March 3, 2009: McCain launches broadside against Obama on spending (Reuters)

  • "If it sounds like I'm angry … it's because I am," the fiery McCain said. "The American people want the Congress to act in a fiscally responsible manner."
  • "Why do we need to spend $2 million to promote astronomy in Hawaii when unemployment is going up and the stock market is tanking?" McCain said. "Here we are promising the American people hope and change and what do we get, business as usual."
  • "We are regrettably dealing with leftover business," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs. "I think that the American people … have been clear about where he stands on this and what we'll do going forward to change the rules of the road."