On April 11, 2004, Tim Russert and John McCain had the following dialogue on "Meet The Press":
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.
Do such views resemble those of another presidential candidate? Four years ago, McCain agreed with Barack Obama on taxes.
I suppose that was when McCain was a "socialist," a "wealth distributor," a "destroyer of small business." McCain's change of mind is no doubt due to his principles, not political expediency. The deficit has been addressed, you see.