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03/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

John McCain Slams Obama's Ethics, Says Geithner Is 'Suspect'

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John McCain was highly critical of the Obama administration, the stimulus bill and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity on Tuesday night.

Asked about the withdrawals of Tom Daschle and Nancy Killefer due to tax problems, McCain said:

"There was an announcement that was made that we would do things differently here in Washington as far as lobbying was concerned and ethics reform and we have seen major appointments that contradict the very impressive rhetoric."

Later, McCain expressed his skepticism about Geithner:

"I just think that Mr. Geithner is suspect, not only because of his tax problems but also that he was a major adviser in the implementation of the $350 billion bailout package which I think was badly mismanaged... so we need to maybe restart the engines here."

When Hannity asked McCain whether he agreed that the stimulus bill is a "rotting corpse," McCain agreed, adding that it "really is a bad bill."

Which makes it all the more interesting that McCain will skip the stimulus vote this weekend due to a trip he's taking to Munich, Germany for a conference on foreign affairs, reports Huffington Post's Ryan Grim.

UPDATE: McCain's spokesman tells Grim that McCain will indeed be in town this weekend for the vote.

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