Edited because I tracked down additional information: McCain voted against the $1.35 trillion 2001 tax cut (the one your opinion piece has McCain on record as vehemently opposing). McCain also voted against the 2003 acceleration of the 2001 tax cut ($350 billion). McCain did vote for the $70 billion Tax Relief Extension Reconciliation Act of 2005. The bulk of the $70 billion is from extensions to the reduced tax rates for capital gains and dividends, but other provisions in the same legislation extended AMT relief, the tuition deduction, and the R&D credit. McCain also voted in favor of a $146 billion tax relief extension in 2004 that predominantly benefited lower- and middle-income families. Unless there's something I'm missing, I wouldn't count McCain's 2005 vote as a flip-flop, but your mileage may vary.
Your other piece of information is that McCain met with Falwell and later said he supported South Dakota's anti-abortion law. Obviously, McCain met with Falwell to score some political points with fundamentalist Christians. If that displeases you, so be it, but I don't see anything wrong with talking. McCain's been consistently pro-life when it comes to abortion so it's a non-starter to claim that McCain became anti-abortion only after that meeting with Falwell.
Edited by Solar Wind, 14 November 2006 - 08:46 PM.