From NBC's Mark Murray
Yesterday we mentioned that President Obama had tapped into his email list to mobilize his supporters to back his economic stimulus plan.
Well, now John McCain has done the same -- but in opposition to the plan.
"I cannot and do not support the package on the table from the Democrats and the Obama administration," McCain says in the email to his Country First PAC list. "Our country does not need just another spending bill, particularly not one that will load future generations with the burden of massive debt. We need a short term stimulus bill that will directly help people, create jobs, and provide a jolt to our economy."
He adds, "I appreciate the discussions President Obama is having with my Republican colleagues, but the time for talking has come to an end and we must now begin some serious negotiation. But as of yet, Republicans have not been given the opportunity to be involved. The House of Representatives passed a stimulus bill without a single Republican supporting it. In the Senate, the Democrat leadership is trying to jam the existing proposal through regardless of reservations from a number of members. With so much at stake, the last thing we need is partisanship driving our attempts to turn the economy around."