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He Did It Again: In Ormond Beach, McCain Pledges Spending Freeze with No Exception for NASA

Press Release From: Barack Obama 2008
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2008

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ORMOND BEACH - Days after attempting to clarify his ever-changing position on space funding, John McCain returned to the region this morning and reinstituted his call for a spending freeze - without an exception for NASA. Speaking in Ormond Beach, McCain promised to freeze spending on "all but the most important programs like defense, veterans care, social security and health care," pledging to "veto every single pork barrel earmark."

Notably absent was any exception for space funding, muddying a position McCain tried to clear up last week.

"It seems Senator McCain isn't committed to exempting NASA from his proposed spending freeze. After talking about space for all of 53 seconds in Melbourne last week, now he's returned to the area and neglected to mention space at all, going so far as to reinstitute his spending freeze pledge without a NASA exception. It's no wonder Florida Today has called McCain 'downright schizophrenic' about space," said Obama's Florida Policy Director Ian Bassin. "Barack Obama has pledged an additional $2 billion to reduce the spaceflight gap and save Florida jobs and was recently praised for his 'leadership' on space issues by NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. That's the change Florida's Space Coast needs."

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