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McCain Tells Obama and Clinton to Return Pork Money

Friday, 14 Mar 2008 02:11 PM

By Kenneth Williams

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While speaking to more than 500 people at the Springfield Country Club in Springfield, PA, Sen. John McCain slammed his fellow senators for keeping their pork-barrel money intact, saying "the senate is disconnected from the American people," MSNBC reports.

McCain said, "Americans want this process stopped; they want waste and mismanagement of their tax dollars stopped, and it indicates the absolute requirement for the next President of the Unites States [to stop it]."

McCain also challenged his Democratic opponents to go further: "Well, the first thing they can do if they’re against the earmarks is ask that the money that they’ve gotten, hundreds of millions that they’ve gotten in pork barrel projects, not be spent."

McCain wants both Obama and Clinton to take retroactive steps to stop earmarks, MSNBC reports. "A lot of that money’s not spent ... if you’re against it, say it shouldn’t be spent, and I’m sure we could get it through ... that that money wouldn’t have to be spent."

Today at a rally, McCain used one of his favorite Ronald Reagan lines while railing against earmarks, telling the crowd, "You've heard the phrase 'Spends money like a drunken sailor?' Well I've never met a sailor, drunk or sober, with the imagination of the U.S. Congress."

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