October 22nd, 2008
11:23 AM ET
6 years ago

McCain would consider second stimulus package

Wolf Blitzer interviewed John McCain Wednesday. The full interview will air at 6 p.m. ET in The Situation Room.
Wolf Blitzer interviewed John McCain Wednesday. The full interview will air at 6 p.m. ET in The Situation Room.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain said Wednesday he would consider a second economic stimulus package if he is elected president.

He attacked Barack Obama, his Democratic rival for the White House, for saying that "when you spread
the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

"That is "certainly not something I would ever do," he said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blizter that is to air on "The Situation Room" at 6 p.m. ET.

Watch: 'I've been tested,' McCain says

Obama made the comment as he defended his proposal to raise taxes on couples earning more than $250,000 a year while cutting taxes for those with lower incomes.

McCain contended that Obama has been "all over the place" with his economic proposals.

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soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Lynn R.

    John McCain please please please leave broke Joe the Plumber alone unless you are going to bail him out finacially.

    October 22, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. marty

    So, Beth, there are people making less than you. Is it alright to spread some of your wealth to them? Since when do we penalize people for achieving the American Dream? The wealthy are already in a tax bracket of 35%, how much more does it need to be? Don't get me wrong, I make less than $50,000 a year in a single wage earner household. I would love more income. But why should I think that it is appropriate to take someone else's hard earned income for myself when I have done nothing to earn it? This is just wrong thinking.

    October 22, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. tulsa

    Radiation John,
    I feel sorry for you. On so many levels.
    I feel proud of what McCain did in service to our Nation.
    That does not entitle someone to be president.
    Obama came from nothing and made his way to where he is by determination and intellect.
    It is your decision to vote your concience as it is mine. I choose hope, inclusivity and intelligence over hate, pandering and lies.

    October 22, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. SB

    watch last night's episode of jon stewart's daily show on his web site and you can see that john mccain said the same things in 2000 that he is accusing BO of now...i love jon stewart...he has better research team than any other MSM!

    October 22, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. rj

    His running mate stated in the CNN interview that she and McCain are against the stimulus package. Is there any communication between the two?

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  6. Danny, OH

    If it were not to be the Negative campaign against Obama, what would have been McCain's message?
    NONE

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Greg in Mpls

    "McCain contended that Obama has been "all over the place" with his economic proposals."

    McCain is out of touch with reality, its official. Everything he is guilty of, he says applies to Obama and not himself. This guy has lost it!

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. Red, Red WHINE!!

    Talk about socialist....Who the hell are the conservative freaks calling socialist?

    It is quite obvious to me, that the democratic party embodies all that is truely american, while the republican party is a bunch of selfish socialists! Hand outs to the rich at the expense of every one else. Enough of these free spending freaks intruding on our rights to live the american dream.

    Be american, elect a a democrat!

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. enilrahc

    To radiation John : That radation is affecting your senses, you sound irrational and brainwashed . Thats what torture does. Get the facts before you vote for mcsame loser!! You like the last 8 years dude??

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Marty in PA

    Now who's "talking all over the place" John?? Are you making a socialist suggestion?? Isn't that anti-American???

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  11. paula

    what ever happened to McCain's big EARMARKS rhetoric......oh yea, that's right....he voted for the bailout which includes earmarks. I thought he said repeatedly that he would VETO any earmarks and NAME NAMES. NAME YOURSELF MCCAIN!!

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  12. er74

    Wait a minute. His running clown said she was against this. Didn't she?

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Mr. Eko

    Wouldn't a second stimulus package be "spreading the wealth around"?

    Hmmm, sounds like someone is being a hypocrite again.

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. Tony

    You know what, Senator McMillionaire, the people want a little spreading of wealth. Because your plutocratic party has been spreading it all in one direction for too long.

    If people think Obama is a terrorist but will still vote for him, because they can't stand anymore G-D Republicans, what makes you think they'll stay away because he's a socialist? You're just throwing red meat to your base, the least educated, most easily manipulated people in the country. It's not enough for you to win, and I think you know that. You just want to hang on to a few states to save face. Pity you have to be such a coward and a bully to do it.

    October 22, 2008 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  15. Cheryl in Florida

    Maybe he better tell his running mate who states in speeches they are against it. No consistency in his campaign only pandering.

    October 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. Shay

    McCain is a fake and will say and do anything to get elected. Get a plan and stop hating on someone who is trying to move this country forward.

    October 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  17. Georgia Gal

    Flip-flop, flip-flop, flip-flop John.

    October 22, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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