McCain's ACU Ratings

Senator John McCain's lifetime rating of 82.3% from the American Conservative Union is often cited as proof that he is conservative.  Here is a closer look at that 82.3 rating.First, a rating of 82.3 is not really that high.  It puts Senator McCain in 39th place among senators serving in 2006, the latest year for which the ACU has its ratings posted online.  For that most recent year in particular, McCain scored only 65, putting him in 47th place for that year.  Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE), for example, scored 64 and 75, respectively, in 2006.Generally, McCain has voted less conservatively in more recent years.  His average for 1990-97 was 88, but was only 74 for 1998-2006.  Below are his yearly ratings since 1990.YearACU Rating200665200580200472200380200272200168200081199977199868199780199695199591199496199383199285199186199087So where did McCain differ from the ACU?  The big areas were taxes, campaign finance reform, the...(Read Full Article)

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