Senator John McCain’s Background
To MoveOn Member, April 5, 2008
For all the coverage this week of Senator John McCain's background, there are some important things you won't learn about him from the TV networks. His carefully crafted positive image relies on people not knowing this stuff — and you might be surprised by some of it.
Please check out the list below, and then forward it to your friends, family, and coworkers. We can't rely on the media to tell folks about the real John McCain — but if we all pass this along, we can reach as many people as CNN Headline News does on a good night.
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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
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
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
10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10
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"McCain Facts," ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008
2. "McCain More
Hawkish Than Bush on
"Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look
Like Gandhi,'" ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008
3. "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again,
Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008
4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be
overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007
5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council®
Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard," February 2008
"McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance
expansion," CNN, October 3, 2007
6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady,"
Associated Press, April 3, 2008
"McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic
Risk,'" Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008
7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?,"
Associated Press, February 16, 2008
"Famed McCain temper is tamed,"
Boston Globe, January 27, 2008
8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above
Lobbyist Influence: 'I Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress, April
"McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their
Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008
9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam,"
Mother Jones Magazine, March 12,
"Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's
Anti-Gay Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008
"McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor
Preaching 'End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008
McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record," Sierra Club, February
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