McCain's Self-Righteous Self-Defense Called Further into Doubt

So much for the straight talk express. There's already evidence in the record that John McCain was out and out lying when he offered his defense against the charges leveled against him in the big New York Times exposé on his all-too-close relationship with the lobbying community, and now we have even more proof that McCain just ain't tellin' the truth.

Broadcaster Lowell "Bud" Paxson today contradicted statements from Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign that the senator did not meet with Paxson or his lobbyist before sending two controversial letters to the Federal Communications Commission on Paxson's behalf.

Paxson said he talked with McCain in his Washington office several weeks before the Arizona Republican wrote the letters to the FCC urging a rapid decision on Paxson's quest to acquire a Pittsburgh television station.

Paxson also recalled that his lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, attended the meeting in McCain's office and that Iseman helped arrange the meeting. "Was Vicki there? Probably," Paxson said in an interview with The Washington Post today. "The woman was a professional. She was good. She could get us meetings."

The recollection of the now-retired Paxson conflicted with the account provided by McCain about two letters at the center of a controversy about the senator's ties to Iseman, a partner at the lobbying firm of Alcalde & Fay.

The response from the McCain campaign, via uber-lawyer Bob Bennett: "We understood that he [McCain] did not speak directly with him [Paxson]. Now it appears he did speak to him. What is the difference?" Well, the difference is that one situation involves the truth and another does not. Either McCain was lying or he wasn't. And now we have two sources -- the person lobbying McCain and McCain himself, in the form of his own sworn deposition -- that Paxson was lobbying McCain, contrary to the latter's protestations yesterday. After having put up with nearly eight years of a Republican administration that has trouble being straight with the American people, it's hard to see someone like McCain, who has trouble telling the truth to voters about his ties with the lobbying community, doing terribly well in a general election.

Tags: coverup, John McCain, Lobbyists (all tags)

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7 Comments

this story will drag on

until the gory end.

Affair? Considering McCain's past, probably yes.

by highgrade 2008-02-22 05:48PM | 0 recs
Called Further into Doubt

Too bad this did not come out in October.

Unless this goes on and on and on...this will fade over the coming months as the campaign heats up.

Obama could use it though to frame him as part of the culture of corruption and all that. But it sure would have been helpful in the fall.

by need some wood 2008-02-22 05:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Called Further into Doubt

This is the old way of viewing politics that was kerry's mistake. Negative defining shouldn't start in October. It has to be continous.

by bruh21 2008-02-22 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Called Further into Doubt

This is the old way of viewing politics that was kerry's mistake. Negative defining shouldn't start in October. It has to be continous.

by bruh21 2008-02-22 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain's Self-Righteous Self-Defense Called Fu

So much more fun to pick on McCain as opposed to the Obama-Hillary wars.

by dmc2 2008-02-22 07:13PM | 0 recs
Re: McCain's Self-Righteous Self-Defense Called Fu

I think Obama has the right approach to these issues.  Rezko helped him buy his $1.9 million home and gave him easement rights.  Obama just admits it was wrong.

In McCain's case, the FCC had held up a decision on whether Paxson could purchase a station for years. Paxson lobbied McCain to get a favorable ruling. McCain told either Paxson or Paxson's representative that he would ask the FCC to hurry up with a decision but he would not ask them to give a favorable ruling. McCain felt that Paxson was entitled to either a yes or no after waiting for years.  McCain should just take the Obama approach, it is not like the true facts are so horrible for McCain.

by dMarx 2008-02-22 08:39PM | 0 recs
What's the difference?

Greatest. Spin. Ever.

Lies, truth, what's the diff? McCain's moving on.

Straight Talk!

by BriVT 2008-02-23 02:20AM | 0 recs

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