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McCain Must Answer Basic Questions

10/12/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The politics of distraction.

We have witnessed this ever since it became plain that McCain was about to lose badly. It began with the Veep game in which McCain wanted his brother Joe on board but was dressed down by the RNC folk and the Rovians. Palin was his last-minute, barely-vetted gamble. And it made no difference if she was damaged goods, because she had the creds to mesmerize the conservative core and some independents and that would only add to the distraction.

Then the McCain campaign OFFICIALLY rejected issues. Personality would win. And the compliant media accepted the premise while hypocritically saying how they really cared about the issues.

Finally Barack simply said enough.

"The McCain campaign would much rather have the story be about phony and foolish diversions than about the future. ... This is what they want to spend 2 of the last 55 days talking about. You know who ends up losing at the end of day? It's not the Democratic candidate, it's not the Republican candidate, it's you, the American people. Because then we go another year or another four years or another eight years without addressing the issues that matter to you. Enough. I don't care what they say about me. But I love this country too much to let them take over another election with lies and phony outrage and swift boat politics. Enough is enough."

McCain's Response to Obama's ENOUGH!

"Barack Obama can't campaign with schoolyard insults and then try to claim outrage at the tone of the campaign. His talk of new politics is as empty as his campaign trail promises, and his record of bucking his party and reaching across the aisle simply doesn't exist."

This is the typical McCain Campaign ploy. Distract. Do not engage.

A few questions for McCain:

If elected, would McCain end Bush's ideological litmus tests used to fill positions within the Civil Rights Division of our Justice Department?

Would McCain ensure all states have comprehensive newborn screening programs?

Would McCain enact a Windfall Profits Tax to provide a $1,000 Emergency Energy Rebate to American families?

Would McCain eliminate Income taxes for seniors making less than $50,000?

Would McCain work to quadruple Early Head Start?

Would McCain work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 Percent by 2050?

Would McCain amend executive orders to ensure that communications about regulatory policy making between persons outside government and all White House staff are disclosed to the public?

Would McCain work to raise the Minimum Wage to $9.50 an Hour by 2011?

Would McCain enforce pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue?

Would McCain work allow unlimited Cuban-American family travel and remittances to the island?

Would McCain join Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Senator Obama to promote greater investment in the global AIDS battle?

Would McCain support Obama's bill to provide $37.5 million over 5 years for drinking water systems to upgrade their monitoring and security efforts?

Would McCain allow undocumented immigrants in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens?

Would McCain forswear permanent bases in Iraq as part of a comprehensive settlement to end the war?

Would McCain support Obama's Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families Act to remove some of the government penalties on married families, crack down on men avoiding child support payments, and ensure that payments go to families instead of state bureaucracies?

Would McCain support training and technical assistance for rural small business, including a 20 percent tax credit on up to $50,000 of investment in small owner-operated businesses?

If McCain will not answer such basic questions, you at least have some indication of where Obama stands on these issues.

At some point, the Master of Distraction will need to face his sexism mano a mano with Barack. At some point we shall see whether he will engage in conspicuous whining before huge TV debate audiences. In November we shall see if the nation is ready to allow this sexist, distracting, whining man to preempt the national interest and give us four more years of unabated nightmare. Or whether the ever-resourceful Obama forces can beard this gentleman in his Crystal City den of iniquity and send him trooping back to his homes.

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