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Not Catching Rays in the Florida Sun

McCain looks strikingly pale on Meet the Press this morning. Is he fighting off a cold? His voice didn’t sound too bad…

I can only imagine what shape the candidates are in. They haven’t had a real day off since Christmas, they’re doing multiple events a day, shaking hands with dozens of people day after day. God knows what kinds of germs they’re getting exposed to with each handshake. They’re jumping on and off airplanes, sleeping in motel and hotel beds, who knows what they’re eating. They’re probably simultaneously exhausted and yet not getting the right kind of exercise. (The most dramatic example so far this year was Richardson; every time he appeared for a debate, he seemed to be in worse shape.)
It’s amazing that we haven’t had more terrible gaffes by candidates, as at some point soon, some of them will be running on empty…
UPDATE: A campaign that doesn’t like John McCain e-mails:

On “Meet The Press” This Morning, McCain Claimed His 2000 Tax Plan Would Have Been Better For Country.  MCCAIN: “In ‘04 our economy was fine. And I have said many, many times since then, I’ve said many, many times, as the tax cuts came closer to whether they’re need to be made permanent or not, I’ve said 500 times that I want the tax cuts to be made permanent. Did I want my tax plan approved when I was running in 2000? Yes, and if we had done what I wanted to be do, we would be talking about more tax cuts today.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 1/27/08)

 

But McCain’s 2000 Tax Plan Would Have Raised Business Taxes By $150 Billion. “One of the little-acknowledged aspects of Sen. John McCain’s tax reform plan is that it would raise business taxes by $150 billion over the next five years.” (Donald Lambro, “McCain’s Claim Of Tax Relief Disputed,” The Washington Times, 3/4/00)

 

“Where Bush Has Tax Breaks For Everyone, McCain Vows To Raise Taxes On Some Corporations.” (Howard Gleckman, “Against The Grain,” Business Week, 2/21/00)

 

And Small Business Survival Committee Gave McCain’s Tax Reform Plan “C-.” “The Small Business Survival Committee (SBSC) today released its report card on the tax plans drafted by the leading presidential candidates. Texas Governor George W. Bush scored highest with a B+, followed by Arizona Senator John McCain with a C-. Former Senator Bill Bradley received a D, and Vice President Al Gore received an F. Released in the Entrepreneurial Economy, a special publication of SBSC, the report card is based on the impact each plan will have on the small business community.” (Small Business Survival Committee, “Small Business Group Grades Presidential Candidate Tax Plans,” Press Release, 2/21/00)

 

SBSC President Said McCain’s Plan Included Tax Hikes On Small Businesses And Failed To Eliminate Death Tax. SBSC President Christopher Wysocki: “While the McCain tax plan is good in that it expands the 15% income tax bracket, strengthens medical savings accounts, and makes the ban on Internet taxes permanent, it also penalizes small business.  The plan includes tax increases on small business by eliminating deductions for certain costs of doing business, and it fails to eliminate the heinous death tax. The plan also disproportionately hits charitable organizations that depend on contributions of appreciable assets.” (Small Business Survival Committee, “Small Business Group Grades Presidential Candidate Tax Plans,” Press Release, 2/21/00)

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