McCain Skips Economic Stimulus Vote

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  1. leesw

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    My comments: In John-Kerry fashion, John McCain was absent for a difficult and contraversial vote. In fact, according to the Associated Press, he has missed all eight Senate roll call votes this year! Also in the article was this telling statement: "For McCain, not voting meant not going on the record either way."

    Yeah...that's real presidential. [​IMG] Reminds me of that "Yes, no, maybe bowl of mush" that Zell Miller talked about.

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    "WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate John McCain skipped a difficult Senate vote Wednesday on whether to make 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans eligible for rebate checks as part of a proposed economic stimulus package.

    Whichever way McCain may have voted, it would have been a difficult choice given his status as the Republican presidential front-runner.

    Senate Democrats cleverly bundled the rebates for seniors and veterans, key voting blocs, with expanded unemployment benefits and home heating subsidies for the jobless and poor.

    President Bush and Republican leaders, as well as conservatives McCain was scheduled to woo on Thursday, vehemently oppose the expanded benefits and subsidies.

    That put McCain in a bad political spot.

    Voting "no" with Republican leaders would have offended millions of Social Security recipients and the disabled veterans not scheduled to receive rebates. Voting "yes," on the other hand, risked alienating Bush, GOP leaders and conservatives already suspicious of McCain's political leanings. McCain was speaking Thursday before a meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, a group that booed him last year in absentia.

    For McCain, not voting meant not going on the record either way. He has missed all eight Senate roll call votes this year." STORY
     
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    A very "political" move.

    "ONe man doing what is right"... At least that is what his TV ad said yesterday...

    Sure! He should at least stand up for what he believes in. That is what bothers me about him... He is to much like a classic DC politician!

    WE need new blood in DC.
     
  3. Revmitchell

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    I am not a McCain fan but is it not reasonable that he would miss some votes being on the campaign trail?
     
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    Clinton and Obama were there...
     
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    Does anyone know his schedule and commitments? I don't think their presence is an indicator of McCains refusal to take a stand.
     
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    If you take a look at his voting record he has a history of not being there to vote.
     
  7. Martin

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    ==Yea they were, and you folks keep doing what you are doing and you will guarantee that one of them will be there (in the White House) for eight years. Think about it.
     
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    This is a non-issue. It was a procedural vote of cloture. His vote could neither have upheld nor ended the filibuster. He knew that. Why waste money to come back for a vote that won't matter? The filibuster was going to stand no matter what he did.
     
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    The Republicans couldn't stand the idea of helping old people on welfare but families making $150k, that's another story.
     
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    This whole rescue package is going to do more harm than good. The Democrats could have used this whole issue to take more seats in Congress, but they failed, once again....

    Regards billwald, hope all is well with you and yours,
    BiR
     

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