John McCain: Campaign Issues

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  • Favors deploying more troops.
  • Strengthen Iraqi armed forces and police.
  • Keep senior officers in place.
  • Call for international pressure on Syria and Iran to get involved to help stabilize Iraq.
  • Implement new counterinsurgency strategy.
  • Accelerate political and economic reconstruction.


  • Encourage developing nations, China, and India to join with other countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Implement a mandatory cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions
  • Seek ways to eliminate U.S. dependence on foreign oil
  • Limit carbon emissions by harnessing market forces that will bring advanced technologies, such as nuclear energy, to the market faster


  • Vows to secure U.S. borders
  • Supports a temporary worker program
  • Recognize the importance of the assimilation of our immigrant population, which includes learning English, American history and civics, and respecting the values of a democratic society

Health care

  • Allow national insurance companies to sell across state borders.
  • Foster development of routes for safe, cheaper generic drugs and biologic pharmaceuticals; safety protocols to permit re-importation.
  • Eliminate bias for employer-sponsored health insurance, and $2,500 Health Insurance Credit for individuals ($5,000 for families).
  • Portable insurance.
  • Give veterans access to local physicians.
  • Require states receiving Medicaid to develop financial "risk adjustment" bonus to high-cost and low-income families.
  • Individual insurance through any organization or association.
  • Promote competition in health care system.


  • Tax cuts for middle class families; repeal Alternative Minimum Tax.
  • Make Bush income and investment tax cuts permanent.
  • Permanent R&D tax credit.


  • Tax deductions for college tuition.
  • Favors school choice: vouchers, charters, home-schooling.
  • Tax-free savings accounts for education expenses.
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