McCain Decries Bailout Earmarks

October 2, 2008

By Andy Barr / Politico

John McCain expressed outrage over earmarks in the Senate bailout package, a bill he voted for Wednesday night.

“It’s insanity, and it’s obscenity because it’s a waste of taxpayers’ dollars, and it goes on,” McCain said on MSNBC.

“And until we stop it, until we get, frankly, a president who will say I’m going to veto those bills, I’m going to make the people famous that put them on there, famous — and by the way, Joe, you know that this problem has grown and grown and grown,” McCain added. “There’s a sharp difference, a total difference between myself and President Bush on the issue of pork barrel and earmarks and out-of-control spending and the growth of government without paying for it. Don’t forget that part.”

The bill includes tax breaks for rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as well as producers of wooden arrows used for children’s toys.

Asked why he voted for the bill, which passed 74-25, if it was “insanity,” McCain said he did it because the country is on the “brink of economic disaster.”

Defending his vote, the Arizona senator pointed to the “plenty of other bills that I fought against.”

“I voted against the Medicare prescription drug program,” McCain declared. “If you look at the Citizens for a Sound Economy, the National Taxpayers Union, the Citizens Against Government Waste, I have been a hero to them because I have fought continuously, continuously against these.”

“I fought the leadership of my party and I have had success,” the Arizona senator added. “I saved the taxpayers $6.8 billion on a tanker deal that was going to cost the taxpayers that much because of this cozy deal. It ended up with people in jail.”

McCain then attacked Barack Obama, who he said “has never stood up to the leadership of his party on any issue. Not a one.”



  1. Bailout Earmarks? This is just about as bad as it gets. One easy way to express one’s outrage is to vote against incumbents! If, say there are 17 Replibican and 8 Democrats running for re-election, don’t vote for a third party, vote against all incumbents. In only 3 or so elections these Earmarkocratsicans will get our message-with our vote-AGAINST THEM!

  2. That McCain would vote for this bullcrap anti free market bill that is overwhelmingly disapproved of by Americans is pathetic and inexplicable. It shows how what a yo-yo he is in terms of his political savviness. On this one he blew it and missed a great opportunity and made himself an hypocrite. A total hypocrite who is guided by hysteria versus a cool disposition to understand and deal with “emergencies” with discernment.

  3. Why hasn’t his cry for Bush to veto the bill been more publicized? Approving the bill and then asking for a veto? And he wants to be president?

  4. McCain is nothing moe then the majority of bodies in the Congress or Senate. A menber of the most elite Organized Crime Family on earth.
    Obama has shown nothing more by taking credit and making promises that he can no way keep.
    What is teh solution in restoring honesty, Integrity and world leadership to Government?
    Its very simple and we can all see it happen in our lifetimes. Its called Term Limits for all elected officials. They need to be the same in all 50 states.. Do you think any elected politician would vote for such a law?
    The people in each state need to do it by themselves from a grass roots organization.. We could all do it!!! In order to succeed. we must work and stop being so apathatic. We all talk about corruption but no one will do anything.

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