What McCain Should Say
One of the really frustrating things about McCain is that he never seems to follow through on the political points, nor does he defend himself adequately against false attacks. Last night’s debate certainly provided a few counter examples, but here is what McCain should have said:
Obama says he was 8 years old when Ayers tried to kill innocent people with nail bombs. McCain should fire back, “really? Well I was three when Hitler invaded Poland, but I never had him over for afternoon tea.” It wouldn’t hurt to add “you sanctimonious bastard,” once in a while either.
Obama and Biden like to point out that the average cost of healthcare is $12,000 and McCain wants to tax it, and replace it with a $5000 tax credit. Obama even said last night that “For the first time in history, you will be taxing people’s health care benefits. By the way, the average policy costs about $12,000. So if you’ve got $5,000 and it’s going to cost you $12,000, that’s a loss for you.”
McCain should say “Is that the kind of backwards drunken donkey math they teach at Harvard now? My plan would tax $12,000, true, but the taxpayer receives a $5000 tax credit. Let me say that slowly tax credit. Unlike you, I do not favor a 100% tax bracket, so the taxes on $12,000, even at the highest tax bracket would be less than $4,000. My plan would give taxpayers a net tax decrease of at least $1,000.”
McCain keeps saying that the ads would not be so negative if Obama would have agreed to the townhall debates. Fair enough, but this is getting old and it’s pretty thin to begin with. Instead, McCain should say, “Look, I’m sorry if you cannot take criticism well. I know you’re unaccustomed to it, as the media has given you a free ride over the past two years. Now, I may lose this election, but the American people need to know who it is they are electing. If the media won’t address these issues of character, judgment and whom you chose to associate with, I have to. Today there is a story in the Washington Post claiming that AT&T and Verizon did favors for me by putting up cell towers on my ranch. Are you kidding? Obama has acknowledged ties to ACORN, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Antonin Rezko, William Ayers and Jeremiah Wright, and these people are investigating cell phone towers in Arizona. If you’re going to be president, Senator, you need to grow a pair.”