In February, ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) if he was a “‘read my lips’ candidate” who believed in “no new taxes, no matter what?” “No new taxes,” responded McCain. Stephanopoulos pressed McCain further, asking “under circumstances would you increase taxes?” “No,”declared McCain.
But McCain soon changed his position. Two week after telling Stephanopoulos that he would not support new taxes under any circumstances, McCain backed away from his pledge in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, claiming that he wouldn’t make a firm commitment to not raise taxes:
Q: On ABC’s “This Week” on Feb. 17, in response to a question, “Are you a ‘read my lips’ candidate, no new taxes?” you replied, “No new taxes.” Did you mean that literally?
MCCAIN: I’m not making a “read my lips” statement in that I will not raise taxes. But I’m not saying I can envision a scenario where I would, OK? But I’m not making it a centerpiece in my campaign.
Now McCain is flip-flopping again, this time back to his rigid “no new taxes” pledge. Speaking in Utah yesterday, McCain declared that “I will wait forever to increase Americans’ taxes because I don’t think that’s beneficial to our economy.”