Last night on Bloomberg TV, McCain economic adviser Carly Fiorina repeated the laughable claim first offered by McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin that Sen. Barack Obama — not John McCain — would be a third Bush term. Fiorina said:
I think if you look at the record, it may be Barack Obama who is running for Bush III. But it certainly is not John McCain.
Even conservative pundit Bob Novak found this argument to be “the silliest thing I have ever heard.” McCain — who voted with Bush 100 percent of the time in 2008 and 95 percent of the time in 2007 — is “totally in agreement” with the president on the “most important issues of the day.” As McCain’s chief surrogate Lindsey Graham has said, McCain’s policies would “absolutely” be an “extension” and “enhancement” of Bush’s.
I find it quite interesting that Barack Obama would claim that John McCain’s economic plan is the same as a Republican plan for the last 30 or 40 years. It’s just not true. And in fact, I find it particularly interesting because it was Barack Obama who voted for the pork-laden agricultural subsidy bill that President Bush went ahead and signed into law. John McCain voted against it.
And it was Barack Obama who voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill, which gave a lot of giveaways to big oil. John McCain voted against it. So I think if you look at the record, it may be Barack Obama who is running for Bush III. But it certainly is not John McCain.