Biden refused to let the notion that McCain is a maverick stand last night. As many of you know, John McCain as branded himself as the great maverick, and Palin is attempting to do the same. Here is what Biden has to say about that:
BIDEN: I'll be very brief. Can I respond to that?
Look, the maverick -- let's talk about the maverick John McCain
is. And, again, I love him. He's been a maverick on some issues, but
he has been no maverick on the things that matter to people's lives.
He voted four out of five times for George Bush's budget, which
put us a half a trillion dollars in debt this year and over $3
trillion in debt since he's got there.
He has not been a maverick in providing health care for people.
He has voted against -- he voted including another 3.6 million
children in coverage of the existing health care plan, when he voted
in the United States Senate.
He's not been a maverick when it comes to education. He has not
supported tax cuts and significant changes for people being able to
send their kids to college.
He's not been a maverick on the war. He's not been a maverick on
virtually anything that genuinely affects the things that people
really talk about around their kitchen table.
Can we send -- can we get Mom's MRI? Can we send Mary back to
school next semester? We can't -- we can't make it. How are we going
to heat the -- heat the house this winter?
He voted against even providing for what they call LIHEAP, for
assistance to people, with oil prices going through the roof in the
So maverick he is not on the important, critical issues that
affect people at that kitchen table.
Friday, October 03, 2008