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Sunday, April 06, 2008

FACTS: Re John McCain, in case you haven't seen them.

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 these facts.
Please check the list below, and then forward it to your
friends, family, and coworkers to tell all about the real
John McCain. SEE SOURCES at bottom:
10 things you should know about John McCain (but not know

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.

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."

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture,
but McCain voted against a bill to ban water-boarding, and then applauded President
Bush for vetoing that ban. He refuses to ban CIA torture and only opposes torture by the military. What's the dif?

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do
not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."

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.

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."

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."

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 corporate lobbyists raising money for his
campaign, more than any of the other presidential

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."

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored
a 0, yes, zero from the
League of Conservation Voters last year.Check their
non-profit website.

John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him
out to be. He is backed by the military industrialists who
have put our country in HUGE debt in Iraq. They want to
continue making their profits and will back McCain's
election so that the Buxh/Cheney policies can continue
destroying our economy.

Please help get the word out and forward this to
your personal network.


1) "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC
News, April 3, 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,'" Think Progress, February 6, 2008

3) "McCain Facts,", April 4, 2008

4) "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned,"
MSNBC, February 18, 2007

5) "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto
Of Anti-Waterboarding Bill," Think Progress, February 20,

6.) "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council:
Nonpartisan Congressional Scorecard," February 2008"

7.) 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;

7) "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,

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
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9) "Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay
Comments?," ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

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

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