March 9, 2009: ‘I don’t want him to fail’ (Politico)

  • Even on areas of common ground, there are tensions. Obama’s 2010 budget uses a cap-and-trade regime both to address climate change and to raise $645 billion in revenues. “It’s been very harmful to the whole issue of cap-and-trade,” McCain says. “I never looked at cap-and-trade as a way to increase revenues. … Never did I envision it would be a vehicle for raising $650 billion, which would just be a tax increase on the American people.”
  • “There is no clear message,” he says of Obama’s Treasury. “They’re just sort of lurching from one crisis to another, and that’s the perception the American people have.”