in campaign reform and in immigration where he wanted to open borders.”
Corsi says even though McCain was forced to sever his formal ties with the Reform Institute in 2006 in the wake of a controversial cable television contribution, the fact that he was willing to accept money from individuals like Soros and Heinz-Kerry reveals his “true colors” as someone who has always championed leftist causes.
So last week Governor Mitt Romney “heartily” endorsed Sen. John McCain. Is it because Gov. Romney IS politically expedient? Is he now “flip-flopping” his allegiance “to pay his own dues” to the Republican party?
I’m at a loss. Yes, there are some good thing about Sen. John McCain. But just like with Pres. Bush, there are a lot of very sneaky things going on behind the smoke and mirrors scenes – oh like the suppression of free speech (McCain-Feingold), opening up the borders (McCain-Kennedy). Who doesn’t want to save the earth (McCain-Lieberman) but our nation is so in debt that we can’t afford even the interest of our loans to China. From Wikipedia:
His 2006 rating by the Almanac of American Politics (2008) on Social Policy is 46% conservative, 53% liberal. (2005: 64% conservative, 23% liberal.) McCain also has an 83% rating from the Christian Coalition, which indicates many socially conservative views such as voting yes on $75M for abstinence education, yes on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration, and voting yes on memorial prayers and religious symbols at school.
Maybe I heard this on Glenn Beck last week, but what better way to push through a North American Union than by suppressing our economy, opening the borders, squelching free speech and doing all those other nasty things that get rid of our Nations sovereignty.
This conservative has not been won over yet. This conservative is deeply worried. This conservative is deeply troubled over the fact that here in Ohio, I haven’t even had a chance to vote for this primary and that I’m left with the bottom of the barrel. I do have a set of core, abiding principles I live by and this candidate isn’t one of them.
I actually had a lot of respect for Ron Paul and thought he was above this kind of thing. Now I’m getting two bits of information for West Virginia:
McCain-Huckabee Backroom Deal:
From The Hill:
Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic reported Tuesday that, after the first ballot, McCain’s campaign called his supporters there and urged them to vote in favor of Huckabee.
“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change,” Beth Myers, Romney’s campaign manager, said in a statement.
Huckabee-Paul Backroom Deal:
From Reason Magazine:
I just spoke with a source inside the West Virginia Paul campaign and got some insight into the decision to push their votes to Huckabee. “There are two dynamics in West Virginia,” the source said, “the national dynamic and the local dynamic. The local dynamic is frustration with a GOP establishment that doesn’t believe in freedom and liberty but mouths support for those ideals in order to win elections.” This, he explained, was the common cause between compassionate conservative Huckabee supporters and libertarian Paul supporters.
Both Paul supporters and Huckabee supporters were angry at a convention process that seemed to be rigged for Romney. So after the first balloting, when they were knocked out of the running, Paul delegates met in a room to hear arguments for supporting one of the remaining candidates. Huckabee’s supporters offered a deal: If Huckabee won the convention, three members of his delegate slate would resign. Responsibility for replacing those delegates goes not to the state party or national party but to the winner of the convention. Thus, Huckabee’s campaign would replace the three delegates with three Ron Paul delegates.
“This was a gentlemen’s agreement,” my source said. “We’re going to trust but verify.”
The Official Statement from the Romney camp:
“Unfortunately, this is what Senator McCain’s inside Washington ways look like: he cut a backroom deal with the tax-and-spend candidate he thought could best stop Governor Romney’s campaign of conservative change.
“Governor Romney had enough respect for the Republican voters of West Virginia to make an appeal to them about the future of the party based on issues. This is why he led on today’s first ballot. Sadly, Senator McCain cut a Washington backroom deal in a way that once again underscores his legacy of working against Republicans who are interested in championing conservative policies and rebuilding the party.”
Statement From Dr. James Dobson As Delivered By Laura Ingraham On “The Laura Ingraham Show” (2/5/08):
“I’m deeply disappointed the Republican Party seems poised to select a nominee who did not support a Constitutional amendment to protect the institution of marriage, who voted for embryonic stem cell research to kill nascent human beings, who opposed tax cuts that ended the marriage penalty, and who has little regard for freedom of speech, who organized the Gang of 14 to preserve filibusters, and has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language.
“I am convinced Sen. McCain is not a conservative, and in fact, has gone out of his way to stick his thumb in the eyes of those who are. He has at times sounded more like a member of the other party. McCain actually considered leaving the GOP in 2001, and approached John Kerry about being Kerry’s running mate in 2004. McCain also said publicly that Hillary Clinton would make a good president. Given these and many other concerns, a spoonful of sugar does not make the medicine go down. I cannot, and I will not vote for Sen. John McCain, as a matter of conscience.
“But what a sad and melancholy decision this is for me and many other conservatives. Should John McCain capture the nomination as many assume, I believe this general election will offer the worst choices for president in my lifetime. I certainly can’t vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama based on their virulently anti-family policy positions. If these are the nominees in November, I simply will not cast a ballot for president for the first time in my life. These decisions are my personal views and do not represent the organization with which I’m affiliated. They do reflect, however, my deeply held convictions about the institution of the family, about moral and spiritual beliefs, and about the welfare of our country.”
Rush Limbaugh is going to town talking about how this is the most manipulative spin of the McCain camp. The letter does not say he has a candidate. There was no endorsement. Dole is NOT endorsing McCain. This was confirmed on Hannity and Colmes on FoxNews. Rush: “McCain is using Clinton tactics. This has nothing to do with Dole’s military record. This is about political record. Lies against Romney are even worse than Nixon campaign tactics.”
LAURA INGRAHAM: “Are you upset that you lost that Dole endorsement?” GOVERNOR ROMNEY: “You know you like every endorsement and Bob Dole is an American hero, another terrific guy. … But you know, I don’t think if I were the McCain campaign that’s the parallel I would have wanted to draw. Just because you know he was selected as somebody who had been a long term Senator and was seen as the anointed choice. You know the inevitable choice, the one who is next in line. I think we’re best as a party, at least in my own view, when we bring somebody in from the outside. If we want to change Washington, I think it’s going to have to have an outsider to do it and it‘s going to take somebody who may not be the inevitable choice, but instead somebody who represents new passion, new vision, new energy, that I think we need to see in Washington.” (“Laura Ingraham Show,” 2/5/08)
Scarborough On McCain Commenting About Governor Romney:
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough: “Nice Try Senator McCain, Not Going To Work.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Well what? No, the thing is what conservatives have been saying all along is electing John McCain in 2008 will be just like when Republicans had Bob Dole in 1996, just like when Republicans had Gerald Ford in 1976. Now, Pat Buchanan and I – Pat’s going to be here in a second – we can suggest that Bob Dole would not be the best person to deliver a letter to a conservative talk show host without disparaging his service in the United States military. Nice try Senator McCain, not going to work.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 2/5/08)
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)
ABC’s Charles Gibson: “But, let me, let me, let me imagine it. If he asked you, if he came across the aisle and asked you, would you even entertain the idea? Or will you rule it out for good and all and ever right now?”
Sen. John McCain: “John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We’ve been friends for years. Obviously, I would entertain it.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 3/10/04; www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkcVXIhssCI)
Kerry-McCain 2004? Sen. John Kerry Says Sen. McCain Wanted It:
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Says That Sen. John McCain Approached him About Being His 2004 Running Mate. FOX NEWS’ BRIT HUME: “The struggling presidential campaign of John McCain is now involved in a controversy with John Kerry over who approached whom about a possible McCain spot on the Democratic ticket in 2004. The Politico newspaper reports Kerry maintains that McCain’s people made overtures to him about a vice presidential nod. But McCain says no, it was Kerry’s idea, and that he rejected it each time it was raised. This of course, follows a similar story that came out last week in which Senate Democrats where saying McCain was in serious negotiations with them about switching parties following his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential primaries. McCain says that also is a mischaracterization, and that he was never serious about leaving the Republican Party.” (Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume,” 4/4/07; www.youtube.com/watch?v=KX37Jrw_dMM)
Sen. Kerry: “[McCain’s] People Similarly Approached Me To Engage In A Discussion About His Potentially Being On The Ticket As Vice President.” JONATHAN SINGER: “And I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about what your discussions were with him [McCain] in 2004, how far it went, who approached whom… if there was any ‘there’ there.” SEN. JOHN KERRY: “I don’t know all the details of it. I know that Tom, from a conversation with him, was in conversation with a number of Republicans back then. It doesn’t surprise me completely because his people similarly approached me to engage in a discussion about his potentially being on the ticket as Vice President. So his people were active — let’s put it that way.” SINGER: “Okay. And just to confirm, you said it, but this is something they approached you rather than…” KERRY: “Absolutely correct. John Weaver of his shop approached…” (My DD Website, http://www.mydd.com/images/admin/McCain.mp3, Accessed 4/3/07)
Sen. McCain Publicly Said He’d Entertain The Idea Of Running With Kerry:
In 2004, When First Questioned If He’d Run With Kerry, McCain Said He “Would Entertain It.” ABC’s CHARLES GIBSON: “But, let me, let me, let me imagine it. If he asked you, if he came across the aisle and asked you, would you even entertain the idea? Or will you rule it out for good and all and ever right now?” SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: “John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We’ve been friends for years. Obviously, I would entertain it.” (ABC’s “Good Morning America,” 3/10/04; www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkcVXIhssCI)
Sen. McCain Also Considered Leaving The Republican Party In 2001:
The Hill: Sen. McCain Considered Leaving The GOP In 2001. “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was close to leaving the Republican Party in 2001, weeks before then-Sen. Jim Jeffords (Vt.) famously announced his decision to become an Independent, according to former Democratic lawmakers who say they were involved in the discussions.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Sen. McCain’s Top Political Strategist John Weaver Recently Acknowledged That McCain Spoke To Democrats About Leaving The Party. “McCain consistently shot down the rumors, though Weaver acknowledged this week that the senator did talk to Democrats about leaving the GOP.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
One McCain Loyalist Said His Chances Of Leaving The Party Were “50-50.” “In one article, Marshall Wittman, a McCain loyalist and strategist six years ago, put the odds of McCain leaving the Republican Party at ’50-50.'” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Sen. McCain Reached Out To Democrats:
In 2001, McCain Aide John Weaver Approached Prominent Democrats About McCain Switching Parties. “Democrats had contacted Jeffords and then-Sen. Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.) in the early months of 2001 about switching parties, but in McCain’s case, they said, it was McCain’s top strategist who came to them.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Weaver Met With Lobbyist Tom Downey To Float The Idea Of A McCain Switch. “At the end of their March 31, 2001 lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Bethesda, Md., Downey said Weaver asked why Democrats hadn’t asked McCain to switch parties.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Weaver: “Well, If The Right People Asked Him.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Calls Were Immediately Placed To Powerful Democrats. “Within seconds’ of arriving home from his lunch with Weaver, Downey said he was on the phone to the most powerful Democrats in town. One of the first calls he made was to then-Senate Minority Leader Daschle.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) Confirmed He Spoke To Downey. “I did take the call from Tom [Downey],’ Daschle said in an interview. ‘It was Weaver’s comment’ to Downey that started the McCain talks, he added.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Downey And Weaver Spoke Weekly. “Downey said he talked to Weaver at least once a week during McCain’s discussions with Democrats, asking him questions like, ‘What is the state of play?’ and ‘Where are we?'” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Downey: “I Actually Thought During The Initial Stages Of This That [McCain Leaving The Republican Party] Was Almost A Certain Deal.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Downey: “Weaver Was Very Active In This.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Downey: “None Of This Happens Without Weaver.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Influential Democrats Talked To McCain About Defecting:
Leading Democrats Talked With Sen. McCain For Months About Leaving The Party. “In interviews with The Hill this month, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and ex-Rep. Tom Downey (D-N.Y.) said there were nearly two months of talks with the maverick lawmaker following an approach by John Weaver, McCain’s chief political strategist.” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Sens. McCain And Daschle Met. “Daschle said that throughout April and May of 2001, he and McCain ‘had meetings and conversations on the floor and in his office, I think in mine as well, about how we would do it, what the conditions would be. We talked about committees and his seniority … [A lot of issues] were on the table.'” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Sens. John Edwards, Teddy Kennedy And Harry Reid All Attempted To Recruit Sen. McCain. “Other senators who played major roles in the intense recruiting effort, according to Democrats, were then-Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) as well as Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.).” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
- Edwards Thought He Might Be Able To Convince McCain To Defect. ‘”John [Edwards] at that time was working with McCain on a couple things and there was a sense that because of his relationship that he might be a good person to talk to him,’ Daschle said. ‘He was clearly one of those that we thought could be helpful.”’ (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)
Daschle Thought Sen. McCain Was The Democrats’ “Best Opportunity.” “Daschle, however, said the talks went much further, claiming that there were times that he and Democratic leaders thought McCain ‘might be our best opportunity.'” (Bob Cusack, “Democrats Say McCain Nearly Abandoned GOP,” The Hill, 3/29/07)