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Obama Comments an Issue in Pa. House Race

By Paul Kane
PHILADELPHIA -- In a sign of the fall campaign the GOP hopes to run against Democrats, a Republican candidate today unveiled a web advertisement linking a House freshman to Sen. Barack Obama's comment that many small town Americans "cling" to gun rights and religion.

Republican Melissa Hart, who lost her House seat in 2006 and is running in a rematch in November, published an ad hitting opponent Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) for his refusal to condemn the Democratic presidential front-runner for his April 6 comment at a San Francisco fundraiser.

The ad, which questions Altmire's neutrality and includes a picture of Altmire at an Obama rally, was quickly distributed to political reporters by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the fundraising and strategy arm of the House Republicans.

"Jason Altmire might claim that he is remaining neutral in this Democratic primary contest, but it couldn't be any clearer who he is pulling for behind the scenes. After all, Altmire refused to condemn Barack Obama's elitist remarks after he insulted Pennsylvania voters by claiming that they 'cling' to the Second Amendment and religion because they are 'bitter,'" Ken Spain, NRCC spokesman, said.

Altmire, one of 42 freshmen who thrust Democrats into the majority after the 2006 elections, hails from western Pennsylvania, where his constituents have battled the decline of the steel and industrial manufacturing economy.

Altmire has declined to sharply criticize Obama for the San Francisco comment, in which the candidate suggested small town residents fell back on gun rights and religious values out of bitterness from being left behind during the Clinton and Bush administrations. But Altmire is also one of about 100 House and Senate Democrats who has not declared his support for Obama or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), reserving his superdelegate preference for some later date.

Congressional Republicans spent most of 2007 banking on Clinton winning the nomination, hoping her unpopularity among conservatives and some independents would propel their House and Senate candidates this fall to victories that would at least narrow the Democratic margins.

Now, the GOP campaign committees are retooling their strategies to prepare for a potential fall campaign against Obama. In the short term, however, Republican candidates and committees lack the financial muscle to leverage the emerging anti-Obama message.

The Hart ad is only running on the web, not on television or radio. The NRCC trails its counterpart, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, by a roughly 6-to-1 margin in cash on hand.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 21, 2008; 11:20 AM ET
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Posted by: ublfqtvzc skcauxwm | May 4, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton is now on Larry King at 9:00 p.m. Canadian time bragging how thy freed Iraq. May I suggest she was one to start this war,that caused thousands of American lives and civilians in Iraq? Plus the fact the Awesome first attack that has left this countries air lethally poisoned for years to come. Welcome home our Heros, after breathing the War from this polluted country that your president and Ms. Clinton are so proud of. Who will pay thier long term medical bilss when they come home, if they do.

Posted by: justadad55 | April 21, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse


How many of you will vote for me now?

Posted by: obama | April 21, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Concerning your candidates, they are ALL terrorists and possess a burning desire to steal other people's property and kick other people around. The emigration out of the USD and USA will continue no matter which terrorist organization is elected by the feeble-minded/authority-seeking voters who choose to remain on board the sinking ship.

Posted by: Brit | April 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

current list of items Obama has not seperated himself from, but either made excuses for or refused to explain about his connections to:

refusing to wear American flag pin

Communist Cuba mass murderer Che Guevera poster at campaign office

Cuban flag at campaign office

refusing to put hand over heart during American national anthem

his wife stating that she has never been proud of America in her entire adult life and that 'America is a country that is just downright mean, America is guided by fear, and America is a nation of cynics, sloths, and complacents'

Rezco shady land deals with the Obamas that sink to the deepest levels of corruption

stating that he is 'friendly' with terrorist William Ayers

attending church for almost 20 years with pastor that often preached hatred for America, hatred towards white people and hatred for Jews with comments like 'God damn America' for inventing the AIDS virus to murder its own citizens.

calling that same pastor his 'mentor' and writing a book based on a sermon by the pastor.

his church of 20 years republishing a terrorist organizations anti American/anti Israel manifesto

stating that his grandmother has made several racist comments about blacks but that she is a 'typical white person'

another 'mentor' of his, Frank Marshall Davis, a member of the CPUSA (Communist Party of the United States of America)

remark at campaign rally that 'America needs to put September 11th behind us'

stating that he plans to negotiate with the worlds most brutal murderous terrorist dictators

the fact that his most devout supporters that attend his campaign rallies (sometimes over 20 thousand) do not wave a single American flag as has been a staple of all campaign rallies for all candidates throughout American history.

did not denounce the fact that president Carter plans to talk with terrorist leaders in the middle east and Carter's statement that Israel is a racist nation, calling Israel an 'apartheid'

several anti jewish and pro palestinian advisors including General Tony McPeak, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Susan Rice, Robert O'Malley and Anthony Lake

support and endorsements from several racists and anti Americans such as Louis Farrakhan(calls whites "blue eye devils" and Jews "bloodsuckers") and Jane Fonda who called returning American prisoners of war 'liars and hypocrites'

The fact that when Bush was running for president in 2000 the Democrats destroyed him for having drank alot and doing coke when he was young, but Obama has admitted to using drugs quite frequently when he was young but Democrats continue to ignore it.

stating that he was never really a muslim and that his father or (step father) had 3 wives all at the same time and brought him up with those same muslim values

Posted by: Redneck and Proud | April 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

And one more thing to all of you Obamaniacs. Do you also want Uncle Barack to come by your house at night read you a bed time story and then tuck you in?

Posted by: Joe | April 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Osama?

Who wants to hear that on the TV everyday?

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

The only reason anyone would be against Mr. Obama is fear of what he could do to make our country more liberal-minded and tolerant, unlike the bigotry and fundamentalism and hatred of President Bush. We need someone to unite the spiritual and progressive!

Posted by: gay4life | April 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Rejecting Wright is one Item, BUT...Obama, YOU need to tell us on what Subjects DO you agree with ,when Pastor Wright speaks. . . . from whence does thou Spiritual inspiration arrive ? What Words inspired you ?"

Ray Taylor: Head on down to a book store. Two of his books should be on the bestseller shelf. You will find a few more of his books in the politics section. If that doesn't satisfy your need to know what inspires him, I am not really sure what more he can do for you.

Posted by: yarg | April 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

How can Obama's bad judgment to choose to affiliate with criminals and fanatics be justified?

Had Hillary Clinton had any of the above ghosts in her closet, she would have been thrown out of the election long ago.

Hey everybody - am I missing something here?

Are we so in love with the color black that we forget to see the man?

Posted by: clinton 08 | April 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, Barack Obama either intensely dislikes the very country of which he wants to be elected president, or at the very least surrounds himself with those who do.

Posted by: white republican for clinton | April 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Amunek Azaleid:
You must have been using cracks intensively. Obama will be better off running for the president of Liberia or Kenya. Not in a million years that you will see an African or African American leading any Western or Asian country. Blacks will and can never earn any respect from the international communities. Can you please name a single African American or African Negro noble price winner scientist or engineer? _________. What about the African American criminals? O.J Simpson, Rodney King...etc.

Posted by: ED | April 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Consider where the economy was before demos took over congress in 2006. We were in much better shape then than now. Media brainwashed libs don't know better.

Posted by: v racer | April 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I see: an international terrorist organization (Hamas) has endorsed Obama for our President, and we shouldn't let it give us pause to think? Of course not, as long as we have this hang-up about only Americans having a say in who ends up as our President.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Awesome post, timeforchangeinamerica! The sad thing is that Clinton's list of dirty laundry is even longer than the stuff that you listed. She's had "35 years" to build this kind of ignominious track record. The general public will not vote for Clinton once all these issues are brought to the light.

~Patriotic Feminists for Obama!~

Posted by: TXCourtney | April 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse


You are thinking Melissa JOAN Hart -- different middle names -- not the former Congresswoman who was voted out in 2006 along with Mark Foley:

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse


I see the race more as Sen. Black-Power Foreigner over Sen. John Wayne.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't win. Informed white's will not vote for him, struggling legal Hispanics will not vote for him, angry Hillary feminists will not vote for him, patriotic Americans concerned about our national security will not vote for him, those who believe there should be freedom in Iraq will not vote for him, those who do not want to cripple our energy companies will not vote for him, those who know the quality of our medical care will not vote for him, those who know Wright from right will not vote for him, Jews and Italians who cherish their heritages will not vote for him, and the list goes on. No way, no chance.

Posted by: v racer | April 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, separation of church and state...hmmm But it's okay for the Rev. Wright to spout off occasionally (constantly) from the pulpit about politics???? I think the feds ought to be checking into its exemption status!!!

And freedom of speech goes just so far...when one starts spouting GD America from the pulpit, that doesn't sound exactly church-like to me!

Posted by: Faye | April 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Melissa Hart.... wasn't that a B grade actress? Republicans are running scared and I like that. If Obama becomes the nominee and can focus on McCain, come November there will be a tsunami of voters coming out to vote for a Democrat. It's not even that the economy is so bad now, it's how much worse it will be with McCain. Bush as stupid as he is at least listened to people. McCain... the multi millionaire who is slumming this week, won't listen to anybody, because he will only have 4 years to completely bury this country and at the same time show us his condescending smile.

Posted by: Ron | April 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

People need to go back and look at what Obama actually said in that talk. He was explaining why some people choose to vote on issues like guns and religion, instead of issues like the economy.

He wasn't saying "those rubes are so bitter, so they cling to their guns". He said that when they do vote on economic issues, they don't see the changes, so they tend to vote on other issues. This is why he wants to make economic changes that they will be able to see. Framing this as some sort of insult is blatant malicious journalism.

Posted by: yarg | April 21, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

America has been hypnotized and duped again. The media and Clinton machine succeeded with it's white racists and political gains. We are screwed. Get ready for a war, and more suffering.

Posted by: justada55 | April 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Don't be stupid. It has long been the republican strategy to get people to vote against their economic interest (Democrat)by muddying up the waters with "value" issues. The government doesn't control values, they control economic issues. Unless you're a millionaire, you'd better vote Obama. Clinton has been corrupted with special interest. Don't fall for Republican tricks. Middle class America desperately needs a swing in their direction.

Posted by: thagan | April 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Too many people cling to their guns, but much more so their religion. Some just need to grow a brain or open their mind. If they didn't think this way then this comment wouldn't be upsetting so many.

He should know that in this country many of those type of people exist so you have to be careful. They haven't yet learned that a closed mind and a handful of bullets doesn't solve anything.

Posted by: He's right | April 21, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Melissa Hart is nuts.

One only need to watch her stammering, conspiracy theory laden diatribe from the night of her loss in the 2006 election to see this.

Plus - she seems to have more anger and vitriol residing in her than most.

I am surprised the Republican Brass couldn't find a more able candidate.

One plus is she is loyal. Whatever the party says she will defend with all her stamina.

Posted by: PA Republican | April 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I admit maybe I just don't "get" Obama; Maybe I'm not "sophisticated," but my new favorite quip regarding Obama is that he expects us to believe that he can lie down with dogs and not get up with fleas.

I mean, is it just my lack of education, or does he want us to think it's just coincidence that he has all these America-hating folks in his sphere, and that they are not like-minded at all?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

When people do not have any,real,substantive, credible, criticims of Barack Obama they resort to stupidity,innuendo and half truth. Hillary Hannity does not have a chance.Go Obama !

Posted by: eSPO | April 21, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

This Post is a good illustration why I should PREVIEW before Posting. Now maybe I'll remember, before being too quick on the SUBMIT trigger. Presented by the Committee for Better Posting.

Posted by: Fareed | April 21, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I suppose American Christians will have to fly some planes into skyscrapers, lob some heads off in front of TV cameras and oppress women in order to get any kind of respect from these Obama-loving a**holes.

Posted by: Al | April 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

What is that Melissa Hart i offering her constituents that she didn't offer the in 2006 when she got best in the elections and lost her House Seat? It easy to see why she lost it; she has nothing in terms of leadership of the people who would entrust her with that Office to represent them. In a total slap in the face of the intelligence of the voters, she now says elect me because my opponent will not condemn Barack Obama for a complicated social/political illustration that may have been unclear to some, which he later clarified to dispel any confusion. Because of the complexity of Obama's talk in San Fransisco he was "tagged" as "elitist" talking over people's heads. Melissa Hart is a day late in trying to bootstrap her aspirations on the coat tails of Hillary Text Book, President for Dummy's written by: Rove,Penn and Carvill. I'm not sure if Melissa received permission from the Clinton's' to use one of their slash and burn strategies, or let us know why such an absurd cheap political trick would work for her desperate candidacy. Melissa the good People of your District rejected you as their representative in 2006, what part of No are you having trouble with. Jason Altmire can support the Democratic Party quite well without the ridiculous denunciation of presidential primary candidate Barack Obama based lack of reasoning you demand for now material or relevant reason. Melissa don't quit your day job, if you have one, and leave Leadership to those who are qualified and the people support.

Posted by: Fareed | April 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I hang out with America-hating pastors, bomb throwing commies, and anti-christian advisors, so now you know what I mean when I say I offer change you can believe in. Hee-hee-hee. - - - - Something Obama may say ten minutes after being injected with truth serum.

Posted by: Sam White | April 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Hillary was definitely the most presidential in last week's debate. Obama looked like a sulking child and continued acting like one all week. I've left the flock and now am for

Hillary 08!

Posted by: Bitter in Baden, PA | April 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ouch, I hardly think Michael Moore's endorsement of Obama will win him any moderate democrat or independent votes.

Posted by: independent for HRC | April 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama's image of white men at the polls -

Wife beater tee shirt, dirty mud covered jeans, chewing tobacco waiting for a moment to spit, eyes red from a hangover, pick-up truck in the parking lot, a case of empty beer cans in the truck bed, voting for McCain because he hates blacks and women, just like those angry, white founding fathers did.

Posted by: Joey | April 21, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Quote: "To me, it's really hard to believe that any real American citizen can support a man for President of the United States of America who surrounds himself with people who so hate this country and all it stands for."

Aww, don't be so hard on Hillary.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Hilary 08
Her resume fits well for this job than other two.
May be obama 2012. Hopefully, he makes good company than make association w/ bin Laden. I won't be surprised, if he does..

Posted by: John D | April 21, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

jacksmith, you posted this same thing again? Do you ever think for yourself and make up anything different from this post??

Quote jacmsmith: "You might be an idiot".

Well, we already know what jacksmith is.
Get a life.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Tina Jackson is off her meds....

However, she is still smart enough to pick on only white men.

Posted by: John | April 21, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This is an election about whether the people of Pennsylvania hate blacks more than they hate women. And when I say people, I don't mean people, I mean white men. How ironic is this? After all this time, after all these stupid articles about how powerless white men are and how they can't even get into college because of overachieving women and affirmative action and mean lady teachers who expected them to sit still in the third grade even though they were all suffering from terminal attention deficit disorder -- after all this, they turn out (surprise!) to have all the power. (As they always did, by the way...)

Posted by: Tina Jackson | April 21, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

To me, it's really hard to believe that any real American citizen can support a man for President of the United States of America who surrounds himself with people who so hate this country and all it stands for.

Posted by: The Audacity of Hope | April 21, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse


If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

Posted by: jacksmith | April 21, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Rejecting Wright is one Item, BUT...Obama, YOU need to tell us on what Subjects DO you agree with ,when Pastor Wright speaks. . . . from whence does thou Spiritual inspiration arrive ? What Words inspired you ?

This isn't a racist Question, It's a "You're running for President, Explain to us" question.

A Spiritual Leader does something to obtain leadership/ownership over your life. There has to be some connnection.

The Pennsylvania vote will tell a tale. . . and the Dems better be listening.

Posted by: Ray Taylor | April 21, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I hope the yokels vote for some lying, manipulating, for the rich Republican. You're too stupid to realize that most people don't believe you to be provincial idiots, Obama included, but you're going to prove yourself to be the easily herded sheep that you are. I've lived among you people for a long time (not anymore, thank god), and although there are exceptions, you mostly are politically naive, close-minded buffoons. You are easily manipulated by sound bites in the media, too lazy and fat and unintelligent to dig deeper, and the only thing you can do is to take offense. "Oh, you elitists!" Well, that's not hard compared to you, but you're not even bright enough to think, "hey, maybe a intelligent person educated at one of the nation's leading schools should lead the country . . . nah! That's stoopid!" And before someone mentions that usurper George W. and Yale, I said bright, not rich and bought. So go on, keep taking offense, keep being small-minded, keep worrying about stupid issues, keep voting Republican, keep being manipulated, keep being poor, and keep on screwing yourselves.

Posted by: tensity1 | April 21, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear ,

I did not actually listen to or read
the WHOLE speech Obama made on April 6. Are you claiming, though, that he did NOT say this:

"Here's how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long. They feel so betrayed by government that when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn't buy it. And when it's delivered by -- it's true that when it's delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama, then that adds another layer of skepticism.

But -- so the questions you're most likely to get about me, 'Well, what is this guy going to do for me? What is the concrete thing?' What they wanna hear is so we'll give you talking points about what we're proposing -- to close tax loopholes, uh you know uh roll back the tax cuts for the top 1%, Obama's gonna give tax breaks to uh middle-class folks and we're gonna provide healthcare for every American.

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama will distance himself from Wright, Ayers, and his wife just like Ted Kennedy distances himself from Irish whiskey and young women, Helen Thomas distances herself from spiteful and whiney political rhetoric, and Al Sharpton distances himself from fried chicken and banana creme pie.

Posted by: Kurt Jenkins | April 21, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Americans have seen where claiming that your political rivals "Hate America" gets you. It gets you where the Republican Party has taken us. Unjustified attacks on other countries, thousands of US soldiers dead, Trillions spent, an economy in shambles. an environment ignored, a constitution shredded. Sorry, that's not loving America in my book. Let the Right-wing nuts scream their hysterical hate message. It's failed us and it's time to throw the false patriots out.

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 21, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Dear ,
You wrote:
"You did read that Altmire refuses to condemn Obama for his April 6 comment at a liberal San Francisco fundraiser, right?"
Did You actually listen to or read
the WHOLE speech Obama made on April 6, and not just what
said? You may find that Obama did NOT say what
wants You to think he said!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse


Look at pictures of McCain and see how many times he can lift his arms over his head from being beaten 5 1/2 years as a POW.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

amen rob/republican joe. The fact that Obama's life-long pastor, wife, and personal advisor are crazier than Adolf Hitler should have no impact on the general election.


But seriously, the Dems are in deep donkey dukey. And they can thank their liberal surrogates in the MSM for not vetting Obama before he clinched the state delegate lead.

Of course, this may reverse years of potential possibilities for minority leadership in the US.

Posted by: sgt. hall | April 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I believe Obama lives by Christian principles. Obama denounces actions rather than the people. Obama denounced Pastor Wrights words and Bill Ayers actions but hen never condems the people. Jesus did the same thing he rejected sin but never the person. I am sure the candidates are physically exhausted from campaigning I don't know why people are fixed on their words. They all say stupid things at times. I do not think that Obama's objective was to insult the people of Pennsylvannia. Lets face it people are bitter , they don't trust their government so they find things that give them comfort. Religion gives people hope and guns give people a sense of power. Pastor Wright should know better as a Christian to not be bitter and angry. He needs to learn to forgive and forget. I think that it is good that he retired. That type of thinking is no longer needed in 2008. Look at pictures of McCain and see how many times he is wearing an American flag pin also Clinton. Bill Ayers was never prosecuted and was never found guilty. He is now trying to amend for his past actions by giving back to the community in the form of improving our education system. I think the DNC views Obama as a competant candidate. I do not think he would have gotten approval to run if they did not think he had a chance to win. He is intelligent , articulate , nice personality and knows when to reach out for help , what more could we ask for. I belive he could bring this country forward.

Posted by: Danny | April 21, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

She just needs to beat him by more than 94,000 votes tomorrow in order to claim the lead in POPULAR vote.


Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Iranian uranium; Iranian ICBM's; Iranian satellites..CHANGE is coming BELIEVE in that!

Posted by: rob | April 21, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Michael A. Pendleton,

We don't blame You for being "poorly" and probably even "bitter" ...

Posted by: This article is so poorly ... | April 21, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

General Election Polls: Who Does Better Against McCain State by State?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I think for the most part the (Dem) policies are same. Now you got to ask who is a better match in the Nov. Well, the history suggests that in fall a "most liberal" label is a liability as you know. It will be extremely hard for a person liberal than Mr. Kerry, a war hero to win in Nov.
This and the fact that the country is in a recession should help decide your vote. Remember what it took to get the country in shape after the 1st Bush. So if the plan here is to help get a democrat win the White House you know who you should support.

Posted by: James | April 21, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Altmire's "BITTER" constituents live, work, and cling to their guns / faith in small-town America, like Aliquippa,
Natrona Heights, Cranberry, Ellwood City, Farrell, Murrysville, New Castle, and Ross Township.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

ATTN: Washington Post and GOOGLE

Google, you people need to take all this anti-Obama (bullshi..) off your FRONT page every single day and be more fair and balanced.

When googling the name Obama, one has to search for page after page before getting to the POSITIVE articles that are written daily. GOOGLE and WASHINGTON POST, please chill with the blatant RACISM!

Maybe it would help if you all thought about your children or your neices and nephews future, even if you don't want a better more productive country for yourselves.

Posted by: Ms Common Sense | April 21, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I would much rather vote for someone who occassionally misspeaks than for someone who is a habitual liar. It's sad enough Hillary lies about her entire record, but she also expects her mindless following to lie with her. How sad.

Posted by: MikeMcNally | April 21, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

With Obama, Republicans will face rampant throwing of race-cards, idiotic statements about 'difference in cultures', or 'special practices in black churches', but the pure, unvarnished hate speech, stupidity, bigotry, intolerance and frank, cowardly, self-pity and racist loathing are far too strong for that weak whitewash.

Start the Deathwatch for the Obama campaign. We'll be facing Hillary in November.

In the meantime, someone needs to get some IMAX super-definition cameras into the Democratic convention so we don't miss any of the details of the total meltdown that is coming.

Posted by: Republican Joe | April 21, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Is it legitimate to at least ask Altmire if he feels the same way as Obama about his own constituents? You did read that Altmire refuses to condemn Obama for his April 6 comment at a liberal San Francisco fundraiser, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

We must stop the mutants and their elitist remarks. If we dont stop them, then Professor X and his X-men will take over the Human Race!!!

Posted by: Shade | April 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party has been SCREWING the people of Penensylvania (I am one) for decades. Melissa Hart is one of the worst of these parasites. For her to attack Altmire, based on Obama's comments, is .... There is no word, really. May Hart burn in Hell.

Posted by: mnjam | April 21, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

What a sad day that even the people of PA would rather revert to the old politics of negativity and hate. Don't twist his words. Read them for yourself. Have some self-respect.

Mr. Obama speaks the truth, when government fails people, they lose their jobs, and homes, they begin to lose hope and vote in single issues. It's the truth and it hurts, I know, but it is the truth. Too many mothers are bitter their sons are in Iraq, too many skilled workers are bitter their jobs have disappeared because of NAFTA. Too many young adults are bitter at the bleak future they see in their state.

Mr. Obama speak the truth, and if we want to move forward to a better America, we must embrace the hard truth.

Obama '08. We know you will do the right thing, Pennsylvania.

Posted by: Jason | April 21, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Michael Moore endorses Obama.

Posted by: Matt | April 21, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

all the blacks will vote for obama on race. the first time a black presidnet gets elected in the us of kkk a is finaly herenow. the black churches are gong to make sure it happens. obama not going to be alone and lonely up there in washington. his friends going to join too. we are african people true to our native land. god is going to give us the first black president of the african people. blacks will have comunity and fmaily like the whites had all this time and they going to come up in the world and take the white classes over. praise god. obama will strengthen black instituions and black values. the usa will make a comitment to africa to educate and restore the blacks and to give them money. it is time for the racist usa to get on course and stop the white peoples war and for the white people to learn some humilty for once and for all. OBAMA 08

Posted by: Amunek Azaleid | April 21, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Justin (and Paul Kane):

"Across the board"?

Democratic National Cmte $66,840,506

Republican National Cmte $108,085,788

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

This article is so poorly constructed that I'll have to edit it myself in order to determine whatever moot point it's trying to make.

Posted by: Michael A. Pendleton | April 21, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I am an Obama supporter who is open to any other candidate that has something good to say about themselves. As it seems to me, all the other supporters only have bad things to say about Obama and nothing good to say about their condidate.

If that old rule held true, "if you have nothing good to say, say nothing," Clinton and MaCain supports would say 90% less.

If you want my vote, stripped out of Obama's hands, tell me why your candidate is better. NOT HOW MINE IS WORSE.

Till then...OBAMA 08

Posted by: Tim | April 21, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, while you're out there fighting over Clinton and Obama, Senator John McCain is gaining respect due to the fact that he's focusing on issues, and solutions to issues facing American.

According to Senator Hillary Clinton, their dirty laundry will look better hanging outside on the Whitehouse clothesline!

1. Keating Five in late 80's and early 90's, after a lengthy investigation, it was decided McCain had only been minimally involved in the sandal.
2. Cindy McCain stole drugs from her own nonprofit medical relief organization due to her addiction to prescription drugs.
3. Endorsement from racial, hard-line conservative Pastor John Hagee
4. John McCain has forgotten about sending regards and regrets in 1995 for not being able to attend the birthday party for then 90 year-old Joe Bananas, retired head to the NY Bonano crime family.
5. McCain has not condemned Rep. Geoff Davis for using harsh words "that boy" (Obama) and referring to Senator Obama as being a snake oil salesman. Most educated Americans have moved beyond the 60's and 70's, a time when white elitist within our society used and condoned derogatory and inflammatory slang words to describe African Americans.
6. McCain has not condemned supporter Senator Tom Coburn who supports the death penalty for abortion providers.
7. McCain did not break away from Rep. Rick Renzi, a member of his National Leadership Team and co-chairman of his Arizona Leadership Team. He described Renzi as a man with tenacity, honesty and integrity beyond reproach. Renzi was later indicted for money laundering, extortion and wire fraud, in addition to numerous other charges related to an Arizona Land Deal.
8. The Keating 5 sandal is most likely the most famous sandal involving McCain. McCain's wife and father-in-law invested $359,100.00 in the project.
9. McCain will have to explain his support of lobbyist, and why he has so many on his staff.
10. Then there's the temper issue. He has always been referred to as a bully from the time he was in school, college and as a Senator. He has always aggressively bullied those who oppose him.

1. The racial, hard-line liberal Pastor Wright controversy.
2. Not wearing an American flag lapel pin. Look at Clinton's, McCain, Bush's, senators, representatives, etc. next time to see if they wear one at every event, and every public speech event.
3. Not putting his hand over his heart during the singing of the National Anthem. How will conservative Republicans explain why President Bush put his hand on his mid-section while the National Anthem was being played? True, Bush is not the smartest guy in the world, and maybe didn't know where his heart was located.
4. He attended a campaign event at the home of William Ayer's in 1995. Ayer's is now a respectable, and noted education specialist at the University of Illinois, and works with Major Daley on educational reform.
5. Rezko and his association with Obama.

Hillary and Bill Clinton
1. Outsourcing of jobs to India and China. Hillary Clinton's "opp" moment in 2006 at a fund-raiser hosted by a top Indian American supporter when she said, "I can certainly run for the Senate seat in Punjab and win easily." Punjab is a region in India. Hillary Clinton statement while speaking to an audience of business leaders during her visit to New Delhi, "There is no way to legislate against reality. Outsourcing will continue." The Clinton's will have to explain and disclose their business relationships with India's businesses and business leaders.
2. Unanswered questions about her spouse's (Bill Clinton) work to promote the Colombia Free Trade deal. Hillary's answer so far, "Laughter...How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"
3. 1995 documented statement made to her spouse concerning working class white southerners, "Screw 'em, you don't owe them a thing Bill. They're doing nothing for you' you don't have to do anything for them."
4. Hillary Clinton will have to explain to the public why she has not been able to get a healthcare plan passed during the last 15 years she has been working on one.
5. Immigration, March 2006, Hillary Clinton: GOP Immigration Bill Would Criminalize Jesus. She was quoted as saying, "legislation would literally criminalize...probably even Jesus himself." Bill Clinton: Immigration crackdown Hurting US (2005) He argued that tighter immigration laws would only hurt America, saying, "New restrictions aren't worth it even if they stop the "one out of a zillion (foreigners) who might have a bomb."
6. Hillary's statements about Bosnia and Ireland. Can she think of a better response then what she and Bill have offered to the public?
7. Hillary Clinton conflict with what she said about while attending a closed-door fund raising event, "the activist base of the Democratic Party... [T]hey are very driven by their view of our positions, and it's primarily national security and foreign policy that drives them. I don't agree with them. They know I don't agree with them. So they flood into these caucuses and dominate them and really intimidate people who actually show up to support me." What she said while she was trying to get the support of MoveOn which was formed out of devotion for Bill Clinton. Last April, Hillary Clinton had this to say when she was trying to win their endorsement; "Well again, I want to thank MoveOn for hosting the forum. And I also want to thank you for being such lively participants in American democracy. You started from the very fundamental premise that in our democracy everyone should have a voice and that given the power of the Internet, we now have millions of voices that are part of our debates. I personally welcome that because for nearly a decade you've been asking the tough questions, you've been demanding answers, you've been refusing to back down when any of us who are in political leadership are not living up to the standards that we should set for ourselves and that you expect from us. I think you have helped to change the face of politics for the better, both online and in the corridors of power. So although some of your members may be a little surprised to hear me say this, I am grateful for your work. I remember when you started and how important it was and I look forward to continuing our dialogue in the years ahead on the important issues facing our country and the world."
8. Hillary Clinton condemned Obama for taking money from people who work for oil companies, but when she was questioned she simply said "So what..."
9. Clinton NAFTA-gate. The wink-wink in Canada actually came from the Clinton campaign, not Obama's. Bill Clinton helped a Canadian mining magnate win lucrative uranium contract from Kazakhstan's state-owned nuclear holding company Kazatomprom. It subsequently donated $31 million to the William J. Clinton Foundation. What other interest will the Republicans find?
10. Questionable and illegal campaign contributions. Norman Hsu, $1,100.00 to Hillary Clinton. He ran a pyramid scheme that defrauded investors of about $20 million. Marc Rich raised $70,000 for Hillary and $450,000 for the Clinton Library. Rich fled to Switzerland to avoid racketeering and illegal trading. Bill Clinton pardoned Rich during his last days in Washington. Others: Aaron Tonken, Peter F. Paul, John Huang, James Riady, Johnny Chung, Roger Tamraz, John K. H. Lee, Abdul Jinnah, etc.
11. Then there's Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate, Castle Grande-gate, Troopergate, etc.


Posted by: timeforchangeinamerica | April 21, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

It will be fun to watch the DNC see that yet again with him outspending her ...he still will lose.
Get a grip superdelegates...he cannot win the states that matter and he will lose the general election.

It is also becoming more and more apparent the disdain Obama and his wife have for their country and their fellow Americans...whom he wants to lead.
How many more "misspoken" words must be heard before people get the message... They don't think much of us.

"He and his wife have helped to legitimize the radical right wing argument that liberals "hate" America."...

Maybe Mrs. Obama and her husband should be saying "God Bless America"... every single day for the opportunities they have had. they would not have had the same had they been living elsewhere.

Hillary 08
Keep drinking the Obama kool aid Obamadrones.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

You know what helps defend Democrats from Republicans... massive fundraising. The Democrats are destroying the Republicans across the board on fundraising and the Dems very few seats in jeopardy. On top of that, every Republican is anchored to the ongoing Bush legacy of the worst President in history.

To put it more succinctly, bring it.

Posted by: Justin | April 21, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Codemn the messiah Obama?

how could we!

Posted by: Bonan | April 21, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't the DNC trail its counterpart, the Republican National Committee, by even more?

Posted by: Anonymous | April 21, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Who do you predict will win the Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential Primary?


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