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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

McCain Staff Lobbied for Airbus Deal

Good luck winning in Kansas after this one.

According to the Washington Post:

WASHINGTON - To show that he's a crusader against wasteful spending and congressional corruption, Sen. John McCain repeatedly brags about his leading role in stopping a scandal-plagued, air tanker contract between the Air Force and Boeing Co. in 2004.

Four years later, a new $35 billion contract has been awarded to Europe's Airbus consortium to build the latest generation of tanker. The decision has sparked anger from congressional supporters of Boeing and critics of outsourcing. It has also focused attention on McCain's reliance on lobbyists in his campaign for president since his finance chairman and several other top advisers lobbied on behalf of Airbus last year at a time when Boeing and Airbus were in fierce competition for the Air Force contract.

Well, it's nice to see Veterans employing people who'd rather give military contracts to French companies. I don't know how he's going to be able to argue that he can restore the American economy when his chief financial officer is leading the crusade to deny a contract to the United State's largest military aircraft manufacturer. Way to open the door to the Democrats.

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