John McCain Refuses to Call Barack Obama a Socialist

McCain  dodges live fire on Meet th PressSen. John McCain (R-AZ) was on NBC’s Meet the Press today and things got a little uncomfortable for him when moderator David Gregory asked McCain if he thought President Obama’s agenda was socialist. McCain would only say that, “this administration is governing from the left.” McCain would not label Obama a socialist.

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When asked by Gregory if Obama’s agenda was socialist, McCain answered, “Look, look, there is no doubt in my mind America’s a right-of-center nation and this administration is governing from the left. That’s why the president’s approval rating’s continued to, to decline. And I know you want to get off health care, and I will. But I want to say again–and Eric Cantor who’s coming on later will affirm this–we want to sit down and have negotiations, and we have a positive agenda, and we would love to see that agenda…”

Not satisfied with his answer, Gregory asked again, “my question is do you think that kind of–because you’ve heard that description before, not just from J.D. Hayworth but others. Does it go too far to say the president’s agenda is a socialist agenda?” McCain responded with, “I, I think I gave my description. I think they’re governing from the left on a broad variety of issues, but I’ll let others speak for themselves. I, I have enough time taking care of my own misstatements.”

One could see McCain’s obvious discomfort with the question. He didn’t want to answer it, because of his right wing primary challenger who happily labeling President Obama a socialist at every turn, McCain could not say that he knows that President Obama is not a socialist, so he stuck to the safe point that Obama governs from the left. It is debatable as to how far to left Obama is, but McCain stuck to the relatively safe statement, while dodging the socialist question.

McCain has already moved to the right in order to win reelection, but he will never have credibility with the right wing, because he won’t embrace their rhetoric and call Obama a socialist. If I was John McCain, and I saw the Republican Party moving as far to the right as it has, it might have looked like a great time to retire. McCain isn’t a maverick, but he isn’t a winger either. McCain is just a Republican, but in 2010 American conservatives are in no mood for regular Republicans.

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13 Replies to “John McCain Refuses to Call Barack Obama a Socialist”

  1. its possibe that he doesnt think obama’s a socialist though.
    and this guy was just trying to make him say it so everyone could point the finger at mccain for being too far right.

    “can you believe what mccain said! he thinks everyone on the left is a socialist!”

  2. I’m almost to the point of respecting McCain more than Obama. Well said, Senator McCain, well said. We need more moderates like you, who will willingly collaborate with the Democrats.

  3. @anonymous,

    It’s difficult not to respect McCain, but I’d have more respect for him if he’d stop being lame and just disagree with the politics. For the last six years or so, McCain seems like he’s trying to be the center AND the extreme of the republican party. I don’t understand why he doesn’t just man-up and agree that Obama is a socialist or disagree. It’s so easy for politicians to label a person, but for some reason it’s impossible for them to disagree with the labels. McCain survived being a POW in Vietnam, yet he can’t disagree with false labels because he’s afraid of losing votes. He’s opting to not be judged by his merits and hoping to skate by on peoples’ misconceptions of the other side. The “Safety Vote”

  4. @anonymous,

    True, but I do like how he has handled other situations. He tries to play to the right edge, but its rather obvious that that’s just an attempt to keep their votes.

  5. David Gregory is an ignorant tool who does not belong on TV at all , his questions are always designed to get a specific response, and as far as I am concerned McCain lost his creditability when he made 32 anti-American films for the Viet Cong

  6. It’s because J McCain is a respectful man – and he knows taht KJD Hayworth is making himself look stupid by putting the Obama socialist message on his campaign website… so its smart to keep away from the namecalling because this race is going to be tight – and arizona doesn’t need a child in the seat. and yes, As far as ‘willingly collaborates with the Democrats’ is not so bad in this country of american democracy. Go awat JD – I’ll be voting for McCain to keep his seat.

  7. @Michael Perkins, I could not agree with you more on David Gregory. The man has singlehandedly ruined Meet the Press for me. Gregory doesn’t challenge any of his guests. It is like he is playing along and setting up their talking points.

  8. @Christina Rose, Hayworth was an embarrassment in the House, and he certainly does not belong in the Senate. McCain is moving to the right, but he has to in order to survive the primary.

  9. McCain should have retired long ago. But Obama is a socialist and is trying to take over America. Just wait until he takes over the oil companies and forces us to fund expensive alternative energy that we can’t afford. We need to vote him out in 2012 so he doesn’t do any more damage.

  10. @Tina Smith,

    and how exactly would you define “take over the oil companies”?

    Would this be kicking their a$$, making them pay for their spill, or having tax payers clean up after them? I’ve heard all three from Republicans, so I’m just curious where you stand.

    It is Republicans who want the tax payers to pay for the clean up. That’s called socializing the downside and it’s not a free market principle.

    Obama can’t “take over the oil companies”. The Oil company is a British company. He also is not a socialist. That is empirically false.

    If you want to debate that notion, please back that statement up with more than just words.

    Obama is not “taking over America”. He is the President.

    You say we can’t afford alternative energy because it’s expensive. Do you have any idea how much money we pay the oil companies in subsidies (i.e., tax payer money)? Do you have any idea the national security risk it is for us to be dependent upon a fuel we do not have enough of here?

    Sorry, but I just don’t get it — and if expenses are the issue, then how can you back the oil companies at all? Do you have any idea what clean up on this spill is going to cost the tax payers if the Republicans get their way?

  11. @Tina Smith, expensive alternate energy? Is wind and solar power more expensive than spending $1 billion a day to the Middle East?

    As far as Obama trying to take over America, that is just utterly an absurd cliché.

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