Saturday, February 09, 2008

Comments published about McCain in Aug, 2004

With the primaries moving in full force, and with two candidates on each side fighting for top spot, I seldom find myself believing in a political win-win situation. However, here we are. If Obama or Clinton become president, the culmination of power has done a complete 180 in the past two years, and the country will begin moving in the right direction. If McCain wins, the Dems will still pick up incremental seats in the House and Senate creating a stronger check to the Republican president. And if McCain wins, I will take comfort knowing that we again have a competent leader running the country.

During the 2004 presidential elections, I wrote a write-up on the unethical practices of the Bush team during the primaries of 2000 elections that killed McCain's momentum in South Carolina, and published them on my website. Since McCain will be the Republican nominee, I thought it appropriate to share previous statements.


"McCain has always been a viable threat to corporate agenda. His continual call for campaign finance reform and limiting soft money donations, undermine the influence big business maintaines within the political arena. McCain is the only Republican vocal enough to attack the tobacco companies (they gave close to nine million between '95-'01 to the Republican Party) and conservative enough to fight the media sleaze broad casted by some of Bush’s largest donors. Although Bush’s silver-spoon fed business career yielded many embarrassments, it did teach him the power of corporate money. McCain was a threat to various corporations and Bush and friends were determined to keep him out."

"John McCain is one of the last decent politicians. A Vietnam POW, McCain understood better then any politician the great divide that occurs with decisions of such magnitude. McCain retains job approval ratings of 70 percent among independents, and is a favorite of conservative Democrats. His dedication to his constituents and the United States is never questioned. His mere presence in office would discourage any Democratic presidential nominee."

"Howard Fineman of Newsweek writes: 'His [McCain] media platform is nearly as tall as the president's, and he is using it right now to outflank him on the corporate responsibility issue. His speech to the National Press Club and his appearance on "Meet the Press" give him a chance to list the sweeping reforms he favors: truly independent corporate boards, free of personal and financial connections with management; the counting of executive stock options as salary, thus making them subject to income tax; a ban on corporate consulting by accounting firms; an independent federal agency to oversee the accounting industry; a renewed distinction (first written into law after the Depression) between stock brokering and investment banking.' McCain is minimally influenced by corporate hierarchies, a model for Politicians and the opposite of George Bush."


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