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McCain Urges More Weapons for Taiwan

By Glenn Kessler
Sen. John McCain today issued a statement urging the administration to add submarines and F-16s aircraft to a $6 billion package of military equipment for Taiwan that the White House unveiled last week.

As it happens, the lobbying firm helmed as recently as May by McCain's chief foreign policy coordinator had a $200,000 contract with Taiwan to provide "advocacy ... with the U.S. Congress and executive branch," which it renewed in June, according to documents filed with the Justice Department.

McCain, in his statement, said the White House did not go far enough when it said it would sell 330 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missiles and 30 Apache Block III Longbow Attack helicopters -- an announcement which has so angered China that today it canceled senior level visits to the United States.

"The package will not include submarines or new F-16 aircraft. I urge the administration to reconsider this decision, in light of its previous commitment to provide submarines and America's previous sales of F-16s," McCain said.

McCain added: "We should understand that the possibility of productive ties between Taiwan and China are enhanced, not diminished, when Taipei speaks from a position of strength." He concluded that the United States must "stand by this remarkable free and democratic people."

The McCain campaign did not respond to a request for comment on whether Randy Scheunemann, his foreign policy coordinator, had a role in drafting the statement or if he had recused himself. In an e-mail, spokesman Brian Rogers said, "Senator McCain has a long and consistent record of support for Taiwan, including supporting sales of defensive arms to maintain deterrence and stability in the region."

In 2005, Scheunemann signed the contract between his firm, Orion Strategies LLC, and Taiwan's Washington office. On June 4 of this year, his partner, Mike Mitchell, signed a renewal of the contract, which calls for quarterly payments of $50,000.

Scheunemann's lobbying has attracted attention in the past. For months while McCain's presidential campaign was gearing up, Scheunemann held dual roles, advising the candidate on foreign policy while working as Georgia's lobbyist. Between Jan. 1, 2007, and May 15, 2008, the campaign paid Scheunemann nearly $70,000 to provide foreign policy advice. During the same period, the government of Georgia paid his firm $290,000 in lobbying fees.

Scheunemann, who was president of Orion, remained with the firm until May 15, when the McCain campaign imposed a tough new anti-lobbyist policy and he was required to separate himself from the company. A McCain campaign official said Scheunemann took a formal leave from Orion and receives no compensation for any Orion activities from that date for the duration of the campaign.

It isn't clear if Scheunemann retains an equity stake in the firm. Mitchell did not return a call for comment.

The Obama campaign said it welcomed Bush's decision to notify Congress of the arms package for Taiwan, but did not call for adding military equipment to it.

Posted at 7:14 PM ET on Oct 7, 2008  | Category:  John McCain
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Sen. John McCain clearly won last night's debate.

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.


Posted by: hclark1 | October 8, 2008 11:34 AM

McCain the warmonger.
McCain the war president.
Palin the bootlicker.
Palin the president if McCain dies?

Posted by: tommyd60 | October 8, 2008 1:42 AM

What happens if the Chinese response is to arm Cuba or Venezuela?

Posted by: esch | October 7, 2008 11:58 PM

Politically, this is such a stupid move by the McCain campaign, the best explanation is that Randy Scheunemann knows the election is lost and has decided to put his client first.

Sorry, "Country First", the country being of course Taiwan.

Posted by: kevrobb | October 7, 2008 9:50 PM

Follow the $ people, you will understand what, when, where, how congress/senate members vote on issues. Don't listen to the propaganda that being play out by the Media.

Posted by: infoshop | October 7, 2008 9:41 PM

Wonder if McCain will drop the F bomb in the debate tonight, McCain is no stranger to the f word, see video at http://www.mccanes.com

You can watch McCain and Obama preparing for the debates, including out takes at http://www.watchdebate.com

See who won the watchdebate debator of the year award. http://www.Huckabeeshow.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 7, 2008 9:01 PM

Yeah yeah

Kill Kill Kill

I vote Christian Conservative

McCain for World Death Squad Leader

Kill Kill Kill


Posted by: lichtme | October 7, 2008 8:53 PM

" J.McCAIN URGES MORE WEAPONS FOR TAIWAN". ONLY THIS STATEMENT PROVES AGAIN THAT HE DOESN'T BELIEVE IN PEACE. HE IS A TROUBLEMAKER, THAT'S WHY HE WANTS TO STAY 100 YEARS IN IRAQ. HE HAS NEVER BEEN A REAL SOLDIER, ONLY POW LOOOSSSER !

Posted by: mtavro | October 7, 2008 8:52 PM

Oh, by all means Libbies,

BLOCK our sales. :-/

THEN, cry another River about lost jobs going overseas...

While France, Britain and Russia supply the DEMAND! :-(

Libbies: The "Dingleberries" of Politics! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | October 7, 2008 8:44 PM

THE WAY TO DETERMINE THE CHARACTER OF THE CANDIDATE COULD BE PRECIEVED BY THE SUPPORTERS THEY ATTRACT. "TERROIST, KILL HIM, TREASON ARE RANTS FROM MCCAIN/PALIN'S RALLY'S

AND " HOPE, ECONOMY, OBAMA," ARE CHEERS FROM THE OBAMA/BIDEN RALLY'S. WHICH CANDIDATE DO YOU THINK WILL BRING THE RIGHT CHANGE TO OUR COUNTRY? I'LL GO WITH THE GUYS WHO'S SUPPORTERS BELIEVE IN THINKING AND HOPE, THOSE GUYS ARE OBAMA/BIDEN 08

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 7, 2008 8:37 PM

"TERROIST, KILL HIM, TREASON," ARE SCREAMS FROM A MCCAIN/PALIN RALLY. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT MCCAIN/PALIN'S JUDGEMENT, CHARACTER, AND THE KIND OF CHANGE THEY WANT TO BRING TO THE COUNTRY? WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT MCCAINS PERSONALITY WHEN HE EMBRACES SUCH OBSCENE COMMENTS FROM HIS SUPPORTERS?

Posted by: amosdefnails | October 7, 2008 8:31 PM

McCain shows his CLEAR NEOCON ALLEGIANCE:
War Monger,
Destabilizer,
Chaos maker.
BRINGER OF DEATH.
And like Toritto says: WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN CHINA CUTS OFF OUR CREDIT.
McCain MUST BE DEFEATED. He is a LUNATIC.
He is a KILLER.

Posted by: Tomcat3 | October 7, 2008 8:25 PM

I am a Democrat who doesn't care for Obama's plans of sending thousands of our soldiers into the Afghanistan mountains to fight a much increased and unwinnable war. Those who accuse John McCain of warlike intentions need to realize that BOTH candidates have some problems here. And it's by no means certain that Americans are "over" supporting war.

One more thing; if we abandon Taiwan to the tender mercies of China our position in the world will be in shambles in the eyes of those struggling against tyranny and trying to forge democratic nations.

I'll vote for Obama because I think Democrats will be better for us overall, but I don't trust his possible actions once he is in power. I suspect a lot of his fervent supporters are in for quite a shock from a "warmonger" approach they aren't expecting.

Posted by: donald169 | October 7, 2008 8:21 PM

....ehh...have the Chinese approved the increase in our credit line yet??

:-)

Posted by: toritto | October 7, 2008 7:42 PM

McCain is a total insane warmongering idiot. He doesn't have a clue about how to fix the economy, he doesn't understand the healthcare crisis and unbelieveably, he's still considered a "foreign policy expert"?!?!


McCain still doesn't know the difference between the Sunni's and the Shiites in Iraq, he talks about staying in Iraq for 100 years and he goes around singing about bombing Iran...heck my 7 year old son knows more about foreign policy than McCain does!
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2kyXN4ZVQg
.

Posted by: DrainYou | October 7, 2008 7:38 PM

None of the polititions "get it". The American people are "over" WAR in any country and supporting WAR by selling/delivering weapons is just wrong. Negotiation, negotiation, negotiation of Peace is the right way to heal a broken world.

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | October 7, 2008 7:26 PM

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