Either the McCain camp genuinely believes the majority of the Establishment Media will let such a glaring flip-flop slide, or the good senator from my state isn’t just from the great state of Arizona, he’s from the great state of senescence:
Presidential challenger John McCain said Sunday that he supports a proposed ballot initiative in his home state that would prohibit affirmative action policies from state and local governments. A decade ago, he called a similar effort “divisive.”
Over the years, McCain has consistently voiced his opposition to hiring quotas based on race. He has supported affirmative action in limited cases. For example, he voted to maintain a program that encourages the awarding of 10 percent of spending on highway construction to women and minorities.
McCain was asked specifically Sunday whether he supported an effort to get a referendum on the ballot in Arizona that would “do away with affirmative action.”
“Yes, I do,” said McCain in an interview broadcast Sunday on ABC’s This Week.
The Republican senator quickly added that he had not seen the details of the proposal. “But I’ve always opposed quotas.”
In 1998, a resolution pending in the state Legislature would ask Arizona voters to eliminate most preferences based on race, gender, color or ethnic origin. McCain warned against using ballot proposals to outlaw quotas or racial preferences.