Sen. John McCain, speaking at the University of Mississippi debate on September 26, said Sen. Barack Obama "has the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate."
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The National Journal magazine, in its annual vote rating, said Obama moved left last year to the "most liberal senator" rating "after ranking as the 16th and 10th most-liberal during his first two years in the Senate."
Americans for Democratic Action, the liberal activist group, and the American Conservative Union, the conservative activist group, also rate Congress members on their votes. Their findings describe Obama as one of, but not the most liberal U.S. senator.
The ADA gave Obama a 75 percent liberal score in 2007, 95 percent in 2006 and 100 percent in 2005. Other Democratic senators received 100 percent during those years. David Card, ADA communications director, said Obama's score was lower last year because he missed certain votes.
Obama has a lifetime ADA average of 90 percent. Other senators - such as Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Ted Kennedy and others - have higher lifetime ADA ratings. Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, was ranked as the most liberal senator by the National Journal in 2003.
"He is one of the most liberal senators," Card said, referring to Obama.
The ACU, which customarily places conservative Republicans on the top of its list and liberal Democrats at the bottom, has given Obama a lifetime ranking of just 7.67, according to the figures on the group's Web site.
It says Obama scored 8 percent in 2005, 8 percent in 2006 and 7 percent in 2007. Other Democratic senators in the ACU rankings have had lower yearly and lifetime scores, the site shows.
"He's one of the most liberal," said Larry Hart, the ACU director of government relations.
Verdict: True, according to National Journal, but liberal and conservative rating groups reached a slightly different conclusion.
Without preconditions and Obama gets busted.
McCain is coming across as arrogant and barely able to control his anger. Very unattractive. Obama is not on his game tonight and still seems more in tough with the issues than McCain
Both liberal views and conservative ones can be good depending on conditions and circumstances. I have seen myself being both without loosing my head. Those qualifications are completely irrelevant to human development; and area of focus necessary to curtail all ills in society. The more informed and free people are, the more they would elect to proceed peacefully in enhancing their way of life.
McCain is a gunner, and I am not. McCain is a tax cutter; I like him for that.
You know I was in Pakistan for 8months and no one wants to deal with John McCain. They do not believe him, they thing he just wants to fight a war and will not talk. People in Pakistan are scared of the Taliban and and in on honestly do not know what to do. They do know that going to war will not solve the problem. Out of the 160million people living there 99 percent of them pay bills, have kids and suffer more than us with putting food on the table because of the Taliban and corrupt government because of those idealistic individuals. If he fights with Pakistan i believe we will all be in trouble, going to war and even losing one of the friend i have lost cause of this war has been truly sad. I want our troops to live and protect our country but if we have individuals like bush and McCain to through us into the fires that is just wrong. Iraq had nothing to do with Bin Laden, when is everyone going to realize that.......
I doubt it.
I don't particularly care about who has the most "liberal" or "conservative" ratings. I care about the specific issues. I think most of those are far separated from mere labels. Most of these issues are far more complex. This name calling is unproductive for Americans.
When McCain says things such as “Obama does not understand that he does not understand...”, I am beginning to ask in what context is he talking? Seriously, do we Understand where he is coming from?
I'll take Obama...liberal or not. I'd rather not vote than vote for McCain
This is completely irrelevant. Like Obama said in response: he was considered the most liberal in response to the current administration's most conservative policies.
I think McCain showed he could he is the leader.
Actally Ed Kennedy is the most liberal I believe. Saying someone is the most liberal doesn't scare people anymore. Saying that can shy away independents and unafiliated voters.
The news tried to make McCain seem like an idiot. He kicked Obama's inexperienced booty.
McCain showed his rear end, again and again. He's a rude, condescending, and devious old man. I will support Obama, and urge others to do so.
So he's bad simply because he's liberal?
Which means...what? Progress? New ideas? The future?
If that is his only attack, coming from somebody that overwhelmingly supports Bush's policy, then I'm all for Obama.
Obama is for working families and will cut my taxes. Thats who I want as my next President.
Obama was to me a reg republican better informed on the issues... I found McCain was to me ducking the questions... I am switching to Obama... McCain i think has ADD... he seams frantic...
in my opinion is the best choice for our country he is the one for president very clear in all the points of the first debate .
900 PLUS BILLION EARMARKS FOR OBAMA..............WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW
The point is this election is a clear choice between Left and Right. I will support the person who best reflects my values, and that is Obama.
Senator Obama will raise taxes. His plans cost to much and he admitted tonight that he can not pay for all his programs.
Go Join him John, so are you. You're just a liberal in conservative clothes.
Republicans who know better
The National Journal ranked Kerry the "most liberal" in 2004, but never in any other year. Now they do the same with Obama.
Verdict: Not true.
Mccain is the best candidate to the presidential. He did an awesome job in the dabate and my vote is for him.
McCain look crazy. What was wrong with his face? He kept making really creepy faces and licking like Mad Mooney from Harry Potter and the joker in the jail cell from Batman. Creepy!
For some reason, the Republicans love to say that someone is the "most liberal person in the Senate", and oddly enough, it's never the same person twice.