Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Who Speaks for John McCain?

So, who speaks for John McCain? The logo says John McCain for President. The surrogates claim they speak for themselves, but when John McCain contradicts himself, apparently "the campaign" has final say.

Yesterday, John McCain told George Stephanopoulos that he would consider tax hikes to help fix social security.

From the transcript:

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, that means payroll tax increases are on the table, as well?

MCCAIN: There is nothing that’s off the table.

And yet, this morning McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds told Fox News:

Tucker Bounds told Fox News' Megyn Kelly: "There is no imaginable circumstance where he'd raise taxes; it's not even in his record, and it's not in any proposal that he's put forward. I can tell you that with 100% certainty."

Think Progress reports that this is not the first time that the campaign has contradicted the candidate.

On July 25th, economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin declared:
He has certainly I’m sure said things in town halls that don’t jibe perfectly with his written plan. But that doesn’t mean it’s official.

What the candidate says is not official?

Then, just yesterday (July 28th) CNN reported:
Sen. John McCain said Sunday he supports an Arizona ballot initiative aimed at ending race- and gender-based preference programs — an announcement his rival cast as a reversal from his previous stance.

In 1998, McCain called a similar ballot measure "divisive."

How did the campaign respond?
But McCain's own campaign refused to say whether it stands by the candidate's announcement that he supports the ballot initiative.

Worth remembering what McCain and his campaign said after top economic adviser Phil Gramm referred to us as a "nation of whiners."

"Phil Gramm does not speak for me. I speak for me."

Makes you wonder. Did McCain check with his campaign before he said that? And better yet, who runs his campaign?

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