McCain Campaign: 'John McCain Doesn't Speak for Us'
On Sunday, ABCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s George Stephanopoilos asked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) about his plans to fix Social Security. McCain said repeatedly that Ã¢â‚¬Å“everything has to be on the tableÃ¢â‚¬Â� regarding possible reforms -- including a payroll tax increase:
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, that means payroll tax increases are on the table, as well?
MCCAIN: There is nothing thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s off the table.The comments drew a Ã¢â‚¬Å“sharp rebukeÃ¢â‚¬Â� from the Club for Growth, who wrote McCain a letter calling the comments Ã¢â‚¬Å“shocking because you have been adamant in your opposition to raising taxes under any circumstances.Ã¢â‚¬Â� In fact, just last year McCain explicitly told the National Review that he refused to consider any sort of tax increase. He also told ABCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s George Stephanopoulos, Ã¢â‚¬Å“No new taxes.Ã¢â‚¬Â�
Trying to stymie the conservative blow-back over his bossÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recent comments, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds insisted to Fox News this morning that the senator hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really been speaking for the campaign. When Fox host Megyn Kelly insisted Bounds stop Ã¢â‚¬Å“wafflingÃ¢â‚¬Â� and answer whether a tax increase was Ã¢â‚¬Å“on the table,Ã¢â‚¬Â� Bounds replied, Ã¢â‚¬Å“NoÃ¢â‚¬Â�: