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John McCain the Flip Flopper - I

Posted on 1/8/2008 2:11:00 PM

Flip flopping—or changing views and opinions to suit the situation—is a standard political ruse. Most politicians, at least at some time or the other, have made a statement that they went on to retract sometime later. However, few such as John McCain are consistent flip floppers. Here is a list of just a few of John McCain's flip flops:

Before the Iraq war, McCain had said, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later McCain said that he had known all along that the war in Iraq was going to be a long, hard, and tough one.

In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation requiring grassroots lobbying coalitions to disclose their financial donors. Soon after, in 2007, he decided to vote against it, claiming that he changed his views based on the feedback he received about the proposal.

McCain had taken a stand in favor of allowing gay marriages, but later changed his views to saying that same sex marriages should not be allowed.

McCain said he would not support repeal of the Roe v. Wade law that considers anti-abortion laws a violation of the constitutional right to privacy. However, later he changed his position on this.

In 2002, McCain was critical of fundamentalist television preacher Jerry Falwell whom he dubbed as an "agent of intolerance". However, subsequently, he changed his stance after patching up with Falwell.

McCain consistently opposed President Bush’s tax cuts benefiting wealthier Americans, but has changed his position to vote in favor of them.

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