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Does Senator McCain really know what he thinks he knows?

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During all three Obama-McCain presidential debates, Senator John McCain repeatedly said “My friends….I know how to do (this or that).  He said he knew how to “reach across the aisle” and work with Democrats.  He said he knew how to fix the economy.  He said he knew how to do a lot of things, but now that he’s back in the Senate and not in the White House, he is refusing to tell everyone else “how to do” all these things.  Some consider this unpatriotic.  Some say he was just lying to the American people during those debates.

Senator McCain has repeatedly refused to “reach across the aisle” and “work” with the Democrats in the Senate on the economic stimulus bill.  Where is the bipartisan and “maverick” Senator you said you were?  He said he knew how to fix our economy but has refused to tell everyone else how to do it.  Is it unpatriotic for him to have all the answers to our a national problems but then refuse to share it with others?

Here are some quotes from the 2008 Presidential debates and decide for yourself.  Was Senator McCain lying to the American people during the debates?  Is he unpatriotic for having the solutions to our national problems but thus far, refusing to tell us?  Is he really the “Maverick” bipartisan Senator he claimed to be?

Presidential debate #2 Senator McCain “I Know” quotes:

Is it expensive? Yes. But we all know, my friends, until we stabilize home values in America, we’re never going to start turning around and creating jobs and fixing our economy. And we’ve got to give some trust and confidence back to America. I know how the do that, my friends. And it’s my proposal, it’s not Sen. Obama’s proposal, it’s not President Bush’s proposal. But I know how to get America working again, restore our economy and take care of working Americans. Thank you.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

You’re going to be examining our proposals tonight and in the future, and energy independence is a way to do that, is one of them. And drilling offshore and nuclear power are two vital elements of that. And I’ve been supporting those and I know how to fix this economy, and eliminate our dependence on foreign oil, and stop sending $700 billion a year overseas.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

I know how to do that. I have a clear record of reaching across the aisle, whether it be Joe Lieberman or Russ Feingold or Ted Kennedy or others. That’s my clear record.
Why aren’t you reaching across the aisle Senator McCain?

But the point is that I know how to handle these crises. And Sen. Obama, by saying that he would attack Pakistan, look at the context of his words. I’ll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I’ll get him. I know how to get him. I’ll get him no matter what and I know how to do it.
Why aren’t you telling us how to get him Senator McCain?

Presidential debate #3 Senator McCain “I Know” quotes:

I know how to save billions of dollars in defense spending. I know how to eliminate programs.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

I know how to save billions. I saved the taxpayer $6.8 billion by fighting a deal for a couple of years, as you might recall, that was a sweetheart deal between an aircraft manufacturer, DOD, and people ended up in jail.
Why aren’t you telling us how Senator McCain?

Presidential debates Senator McCain “reaching across the aisle”, “working” and “bipartisan” quotes:

And there were a series of recommendations, as I recall, more than 40. And I’m happy to say that we’ve gotten written into law most of those reforms recommended by that commission. I’m proud of that work, again, bipartisan, reaching across the aisle, working together, Democrat and Republican alike.
Why aren’t you reaching accross the aisle on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

I have advocated and taken on the special interests, whether they be the big money people by reaching across the aisle and working with Sen. [Russ] Feingold [D-Wisconsin] on campaign finance reform, whether it being a variety of other issues, working with Sen. Lieberman on trying to address climate change.
Why aren’t you reaching across the aisle on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

I have a clear record of bipartisanship. The situation today cries out for bipartisanship. Sen. Obama has never taken on his leaders of his party on a single issue. And we need to reform.
Where is the bipartisanship on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

And there were a series of recommendations, as I recall, more than 40. And I’m happy to say that we’ve gotten written into law most of those reforms recommended by that commission. I’m proud of that work, again, bipartisan, reaching across the aisle, working together, Democrat and Republican alike.
Why aren’t you being “bipartisan”, “reaching across the aisle”, or “working together” on the economic stimulus bill Senator McCain?

We can, with the participation of all Americans, work together and solve these problems together.
Can we Senator McCain? Really?

I’m going to tell you Americans we’ll get to work right away and we’ll get to work together, and we can get them all done, because that’s what America has been doing.
When will you start “working together” Senator McCain?

We know what the problems are, my friends, and we know what the fixes are. We’ve got to sit down together across the table. It’s been done before.
How about sitting across the table with the President and fixing the economy Senator McCain? It’s been done before, how about doing it now?

February 7, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Current Events, Election 2008, John McCain, Money, News, Politics, Random

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