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McCain Denies ‘Special Treatment’ Story

Posted on Dec 20, 2007

Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign has been picking up momentum, but now the candidate finds himself in a war of words with the Drudge Report. On Thursday, McCain vehemently denied that, as was posted on Drudge, he once gave “special treatment” to a lobbyist and has been trying to pressure The New York Times to kill the story.


McCain acknowledged that his presidential campaign aides have had discussions with the newspaper regarding its inquiries.

“I have not been in talks with The New York Times. They’ve been communicating with our staff and with us,” McCain said. “I’ve never done any favors for anybody—lobbyist or special interest group—that’s a clear, 24-year record.”

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Just weeks away from a possible surprise victory in the primaries, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been waging a ferocious behind the scenes battle with the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, and has hired DC power lawyer Bob Bennett to mount a bold defense against charges of giving special treatment to a lobbyist!

McCain has personally pleaded with NY TIMES editor Bill Keller not to publish the high-impact report involving key telecom legislation before the Senate Commerce Committee, newsroom insiders tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

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By Frank, December 26, 2007 at 9:20 am Link to this comment

DMcD, considering tha nature of politics these days, if you have to go back 34 years to try and get some dirt on McCain, that’s speaks pretty well of him. Anyway, laying the consequences of the Navajo-Hopi land dispute at the feet of McCain is a bit of a stretch. The “history” you linked to is a a pretty limited one which does not begin to tell the whole story. Try Googling for a number of better sources.

McCain has more integrity than any other Republican candidate, except perhaps the slightly nutty Ron Paul. He puts his own values and judgment ahead of party ties often, at his own political peril, to the point where many Republicans consider him a RINO (Repub in name only). His straight talk often gets him portrayed as being a hothead.  Personally, I’d prefer that over a BS artists any day.  If we end up with another Republican in office, I hope it’s him.

Unfotunately, McCain may not be good looking or charming enough to win the Republican nomination, with all those Republican women swooning over Romney and Huckabee. Any Dem would be a better option to those two.

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By DMcD, December 24, 2007 at 1:20 am Link to this comment
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Spoke too fast—- the saga continues—- it seems that McCain isn’t quite finished with the stealing Indian lands (among other things) , yet.

If interested , check

Too bad that these kinds of injustices don’t make the evening news. What we don’t know , ‘can’ hurt us. These are Americans too ( more-so than us) and if McCain can do this to them , he can do it to you too. Expose this Bozo for what he is ; a tyrant.


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By DMcD, December 23, 2007 at 11:27 pm Link to this comment
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McCain ? Special treatment for lobbyists ? Nah , that can’t be——Oh , wait a minute; I do seem to remember reading about a conveniently forgotten nasty little account concerning McCain / Kerr-McGee / the Relocation Act of 1974. It seems that the Navajo and Hopi tribes are having to live , even today , with the deathly results of a McCain ‘special treatment’.

See for some eye opening details of McCains’ complete disregard for the well-being of his Native American constituents (and anybody else that gets in the way). This may seem to many as ‘ancient history’ but thats not the case. These ‘victims’ have to live with this everyday. Their groundwater is fully contaminated , they suffer from very high rates of radiation related illnesses and their ancient lands will be deadly for 1.000’s of years to come.

If McCain could have been callous enough to do this , I can only imagine what else he’s capable of.

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By PatrickHenry, December 22, 2007 at 8:36 am Link to this comment

McCain is cast in the same mold as Dole, who was renowned to be a mean spirited little man off camera.  He looses his temper frequently and is not the man whose finger I want on the button.

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By Robert Chapman, December 21, 2007 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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McCain may well have done nothing illegal, after all he is a senior Senator and he gets to define what is illegal.

The idea that McCain has never done any favors for a lobbyist is an insult to the voters’ intelligence.

The Straight Talk Express remains the BS boogey.

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By John Galt, December 20, 2007 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
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McCain sucks man dick.

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