McCain's Flip-Flops - What HASN'T He Waffled On?

@anniepa (27216)
United States
July 4, 2008 5:36pm CST
I'm sure all you Republicans and conservatives remember the "I voted for the $87 billion before I voted against it" comment made by John Kerry in 2004; there isn't a single sound-bite to use against GOP nominee John McCain this election, not because he hasn't flip-flopped on anything but because there are just soooooo many examples it's impossible to pick just one! http://www.therxforum.com/showthread.php?t=593495 Here are a few examples: McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.” http://electioncentral.tpmcafe.com/blog/electioncentral... *McCain said he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as“a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.”In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.” http://thinkprogress.org/2007/08/18/mccain-greatest-cri... / Besides the Iraq War here are a few other things McCain has changed his mind about - a windfall-tax on oil company profits, the drilling moratorium, overturning Roe vs. Wade, tax cuts for the wealthy, Bush’s warrantless-wiretap program, “privatizing” Social Security, protecting abortion rights in cases of rape and incest, the estate tax, indefinite detention of terrorist suspects, a litmus test on any Supreme Court nominee, immunity for telecoms, storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, moving “towards normalization of relations” with Cuba, diplomacy with Hamas and Syria, the NRA's role in the Republican Party’s policy making, HIS OWN lobbying-reform legislation from 1997, political support from radical televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley, the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming, raising taxes... McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/04/mccain-... * McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004. http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/14818.htm... *In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won’t commit to supporting a regulation bill he’s co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris’ former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser. http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/15033.htm... McCain is both for and against a “rogue state rollback” as a focus of his foreign policy vision. http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/04/mccain-... * McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry’s Democratic ticket in 2004. http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/14818.htm... *In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won’t commit to supporting a regulation bill he’s co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris’ former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser. http://www.thecarpetbaggerreport.com/archives/15033.htm... There are many, MANY more examples where these came from. I guess if you're going to vote for McBush you can just pick whichever side of each issue you agree with and be confident in knowing he's either on your side now or was at some point in the past and therefore - who knows? - may well be again! Annie
4 responses
@ElicBxn (60688)
• United States
5 Jul 08
True conservates don't like McCain, he's kind of the opposite of a Libertarian. He's like a Pro-life Democrat.
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@anniepa (27216)
• United States
5 Jul 08
That depends on what time of day you ask him...lol! Annie
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
4 Jul 08
Nothing. He has changed his mind about everything!
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@anniepa (27216)
• United States
5 Jul 08
You got that right! Annie
5 Jul 08
Its just this simple. We on the Right know that McCain is a RINO ( Republican In Name Only ). But, He is the best option at the present time. Or the only one left standing after the primaries. Its like this, anything in our political system is better than a Democrat. Anything. Heck, Id rather have royalty than a Democrat. Obama talks a smooth line but he is just talk. Hillery is a Socialist, and that "aint" good either. If we want an appeasement President we can get Carter. He could still serve another term, Oh but Obama is the new Carter. If Obama gets elected it wouldn't surprise me if it is only a matter of time before we have another embassy taken over by radical Islam-o-fascist students. Or Worse!Yup, Obama is a Retreat and Defeat, Cut and Run Democrat.But aren't they all now a days. The Democrats couldn't fight there way out of a wet paper bag, but they sure know how to corner an intern in an O(v)ral Office broom closet. By the way if you think I am anti ethnic, your wrong, this is purely political. If Obama was a fine upstanding Republican, and his positions were consistent with conservative political thought. If he were not the most liberal member of the Senate, and if he had any foreign policy experience to speak of, and He believed in taking the fight to the enemy, and if he had spent the time in Combat that John McCain has and if he had spent that time that McCain did as a POW in Vietnam id have more respect for his candidacy. But he hasn't, and I Don't!.McCain has more time behind the stick of an A4 Skyhawk than Obama has with our troops. Go Figure! He is a Leftist nominated by the far left of the Democrat party. I can just here him borrowing from Carter's "Days of May laze" speech. Just another Slick talkin lawyer for President Democrat.
@anniepa (27216)
• United States
5 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. You'll be quite at home here since you're a conservative. Thanks for responding to my post but you didn't address the topic at all. Annie
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6 Jul 08
To address your post on McCain's "flip flops", He is a politician, they all do it ! All politicians flip flop to some degree. I am sure that you have much more time to study these two candidates than I do as my time is greatly devoted to my occupation, and family life and more important subjects in life than politics such as College Football. As I said before ALL Politicians FLIP FLOP, Heck Kerry flip flopped more than a house of pancakes. Its just what they do. "Politics", poly meaning many and tics are blood suckers. So,"politics" is the study of many blood suckers. See, its like this : when a candidate is running for office, be it for President, Senator, or Congress(Person) they appeal to their core supporters first to get nominated. Then for the general election they move back to the center as much as possible to win the hearts and minds of as many independents as possible. That is how elections are won. The first priority in politics is getting elected, the second priority is getting re-elected. So I don't concern my self with trivial issues as flip flops, I look at their voting record. What they say is not as important as what they do. There actions speak for them. Not words but deeds. Barrack Hussein Obama has the most Liberal voting record in the Senate. Check out votesmart.org
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@anniepa (27216)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I understand how politics work, I know they "all" do some flip-flopping and I'll even concede that all flips aren't necessarily flops. There are times when we all evolve and even change our way of thinking about different issues. However, if you look at all the examples of McCain's changing his mind completely on key issues then not only failing to explain his change of heart but often denying it had ever happened regardless of evidence to the contrary, he is most definitely the flip-flop champion. About the accusation that Obama is the most Liberal Senator, first of all some of us don't think that's a bad thing at all and second of all there's another source that has him tied with Joe Biden for ninth. It's all a matter of perception and it's really interesting that every Senator the Democrats nominate for President suddenly become the "most liberal Senator" by this same source. Annie
@rodney850 (2145)
• United States
7 Jul 08
Annie, Of course Barack NEVER flip-flops does he? http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0708/11535.html Hmmm...well maybe just a little... http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/24/AR2008022402094.html Oh, darn, well maybe a few more... http://thedailyvoice.com/voice/2008/07/obamas-favorite-flip-flops-000825.php Although quite a few of his flip-flops are repeated at each site it still shows the the man of "a change we can believe in" is nothing more than a politics as usuall democrat being propped up by a democratic party that knows they have made a mistake and wouldn't admit it in a million years. This man will not only be an embarrasment to the DNC but will make GWBs escapades pale by comparison!