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.
Your delegate count for Senator Obama is not correct. He is now 290 delegates away from securing the nomination. You need to update it. Stop favoring Hillary. Everyone knows you are the Clinton News Network.
Even his skeletal wife doesnt believe this. "What we did was legal!!" The last refuge of the republican.
HE SAVED MONEY PEOPLE!!!
Hypocrite John Mccain, you are a lier and abuse the system with a fune legal words...and not at all honest as you look. Shame to your age of 71..you should show the moral and ethical example rather clinging to fine legal words...you are elite and outof touch lier.
and who's the elitist?
Another looser politician who preaches but never follows.
Do as I say but not as I do.
What you see...is what you get.
It doesn't matter who says it...,everyone does it.
So...who you goning to vote for?
John? ...flush him down the toilet!
Hillary? ...no way 'cause she can't control Bill!
Barack? ...sorry, but everyone thinks that he's a...!
We're in for 4 (or even 8) more years of the same old BUSH..BS!
Sounds like Hillary...change the rules of the game when they benefit you or if you're out of money.
Keeping the money in the family, smart, but at whose cost.
I want to hear McCain call Obama an elitist while zipping around the country on his own private jet.
This, along with the public financing thing he is being, or was sued for... Prove that he is a total hypocrite when it comes to campaign finance reform, either that or he thinks it should apply to everyone EXCEPT him.
just because something is legal doesn't make it right.
Oh God CNN!!! When are you going to start diggin in the archives to show what a flip-flopper McCain is – this is a typical NON-Story.
Perhaps she will buy him his own plane for his birthday or something.
So this is the man who call Obama "elistist " and "out of touch". He travels by private jet ! lol
I guess riding around in a private jet while others can not even afford gas shows how McCain is in touch with the people as far as the economy is concerned.
no surprise at all. just another republican, elitist, hypocrite. I say "eat the elite." They're fat and buttery. Better get ready for the revolution, it's on the way
Why is this news? This is a non-issue. If no laws were broken, then what is the problem? It's not like he attends Rev. Wright's church, or lies to the world like Hillary.
McCain is the Biggest hypocrit of all, worse than GW, who stands for no principle any way LOL.
This is just the beginning of McCain's shady practices, hipocracy, and unsuitability for office. So, why won't he disclose his wife's tax returns??? Wow, I wish Romney was still here.
Gee another example of two faced John McBush. Shocking, just shocking.
With this comment Senator McCain sounds more like Bush.A vote for McCain is sure sounds like four more years of the same..
The times is a reckless paper, which is doing nothing else but attempting to throw dirt.
I hope the IRS reviews the companies tax records. You know how those busness expences are. A trip to the Bahamas for a dental convention
Legal? maybe, but was it ethical?