Boxer Hits McCain's Record As Fighter

MaverickMyth Via Avedon and my colleague Libby Spencer at newshoggers, comes Barbara Boxer's statement on just what McCain - who claimed to be a "fighter" - is really interested in fighting for.

In the 16 years that we have served together in the Senate, I have seen John McCain fight.

I have seen him fight against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times.

I have seen him fight against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work.

I have seen him fight against a women's right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations.

I have seen him fight against helping families gain access to birth control.

I have seen him fight against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system "an absolute disgrace."

And I saw him fight against the new GI Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so.

John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008 -- that's no maverick.

We do have two real fighters for change in this election -- their names are Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

McCain can't run on his record and claim to be any friend of veterans, equal rights or of those earning less than his $5 million threshold for being rich - not at the same time. That's partly why his campaign wants to make this election about personas rather than issues.


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