Jack Cafferty is trying to dissect John McCain’s position on George Bush’s Tax Cuts. If Jack has a hard time following McCain, I wouldn’t blame him. Where is that Straight Talk Express? I think that it is lost in New Hampshire somewhere.
According to WaPo’s Fact Checker – John McCain sidesteps a question about the reason why he opposed President Bush’s tax cut plan. He has been saying on the campaign trail that he opposed the tax cut plan because it did not include restraints on spending, in addition to the tax cuts. During the Senate debate on the 2001 tax cuts, however, he said that he could not support “a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief.” Restraints on spending were not at the top of his list of stated priorities in 2001 when he opposed the tax cuts.
So, he was against the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. At least that’s what my research shows. Honest John has said something completely different on the campaign trail.