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

Labor organization looks to paint McCain as elitist

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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. Bill Tampa

    Hey Cindy, you better watch out. McShame has a history of abandoning his wives when they get hurt. I'd fake that carpal tunnel sprain if I were you.!!!!!!!!!!.....I'd take shelter in one of the 8 castles.!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Ron

    I would like to know how many American citizens can afford to go to the hospital because of a sore wrist. My My , I wonder if they had to divert Cindy McCain's jet in order to get her immediate treatment.
    It must have been a big deal... It made front page news. I really think that the McCains only have 9 houses, but do you really think that they will dispute the number.

    August 14, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. jimmy


    August 14, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Nova from NV

    If the qualification of an elitist includes being shot down by an anti-aircraft missile and then being shot at with AK-47 while on the parachute then count me out!

    August 14, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Cynthia

    Correction: Senator McCain is an elitist. He owns nine houses across the country, wears 500 shoes and is married to a million heiress – sounds like an elitist to me.

    August 14, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. Venus


    Yeah! Yes we can! This is what I am talking about!!!

    Go Bam! You are the man!

    August 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Venus

    This should be a national tv ad!

    Go Bam!

    August 14, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  8. Erika, KS

    Oh, geez, what do you expect from this group? You didn't really think they'd call Obama an elitist do you? Even though that would be the truth. This is hardly newsworthy.

    August 14, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Lance

    I just wish people would realize that unions, not free-trade, are at fault for most of the manufacturing losses in the united states. I mean I live in one of the cheapest places to live in america and our union went on strike last year because appearently $16/hr is not enough for unskilled labor that anyone with a functioning brain and a minimal work ethic could perform. Maybe this is also the problem with our education system. I mean why work hard when you can just party your life away and still make triple minimum wage.

    August 14, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  10. The worst campaign in history

    ....and how many people will Obama be beholden to who helped in buy this election. I'm not talking about the average Joe who contributed, I'm talking about the big bundlers and the entrenched politicians in Congress who jumped on board to support this unknown, resume thin candidate

    August 14, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. VB in NC

    Another thing they might want to point out is just how McCain got rich. Was it by being a smart businessman or investor? No, it was marrying into money after he dumped his first wife.

    August 14, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
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