McCain’s False Claims

September 27, 2008

John McCain made several false claims in tonight’s debate.

Claim: By the way, my friend, Dr. Kissinger, who’s been my friend for 35 years, would be interested to hear this conversation and Senator Obama’s depiction of his — of his positions on the issue. I’ve known him for 35 years. And I guarantee you he would not — he would not say that presidential top level.

Fact: Kissinger does support talking to Iran “without conditions” and a high, presidential level. He may have known Kissinger for 35 years, but he apparently doesn’t know what he says.

Claim: “I have voted for alternate fuel all of my time.”

Fact: According to Project Vote Smart, John McCain has not voted to support alternative energy since at least 1996. He voted did vote for or voted against the following alternative energy bills:

  • Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Amendment HR 6 on 06/16/2005
  • 06/16/2005 Reduction in Dependence on Foreign Oil HR 6
  • 06/28/2005 Energy Policy Act of 2005 HR 6
  • 06/21/2007 Alternative Energy Subsidies S Amdt 1704
  • 06/21/2007 Energy Act of 2007 HR 6
  • 06/17/2008 Alternative Energy Tax Incentives HR 6049

Claim: “I know the veterans. I know them well. And I know that they know that I’ll take care of them.”

Fact: According to Project Vote Smart, John McCain has not voted for a bill for veterans benefits since at least 2005.

  • 10/05/2005 Health Care for Veterans Amendment HR 2863
  • 11/17/2005 Additional Funding For Veterans Amendment S 2020
  • 02/02/2006 Tax Rate Extension Amendment HR 4297
  • 05/22/2008 GI Bill and Other Domestic Provisions S Amdt 4803

John McCain told several stories about his visiting foreign countries and past foreign policy debates, but the point remains that, for all of his vast experience, why did he vote for the unnecessary Iraq War? For all of his experience, why did he say that we could “muddle through” Afghanistan? For all of his vast foreign policy experience, why did he shift focus from those that attacked us on September 11?

McCain on muddling through Afghanistan:


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