Defend this: “The 2007 Congressional Ratings show that the Democratic nominees for President and Vice-President would spend and tax far more than John McCain,” said CCAGWPAC Chairman Tom Schatz. “Throughout their careers in the Senate, the two Democrats have demonstrated little regard for the harmful effect a large and cumbersome federal government has on taxpayers’ wallets. Voters should take into consideration both their low ratings and their numerous earmarks.” Sen. Obama’s 2007 rating was 10 percent, making his lifetime score 18 percent. The 2008 Congressional Pig Book contained 53 earmarks worth $97.4 million for Sen. Obama, including $1,648,850 for the Shedd Aquarium. Sen. Biden received the worst possible rating in 2007 with 0 percent, while his lifetime rating is 22 percent. According to the Pig Book, Sen. Biden had 70 earmarks for a total of $119.7 million in fiscal year 2008, including $246,100 for the Grand Opera House in Wilmington. Sen. McCain has a lifetime rating of 88, has never requested nor received a single earmark, and has pledged to veto any spending bill that contains any earmarks.