John McCain, Conservatism: Four Dozen McCain Quotes

ABOUT John McCain

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John McCain insists that he is a conservative.

But he isn't on tax cuts and class envy; neither is he conserverative on what to do--or rather, not do--about the man-made climate change (MMCC) hoax.

He's certainly not conservative on enforcing our illegal immigration laws or enforcing border security.

John McCain doesn't even to pretend to like conservatives--unless there's an election going on.

BUT, McCain maintains he is a conservative--and the Mainstream Press plays along, probably because it gives them a storyline.

This all may be confusing to some readers: is he or isn't he?

Our only contribution toward solving the Is-McCain-a-Conservative Mystery is to present the following four dozen John McCain quotes: 36 by McCain and a baker's dozen about him.

So here are 36 John McCain Quotes, plus 13 bonus quotes about McCain.

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"The first thing that I would do is call in John Kerry, Bob Kerrey, Joe Biden, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Henry Kissinger, Dick Lugar, Chuck Hagel, and several others and say, ‘We’ve got to get foreign policy, national security issues back on track.'"
--When asked the first thing he would do if elected President, 3/00

"No, I'm calling you a f*cking jerk."
--to fellow GOP Senator Chuck Grassley, when Grassley asked "Are you calling me stupid?", 2/21/00

“We give the millionaire a $2,000 refund. Gov. Bush gives him $50,000.”
—-On the Bush tax cuts, Boston Globe, Jan. 27, 2000.

A few years ago I traveled to the area of Svalbard, Norway, a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean. I was shown the southernmost point where a glacier had reached 20 years earlier. From there, we had to venture northward up the fjord to see where that same glacier ends today – because all the rest has melted. On a trip to Alaska, I heard about a national park visitor's center that was built to offer a picture-perfect view of a large glacier. Problem is, the glacier is gone. A work of nature that took ages to form had melted away in a matter of decades."
-- John McCain, May 12 2008

"Dishonest and dishonorable."
--John McCain, on the Swift Boats Vets

The problem... is that most members of Congress don't pay attention to what's going on.
--John McCain

"I will conduct a respectful debate. Now, it will be dispirited -- it will be spirited -- because there are stark differences. I am a proud conservative, liberal Republica-- conservative Republican...Hello? Easy there."

--John McCain, Feb. 28 2008

"F**k you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room."
--to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), during a testy exchange about immigration legislation

“There’s one big difference between me and the others—I won’t take every last dime of the surplus and spend it on tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy. I’ll use the bulk of the surplus to secure Social Security far into the future to keep our promise to the greatest generation.”
-—McCain campaign commercial, January 2000.

"Never get into a wrestling match with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it."
--Senator John McCain said in New Hampshire in January after reporters asked him about Mitt Romney.

"As a governor and senator, John Chafee set the standard for honesty and decency that the rest of us on our best days could only dream to emulate."
--John McCain on fellow RINO, ex-senator Chaffee

I am concerned that repeal of the estate tax would provide massive benefits solely to the wealthiest and highest-income taxpayers in the country. A Treasury Department study found that almost no estate tax has been paid by lower- and middle-income taxpayers. But taxes have been paid on the estates of people who were in the highest 20% of the income distribution at the time of their death. It found that 91% of all estate taxes are paid by the estates of people whose annual income exceeded $190,000 around the time of their death."
--Senate floor statement opposing HR 8, a bill to permanently eliminate the death tax, June 11, 2002

"I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."
--John McCain

"Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people. Hollywood is a Washington for the simpleminded."
--John McCain

"Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our own government is equal to the challenge."
--John McCain, May 12 2008

"John Kerry is a very close friend of mine. We've been friends for years. Obviously, I would entertain it."
--When asked if he would entertain being Kerry's VP if asked, 3/10/04

"Just by coincidence, Senator Teddy Kennedy and I, in the last couple of days, after several months of negotiations, have reached an agreement for an immigration proposal that we will be putting out next week, ... our proposal is along the lines of make them pay a fine of a couple thousand dollars, make them work for three years, and after three years they can get in the back of the line for a green card and then eventually become citizens."
--John McCain on Immigration

"I believe that marijuana is a gateway drug. That is my view and that's the view of the federal drug czar and other experts, although that is also a debatable question. I think that there is much more effective ways of relieving pain and suffering than the use of marijuana, and so therefore I view it as something that I do not support. That's just my considered opinion, I'd be glad to receive additional information."
--(August 11, 2007, house party in Milton, New Hampshire)

"Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because Janet Reno is her father."
--at a 1998 Republican fundraiser

"Presidential ambition is a disease that can only be cured by embalming fluid."

--John McCain, on why he's running

"Remember the words of Chairman Mao: 'It's always darkest before it's totally black.'."

--John McCain

In the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade

--John McCain, on Roe V. Wade

"By the way, I think the fence is least effective. But I’ll build the goddamned fence if they want it."

--John McCain, on immigration 2/07

"Thanks for the question, you little jerk."

-- John McCain, after being asked by a high school student if he was too old to be president. For good measure, McCain then threatened to draft him.

"Turn yourself in so we can send you back to Mexico, ... It's not going to happen."

--John McCain, on enforcing present immigration laws

"I am sure that Senator Clinton would make a good President. I have no doubt that Senator Clinton would make a good President."

--On possible opponent, Hillary Clinton 2/20/05

"It is my sincere hope that even if you believe I have occasionally erred in my reasoning as a fellow conservative, you will still allow that I have, in many ways important to all of us, maintained the record of a conservative."

--John McCain, on asking conservatives to support him as a conservative

"I believe my party has gone astray. I think the Democratic Party is a fine party, and I have no problems with it, in their views and their philosophy."

--John McCain in 2004

" Of course they didn't expect to receive benefits they had to pay here illegally ... The whole thrust of this legislation is to give them not only Social Security benefits but, as importantly, the protections under the law, as they now live in the shadows and are exploited and mistreated in many cases."

--John McCain, on immigration April 2, 2004

"Only an a**hole would put together a budget like this... I wouldn't call you an a**hole unless you really were an a**hole."

--to Budget Committee Chairman and fellow GOP Senator Pete Domenici in a Senate budget hearing

Leonardo DiCaprio is "an androgynous wimp."

--John McCain.

"Get started today and fill out your bracket to be eligible to win a McCain 2008 fleece, hat or pin for your prognostication prowess."

-- Sen. John McCain's campaign website.

"Gambling on amateur athletics is wrong."

-- McCain, in a statement introducing legislation in May 2003 to ban gambling on amateur sports.

“I don’t think the governor’s tax cut is too big—it’s just misplaced. Sixty percent of the benefits from his tax cuts go to the wealthiest 10% of Americans—and that’s not the kind of tax relief that Americans need. … Gov. Bush wants to spend the entire surplus on tax cuts. I don’t believe the wealthiest 10% of Americans should get 60% of the tax breaks. I think the lowest 10% should get the breaks. …

--John McCain

“I’m not giving tax cuts for the rich.”

—-Discussion with media, reported in “Bush, McCain Snip Over
Tax Cut Plans,” Los Angeles Times, and “GOP Rivals Bicker on Taxes,”
Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2000.

"I would rather have a clean government than one where quote First Amendment rights are being respected, that has become corrupt. If I had my choice, I'd rather have the clean government."

--John McCain, on the choices between respecting the Constitution and Bill of Right and McCain-Feingold 4/29/06

But please know, whether you believe campaign contributions are speech or property, that I learned to love very dearly the right of free expression when I lived without that freedom for a while a long time ago.

--John McCain

13 Quotes about John McCain

"The irony is, the only people McCain can count on to vote for him are the very Republicans he despises -- at least those of us who can get drunk enough on Election Day to pull the lever for him."

--Ann Coulter

You know there will be three things in a John McCain sentence: a noun, a verb and a reference to his being a P.O.W.

--paraphrase of a Joseph Biden quote about Rudy Giuliani

"Congratulations to Senator John McCain, the big winner in Florida. ... You know, this was what they call a GOP-only primary. So McCain had to win over a whole new voter group for him -- Republicans."

--Jay Leno

"He said that anyone who said that he [McCain] supported amnesty is a "liar".

--Washington Times editorial, 1/25/08

"John Kerry said I can't tell you how proud I am to have John Edwards on my team, especially after John McCain turned me down."

--Jay Leno

"John McCain opposed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because he polled soccer moms and found out they were against drilling. They thought it sounded too much like going to the dentist. McCain wanted to ensure that he remained beloved by the two pillars of his base: "centrists" and New York Times reporters."

--Ann Coulter

"John Edwards is on the campaign trail. He's now doing something called his 'Poverty Tour', where he's visiting people who have no money and no hope. In fact, his first stop today: John McCain's headquarters."

--Jay Leno

"The thought of [McCain] being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

-- Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who has known McCain for 35 years.

“I’d rather slit a vein than vote for John McCain.” Nice bumper sticker. Many conservatives aren’t just saying “No” to John McCain. They’re saying, “Hell, no!”

--unnamed woman at GOP event

"Congratulations to John McCain. He was a big winner up in New Hampshire. Fascinating comeback story, this John McCain, quite a guy. Highly decorated veteran. Spent five and a half years in prison then went into politics. Usually it's the other way around."

--Jay Leno

"I work with the community in the United States, the Mexican community because I don't want them essentially going native on us. We want them continually tied emotionally, linguistically, politically to Mexico, because then they'll continue to send money home."

--Juan Hernandez, Hispanic outreach director for John McCain

"Mexico first!"


"He opposes oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska and has joined with Sen. Joe Lieberman to cosponsor legislation that would require that greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to 2000 levels by 2010 — a measure sure to result in substantial increases in electricity and gasoline costs."

--Washington Times editorial, 1/25/08

36 quotes by John McCain and 13 quotes about McCain.

Just the way to start your day off right.

compiled by Mondoreb

(Originally published February 13, 2008 as "John McCain: Thirty Quotes From the Conservative Candidate"; Updated July 2, 2008)

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