This morning, John McCain launches his effort to reinvent himself for the general election with a week of speeches. After running as a so-called “maverick” and “outsider” in his failed 2000 campaign, John McCain cast aside his principles and morphed into a Bush Republican for this year’s primaries.
Now, after embracing the President’s budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, abandoning his own immigration reform plan to cozy up to the right wing of his party, and turning his back on the campaign finance and lobbying reforms he once championed, McCain is trying to reinvent himself yet again.
But John McCain has already shown how out of touch he is with the problems Wisconsin families face. He has adopted President Bush’s failed health care plan, and marched in lockstep with President Bush’s failed Iraq strategy that has taken the lives of 87 brave troops from Wisconsin.
He has supported President Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security. And he has refused to offer a plan to help homeowners struggling to confront the mortgage crisis, including 32,887 families in Wisconsin who were delinquent on their mortgages in the fourth quarter of 2007. [icasualties.org; Joint Economic Committee Data, http://jec.senate.gov/Documents/Reports/030608 – MBA Q4 Release.pdf]
“John McCain can try to reinvent himself, but Wisconsin voters won’t buy it,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairman Joe Wineke said. “The fact is, McCain is out of touch with the challenges facing Wisconsin families and won’t provide the leadership we need to end the war in Iraq, to help working families gain access to health care, and to fix the economy. While we honor McCain’s service to our country, nothing can change the fact that he offers a third term of George W. Bush, and that’s the last thing Wisconsinites want.”