McCain on Polls: ‘I don’t agree’ with them

By David Edwards
Sunday, October 26, 2008 10:24 EDT
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NBC’s Tom Brokaw talked with John McCain about his campaign was doing in national polls.

Partial transcript

BROKAW: We are going to get to that very issue in had a moment. One of the things that you have been saying in the course of your campaign is that Senator Obama has neither the experience nor the judgment to be the President of the United States. We have got some polls on how he’s doing with the American voter on some of the critical issues of the day. This is the latest NBC/”Wall Street Journal” poll. On health care, who is better equipped to deal with health care, Obama has a 39-point advantage over you in that poll. The economy is up 21 points. The housing crisis, a 21-point advantage. Taxes, 14 and Iraq, you have an advantage over Senator Obama of about five points. These are not, these are not the pundits of the media elite.

McCAIN: I don’t agree with their conclusion that I’m 11, 13, 14 point, whatever it is. We have polls showing us three or four points behind. So, if you want to continue referring to a poll that I disagree with, I have to start out conversation, I don’t agree with that. We are closing and have been closing.

BROKAW: That’s not the only poll.

McCAIN: and not the only poll that shows us close. I’m sure we don’t want it spend the morning arguing about polls that are accurate or inaccurate but I stand here for the American people with my view that I think that we don’t, we can’t fine small business people who have employees without health insurance that he hasn’t going to fine them if they don’t have, have the insurance policy that they want. That Senator Obama wants them to have. That if they have children that didn’t have health insurance, that senator obama wants them to have, they will be fined, that he wants to spend an additional trillion dollars. I’ll stand on those issues. I’ll stand on them and I’ll take the verdict of the American people. And I guarantee you that two weeks from now, you will see this has been a very close race and I believe that I’m going to win it.

BROKAW: All right. I don’t want to dwell on these polls, really, but even.

McCAIN: But you are.

BROKAW: Fine, you had a big margin of error.

McCAIN: I can show you, again, a Zogby poll and our poll and other polls that will show different numbers than the ones you are showing. You are starting out in all due respect with fundamental assumption that I don’t agree with so hard for me to respond to assumptions that I don’t agree with. On the economy, look, we, we just figured it out with Joe the plumber. Americans just figured it out. He wants to spread the wealth around and every time there’s a poll, there’s a different tax plan. A different tax plan for america. He’s the guy that, Senator Obama voted with a Democrat budget resolution that will impose taxes on individuals making $42,000 a year. That’s just a fact. He wants to raise taxes, in a time of economic difficulties. The last time a president of the units did that was a guy name Herbert Hoover, protectionism and raising taxes.

BROKAW: Well, ronald reagan did, as well. Right after the recession in the first two years of his office.

McCAIN: Well, look, I’ll be glad to review the Reagan record. But the reagan record was certainly one that reigned in spending, one that I’m very proud of as far as both the economic and national security policies.

This video is from NBC’s Meet the Press, broadcast October 26, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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