I was on a bloggers’ call with Sen. John McCain right now, and it was very exciting to hear him discuss his campaign and how it is developing.
As Erick from Red State explains,
asked John McCain about Governor Romney raising “fees” in Massachusetts by $700 million. He said that whether they were fees or taxes, raising fees had the same effect as on the pocketbook as raising taxes. I pointed out that both he and Mitt Romney were less than supportive of the Bush tax cuts. He said that he supports tax cuts, never voted for a tax increase, but wanted tax cuts tied to spending cuts. He was insistent on that point.
On the issue of going negative, Soren Dayton asked him about Romney’s ads. Again, though, McCain said he was just going to stand behind what the newspapers had said and he himself would not go negative.
Matt Lewis from Townhall asked about going after independents with Obama and would that hurt him. McCain first pointed out that it was only Obama and McCain going after independents. He said he does not think it will hurt him as there will also be a good number of independents and Republicans who support him voting in New Hampshire. He also admitted to Matt that his bus is much more crummy this time around — not enough room for all the bloggers.
Senator McCain stressed the importance of securing America’s borders and implementing existing technologies in employment.
He also stressed that all tax cuts should be done with spending cuts, as was done during the Reagan revolution.
He talked about being an agent for change not only during the Reagan years but also in changing the Rumsfeld strategy into the Surge, actively working against pork-barrel politics, and his involvement in the Abramoff investigation.
Sen. McCain certainly has every reason to be enthusiastic.