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McCain Opens the Door on Social Security, Again

By Juliet Eilperin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pledged Wednesday morning that he would not raise taxes as president, by Wednesday afternoon he left open a little wiggle room.

At a town hall meeting in Aurora, Colo., at the Wagner Company, which sells and rents Caterpillar equipment, McCain told the audience, "I want to look you in the eye: I will not raise your taxes nor support a tax increase. I will not do it."

But at a fundraiser in Kansas City, Mo., a few hours later, he modified the pledge slightly, saying he would work not to raise taxes but recognized that a deal for reforming Social Security might include a tax hike.

"I am opposed to raising taxes. I am opposed to raising taxes. Senator Obama wants to raise your taxes. He wants to raise your taxes," he told the group. "And in any negotiation that I might have, when I go in, my position will be that I am opposed to raising taxes. But we have to work together to save Social Security. This young man standing right in front of me -- Social Security benefits won't be there for him when he retires. Is this right for us, to lay on to the next generation of Americans the burden that we've imposed on them? No.''

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 30, 2008; 8:37 PM ET
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Let's face it even when McCain was young he wasn't exactly the sharpest pencil in the box..as a matter of fact he graduated in the bottom 1% of his class at Annapolis as opposed to Obama who graduated in the top 1% of his class at Harvard Law School and was elected President of the Harvard Law Review, one of the most prestigious law reviews in the world. He then taught constitutional law 12 years as a Professor at the University of Chicago one of the most prestigious universities in the U.S. On the other hand McCain should never have gotten into flight training since only the top 25% graduating Annapolis are supposed to be elibible for flight training. It was family pull that got him into flight training and as a result of his decision, he like everyone else ended up in the middle of his karma. It is a universal law of cause and affect. This would be maker of widows and orphans ended up as a sad POW..all of his life he has gotten his karma..and now he is no longer considered a hero, just a craven politician trying to smear a much more intelligent and thoughtful candidate who has become a world wide celebrity because he shows an understanding, sensitivity and fairness for all humans not just wealthy Americans.. McCain is now trying to show that Obama is out of touch..while he claims that he's working on getting on and will soon be able to get on the internet all by himself. He is the one that is out of touch, even with his own mind..ahansa

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Posted by: 99na7plxy7 | August 1, 2008 4:33 AM | Report abuse

We have to get real! We are paying for a war that is costing us dearly. We are living in a fairytale if we believe that there are no costs to us. No matter how loosely we budget our own money, we are aware that there are limitations - so our tax monies are used to pay for a war and therefore other things are cut, cut and cut.

Somehow we have been insulated from the raising cost of oil that has been occuring in other countries for at least a quarter of a century. When Ford started cutting jobs it was not in its European plants because the company had been building fuel efficient cars there for some time and adjusted to the needs of that population and the cost of fuel to run cars.

It would be nice if someone somewhere actually did a "reality check" about how we have not satisfactorily responded to notions associated with taxes, fuel, etc. It was really stunning that after the I35 bridge collapsed in Minnesota, that people did not know that our taxes go to provide the infrastructure to our country.

Posted by: Peacefulmusings | August 1, 2008 3:30 AM | Report abuse

READ JOHN McCAIN'S LIPS: he will not raise taxes.

Posted by: Don | August 1, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

The media isn't destroying McCain's campaign--McCain and his idiot advisers are doing that all by themselves. I have never seen such a badly run campaign. McCain said he would run a clean campaign and all he has done is insult and tell lies to the voters. He has shown an utter disrespect for the voters and for Obama. His whole campaign is based on lies, distortions and distractions. All he does is bad-mouth Obama--perhaps it's because he has nothing else to say. Just once, Sen. McCain, tell us what you would do and not what Obama is not doing. Thank you

Posted by: Angry taxpayer | July 31, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

John McCain reminds me of my elderly neighbor who backs over his mailbox everytime he pulls out the garage

Posted by: edfeeney | July 31, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Social Security payments should last 5 years. The last check should come with a cyanide capsule.

Posted by: hope | July 31, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Taxes: Obama's plan will allow the bottom 80% of American earners to bring home more money after taxes than under John McCain's plan. John McCain's plan does, however, provide huge cuts for the top 20% of earners, creating a projected $400+ billion deficit.

Just something to think about next time John McCain tells you he's planning on cutting your taxes and that Obama's going to raise them.

Posted by: Katie | July 31, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Johnny Mac:

You never saw Rocky II?

Lisa:

Please see thread, above, regarding Obama repeating his strawman argument: "They say I don't look like the President on the dollar bill". It's called a stump speech BECAUSE you repeast it over and over. Is this the first time you've followed politics?

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This campaign is making me feel sorry for the guy. Maybe he's going for the sympathy votes? It's like watching a boxer who came out of retirement get pummeled. He should of sat this one out. Tired, cranky, and confused is a sad way to tarnish what was once a respectable legacy.

Posted by: Johnny Mac | July 31, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans seem to like to start wars give away billions to war profiteers but don't want to have to pay for it until they get a democrat into the white house.

Posted by: Mike Chavers | July 31, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone notice how McCain keeps repeating himself? Does he think that by repeating a phrase we'll eventually believe it, or is he really just exhibiting early signs of dementia? For his and his family's sake I sincerely hope not, as I have had family members with the disease and it is heartbreaking. However, I will say it gives me real pause when I think about voting for him. I really used to respect McCain and was thinking about voting for him...now it looks like its going to be Barr. I just don't think we should have a forgetful, senior-age person in the white house. I makes me very nervous.

Posted by: Lisa | July 31, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It's great to see the old McCain again. It is illogical to make a blanket statement of NOT increasing taxes; there are SO many pressing issues that need addressing and although it is my hope that taxes will not increase for me, I recognize that I'm pretty fortunate and can give a little more back if the money is spent wisely. From a purely political view though McCain did hedge or what some may call "flip flop". Not that it is of great importance to me since I plan on voting for Barack but McCain supporters should give McCain a little wiggle room, they should also recognize that "flip flopping" is par for course in politics. For the hardliners, think of it as "refining".

Posted by: OK4Obama | July 31, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

This is becoming increasingly a problem and the American people have to be thinking about it. Either Mccain is one of the biggest liar to ever run for office, or he honestly doesn't know what he is saying from one minute to the next and his handlers are having a hard time keeping him on message. All you have to do is pull up clips of him in 2000 and he is not even close to the same man. The 2008 John Mccain seems demented and it is not just opposition spin, it is real and at some point needs to be addressed. We may be about to elect a man for president of the united states who may very well be losing is mind.

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At a townhall meeting in Colorado Mc Cain said. "I want to look you in the eye I will not raise taxes nor support a tax increase. I will not do it" Several hours later in a fund raiser in Kansas City. MO. He said he would not raise taxes but recognized that a deal for reforming Socal Security might include a tax hike This is a real indicatioon that Me Cain is in the early stages of Alzheimers Disease. He says one thing then a few hours later he contradicts himself. It certainly appears if Mc Cain is elected within a short time period he will be considered incompetent and the vice president wil be declared the President The media is not destroying his Mc Cain is showing his true self. Only an incompetent fool would say that Obama is solely responsible for this horrendous increase in the price of gasoline. Only an incompetent, desperate fool would compare him to Paris Hilton and that other woman

Posted by: kurous | July 31, 2008 9:44 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

McCain:"But we have to work together to save Social Security. This young man standing right in front of me -- Social Security benefits won't be there for him when he retires"

The bolded statement is completely false. How does a US Senator make a statement like that and have it published in the Washington Post, all without even a passing comment from the responsible "journalist"? Amazing.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

At a townhall meeting in Colorado Mc Cain said. "I want to look you in the eye I will not raise taxes nor support a tax increase. I will not do it" Several hours later in a fund raiser in Kansas City. MO. He said he would not raise taxes but recognized that a deal for reforming Socal Security might include a tax hike This is a real indicatioon that Me Cain is in the early stages of Alzheimers Disease. He says one thing then a few hours later he contradicts himself. It certainly appears if Mc Cain is elected within a short time period he will be considered incompetent and the vice president wil be declared the President The media is not destroying his Mc Cain is showing his true self. Only an incompetent fool would say that Obama is solely responsible for this horrendous increase in the price of gasoline. Only an incompetent, desperate fool would compare him to Paris Hilton and that other woman

Posted by: kurous | July 31, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Even with all the baggage of George Bush this should have been a runaway for Mccain. All that love and adulation the public had for Mccain was real years ago. All he had to be was be the old John Mccain and he wins. It is too late now though, he can't just say "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain the real John is still here". I am afraid Mccain is through the looking glass and there is no turning back.
Whoever crafted this campaign of attacks and hate must have not thought the old Mccain could win. Again, it's too late we have no way of knowing if Mccain is real anymore. "Who IS John Mccain" now? We may never know and perhaps that is a good thing.
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My god this election is a disgrace.

The media is destroying McCain's candidacy.

Posted by: Jeff | July 30, 2008 9:18 PM

No Jeff, the McCain campaign is destroying McCain's candidacy. You could also probably add to the list in assisting in the demise - the far right, wacky religious leaders, but most importantly McCain himself for sacrificing his convictions and principles for the nomination by his party. The maverick of 2000 is gone.

Posted by: jb | July 31, 2008 12:37 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 31, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain's personal attacks comparing Senator Obama with Britney and Paris - are thoroughly insulting and defamatory.
It is clear that he is an doddering old man, whose faculties are declining. The evidence of declaring something and within a hour having forgotten what he declared, then following up with a contradiction is an indication that the organic loss of intellectual function is a clear and present condition.
It might be safe to forecast that he will choose a VP and forget who he chose and for what reason.

Posted by: Richard Donaldson-Alves | July 31, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

My god this election is a disgrace.

The media is destroying McCain's candidacy.

Posted by: Jeff | July 30, 2008 9:18 PM

No Jeff, the McCain campaign is destroying McCain's candidacy. You could also probably add to the list in assisting in the demise - the far right, wacky religious leaders, but most importantly McCain himself for sacrificing his convictions and principles for the nomination by his party. The maverick of 2000 is gone.

Posted by: jb | July 31, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I'm confused. So McCain says he want raise taxes on Social Security. Period.

But then he says all options are on the table and he will negotiate to keep Social Security solvent?

I agree with scottinorlando...since McCain keeps telling his audience members that Obama will raise taxes them, they all must be making $250,000 or more.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 30, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: Anonymous | July 30, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Where's the flip flop? McCain is being completely responsible--one of the few in the Social Security debate. He opposes taxes. Period. But he's not going to pull a Pelosi and put preconditions on sitting down to negotiate with the other side. Good for him. Because the Social Security shortfall will drive this country's economy into the ground leaving our kids with a very different lifestyle than we enjoy today. We can't argue about what's ON the table unless we first get TO the table. McCain shows he's the only politician out there right now willing to get to the table.

Posted by: Heidi | July 30, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Obama says h will raise taxes on people making more tha $250,00.00 per year.

I guess everyone in McCain's audiences makes more than $250,000 because he keeps telling them Obama will raise their taxes.

Posted by: scottinorlando | July 30, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Jeff; either you are really being funny this evening, or you are indeed John McCain writing his first online comments.

Posted by: Susan | July 30, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain never said in his remarks this evening that he would be open to raising social security taxes.

He said no such thing.

McCain said his position will be no new taxes but we have to work together to fix social security.

From that you say McCain will raise taxes.


McCain has never ever ever voted for a tax increase.

Because McCain said we will work together you say he will raise taxes.


My god this election is a disgrace.

The media is destroying McCain's candidacy.

Posted by: Jeff | July 30, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain didn't leave any wiggle room. You are taking him out of context. He left no wiggle room.

McCain can't survive when the media is destroying him.

Posted by: Jeff | July 30, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

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