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McCain new video: He's the "original maverick" ready to lead. UPDATE. Response from Obama's Bill Burton

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Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) said she was ready to lead from Day One in her failed primary bid....Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) tries his version of the line out for himself in this new video.

UPDATE....Obama campaign response
"Senator McCain wants Americans to forget that during the Republican primary, he said that Americans were better off than we were eight years ago, and that he thinks we've made 'great progress economically.' He wants us to forget that he's fully embraced the Bush policies he once opposed, and bragged about supporting those policies 'more than 90 percent of time.' The truth is, being a maverick isn't practicing the same kind of politics we have seen from Washington for decades, it isn't having a campaign run by Washington lobbyists, and it's certainly not promoting the same policies that have led America down the wrong path these past eight years," said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

from the McCain campaign...

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released its latest television ad, entitled "Broken." The ad highlights John McCain's record of taking on the special interests in Washington. The ad will air in key states.

Script For "Broken" (TV :60)

ANNCR: Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse off than we were four years ago.

Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties. He'll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again.

He's the original maverick.

One is ready to lead -- McCain.

JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.


703-650-5550


ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released its latest television ad, entitled "Broken." The ad highlights John McCain's record of taking on the special interests in Washington. The ad will air in key states.


VIEW THE AD HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylJkmMR8Fek


Script For "Broken" (TV :60)


ANNCR: Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse off than we were four years ago.


Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties. He'll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again.

He's the original maverick.


One is ready to lead -- McCain.


JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.


AD FACTS: Script For "Broken" (TV :60)


ANNCR: Washington's broken. John McCain knows it. We're worse off than we were four years ago. Only McCain has taken on big tobacco, drug companies, fought corruption in both parties.


· The New York Times' David Brooks: "McCain Has Fought One Battle After Another Against Lobbyists And Special Interests." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "The Real McCain," The New York Times, 2/26/08)


· Public Citizen's Joan Claybrook: "John McCain has fought for 14 long, hard years for reforms that seriously limit lobbyists' power ... He has fought for campaign finance reform, limits on gifts and travel from lobbyists, and extensive public disclosure of lobbyists' activities all of which limit the influence of lobbyists and the companies that hire lobbyists in Washington, D.C." (Public Citizen, "One Thing Overlooked In Flap Over McCain And Lobbyists: His Record On Reform," Press Release, 2/26/08)


· The Boston Globe: "McCain Took On The Tobacco Industry." "Ten years ago, Senator John McCain took on the tobacco industry, saying he would never back down from legislation to regulate the industry. ... McCain's decade of work on tobacco, one of the most significant efforts of his congressional career, has earned him enmity from the industry and from some fellow Republicans over the years." (Michael Kranish, "McCain's Stand On Tobacco Is Put To Test," The Boston Globe, 3/26/08)


· McCain's Championing Of Anti-Smoking Legislation "Faced Furious Opposition From The Tobacco Lobby." "In 1998, McCain championed anti-smoking legislation that faced furious opposition from the tobacco lobby. McCain guided the legislation through the Senate Commerce Committee on a 19-1 vote, but then the tobacco companies struck back. They hired 200 lobbyists and spent $40 million in advertising (three times as much as the Harry and Louise health care reform ads). Many of the ads attacked McCain by name, accusing him of becoming a big government liberal. After weeks of bitter debate, the bill died on the Senate floor." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "The Real McCain," The New York Times, 2/26/08)


· In 2004, John McCain Co-Sponsored Bipartisan Drug Reimportation Legislation. "At a press conference today, Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) introduced breakthrough bipartisan, consensus prescription drug reimportation legislation, the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act, with Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), John McCain (R-AZ), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), Tom Daschle (D-SD), Trent Lott (R-MS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)." (Sen. Olympia Snowe, Press Release, 4/21/04)


· John McCain Fought To Allow The Importation Of Cheaper Drugs Which Was "Adamantly Opposed By Industry Lobbyists." "McCain said he wanted the government to be able to negotiate lower drug prices and import cheaper drugs from Canada, both ideas that were adamantly opposed by industry lobbyists, and which ultimately failed." (Eamon Javers, "Is John McCain Good For Business?" Business Week Online, 2/7/08)


· A John McCain Bill To Make It Easier For Cheap Generic Drugs To Come Onto The Market Drew "Strong Opposition From The Pharmaceutical Industry." "The most public front was active last week, with the Senate passing a bill intended to make it easier for cheap generic drugs to come onto the market. The bill, sponsored by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and John McCain, R-Ariz., drew considerable support in Congress and strong opposition from the pharmaceutical industry." ("Insurers' 'Counter' Attacks Aim To Boost Generic Drugs," Grand Rapid Press, 8/11/02)


· McCain Passed Campaign Finance Reform Which "Was A Direct Assault On Lobbyist Power." "In 2002, McCain capped his long push for campaign finance reform by passing the McCain-Feingold Act. People can argue about the effectiveness of the act, but one thing is beyond dispute. It was a direct assault on lobbyist power, and earned McCain undying enmity among many important parts of the Republican coalition, who felt their soft money influence was being diminished." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "The Real McCain," The New York Times, 2/26/08)


· John McCain's Investigation Into The Boeing Tanker Deal "Exposed Billions Of Dollars Of Waste And Layers Of Contracting Irregularity." "In 2004, McCain launched a frontal assault on the leasing contract the Pentagon had signed with Boeing for aerial refueling tankers. McCain's investigation exposed billions of dollars of waste and layers of contracting irregularity." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "The Real McCain," The New York Times, 2/26/08)


· John McCain Led The Congressional Investigation Into Jack Abramoff. "In 2005, McCain led the Congressional investigation into the behavior of the lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The investigation was exceedingly unpleasant for Republicans, because it exposed shocking misbehavior by important conservative activists." (David Brooks, Op-Ed, "The Real McCain," The New York Times, 2/26/08)


ANNCR: He'll reform Wall Street, battle Big Oil, make America prosper again. He's the original maverick. One is ready to lead -- McCain. JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.


· John McCain Will Be Vigilant In Holding Corporate Abuses To Account. "Americans are right to be offended when extravagant CEO salaries and severance deals bear no relation to their company's success or shareholders' wishes. As president, John McCain will see that wrongdoing of this kind is called to account by federal prosecutors. Under his reforms, all aspects of a CEO's pay, including severance arrangements, must be approved by shareholders." (John McCain 2008, "A Leader We Can Believe In To Help Small Businesses," Press Release, 6/11/08)


· John McCain Has Called For The Immediate Formation Of A Justice Department Mortgage Abuse Task Force. "The Task Force will aggressively investigate potential criminal wrongdoing in the mortgage industry and bring to justice any who violated the law. The DOJ Task Force will offer assistance to State Attorney Generals who are investigating abusive lending practices." (John McCain 2008, "John McCain's Economic Plan," Press Release, 4/15/08)


· John McCain Believes We Must Understand The Role Speculation Is Playing In Our Soaring Energy Prices. "Congress already has several investigations underway to examine this kind of wagering in our energy markets, unrelated to any kind of productive commerce, because it can distort the market, drive prices beyond rational limits, and put the investments and pensions of millions of Americans at risk. John McCain believes that where we find abuses, they need to be swiftly punished. To make sure it never happens again, we must reform the laws and regulations governing the oil futures market, so that they are just as clear and effective as the rules applied to stocks, bonds, and other financial instruments." (John McCain 2008, "Securing Our Energy Future," Press Release, 6/17/08)


· John McCain Voted Against The 2005 Energy Bill. (H.R. 6, CQ Vote #152: Motion Agreed To 92-4: R 53-1; D 38-3; I 1-0, 6/23/05, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #158: Passed 85-12: R 49-5; D 35-7; I 1-0, 6/28/05, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 6, CQ Vote #213: Adopted 74-26: R 49-6; D 25-19; I 0-1, 7/29/05, McCain Voted Nay)


· John McCain Criticized The 2005 Energy Bill's "Handouts To Big Business And Oil Companies," Calling Them Irresponsible. McCain: "This bill does little to address the immediate energy crisis we face in this country. The handouts to big business and oil companies are irresponsible and will be disastrous for people of Arizona. I cannot in good conscience, vote to pass legislation that does not adequately address issues related to energy efficiency, security, and energy independence." (Sen. John McCain, "McCain, Kyl Say No To Flawed Energy Bill," Press Release, 6/28/05)


· John McCain Has Proposed A Comprehensive "Jobs For America" Economic Plan To Make Our Country Prosperous Again: http://www.johnmccain.com/economicbriefing/

12 Comments

On THE VIEW SHOW this morning (Aug. 5, 2008) Sen. McCain advised economically-troubled Americans to go down to their local "Post Office" and apply for a new/refinanced mortgage. Is this true (applying at the P.O.)???????????
What is he talking about - the post office?????
Please Advise.
Thank you.

Polygamy thrives in Colorado City, Arizona (McCain's home state) where American families aresystematically stripped of their democratic rights, and John McCain hasn't
lifted a finger to stop it. What qualifies McCain to be president when he
can't even clean up the Taliban in his own backyard? Check out the recent documentary, "Banking on Heaven".
http://www.bankingonheaven.com

That's hilarious! Oh, wait, does "battling big oil and the pharmaceutical companies mean "cooperating" with them instead? If so, yes, he is a maverick. By the way, I've always wanted to have the nickname, "Catfish," however, just because I want it as my nickname, doesn't mean I run a nationally televised ad begging you to call me that.

McCain has been Bush's lap dog ever since he was humiliated by the conservative smear machine in S. Carolina in 2000. He is the anti-maverick.

McCain is no maverick, no straight-talker.. he is just a pol who has brought in the junkyard dogs. McCain has sold out to the Bushites. Karl Rove's minions have slimed their way into the McCain campaign. The champions of the Big Lie and Smear are now managing McCain to keep him on track and on message. The stench that arises from the Swift Boat style attacks on Obama is all too familiar. McCain himself was a victim of this filth in 2000. The fact that he needs to rely on this type of "thuggery" is proof positive of his feebleness as a candidate. He is willing to do what ever it takes to get elected. Fair enough, but lets call it like it is. McCain fans need to end their hypocrisy in labeling him as a maverick and seem him for the down and dirty campaigner that he is

Wow, talk about arrogance.

McCain's now calling himself a Maverick? I thought that was Tom Cruise from Top Gun?

McCain is no Maverick. He kissed Bush's butt every chance he got... whenever it mattered most, his lips were firmly pressed against Bush's nasty rear end.

McCain's record simply doesn't back up his arrogant claim. It's just a toothpaste commercial Republicans made up for him so people would associate him with Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun.

Now who wants to be a Hollywood celebrity John? And Tom Cruise no less?

Some people will fall for anything.

Watch the "maverick" on this video of him shortly after 9/11 talking up the Bush/Cheney plan of invading Iraq because of Anthrax. The man is either a total stooge or a pathetic, confused person. He certainly is not presidential material- to the contrary- he appears to be a very dangerous, stubborn, and insensitive individual.

McBush speaks with forked tongue:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlAUj4s6sT0

Not this time.

A maverick?

As a legacy admission (admitted because of his father), Senator McCain finished number 894 out of 899 in his graduating class from the Naval Academy in Annapolis. 5th from the bottom of his class, and he admittedly didn't care! He was a rebellious hard-drinking hell raiser. This should remind you of Bush, except that Bush doesn't have a volatile temper like McCain does. Bush, as a pilot, never crashed three different military jets like McCain did, two of which were stateside, including one in Corpus Christi bay! He comes back and abandons his invalid wife (who to this day refuses to support his presidential aspirations). He cheats on his wife, marries an incredibly rich woman, with a drug problem, successfully gets elected as Senator as a POW/war hero, supports Keating, reforms by then repeatedly alienating and distancing himself from his republican senate colleagues, ingratiates himself with the liberal press because of the latter, abandons his maverick positions, actively solicits support from the religious right, and now expects us to make him our second stupid president in a row? All this in the middle of two wars and a recession?

Good luck with that.

Not that Barack Obama and his community organizing qualifies him for anything but trying to deny that hope is not a strategy, but John McCain's attack on the Boeing tanker deal has certainly proven disingenuous. McCain draws more money from EADS and their lobbyists than any other U.S. politician, and EADS lobbyists ran the McCain campaign prior to McCain's symbolic purging of them a month or so ago (after McCain had served the EADS aims to a tee). For someone who is such a haughty harrumpher at lobbyists, McCain surely does know how to bed down with them ... even to the point of cowing the USAF into selecting a clearly flawed French (French!) tanker [per the GAO] in the latest tanker go-round. The Obama crew would be exploiting this blatant hypocrisy more adroitly, were they themselves less politically maladroit.

HE'S A LOSER, AND HE WILL ADD ONE MORE TO THE
LOSING SIDE OF HIS RECORD!
1. COULDN'T BE AN ADMIRAL LIKE HIS DADDY!
2. COULDN'T BE AN ADMIRAL LIKE HIS GRANDDADDY!
3. COULDN'T BEAT GEORGE BUSH 8 YEARS AGO!
4. DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE DR. MARTIN L. KING,JR DAY!
5. IS A BORING SPEAKER!
6. LOSES TRAIN OF THOUGHT VERY EASY!
7. VERY POOR STUDENT AT NAVAL ACADEMY!
8. CAN'T READ FROM A TELEPROMPTER!
9. PUTS PEOPLE TO SLEEP AT TOWNHALL MEETINGS!
10. DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING POSITIVE TO TALK ABOUT
SO HE ANALYZES HIS OPPONENTS IDEAS AND MAKES
A COMMENT!
11. HIS WIFE DOES BUSINESS WITH CUBA!
12. WILL PUT ALOT OF PEOPLE TO SLEEP AT THE GOP
CONVENTION!

This website has the original maverick t-shirts; I bought one to just make my friend mad... he can not stand McCain being called the original maverick-- I love it!

John, you da man!

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