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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Nader Asks McCain - Are You Still Good on Your Promises from 2000?

Ralph Nader wants to know.

If John McCain becomes President, will he hold weekly press conferences and British style "question time"?

In 2000, McCain told Newsweek's Jonathan Alter that if he were to be elected president, he would hold one press conference a week.

McCain also said he enjoyed watching "Question Time" on C-Span - that's where the British prime minister each week faces a grilling from members of Parliament.

McCain told Newsweek's Alter that if elected President, he would ask the Capitol Hill leadership in both parties to select ten members of Congress each for a weekly televised question session.
"That kind of exchange would be good for America, with the full knowledge that the president would be embarrassed," McCain told Alter.

Nader said he wants to know whether McCain still adheres to the promises he made in 2000.
"People say that John McCain is a changed man," Nader said. "That he has changed from a reformer to being a player. Well, I'd like to know, Senator McCain - a weekly press conference when you become President? Question Time? Give me a call."

Nader challenged all the Presidential candidates to adopt McCain's idea.

"If President Bush had adopted McCain's idea in 2001, we might not be in the mess we are in now," Nader said.

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