Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

McCain Campaign: Stevens Indictment Showcases Washington Corruption

By Juliet Eilperin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has yet to comment publicly on Tuesday's indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on federal corruption charges, but this afternoon his spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace took the opportunity to use the indictment to buttress the presumptive GOP nominee's frequent comment that "Washington is corrupt." Stevens, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee before his indictment this week, had frequently fought with McCain over channeling federal dollars to parochial projects such as Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere."

"Like every American, Senator Stevens is entitled to a presumption of innocence," Wallace told reporters in a prepared statement aboard the campaign plane. "Senator McCain and Senator Stevens have clashed famously over the appropriations process, which Senator McCain views as broken and subject to the type of corruption that has caused voters to lose faith with Washington and, as he mentions nearly daily on the campaign trail, has resulted in former members of Congress residing in federal prison."

She added, "Senator McCain has fought loudly and often alone against corruption and wasteful spending, and this is a sad reminder that the next president will have his work cut out for him in rebuilding public trust, by ending once and for all wasteful pork barrel spending and reforming the federal government from top to bottom."

While McCain had called on Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) to resign in the wake of misdemeanor charges several months ago, Wallace indicated the senator is not demanding the same of Stevens.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 30, 2008; 5:07 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Obama and Wild Bill, Cousins?
Next: Obama: They're Trying to 'Make You Scared of Me'


McCain knows corruption...

McCain married into the mob...

Compromise: (verb) To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute:

Can't have a compromised POTUS

End of story. End of McCain.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse


Get rid of all the scalawags. No McSleezy, no "O Boy I am perfect". Get rid of big government and let us little crooks have a chance at the pie!

Posted by: Dapper Dan | July 30, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

lest any of you teeth-gnashing libs get too caried away by your grandiose elitist attitudes, here is a barge or two of rot on your own side of the fence:

Posted by: cecil | July 30, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

How many of McCain's Republican Senator buddies have been caught with their pants down? I don't remember the 'maverick' making that much noise about it during his 25 years as a Senator. A lot happened on his watch and, he didn't seem to mind enough to stop it. I guess you need to go along to get along.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 30, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

When Bush & family get on the bus to Texas next January McCain should be the baggage boy. I never saw any Politician stick their foot in their mouth like him. You can tell he's being coached by Bush ... both are a joke !!

Posted by: SadAmerican | July 30, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I just hope that when Stevens does the perp walk into Federal Superior Court in D.C. that the company that paid him off is right behind him answering a half-dozen RICO charges.

Sad to say, but if you lined up all the seated democrats who were convicted of a crime in the last 35 years, and then did the same with the republicans who had been busted, the line for republicans would be twice as long. Don't bother asking me to prove it; I can.

Posted by: Italian Revolutionary | July 30, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

In a McCain admin. if you commit a crime you will be orally reprimanded, but if you are gay, you are out the door.

Posted by: Julian | July 30, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain may be a "maverick," but he is still a Republican. And it's hard to separate one longtime GOP Senator from another.

Posted by: matt | July 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, they are all corrupt we need a do over. LOL, Politics = corrupt. They are all the same. Obama isnt even really an outsider, even though he tries to act like one.

Posted by: Jane | July 30, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

(We need more candidates) I agree with that. One is on the bink of senile the other has so much smuggness and arrogence, he reminds me of bush in a way. The victory cigar is what did it for me. He is acting like he has got this all tied up. Not so fast B-man. We have to vote fisrt. video at
Meanwhile McCain is Gaffing all over, and desperatley attacking Obama. So who do you vote for Obama who is very arrogent or McCain who is slipping in his elder age. Did you see the video when McCain knocked all the stuff off the shelves in the grocery store, he had a steve urkel moment. video at http://www.mccanes

Posted by: Peter | July 30, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I would much rather have someone from outside washington and politics as our president. That excludes Obama as well.
We need more candidates Im not happy with either of these guys.

Posted by: Paul | July 30, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company