McCain Fingerprints On Airbus Sell-Out Deal

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Dragging the ticket.

Some Kansans furious and mystified over the demise of a Boeing bid to replace the Air Force’s aging armada of aerial tankers think they detect John McCain’s fingerprints.

The senator from Arizona says the decision was the Pentagon’s and that he had nothing to do with it other than to ask for fair competition, for taxpayer money not to be wasted and military effectiveness not impaired.

Boeing allies, however, point to the former Airbus lobbyists on the Republican’s campaign staff and the political contributions from the company. They question an amendment he championed opening military bids to foreign manufacturers, his letters to the Defense Department pushing to ensure Boeing wasn’t the lone airplane maker being considered and his call to ignore European subsidies to Airbus.