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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Remember When McCain Was Flying Coach?

posted by on April 26 at 18:26 PM

John McCain likes to make hay out of the fact that his campaign was pretty much broke for a spell last year. Here’s a representative exchange on Letterman:

LETTERMAN: You got into financial trouble, and all of that changed, turned around. What did you do—did you ever consider getting out?

MCCAIN: Well, I was riding on a well-known airline in group D, you know, that’s the one where you get to sit in the center seat between two heavyset Americans… I was carrying my own bags, which was good training, good experience.

As the New York TImes reports, McCain didn’t so much fly coach on a well-known airline as benefit from a cut rate on his wife’s cushy corporate jet:

The McCain campaign turned to using the jet last August, a time when it faced mounting debts and the possibility of financial collapse. It stopped doing so in March, those records indicate.

During the first half of 2007, a time when Mr. McCain’s campaign did not use his wife’s jet, it paid out over $1.04 million for travel on noncommercial planes, F.E.C. records indicate. Over the second half of the year, when that jet was used almost constantly for campaign-related purposes, his campaign’s total spending for noncommercial flying was about one-half that much, or $542,160, those records suggest.

Very thrifty of you, Senator.

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Too bad the CAPITALIST INVESTORS in those firms didn't get to VOTE on the pay packages that let Comrade McCain and his Empress ride in luxury while the investors paid for it ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 26, 2008 6:57 PM

Yeah, wait-a-goddamn-minute. I could be flying on a cushy Learjet for half what I pay to fly on those fucking overcrowded, late, luggage-mishandling commercial flights? Jeez!

Posted by Dr_Awesome | April 26, 2008 7:40 PM

And what was that big haircut "scandal" that the conservatives flipped their shit over Edwards??

McCain is really just a man of the people.

Posted by Shawn Fassett | April 26, 2008 10:34 PM
Posted by w7ngman | April 26, 2008 11:03 PM

@3 - well, until you see he's promised to literally TRIPLE the federal budget deficit, get is in THREE WARS at once (not just Iraq and Afghanistan but Iran), and keep shipping money to the ultra-rich while 99 percent of America is LOSING WAGES TO INFLATION while the ultra rich are gaining ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 27, 2008 1:23 PM

It's ok to be a lying sack of shit as long as you're a right-wing Republican.

Posted by dem | April 28, 2008 2:42 PM

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