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McCain Stumps with Danforth, a Moderate

Republican presidential candidate John McCain flanked by former Sen. John Danforth, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham delivers a speech during a rally in Belton, Mo., Oct. 20, 2009. (Ricky Carioti / The Washington Post)

By Michael Abramowitz
BELTON, Mo. -- The McCain campaign has kept largely silent about the devastating endorsement of Obama Sunday by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. John McCain himself kind of shrugged it off, saying he still respected his old friend and just had a difference of opinion.

But the McCain campaign had kind of a tacit response Monday, rolling out former Missouri senator Jack Danforth on behalf of the Republican nominee as McCain toured Missouri. Danforth has already made clear he's supporting McCain, and he clearly can't be compared to Powell in terms of national stature. Still, his presence yesterday meant McCain had by his side a respected Republican moderate (known as "St. Jack" in his day) at a time he's been accused of pandering to the GOP's conservative base. Danforth, an ordained Episcopalian minister, has been quite critical of the influence of evangelical Christians on the modern GOP.

As he campaigned with McCain, Danforth showed little hesitancy in adopting the tough economic message that the senator from Arizona has been promoting in recent days -- and which Democrats have complained is stirring up false fears in the electorate.

"Senator Obama says that he is for change -- he sure is," Danforth told a large crowd gathered at a high school football field in Belton. "He's going to turn this country into a direction we have never gone in before in our history. Some of the pundits say that when Senator Obama said he wants to spread the wealth around for the good of everybody, they said that was a slip of the tongue. That wasn't any slip of the tongue -- he meant every word of it."

Characterizing Obama's tax plan in a way that many independent analysts have disputed, Danforth added: "He wants to write 1,000 dollar checks and give them to 47 million people who don't pay any taxes. Never before has any president of the United States said that we should take money from people who pay taxes and simply write checks to people who don't pay taxes. Franklin Roosevelt didn't say that. Harry Truman didn't say that. John Kennedy. Lyndon Johnson -- none if them said that."

"Back in 1929, we should have learned a lesson, that the two ways to kill an economy, particularly in a recession is to raise taxes and to have protectionist trade policies, and Barack Obama wants both," Danforth concluded. "Our economy is in a ditch and this guy is coming after us with a couple of backhoes."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 21, 2008; 9:01 AM ET
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"...And third, he is in favor of progressive individual taxes and high corporate taxes. It is as though the U.S. does not have to compete for labor and capital in global markets. My fear is that with his strong egalitarian bent, he has not internalized the lesson that high rates do not offset declining revenues.

Thus, even before we get to the added bells and whistles of the modern welfare state--windfall profits taxes, ethanol subsidies, health care--an Obama administration could lock us into a downward spiral by ignoring the simple fundamentals of sound governance."

Richard Epstein writes a weekly column for He is a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution and a professor of law at the University of Chicago, visiting this fall at the New York University School of Law. I was saying...

Posted by: thecannula | October 21, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Barack's visit to his grandmother will be putting Family first as McCain pounces on Biden's ill-timed remarks that if Barack is elected he will be tested militarily. Biden is wrong on this issue because we live in a different world today than the cold-war mentality Biden grew up in. Leaders around the World are Facing a more serious problem and too concerned about their failing economies to think about fighting unless one incites them! And, most Leaders around the world welcome a Barack Obama presidency, as they know him to be a fair and just man with an even Temperment, ready to talk through problems than to bomb, bomb Iran, as suggested by John McCain. Could it not be that if John McCain were elected, he would fact a test due to those very immature remarks of bomb, bomb Iran?

Yes, there will be crises but they will be world crises and countries around the world will have to work together to address these most pressing problems, such as economics, climate change and engery. They will not be thinking about fighting but on how to turn their respective economies around and they know that it will take a combined commitment of countries to get this situation under control. World leaders realize that only by working together with unity and inclusiveness can the world problems be solved. We live in a global society today. We are no longer isolated countries and what effects one, effects us all.

The Russian mission to the UN in New York says it has turned down a request from John McCain to help fund his presidential campaign. Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and others received standard mail-outs asking them to help "stop the Democrats from seizing control of Washington". (More Republican Hypocrisy!)

Posted by: dsoulplane | October 21, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Like most Republicans, McCain would be better off he supported Obama too.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 21, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

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