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McCain now wants credit for killing the bailout package

By Griffin · October 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Paging George Orwell. Remember the bailout package that John McCain suspended his campaign over and breathlessly flew to Washington to rescue? He now wants credit for “blowing that package up.”

On that Acorn call, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis also credited McCain with “blowing … up” the first bailout package when he suspended his campaign to come to Washington, something McCain’s campaign had heatedly denied at the time.

Davis expressed outrage that, “in the middle of the greatest disaster in our financial system that we’d had in our lifetime, that the Democrats in the United States Senate would actually link payments to ACORN in the bailout package that they promoted — prior to Sen. McCain coming to town and actually blowing that package up. So we can actually say that in addition to saving taxpayers millions of dollars, and we’re very happy that no more taxpayer dollars were added to the pile of money going to ACORN.”

After the initial bailout package failed, McCain’s aides blamed Obama:

“This bill failed because Barack Obama and the Democrats put politics ahead of country,” adviser Doug Holtz-Eakin said.

Just because John McCain can’t remember what happened three weeks ago doesn’t mean the rest of the world can’t.  McCain didn’t go to Washington to blow up the bailout package.  He went there after it looked like the deal was all but done, so he could ride in on a white horse and claim credit for it.

In fact, here’s video of McCain on Fox News talking about why he suspended his campaign:

I’ll do whatever I can do to make this thing work.  As I said, I’ve had discussions already with the president, I’ve had discussions with my colleagues.  I’ll continue to do whatever’s necessary.  And I will put my presidential campaign on the backburner if necessary and do anything.  It’s far more important to help the economy of this country recover from one of the deepest fiscal crisises in history.  But I’ll do whatever’s necessary that I think can be effective.  And if we failed the first time, it won’t be the first time.  But we will go back and we will fix this problem, because the effect it has on working families in America which is devastating.

Why would McCain say the first bill “failed” if he specifically went to Washington with the intent of “blowing that package up”?

Tags: Economy and Business · John McCain · Republicans

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