Pelsoi: John McCain Above Corruption

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Nancy Pelosi, who has been trying to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s quest for President, continues her peacenik opposition to military readiness. Rep. Pelosi now criticizes John McCain for being against blood pork, and putting the national interest above the interest of big campaign contributors:

The controversy over the Pentagon decision to award a $35bn refuelling tanker contract to EADS spilled into the presidential race yesterday, when a senior Democrat suggested that John McCain, the Republican nominee, was responsible for the deal being “outsourced” to a European company.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, said Boeing had been on course to supply the US Air Force with tankers until Mr McCain “intervened”.

“My understanding is that it was on course for Boeing before. I mean, the thought was that it would be a domestic supplier for it,” Ms Pelosi told reporters.

“Senator McCain intervened, and now we have a situation where the contract may be – this work may be outsourced.”

The air force originally chose Boeing to supply it with 100 tankers. But Congress cancelled the deal after it emerged that Darleen Druyun, a former top air force acquisitions official, had held illegal job discussions with Boeing while still negotiating the deal. Ms Druyun admitted boosting the value of the deal to help Boeing.

Mr McCain has pointed to his aggressive investigation into the Boeing deal as evidence that he is willing to stand up to powerful corporate interests.

No word on whether Pelsoi will similarly criticize Barack Obama. I doubt it. Investigating Boeing’s crooked dealings took political courage on John McCain’s part — it was an accomplishment. That’s the sort of thing that Barack Obama doesn’t have.

Update: Eddie has more.