MCCAIN: “I’m proud to tell you, Chris, in 24 years, as a member of congress, I’ve never asked for nor received a single ear mark pour pork barrel project from my state, and I guarantee,, I’ll veto the bills and ask for the line item veto and make the authors of them famous and we’ll get spending under control and then we’ll be able to have some physical sanity and restore trust and confidence on the part of the American people.
John Solomon says otherwise:
“It turns out, McCain may not have always been so averse to earmarks. As part of a story published today on the McCain campaign’s efforts to woo lobbyists and their big money client The Washington Post reviewed years of the senator’s official correspondence to agencies that have been released over the years under the Freedom of Information Act. That review located this 1992 letter in which McCain privately pressed the Republican administration of President Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush, to secure such a $5 million earmark for a wastewater project in Arizona after Congress had rejected the request in its own spending bill. Spurned by his colleagues, McCain took his case to the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. ‘I would like to request that EPA either re-program $5 million out of existing funds or earmark the amount from an appropriate account,’ McCain wrote in his Oct. 9, 1992 letter to then-EPA Administrator William K. Reilly, calling the earmark ‘crucial to protecting the public health and the environment.’