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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife Cindy greet the crowd at the Cecil Field FCCJ Aviation Hanger 14 in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, April 3, 2008, during his Service to America campaign tour. (AP)

By Christopher Lee and Michael D. Shear
Arizona Sen. John McCain is not currently protected by the Secret Service, despite having locked up the GOP nomination for president and spending most of his time campaigning before large crowds, the director of the agency testified today.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told a House appropriations subcommittee today that the two-time presidential contender has not yet requested the agency's services.

"Statutorily, he is not required to take protection," Sullivan said in response to a question during a hearing on the agency's budget. "As far as an actual request, we have not gotten one. We have no involvement at this point."

McCain has repeatedly said he does not want Secret Service protection, expressing the belief that it will restrict his ability to connect with voters at his trademark town hall meetings. Last November, he told reporters that he planned to resist it as long as he could.

His status contrasts with that of the leading Democratic contenders during what Secret Service officials say has been an extraordinarily busy campaign.

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) began receiving Secret Service protection in May 2007, 18 months before the election. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) already had protection because she is a former first lady.

Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, said today that the campaign had no comment on the senator's security measures.

McCain does have private bodyguards who accompany him to events. When he travels on charter planes, reporters and staffers are screened and wanded by private security each time they board.

On one recent flight in Mississippi, a bomb-sniffing dog swept through the press bus before reporters were allowed to board McCain's JetBlue charter.

But that level of security pales in comparison to the protection at Clinton and Obama campaign events, where Secret Service agents always are very visible, shadowing the Democratic candidates, even when they are at rope lines with voters.

At today's hearing, Rep. Ciro D. Rodriguez (D-Tex.) and Rep. Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) inquired about which candidates were covered by the Secret Service during the 2008 campaign. Rodriguez said in an interview that he was surprised to learn that McCain is unprotected.

"I just assumed that even if someone doesn't ask, that there are certain other levels of protection that are out there," Rodriguez said. "I just assumed that we would normally just do that automatically. ... I thought that was ridiculous. He's the nominee of the Republican Party and we ought to have some levels of protection. And I hope that maybe they are and that they just didn't share it with us openly."

Last November, McCain told reporters on his Straight Talk Express bus that "it's my intention, if we win this nomination, to reject Secret Service. ... Why do I need it?"

At the time, McCain even dismissed the need for official protection should he become president.

"The day that the Secret Service can assure me that if we're driving in the motorcade and there's a guy in a rooftop with a rifle, that they can stop that guy, then I'll say fine," he said. "But the day they tell me, 'Well, we can't guarantee it,' then fine, I'll take my chances."

But those comments came months before McCain clinched the Republican nomination in early March. Since then, his campaign advisers have repeatedly urged reporters not to discuss the lack of Secret Service protection.

Staff researcher Rena Kirsch contributed to this report.

By Washington Post Editor  |  April 3, 2008; 1:34 PM ET
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New Thread: MCCAIN WILL ACCEPT SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION!

Posted by: JakeD | April 4, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

This article is misleading. McCain may have elected not use Secret Service for protection, but he is not unprotected. He uses a private security contractor under KBR. It takes about 20 seconds to look this stuff up.

Posted by: ifoundmyshortlist | April 4, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs protection. I hope they do something quick about it. No Presidential candidate should be with out it

Posted by: ginogreat | April 4, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

He has got my vote. The first truly brave president we will have had in a heck of a long time. No more over-reactions in the face of possible danger.

After these articles have been published he should get Secret Service protection. Too many loose nuts/guns in this country.

Posted by: jdub1 | April 4, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

take this off the web NOW. Why are you publicizing this -- this isn't news, it is not responsible!

Posted by: MCCMAC | April 4, 2008 5:13 AM | Report abuse

OldUncleTom-It IS Wednesday, November 5!

Trust Me! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 11:04 PM | Report abuse

That's right, all you Obama / Clinton voters, make sure to vote on November 3rd (the election's been moved to Monday this time around ; )

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 03:15 PM

*******
Hey Jake, if you really want to have an effect, next time tell them its Wednesday, Nov 5; then it will be too late to come back, genius.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | April 3, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Why doesn't the post the details of McCain's home security system. That would be useful to crazies too. Reporting on security is irresponsible.

Posted by: Readynow16 | April 3, 2008 04:31 PM
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


i'll tell you!

from Spaceballs

DARK HELMET; "So the combination is one, two, three, four, five. (lifts mask) That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life. That's the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage."

SKROOB; "What's the combination?"

COL SANDERS; "one, two, three, four, five."

SKROOB; "one, two, three, four, five? That's amazing. I've got the same combination on my luggage."

John McCain; "so do I! and that's my home security code too! and that's my PIN number! wow! isn't this amazing?!?"

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | April 3, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama Picks Nose...What is this do they have any real news to report? This comes as no surprise. Democrats trend toward accepting government hand-outs and Republicans do not. Good for McCain, he's saving us all some money. What a stupid statement, above 9.2 trillion dollars in handouts by Republicans to Republicans.

Posted by: bucklaw | April 3, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Wow. What a bunch of delicate little flowers on this blog (but they are young, so I understand, they probably need their momma to come turn out the light for them, much less go roaming aroud by themselves! SHEESH! Uh, treetop, and others get a grip on reality, will ja' you're making me puke with this anal retentive neurotic way of yours. hey treeptop! explain just how the hell McCain declining SS protection "is not protecting our democracy" ha ha ha! What, in god's name does that mean? And I got news for you, private security can be very very good-better, even, than the SS-but if you read my post, then you will see, that I said simply because McCain reasonably is declining SS protection (which I think is an excellent move on his part, btw) DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SECRET SERVICE IS NOT DOING THEIR JOB, AND LOOKING OUT FOR THREATS AGAINST ALL CANDIDATES, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE THAT STERLING SS PROTECTION. By the way, if it was SOOOO good, why then, did Bush daughter Jenna get her wallet stolen in South America, RIGHT UNDER THE NOSES OF HER SS AGENTS, HUH?-YEAH, THAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR! OOPS, SORRY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE!

OMG! THESE POSTERS SOUND SO INCREDIBLY NAIVE ABOUT LIFE-THEY'VE BEEN SHELTERED, WAY TOO SHELTERED!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | April 3, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

ComfortablyDumb:

This is NOT the first time it's been reported.

Reminds me of the time during WWII, when our top secret code-breaking program was breached in a Chicago Tribune front-page story that claimed we had advance knowledge of the details of Japan's plan to attack Midway. After much investigation, it was concluded that no one from the Navy Department spoke to any Chicago Tribune reporters. The leak was eventually traced to a reporter named Stanley Johnston, by way of Commander Morton T. Seligman. Seligman was a former executive officer of the Lexington and shared a cabin with Johnston. Apparently Seligman allowed Johnston to see classified dispatches and one of them was Nimitz's Midway warning.

After the war, we found out that Hans Thomsen, a German spy, had also discovered we were breaking Jap codes. He passed this information onto the Japanese, but they were either too ignorant or confident to believe that the we could break their codes.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

It seems pretty irresponsible to be reporting this.

He was probably safe without the protection... as long as people assumed he was protected. So much for that!

It's like putting a sign in your front lawn to advertise that you DON'T have a burglar alarm.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | April 3, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

obama racist

Posted by: tommygun1 | April 3, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh
Lady Di...Lady Hillary Di...

Must admit, never saw the family resemblence

Posted by: stonhinged | April 3, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

In researching the statute, I did come across this from 1999 (when then-First Lady Hillary DIANE Clinton was running for the U.S. Senate): Unlike the President, the First Lady is able to decline Secret Service protection or use of Air Force planes if she wants to, said Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin. But he added: "That would be against our strongest recommendations."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/campaigns/keyraces2000/stories/hillary070399.htm

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Much of this nonsense regarding McCain's
non-existent "rejection" of SS protection could have been avoided had Ms. Kirsch bothered to engage in FACTUAL reporting rather than the pathetic gossip mongering
she feels passes for journalism.

Posted by: stonhinged | April 3, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news headline? Mr. McCain is allowed the SS service but declines it. This is headline news? Where are the editors of the Washington Post? These useless flim flams should not be part of the news cycle, it benefits no one from knowing these useless bits in trivia that shed no light on the candidates themselves

Posted by: logicaldoubtofhumansanity | April 3, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, McCain needs secret service protection because there's a crazy KKK red-neck trailing him--there I said it.

Posted by: jlm062002 | April 3, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, McCain needs secret service protection because there's a crazy KKK red-neck trailing him--there I said it.

Posted by: jlm062002 | April 3, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure that this is a responsible story to print. Remember John Lennon? His assassin killed him because he realized he couldn't get close enough to the VP because of the secret service.

You have to ask, does a story offer something to the public (besides mild appeasement of their interest) to warrant publishing it if it? No, it is certainly not something that is classified or something someone could not find out if they looked hard enough, but neither is the idea of a president having an affair; the press used to know when to simply leave a story alone because they realized it was immaterial and had no benefits outweighing the gains. That distinction- and, to me, responsibility- seems to have left forever. I'm not sure if it's because of a natural distrust of government (understandable) or a simple drive for any story, no matter what the cost. If it's the latter, I'm not sure news is all that different from porn.

Posted by: fake1 | April 3, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes, McCain needs secret service protection because there's a crazy KKK red-neck trailing him--there I said it.

Posted by: jlm062002 | April 3, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

g-lo:

I'd be willing to wager he GAINS more votes over said "ill-advised" judgment than he loses ; )

stonhinged:

Thanks.

rat-the:

Not quite "unanimous" yet.

rghoman2:

Yes, I saw that. Practically speaking, however, you can't arrest or indict a sitting President for violating 18 USC 3056 -- Congress is not going to IMPEACH McCain for declining Secret Service protection -- so, what is the enforcement mechanism?

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain's ill-advised decision to reject Secret Service protection speaks to his judgment -- He'd rather project a macho go-it-alone kind of persona than protect himself.

Posted by: g-lo | April 3, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

http://www.secretservice.gov/faq.shtml#faq2

Who is the Secret Service authorized to protect?
By law, the Secret Service is authorized to protect: ... (omitting first 5 bullet points)

Major presidential and vice presidential candidates, and their spouses within 120 days of a general presidential election

Other individuals as designated per Executive Order of the President and
National Special Security Events, when designated as such by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Posted by: stonhinged | April 3, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

Well, it seems to be getting unanimous.

John McCain, as the "President", you are NOW going to have to be accompanied by Secret Service Agents!

Is the Vice President-Mitt Romney also required to have them? ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

LOL!

Well, it seems to be getting unanimous.

John McCain, as the "President", you are NOW going to have to be accompanied by Secret Service Agents!

Is the Vice President-Mitt Romney also required to have them? ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Re: 18 USC 3056, the last line of section (7) says: "The protection authorized in paragraphs (2) through (7) may be declined." Section (1) refers to "the President, the Vice President (or other officer next in the order of succession to the Office of President), the President-elect, and the Vice President-elect." Therefore, the law does not allow the president to decline protection.


Posted by: rghoman2 | April 3, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

treetopflyer:

Practically speaking, however, you can't arrest or indict a sitting President for violating 18 USC 3056 -- Congress is not going to IMPEACH McCain for declining Secret Service protection -- so, what is the enforcement mechanism?

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

It took a THIRD reading to find this "The protection authorized in paragraphs (2) through (7) may be declined." Is this what you are using, rghoman2?

P.S. to stonhinged -- the 120 prior to General Election is for SPOUSES of major candidates -- the Secretary of Homeland Security shall have the authority to direct the Secret Service to provide TEMPORARY protection for any of these individuals at any time if the Secretary of Homeland Security or designee determines that information or conditions warrant such protection.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

"farfalle44 - Perhaps this McCain supporter who wants McCain to accept Secret Service protection can make you understand something, without shouting in caps."

Should read "this Obama supporter". Sorry for the typo.

Posted by: treetopflyer | April 3, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

farfalle44 - Perhaps this McCain supporter who wants McCain to accept Secret Service protection can make you understand something, without shouting in caps.

Private security are not law enforcement officers, the way Secret Service are. They don't have the resources, powers and information that the Secret Service do. The Secret Service can detect, track down and act quicker on threats than private security can. They can go check surrounding buildings inside and out, block off streets and generally insure greater security, partly because their status makes cooperation compulsory (see the above quoted section (d)). McCain may have protection, but it's incomplete. As a human being I'm in favor of McCain doing as much as he can to protect his life, as an American I think he's being reckless by not protecting our democracy.

Posted by: treetopflyer | April 3, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

rghoman2:

Which part of 18 USC 3056 are you relying upon to assert that the President cannot decline his own protection? I've read it twice now, and don't see it there.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a 'naval aviator' at buds or little creek, aside from the ones that flew us there and back, that is.

Posted by: don_nash |
*****

Roger that.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | April 3, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

The article says that McCain dismissed the need for Secret Service protection even if he becomes president. However, under 18 USC 3056, the president cannot decline his own protection.

Posted by: rghoman2 | April 3, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Under Federal law, "major" presidential candidates can be given SS protection within 120 days of the General election.
A candidate MUST MAKE A SPECIAL REQUEST to Homeland Security to receive protection before that date.
Hillary! is exempted b/c as a former 1st Lady, she already had a SS detail. Obama REQUESTED a special exemption and received it.
Now, for all the hand wringers in here...
what do you suggest is sufficient if not 120 days before the general? What if you
have a plurality of possible nominees, say 4? Should they all get SS protection from the day they announce 'til....well, 'til when? 'Til the convention? 'Til the election?

Obviously, McCain does not feel he requires a SPECIAL EXEMPTION. That works for me if it works for the McCain family.

Posted by: stonhinged | April 3, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain would win over Obama, lose to Clinton.

Posted by: brewstercounty | April 3, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

suBsection (d) Whoever knowingly and willfully obstructs, resists, or interferes with a Federal law enforcement agent engaged in the performance of the protective functions authorized by this section or by section 1752 of this title shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

rghoman2:

Are you suggesting that sunsection (d) would apply to McCain?

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain is irrelevant, he is not going to win and everyone knows it.

The Republicans have had their time and that time it is now over.

Posted by: administrator23 | April 3, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Under the law (18 USC 3056), the President may not decline security protection.

Posted by: rghoman2 | April 3, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain has cheated death so many times he probably figures he doesn't need protection. Let's see Obama give his up. Separates the men from the boys.

Posted by: brewstercounty | April 3, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

If these young nasty posters here who support the nut case Obama had some grey stuff between their ears, they could read and see that McCain's got PLENTY of protection, he's got PRIVATE SECURITY, okay? METAL DETECTORS FOR ALL THE JOURNALISTS AND OTHERS WHO WANT TO TALK TO AND ENTER A BUILDING OR AN AIRPLANE WHERE HE IS SPEAKING OR LOCATED. Sheesh! You can tell how molly-coddled these posters on this blog are-they probably can't go anywhere by themselves without asking their parents permission! Ha Ha Ha!

So leave McCain alone, he's actually saving the American taxpayer some money-which is a good thing-AT LEAST WE'LL NOT SEE HIM USING HIS SS AGENTS AS ATTACK DOGS LIKE THAT WEIRD THIN-SKINNED OBAMA DID THE OTHER DAY-WOW, TALK ABOUT A LACK OF INTERPERSONAL PEOPLE SKILLS-OBAMA, HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING A SHRINK? YOU NEED ONE TO DEAL WITH ALL YOUR SEETHING RACE ISSUES!

As for the Secret Service and McCain, simply because McCain has not requested SS protection DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SS AREN'T STILL SURVEILLING THE SITUATION WITH RESPECT TO ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES-THAT IS THEIR JOB, AND THEY MUST KEEP APPRISED OF ALL THREATS AGAINST ALL THE MAJOR CANDIDATES EVERY SINGLE DAY.

McCain is fine, and will continue to be, with or without SS protection. And if that fraud Obama is the Dem. candidate, then we Dems. WILL TURN OUT IN DROVES TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN, AND WILL BE HAPPY TO DO SO.

Posted by: farfalle44 | April 3, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

This is just grade A stupid. A candidate, of whatever party, and especially a president, has to know that their lives are no longer exclusively their own. An assassin essentially makes him or herself a dictator, deciding for a nation of 300 million what course its future should take. I don't want McCain for president, but this country deserves to have a choice in whom they choose for the office. By refusing Secret Service, McCain is jeopardizing that - our - choice. If he becomes president and refuses Secret Service, Congress should pass a law with a veto-proof majority that he has to accept it, like it or not. Secret Service does not protect a president or even an office - they protect our right to have the final word in who will lead, as opposed to an unknown, unelected maniac.

The best thing for American voters to do is to make sure that McCain will never have to decide if he wants Secret Service as president.

Posted by: treetopflyer | April 3, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is alreay saving me money. More than I can say for the Socialists Obama and Hillary.

Posted by: painintheass97 | April 3, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain who?

Sorry, he's in more danger of wandering off when he forgets where he is and what decade it is.

Hire a nanny service for that, you don't need the Secret Service.

Posted by: WillSeattle | April 3, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

The question I want to ask is: who pays for McCain's private security detail? His wife's family (aren't they loaded)? Campaign funds (allowable?)

The Post should dig further ...

Posted by: thebob0401 | April 3, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Then again, Mr. McCain doesn't really need to be overly concerned about some crazed lunatic with a gun. He's a white man. Obama is black, Clinton is a woman. There are still many homicidal misogynists and racists in this country.

I find it most interesting to hear some conservatives harp about Obama's security detail. All this coming on the day when 40 years ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated. (And now those same right-wingers love to quote Dr. King, especially the parts about peace, unity, safety, and friendship.) Interesting.

Posted by: nikolausrimsky | April 3, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Check out the headline:

"Secret Service Say McCain Has No Protection"

THAT statement is the height of journalistic irresponsibility. Just pure unadulterated nonsense, a total MISCHARACTERISATION of reality.

But what do you expect from a staff reporter who then proceeds to report that Mc Cain, in fact, DOES have security.

Offering one final insult the intelligence of the reader, she then closes her over used trap by issuing one final idiotic observation, that being, "...his campaign advisers have repeatedly urged reporters not to discuss the lack of Secret Service protection.," which is, of course, exactly what she just done.

Words fail when it comes to understanding the motivation of placing this article in the Post.

Posted by: stonhinged | April 3, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Yah, right, as the presumptive heir of every Nazi dream the Republican Party ever had, it's outrageous to believe that every recently politicized agency of the US Gov. is not watching over this guy, with guns drawn, is preposterous.

Posted by: mikie44 | April 3, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

TheBob0401-Actually I am basing my knowledge off what was told to me by the recruiting Lieutenant in Honolulu, as I qualified for Flight Officer Training in '83.

Unfortunately for me, after I detoxed(Hawaiian Surfer-imagine!), I was in Los Angeles, and found out a very hard way, that each geographical Area is only allowed so many recruits for OCS. As such, a Misdemeanor offense in High School shot me down!

In Hind-Sight, I wish I had gone through Enlisted Camp and then tried transferring to OCS as suggested!

The Naval School of Oceanography is actually even cooler than Jets!

Ahhhh, but Could'ves, Would'ves, and Should'ves... :-(

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Mr. "Rat-The":

Actually, I voted for Reagan in 1980 and 1984, for Old Bush in 1988 and 1992, for Dole in 1996, and (to my now-inutterable regret) for "the uniter, not the divider" in 2000. Quite a "Libbie" record, eh?

I also lived through the 1960s and have vivid memories of the four awful assassinations that tore the country apart. I remember 1968--to which I say, "never again."

I cast my first vote for LBJ in 1964, voted for Dick Gregory in 1968 out of disgust at what happened at Chicago that year, in 1972 was out of the country, and in 1976 not only voted but actively worked for Carter. I only abandoned the "Libbies" when they ran out of intellectual gas in 1980--and as you can see, for quite a while gave the conservatives their chance to show what they could do.

The utter bankruptcy of the conservative agenda--including the fact that it is supported so enthusiastically by weirdos such as spout on blogs like this (you know who you are)--brings me back home to Obama.

Posted by: jm917 | April 3, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, isn't he the macho old geezer. Trouble is, what this country needs is not another arrogant macho fool as president. We need a thoughtful, intelligent leader who has the ability to think creatively, to problem-solve, able to deal with people without needlessly antagonizing them, and to listen to and deal with bad news without shooting the messenger. That ain't McCain.

Posted by: nicekid | April 3, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

EVERYONE has a right to an Opinion, and a Right to Express It!

Yeah, and SEALs fly F-14s too, right?

Posted by: thebob0401 | April 3, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

If these young nasty posters here who support the nut case Obama had some grey stuff between their ears, they could read and see that McCain's got PLENTY of protection, he's got PRIVATE SECURITY, okay? METAL DETECTORS FOR ALL THE JOURNALISTS AND OTHERS WHO WANT TO TALK TO AND ENTER A BUILDING OR AN AIRPLANE WHERE HE IS SPEAKING OR LOCATED. Sheesh! You can tell how molly-coddled these posters on this blog are-they probably can't go anywhere by themselves without asking their parents permission! Ha Ha Ha!

So leave McCain alone, he's actually saving the American taxpayer some money-which is a good thing-AT LEAST WE'LL NOT SEE HIM USING HIS SS AGENTS AS ATTACK DOGS LIKE THAT WEIRD THIN-SKINNED OBAMA DID THE OTHER DAY-WOW, TALK ABOUT A LACK OF INTERPERSONAL PEOPLE SKILLS-OBAMA, HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT GETTING A SHRINK? YOU NEED ONE TO DEAL WITH ALL YOUR SEETHING RACE ISSUES!

As for the Secret Service and McCain, simply because McCain has not requested SS protection DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE SS AREN'T STILL SURVEILLING THE SITUATION WITH RESPECT TO ALL THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES-THAT IS THEIR JOB, AND THEY MUST KEEP APPRISED OF ALL THREATS AGAINST ALL THE MAJOR CANDIDATES EVERY SINGLE DAY.

McCain is fine, and will continue to be, with or without SS protection. And if that fraud Obama is the Dem. candidate, then we Dems. WILL TURN OUT IN DROVES TO VOTE FOR MCCAIN, AND WILL BE HAPPY TO DO SO.

Posted by: farfalle44 | April 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

jm917-The epitome of Libbie.

EVERYONE has a right to an Opinion, and a Right to Express It!

Just so long as it is the Leftist ones! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

The venom and insanity of the anti-Obama posts on this blog are proof of why he in particular needs Secret Service protection. Hateful and ignorant blather by people like "rat-the" and "JakeD" is in fact dangerous. Personally, foul-mothed idiots like these may not be potential Lee Harvey Oswalds, James Earl Rays, or Sirhan Sirhans--in fact, they are more likely to be cowards hiding out in their mothers' basements, with nothing better to do with their time but blast out this kind of drivel. But they certainly can inspire and incite the silent, murderous nobodies who are the classical assassin-types.

I would certainly also worry about the macho bravado that McCain seems to take pleasure in flaunting. That does not inspire confidence in him as a potential president. We're not talking about personal bravery here--we're talking about the security of the United States of America.

Finally, I agree that it is the height of irresonsibility for the Post to publicize McCain's professed disdain of security.

I also suggest that the Post bar these mouthers-off from its blogs. There are plenty of intelligent posters here, representing different candidates. It's such a pain to have to wade through the horsesh*t to find the worthwhile comments.

Posted by: jm917 | April 3, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Why should McCain be worried the military industrial complex wants him to live.

Posted by: metroman76 | April 3, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"I've never seen a 'naval aviator' at buds or little creek, aside from the ones that flew us there and back, that is."

Posted by: don_nash
--------------------------------

Hahahaha, that's so funny, priceless!!!

Rat-the, you either sound like a troll or one of those "ex-Green Berets" who took who took Airsoft BB guns to Soldier-of-Fortune conventions!

Posted by: thebob0401 | April 3, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This comes as no surprise. McCain has nothing to fear from the wacko right, the racist bigots, and the Neo-Nazi fascists.

Posted by: dog_canyon | April 3, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Why does he need secret service to protect him when he has the blackwater guys around him?

Why don't you better write about something interesting instead of this crap, what about writting about the real presidential deal, the best kept secret candidate, Congressman Dr. Ron Paul?

I miss the journalism of a century ago, journalists were still journalists not propagandists!

Posted by: Rev6 | April 3, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Patriot3:

Please see my links above re: Reagan, Bush41, and Bush43.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Dennispbrown1-FYI- Senator McCain was introduced to Hell on Earth, because he insisted on the established policy-First in-First out, and did not allow himself to be used as a Political tool by the North Vietnamese!

He admittedly did eventually Break. But, only after having been Broken!

How would you have done?

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Could it be because assassins are usually right-wingers?

Posted by: Patriot3 | April 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

kase and dennispbrown1:

Are you kidding me?

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I join those in deploring this story, especially the headline. It has little or no news value but potentially places McCain's life in jeopardy.

Posted by: jwdmjs | April 3, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

baalex:

Read the story -- John SIDNEY McCain has private bodyguards -- don't freak out.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

So, the black Ace McCain (if rumor be true, he manage to lose five American jets through training accidents (3!) and being shot down!) hides behind privet guards to act macho that he does not need the secret service - big deal. Like his past performance, he is all show and no guts. Nice if he opened his military record so we could learn the truth (as a POW, was he given special treatment by the NV and avoided torture as rumor claims? Or just because he was an admirals son?) No wonder he hides his military record.

Posted by: dennispbrown1 | April 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Excellent!
Maybe one of the crazies can get to him!

Posted by: kase | April 3, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope you are happy, marSF, because I'm probably on some gov't watch-list now with those Google searches for you ; )

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

This is an unfortunate tone on the part of Senator McCain. The absence of threat indicators should never be construed as the absence of a threat. The Secret Service in its wisdom would never "guarantee" any protectee that they can stop any threat. However the best prevention is not relying on the Secret Service to react but to prevent. They can't do their job if they aren't afforded the opportunity.

Bruce A. Alexander
Editor
Executive Protection News
www.executive-protection-news.com

Posted by: baalex | April 3, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Only an idiot would criticize Obama or Clinton for having Secret Service protection. Undoubtedly they receive many death threats, and both are clearly the subject of intense hatred. Obama is particularly vulnerable, being black, and being repeatedly smeared by GOP political operatives as a Muslim terrorist. I bet the Secret Service agents assigned to protect Obama feel plenty uptight when on the job, knowing the very real and ever present threat.

To the imbecile who wrote the first comment about Democrats taking handouts, was Bush taking handouts when he had Secret Service protection during his first campaign?

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | April 3, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

marSF:

Hinckley wounds Reagan, and others, in assassination attempt: http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZDIVheB5kIM

Foiled car bomb attack, directed by Saddam Hussein, against Bush41: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/iraq/timeline/062793.htm

Live grenade tossed within 100 feet from where Bush43 was speaking: http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/07/21/bush.grenade/index.html

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

As the traditional "old white guy" running on the side of gun-toting racists and misogynists (otherwise known as Republicans), McCain does not have the same need for protection that the female and African American candidates MUST have. This is a no brainer. (Let me say though, that I don't consider him to be a racist or misogynist - but he IS a member of their party.)

It is portrayed as a sacrifice, as saving money, but please, this is a drop in the bucket compared to the war in Iraq which McCain loudly and clearly supports and would continue to spend billions on if given the chance. When will people realize it is the Republicans that spend like crazy?

Posted by: Lisamarie19 | April 3, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Experience Pays....Halliburton may change $1000/per minute, but no one thinks a $1/minute Secret Service Agent is worth the $1.

Posted by: wmboyd | April 3, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's heading for one the biggest falls in political history."

Says Clinton campaign worker svreader.

Posted by: PutDownTheKoolaid | April 3, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, marSF, that's why assassination attempts were never made against either Reagan nor Bush ...

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I guess he's done the math and figures he's gonna die of old age any day now. On the other hand maybe it's a sinister repugnican plot - They're hoping McCain gets whacked in order to get the sympathy vote for whoever replaces him.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | April 3, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL! You try to tell people something, and....

Obasama was SURROUNDED by S.S.(Nazis?).

A genuine Nut-Case was allowed to go up and fondle him for a photo-op.

Ever hear of a thing called "Spear Fingers" or maybe "Inner Ridge"?

Believe me, you do not need a Gun to kill someone! Just intensive Training, and a desire that overcomes consequences to yourself!

The SS was USELESS! :-(

Barack Hussein, would be better off taking some self defense lessons, if HE, wants to Mingle with total Strangers!

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

All the Crazies (as evidenced by the comments here) tend to be aligned with the Republicans anyway. McCain probably has nothing to worry about.

Posted by: marSF | April 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

kevin.henry1:

That's how I understand it too.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

davestickler:

I'm sure with this news leak, he will end up taking the protection now. As Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan pointed out: "Statutorily, he is not required to take protection" but I think that is only as a candidate. Once he becomes President-Elect, he doesn't have a choice.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Under the law the Secret Service is required to protect McCain only after he is elected. No sooner. He can't refuse protection after he's elected. Until then he can do what he wants, even if it's crazy.

Posted by: kevin.henry1 | April 3, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

ad4hk2004:

You've been reading too many Tom Clancy books.

Readynow16:

Agreed. The press should post his Social Security and bank account numbers too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I generally like and respect McCain, but he needs Secret Service protection if he's elected. The cost of an assassination to the economy is measured in billions of dollars, while the cost of preventing one is measured in millions. I hope someone will point out to him why, even completely ignoring the inherent value of keeping him safe, it's a bad investment decision not to have protection.

Posted by: davestickler | April 3, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't the post the details of McCain's home security system. That would be useful to crazies too. Reporting on security is irresponsible.

Posted by: Readynow16 | April 3, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I am only a couple of years younger than the senator... And my faculties are not diminished... I work 12 hours a day most days... I actively shoot combat handgun... And I am fully capable of defending myself... My suspicion is that all we need to do is hand the senator a 1911 Colt 45 and he is also fully capable of providing his own security...

Posted by: ad4hk2004 | April 3, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

B2O2:

Are you PROUD of McCain's service to his country?

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

i'm no mccain fan but i think it would be hard to be scared of anything after having jane fondas family work you over for 5 years. i heard that the picture she took was on the same gun that shot mccain down.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | April 3, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It undermines democracy when candidates and politicians get their heads blown off.

For example, Bhutto is a great martyr, but those who wanted to vote for her were denied their opportunity. So democracy was disserved by her death, even as people voted in revenge against those who they believed had killed her.

McCain is showing his immaturity, which has often been mistaken for independence or a maverick style. That said, the Democrats all want Secret Service protection because it gives them the aura of incumbency. It works even better than the clip of Hillary stepping off the plane in Bosnia. The words of her lie are forgotten but the pro-military visual image from 1996 persists.

Posted by: blasmaic | April 3, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't McCain captured and held for years by little people? Think about it -- he should request the protection.

Posted by: Its_the_Truth_Anyhow | April 3, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

This just solidifies in my mind that the man has lost his faculties. Iran is training Al Qaida, who will take over the country if we leave, and now this. Reckless, unwise and lacking in judgment. But what do you want from someone who drank his way through school and finished 894th out of 899 in his class at Annapolis. Funny how the press never mentions that last part. You'd think they would have learned after Dubya. Maybe they think we need Dubya II.

Posted by: B2O2 | April 3, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not a grandstander, nor is he a wacko for not requesting Secret Service Protection. Senator McCain has always been opposed to waste, fraud, and abuse. I cannot think of a bigger waste than having a trained door man constantly underfoot, except perhaps to make them Inspector Generals in charge of detecting waste, fraud, and abuse.

Posted by: gordonhamel | April 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

regarding Secret S. protection, mccain should probably be told in no uncertain terms that it is not his choice in the matter, and that he will be getting and having SS protection, no if's, and's or but's....as for the Obama incident in PENN earlier this week, the person got far too close to obama espec. on the 3rd time, this never should have happened... you'd figure that the SS detail would be keeping a close look on the persons who make more than 1 attempt to be in close proximity to the candidate....rememeber that in 72, Bremer had stalked a couple prez candidates for a period of several months before he shot and wounded Ala. Gov. Wallace who was on the campaign trail in maryland.... it was only later when they looked at photos of the crowd did they find Bremer's face on multiple campaign rallies across a number of states...would hope that SS learned their lesson from the bremer shooting of allace.....McCain/Condi 08!

Posted by: 1988joey | April 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice of you to point it out and bring it to everyone's attention.

Posted by: mdove | April 3, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks once again to the Post for publishing a completely irresponsible piece of journalism. Now that every kook who surfs the internet knows McCain doesn't have Secret Service protection, he'll be forced to call them in.

Posted by: viceroycm | April 3, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse


maybe mccain thinks he is paris hilton or britney spears and feels sexy and safe with body guards instead of the secret service.

just watch out though.. if the senile senator starts taking this too far.. he will quit wearing underwear and start flashing the paparazzi when getting out of his limo.

go john, go!

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | April 3, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The Secret Service is not allowed to keep people out of events for political reasons.

McInsane's mercenaries can do this.

This is the first candidate I've ever seen use his own private thugs.

Scary.

Posted by: TomIII | April 3, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

McInsane doesn't NEED Secret Service protection.

He has Blackwater.

Posted by: TomIII | April 3, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yes, he's saving us all so much money. What a bunch of morons. What good does McCain do for anyone if he gets himself shot or worse? Obama and Clinton have had threats made on their lives, they have to be protected. What about the money McCain spent on his "non" campaigning trip to the Middle East last month? I'm sure there was no security provided for that little taxpayer sponsored jaunt. Judgement is an important quality, nothing about this faux-tough guy decision strikes me as judicious.

Posted by: squintz | April 3, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Bush uses the Secret Service to keep Democrats away. I guess there is a difference with McCain.
Senator Clinton's husband has enough enemies that she needs protection.
Senator Obama, as a high profile African American, needs even more protection than Clinton.
Maybe Senator McCain has a death wish or after what he's been through thinks he's bullet proof. It really doesn't seem wise to not have the protection of the Secret Service if you believe that we're in some sort of existential struggle with a massive terrorist organization (on the other hand if we are going against the gang that couldn't shoot straight then that's not such a big deal).
Some people speculate that Al Qaeda hasn't struck in the US since 911 is that they need something bigger next time; murdering a Presidential nominee seems bigger to me.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | April 3, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"Second, our country won't "go into chaos" if the president dies. The USA isn't some backwater dictatorship, we have a very orderly process were the vice-president takes over."(wolfcastle)

Right, so you think it's totally worth the cost-savings of the salaries of a few Secret Service agents to risk the life of our potential president just because we have a vice-president who can take over? Keep beating your chest and see how far that gets you. Elect a president who has the wisdom to make the right decision, not one who is delusional about his invincibility. We've already had 8 years of delusions and can't take much more.

Posted by: yuhki | April 3, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

"McCain told reporters on his Straight Talk Express bus... "
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This is getting just plain silly. I wonder what the Washington Post would do if he called it the "Dems Are Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys Bus".

Posted by: zukermand | April 3, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I had a terrible DREAM a month ago in which Alkieda had Mr McCain shot with a spinning bullet from a high powered rifle. He was standing at the bank of a river in a town where the river bed is about half across and the shooter was at the other town across the river. Mr McCain was hit in the left kidney and the bullet exit his right chest area because Alkieda does NOT want him to succeed Mr Bush with his tough policies against terror. Would somebody PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE protect him.

Posted by: mrboobie52 | April 3, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The failure of McCain to request Secret Service protection reflects the attitude of an old man who can't tell good jokes.

He would rather place the country ar risk, were he injured or killed, rather than accept protection.

I don't want this type of reckless behaviour representing my family in the White House.

Could this be a sign of McCain sufferiing from PTSD as a result of being tortured as a POW.

I like McCain but this attitude scares me away.

Posted by: COWENS99 | April 3, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Secret service protection is not mandatory for candidates, but does become mandatory after their election. It may be fun to play the hero, but the country is full of nutcakes, and McCain must consider the damage he could to the country and the election process if he dropped out.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | April 3, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
FYI-Naval Aviators train with SEALS!
"Hey "Brother", keep pestering ME for that Picture, and; see this Thumb?"
"Wanna see what just this little Thumb can do?"

Posted by: rat-the
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hey rat-the? maybe mccain could have done something with that thumb 65 years ago, but if someone took him on now? he's so senile, he would remember that thumb went somewhere, but wouldn't be able to quite pinpoint where. hey cindy? i think your husband is drooling on his dinner jacket again.. and would you mind asking him to quit flapping his arms and making noises like an airplane? this IS a formal dinner party... thank you.

Posted by: presGWBfanclub | April 3, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess he is going to rely on his "morse code blinking skills" to call for help (lol).

Posted by: imaginaryfriend2 | April 3, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, on the plus side for McCain, if he does get shot during the campaign and lives, he'll probably get a HUGE boost in the polls.

Second, our country won't "go into chaos" if the president dies. The USA isn't some backwater dictatorship, we have a very orderly process were the vice-president takes over.

Posted by: wolfcastle | April 3, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

That's right, all you Obama / Clinton voters, make sure to vote on November 3rd (the election's been moved to Monday this time around ; )

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I've never seen a 'naval aviator' at buds or little creek, aside from the ones that flew us there and back, that is.

Posted by: don_nash | April 3, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

farfallle --

If Obama's the candidate, McCain's the next president.

Obama's heading for one the biggest falls in political history.

His past is catching up with him.

Posted by: svreader | April 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure: Whatever you like or dislike about John McCain, you better get used to the fact that if that no-personality, thin-skinned, head tripping closet racist fraud Obama is the Dem. candidate, the Dems. will vote for John McCain in droves, WITH ALL HIS REPUBLICAN NEGATIVES, BECAUSE ANYTHING AND ANYONE WOULD BE BETTER THAN OBAMA-ANYONE BUT OBAMA!

Posted by: farfalle44 | April 3, 2008 02:30 PM


Remind me to laugh at you on Nov. 3rd when Obama becomes our next POTUS...

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | April 3, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain. I wouldn't vote for you in a thousand years. But I sure as heck don't want to see you killed or harmed. Please, for everyone's sake accept SS protection.

Posted by: georgewbentley | April 3, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

LOL! I guess that was a "Double Negative"!

Let it be said, that with his background considered, IF President McCain got into any heated arguments with Vice President Romney,

I'd have to bet on the Smaller and Older guy! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Why do these blogs consistently break down into what sounds like a bunch of drunks at a football game? "You guys suck." "No, you guys suck." Brilliant.

Posted by: thuff7 | April 3, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Rat-the: I really don't know what kind of medication you take, but you've got to stop, dude. Really. Your posts make absolutely no sense. Please. Quit. Now.
And BTW: It's OBAMA.

And I credit both svreader and matteucs for some thoughtful posts.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | April 3, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

rat-the said: "Tell you what, YOU spend MILLIONS of Dollars training someone, then avoid a little extra teaching your investment not how to protect your investment!"

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Posted by: thornwalker1 | April 3, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What else would you expect from a man of substance, ex-prisoner of war, a man for all seasons.

Posted by: rbgu1999 | April 3, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, matteucs.

Posted by: JakeD | April 3, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

matteucs-They call the place "Pensacola"

And Yeah-They DO!

Tell you what, YOU spend MILLIONS of Dollars training someone, then avoid a little extra teaching your investment not how to protect your investment!

LOL! How does that ditty go;

"I don't know but I've been Told;

Navy Wings are made of GOLD..."

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Baloney on "Democrats accepting Govt handouts"!

I think McCain's decision reflects his personality-often imprudent and short-sighted.

The Democratic candidates, Obama especially, are most likely to suffer attempts at physical harm from the gun-toting whackos who vote mostly Republican and the mentally ill who are on the streets because of Republican policies going back to St. Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: Spectator | April 3, 2008 02:25 PM

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What an ignorant comment.. most violent crimes are not committed by people who have licenses to carry firearms, or people who legally purchase firearms. Usually purchased illegally, and are poorer urban men...who have shown a strong affinity for Democrats, particularly Obama right now.

But I'm not saying that to say that Obama supporters are going to go out and attack someone. I wont make a disgusting generalization about that like you did regarding Republicans. I just stated the facts of violent crime to show how ridiculous your thought process is.

On the other hand, I do think that Obama's candidacy as an African American with a good chance of winning makes him a larger target

Posted by: matteucs | April 3, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

You forgot to mention that Obama has been receiving SS protection because his life has been threatened several times. Just thought I'd mention that.

Posted by: Grandblvd03 | April 3, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I admire his bravery but he has a higher responsibility to the American public.

I don't want some nut with a gun deciding the election for me.

Posted by: svreader | April 3, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

LOL! McCain's private Protection is only marginally needed.
FYI-Naval Aviators train with SEALS! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 01:53 PM
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Since when? I'm not dissing McCain, but since when do they train with SEALs? they may do some short training with them.. I've never heard of it, but they definitely don't go through the grueling school or daily trainings with them. They often times go to Air Force SERE school for their survival escape resistance evasion training.

Posted by: matteucs | April 3, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

But those comments came months before McCain clinched the Republican nomination in early March. Since then, his campaign advisers have repeatedly urged reporters not to discuss the lack of Secret Service protection.
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And yet....the discussion. Kind of funny that this reporter would put that line in there.


Posted by: matteucs | April 3, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

One thing is for sure: Whatever you like or dislike about John McCain, you better get used to the fact that if that no-personality, thin-skinned, head tripping closet racist fraud Obama is the Dem. candidate, the Dems. will vote for John McCain in droves, WITH ALL HIS REPUBLICAN NEGATIVES, BECAUSE ANYTHING AND ANYONE WOULD BE BETTER THAN OBAMA-ANYONE BUT OBAMA!

Posted by: farfalle44 | April 3, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Baloney on "Democrats accepting Govt handouts"!

I think McCain's decision reflects his personality-often imprudent and short-sighted.

The Democratic candidates, Obama especially, are most likely to suffer attempts at physical harm from the gun-toting whackos who vote mostly Republican and the mentally ill who are on the streets because of Republican policies going back to St. Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: Spectator | April 3, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and contrast McCain's reasonable attitude about SS agents underfoot during a presidential campaign with the wimp Obama's little tantrum before the videos the other day: OBAMA USED THE SECRET SERVICE AS HIS ATTACK DOG TO KEEP AWAY A PESKY PHOTO HOUND (BUT ALSO A POTENTIAL VOTER) WHO WANTED A PHOTO WITH ALL THE PRES. CANDIDATES-OBAMA DID THIS, AND HE ISN'T EVEN THE DEM. CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT! GOOD GOD! Think what Obama would do, what he would be like if he were President, and had ALL the law enforcement and intelligence agencies at his disposal, what he would do if, in his thin-skinned, arrogant and intolerant way, got angry and vengeful with some outfit, or some Congressional representative who didn't agree with him huh?

Why, Obama, you're beginning to resemble RICHARD M. NIXON, THE WATERGATE BREAK-IN PRESIDENT, PARANOID ABOUT YOUR ENEMIES-TYPE!

Very very disturbing, is that Barack Hussein Obama-a real head trip!

Posted by: farfalle44 | April 3, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

JacksonLanders- President McCain is protected. Do not confuse yourself, the Article even stated he has Private Security!

Reality Check-That guy who was harassing Barack Hussein, got right up against him, within easy access of his hands and feet,

COULD, have been the DEATH of Barack with a single assualt with his bare hands.

Combat Martial Arts, such as Hapkido, are a REALITY!

Do we hide in fear?

Or, do we maybe become Naval Aviators who train with SEALS? ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain doesn't need Secret Service. At 71 years of age and having live through blowing up his naval carrier and as POW in Vietnam, I don't think McCain sees himself living a long life.

Posted by: ajtiger92 | April 3, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You shouldn't have published this story. It was needless and irresponsible. Bad enough that McCain isn't protected, worse still for you to advertise someone's specific vulnerabilities to assassination.

You should pull this story off the website immediately.

Posted by: JacksonLanders | April 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain is simply trying to project this tough guy image, but I hope he doesn't do so wrecklessly. If he becomes the president, he better damn well be protected. Putting himself at risk while president puts the stability of the country at risk. Can you imagine the chaos that would happen if something were to happen? But people like ajordo and rat-the are probably apt to vote for people just by how hard they pound their chests rather than whether they make reasoned policies.

Posted by: yuhki | April 3, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Nice comments; this is why I vote for Democrats.

Posted by: mobedda | April 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

One of the benefits of having a general populace hardly aware of your campaign's existence, I guess.

Posted by: zukermand | April 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"McCain does have private bodyguards who accompany him to events. When he travels on charter planes, reporters and staffers are screened and wanded by private security each time they board."

He is likely well protected, make no doubt about that.

Posted by: davidmwe | April 3, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

LOL! McCain's private Protection is only marginally needed.
FYI-Naval Aviators train with SEALS! ;~)

"Hey "Brother", keep pestering ME for that Picture, and; see this Thumb?"

"Wanna see what just this little Thumb can do?"

Secret Service was so impressive when Obasama was harassed! LOL!

"Brother" ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | April 3, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This comes as no surprise. Democrats trend toward accepting government hand-outs and Republicans do not. Good for McCain, he's saving us all some money.

Posted by: ajordo | April 3, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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