McCain's hypocrisy knows no limits.
Republican presidential nominee John McCain has been on a tear of late about the exorbitant buyout packages that dismissed executives take from their companies. He has proclaimed that former Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs (and Obama supporters) Jim Johnson and Franklin Raines should "give back" the $21 million and $25 million severance packages they received.
So wouldn't it seem logical that former Hewlett-Packard executive (and McCain supporter) Carly Fiorina should send back her $42-million golden parachute? Apparently not. But what about Fiorina? "I believe that Carly Fiorina is a role model to millions of young Americans," McCain said.
"She started out as a part-time secretary and she ended up a CEO of one of the major corporations in America. I'm proud of her record and so I want everybody to know that Carly Fiorina is a person that I admire and respect."
On the TODAY Show he tried to peddle this garbage to Meredith who didn't buy it.
Viera: You have said, bottom line, it’s those fat cats. It’s the greed of Wall Street. You promised to crack down on CEOs who walked away with huge severance packages. And yet the person who up until recently was your public face on your economic policy was Carly Fiorina. She’s the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, she was fired in 2005, but she left with a $45 million dollar golden parachute while 20,000 of her employees were laid off. She is an example of exactly the kind of person you say is at the root of the problem. How can you say that?
McCain: I don’t think so. … Because I think she did a good job as CEO in many respects. I don’t know the details of her compensation package. But she’s one of many advisers that I have.
Viera: But she did get a $45 million dollar golden parachute after being fired while 20,000 of her employees were laid off.
McCain: I have many of the people, but I do not know the details of what happened.
Sure, he doesn't know all the details about Carly while letting her speak for his campaign almost daily. Right, and I got a bridge to nowhere to sell you.