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McCain Admits Sharing ‘Common Philosophy’ with Bush
Posted on October 27th, 2008 by thejedreport -

This might just be the perfect companion to John McCain’s “the economy is fundamentally strong” gaffe. Sunday morning on Meet The Press, McCain told Tom Brokaw that he and George W. Bush shared a “common philosophy.”

Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.

Now let me just ask you a simple question: at this point in the campaign, is there anything stupider that John McCain could have said about his political philosophy than to admit that he shares it with George W. Bush?

Barack Obama quickly seized on McCain’s gaffe, tearing into him in both Denver and Ft. Collins.

Unfortunately, there has been very little news coverage of McCain’s blunder, nor of Obama’s response. At least as of the writing of this blog entry, what little coverage there was had missed the point, reporting that it was Obama who had tied McCain to Bush when in fact it was McCain who had tied McCain to Bush.

Fortunately, yesterday was Sunday, giving Obama another shot to stick McCain with his words. Either he or Biden could say something about it today, or perhaps the campaign could throw together a television ad to highlight McCain’s admission. It might not even have to come from the campaign: any reporter lucky enough to get to ask McCain a question ought to ask him about it.

Whatever happens, whether or not McCain’s words get the attention they deserve, it underscores once again what we already know: in terms of politics and policy, a McCain presidency would be just like another four years of Bush, except with Sarah Palin in the vice president’s office.

Here’s the transcript of the video:

OBAMA (Denver, CO): Just this morning, Senator McCain said that actually he and President Bush share a “common philosophy.”

McCAIN (Meet The Press): Do we share a common philosophy of the Republican Party? Of course.

OBAMA (Ft. Collins, CO): That’s what he said. A “common philosophy.”

OBAMA (Denver, CO): I guess that was John McCain finally giving us a little straight talk, owning up to the fact that he and George Bush actually have a whole lot in common. Well, here’s the thing though. We know what the Bush-McCain philosophy looks like.

OBAMA (Ft. Collins, CO): It’s a philosophy that says we should give more and more to folks at the top, to millionaires and billionaires, to the wealthiest among us, and that somehow it’s all going to trickle down on the rest of us.

OBAMA (Denver, CO): It’s a philosophy that justifies spending $10 billion a month in Iraq while the Iraqi government sits on a huge surplus and our economy is in crisis.

OBAMA (Ft. Collins, CO): For eight years we’ve seen this philosophy at work, and it’s put our economy on the wrong track, and we can’t afford another four years that look like the last eight.

OBAMA (Denver, CO): It is time for change in Washington, and that’s why I’m running for President of the United States of America, and that’s why you’re here today.

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    Problems !!! You mean to tell us all that there are no PROBLEMS with Bush you point your greasy finger at your alphabet soup of stupidity . Your as clueless as your candidate . We got problems pal , and Mccain / Bush cant fix them and Palin cant shoot at these from a helicopter so she's pretty useless . Ignore the problems is what you want Americans to do , just like your Mccain Palin / mccsame as BUSH. Well America cant afford to ignore these crooks any longer .
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    Common pholosophy , like A I G , Or U B S , or Ctitgroup, pr Morgan Stanley , or ENRON or every other bank or investment company that the taxpayers are bailing out . Yet Mccain offers nothing for the homeowners or the middle class or really the small businees owner if you look closely , then there's the war Mccain for 100 years of it . He has no energy policy other than to drill , and we wont see benefits of that for years to come and its no secret that were going to have to at some point . Then there is the school system , or how about medical expenses so high that you can only see a doctor if you own 7 houses.

    I guess thats not spreading the wealth around when Bush gives it to corporations who mismanaged it in the firest place ? No thanks Mccain , if were gonna spread it around the people deserve something for it !

    Oh and then theres Palin . Call them Mc Pain .or just call them Bush , the corporate socialists !
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    What was Obama's remark about "spreading the wealth around" when he responded to "Joe the Plummer" remarks? Obama has a few problems and a lot of it has to do with his associates and economic philosophy:

    P = Pelosi
    R = Reid
    O = Obama
    B = Biden
    L = Liberal
    E = Elitist
    M = Moronic
    S = Socialist

    The fact that it is a word and an acronym that spells the truth so naturally, so accurately, and so formulatively, is scandalizing.

    What has Obama done? He has tried to appear so spohisticated and cosmopolitan, he has fallen into speaking with adulterated, fallacious ideology. (That means he is a Liberal)
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    $566 billion and counting for the Iraq war. Over a trillion dollars in Bush bailouts for wall street . 4100 US men and women killed in Iraq alone . No Bin Laden . Mccain wants to keep this up on top of letting illegals continue to work unregistered , Border violence in Arizona at a all time high .Remember his lettuce comment in Az ?

    A man of character ? who leaves his wife who stood by while he was a pow and raised his kids only to leave her when she becomes disabled ? Mccain is no hero .

    He voted with Bush 90% of the time , he is no Maverick , more like a sidekick .

    He's throwing around terms like socialism , when he was for the bail outs last winter prior to the big bailouts in the last month , sounds like socialism to me . Bush started the socialism ball rolling and mccain wants to keep it rolling as long as its for wall street.

    Mccain will not keep america safe , mccain is for mccain .
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