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McCain Weighs In on California Measure

One week before Californians head to the polls to vote on a ballot initiative that would restructure how the state's congressional lines are drawn, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is weighing in on behalf of the proposal.

McCain appears in a new ad in favor of Proposition 77, which would take the responsibility of redrawing congressional districts away from the state legislature and put it in the hands of a panel of retired judges.

"Here's some straight talk about political reform," says McCain in the ad. "Politicians on both sides rig districts so they can never lose. Prop. 77 changes that, so retired judges draw fair lines that you, the people, then approve."

In addition to the new ad, McCain spent several days in California last month stumping with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) for the ballot measure -- one of four initiatives backed by Schwarzenegger that will appear on the ballot on Nov. 8. (McCain and Schwarzenegger share more than just their support for Prop. 77 in common. Mike Murphy, who is the "Governator's" lead political consultant, served in a similar capacity for McCain's 2000 presidential bid.)

National Democrats -- led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)-- have raised millions of dollars in opposition to Proposition 77.

McCain is the most visible symbol of political reform to the average voter and remains very popular among Democrats and independents nationally.  If Prop. 77 resuscitates itself in time for next Tuesday's vote, it will be seen as a major feather in McCain's cap and further fodder for those who believe he is the GOP frontrunner in the 2008 presidential race.

A new Field poll shows Prop. 77 losing 51 percent to 35 percent among likely voters; none of Schwarzenegger's four ballot propositions were leading in the poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 1, 2005; 3:00 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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to ML
How many time clocks have you punched, while you developed your political viewpoints ?

Posted by: Don Phelps | November 4, 2005 1:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain is another over-rated pro-war Republican, but he's not a wing-nut. He spent time as a POW, got his butt smeared by Bush the draft-dodger, and then hugged our alcoholic cocaine-head moron for a payback.
Both are despicable.

Posted by: Don Phelps | November 4, 2005 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Unions are just slackers' protection rackets. If the initiatives pass, maybe the state of California can start weeding out some of the deadwood.

Posted by: ML | November 3, 2005 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The only people McCain now impresses are of Bush's base, whose votes he needs in '08.

Posted by: Valerie Sanford | November 2, 2005 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Sen. McCain should straighten out Texas first!!!

Posted by: Scttlbtt | November 2, 2005 9:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain is right on that but we have sunk so low in this country and expect so little from Politicians that if they just do a few things right we think they are great. If we as Citizen started holding them accountable there wouldn't be any of the present ones in Washington of either party!

Posted by: Just Another Corrupt Politician | November 2, 2005 7:46 AM | Report abuse

The one politician, John McCain, that many thought and hoped was different and put duty, honor, country, and the rule of law above, politics, party, and the special interests, has now apparently given up and sold out to the special interest as well! As proved by the asinine Illegal Alien bill he Co-sponsored with Ted Kennedy! It is especially difficult to acknowledge what happened to John McCain after his prior service to this country in Vietnam. But he has finally realized the First Rule of every successful politician in the USA. They must never put either their Country or American citizen's interest above or before their own interest and their political future. Of course, as expressed by the politicians, there is not enough money for everything and they that must make the tough choices that is what they were elected to do. What Mr. McCain and other politicians have chosen to do is put their political interest, and the interest of millions of illegal aliens here above our laws and above the interest and welfare of the greater number of poor American citizens that desperately need the billions of dollars in benefits that is currently provided to citizens of other countries here illegally!

Posted by: Never McCain | November 2, 2005 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Hi, I'm one of those guys who puts his ass on the line, every day, so some bad actor, who can't even manage English, can vote out my pension benefits.
Mr. McCain, when you showed up to back Prop 77, you backed them all.
McCain is Anti-Union....

When you dial 911 with an emergency, just think about what you really want....

Posted by: Firefighter | November 2, 2005 6:42 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a phony, Schwartzenegger is a joke, but the CA redistricting reform proposal is right, just as the Ohio one is. Gerrymandering is anti-democratic and should end.

Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | November 2, 2005 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Proposition 74, 75, 76, 77, it's an instrument of the ruling class to abridge the rights of the people. It's an attack among teachers(pro.74), unions (pro. 75) people (pro 76 and 76). Little wonder that they are backed by Schwarzenegger.

Posted by: Lui | November 1, 2005 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Liberal defending McCain here. He may not tailor to my beliefs exactly, but if this nation is to come out of the right-wing, McCain is a giant step toward the center. I would rather see Edwards in office, but McCain is a great consolation prize.

Posted by: J. Acuff | November 1, 2005 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Sold-my-soul-to-the-highest-bidder McCain - sorry John, even the Republican base dislikes you. Stop dreaming about'll never make it out of the primaries.

Posted by: Henry | November 1, 2005 6:43 PM | Report abuse

JCrozier is right. McCain goes whichever way the wind blows. He is self serving. Yes, he is a war hero. That doesn't make him a good person. Who can forgot the smears that Bush and his crowd heaped upon him in North Carolina - accusing him of fathering a black child to bringing up his wife's mental problems. Nobody's business.
Just like the smeared Clinton, they did the same thing to McCain. However, Clinton has never given a smooch or a hug to Dubya as McCain did. And what business is it of his to be putting his foot into our California politics. He should go hom and tend to the biz of Arizone. I would not vote for him if his heart was proven to be made of 24k gold.

Posted by: S.Bangs | November 1, 2005 6:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain sure as hell isn't a popular figure among THIS Democrat. I'll never be able to think of him without a bad taste in my mouth again after watching that kissfest he had with Dubya during the election.

McCain is supposedly the "courage" politician who stands for the right thing, regardless of if it goes against his party or not. I say bull----. By endorsing Bush for reelection, McCain endorsed all the things that Bush did in his first four years as president that he is supposedly against. Fiscal responsibility? Forget about it. Torture? I'll deal with it AFTER the election. The list goes on and on.

I DID like McCain a lot. I wanted him to be president in 2000. It was heartbreaking to watch him toe the party line in '04 just to protect his precious presidential chances in '08.

I would say that there is an excellent chance that McCain will run for president in '08, but this is one person who has a very, very long memory. He gave his outright support to the lunatic administration currently in the White House. I wouldn't vote for him to be a high school hall monitor now after the stunning lack of oversight he's exercised over Republican policy during the Bush administration.

Posted by: J. Crozier | November 1, 2005 5:36 PM | Report abuse

How about a grassroots movement for a federal initiative: Non-partisan redistricting only seems possible if it's all done at once.

Posted by: Suzanne | November 1, 2005 5:05 PM | Report abuse

All four propositions (74, 75, 76 and 77) are losing big time. Arnold even took himself out of the ads and replaced by paid school teachers and nurses. In San Diego, he may do slightly better than other cities because we also have Mayoral contest in the same ballot and republican candidate is winning this race. Overall, Arnold's fame is down in California. So fast. So soon.

Posted by: Paul, San Diego | November 1, 2005 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I wonder when McCain will cut an ad for the similar proposals in OH and FL.

Posted by: PoliSciZac | November 1, 2005 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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