"I am proud of that record, from fighting for the recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday in my state to sponsoring specific legislation that would prevent discrimination in any shape or form in America today."
Like most politicians, his rhetoric differs from his voting record when it suits him. Here is a summary of facts compliments of Crooks and Liars:
- FACT: McCain Supported Republican AZ Governor’s Decision To Rescind MLK Holiday. ABC News reported, “In Arizona, a bill to recognize a holiday honoring MLK failed in the legislature, so then-Gov. Bruce Babbitt, a Democrat, declared one through executive order. In January 1987, the first act of Arizona’s new governor, Republican Evan Mecham, was to rescind the executive order by his predecessor to create an MLK holiday. Arizona’s stance became a national controversy. McCain backed the decision at the time.” [ABC News, 4/3/08]
- FACT: McCain Supported Gov. Evan Mecham’s Decision In 1987 To Rescind Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “In a vote likely to haunt him for the rest of his public career, McCain voted against 1983 legislation establishing the third Monday in January as the federal holiday marking King’s birthday. Back home in Arizona, he supported Gov. Evan Mecham’s decision in 1987 to rescind an executive order creating a state holiday for King, but later reversed his position.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/16/08]
- FACT: McCain Voted Against Creating Martin Luther King Holiday. In 1983, McCain voted against a motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill to designate the third Monday of every January as a federal holiday in honor of the late civil rights leader, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The motion passed 89-77. [HR 3706, Vote 289, 8/2/83; CQ 1983]
In other news, george w. bush is holding a conference with several officials in support of a non-profit single payer health care system. During his speech he plans to highlight his continued support of Universal Health Care including his never-ending fight in favor of SCHIP...Of course he wants to see our children insured, hell, what would Jesus do?
In addition, Rick Santorum will be speaking to the Human Rights Committee in which he plans to highlight his continued support of Gay Rights including Gay Marriage.
Dick Cheney might not attend the Republican National Convention. The big question on my mind: Who will Fred Thompson blame for the farting?
On the Faux News count for today: 11 out of 18 headlines are more appropriate for a gossip column than a news source.