Lgbt And Marriage Issues
McCain had a mixed record on LGBT rights, although his positions on LGBT rights were much more liberal than most of his other Republican counterparts. McCain had said that he opposed same-sex marriage or civil unions, but “McCain, who also oppose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex unions, said people should be encouraged to enter into legal agreements, particularly for insurance and other areas where decisions need to be made.” In 2013, he told Anderson Cooper, that he had not changed his position but McCain said: “I have admired your forward position and stand on this issue.” McCain was endorsed by Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican PAC supportive of same-sex marriage and gay rights.
In 1996, McCain voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act , which would have prohibited discrimination against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. When the bill was reintroduced in 2006, McCain told ABC‘s This Week, “I don’t think we need specific laws that would apply necessarily to people who are gay.” On November 7, 2013, he did vote in favor of ENDA.
When asked if he supported civil unions for homosexuals, McCain said: “I do not.” Still, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 22, 2008, McCain said that people ought to be able to enter “legal agreements … particularly in the case of insurance and other areas”, but that the “unique status of marriage” should be retained between a man and a woman.”
Budget Taxes And Deficits
|Projected Federal tax changes in 2009
if their tax proposals fully approved by Congress.Yellow number is largest tax cut.
While McCain had historically opposed tax cuts in favor of deficit reduction, he now favors tax cuts. He says that he would reduce government spending to make up for the tax cuts.
McCain had stated that he believed in keeping marginal tax rates low, but that lower taxes work best “when accompanied by lower spending.”
In January 2008, McCain said “People talk about a stimulus package. Fine, if that’s what we want to come up with. But stop the spending first.”
In a major economic speech on April 15, 2008, McCain proposed a number of tax reductions and backed away from his pledge to balance the budget by the end of his first term, saying it would take him eight years. His speech focused on cuts to corporate tax rates and the extension of the Bush tax cuts, and also called for eliminating the alternative-minimum tax and doubling the value of exemptions for dependents to $7,000. This was in contrast to McCain’s historical emphasis on deficit reduction in place of tax cuts. McCain’s proposal for decreasing the federal budget deficit includes reforming the “self-serving largesse that defines the current budget process.” In the speech, McCain said that the savings from eliminating earmarks, reviewing federal programs and other budget reforms would be “on the order of $100 billion annually.”
A Brief History Of Trumps Feud With John Mccain
The president, who surely has better things to do, is still feuding with John McCain seven months after the Arizona senator passed away from brain cancer. Though he endorsed McCain in the 2008 presidential race, Trump has made a public show of belittling the late senator, at first for losing to Barack Obama, perhaps the only figure more reviled than McCain in the Trump extended universe. Later, Trump hurled potshots at McCain for being the rare GOP figure to continually stand up to Trump in his rhetoric, if not necessarily in his voting record.
I know John McCain, and John McCains a great guy, tremendous guy, Trump told Larry King in September 2008, in one of the last breaths of praise he would bestow on the senator. Below, a highlight reel of moments in which Trump said otherwise.
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Civil Rights Icon Says Mccain Stirs Hate
After John Lewis accused McCain of fostering \”hostility,\” McCain called on Obama to repudiate the charge.
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Civil rights icon John Lewis compared Sen. John McCain to George Wallace in a posting to Politicos forum The Arena, accusing McCain of fostering an atmosphere of hate and hostility like the one that led to white supremacists 1963 bombing of a church in Birmingham, Ala.
Lewis, a Democratic congressman from Georgia who has endorsed Sen. Barack Obama , pointed to the negative tone of the McCain-Palin campaign, and said the senator and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, are sowing the seeds of hatred and division.
McCain called the accusation shocking and beyond the pale and called on Obama to repudiate it. A spokesperson said Obama does not believe McCain is in any way comparable to Wallace.
Late Saturday night, the Georgia congressman issued another statement easing back on his earlier remarks. Under the heading, Rep. John Lewis Clarifies Misinterpretations of his Earlier Comments, Lewis said: A careful review of my earlier statement would reveal that I did not compare Sen. John McCain or Gov. Sarah Palin to George Wallace. It was not my intention or desire to do so.
McCain, in a book he wrote with aide Mark Salter called Why Courage Matters: The Way to a Braver Life, had lauded the leadership of Lewis in the nonviolent civil rights movement.
America Hates The Republicans And They Dont Know Why
Americans harbor certain deep-rooted impressions of the two parties, which have held for generations. Democrats are compassionate and generous, but spendthrift, dovish, and indulgent of crime and prone to subsidize poor people who dont want to work. Republicans are strong on defense and crime, but too friendly to business and the rich. What is striking about the Republican government is how little effort it has made to push against, or even steer around, the unflattering elements of its brand. President Trump and his legislative partners have leaned into every ingrained prejudice the voters hold against them. They have acted as if none of their liabilities even exist.
That is not the approach Democrats have taken in office. Bill Clinton famously fashioned himself as a New Democrat, angering his base on crime and welfare and declaring the era of big government over. Barack Obama did not position himself quite so overtly against his partys brand which had recovered in part because of Clintons success but he did take care to avoid confirming political stereotypes. Obama frequently invoked the importance of parenting and personal responsibility. He did not slash the defense budget, and took pains to woo Republican support for criminal-justice reform. Obama tried repeatedly to get Republicans to compromise on a deal to reduce the budget deficit. Whatever the merits of these policies, they reflect a grasp of the partys innate liabilities.
Thumbs Down For Trump’s Healthcare Reform Bid
The pair’s feud only grew as Mr Trump took office and set to work reshaping the US in his image.
A key campaign pledge for the New York billionaire in 2016 had been to repeal President Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation, the Affordable Care Act – known as Obamacare.
Republicans set up numerous efforts to repeal the law, and almost succeeded, needing 50 votes in the 100-seat Senate chamber they control 52-48.
But in a now famous move, as he battled the brain cancer that would take his life, Mr McCain voted no and scuppered the party’s bid to undo the act.
Mr McCain’s “no” vote in July scuppered the last Republican bid to repeal Obamacare
President Trump had condemned Republicans who did not back the new legislation, saying: “They don’t have the guts to vote for it.”
The Difference Between Obamacare And Trumpcare
Democrats always believed the Affordable Care Act would be popular. They believed that even when polls said it wasnt popular. They were certain that when Americans understood what was in the law when they saw it would cover tens of millions of people, and regulate away the worst abuses of the insurance industry, and let children stay on their parents plans, and use Medicare to pilot a host of cost-control experiments they would come around.
This basic belief carried through the more than year-long process behind the bill. Its why Democrats held dozens of hearings, and released draft after draft of their legislation. Its why, when the bill was in danger, President Obama invited congressional leadership to the Blair House for a multi-hour televised debate over the bill. He was certain he had the better of the argument, and that if the American people could just hear it, Democrats would win.
The process that produced the House health bill was shocking. The law was rushed to its first vote, with barely any public hearings, in less than a month. It was passed before the Congressional Budget Office had even scored the final version. It wasnt just that House Republicans didnt want the public to know what their bill did. They didnt want to know what their bill did!
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Why Republicans Hate Mccain
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Going into next week’s Super Tuesday slate of the US presidential primaries, Arizona senator John McCain has the edge over his closest rival, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and he’s loving it. After his victory in Florida, an exuberant McCain told supporters that on February 5th, “we will have as close to a national primary as we’ve ever had in this country. I intend to win it and be the nominee of our party.”
Give McCain this: the “intend to win” line was as close as he came to gloating in the entire victory speech. He praised Romney supporters for ” hard for your candidate” and offered consolation, saying, “the margin that separated us tonight surely isn’t big enough for me to brag about or for you to despair.” The senator praised fourth place finisher Rudy Giuliani for inspiring “me and millions of Americans” and lauded third place Mike Huckabee’s “good humour and grace.”
One might argue that this fitted well with McCain’s history as a fierce warrior and determined peacemaker. As a prisoner of war, he resisted the Viet Cong with all his cussed, vulgar might, and was severely beaten for it. As a senator, he was more insistent than any of his colleagues that relations between the US and Vietnam must be normalised, and won. But his magnanimity this time was self-serving.
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Why Do Republicans Hate Democracy
Sometimes you have to wonder what Republicans have against democracy.
Because that’s what this whole “voter fraud” foofara is about. John McCain and Sarah Palin and Lou Dobbs and the rest of the right-wing torch brigade that have been after ACORN and the Ohio Secretary of State aren’t concerned about protecting people’s right to vote — and in fact, their efforts largely go toward directly stripping citizens of their legitimate voting rights.
Or more precisely, this is all about building a post-election narrative aimed at delegitimizing a Barack Obama presidency by claiming he won fraudulently. It’s not just a handy excuse for the ass-kicking they deserve — it’s a whole right-wing conspiracy-theory cottage industry in the making that will nurture their paranoia and rage for years down the road.
This weekend, Sarah Palin was out whipping up a fine froth among the McCainiacs about ACORN’s activities:
Palin demanded answers to unanswered questions about his connections with ACORN.
The fans screamed Booo! at least 10 times when Palin mentioned Obamas name.
ACORN is under investigation for rampant voter fraud in 13 states. ACORN received over $800,000 from the Obama campaign, Palin said. All 13 are swing states like Indiana.
Booo! Palins supporters shouted. Obama has said the $800,000 was for voter canvassing during the primary election, not for voter registration during the general election.
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Ill Celebrate From Home Then
Within the circle of Trump-supporting conservatives, McCain is a traitor, and his illness has been greeted with near glee. When McCain reportedly that he didnt want President Trump to attend his funeral , former Trump campaign staffer Sam Nunberg tweeted a meme implying that Trump would celebrate from home then.
This sums it up…
Sam Nunberg May 7, 2018
And Charlie Kirk, founder of the right-wing nonprofit Turning Point USA , tweeted that the news tells you everything you need to know about McCain.
But he wants Obama there That tells you everything you need to know about McCain
Charlie Kirk May 6, 2018
But its bigger than funerals. On Thursday, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney repeated an old and disproven conspiracy theory about McCains time as a POW, saying on Fox Business regarding the subject of tortures effectiveness in interrogations:
The fact is, is John McCain worked on John. Thats why they call him Songbird John. The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said. And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to.
Because life is rife with irony, President Trump had McInerney introduce him at the September 2016 event where Trump attempted to walk back his own claims regarding Obamas birthplace. Fox has since banned McInerney from appearing on their networks.
Why Does John Mccain Hate America So Much
The contempt John McCain has shown for the people of this country by plucking the wildly unqualified Sarah Palin to sit a cancer-prone heartbeat from the presidency leaves only one conclusion. John McCain hates America.
Eight presidents — or nineteen percent of them —have died in office. This comes out to roughly one in five, and we’ve had eight in a row who survived, so we’re overdue. Add to that the actuarial tables and the early deaths of McCain’s father and grandfather and it’s clear that President Palin is far from a remote possibility.
And yet, the true significance and consequences of this grim prospect seem to be off limits for public dialogue. Our not-just-useless-but-actually-complicit mainstream media would rather spend a day repeating the mantra “lipstick on a pig” than urging the public to really contemplate what it would mean if this vindictive, intolerant woman — with her five-colleges-in-six-years education — were to become the most powerful human on the planet. It’s like it’s unfair to mention the inconvenient truth that Sarah Palin is an authoritarian religious zealot totally unsuited for the position John McCain has recklessly named her to — a truth so obvious that anyone with eyes and ears who’s not blinded or deafened by ideology can see and hear it.
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John Mccains Complicated Relationship With President Trump
Trump is reportedly not invited to Sen. McCain’s funeral in Washington, D.C.
President Donald Trump’s acrimonious relationship with Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain has been one of the defining features of his presidency so far.
In remarks that started percolating on the campaign trail and have persisted in the years since, Trump has criticized the former presidential nominee, focusing on his military service and the time he spent as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Once he took office, the president targeted issues McCain voted on that opposed his policies – and continued blasting McCain even after his brain cancer diagnosis.
Trumps fixation on the former presidential nominee seemed to begin well before he came to Washington. Back in 1999, Trump insulted McCains military service, a foreshadowing of his message on the campaign trail.
He was captured. Does being captured make you a hero? I dont know. Im not sure, Trump said in an interview with Dan Rather that year.
More than 15 years later, Trump reprised that broadside shortly after announcing his presidential bid.
Hes not a war hero. Hes a war hero because he was captured. I like people who werent captured, Trump repeated in 2015.
In 1967, after McCains bomber was hit, the then-Navy pilot ejected himself and was captured by North Vietnamese combatants. McCain was imprisoned for five years, underwent torture and refused to be released early unless every man captured before him was also set free.
Trump ‘fired Up The Crazies’
In the summer of 2015, Donald Trump launched his bid to be the Republican Party’s presidential nominee with an attack on Mexican immigrants.
“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people,” he said, to widespread condemnation at the time.
This first campaign outing was also when Mr Trump brought up his plan to build a wall on the US southern border.
Mr McCain swiftly denounced the businessman’s attacks on immigrants, accusing him of “firing up the crazies” with his views.
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Trumps Attacks On Mccain Met With Silence From Many In Senate
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By Carl Hulse
WASHINGTON Many Senate Republicans are as perplexed as they are perturbed about President Trumps sustained attack on their colleague, John McCain. But few want to shout about it.
Baffled as they may be over why Mr. Trump continues to vilify a man who devoted his life to his nation and suffered as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, that doesnt mean that all of his former colleagues want to get caught in a feud between a president popular with Republican voters and a memory. Most have not publicly commented on Mr. Trumps continuing character and policy assault on a man whom many served with for years.
Attempts to reach multiple senior senators for their views and reactions were unsuccessful. They are scattered around the world and the United States on their weeklong break, but senators can find a way to make themselves heard if they believe the subject is important enough.
There were some exceptions.
I just dont understand why the president keeps returning to his dislike of John McCain and criticizing him, particularly now that he is no longer alive, Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine and a longtime friend and ally of Mr. McCain, said in an interview. The president should refrain from any further criticism of John McCain, an American hero who served his country well.
The awkward silence was not lost on Democrats.