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Graham: McCain would consider a tax increase on Social Security as ‘part of a comprehensive approach.’

By Matt Corley on August 3, 2008 at 11:00 am

"Graham: McCain would consider a tax increase on Social Security as ‘part of a comprehensive approach.’"


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On Fox News Sunday today, host Chris Wallace asked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), a top McCain surrogate, about Sen. John McCain’s “doozy” of a flip-flop this past week on whether he would consider raising taxes as part of a Social Security fix. Despite the McCain campaign’s backtracking assertion this week that raising taxes is “absolutely out of the question,” Graham said McCain could support it “if it’s part of a comprehensive approach.” Watch it:

Following Graham’s comments, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle remarked that, “we don’t know what we’re going to get with John McCain. The more he talks, the less certain we are about any of the positions he’s taken.”


Huffington Post’s Sam Stein points out that despite Graham’s claim today that raising taxes to save Social Security is “a dumb idea,” he advocated a tax increase as a solution in 2005.

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