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McCain's Lobbyist Problem Presents Fundraising Tool

By Mary Ann Akers
Borrowing a page from Hillary Rodham Clinton's playbook, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is using his lobbyist controversy to raise money.

Just as the Clinton campaign used last summer's cleavage controversy to rally empathetic supporters to dig into their pockets, the McCain camp is doing the same in its attack against the New York Times, which was first to publish this week's explosive story about McCain's close ties to lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

In an e-mail to supporters today, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis wrote:

"Well, here we go. We could expect attacks were coming; as soon as John McCain appeared to be locking up the Republican nomination, the liberal establishment and their allies at the New York Times have gone on the attack. Today's front-page New York Times story is particularly disgusting -- an un-sourced hit-and-run smear campaign designed to distract from the issues at stake in this election.... We will not allow their scurrilous attack against a great American hero to stand."

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Posted at 3:52 PM ET on Feb 21, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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This is so clearly a set up and the press fell for it.

Didn't this story originate with the Drudge Report? The same right-wing bottom feeder who instigated numerous unfounded attacks against the Clintons years ago? The same unfounded attacks that were picked up the "liberal press" and played over and over on "liberal press" TV shows until the Republican-led Congress stopped all governing in order to Impeach a President.

So a conservative cyber-rag starts a story against a candidate deemed too liberal, it get's picked up by the 'Liberal Press' and is then used to prove the candidates conservative credentials because he's being attacked by the "liberal press"?? What a world
End the Drama, Vote for Obama!

Posted by: thebobbob | February 21, 2008 5:00 PM

McCain was born in Panama and as such it sounds as he is not a "Natural
Born Citizen" accordingly to the Constituion meaning of the world "Natural
Born Citizen" indicating Born within the territory, therefore he may not
qualify to run for the office of the president.
Panama was leased and we have no Territorial Rights nor it was considered
US territory.

McCain is a Citizen of the United States because a Law (Controlled by
Congress) that allows Citizenship if Both parents are U.S. citizens.
Section 1 of Article II of the Constitution contains the clause:
"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United
States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible
to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that
Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and
been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States."

The origin of the natural-born citizen clause can be traced to a July 25,
1787, letter from John Jay to George Washington, presiding officer of the
Constitutional Convention. John Jay wrote: "Permit me to hint, whether it
would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of
Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to
declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American army shall
not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen." There was
no debate, and this qualification for the office of the Presidency was
introduced by the drafting Committee of Eleven, and then adopted without
discussion by the Constitutional Convention.

If I may, this is not about McCain per se but rather a legitimate quest for
the truth and clarification.

I'm not a Constitutional scholars, but if you feel as passionate and
fascinated with this subject as I am, in the process of researching you
will discover the vast data that exists of factual information extracted
from US Supreme Court cases as well as the Founding Father Papers during
the process of writing our Constituion you will discover what the actual
intend of "Natural Born Citizen" was and is and what is missing or not to
have it clarified once and for all.
Here is a set of web pages to help you all that love reading and educating
{ Why Did the Founding Fathers Want the President
To Be a "Natural Born Citizen}
{ The Pernicious "Natural Born" Clause of the Constitution}
another Digital book on this subject..

So what is going to be? I guess at the end someone will file suit against McCain to have this mess clarified to see if current and future US Citizens NOT born in USA soil where both Parents are US citizens are eligible for the office of the President of The United States of America accordingly to the constitution requirements.

Posted by: politiciannc | February 21, 2008 4:51 PM

Maybe they should just run on a McCain/Clinton ticket.

If they don't agree on policy at least their tactics are similar, and who could stand against over 100 years of combined experience!

Back a winner in November, vote Obama.

Posted by: IndependenceEveWonderlandBallroom | February 21, 2008 4:23 PM

Every problem is an opportunity
Then McCain has a lot of them...

Obama vs. McCain- The Google Effect:

Posted by: davidmwe | February 21, 2008 4:10 PM

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