With the recent anointing of John McCain by the drive by media as the Republican front runner, I thought I better do an analysis of his record and rhetoric. This is the sixth in my series of analysis of presidential hopefuls. If you missed my grading criteria, you can refer back to it here at my previous post.
About the candidate: John McCain is the senior US Senator from Arizona. McCain became a naval aviator flying attack aircraft from carriers. In the Vietnam War, on his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam in 1967, he was shot down and badly injured. He endured five and a half years as a prisoner of war. In 1982 he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona’s 1st congressional district. After serving two terms there, he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Arizona in 1986. He was re-elected Senator in 1992, 1998, and 2004. McCain was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2000 presidential election, but was defeated by George W. Bush.
|Issue/Voting Criteria||Candidate’s Stance||Candidate’s Record||Grade|
|1. Strengthening the Family||From McCain’s Official Website:
-“The role of the family (is) in shaping, stabilizing, and strengthening communities and our nation.”
–“McCain will seek ways to promote adoption as a first option for women struggling with a crisis
|–John McCain opposes the Federal Marriage Amendment. This amendment would mandate that marriage in the United States can only exist between a man and a woman.
–From Wikipedia: McCain’s views about abortion have also fluctuated; in 1999, he said of Roe v. Wade, “in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade,” but in 2007 McCain stated “It should be overturned.”
|1A. Pro-Life/Anti-Abortion||From McCain’s Official Website:
“John McCain believes Roe v. Wade is a flawed decision that must be overturned, and as president he will nominate judges who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench. ”
-“John McCain opposes the intentional creation of human embryos for research purposes.”
|1B. Pro-Traditional Marriage
||From McCain’s Official Website:
-“The family represents the foundation of Western Civilization and civil society and John McCain believes the institution of marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It is only this definition that sufficiently recognizes the vital and unique role played by mothers and fathers in the raising of children”
|2. Defending Our Country||From McCain’s Official Website:
-He believes “the most sacred responsibility vested in a president – the commander in chief – is to “preserve and protect” American citizens.”
-Referring to conflict int he Middle East, he says, “success is essential to creating peace in the region, and failure would expose the United States to national security threats for generations.”
-Whereas a “defeat in the war would lead to much more violence in Iraq, greatly embolden Iran, undermine U.S. allies such as Israel, likely lead to wider conflict, result in a terrorist safe haven in the heart of the Middle East”
|-McCain says he wants energy independence for America but has voted against drilling in ANWR and the Gulf of Mexico
–From Wikipedia: After the September 11, 2001 attacks, McCain became a supporter of Bush and an advocate for strong military measures against those responsible.
-From the beginning McCain strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007
-In 2005, working with Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy, McCain was a strong proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, which would involve granting amnesty to 12 million illegal immigrants.
-Again in June 2007, President Bush, McCain and others made the strongest push yet for the amnesty bill, but twice failed to gain cloture in the Senate and thus failed.
|2A. Defeating Terrorists||From McCain’s Official Website:
-McCain believes in “victory in Iraq”
-And that “a greater military commitment now is necessary if we are to achieve long-term success”
-He wants to “implement a new counterinsurgency strategy”
-Which strategy “is to give Iraqis the capabilities to govern and secure their own country.”
|2B. Protecting Our Borders||From McCain’s Official Website:
-McCain has “always believed that our border must be secure and that the federal government has utterly failed in its responsibility”
-“As president, I will secure the border.”
-McCain also says he “recognizes the importance of assimilation of our immigrant population”
|3. Free Market Economic Policy||From McCain’s Official Website:
-Sen McCain believes “markets should be free to produce the means” to find solutions to issues such as energy independence and health-care reform.
|–From Wikipedia: McCain voted against the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001, Bush’s $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years, which became known as “the Bush tax cuts”. He was one of only two Republicans to do so. He later voted against a second round of Bush Tax cuts in 2003.
-McCain was the co-sponsor for legislation increases the scope of government and one of the biggest restrictions of free speech in my lifetime (and thus expansion of the power of government): The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002.
–When campaigning in Michigan,”McCain said he would be ashamed to tell voters that the lost jobs would return to Michigan”
-McCain says “he has been a leader on the issue of global warming with the courage to call the nation to action on an issue we can no longer afford to ignore.” He, therefore, created “the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act of 2003. The bill, which lost 43 to 55 on Oct. 30, 2003, was typical leftist legislation, complete with Kyoto-style goals and a cap-and-trade scheme.”
|3A. Lower Taxes||From McCain’s Official Website:
-He wants to “cut the Corporate Tax rate from 35 to 25 percent.”
-“McCain believes taxes should be low, simple, and fair”
-“McCain will permanently repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax” and “make it harder to raise taxes” by requiring a 3/5 majority vote.
-McCain also wants to “ban Internet taxes”
|3B. Smaller Government||From McCain’s Official Website:
-He wants to “eliminate wasteful spending”
-He says he will “stop earmarks, pork-barrel spending, And veto every pork-laden spending bill”
-He says he wants to “eliminate broken government programs” which he says is 1 out of every 5 programs.
John McCain’s score comes out to a 2.56 grade point average; that puts him in the C+ range on my scale…significantly better than most of the Democrats, but more than a full grade point below my preferred Republican candidate, Mitt Romney. McCain got major deductions for his opposition to the Marraige Amendment, his attempt to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, and for his opposition to the Bush Tax cuts. On many issues dear to me as a conservative, McCain takes the liberal Democrat perspective, which is why I hope and pray he does not get the Republican party nomination.