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McCain: ‘As President, I’m going to end these abuses [of power] whatever it takes.’

By Faiz Shakir  

"McCain: ‘As President, I’m going to end these abuses [of power] whatever it takes.’"

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Just moments ago at a townhall rally in Davenport, IA, John McCain delivered this statement:

As a Senator, I’ve seen the corrupt ways of Washington and wasteful spending and other abuses of power, and its corruption. We now have former members of Congress residing in federal prison. That’s how bad it’s gotten. As President, I’m going to end these abuses whatever it takes.

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McCain’s statement is ironic, considering his running mate was cited just last night by an official state investigation for unethically and unlawfully abusing her power. Noting that McCain was previously admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for his involvement in the Keating scandal, Steve Benen reports:

The McCain/Palin ticket is the first in American history in which both candidates were found to have violated ethics standards before a national election.

Update

Yglesias recalls McCain picked Palin knowing of the abuse of power allegations:

The very first time I ever heard Sarah Palin’s name floated as a potential VP was on Morning Joe. Andrea Mitchell immediately responded that Palin was the subject of an active abuse of power investigation, so she was out. Everyone seemed to agree with that, and the conversation moved on. Sounded sensible enough to me. But within days she was John McCain’s choice.

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