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May 15, 2008

"Big" McCain Speech

Maverick is giving a speech at 10am EST. The speech is written as if it's the year 2013 and he's listing what he, President McCain has accomplished. It's a gimmicky way to give a laundry list of what he's been talking about all along but if it gets more attention for it, then it will have done its job.


Update: He will do weekly press conferences and do question time with the House and Senate? Um, okay.

It's a pretty upbeat speech and one that plays to his strengths but it's also a lot of stuff that will never happen. That's not a knock on McCain, it's just the reality of political speeches. It's the Maverick version of Hope and Change. I think it will play well with a lot of people and will get McCain a good day of coverage and that's what he was trying for.
You can read excerpts here.

A few highlights:

By January 2013, America has welcomed home most of the servicemen and women who have sacrificed terribly so that America might be secure in her freedom. The Iraq War has been won.

The threat from a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan has been greatly reduced but not eliminated. U.S. and NATO forces remain there to help finish the job, and continue operations against the remnants of al Qaeda.

The United States and its allies have made great progress in advancing nuclear security. Concerted action by the great democracies of the world has persuaded a reluctant Russia and China to cooperate in pressuring Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and North Korea to discontinue its own.

Below the fold some domestic goals.


A reduction in the corporate tax rate from the second highest in the world to one on par with our trading partners; the low rate on capital gains; allowing business to deduct in a single year investments in equipment and technology...

Congress has just passed by a single up or down vote a tax reform proposal that offers Americans a choice of continuing to file under the rules of the current complicated and burdensome tax code or use a new, simpler, fairer and flatter tax, with two rates and a generous deduction.

Public education in the United States is much improved thanks to the competition provided by charter and private schools; the increase of quality teachers through incentives like merit pay and terrific programs that attract to the classroom enthusiastic and innovative teachers from many disciplines, like Teach for America and Troops to Teachers.

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