McCain’s Presidential Policy Issues on “This Week”

John McCain reissued his differences with Obama regarding the U.S surge in Iraq and discussed other policies including gay adoption and affirmative action on Sunday during his interview on “This Week.”

The full episode is below in three parts:

Christopher Wills and Kevin Freking of the Associated Press, July 28, 2008:

In an interview that aired Sunday, McCain was asked whether he supported an effort to get a referendum on the ballot in Arizona that would do away with race and gender-based preferences, known as affirmative action.

“Yes, I do,” said McCain in an interview on ABC’s “This Week.” The Republican senator quickly added that he had not seen the details of the proposal. “But I’ve always opposed quotas.”

His reversal comes as McCain seeks to tailor his policies and rhetoric to independent-minded voters who will determine the outcome of November election. Both McCain and Obama have accused each other—with good reason—of “flip-flopping,” a charge that carries weight with voters seeking consistency and authenticity in their political leaders.

Speaking to a conference of minority journalists on Sunday, Obama said he was “disappointed” by McCain’s position.

“I think in the past he had been opposed to these kinds of Ward Connerly referenda or initiatives as divisive. And I think he’s right,” Obama said, referring to a leading critic of affirmative action.

Obama also said he has little interest in an official government apology for slavery or reparations for descendants of slaves. The government’s focus, he said, should be on providing jobs, education and health for people still struggling today.

The proposed referendum in Arizona involves a constitutional amendment to bar preferential treatment by public entities on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. Supporters say the measure levels the playing field, giving everyone an equal chance at every job.

A decade ago, McCain condemned initiatives aimed at dismantling affirmative action, though he stopped short of directly criticizing a resolution pending in the state legislature at the time.

“Rather than engage in divisive ballot initiatives, we must have a dialogue and cooperation and mutual efforts together to provide for every child in America to fulfill their expectations,” McCain told Hispanic business leaders gathered in Washington in 1998.

A spokesman said in a statement that McCain has always opposed hiring quotes based on race. “He believes that regardless of race, ethnicity or gender, the law should be equally applied,” the spokesman, Tucker Bounds, said.

Obama said Sunday that affirmative action is not a long-term solution to discrimination, and that it must not ignore the problems of poor whites. But affirmative action does address “some of the hardships and difficulties that communities of color may have experienced.”

He also argued ballot initiatives like the one in Arizona rarely help people work together.

“You know, the truth of the matter is, these are not designed to solve a big problem, but they’re all too often designed to drive a wedge between people,” Obama said.

Obama was asked whether he supports an official government apology for slavery or the country’s treatment of American Indians. He replied that he would discuss the idea with Indian leaders but that it is more important to provide services that will help people escape poverty and improve their lives. The same is true of an apology or reparations for slavery, he said.

“I’m much more interested in talking about, how do we get every child to learn? How do we get every person health care? How do we make sure that everybody has a job?” Obama said.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    I did not like how george kept on with those gay adoption questions. Gay adoption is not that big an issue and to hammer away at McCain like that is silly. McCain answer of family values was perfect and much of the country agrees with him on that.

    Good interview overall.

  • nzpudding

    In the big scheme of things you’re right, gay adoption isn’t something most people worry about at night. I think McCain at one time was all for it or he had leanings towards the idea.

  • I think McCain has always been in favor of adoption in the broadest of terms since he’s an adoptive parent himself.

    This interview is a prime example of John McCain at his best. No teleprompters, no scripts, just McCain straight from the cuff. This is why Obama worries about debating this man, IMHO.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    HE was great on larry king live last night to and yes Babs I can not wait for the debates to see McCain and Obama go at it!

  • O_S, on a personal note, I’d like to invite you over to the new McCain discussion site. After talking to campaign headquarters yesterday, I set it up myself. You’d be a welcome charter member. ‘Mon over. 😉

    http://presidentjohnmccain.ning.com/

  • Frank

    Oh my god,

    “Russia is blocking measures against Iran”
    “We need to improve Russia’s behaviour. ”

    Mister McCain,
    America is blocking every attempt to improve Israels behaviour.

    And what about your own behaviour? Beceause countrys dont act the way you like, they should be kicked out of the G8?
    First of all, if that becomes the standard then America should be kicked out of the world bank, the UN etc.
    Secondly, (just as is the case with Iran) How is insulting Russia gonna contribute to them changing their behaviour?

    Sorry conservatives but this man really doesnt know anything about foreign policy. And im really not saying this beceause i like Obama. Im also very critical of Obama.

    Last example,
    he went on and on about the fact that Obama got the crucial decision about the surge wrong.
    Then Stepanopoulos said that Obama was right about the decision to wage in the war in the first place.
    He completely ignored it!

    Really conservatives, what good can this man possibly do?

  • More good than Obama.

  • Dreadsen

    Yeah a lot better than obama

    Military first Diplomacy later.

    We will be at constant war for the rest of our lives with all of Arabic Countries.

  • nzpudding

    McCain is about as diplomatic as a turd in a swimming pool. Obama might not be THE best person for the job, but at least he aint gonna do things ass backwards.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    McCain has never said and is not military first its just your liberals way of trying to make him some type of warmonger, all you try to do with those types of statements is spark fear in voters something all you liberals accuse republicans of doing.

  • Josh

    McCain is the biggest war-monger on the planet and he always has been. If this douchebag gets elected we’ll be at war with Iran within a year, guaranteed. Also guaranteed is the fact that Iran will NOT roll over like Iraq did, and lots of Americans will DIE because the sheep had to vote another war-monger into office.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Ok Josh.

  • Dreadsen

    O.S.

    No he didn’t say those exact words. I didn’t say he was.
    And stop with this “you liberals” bull crap and stick with the points. I’m not a liberal.
    So explain this. You have said that Obama wants to have no precondition talks with Iranian president. Did Obama say this?
    Next question.
    Since you yourself have made this charge that Obama wants to negotiate with these people. Then what is the alternative to negotiation? I’m sure you have seen the possible notions that we may attack Iran. This is no secret. Do you support this? Or do you support more direct negotiations FIRST?
    And remember McCain did say that you can not negotiate with these people. Bush even said this as well. And not just them but Hamas who Israel themselves even negotiate with but McCain said he would be their worse nightmare. Now does he plan on being their worse nightmare? What does this mean? He won’t negotiate with them (eventhough others are) and disagrees with Obama when he said that Negotiation first and Military final option? Now this is Hamas and Iran. Again if he says no negotiations then what is left?

  • Frank

    Obama_sucks, babs and other McCain supporters,

    Lets take a look at the McCain foreign policy:
    – He will continue the war in Iraq
    (so no problems will be solved here
    – He will attack Iran if recources are given to him
    (more war, more dead Americans, more money spent)
    – He will be Hamas his worst nightmare
    (wich means Israel will be hated more, wich means an insafer Israel. Very smart John)
    – He wants to throw Russia out of the G8
    (wich means more tensions between the countrys in stead of solving issues together)

    Cant you see guys, he will only worsen everything. wich means an unsafer Amerika and an unsafer world.

    Please McCain fans, tell me what problems he will solve and what good all the actions named above will do for the US or the world.

  • “how to we make sure everybody has a job” says Obama…

    Well….how about making sure they know they’ll be out on the street if they don’t work for themselves…that’ll get them a job.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    its America Frank not Amerika.

    -He will fix the budget
    -Cut Spending
    -veto every single pork project that coems to his desk
    -He will cut our dependence on foreign oil
    -He will drill here and now
    -He will use nuclear power
    -He will solve the energy crisis
    -He will keep taxes low
    -He will work with democrats on things to actually get stuff done
    -He will continue the war for democracy and freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan
    -He will keep us safe and secure
    -He will win the wars and will not pull out until the evidence on the ground and from the generals shows we can
    -He will pressure Iran into submission and they will reliquinsh their nuclear intentions
    -He will cut gas
    -Fix the economy
    -He will keep us still the beacon of hope around the world.

  • nzpudding

    Can I smoke the same stuff you are O.S ?

    That beacon of hope America once stood for went out a long time ago.

  • exblink

    and who is to determine what pork barrel spending is? Republicans? Democrats?

    He will solve the energy crisis? How? Did he mention anything like this at all?

    Last time i checked, you need the house and the senate to get anything approved, and as long as republicans and democrats continute to fight in washington, we, the american people are the ones who suffer.

    Last time i checked, IM A REPUBLICAN! But im and American FIRST! There are good ideas on both sides. Am i a liberal? Sometimes. Am i a radical? Sometimes….Do i support war? Do i support abortion? Questions questions

    Decisions Decisions.

    Im voting for obama because he is what is best for the Nation. I listen to Rush just like every other Republican here. “we must defeat them” he is quoting. Defeat who? Amiericans?

    Quit giving me this crap about how John McCain walks on water. Im betting obama doesnt either. But i do know that im voting for obama because the time is now to get off the baby boomer nipple. We are a new people and we are looking for a new leader.

    Dont think that Mc Cain’s toilet smells like roses. This will get ugly before it is all over.

  • Wow, I can see most of you haven’t left the country. Most of the world now works better with China and Japan than they do the US. Very Very sad.. while its cool to talk about war real americains are dying for useless war.

    Mccain will continue to pursue WARS every where in the middle east.

    Mccain will be sure to look out for his rich oil friends

    Mccain is worth 100 million dollars and wears $1000 shoes

    Mccain cant even remember his own postions

    Mccain admited he cant use the internet

    Mccain is elite

  • Frank

    Obama_sucks,

    You didnt answer my question.
    How will the foreign policy actions of McCain that i named keep America more safe?

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    frank you never said that in your post so how was I supposed to know.

  • exlink – “and who is to determine what pork barrel spending is? Republicans? Democrats?” Huh?

    By definition, a “pork” project is a line-item in an appropriations bill that designates tax dollars for a specific purpose in circumvention of established budgetary procedures, according to CAGW or Citizen’s Against Government Waste. These projects must meet at least one of the seven criteria established by the CAGW and The Congressional Porkbusters Coalition in 1991. The criteria is so simple to understand, even a Congressman should get it. It’s pork if it’s:

    Requested by only one chamber of Congress
    Not specifically authorized;
    Not competitively awarded
    Not requested by the President;
    Greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding;
    Not the subject of congressional hearings; or
    Serves only a local or special interest.

    “He will solve the energy crisis? How? Did he mention anything like this at all?” Don’t you listen to the news or read the papers? McCain has more short term solutions than Obama has.

    “We are a new people and we are looking for a new leader.” How old are you, three?

    Frank – “Obama_sucks, babs and other McCain supporters,…
    Please McCain fans, tell me what problems he will solve and what good all the actions named above will do for the US or the world.”
    With all due respect, my next 3 months will be spent debating issues with people who can vote, so I’ll leave it up to O_S and “other McCain supporters” to argue with you.

    Josh – oh, never mind.

  • Will

    Babs & O_S,

    Want to answer some of the questions that’s been posted or do you guys rather beat around the bush until this slips through the cracks?

    “frank you never said that in your post so how was I supposed to know.”

    Well you know now, what’s your current excuse for not answering it?

    ““He will solve the energy crisis? How? Did he mention anything like this at all?” Don’t you listen to the news or read the papers? McCain has more short term solutions than Obama has.”

    Perhaps he doesn’t, but I’m sure you did, so what was it again?

  • exblink

    BABS

    dont give me this conditions rule about pork barrel spending. Everyone knows that those spending projects happen all the time because the respective parties want them to happen. All it takes is a few of “your party” to pick up on what you believe to be a worthy cause, and on the same note to be proclaimed a pork barrel project by the “other party”

    You are stuck with deadlock and there are numerous claims from both partys about each other party. What a foolish response. What are you three?

    Energy Crisis. I said solve, not delay. Off shore drilling is neither short term, meaning you cant even see the oil from 7-10 years from the approval, not to mention by the time it actually does come to flow, the problem would be too far out of reach for those reserves to be anything more than a bandaid on a slash across your chest. I do also know that he has talked about his idea of nuclear power and clean coal. Im not saying that these arent options, but they are long term solutions. As a matter of fact, none of these solutions are short term at all. What are you three?

    As for your last comment “”we are a new people and we are looking for a new leader” what are you three”

    First the comment i made. We are a new people (have you looked outside lately?) The times have changed. People are growing up faster, living different lives than when the people who are representing us now have grown up. Things that used to take 7 days to accomplish, are now expected to be done in 3. Technology is changing. Products are changing. Methods are changing.

    Our lives are changing more and more rapidly every single day and the government isnt changing with it. They are tied up. Did you know that Brazil, a third world country, is independent from forein oil? Did you know that they have harvested sugar cane to make ethanol 5 times more potent than corn ethanol? Did you know that auto makers havent driven our cars into the future technology because the oil companys refuse to carry alternative fuel at their stations?

    We need this change to happen not only for us but for our childrens future.

    As for the new leader, how about thinking in a spectrum of one that prepresents and acknologes good ideas from both sides of the isle. How about a leader that stops playing games about how popular you are as a way to say that you are a bad candidate. How about a leader that wont mind using diplomacy before you go and get americans killed.

    Im sorry if this was confusing to you. Maybe you are three.

    I am a 24 year old male who owns his own home who is going to college out of pocket because of the polotics of the past.

    Im not saying that you are uneducated or irrational, but maybe you should think before you speak when you cant even spell a persons avitar correctly.

  • Frank

    Since Babs and Obama_sucks wont answer my question,
    are there other McCain supporters who can (and are willing to) answer my question?

  • bdjnk

    Frank. *****************

    Sentence removed due to personal attack – Michael

    “America is blocking every attempt to improve Israels behaviour.”
    Patently false and utterly nonsensical.

    “First of all, if that becomes the standard then America should be kicked out of the world bank, the UN etc.”
    The World Bank and the U.N. are international organizations that have some of the worst track records. Frankly, I am ashamed America is a member of either.

    “-He will continue the war in Iraq
    (so no problems will be solved here”
    Fool. McCain has explained his position and the logic behind it quite clearly on dozens of occasions.

    “- He will be Hamas his worst nightmare
    (wich means Israel will be hated more, wich means an insafer Israel. Very smart John)”
    This is mostly unintelligible. Hamas is an known terrorist organization and if McCain is their worst nightmare then he has my vote.

  • Frank

    “Frank. Unfortunately you are an absolute fool.”

    Thats why you answered only 2 of the 4 points.
    Tell me, what does invading Iran and insulting Russia add to world peace?

    “America is blocking every attempt to improve Israels behaviour.”
    Patently false and utterly nonsensical.

    Everytime Israel conducts a cirme against humanity America vetos the condemnment by the UN.

    http://www.vialls.com/wecontrolamerica/WarCrimes.html
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_19950519/ai_n13983260
    and more recently
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15573.htm

    Please tell me, why is it false?

    “First of all, if that becomes the standard then America should be kicked out of the world bank, the UN etc.”
    The World Bank and the U.N. are international organizations that have some of the worst track records. Frankly, I am ashamed America is a member of either.

    Why are you ashamed of your membership with the UN. You know the organisation that was founded so we could resolve our differences through dialogue in stead of (world) wars.

    But lets talk about John McCain and his way to secure America.

    “-He will continue the war in Iraq
    (so no problems will be solved here”
    Fool. McCain has explained his position and the logic behind it quite clearly on dozens of occasions.”

    John McCain has said that he wont leave untill we have won in Iraq. In his view, winning means that their is a steady pro american government installed and the terroritst arent playing a major role.
    I think its safe to say that any government in Iraq wont be stable for the next 10 to 20 years. So ‘winning’ isnt possible.
    Please tell me wat will happen with the war in Iraq under 4 years of John McCain.

    “- He will be Hamas his worst nightmare
    (wich means Israel will be hated more, wich means an insafer Israel. Very smart John)”
    This is mostly unintelligible. Hamas is an known terrorist organization and if McCain is their worst nightmare then he has my vote. ”

    First, Hamas is a terrorist organization beceause it has opposing views with the US. If they where had christian conservative ideals you would call the freedom fighters. Please tell me about actions that make hamas a terrorist organization that cant be said about Israels behaviour/actions.
    Second, The are popular in gaza, beceause they care for the poor. In stead of bombing them, McCain should put effort in to understanding their actios and views, so that they can come to an agreement.
    This will make America and Israel safer.
    You probably wont agree with me on hamas but you should admit that John McCain wont bring peace in the middle east or the world.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    I will answer only you dumb Iraq question frank.

    McCain is comepletely correct on his Iraq stance unlike Obama. Obama just wants an immediate timetable for withdrawal, which is not smart. McCain will talk to the generals and see what its like on the ground, from that he will judge the war and the drawdown. That is what we need to do and anyone with experience says that is the way to do it.

  • Dreadsen

    O.S.

    I hope you understand that was NOT McCain’s plan until AFTER Obama suggested the very same thing. McCain has adopted Obama’s plan. Instead of staying for 100 years of peaceful occupancy he has now offered a revised approach.

    I also hope you understand that Iraqi Government have stated that they want us all out by end of 2010. Right around the same time Obama wants us out.

    George Bush did say if the Iraqi want us out we will leave.

    Well guess what they said they want us out by 2010.

  • Dreadsen

    by the end of 2010 i meant

  • Rayven

    Experience is attack first and don’t ask questions.We don’t like them so we won’t talk to them.And using your generals no the ground as foreign policy maker.

  • exblink, no, I am not three. I am FIFTY three, and MICHAEL, I consider this a personal attack you can censor.

    Your youth is showing in your response, exblink. The difinition of pork barrel spending is not mine, it’s the CAGW which governs what is pork and what is not. And your personal understanding of it show you have not done your homework on the subject.

    Don’t insult me again. You have a long way to go before you know as much as I do about pork barrel spending.

    PS – Times haven’t changed, kid. People have.

  • I’m hoping either McCain or Obama keeps true to their word when in office and scraps pork barrel spending and earmarks. And any politician who’s been found profitting from these crazy spending sprees should be prosecuted.