Monday, April 07, 2008

10 Things We may Not Know About John McCain

10 things we many not know about John McCain:

Please check out the list below, and then forward it to your friends,
family, and coworkers. We can't rely on the media to tell folks about
the real John McCain—but if we all pass this along, we can reach as
many people as CNN Headline News does on a good night.

Click here to tell us how many people you can pass it on to—and to see
our progress nationally:
10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don't):

1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor
of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has "evolved,"
yet he's continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on
Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says
McCain "will make Cheney look like Gandhi."2
3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain
voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded
President Bush for vetoing that ban.3

4. McCain opposes a woman's right to choose. He said, "I do not
support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned."4

5. The Children's Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in
Congress for children. He voted against the children's health care
bill last year, then defended Bush's veto of the bill.5

6. He's one of the richest people in a Senate filled with
millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at
least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis
is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their

7. Many of McCain's fellow Republican senators say he's too reckless
to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: "The thought of
his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He's erratic.
He's hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his
campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The
government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists
raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other
presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in
recent years. The pastor McCain calls his "spiritual guide," Rod
Parsley, believes America's founding mission is to destroy Islam,
which he calls a "false religion." McCain sought the political support
of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was
God's punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church "the
Antichrist" and a "false cult."9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes,
zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10
John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to be.
Please help get the word out—forward this email to your personal
network. And if you want us to keep you posted on MoveOn's work to get
the truth out about John McCain, sign up here:

Thank you for all you do.

–Eli, Justin, Noah, Laura, and the Political Action Team
Saturday, April 5th, 2008

1. "The Complicated History of John McCain and MLK Day," ABC News, April 3, 2008

"McCain Facts,", April 4, 2008

2. "McCain More Hawkish Than Bush on Russia, China, Iraq," Bloomberg
News, March 12, 2008

"Buchanan: John McCain 'Will Make Cheney Look Like Gandhi,'"
ThinkProgress, February 6, 2008

3. "McCain Sides With Bush On Torture Again, Supports Veto Of
Anti-Waterboarding Bill," ThinkProgress, February 20, 2008

4. "McCain says Roe v. Wade should be overturned," MSNBC, February 18, 2007

5. "2007 Children's Defense Fund Action Council(R) Nonpartisan
Congressional Scorecard," February 2008

"McCain: Bush right to veto kids health insurance expansion," CNN,
October 3, 2007

6. "Beer Executive Could Be Next First Lady," Associated Press, April 3, 2008

"McCain Says Bank Bailout Should End `Systemic Risk,'" Bloomberg News,
March 25, 2008

7. "Will McCain's Temper Be a Liability?," Associated Press, February 16, 2008

"Famed McCain temper is tamed," Boston Globe, January 27, 2008

8. "Black Claims McCain's Campaign Is Above Lobbyist Influence: 'I
Don't Know What The Criticism Is,'" ThinkProgress, April 2, 2008

"McCain's Lobbyist Friends Rally 'Round Their Man," ABC News, January 29, 2008

9. "McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones Magazine,
March 12, 2008

"Will McCain Specifically 'Repudiate' Hagee's Anti-Gay Comments?,"
ThinkProgress, March 12, 2008

"McCain 'Very Honored' By Support Of Pastor Preaching 'End-Time
Confrontation With Iran,'" ThinkProgress, February 28, 2008

10. "John McCain Gets a Zero Rating for His Environmental Record,"
Sierra Club, February 28, 2008


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