Monday, April 14, 2008

10 Things

My sister Carlota thought I should put this on the blog.

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved," yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."2

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."4

5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.5

6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations.6

7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic. He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the Antichrist" and a "false cult."9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10


Sources:
1. "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC News, April 3, 2008
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/04/the-complicated.html

"McCain Facts," ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008
http://colorofchange.org/mccain_facts/

2. "McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq," Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aF28rSCtk0ZM&refer=us

"Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'" ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/06/buchanan-gandhi-mccain/

3. "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/20/mccain-torture-veto/

4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17222147/

5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard," February 2008
http://www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=act_learn_scorecard2007

"McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion," CNN, October 3, 2007
http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/03/mccain.interview/

6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h-S1sWHm0tchtdMP5LcLywg5ZtMgD8VQ86M80

"McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'" Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aHMiDVYaXZFM&refer=home

7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?," Associated Press, February 16, 2008
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=4301022

"Famed McCain temper is tamed," Boston Globe, January 27, 2008
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2008/01/27/famed_mccain_temper_is_tamed/

8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/04/02/mccain-black-lobbyist/

"McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008
http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4210251

9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008
http://www.motherjones.com/washington_dispatch/2008/03/john-mccain-rod-parsley-spiritual-guide.html

"Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/12/mccain-hagee-anti-gay/

"McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/28/hagee-mccain-endorsement/

10. "John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record," Sierra Club, February 28, 2008
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/environment/77913/


6 comments:

Natalie said...

Glad you listened to your sis. Lawds-a-mighty!
Thanks for posting the sources, too.
Scary stuff!

Catmoves said...

Gee Whiz. He's against one more federal holiday for the "days off" regime of D.C. So am I.
He's one of the richest Senators in Congress. Well, good for him. That kind of comment is petty and spiteful. Shame.
Bloomberg News is not the most reliable source one might choose to select for a source.
I'd like more info on that maybe torture vote you claim he supported. Unbacked statements are not welcome in my home.
What organizations support the Children's Defense Fund? Who are they?
As for opinions from other senators, they are just that. Opinions. You should hear what some say about Barrack and Hillary.
Would you care to comment on Obama's pastor?
Incidentally, I am a registered Democrat.
Fairness counts. If it doesn't, then this is not the America I was raised in.

Prabhu Singh said...

I don't trust any of the leading idiots (politicians) running for president.
None of them live any real moral lives.
Who cares about their environmental voting record if they consume even at the average rate of Americans?
If you're not a vegetarian (or somebody who raises or hunts for their meat), you're not really an environmentalist. I only know of one true environmentalist who ran and that was Kucinich. A man who is a vegan and practices and lives by his beliefs. Even if you don't agree with his beliefs we should all realize that he is one of a few that live by his morals.
Catmoves, in the interest of fairness you have dissected part of this article, but what about the other points? If you care about Obama's pastor then what about point 9?
Martin Luther King deserves his own holiday! He was a great American. The "days off regime of D.C." only harms us during there "on" days, so MLK is actually still gifting us a taste of freedom.

JYD said...

you forgot about this. corruption...one thing (D)'s and (R)'s can agree on!

Catmoves said...

Prabu singh, I don't believe anything I said indicated I cared about the pastor. I asked for comments from others.
Incidentally, the quoted sources for the attack are all owned by Move On. Very definitely a Democrat sponsored attack.
There is absolutely no reason for a special holiday for MLK, other than to fatten the paychecks of Federal employees. (Although I like the fun you had with it.)
And I also approve of your conclusion about the candidates. Thanks.

donna rowe-baca said...

yikes! thank your sister for all of us who have read this. Mr. Baca. i would be honored if you would contact me so we can talk about getting a non-corrupt, for the people mayor. nationally is so very important but often the solution(s) start right in our own "back-yard". i know you're running for office and are busy but i sure could use a consultant in my court. thanks.