| After upsetting some conservatives by signaling an openness to higher payroll taxes for Social Security, Republican John McCain gave the simplest of answers Tuesday when asked if he would raise taxes as president. |
"No," McCain said sternly when the question was put to him by a young girl at a meeting in Sparks, Nev.
Despite previous vows not to raise taxes of any kind, McCain had caught some Republicans by surprise by suggesting the opposite.
Speaking with reporters on his campaign bus on July 9, he cited a need to shore up Social Security. "I cannot tell you what I would do, except to put everything on the table," he said.