August 14th, 2008
02:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Labor organization looks to paint McCain as elitist

This mailer is expected to reach 50,000 seniors Friday.
This mailer is expected to reach 50,000 seniors Friday.

WASHINGTON (CNN)—The AFL-CIO launched a new offensive on Thursday, the 73rd anniversary of Social Security, looking to paint John McCain as a wealthy elitist who is unconcerned with the needs of senior citizens.

In a mailer expected to reach 50,000 seniors Friday in the swing states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, the labor organization focuses in on McCain’s plans to privatize social security and increase the minimum age for eligibility above 65 years old.

“John McCain started receiving Social Security when he turned 65,” the mailer says. “But now he has a risky scheme to privatize Social Security—threatening our benefits.

“McCain’s worth over $100 million...,” the mailer also says. “He walks around in $520 Italian loafers. If John McCain lost his Social Security, he’d get by just fine. Would you?”

In 2006 the Arizona senator earned $3.9 million and has a net worth of $40.4 million, which Democrats have noted in an effort to paint McCain as out-of-touch with the average voter.

McCain’s net worth far succeeds Obama’s $1.3 million. In 2006, the presumptive Democratic nominee earned $991,000.

The presumptive Republican nominee has said that he supports a partial privatization of Social Security — which the AFL-CIO is using to try to tie his positions to President Bush’s unpopular 2005 attempt to overhaul the system.

According to the AFL-CIO, their efforts will be expanding over the coming weeks to reach a larger number of voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan—with the potential of extending outside those swing states.


Filed under: AFL-CIO • John McCain
soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    FINALLY! SOME REALITY!!! How will Faux "News" spin this one???

    August 14, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. R.I.F.

    Perfect! Make sure the mailer has pictures of each of his eight houses and his $500 shoes.

    August 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. Concerned INDEPENDENT CT voter

    & the Truth comes out for those NOT paying attention... I hope these facts get "TODAY Show" -type Coverage... why is no one mentioning this anywhere else?

    -V

    August 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. Mike

    It will not take much paint to show McBush is an elitist. With his multi millionaire hieress wife. Eight plush homes. Big Private jet. Vacations in the Hamptons. Custom made Italian shoes. If McBush does not personify an elitist then scrap the word from our vocabulary.

    August 14, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. Caryn, Washington DC

    Finally...bring it Demcrats, bring the pain!!!

    August 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    The true potrait of a man who wants to wade off his real description.

    August 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. PUMA-PAC - Murphy

    ...and Barack Obama just finished paying off his student loans 6 years ago..

    Who's elite?

    August 14, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. Denise

    Lets hear it for the AFL-CIO!!!!

    August 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  9. Barack and Hillary 08

    What does McCain know about the struggles of working families?

    He and Cindy own nine homes and he doesn wear 500 dollar shoes, although the media waited forever to report on this.

    His own surrogate, Gov Mark Sanford, couldn't even name one way McCain is different than Bush on economic policy.

    I'm pleased to know Hillary will cast her superdelegate vote for Obama at the convention and will encourage her supporters to do the same.

    Hillary and Barack are going to walk all over the right-wing Republicans this November!

    August 14, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Kelby from Houston, TX

    With PUMA and Hillary haters and this new book by Jerome Corsi. Obama is going to need all the help he can get just in fighting TOTAL AND UTTER LIES about the man. These people are mean. I am glad that there are so many organizations out there that's willing to fight for what is right. It is not difficult to see what's going on here. People who protect the status quo are attempting to bring Obama down.
    WE MUST FIGHT FOR WHAT WE BELIEVE IN!
    We must HOPE for the best.
    We will not be taken by lies fear and deceit EVER AGAIN!
    WE CAN DO IT!
    WE CAN CHANGE AMERICA FOR THE BETTER
    YES WE CAN!!!

    OBAMA'08 DEMOCRATS'08 AND FOREVER

    August 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Jim

    Guy's wife is worth 100 million alone, CNN when will you do a story about Mccain's x wife and how he left her? C'mon if it was Obama it would be everywhere, why does Mccain get all of these free ride's??

    August 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Griff

    John McCain! The Man, the Cause, and the Answer... If I could have only had a Granddad; like this Guy.... A future to build on, for any young folk..... Go John. GO!!!!

    August 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. PUMA-PAC - Murphy

    ..Obama comes from a hard-working, single-parent home.. his mom is white and his dad is black and they were able to overcome the challenges of a multi-racial family IN THE 1960's until they got divorced. He's been all over the world.. I know.. he's not been in the senate for a LONG time.. but the guy has so much great life and law experience...

    love him or hate him, he's a contender for the presidency of your country.. you need to educate yourself on who this guy is.... it's your dute as an American to do so.. period.

    August 14, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Mike

    Not that hard to paint this guy elitist. They somehow managed to do it to a guy that just finished paying off his college loans, so a millionaire should be easy. It's too bad people need to be sent a mailer to get the real news. These same people know how to check their email, but they don't know how to surf the rest of the web to find out if the email sent by the guy selling Viagra talking about Obama's faith is true or false.

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  15. Rise America Rise

    John "let them eat cake" McCain has always been out of touch with the average voter. Hard to be in touch when you have that much money and don't even know how to use the internet. I just really don't understand how, when he has access to that much money, he could be so greedy and crooked to be one of the Keating 5. I guess when you don't have integrity, you just want to beat the system at any cost.

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  16. Latinos for Obama

    Finally the real picture of Panamanian McCain is for all to see. For too long the media has kept silent on this issue. It is obvious and evident that the elitist here is McCain.

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Shiloh Everett

    Just take a photo. He is elitist. Shine those $500.00 shoes , first though.

    August 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Patrick

    Sigh... if only labor organizations would take the time to figure out why we need to privatize social security. Who would you rather handle your retirement money; George Bush or yourself? It doesn't matter wether you're a dem. or rep. you should be in control of your own money. It's obvious that the political gridlock isn't going to end and therefore our retirement money in the form of social security isn't going to be there. Why should I keep paying into a system that isn't going to pay me back? McCain is totally right on the issue; and his position is better for the average worker. You invest your own money, make better returns, and only have yourself to blame if you lose it all.

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. John McShame, Obama Is Going to Tax You & Cindy, but Not Me & 95% Americans Making < $250,000/Yr

    This is the TRUE JOHN McSHAME:

    John McShame is worth over $100 million... He owns 10 houses... He flies around on a $12.6 million corporate jet... He walks around in $520 loafers. If John McCain lost his Social Security, he'd get by just fine. Would you?"

    More: "John McShame wants to gamble with our Social Security... John McShame started receiving Social Security when he turned 65. But now he has a risky scheme to privatize Social Security - threatening our benefits."

    IF JOHN McSHAME IS NOT ELITIST & OUT OF TOUCH, WHO IS? HIS SIAMESE TWIN – GEORGE DUBYA!!!

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Obama/Hillary 08

    you cannot be more elitist than that $1.1million a week for a weekend get away ranch in Arizona while others are struggling to put bread and water on the kitchen table.

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  21. John

    More crooked politics from the left.

    Lies and Deception define everything democrat.

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. JJ

    Someone who wears $500 loafers is an elitist. This isn't an attack....It's the truth!

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  23. dollorbil

    They might paint him as an elitist but someone needs to paint Obama as the Left wing Socialist that he really is.

    August 14, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Peter of Oregon

    My friends, McCain is an elitist. Let me give you some straight talk, take some time and read about his history, and who's funded his curent and prior campaigns... and the truth will reveal itself.

    August 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. fella from Chicago

    If Senator McCain's loafers cost $520; how much did the Harvard boy's cost? And who was born and raised with a silver spoon in their mouth in Hawaii and attended Harvard? Barack, don't play the poor black kid who had to fight for everything to get ahead. Your white mom and grandmother made sure you got what you wanted. Hypocrite!

    August 14, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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