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Hannity Falsely Claims McCain Voted Against Bush Tax Cuts Because Of Spending Concerns

Reported by Ellen - August 21, 2008 -

On last night’s (8/20/08) Hannity & Colmes, Sean Hannity argued that John McCain’s vote against President Bush’s tax cuts indicate he’s “a principled conservative” because they didn’t include spending cuts. In reality, McCain was against the tax cuts because they favored the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. With video.

Hannity told guest Mike Huckabee Huckabee that McCain “wasn’t against the tax cuts but for the reason that it didn’t include spending cuts. Which, by the way, is principled conservatism.”

That may be principled conservatism but it wasn't the reason McCain gave THEN for voting the way he did.

In actuality, as Media Matters has proved, in a May 2001 Senate debate,

(McCain) said that while he supported an earlier version of the bill "that provided more tax relief to middle income Americans," "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief." McCain reiterated this position in an April 11, 2004, interview on NBC's Meet the Press, saying: "I would have -- I voted against the tax cuts because of the disproportionate amount that went to the wealthy Americans."