John McCain on the Issues - Part 1 - Women's Issues

Before the end of the Democratic primary process there was much speculation about Barack Obama's support among women. The fact that Obama's support amongst women was weak while he was running against a woman candidate gave many pundits all the excuse they needed to suggest that support would remain weak once the primaries ended. They were obviously wrong, as the current polls show.

Another premise put forward by some pundits is that women vote more with their emotions than on the issues. They are as wrong about this as they are about Obama's weakness with female voters. All that is needed to disprove this claim is to look at women's voting patterns over the years.

Women have always favored the Democratic Party over the GOP. The Democratic Party is also the party with the best record and issues platform when it comes to women's issues. Put those two factors together and it becomes apparent that women have been voting on the issues all along.

I have often thought that it was somewhat sexist to call certain issues "women's" issues as if those issues were unimportant to men and women alike. Men care about issues affecting children, families, fair pay, abortion, etc... Women also care about these issues. Women also care about the economy, national security, education, crime, and the like. Making some issues seem like they are specific to women could be considered to be putting a different value on some issues, just because they are "women's" issues.

It seems, however, that I am in the minority in this view. While I am somewhat uncomfortable calling any issue a "women's" issue, that seems to be a common practice on sites such as Votesmart.org. I have decided to take my lead from sites like that and sites that support women's issues. It does seem to be a convenient way to group certain high-priority issues under one label.

When John McCain's stance on those issues that are considered to be women's issues is examined it quickly becomes apparent why women quickly shifted their support to Obama once Hillary Clinton bowed out of the race.

Rather than post single issues and detailed explanations of McCain's stance on each issue I have included a list of links to groups that rate the candidates on various issues. This groups in this list have ranked McCain on women's issues.

Even the most cursory examination of John McCain's stance on women's issues shows that McCain has a poor record on those issues. When you combine that with McCain's obvious disdain for women - calling his wife a "c*nt" and "b*tch" in public, making misogynistic jokes about Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno - it is difficult to understand why any woman would vote for McCain.

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John McCain on Women's Issues:
2005-2006 Senator McCain supported the interests of the American Association of University Women 20 percent in 2005-2006.

2005-2006  Senator McCain supported the interests of the Business and Professional Women USA 33 percent in 2005-2006.

2005-2006 Senator McCain supported the interests of the Federally Employed Women 30 percent in the 2005-2006.

2005-2006 Senator McCain supported the interests of the National Organization for Women 11 percent in 2005-2007.

2005 Senator McCain supported the interests of the American Association of University Women 17 percent in 2005.

2005 Senator McCain supported the interests of the National Organization for Women 0 percent in 2005.

More information can be found here - http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_ca tegory.php?can_id=53270

Tags: 2008, issues, mccain, voting record, Women, women's (all tags)

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Recced.

Tip jar?

by spunkmeyer 2008-06-29 07:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Recced.

Nah, I never bother with a tip jar. I'd rather have people rec the diary. I'm curious about how this diary will get treated compared to the more confrontational diaries I've posted lately. Those all made the rec list and generated quite a few comments. I have a feeling this one will come and go without much notice. We'll see soon.

by MS01 Indie 2008-06-29 07:27PM | 0 recs
Excellent post, recommended.

McCain's record on women's issues is appalling, and it's something which has gotten no coverage from the MSM. I heard about 50% of women still think he's pro-choice.

by sricki 2008-06-29 07:28PM | 0 recs
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" When you combine that with McCain's obvious disdain for women - ...."

- I don't agree with that .

He has been on the wrong side on quite a number of issues that are of importance to me and no doubt a lot of democratic women but there are many women that obviously agree with the votes he has cast on the republican side .

A difference in philosophy and a few colorful words doesn't necessarily lead to the conclusion that he has a " disdain for women ".

by lori 2008-06-29 07:53PM | 0 recs
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I find it interesting, but not surprising, that you seem to need to come to McCain's defense. Do you really feel that his record on women's issues is defensible? I also like how you dismiss his use of vulgar, clearly misogynistic words as "colorful" after you have complained about sexism against Hillary. Do those "colorful" words include the joke he made about Janet Reno being Chelsea's father?

by MS01 Indie 2008-06-29 08:02PM | 0 recs
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I am in no way trying to minimize " sexism " or " sexist attitude ".

However I have always made the argument that sexism is usually a context based situation. ( You have to evaluate the context , the relationship and other factors ).

The situation with his wife is such example ( Although I don't know much about what you are claiming he said about his wife , in the sense that I haven't read about it anywhere , I might have missed it ) , there are folks that obviously talk to themselves in that way ( could be a way to prove their intimacy or closeness etc )  and they both know where they are coming from . ( I personally don't approve of it ).

I have always said it is important to point out legitimate cases of racism and sexism and not to trivialize the issue .

I am not in the camp that thought the news coverage or reporting of the Clinton campaign was overly sexist ( it was bias against her ) but definitely their were instances in which the commentary especially by pundits and on line personality was sexist precisely because of the context and adversarial relationship some of these folks had with her .

That said , Mccain has been on the wrong side on some issues I care about as a voter , however that might just be because of a difference in philosophy not because he has a disdain for women.

I don't think your diary is off the mark.

By the way I have made my position clear for over a year and a half now , even while Mccain had been disregarded . I said it then that if Mccain was to somehow come from the dead he would be a problem for the democrats and for me personally because he is one candidate I admire equally as I do Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Now that doesn't mean I'll vote for him. But I have been following his career for a long time now especially as it relates to the military and that won't change , even if I don't cast a vote for him.

by lori 2008-06-29 08:31PM | 0 recs
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I am glad you did not take my somewhat snide comment in the wrong way. I only meant to say that you have shown by your comments that you don't think McCain is that bad. Fron the tome of your comments, you obviously took it the way it was intended.

I think you are wrong about McCain and the reason I think so is that you must still think the McCain from 2000 is the same McCain you see today. I don't see him like that and neither do a lot of other people. I believe he has sold out for a chance at the presidency. Not only because of his embrace of Bush and Bush policies, but also because of his embrace of the "agents of intolerance" he once condemned and his support for policies like the Bush tax cuts.

McCain also has many of the same faults as Bush and I think they come from the same place. Both were spoiled, privileged brats growing up. Both were more interested in partying and getting into trouble until they went into politics. Neither were successful until they started sucking at the public teat.

McCain does have a terrible record on women's issues. That is the main reason I choose to start my articles about his stances on the issues with one on women's issues.

He's also bad on foreign policy. He is more militaristic and confrontational than Bush. He wants to return to the tensions of the cold war by trying to isolate Russia and China. He thinks we are too soft on North Korea and Iran. If people fear that Bush will start a war in Iran, they should be more fearful on that front with McCain. Pat Buchanan, a right-wing commentator, went on a long rant about how bad McCain would be as a president. He said many of the things I just wrote about McCain, only his comments were far harsher.

by MS01 Indie 2008-06-30 06:38AM | 0 recs
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by the way , i'll recommend your diary because outside of that statement , its a good diary overall

by lori 2008-06-29 07:55PM | 0 recs

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