Video: John McCain on This Week – 2/17/08

Here is John McCain’s entire interview this morning on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. It’s in 3 parts hosted on YouTube, they’ll advance automatically:

Here’s a little report on it from the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican John McCain says there will be no new taxes during his administration if he is elected president.

“No new taxes,” the likely GOP presidential nominee said during a taped interview broadcast Sunday.

McCain told ABC’s “This Week” that under no circumstances would he increase taxes, and added that he could “see an argument, if our economy continues to deteriorate, for lower interest rates, lower tax rates, and certainly decreasing corporate tax rates,” as well as giving people the ability to write off depreciation and eliminating the alternative minimum tax.

McCain was defending his support for an extension of tax cuts sought by President Bush, which McCain voted against. The Arizona senator now says allowing the tax breaks to expire would amount to an unacceptable tax increase.

Later Sunday, the Democratic Party criticized John McCain’s statements on continuing the tax cuts, saying his policies would not differ from the past eight years under the Bush administration.

“John McCain showed today that he is about as far from a maverick as they come,” said Karen Finney, spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee.

What is interesting to watch is the Democratic Party has begun trying to remove McCain’s “maverick” image and paint him with a stroke from the Bush administration. McCain the “independent-minded” will draw wider appeal than McCain the “Bush-policy-supporter”, at least that’s what the DNC is betting on. In many regards, they have indeed supported the same policies, mostly the Iraq war will be tied from Bush to McCain as the biggest target for Democrats.