22 Days: Panic Time for Dole/McCain in North Carolina

DAY 22

Now that North Carolina presidential race has moved into most pundits’ “toss up” category, John McCain and the national Republicans are hitting the panic button. McCain makes his first stop in the state since the primary today and he will no doubt emphasize the same broken Bush policies that he and Elizabeth Dole supported 90% and 92% of the time, respectively. Tax breaks for Big Oil, privatizing social security, cutting health care for children and sending North Carolina jobs overseas – where would it end with a McCain-Dole team, and how much worse would it get for North Carolina families?

BUSH, DOLE & McCAIN: NOT CHANGE, JUST MORE OF THE SAME

Dole Voted With President Bush 92% Of The Time. From 2003 to 2007, Dole voted with President Bush 92% of the time. In her first year in office, she supported his positions 98% of the time. [Congressional Quarterly Vote Studies, viewed 3/3/08]

McCain Voted With President Bush 90% Of The Time. From 2001 to 2007, John McCain voted with President Bush an average of 90% of the time. [Congressional Quarterly Vote Studies, viewed 10/12/08]

BUSH, DOLE & McCAIN STOOD UP FOR BIG OIL, NOT AMERICAN CONSUMERS

Bush/Dole/McCain Supported Tax Bill Protected $5 Billion for Big Oil. The 2006 tax bill that Bush, Dole, and McCain supported protected $5 billion in giveaways to big oil companies that had been stripped from an earlier version of the bill. The $5 billion tax break for big oil could have been used instead to partially offset the increase in middle class taxes included in the bill. [Vote 118, 5/11/06; Republican Policy Committee, 2/7/06; Washington Post, 4/26/06; Joint Tax Committee, 5/9/06]

BUSH, DOLE & McCAIN PUSHED TO PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY

“Like President Bush,” Dole Supports Partial Privatization. Discussing privatization in September 2002, the Charlotte Observer wrote, “Dole, like President Bush, supports a partial investment program.” [Charlotte Observer, 9/17/02]

McCain Supports Bush’s Privatization Plan. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in February 2008, McCain said that he still supported President Bush’s plan to privatize social security through a system of private retirement accounts. McCain said, “As part of Social Security reform, I believe that private savings accounts are a part of it -- along the lines that President Bush proposed.” The Wall Street Journal also noted that “a centerpiece of a McCain presidential bid in 2000 was a plan to divert a portion of Social Security payroll taxes to fund private accounts, much as President Bush proposed unsuccessfully.” [Wall Street Journal, 3/3/08]

BUSH, DOLE & McCAIN OPPOSED EXTENSION & EXPANSION OF CHILDREN’S HEALTH CARE

Dole & McCain Opposed SHIP Extension and Expansion. In 2007, Dole and McCain voted against bi-partisan legislation to extend SCHIP funding and expand it by $35 billion over five years. The bill contained funding to provide coverage for an additional 3.2 million kids while including $100 million in funding to improve participation in the program. [Vote 307, 8/2/07]

BUSH, DOLE, & McCAIN SUPPORTED THE LARGEST STUDENT LOAN CUT IN HISTORY

Dole & McCain Cast Critical Votes for Largest Student Loan Cuts in History.
Dole and McCain voted for the final version of the 2005 budget reconciliation bill, which cut $12.7 billion from college loans, the largest cuts to the student loan program in its history. The measure was approved 50-50 with the Vice President voting to break the tie. [Vote 363, 12/21/05; Associated Press, 12/19/05; Washington Post, 12/19/05]

BUSH, DOLE, & McCAIN SUPPORTED THE EXPANSION OF THE NAFTA FREE TRADE MODEL THAT COST NORTH CAROLINIANS THEIR JOBS

Dole & McCain Voted for CAFTA. In June 2005, Dole and McCain voted in favor of the Central American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. [Vote 170, 6/30/05]

BUSH, DOLE & McCAIN SUPPORTED CUTTING FUNDING FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID

Dole & McCain Voted To Cut Medicaid By $4.26 Billion And Medicare By $5.78 Billion. In November 2006, Dole and McCain voted for passage of the Budget Reconciliation bill that made cuts to programs for a net savings of approximately $35 billion over five years. Among other things, the bill cut Medicaid by $4.26 billion and Medicare by $5.78 billion. [Vote 303, 11/3/05]

BUSH, DOLE & McCAIN STOOD AGAINST AMERICAN TAXPAYERS ON FUNDING FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION

Dole & McCain Voted With Bush & Against Making $10 Billion In Iraq Reconstruction Funds A Loan Instead Of A Gift.
In October 2003, Dole and McCain voted against an amendment to the $87 billion emergency war spending bill that made $10 billion in Iraq reconstruction funding in the form of a loan, to be repaid by the Iraqis. According to one Republican Senator, President Bush and Vice President Cheney were personally lobbying Senators to oppose the loan provision. One GOP critic argued, “They were going to open up 350 new schools in Iraq. That’s wonderful, but we’ve got schools closing in the U.S.” With six Republicans voting for the loan language, the amendment was adopted 51-47. [Vote 389, 10/16/03; Richmond Times Dispatch, 10/18/03; Rocky Mountain News, 10/18/03]

Dole & McCain Rejected Call To Use Iraqi Oil Revenues To Fund Reconstruction. In October 2003, Dole & McCain voted to kill a proposal to promote the establishment of an Iraq Reconstruction Finance Authority and to tap Iraqi oil revenues to pay for reconstruction. [Vote 392, 10/17/03; CQ Daily Monitor, 10/17/03]

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