Ten Things You Should Know About McCain

From MoveOn.org:

For all the coverage this week of Senator John McCain’s background,
there are some important things you won’t learn about him from the TV
networks. His carefully crafted positive image relies on people not
knowing this stuff—and you might be surprised by some of it.

Please check out the list below, and then forward it to your
friends, family, and coworkers. We can’t rely on the media to tell
folks about the real John McCain—but if we all pass this along, we can
reach as many people as CNN Headline News does on a good night.

Click here to tell us how many people you can pass it on to—and to see our progress nationally:


10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):

  1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday
    in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has
    “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1
  2. According
    to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and
    China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make
    Cheney look like Gandhi.”2
  3. His reputation is
    built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to
    ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that
  4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4
  5. The
    Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress
    for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last
    year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5
  6. He’s
    one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The
    Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet
    McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing
    foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6
  7. Many
    of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be
    commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his
    being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s
    hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7
  8. McCain
    talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager
    and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group
    Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his
    campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8
  9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent
    years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley,
    believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls
    a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing
    preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s
    punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the
    Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9
  10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10

John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to
be. Please help get the word out—forward this email to your personal
network. And if you want us to keep you posted on MoveOn’s work to get
the truth out about John McCain, sign up here:


1. “The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day,” ABC News, April 3, 2008

“McCain Facts,” ColorOfChange.org, April 4, 2008

2. “McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq,” Bloomberg News, March 12, 2008

“Buchanan: John McCain ‘Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'” ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008

3. “McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill,” ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008

4. “McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned,” MSNBC, February 18, 2007

5. “2007 Children’s Defense Fund Action Council® Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard,” February 2008

“McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion,” CNN, October 3, 2007

6. “Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady,” Associated Press, April 3, 2008

“McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'” Bloomberg News, March 25, 2008

7. “Will McCain’s Temper Be a Liability?,” Associated Press, February 16, 2008

“Famed McCain temper is tamed,” Boston Globe, January 27, 2008

8. “Black Claims McCain’s Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: ‘I
Don’t Know What The Criticism Is,'” ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008

“McCain’s Lobbyist Friends Rally ‘Round Their Man,” ABC News, January 29, 2008

9. “McCain’s Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam,” Mother Jones Magazine, March 12, 2008

“Will McCain Specifically ‘Repudiate’ Hagee’s Anti-Gay Comments?,” ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

“McCain ‘Very Honored’ By Support Of Pastor Preaching ‘End-Time Confrontation With Iran,'” ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008

10. “John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record,” Sierra Club, February 28, 2008

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8 thoughts on “Ten Things You Should Know About McCain

  1. This guy gives soldiers the “willies”….never a good thing in a time of war, regardless of how you feel about it.  He served several years in a violent POW camp in Vietnam, a perfect place to develop a great case of the old PTSD. Not the man any of us should want to be carrying the football.

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