McCain’s Crystal Ball: Osama Caught, No More Pork Barrel, Flat Tax

May 15, 2008 5:39am

ABC News’s Bret Hovell reports: Sen. John McCain is scheduled deliver a speech from the not-to-distant future Thursday morning – a speech that will chronicle what he hopes his first term in the White House will look like.

“The Iraq War has been won,” McCain will say, according to excerpts of the remarks released Wednesday night by his campaign. “Iraq is a functioning democracy, although still suffering from the lingering effects of decades of tyranny and centuries of sectarian tension.”

The style of the speech – in which the presumptive Republican nominee will list the things he hopes to have accomplished at the end of his first term – reads like his current stump speech, but with verbs in the past tense.

Osama bin Laden will have been captured or killed, McCain will say, because of closer cooperation with the government of Pakistan and better intelligence gathering in the region.

“There still has not been another terrorist attack in the United States since Sept. 11, 2001,” McCain will say.

Other accomplishments he hopes to achieve include the formation of a League of Democracies to bring to bear pressure on governments that do not share democratic values. He will say that that group will use economic pressure to encourage the government of Sudan to allow a peacekeeping force into Darfur which will stop the genocide there.

McCain will talk about his economic plans, including lowering the corporate tax rate, and creating a new flatter tax code. In his remarks, he’ll say that he will have been able to eliminate pork barrel earmark spending as well.

“After exercising my veto several times in my first year in office, Congress has not sent me an appropriations bill containing earmarks for the last three years,” McCain will say.

McCain will also list improvements to education and health care, progress towards energy independence and security along the United States’s southern border. He says he’ll have press conferences once a week, and will even submit to questioning from a joint session of Congress, “to take questions, and address criticism, much the same as the Prime Minister of Great Britain appears regularly before the House of Commons.”

The speech is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. eastern time in Columbus, Ohio.

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