John McCain: Reaching Across the Aisle

Sen. McCain talks about his agreements and disagreements with both political parties.
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Question: What aspect of the Republican platform do you disagree with most?

John McCain:There’s nothing in the platform I particularly disagree with. What I disagree with, and I’m appalled by is our lack of fiscal restraint – our out of control spending. We betrayed the fundamental principles of the Republican party, which is restraint of spending and restraint in the growth of government. We presided over the greatest increase in the size of government since the great society. And we let spending get completely out of control, and our base became dispirited and disenchanted. And we now have such a corrupt system that former members of Congress are residing in federal prison. So that’s frankly . . . And a little straight talk, the president long ago – six years ago – should have started vetoing these big spending bills and he didn’t. And so we got the bridge to nowhere. Question: What aspect of the Democratic platform do you agree with most? McCain: I haven’t examined their platform, but I always admired the belief and commitment of the Democratic party to freedom and democracy all over the world. Henry “Scoop” Jackson who was a leading Democrat was one of my heroes on that. Harry Truman was a man of incredible courage and foresight, which he’s now only getting credit for. I respect the Democrat party’s . . . many of them is advocacy of human rights, and for democracy in many parts of the world. And I think there’s a degree of compassion and caring in the Democratic party that I admire. I don’t admire their big government solutions, but I certainly admire their concern and care for all Americans.