McCain: I Won't Back Stimulus as Is

Cites partisanship, waste; Pelosi, Schumer say it's bipartisan
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 25, 2009 11:55 AM CST

(Newser) – John McCain told Fox News Sunday that he wouldn’t back the stimulus bill as written by House Dems because it’s full of wasteful spending and includes little GOP input, Politico reports. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, on ABC’s This Week, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, also on Fox, disagreed, saying the bill had bipartisan backing, the Hill reports. Also:

  • Vice President Joe Biden talked about Gitmo on Face the Nation, saying "We won't release people inside the United States. They're either going to be tried in courts, in military courts, or sent back to their own country."
  • McCain said he had few regrets about the campaign and didn’t regret picking Sarah Palin for veep. “She energized our party. She has a bright future in our party,” he said.
  • Pelosi suggested she’d support plugging more federal cash into the financial system if needed.
  • Schumer noted that Caroline Kennedy had dropped her Senate candidacy for “personal and family reasons, and I think we ought to respect her privacy.”