Campaign '08

Lesson learned

Remember last week when McCain was criticized by Democrats for not mentioning NASA in his list of programs that would be exempt from a budget freeze, less than a week after vowing to add $2 billion to the agency’s budget? The campaign, it appears, has learned its lesson, based on a speech McCain gave Wednesday in Miami:

I will freeze government spending on all but the most important programs like defense, veterans care, NASA, Social Security and health care until we scrub every single government program and get rid of the ones that aren’t working for the American people. And I will veto every single pork barrel bill Congresses passes.

Miami is far from the Space Coast, but it seems the campaign wanted to avoid giving the Obama’s Florida campaign any ammunition. It should be noted, though, that the passage above is similar to speeches McCain has given elsewhere, in recent days, like Hershey, Pennsylvania on Tuesday and Dayton, Ohio on Monday; neither of those speeches, though, included NASA in that list of “important programs”.

1 comment to Lesson learned

  • What? No comments from, from me, from any of the Obama apologists about the McCain campaign’s clarification that NASA is in fact exempt from the “freeze”?

    You guys asked for this language, I worked my butt off, along with others, to get this, and then nothing you have nothing to say? Why is that? Is it because you know, deep in your heart of hearts, that you misrepresented our campaign and our candidate when it came to funding of Space and NASA because your own candidate, the one who was against Space before he was (maybe) for it.

    All of you who criticized McCain for not explicitly stating that NASA was exempt, who reamed our campaign and at times me, because we didn’t have this very language, even as I told you that in fact the campaign had exempted NASA and was being all but called a liar by the above mentioned…individuals, have shown yourselves to be nothing but partisan hacks.

    Here is a fact none of the Obamapologists can deny–John McCain was for Space before he was for it and is the only, get that? ONLY, candidate that got Space before he got it, and therefore is the only candidate to vote for if Space is a critical concern for you.

    And for those who will argue that Space isn’t everything? Isn’t this site called Space Politics?

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