By Klaus Marre - 04/16/07 04:32 PM EDT
In his second major policy address in a week, McCain said Republicans, after winning control of Congress, “forgot who we were: tight-fisted stewards of the federal treasury who keep our priorities straight.”
McCain vowed to use the veto power often to fight pork-barrel spending.
“Give me the pen, and I’ll use it,” the senator said at a speech to the Economic Club of Memphis. “I won’t just talk about it or threaten it, or use it once and put it back in the drawer to gather dust. Give me the pen, and I’ll veto every single pork-barrel bill Congress sends me, and if they keep sending them to me, I’ll use the bully pulpit to make the people who are wasting your money famous.”
McCain also said he would reform entitlement programs, calling the Social Security program “unsustainable,” and promised to reduce trade barriers to keep America prosperous.