Arizona Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain emailed supporters yesterday asking for a 'generous contribution' towards his campaign to seek another term in the U.S. Senate. The email was peppered with criticism directed at the current president and the current Congress but offered no alternative ideas.
In the ten-sentence request for money, McCain borrowed heavily from the phrasebook used during his unsuccessful run at the White House. The Arizona Republican used the term 'fiscal responsibility' twice, twice mentioned 'reforming Washington,' and spoke of "continuing my service" in two concurrent sentences. The email is addressed: "My friend."
McCain, who said during the presidential campaign that he "doesn't understand economics," lashed out at the economic plans being formulated by his former opponent: "The Obama administration, along with the current Democratic-led Congress is spending your tax dollars at an unprecedented rate -- as I have said, committing generational theft." In contrast, McCain casts himself as the embodiment of fiscal prudence: "I am committed to continuing my service as your voice in Congress for a stronger economy and fiscal responsibility to guide our nation out of the current economic crisis." Despite his own involvement in the savings and loan scandal, as one of the so-called Keating Five (a Phoenix columnist once called him "The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five"), McCain pledges to stand for "fiscal responsibility and reform in Washington."
Three links embedded in the email all lead to a donation form. There are no links to information regarding McCain's ideas for solving the current economic crisis.
The email concludes with an expression of appreciation, for "your support and dedication to our cause of reforming Washington."