Sen. McCain was joined by his wife, Cindy, at a Florida press conference Sunday. (AP Photo)
(CNN) - Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, didn't waste a lot of verbiage reacting to the New York Times report on his use of a private jet belonging to his wife's company for campaign trips - at less cost than normal charter flights
At a news conference in Coral Gables, Florida, McCain used just eight words to respond to a reporter's question before moving on. "What we did was perfectly legal and appropriate," McCain said. The Arizona senator didn't answer the part of the reporter's question about whether the use of plane contradicted McCain's stance on campaign finance reform.
There is nothing illegal about what McCain did. Under a law which McCain supported, presidential candidates are now required to pay charter rates rather than just less expensive commercial first class rates when they use corporate jets. But under an FEC exemption, candidates don't have TO reimburse full costs if the plane is owned BY a candidate, a candidate's family, or by a privately held company controlled by a candidate or a candidate's family member. (The FEC has tried to end the family exemption, but didn't have enough sitting commissioners to change the rule, according to the Times report.)
The Times story said McCain used the jet over a 7-month period starting last summer, mostly for campaign trips. The campaign paid $241,149 for the trips.far less than the cost for normal charter trips.
Why are some raising questions over it? The Times reported some campaign finance experts said using the exemption goes against the spirit of the new law, and McCain has championed campaign finance reform. McCain had also said he didn't plan to use his wife's wealth to help with the campaign last summer.
the mccain logo reminds me of the worldcom logo
Much ado about nothing.
There are a host of things that are legal but unethical. The elite don't like to be questioned when they violate the spirit of the law. Thus, they say things like it's perfectly legal.
Seems to me this link to the campaign makes Mrs. McCain's finances a legitimate point of discussion. Therefore, her tax returns should be released to the public as have those of the other candidates AND their spouses.
But I don't expect the media lap-dogs to press him on it. After all, he's a 'hero' so anything goes!
Get rid of the surrgogates and lets debate.
and this is news how? Give me a break. the law is the law and it say it is okay. So why the big fuss. You all are acting as if he took free flights from Rev.Wright.
McCain looks like a rock star in this picture.
AND obama is talking bad about the poor people. they just plane don't get it.
When you use the family car, to take the kids to school. Only DIctator's are homing in on this??? John McCain.... John McCain, was just useing the Family Car. Maybe he can help some other, get a little More Education...
He made these comments at the Biltmore in Miami and he claims that Obama is "out of touch" with ordinary Americans? Oh, the irony is killing me...
Do you know what I'm waiting??? To be honest, Senator McCain has not gotten that point where he has REALLY got upset. As a matter of fact, he has showed signs of frustration and exasperation but trust me, one day he's gonna have a day where the pressure is just burning.....I'm just waiting for that day.
Even Cindy looks like she doesn't believe him!!!
YAWN, who cares!!!! Geez, must be a really slow news day, or does McCain have it soooooo easy nowadays?
You could fill the NYT from front page to back page from all the financial shenanigans the Clintons have used.....
If the jet good enought for her then it's good enough for me.....
Hypocrite. The Capitol has been McCain's private Mount Olympia. Although he moved to switch parties twice in the last 8 years, he left the Republican party long ago.
Senator McCann is an OLD-SCHOOL politician JUST LIKE Hillary. He tries to play both sides of the fence and from time to time and he gets caught!!! He will make an average President...WE NEED MUCH MORE...
He along with Hillary is the PAST..Senator Obama is the FUTURE...it REALLY is that simple..
I like the way she's looking at him...... Lier!... Can you see it? :)
It's sad that McCain and Hillary go out of their way to paint Obama as an elitist.
McCain and Hillary are the epitome of Rich Aristocrats, tied to power.
kind of like the keating five?
It does not matter, McCain even knows that Barack Obama is going to be the next President of the United States. And if he has any doubts, all he has to do is ask Chris Wallace ;)
good luck trying to get away with that sort of response after Obama wins the nomination. then again, with slow news until may 6, maybe the press will rip him.
Can you spell flip-flop. If this was Obama he would be called a fraud! They say their finances are separate "for tax reasons" then he shouldn't be allowed to use her money for the campaign! I wonder if there will be a double standard here.
New York times rating is now 0 So now the time for us ignore NYT
==Lets air the dirty laundry from all members of Congress, including the Chimp, and his master so "Our Government of the people can for once be cleansed.==