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McCain Vows to Slash Pentagon, Federal Spending

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) pledged Sunday to cut billions of dollars in defense spending, vowing to be special interests' "worst nightmare," and aimed to dismiss suggestions that he has an explosive temper.

McCain said on ABC's "This Week" that he would seek to eliminate the federal budget deficit by cutting spending throughout government. The Pentagon drew special emphasis.

"I am cutting billions and billions out of defense spending which are not earmarks," he said.

The Arizona senator also defended a new Medicare means test he wants, saying that fairness demands that "wealthy people pay for their own prescription drugs."

"Why should we be paying for Warren Buffett or Bill Gates or wealthy Americans who are retired, making $160,000 a couple, not pay for their own prescription drugs? We've got a $1 trillion unfunded liability associated with the Medicare prescription drug bill. One trillion dollars that we're laying on the next generation of Americans. We don't want to do that," McCain said.

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Let's see, Bill Clinton wanted to cut defense spending and got ridiculed for weakening the country. This neo say's it and it's all good. Too Funny!

Posted by: jime | April 20, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is about time that the candidates question why the wealthiest age group in America is uniformly given medical care and prescription drugs with no means test. We have a moral responsibility to take care of the elderly. However, those who can afford to maintain a winter home in Florida or Arizona in addition to their primary residence can afford to address a larger share of their medical needs.

Politicians are notoriously reluctant to take on the powerful senior lobby, but as we boomers retire the cost of entitlement programs will bankrupt our nation if preemptive action is not taken in the near future.


Posted by: Doug | April 20, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse


The 44th president of the United States of American

President Barack Obama


Posted by: + | April 20, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse


C L I N T O N . E Q U A L S . M C C A I N

McCain = Clinton


Posted by: Anonymous | April 20, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse


John McCain '08

"Back to The Future", "the more things change: the more they stay same"

Hillary Clinton '08

"Me, Me, Me, Me, tough, tough, tough Fight, Fight, Fight, Fight !!!

I voted for the Iraq, but ...

Barack Obama '08

"it's time for a change"


Posted by: iq | April 20, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to take this old fool apart. McCain was right on one thing, economics ain't his strong suit. I particularly love his 'tax cuts are better than a balanced budget' comment. Forward into The past!

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Posted by: NEOCON | April 20, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain said there has been "great progress economically" in the period since Bush became president. McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said the Arizona senator's remarks had been taken out of context, noting McCain went on to say the economic improvements were "no comfort to families now that are facing these tremendous economic challenges."

If it has nothing to do with America's families "who are facing these tremendous economic challenges", the who the heck is seeing all of this "great progress economically"?

If we have the largest deficit of all time, how is that the end result of "great progress economically"?

If we're cutting military benefits, and social security is going under, and medicare is following it rapidly, is this the result of "great progress economically"?

If the price of every single thing from, a house, to health insurance, to a gallon of milk, to a gallon of gasoline has skyrocketed while wages have flat lined or actually decreased is that a sign of "great progress economically"?

It is, actually, if you're really stinking rich. Rich enough to qualify for those upper end tax breaks, those economic benny's that come from investing heavily overseas and in multi-nationals that ship our jobs overseas and keep our wages down. And John McCain is exactly that rich. Ask his multi-multi-millionaire heiress wife all about it.

Of course, Hillary qualifies for all that too, I suppose.But at least she's not trying to pretend everything is great and proposing to continue the tax cuts for the wealthy.

And before you even think it, 4 million of the Obama's reported 4.6 million dollar income this year came from sales of his book.
And he's the only one who's had the balls to say it's going to get worse if we don't do something.

Posted by: Thevail | April 20, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

President McCain has the Best solution for the US Economy there is. The Best part, it is the only plan the Dimocrat Socialist cannot Copy, or steal credit for.

Soon, President McCain gets to sink the SS Dimo with three simple Words!

Mitt's My VP! ;~)

Now, that's an Economic Plan! :-)

Posted by: RAT-The | April 20, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs to stop making blatantly false statements about his economic plan because he's just repackaging Reaganomics. The options are to either increase taxes, cut spending, or increase the deficit. He says he won't be increasing taxes. We know that his Military plans will more than offset any minor fat he trims from the DoD. So, his only option is to balloon the deficit even more. It didn't work under Reagan or Bush, and situation is only worse now. He needs to stop selling snake oil and start talking straight with the American people.

Posted by: Justin | April 20, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

How can McCain cut the defense budget when he wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years and he wants to take on Iran. You have to pay for those things, Senator.

Posted by: Sueb2 | April 20, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Yes," says McCain, "we will develop a good plan to get out of Iraq" (I hope). "Let's cut the Pentagon's budget, shall we?" Where else would such planning take place?
Could it be that McCain doesn't want a plan to get out of Iraq? Either that, or he has no clue.

Posted by: SueP | April 20, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

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