For Immediate Release Friday, June 6, 2008
McCain fails to separate himself from the Constitution-defying programs of his predecessor
The Libertarian Party is questioning John McCain’s rhetoric of bringing “real change” to Washington after it was revealed by a McCain adviser that the Republican presidential candidate supports the warrantless wiretap programs of the Bush administration. “McCain’s support of President Bush’s domestic spying program would indicate that a McCain administration would be another four years of Constitution treading and civil liberties abuse,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis.
“McCain has tried to project himself as a ‘real change’ from the disastrous programs of the last seven years,” Davis continues. “However, McCain’s reluctance to fully abandon the egregious policies of his predecessor makes him simply a repackaged version of the Bush administration–far from the illusion of change McCain has worked so hard to create.”
On Friday, the New York Times reported that a McCain adviser had stated McCain as believing that ‘neither the administration nor the telecoms need apologize for actions that most people, except for the A.C.L.U. and trial lawyers, understand were constitutional and appropriate in the wake of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.’ Taking such a position would put McCain in lockstep with the highly criticized programs of the Bush administration.
“Real change–the kind that a Barr administration would bring to Americans–would be returning America to a place where citizens can trust that the government is not looking over their shoulder or listening in on their phone calls,” says LP presidential candidate and former Congressman Bob Barr. “A McCain administration would undoubtedly be a continuation of the status quo from which Americans are ready to escape. McCain is not change. McCain is four more years of the same.”
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