McCain Lobbying Against Obama Stimulus Plan

By Caitlin Taylor

Feb 3, 2009 12:12pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein Reports: The evolving relationship between President Obama and his former rival is taking another interesting turn. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — who said last week that he’s working on his own stimulus package as an alternative to the president’s — today sent an e-mail to his online supporters through his new political action committee, encouraging them to speak up in opposition to the Democratic bill. “Unfortunately, the proposal on the table is big on the giveaways for the special interests and corporate high rollers, yet short on help for ordinary working Americans. I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama Administration,” McCain writes to supporters of his County First PAC. “Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy.” He continues: “I appreciate the discussions President Obama is having with my Republican colleagues, but the time for talking has come to an end and we must now begin some serious negotiation. But as of yet, Republicans have not been given the opportunity to be involved. The House of Representatives passed a stimulus bill without a single Republican supporting it. In the Senate, the Democrat leadership is trying to jam the existing proposal through regardless of reservations from a number of members. With so much at stake, the last thing we need is partisanship driving our attempts to turn the economy around.” “I have long been a fighter against wasteful spending in Washington and long an advocate for a balanced budget — that will never change. I realize we face extraordinary challenges with our economy today, but that is not an excuse for more irresponsibly from Washington. I hope you will join me in saying no to this stimulus package as it currently exists by signing this petition.”

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