Tuesday, October 28, 2008

McCain Offers Straight Talk On Shared Philosophy With Bush

John McCain's presidential campaign has peddled all sorts of falsehoods, from depicting Barack Obama as "palling around with terrorists" and as a "socialist" to recasting McCain as a deregulator to stating that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president.

Yet McCain was once known as a straight talker. Here's a example of his former straight talk: "I voted for the president over 90% of the time, higher than a lot of my Republican colleagues." 

On "Meet The Press" this past Sunday, McCain gave us another glimpse of the straight talker when he said, in reference to Bush, "So do we share a common philosophy of the Republican party? Of course."

He could elaborate, of course, by stating that he supports Bush's tax cuts and rationale for the war in Iraq, as well as Bush's opposition to a woman's right to choose, universal health care, labor rights and veterans' rights, among other issues.

Still, the admission on Sunday was the first bit of straight talk we've heard from McCain in recent memory.

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