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McCain Interview: MSNBC 10/02/08

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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2008

John McCain
Morning Joe
Interview

TRANSCRIPT:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Why did these items have to be in this pivotal bill?

JOHN MCCAIN: Well that is just the way the system is working in Washington and the reason why its got to be fixed. And its got to be changed, and no matter what the stakes are youve got to stop this by starting to veto bills that come across the presidents desk. They cant help themselves and if you like some of those pork barrel projects, check out some of the ones that Senator Obama has proposed

SCARBOROUGH: Well you know Senator though, what is so staggering, even before Obama was in the Senate after 9/11, my god 9/11, while ground zero was still smoldering you all passed a bill to take care of it to protect this country, and people used the 9/11 relief bill to put pork barrel projects in there, its just, its insanity.

MCCAIN: Its insanity and its obscenity and until frankly we get a President that will say Im going to veto these bills, Im going to make the people famous

SCARBOROUGH: Explain this to me, when George W. Bush became President of the United States we had a $155 Billion surplus, we have now seen that surplus go to a deficit, we are going to have a $500 Billion deficit this year, a $5 Trillion debt became a $10 Trillion dollar debt, George W. Bush never vetoed a single spending bill while Rome was burning. Why not?

MCCAIN: Because they believed having the majority for such a long time, not the last two years, that they didnt want to harm the old boy cozy network that existed and caused these huge earmark spending And I and others fought tooth and nail against it, railed against it, I was called the sheriff, I was able to eliminate a lot of these projects, and there are a handful of us that have been fighting and warning that this could be incredibly harmful to the Republican party to the Republican party. And there is a sharp difference, a total difference between myself and President Bush on the issue of pork barrel and earmark out of control spending and the growth of government without paying for it, dont forget that part.

SCARBOROUGH: Sarah has not done very well in some of these one on one interviews, would you be willing to admit this morning that your campaign may not have handled Sarah Palin as well as they should have during the past month?

MCCAIN: No I think weve handled her fine.




MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Given especially what youve just been saying on our broadcast right now, why then didnt you vote against a bill that is corrupting and stand up to pork and all this spending during an economic crisis that some say puts this country on the brink of an economic disaster?

MCCAIN: Because of what you just said Mika, that this bill is putting us on the brink of economic disaster, there were plenty of other bills that I fought against

BRZEZINSKI: But if were going to have leadership through a crisis like this, and if we are going to look to you for that leadership, dont we have to stand up to the very things that are bringing Washington, at this point Wall Street down?

MCCAIN: If you look at this, The Citizens For a Sound Economy, the National Tax-payers Union, the Citizens Against Government Waste, I have been a hero to them because I have fought continuously against these I investigated Jack Abramoff

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LABEL: JM MSNBC 10-02-08 08.53 (KF#212) GHJUV Part1

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