I didn't mean to make this a whole anti-McCain day, but this popped up as I was searching for the transcript to McCain's speech today.<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>McCain Advisers Lobbied for Europeans to Win Air Force Tanker Deal<br><br>By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN<br>Published: March 12, 2008<br><br>WASHINGTON — A co-chairman of Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign and other top campaign advisers and supporters were lobbyists for the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, part of a group that beat out Boeing for a $35 billion contract to build aerial refueling tankers for the Air Force.<br><br>Boeing, which has filed an appeal with the Government Accountability Office, is expected to focus at least in part on Mr. McCain’s role in the deal, including letters that he sent urging the Defense Department, in evaluating the tanker bids, not to consider the potential effects of a separate United States-Airbus trade dispute.<br><br>That contract was won by the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company, known as EADS, the corporate parent of Airbus, and Northrop Grumman, the military contractor based in Los Angeles.<br><br>Mr. McCain has long expressed pride at having a central part in scuttling an earlier Air Force plan to lease the tankers from Boeing. That deal collapsed in 2004 in a major corruption scandal that sent two Boeing executives to prison.<br><br>But given Mr. McCain’s relentless efforts to portray himself as an opponent of influence peddling in Washington, his close ties to lobbyists are certain to be a continuing issue through the presidential campaign. Democrats have begun to try to turn the tanker contract against him, suggesting Mr. McCain unfairly swayed the decision and caused American jobs to be lost overseas. (source: NYT)<p><hr></blockquote><p>I don't necessarily believe the Democrats' spin at the end of the quote here, but this is just plain idiotic. Sen. McCain, Mr. Campaign FInance Reform, has now taken how much money from lobbyists? How has he skirted his very own McCain-Feingold bill by turning down matching funds?<br><br>I'm not going to go on to say that I once admired McCain or any other disingenuous "I was considering him, but now..." BS. That's only what hacks do in political forums. But at the very least, McCain had a little bit of redeeming qualities in his record on Pentagon bloat and a sliver of hope on campaign finance reform. This just illustrates that he didn't think the Pentagon ever spent too much, they just wasted it on the wrong companies.<br><br>-- Cee Bee Double-U
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