Republicans as Original Mavericks
John McCain has chosen to launch his ticket with Sarah Palin with a television commercial promoting the pair as Original Mavericks. The “Original Mavericks” ad, airing on national cable and in key states, claims that John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin have a record of bringing reform to government so that government fights for the people. Instead of talking about change, they’ve implemented it. This is a deliberate strategy to distance the duo from two terms of Republican government led by George W Bush. It remains to be seen if the majority of the American public actually want to vote for a ‘Maverick’ team.
“The original mavericks. He fights pork barrel spending. She stopped the Bridge to Nowhere. He took on the drug industry. She took on big oil. He battled Republicans and reformed Washington. She battled Republicans and reformed Alaska. They’ll make history. They’ll change Washington. McCain. Palin. Real change.”
See the John McCain press release for more details.
Barack Obama Response
As expected, Obama has put out a response to the McCain/Palin claim to maverick status. “No Mavericks” shows John McCain saying that he’s voted along the same lines as George Bush 90 percent of the time.
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“John McCain supports Bush’s tax cuts for millionaires, but nothing for a hundred million households. He’s for billions in new oil company giveaways, while gas prices soar. And for tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. The original maverick? Or just more of the same?”
The Real Original Maverick
The original Maverick, from whom the name is taken, was Samuel Maverick, a Texan lawyer, legislator and landowner, a progressive Democrat who died in 1870. Maverick’s name entered American vocabulary when he became known for refusing to brand his cattle, claiming that it was inhumane. The title of Maverick is still used to describe unbranded cattle as well as stubborn independent people.