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New McCain Rips Old McCain's Argument That Bush Tax Cuts Only Benefit Wealthy

Now that he has to court the hardline anti-tax factions of the conservative movement, McCain is changing his story on tax policy.
On ABC's This Week today, host George Stephanopoulos asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about Democratic proposals to protect "middle-income Americans" and "only raise" taxes "on the wealthy." In response, McCain bristled at Stephanopoulos's distinction, mockingly warning against rhetoric that talks about "who the, quote, 'wealthy' are in America":
MCCAIN: But more importantly, we'll argue about whether we should increase your taxes or decrease them. Obviously, I'm for decreases in taxes. Maybe Americans want their taxes increased. We'll argue about...
STEPHANOPOULOS: ... for middle-income Americans, only raise them on the wealthy?
MCCAIN: Oh, yes, sure, the wealthy, the wealthy. Always be interested in when people talk about who the, quote, "wealthy" are in America. I find it interesting.
Now that he has to court the hardline anti-tax factions of the conservative movement, McCain is changing his story on tax policy. In 2000, 2001, and 2003, McCain was one of the people "interested" in talking about "who the, quote, 'wealthy' are in America" when he argued against Bush's tax cuts that "mostly benefit the wealthy":
"There's one big difference between me and the others-I won't take every last dime of the surplus and spend it on tax cuts that mostly benefit the wealthy." [McCain campaign commercial, January 2000]
Matt Corley is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.