Romney Campaign - On the Offensive


Gov. Huckabee Confronted With The Videotape

"That's a pretty clear contradiction. … you didn’t say you supported the surge, you said, 'I'm not sure that I support the troop surge.' … according to this evidence you did not support the surge before Mitt Romney. … I don't know how you can have it both ways on that, Governor." – ABC's George Stephanopoulos (ABC's "This Week," 1/6/08)

In Last Night's Debate, Gov. Huckabee Mad False Claims About The Troop Surge:

Huckabee Claimed He Supported The Surge And Wrongly Claimed Gov. Romney Didn't. "I supported the president in the war before you did. I supported the surge when you didn't." (ABC, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester, NH, 1/5/08)

This Morning, Gov. Huckabee Was Confronted With The Fact That He Did Not Support The Surge While, In Fact, Gov. Romney Did:

ABC's George Stephanopoulos: "That's A Pretty Clear Contradiction." STEPHANOPOULOS: "You also, you and Mitt Romney went at it on the surge as well. Here is what you said last night." HUCKABEE (TAPE): "I supported the president in the war before you did. I supported the surge when you didn’t." STEPHANOPOULOS: "But last January when you were asked on another program whether you agreed with Mitt Romney and John McCain on support of the surge, you said this." HUCKABEE (TAPE): "Well, I'm not sure that I support the troop surge if that surge has to come from our guard and reserve troops, which have really been overly stretched." STEPHANOPOULOS: "That's a pretty clear contradiction." (ABC's "This Week," 1/6/08;

Stephanopoulos: "Well, You Didn’t Say You Supported The Surge, You Said, 'I'm Not Sure That I Support The Troop Surge.'" HUCKABEE: "What I said was that the surge I supported but the concern that I had was because as the commander in chief of the National Guard…" STEPHANOPOULOS: "Well, you didn’t say you supported the surge, you said, 'I'm not sure that I support the troop surge.'" (ABC's "This Week," 1/6/08;

Stephanopoulos: "According To This Evidence You Did Not Support The Surge Before Mitt Romney." STEPHANOPOULOS: "But, do you retract your statement from last night? Because according to this evidence you did not support the surge before Mitt Romney." HUCKABEE: "No, I don't retract because I did support the surge. Separate the surge from the fact that I said that we need to have a different approach when it comes…" (ABC's "This Week," 1/6/08;

Stephanopoulos: "I Don't Know How You Can Have It Both Ways On That, Governor." STEPHANOPOULOS: "I don't know how you can have it both ways on that, Governor. The surge did require the guard and reserve troops to be used so you either support it or you don't." HUCKABEE: "And I did support it." STEPHANOPOULOS: "That's not what you said on January 24th." HUCKABEE: "Well, what I was speaking to was the specific overuse of guard and reserves over a long period of time and I do stand by that, George." (ABC's "This Week," 1/6/08;

Watch Gov. Huckabee Confronted With The Videotape Here :

FACT: One Year Ago, As Gov. Romney Supported The Surge, Gov. Huckabee Did Not:

Gov. Huckabee, January 2007: "Well, I'm Not Sure That I Support The Troop Surge." MSNBC's NORAH O'DONNELL: "We have a Rudy Giuliani, who supports the president's plan on Iraq. We have Governor Mitt Romney, who also supports a troop surge. How are you different from any of those candidates." HUCKABEE: "Well, I'm not sure that I support the troop surge, if that surge has to come from our Guard and Reserve troops, which have really been overly stretched." (MSNBC's "Live," 1/24/07)

Watch Gov. Huckabee NOT Support The Troop Surge In January 2007 :

Oh Really?

Gov. Huckabee Once Claimed "People Aren't Going To Find Me In A YouTube Moment From 10 Years Ago Saying Something Substantially Different Than I'm Saying Today." GOV. HUCKABEE: "I think it's a combination of convictions that are consistent. People aren't going to find me in a YouTube moment from 10 years ago saying something substantially different than I'm saying today." (CNN's "The Situation Room," 7/23/07)



What They're Really Saying About Sen. McCain's Personal Attacks

"At certain moments it had the effect of making Romney look more sympathetic, at others it made him look like the only adult on stage, and at others it made him look like he must be the front-runner, since people were so determined to take him down a peg. McCain in particular seemed to go too far, looking and sounding downright snide at times." (Noam Scheiber, "Too Much Romney-Bashing," The New Republic 's The Stump,, Posted 1/5/08)

Watch Sen. McCain's Vitriol:

Political Observers Noted Sen. McCain's Nasty, Personal Attacks During The Manchester Debate:

The American Spectator's Philip Klein: "Is He Going Too Far?" "All of the animosity that McCain has toward Mitt Romney is coming out tonight. Is he going too far?" (Philip Klein, "McCain: I Agree That Mitt Is Candidate Of Change," The American Spectator Blog,, Posted 1/5/08)

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza: "Disdain." "A clearly heated McCain, whose disdain for Romney was on full display tonight…" (Chris Cillizza, "The Republican Debate: The Roundup," The Washington Post's The Fix,, Posted 1/5/08)
National Review's Andy McCarthy: "Cheap Shot." "Moron Moment for McCain ... and why some of us will NEVER support him. Cheap shot at Romney (candidate of change) as a set up for saying what a really fine guy Obama is." (Andy McCarthy, "Moron Moment For McCain," National Review's The Corner,, Posted 1/5/08)

The New Republic's Noam Scheiber: "Downright Snide." "At certain moments it had the effect of making Romney look more sympathetic, at others it made him look like the only adult on stage, and at others it made him look like he must be the front-runner, since people were so determined to take him down a peg. McCain in particular seemed to go too far, looking and sounding downright snide at times." (Noam Scheiber, "Too Much Romney-Bashing," The New Republic 's The Stump,, Posted 1/5/08)

Politico's Jonathan Martin: "McCain Lobs Another Grenade." (Jonathan Martin, "McCain Lobs Another Grenade," Politico ,, Posted 1/5/08)

National Review's Kathryn Jean Lopez: "Unattractive." "That McCain follow-on was unattractive from a man who is better than that." (Kathryn Jean Lopez, "I’ve Lived…Change.” National Review 's The Corner Blog, Posted 1/5/07)

Michelle Malkin: "Snidely… Cackles." "McCain snidely attacks Romney: 'You are the candidate of change.' McCain cackles." (Michelle Malkin, "Saturday Night Jive," Michelle Malking Blog,, Posted 1/5/08)

Riehl World View's Dan Riehl: "Well-Known Temperament Problems." "If you were looking for substance across the board on issues, I think Romney was the clear winner in tonight's debate. McCain's well-known temperament problems lingered barely below the surface much of the evening, especially when someone dared disagree with him. Except of course, for his hugs for Hillary and slaps on the back for Fred. This is a change election and old hands from the Senate will not get it done." (Dan Riehl, "ABC Debate: It Was Romney's Night," Riehl World View Blog,, Posted 1/5/08)

CBN's David Brody: "We'll See If Voters Think McCain's Attacks Crossed The Line." "Then McCain tussled with Romney over immigration and told him that Romney could spend his whole fortune calling McCain's immigration plan amnesty but he'd be wrong. Man, going after him for being rich, that's a blow. We'll see if voters think McCain's attacks crossed the line." (David Brody, "Brody File Reaction TO Republican Debate," CBN's The Brody File,, Posted 1/5/08)

National Review's Andy McCarthy: "For Amnesty Before He Was Against It." "McCain — the guy who was for amnesty before he was against it before acknowledging that it's the only solution and is not amnesty in the first place except it kinda, sorta is, except that he'd never be for amnesty — says Romney is the 'candidate of change.' Change. You'd almost think of a resolutely, died-in-the-wool pro-lifer filing a brief in the Supreme Court to suppress the First Amendment rights of a pro-life group to help pro-abortion incumbents get elected ... not that Senator Straight Talk would ever do such a thing ..." (Andy McCarthy, "Re: Romney And The Onslaught," National Review 's The Corner Blog,, Posted 1/5/08)



Insists He Was Right To Vote Against Bush Tax Cuts

NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that voting against the Bush taxcuts was a mistake?"

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: "Of course not." (NBC's"Meet The Press," 1/6/08)

WatchSen. McCain Oppose Tax Relief Here :

Sen. McCain Is Still Glad He Voted AgainstReal Tax Relief For Working Families:

Sen. McCain Still Believes He Was Right ToVote Against Numerous Republican Tax Cuts. NBC's TIM RUSSERT: "Do you believe that votingagainst the Bush tax cuts was a mistake?" SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: "Ofcourse not." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/6/08;

Sen. McCain Voted Against The 2001 And 2003Bush Tax Cuts:

In 2001, McCain WasOne Of Only Two Republicans To Vote Against The $1.35 Trillion Tax Cut. (H.R. 1836, CQ Vote#170: Adopted 58-33: R 46-2; D 12-31; I 0-0, 5/26/01, McCain Voted Nay)

In 2003, McCain WasOne Of Only Three Republicans To Twice Vote Against The $350 Billion Tax Cut. (H.R. 2, CQ Vote#179: Passed 51-49: R 48-3; D 3-45; I 0-1, 5/15/03, McCain Voted Nay; H.R. 2, CQVote #196: Adopted 50-50: R 48-3; D 2-46; I 0-1, 5/23/03, McCain Voted Nay)

Sen. McCain VotedAgainst Real Tax Relief For New Hampshire Families:

In 2004, The U.S.Treasury Estimated The Effect Of The Tax Cuts Sen. McCain Voted Against On New Hampshire:

· 525,000 New Hampshire taxpayers would see "lower income taxbills" because of the tax cuts McCain voted against.

· 125,000 business taxpayers in New Hampshire saw tax relief which theycould invest in "new equipment, hire additional workers, and increasepay" due to the tax cuts McCain voted against.

· "More than 480,000 taxpayers in New Hampshire willbenefit from the new 10-percent bracket enacted" because of the tax cutsMcCain voted against.

· "Nearly 140,000 taxpayers in New Hampshire will benefit from the …reduction in income tax rates above 15-percent" because of the tax cutsMcCain voted against.

· "More than 180,000 married couples in New Hampshire willbenefit from" elimination of the marriage penalty, which McCain votedagainst.

· "More than 125,000 married couples and singleparents in New Hampshire benefit from the increase in the child taxcredit" that McCain voted against.

· "125,000 taxpayers in New Hampshire will benefit from the reducedtax rates on capital gains and corporate dividends" that McCain votedagainst.

(U.S. Treasury Department Website,,Posted 4/1/04)



"Infact, the program that I have gives them a slight tax increase…

– Sen. John McCain (Fox News' "The O'ReillyFactor," 1/20/00)

Watch Sen. McCainSaid He Would Increase Taxes :

Tonight, Sen. McCain Claimed That He Wanted To Cut Taxes AndSpending At The Same Time:

In Tonight's Debate, McCain Said He Wanted To Cut Taxes AndSpending Together. "I'm proud to have supported thosetax cuts, and as a matter of fact, interestingly, I'm proud to have the supportof Graham and Rudman, which were the spending cut limits, Jack Kemp whoannounced today he's supporting me, a supply cider, and I believe if we haddone what I wanted to do, that's cut taxes and at the same time, cutspending, we'd be talking about more tax cuts today, but we let spendingget out of control and we know what happened." (Fox News, [Unverified Transcript], RepublicanPresidential Candidate Debate, Manchester,NH, 1/6/08)

McCain's 2000 Tax Plan Included A Tax Hike:

McCain Said His Tax Plan Would Have A Tax Increase. FOXNEWS' BILL O'REILLY: "All right. So you want to target the – themiddle-class people, and you're willing to live with the rich people paying thetaxes they're – they're paying." MCCAIN: "Sure. And I don'twant to take any money. In fact, the program that I have gives them a slighttax increase, but the question is what do you do with the surplus. GovernorBush puts it all in tax cuts. I want to give middle-class Americans a taxbreak, spend it on Social Security, Medicare, and paying down the debt." (Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor,"1/20/00)


McCain's Tax Plan Was Labeled As Un-Republican:

McCain's Tax Plan Opposed Traditional Republican EconomicPrinciples. "Arizona Sen. John McCain is challengingRepublican economic and political orthodoxy by proposing a tax-cut plan thatprovides only modest relief by GOP standards, shuns special breaks for thewealthiest Americans and vows to close loopholes that benefitcorporations." (Owen Ullmann,"McCain Defies GOP Tradition," USA Today , 1/11/00)

The Arizona Republic 's Robert Robb Said McCain's Tax PlanAbandoned The Republican Platform Of Economic Growth. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC 'S ROBERT ROBB: "McCain's tax-cut plan abandonsRepublican claims to be the party of economic growth." (Robert Robb, Op-Ed, "McCain's Tax-Cut ProposalLacks Courage, Insight," The Arizona Republic , 1/14/00)

Fox News' Brit Hume Said That McCain Had A Tax Plan Closer ToAl Gore. FOX NEWS' BRIT HUME: "It's not at all clear tome that they can come together fully on – McCain and Bush – on theissue of tax cuts. McCain has a position much closer to Al Gore's position ontax cuts, and I don't think any Republican candidate can go that far –can go there." (Fox News'"Fox News Sunday," 3/12/00)

The CATO Institute's Stephen Moore Said A McCain VictoryWould Be A "Setback" For Tax-Cutting Republicans. CATOINSTITUTE'S STEPHEN MOORE: "It's clear that if McCain were to pull out avictory, it would really be a setback for the tax-cutting wing of theRepublican Party …" (EricPianin and Albert B. Crenshaw, "GOP Fight Bares Schism On Taxes," The Washington Post , 1/22/00)

The Weekly Standard AccusedMcCain Of "Class Warfare" For Comments About The Bush Tax Cuts. NBC'sTIM RUSSERT: "Yesterday in the debate when you said the top 36 percent inrevenues from Governor Bush go to the top 1 percent taxpayers, The Weekly Standard , the conservativemagazine, said: 'That kind of class warfare line could have been written byJames Carville for John McCain.' Are you engaging in class warfare againstGeorge W. Bush?" MCCAIN: "I always thought that class warfare was totake away from the rich. I always believed that that was what class warfare wasall about. As I said, there are tax breaks and money for the richest in America and the very rich, but I think that it'sclear that there's a growing gap between rich and poor in America, the haves and thehave-nots. And many studies have indicated that and I think that the people whoneed it most and need the relief most are working middle-income Americans andthat's what I want to give to them. And at the same time, the greatest benefitthat I can give them is to make sure that their Social Security benefits arethere. And I also don't think it's fair for us to lay a $ 5.6 trillion debtdown on future generations of Americans." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 1/16/00)

McCain's Tax Plan Was Compared To Bill Clinton's:

McCain's Tax Plan Was Very Close To Bill Clinton's ProposedTax Plan. FOX NEWS CARL CAMERON: "In actual dollars,McCain's plan is closer to what President Clinton proposed to Congress lastyear, though McCain steadfastly insists his plan represents traditionalRepublican values." (Fox News'"Special Report," 1/11/00)

· GREENFIELD :"Taxes gives you a chance to shore up conservative credentials by goingafter McCain. But you have to – make sure you ask John McCain how doesyour tax plan differ from Clinton's,because some analysts would say it isn't." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 1/26/00)

· "Like all attack ads these days, it begins withinjured innocents – things McCain has been saying are not true and thenit gets to the point – and it's on taxes – first of all, smallerthan Clinton's.That's as bad as it can get among Republicans." PBS' JIM LEHRER: "Theaccusation being that McCain's tax proposal is smaller than Clinton." (PBS' "The News Hour," 2/4/00)

The Club For Growth's Stephen Moore Said McCain Sounded Like Clinton On Taxes. MOORE: "McCain has quite irresponsibly echoed Clinton's objections to taxcuts in a way that could come back to haunt the Republicans in the generalelection." (Richard W.Stevenson, "McCain's Tax Ideas Defy Conventional G.O.P. Wisdom," The New York Times , 1/10/00)


During One Of The 2000 Primary Debates, McCain Said,"Well, I Think Maybe President Clinton's [Tax Plan] Looks Too Much LikeMine."

· (CNN, Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester, NH,1/26/00)

· . He looked too much likeme when he signed the Welfare Reform Act. He looked too much like me on anumber of shifts that he made to the center for political expediency. Look, weall know we have got a ticking time bomb out there, and it's called the SocialSecurity Trust Fund, Bernie. And starting in 2014 there will be more moneygoing out than in. According to Senator Gregg, Governor Bush's campaignchairman here in New Hampshire,there is a $5 trillion unfunded liability out there in the form of the SocialSecurity Trust Fund. It has to – if we can put the money in quick, thenwe will be able to allow people to invest their payroll taxes into investmentsof their choosing and make a huge amount of difference in the solvency of theirretirement fund." (CNN,Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester,NH, 1/26/00)

· (CNN,Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester,NH, 1/26/00)

McCain's Tax Plan Was Widely Criticized :

McCain's Tax Plan Would Encourage Government Spending AndInhibit Economic Growth. "[E]conomists say McCain's planwould fuel consumption more than economic growth." (Owen Ullmann, "Candidates Would Take Varied PathsTo Tax Relief," USA Today , 12/3/99)

NPR's Mara Liasson Said McCain Was "Slow" To CreateA Tax Policy. LIASSON: "Yeah, I think this really pointsup a weakness in the McCain campaign. I mean, the fact that he's only nowputting forward his tax plan? I mean, George Bush has a well-staffed campaignthat's come out with well-thought-out, comprehensive proposals on a whole bunchof domestic issues, and McCain just hasn't done that. And I think he's beenvery slow on taxes." (Fox News'"Special Report," 1/5/00)

The Weekly Standard's FredBarnes Said McCain Had An "Incoherent" Tax Policy. BARNES:"He's been sort of incoherent, I think, on taxes. He's got – he'sgot some catch-up to do because Bush is stressing this tax thing over and overagain." (Fox News'"Special Report," 1/5/00)

· HUME:"And Fred, there's some feeling that McCain may have made a mistake in theway he attacked Bush on taxes. What's your view?" BARNES: "Well, whathe said was that the Bush campaign – the Bush tax plan would just helpthe rich, or chiefly help the rich. The response of Bush today was 'McCainsounds like Al Gore.' It was a – it sounded like a Democratic response toit, and even some people who are favorable to McCain think he screwed up." (Fox News' "SpecialReport," 1/5/00)

Stephen Moore Said McCain Was Running As A Budget Oriented"Eisenhower Republican" While Bush Was Running As The "ModernReaganite." STEPHEN MOORE:"Bush ironically is running as the modern Reaganite candidate, whereasMcCain is running as the old-style Eisenhower Republican who is more concernedabout debts and deficits than cutting taxes." (Eric Pianin, Albert B. Crenshaw, "GOP Fight BaresSchism On Taxes," The Washington Post , 1/22/00)

Fox News's Sean Hannity Said McCain Did Not Follow TheTax-Cutting Tradition Of Ronald Reagan. FOX NEWS' SEANHANNITY: "I noticed a change in John McCain. I noticed John McCain startedsaying 'We can't give tax cuts to the wealthy.' That's not Ronald Reagan.Ronald Reagan believed in lowering the top marginal rates from 70 percent to 28percent, but yet John McCain is saying, 'We're not going to give these peopletheir money back.' Isn't that the Republican … Isn't the Reagan coalitionsupply siders that believe in cutting taxes to stimulate the economy?" (Fox News' "Hannity &Colmes," 2/22/00)

Robert McIntyre Of Citizens For Tax Justice Said McCain'sProposed Tax Cuts Helped Lower Class Workers Less Than Bush's. "RobertMcIntyre of Citizens for Tax Justice, a liberal research center that usesstandard economic models, estimates that about 5 percent of the tax cuts underthe McCain proposal would go to the bottom 60 percent of the population. Underthe Bush plan, the number would be about 11 percent." (Editorial, "Republican Tax Cut Plans," The New York Times , 1/17/00)

After A Primary Debate Appearance, CNN's Robert Novak SaidMcCain Was "In Trouble" Over Taxes. NOVAK: "Ithink Senator McCain is really in trouble on his tax position – raising alot of taxes, all kinds of taxes, over 50 taxes, and not having a substantialtax cut, particularly across-the-board cut for the upper brackets – thatis not a Republican tax policy. So I don't think that – I have seenGovernor Bush better in these debates, I have seen Senator McCain better, but Iwould say just because for a Republican primary, McCain is wrong on theseissues, I give Bush the win." (CNN's"Capital Gang," 1/15/00)



PresidentClinton Said He And Hillary Endorsed McCain's Plan

"Thirdly, I think the humane thing todo here is to give the people that are here and are working and have no lawproblems, except that they're not here legally, a chance to work their wayinto legal citizenship. … It's also consistent with the bill thatSenator McCain supported in the Senate. I think it's the right thing to do, andso does Hillary." – President Bill Clinton (Pres. Bill Clinton, Hillary For PresidentCampaign Event, Bow, NH, 1/5/07)

Watch PresidentClinton Endorse Sen. McCain's Immigration Plan :

President Clinton: Hillary And I Agree With Sen. McCain'sImmigration Bill. PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: "Thirdly, Ithink the humane thing to do here is to give the people that are here and areworking and have no law problems, except that they're not here legally, achance to work their way into legal citizenship. You know, the vastmajority of these people are completely law abiding, and they pay taxes, even,but they're not here lawfully. … I talk to people, you know, and I try tofigure out what's going on. I think that is the fairer system. It's alsoconsistent with the bill that Senator McCain supported in the Senate. I thinkit's the right thing to do, and so does Hillary." (Pres. Bill Clinton, Hillary For President CampaignEvent, Bow, NH, 1/5/07)



"Amnesty has to be an important partbecause there are people who have lived in this country for 20, 30 or 40 years,who have raised children here and pay taxes here and are not citizens. That hasto be a component of it." – Sen. John McCain (C. T. Revere, "McCain Pushes Amnesty,Guest-Worker Program," Tucson Citizen ,5/29/03)

Sen. McCain "Still Dogged By Immigration Issue":

Many Considered McCain-Kennedy "Tantamount ToAmnesty." "For many of those same voters, McCain— co-sponsor of the immigration bill that died in Congress earlier thisyear — is on the wrong side of the issue. The McCain-Kennedy bill —there's nothing like coupling your name to Ted Kennedy's to automaticallyenrage some conservatives — would create a path to so-called earnedcitizenship for some of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States.To some voters, earned citizenship for someone who came into the countryillegally is tantamount to amnesty." (Ron Claiborne, "McCain Still Dogged By Immigration Issue,"ABC News, 12/26/07)

Voters Still Doubt Sen. McCain's Position On Immigration. "Often, his questioners tell him to his face, they just aren't buying it.'I just think it's not fair to all the people who came here legally and wentthrough the process and now all the illegals, you're gonna give 'emcitizenship?' said a woman in Durham,N.H., after hearing McCain explainhis stand. 'That's not fair.'" (RonClaiborne, "McCain Still Dogged By Immigration Issue," ABC News,12/26/07)

Sen. McCain Hasn't Renounced McCain-Kennedy:

Despite Using Careful New Language On Immigration, Sen.McCain Still Hasn't Renounced McCain-Kennedy. "He hasn'texactly renounced the bill he championed in the spring, but he has fine-tunedhis position and changed the emphasis to assure the skeptics and critics— and there are many — that dealing with the fate of those alreadyin the country only occurs after the borders are secured." (Ron Claiborne, "McCain Still Dogged ByImmigration Issue," ABC News, 12/26/07)

Sen. McCain Still Won't Admit He Supported Amnesty:

At The Recent CNN/YouTube Debate, Sen. McCain Claimed, "WeNever Proposed Amnesty." CNN's ANDERSON COOPER: "Senator McCain, let me bringyou back to the question that was asked by the YouTube user. Would you willingto veto any immigration bill that involved amnesty for those who have come hereillegally?" SEN. MCCAIN: "Yes, of course, and we never proposedamnesty." (CNN/YouTube,Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, St. Petersburg, FL,11/28/07)

Sen. McCain's Political Director Recently Claimed That Sen.McCain Has "Never Been For Amnesty." "'Obviously when John McCain is attacked with un-truths, we are going toset the record straight,' Dennehy told TheTelegraph . 'He's never been for amnesty. That's the bottomline.'" (KevinLandrigan, "McCain Launches Direct Mail Attack," The [Nashua,NH] Telegraph , 12/18/07)

Yet As Early As 2003, Sen. McCain Was Specifically CallingFor Amnesty:

In 2003, McCain Declared, "Amnesty Has To Be AnImportant Part." "'There are jobs that Americanworkers simply won't do,' McCain said. 'As long as there's a demand for workers,workers are going to come across.' An amnesty program is vital to anyimmigration legislation that includes a guest-worker program, he said. 'Amnestyhas to be an important part because there are people who have lived in thiscountry for 20, 30 or 40 years, who have raised children here and pay taxeshere and are not citizens. That has to be a component of it,' he said. 'Howcan we have a temporary worker program if we're not allowing people who havebeen here for 30 years to hold jobs here?'" (C. T. Revere, "McCain Pushes Amnesty,Guest-Worker Program," Tucson Citizen ,5/29/03) I think wecan set up a program where amnesty is extended to a certain number of peoplewho are eligible and at the same time make sure that we have some controlover people who come in and out of this country,' he said." (C. T. Revere, "McCain Pushes Amnesty, Guest-Worker Program," Tucson Citizen , 5/29/03)

And For The Last Few Years, Sen. McCain Pushed ForLegislation Widely Derided As Amnesty:

Union Leader Editorial:McCain-Kennedy Proposal "Would Encourage Border Jumping.""Sens. John McCain and Ted Kennedy have a bill that, surprise, includes a generousguest worker program that would encourage border jumping. Illegals who registerwould have to pay a fine and taxes, but they would get to stay here and applyfor permanent residency. That sure beats waiting at the border and hoping to belet in." (Editorial,"Turnstile Security," The [Manchester, NH] UnionLeader , 3/27/06)

Mark Krikorian: "The McCain/Kennedy Amnesty Bill HasBeen Unveiled, And It’s The Same Hoax We’ve Fallen ForBefore." "The McCain/Kennedy amnesty bill has beenunveiled, and it’s the same hoax we’ve fallen for before. Like thetelemarketer who bilks a widow and then comes back in a different guise tocharge a fee to 'help' her get the original money back, the anti-borders crowdcreated today’s immigration crisis and is now offering as a solution thevery policies that got us in this mess in the first place." (Mark Krikorian, "Fool Me Twice, Shame OnMe," National Review ,5/13/05)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Said McCain-Kennedy"Actually Provides For Amnesty." NEWT GINGRICH: "However, the bill youmentioned – the Kennedy McCain bill – actually provides foramnesty. And it provides for amnesty for millions of people whose first act inthe U.S.was to break the law. I think amnesty is profoundly wrong. I think it sendsexactly the wrong signal." (FoxNews' "The Big Story," 3/20/06)

Columnist Charles Krauthammer: 2007 Immigration BillSupported By Sen. McCain Was "Amnesty" And "VacuousNonsense." "The immigration compromise beingdebated in Congress does improve our criteria for selecting legal immigrants.Unfortunately, its inadequacies in dealing with illegal immigration --specifically, in ensuring that 10 years from now we will not have a new cohortof 12 million demanding amnesty -- completely swamp the good done on legal immigration.… The amnesty is triggered upon presidentialcertification that these bureaucratic benchmarks are met -- regardless of whatis actually happening at the border. What vacuous nonsense." (Charles Krauthmammer, Op-Ed, "OneShort Amendment," The Washington Post , 5/25/07)

Brian Darling, Heritage Foundation: "It's Clear To AnyReasonable Person That This Is Amnesty." "'It'sclear to any reasonable person that this is amnesty,' said Brian Darling,director of Senate relations for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative thinktank. 'It's forgiving individuals for being present in the country illegallyand working in the country illegally as recently as five months ago.' That, hesaid, could come back to haunt McCain." (Christi Parsons, "GOP Foes Trade Fire OnImmigration," Chicago Tribune , 6/5/07)




McCain Said That He Has Never Asked For An Earmark Or Pork Barrel Project For His State. MCCAIN:"I'm proud to tell you, chris, in 24 years, as a member of congress, i've neverasked for nor received a single ear mark pour pork barrel project from mystate, and i guarantee,, i'll veto the bills and ask for the line item veto andmake the authors of them famous and we'll get spending under control and thenwe'll be able to have some physical sanity and restore trust and confidence onthe part of the american people." (Fox News, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential CandidateDebate, Manchester, NH, 1/6/08)


Sen. McCain Requested A $5M Earmark From The Environmental Protection Agency. "It turns out, McCain may not have always been so averse to earmarks. As part of a storypublished today on the McCain campaign's efforts to woo lobbyists and their big money client The Washington Post reviewed years of the senator's official correspondence to agencies that havebeen released over the years under the Freedom of Information Act. That review located this 1992 letter in which McCain privately pressed the Republican administration of President Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, to secure such a $5 million earmark for a wastewater project in Arizona after Congress had rejected the request in its own spending bill. Spurned by his colleagues, McCain took his case to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 'I would like to request that EPA either re-program $5 million out of existing funds or earmark the amount from an appropriate account,' McCain wrote in his Oct. 9, 1992 letter to then-EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, calling the earmark' crucial to protecting the public health and the environment.'" (John Solomon, "An Old Earmark OfMcCain's Surfaces," The Washington Post's TheTrail,,Posted 12/31/07)



"Huckabeeclaimed a gasoline tax was only passed after 80 percent of voters approved it.Not true. The tax was enacted before a referendum vote on highwayrepairs." – ("Huckabee'sFiscal Record,", 11/21/07)

Gov. Huckabee Continues To Falsely Claim That His Gas Tax Increase Was Approved By The Voters:

Tonight, Gov. Huckabee Lied Yet Again When He Said The PeopleOf ArkansasVoted For A Gas Tax. "People want roads and the peoplein my state voted by a 80% margin to vote for the roads and pay 3 cents agallon for gasoline." (FoxNews, [Unverified Transcript], Republican Presidential Candidate Debate, Manchester, NH,1/6/08)

On The Campaign Trail, Gov. Huckabee Has Repeatedly Claimed That80% Of ArkansasVoters Approved A Gas Tax:

On NBC's Meet The Press Yesterday, Gov. Huckabee Claimed ThatArkansasVoters Supported A Tax For Highway Improvement. GOV.HUCKABEE: "He made claims about things like tax increases, but he failedto mention that some of those were either court-ordered or they were votedon by the people and approved by the people for things as roads." (NBC's "Meet The Press,"12/30/07)

· Arkansas Taxpayers VotedFor A Gas Tax Hike. FOX NEWS' SEAN HANNITY: "You did supportsome tax increases, but some tax cuts. Can you explain that?" HUCKABEE:"Yes, I did. Certainly, there was an issue that involved road building andinfrastructure on roads and bridges, and I did support that. … When weput that out there for the people to decide whether they wanted to affirm it,they did by an 80 percent vote, I would call that leadership." (Fox News' "Hannity &Colmes," 11/15/07)

· ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "But you did raise thoseother taxes." HUCKABEE: "Well, here's what we did. On the gas tax,yeah, you know what we did? We put it on the ballot and 80 percent of thepeople of Arkansasvoted for those fuel taxes because they wanted better roads." (ABC's "This Week," 2/11/07)

Gov. Huckabee's Campaign Chair Repeated The Claim ThisMorning On C-SPAN. ED ROLLINS: "And he – now he'sbeing attacked for things like fixing the roads. The voters of Arkansas had the worstroads in the country according to 'Trucking' magazine. Truckers didn't want togo into the state. He went to the voters and he said, we have got theseterrible roads. I'm going to give you an opportunity to vote athree-cent-a-gallon tax to fix the roads…" (C-SPAN's "WashingtonJournal," 12/31/07)

In Fact, Gov. Huckabee's Own Gubernatorial WebsiteContradicts The Story He's Telling Now:

In 2005, Gov. Huckabee's Website Said That The People Did NotVote For The 1999 Fuel Tax. "The people did not voteon any of the taxes dedicated to repay these bonds. Federal gas and dieseltaxes are passed and implemented by Congress, and the state funds to repaythese bonds are coming from the diesel tax increase passed and implementedby the state legislature in 1999." (Gov. Mike Huckabee, "Setting The RecordStraight," Press Release, 11/30/05,,Accessed 11/13/07)

Gov. Huckabee Has Been Misleading On The Issue: "Not True." "Huckabee claimed a gasoline tax was only passed after 80 percent ofvoters approved it. Not true. The tax was enacted before a referendum vote onhighway repairs." ("Huckabee'sFiscal Record,", 11/21/07)

The Club For Growth Called Out Gov. Huckabee For HisMisleading Statements On The Gas Tax. "While Huckabeerepeatedly claims that 80% of Arkansas voters approved the gas and diesel fueltax increases that he backed, the frequency of his repetition of this claimdoes not make it true. In fact, the claim is false. The Arkansas Legislaturepassed two bills in March of 1999 to pay for transportation projects, a gas andfuel tax hike, not subject to voter approval, and a bond issue that wascontingent on voter approval. Huckabee signed the gas and diesel fuel taxincreases into law on April 1, 1999; the tax hikes began taking effect thatday." (Club For Growth,"Updated Huckabee White Paper," 11/13/07)

Gov. Huckabee Compromised With Democrats And De-Linked TheGas Tax From A Bond Issue:

Gov. Huckabee Agreed To A Diesel And Gasoline Tax IncreaseEven If His Bond Proposal Was Voted Down By The People. "ButHuckabee on Thursday endorsed legislation that would impose a 3-cent taxincrease on both diesel and gasoline - regardless of how the Governor's bondprogram fares." (David A. Lieb,"Dozen Republicans Split From Huckabee, Propose Alternative Highway Plan," The Associated Press , 2/26/99)

Gov. Huckabee's Compromise Plan Included "A Gasoline TaxIncrease That Would Not Be Referred To Voters." "Gov. Mike Huckabee gave his blessing Thursday to an overhaul of hisproposals for interstate repairs by including a gasoline tax increase thatwould not be referred to voters." (Noel E. Oman, "Huckabee Fits," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 2/26/99)

In April 1999, Gov. Huckabee Signed Legislation IncreasingGas Taxes WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL:

"The Fuel Taxes Were Signed Into Law By Huckabee And DoNot Have To Go A Statewide Vote." "The bond issueis part of a highway package backed by Gov. Mike Huckabee that also includes a 4-centdiesel tax, to be phased in over two years, tax and 3-cent gas tax, to bephased in over three years. The fuel taxes were signed into law by Huckabeeand do not have to go a statewide vote." ("Capitol Briefs," The Associated Press , 4/6/99)

The Vote On The Bond Proposal Was Not Tied To The Diesel AndFuel Taxes. "Although a tax increase is in the bondplan, voter approval of the bonds did not raise or lower any tax. Huckabee andthe Legislature had already done that during the 1999 legislative session. Theyraised the diesel fuel tax 4 cents per gallon, earmarking part of that revenueto finance the bonds." (RayPierce And Elizabeth Caldwell, "Road Bond Issue Scores Big Win WithArkansans," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 6/16/99)

Gov. Huckabee Signed Legislation Increasing Diesel And FuelTaxes, While Separately Issuing $575 Million Worth Of Bonds Depending UponVoters Approval. "Gov. Mike Huckabee signed into lawThursday legislation to raise fuel taxes by $60 million a year and issue bondsworth $575 million to pay for Arkansas'first major road program since 1991. Diesel taxes go up immediately and thegasoline tax increase takes effect July 1, two weeks after voters decidewhether to approve the bond issue intended to speed up repairs on the pooreststretches of interstates across the state." (James Jefferson, "Governor Signs Bills RaisingTaxes, Bonds For Highway Program," The Associated Press, 4/1/99)

· (James Jefferson, "Governor Signs Bills Raising Taxes,Bonds For Highway Program," TheAssociated Press , 4/2/99)

In June 1999, Arkansans Voted 80% For The Highway BondProposal, NOT A Gas Tax:

The Vote On The Bond Proposal Would Not Impact The TaxIncreases. "Voting on the bond issue would not changestate tax rates. The legislature raised fuel taxes this year - 4 cents agallon on diesel over two years, 3 cents a gallon on gasoline over three years- to hasten repairs on secondary highways and local roads." (James Jefferson, "Voters Back Huckabee's RoadPlan," The Commercial Appeal ,6/16/99)

The Bond Proposal (WITH NO GAS TAX) Was Passed 80% To 20%. "Gov. Mike Huckabee's $575 million bond program to reconstruct the worststretches of Arkansasinterstates over a five-year period appeared headed for an easy victory, 80percent to 20 percent, becoming the first road bond issue approved since1949." (James Jefferson,"Voters Back Huckabee's Road Plan," TheCommercial Appeal , 6/16/99)