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Obama Homes in on McCain in Florida


U.S. Reps. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), left, and Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), right, introduce Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) during a campaign rally, May 21, 2008 in Tampa. (Associated Press)

By Shailagh Murray
TAMPA -- Florida is back in the battleground business.

Sen. Barack Obama arrived this morning for his first Sunshine State campaign swing in eight months, with a downtown Tampa rally for 15,000 supporters, while his rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton held events in South Florida. Both candidates agreed to boycott the Jan. 29 primary here after the state had violated Democratic Party rules by selecting an early date. But the election went forward and Clinton won -- a result she now wants counted in her bid to win the nomination.

The two campaigns and the Democratic National Committee are considering various options for seating Florida's delegates at the convention in August, although whatever deal is struck won't likely skew the Democratic race's outcome. In the meantime, Obama has fences to mend with the state party and lots of ground to make up with Florida voters who don't know him well. The Illinois senator has only been here six times in 16 months, and is just now starting to build a political organization.

Democrats also are contesting numerous House races in Florida, and they are eager for Obama to begin investing resources and to challenge presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, who is favored in the GOP-leaning state, and who has been a steady presence here. Spending the day in vote-rich central Florida, Obama credited Clinton as a worthy opponent who had blazed a trail for female candidates, but his focus was all McCain.

Campaigning in Miami on Tuesday, McCain vowed to uphold the Cuba trade embargo and jabbed Obama for saying he would meet with Cuban president Raul Castro. Obama hit back in Tampa.

"He has been spending the last week describing his foreign policy by explaining who he won't talk to," Obama said. 'No, I won't talk to that guy, I won't talk to that guy. That's your foreign policy? He basically wants to perpetuate the same errors George Bush has made."

Obama also fired a fresh shot in a battle over campaign roles for lobbyists. "We need a president who sees the government not as a tool to enrich friends and high-priced lobbyists, but as the defender of fairness and opportunity for every American," Obama said, referring to McCain.

Tucker Bounds, spokesman for the Arizona senator, responded by asserting that lobbyists were advising Obama's campaign. He demanded that the Democrat disclose names. "What is Senator Obama hiding? John McCain has an unmatched record of fighting the influence of special interests in Washington," Bounds said.

By Web Politics Editor  |  May 21, 2008; 2:56 PM ET
 
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"Obama and/or his supporters whined about mentioning his middle name, they whine when we bring up his close relations with terrorists, and when we ask about his spiritual mentor, the racist Rev. Wright. Now he is crying about the GOP using his wife's anti-American statements in an ad, although she campaigns for him across the country . He whined "lay off my wife," What a loser."
Posted by: Billw

And you're a winner? You sound kinda creepy. Guess if someone attacked your wife (though you probably don't have one, winner), you'd cringe or hide.

Posted by: edwcorey | May 22, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are absolutely Racist. JakeD the closet racist, who would vote for an honest Muslim, but not a secretive one. It seems the only reason why you are oppose to Obama is because he is black, and his name is of Islamic origin. There is tons of information avail that states OBAMA IS NOT A MUSLIM. Read something other than your under the rock local newsletter.
Vote for an honest Christian, and there is only one in this race who hasn't gotten caught up in a lie.

Posted by: NoNonsense | May 22, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It's very sad to see the level of debate on this comment board. There are several lies circulating in the U.S. right now, and the gullible are taken in by them. I recommend to all of you that you read Factcheck.org, so that the level of commentary and debate here can reflect facts, instead of hysterical falsehoods such as "Obama has never taken the pledge of allegiance" or "Hillary has broken campaign finance laws" or "my wife's second-cousin once removed heard from some missionary that Obama gets involved in African elections." In fact, before commenting on a Post article, you might want to read the Post itself, which does a better job of fact-checking than anyone here.
http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_obama.html
http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/crooked_claims_about_clinton.html

Posted by: DrMorris | May 22, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

For Obama to complain about McCain and any ties to lobbyists is the height of hypocrisy. His own campain has many ties to groups who also are lobbyists. Examples include the various labor unions. If he is so "holy", why not disavow any ties to labor chiefs etc. He claimed to come to be a "post politician", not in the vein of what we have had. That is an example of his empty sophistry, and attempts to hoodwink the American public. Obama is just another of the long line of politicians with ties to big whatever, and he is guilty of all that he claims to not be.

Posted by: Dennis in Denver | May 22, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

A friend from church sent this to me.
This is from Billy Sam Elliott (recently retired Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Manager). I asked him if he knew these people personally and his reply is:
Celeste and Loren Davis are Missionaries in Africa and can shed some light on one of our Presidential candidates.
Celeste was married to my (Billy Sam Elliott) first cousin and is the mother of his three children. She remarried Missionary Loren Davis at Woodville and has been involved in his ministry ever since. They have made numerous mission trips to Africa and actually had their DC-3 shot down on one of their trips.I haven't seen Celeste in several years, but I communicate with her by e-mail frequently.
From: Loren Davis
To: billelliott@suddenlinkmail..com
Sent: Saturday, March 29, 2008 3:36 AM
Subject: Obama and Kenya connection
Dear Billy Sam,
Thanks for sending out an alert about Obama. We are living and working in Kenya for almost twelve years now and know his family (tribe) well. They are the ones who were behind the recent Presidential election chaos here. Thousands of people have been displaced by election violence(over 350,000) and I don't know the last count of the dead. Obama under 'friends of Obama' gave almost a million dollars to the opposition campaign who just happened to be his cousin, Raila Odinga, who is a socialist trained in east Germany . He has been trying to bring Kenya down for years and the last president threw him in prison for trying to subvert this country! December 27th elections brought cries from ODM (Odinga Camp) of rigged election. Obama and Raila speak daily.As we watch Obama rise in the US we are sure that whatever happens, he will use the same tactic, crying rigged election if he doesn't win and possibly cause a race war in America .
What we would like you to know is what the American press has been keeping a dirty little secret. Obama IS a Muslim and he IS a racist and this is a fullfilllment of the 911 threat that was just the beginning. Jihad is the only true Muslim way. We have been working with them for 20 years this July! He is not an American as we know it. Please encourage your friends and associates not to be taken in by those that are promoting him. It is world wide jihad.All our friends in Europe are very disturbed by the mulsim infiltration into their countries. By the way. His true name is Barak Hussein Muhammed Obama. Won't that sound sweet to our enemies as they swear him in on the Koran!
God Bless you.
Pray for us here in Kenya . We are still fighting for our nation to withstand the same kind of assult that every nation, including America , is fighting. Takeover from the outside to fit the new world order. As believers, this means we will be the first targets. Here in Kenya , not one mosque was burned down, but hundreds of churches were burned down, some with people in them, burned alive.
Jesus Christ is our peace but the new world order of Globalism has infiltrated the church and confused believers into thinking that they can compromise and survive. It won't be so. I will send you a newsletter we sent out in February documenting in a more cohesive manner what I've tried to say in a few paragraphs.
Love, Celeste
Celeste and Loren Davis
About our Father's business!
Luke 2:49b

Posted by: maggieb | May 22, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I copied this from another person, but it's worth posting again and again.
My message to Clinton supporters who are still threatening to vote McCain
Here's a horrible, cruel joke about the Clintons:
"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because Hillary is her mother and Janet Reno is her father."
Now, who said that? A mean Obama supporter? No, it was John McCain who told that "joke", at a GOP fundraising dinner in June 1998.
Point that out to frustrated Hillary supporters who think Obama or his followers have been mean to the Clintons.

McCain is a guy who calls his wife a "c**t" and "trollop" in front of reporters.
A guy with a long track record of vindictively pursuing junior people - especially women - who get in his way, even if they were just secretaries following their bosses' orders.

Do you want John McCain to pick three or more Supreme Court Justices? Vote for McCain will set women rights back two generations.

Vote for our future. Vote for Obama!

Posted by: Carl | May 22, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"Obama's Muslim faith DOES NOT allow him to tolerate Christianity or he WILL NOT be accepted by his religion.

Posted by: reallynow | May 21, 2008 8:29 PM :

You idiot, what part of PASTER did you miss?

Posted by: Karen | May 22, 2008 8:09 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Obama is "Hiding" is that he is no different than any of the other POLS just a little slicker.

Posted by: ZarDotz | May 22, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow has a theory that HRC is trying to use the rules and bylaws committee decision about MI and FL process to eventually bring the nomination fight to the convention floor. This would blow up the Democratic party. She states that the only way to short circuit this is for about 90 plus superdelegates to declare for Obama before May 31st.

Posted by: OnAlert | May 22, 2008 2:28 AM | Report abuse

Ok let me get this straight, if you are "White" and you do not vote for Obama you are a "racist". And if you are "Black" and do not vote for Obama your an "Uncle Tom". Is that the way it goes now?

Posted by: 1ahead | May 22, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain endorser Pastor John Hagee said it was God's will that Hitler should kill the Jews as a way to make them go to Israel.

Here is the youtube video that has a recording of the sermon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErC1IJeHnyc

Posted by: Lioness | May 21, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"the extremists that will kill anyone not of the Muslim faith. They are taught and convinced if they kill infidels they will be given the ultimate reward from Allah."

Nonsense: Muslims have lived in peace with Christians in many nations for centuries. The Koran specifically teaches respect for other's beliefs and considers Jesus as a great prophet.

Only in a holy war in which outsiders are trying to destroy the Muslim faith is it allowed for a believer to kill "invaders." This does not include women and children. The "terrorists" are not true Muslims in any way.

I am a Christian who lived in Saudi Arabia for many years. The people were extremely friendly to all Americans until the first Bush sent a million troops into their country.

Stop promoting false fears. The terrorists are a tiny fraction of the arab population.

Posted by: Luke Gilmore | May 21, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

rDividing this country on the creed, race, gender issues proves how dumb people are. Doesn't anyone think for themselves anymore? More people know the American Idol than the president or their local leaders and they could care less about it-
Sadly these are the issues of this election--not immigration, economy, taxes, terrorism, real healthcare-(something that works, not something that KILLS 125,ooo people a year-(by AMA estimates)education ( not by educated idiots) Etc. the real issues of America-- Racism,sexism etc comes from within. If you allow it then you help it exist.

Posted by: GBA | May 21, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

LauraM "All faiths have value"--tell that to the extremists that will kill anyone not of the Muslim faith. They are taught and convinced if they kill infidels they will be given the ultimate reward from Allah.
Yeah maybe in the US we can tolerate that value of religion while they keep beheading their enemy and showing the world their heads as trophies This wonderful, peaceful loving religion of Islam.
This country has many faiths and all are a threat to Allah/Muslims and Barrack has NEVER denounced their behavior and DOES NOT PLEDGE HIS ALLEGIANCE TO THIS COUNTRY -- WONDER WHERE HIS ALLEGIANCE LIES????

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

BOBSTER:

Let me get this straight: you don't think that terrorists have any incentive to attack us? What do you think happened on 9/11 then?

Laura M:

I would have no problem with an honest Muslim being President of the United States -- IF Obama is a secret Muslim, that means he is lying about it in order to gain the Oval Office during a war with terrorists -- do you see the difference?

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Bobstar-- the reason we have no terrorists attacks here is because we stood up to them and knocked them down..Every country that does not stand up to them has terrorism in their country!!!!!

Posted by: get real | May 21, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Black Saint-- Most folks do not need "learned professors" to tell them what is right and what is wrong-
Just because one is educated does not make them right-- (That's what is wrong with the world today -everyone must follow someone else) There is no independence anymore-
There are PLENTY of educated idiots in the world- Iran's president came over here to our UNIVERSITY and proclaimed he is a "learned professor" and look at him -he's crazy as a loon.
That, by the way was a perfect opportunity to gracefully ask the President of the US to have "talks" for a peaceful future-- hahaha like he wants a peaceful future !

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

IF BARACK OBAMA IS A MUSLIM, THEN REV. REMIAH WRIGHT IS MUSLIM. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN MUSLIM IN THE CHURCH. EVEN IF OBAMA IS MUSLIM, YA'LL GOT IT WRONG ABOUT ISLAM AND MUSLIMS. AT LEAST TERRORISTS ARE NOT GOING TO ATTACK US.

Posted by: BOBSTER | May 21, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

To ReallyNow...I don't believe that Obama is Muslim, but if he were, would it really matter? All faiths have value, if in the right hearts. Get beyond the color and creed (and gender) and consider what the candidate is capable of bringing this country and the world. The racist factor -- and perhaps, now, the creed factor -- scares me. How far have we failed to go since Montgomery?

Posted by: Laura M | May 21, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama has yet to explain the changes he promises... just like a politician, empty promises and plenty of lies and double talk- He is no different.
He claims he can heal the racial divide all the while he knows full well that's what is fueling his fire.
He is seperating this country even more- United we stand -divided we fall !
He is working his magic on millions and they are too blinded to see they are being used by a POLITICIAN !!!
Surely we have one person who loves this country for what is is and not what it can do for them, who is capable of being the president...This is all we get to choose from -Please....

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama's Muslim faith DOES NOT allow him to tolerate Christianity or he WILL NOT be accepted by his religion.

Posted by: reallynow | May 21, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

After reading racist comments in this column I despair for this country. We've just had eight years of a idiot white man in power. Unless you are a corporate exec, are you better off? At least Obama is a realist, unlike Billary who cannot comprehend she has lost her bid.

Posted by: Mike | May 21, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war."
-- Winston Churchill

Does anyone think the threats to our homeland that the US faces today hold a candle to what Churchill's Great Britain faced in WWII and the Cold War? Anybody who thinks that Castro's Cuba is scarier than Stalin's Soviet Union has totally lost it.

Posted by: Scott in NC | May 21, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Umm "Earl",
U.N. Resolution 1441, look it up you tool.

Posted by: Hey Earl C | May 21, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA

DOESN'T

KNOW

HIS

@SS

FROM

HIS

ELBOW.

Posted by: GHG | May 21, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

"Diplomacy is great, but what happens when it doesn't work? Who is to blame? If your first reaction is the US, I suggest you examine your own prejudices and loyalties.

"There are people out there who do not want to be buddies with us, no matter what we do, say or how far we bend over.

"That is a fact."

Posted by: None of the Above 08

Does there have to be blame assessed if diplomacy does not work. My question is, where should the blame be placed if one does not attempt the diplomacy route?

The worst possible outcome for failed diplomacy is war. To lauch a war without real diplomacy (Bush called it diplomacy, but he never was engaged in it before attacking Iraq) is irresponsible. I restate what I have stated before on other similar blogs, our Constitution provides for the common defense, not offense. Teddy Roosevelt said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick, you will go far."

Posted by: Earl C, Virginia Beach | May 21, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

ovama whines and calls himself a "victim":

"In the internet age, there are going to be lies that are spread all over the place. I have been victimized by these lies."

this in his own website.

But, did you read the Capitol Briefing, here at the Wapo?

It says that Hillary introduced 22 new bills this year, while running for president; Ovama introduced : NADA, NADITA, ZILCH!!!

HE'S A LAZY BONES. tHAT SHOWS "CHANGE"! tHAT SHOWS CHARACTER: MISSING FROM WORK!!!

HOW SELFISH OF HIM: EVIDENTLY USING THE SENATE TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT, WITH OUT ACTUALLY WORKING.

tHE FUTURE WITH oVAMA: EMPTY!!

Posted by: Anonymous | May 21, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

BETRAYAL

Today (May 21) U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut, whose district voted for Clinton in that state's Feb. 5 primary, joined the Obama team. This kind of thing and media bias has put Obama where he is today. Very unfair to Clinton and very unfortunate for the country. One has to wonder what inspired Courtney to betray the voters... perhaps money?

Posted by: Billw | May 21, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Diplomacy is great, but what happens when it doesn't work? Who is to blame? If your first reaction is the US, I suggest you examine your own prejudices and loyalties.

There are people out there who do not want to be buddies with us, no matter what we do, say or how far we bend over.

That is a fact.

Posted by: None of the Above 08 | May 21, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA THE WHINER

Obama and/or his supporters whined about mentioning his middle name, they whine when we bring up his close relations with terrorists, and when we ask about his spiritual mentor, the racist Rev. Wright. Now he is crying about the GOP using his wife's anti-American statements in an ad, although she campaigns for him across the country . He whined "lay off my wife," What a loser.

Posted by: Billw | May 21, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans and Democrats both spoke with the Soviets... There was even a special hotline from government head to government head in order to prevent a nuclear war... why was it okay to do all of this, but not okay to talk to Iran? It sounds like only stupid and/or ignorant people are in favor of not talking to Iran.

Posted by: George Griffith | May 21, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

For the record, the reason I am not voting for Barack HUSSEIN Obama (that is his name) is because he is pro-choice, not because of the color of his skin.

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 5:44 PM

Do I see another one-issue person? I guess you prefer the good old days of illegal abortions in the backyard by the same religious right zealots that you obviously love. I agree with Clinton, "Abortion should be legal, but rare." The act of abortion is best left with a person to decide based on her own religious/moral compass. In this case, education can go a long way. I do believe that abortion is an option in the cases of rape and the health of the mother. I do not want to see it banned. At 9 trillion dollars in debt, $4 per gallon gas, and a war with no end in sight, you are paying and have paid a big price for your one-issue candidate. Too bad that pro-life does no translate into those already living who are dying by the thousands in the sands of Iraq. There can be nothing more immoral than launching an illegal war.

Posted by: Earl C, Virginia Beach | May 21, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"He has been spending the last week describing his foreign policy by explaining who he won't talk to," Obama said. 'No, I won't talk to that guy, I won't talk to that guy. That's your foreign policy? He basically wants to perpetuate the same errors George Bush has made."
======================================
Alright, go and talk to every terrorist supporting country. In fact, you should stop the State Department from releasing the annual report on State Sponsers of Terrorism.

Posted by: voteforamerica | May 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

"Obama...fired a fresh shot in a battle over campaign roles for lobbyists. 'We need a president who sees the government not as a tool to enrich friends and high-priced lobbyists'...." Nor do we want a president who outsources the making of our foreign policy to lobbyists.

Posted by: FirstMouse | May 21, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

For the record, the reason I am not voting for Barack HUSSEIN Obama (that is his name) is because he is pro-choice, not because of the color of his skin.

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"the Jakes" is another term for "the WC" this would make the Hussein comment full of "something" if your theory holds "water"

Word association games are one way to run (or ruin) ones life.

cheers

Posted by: tortolitan | May 21, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Obama's campaign is run by liberal media elites.


There is nothing more deceitful and dishonest than the media cabal that has put Obama where he is, and made him teflon. Dissent is dead in this campaign.

Posted by: NO BO | May 21, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

"...I am not racist. I just don't like Barack HUSSEIN Obama because he is black...." Posted by: JakeD's inner thoughts

Yes, and this is exactly the double-speak that we have been getting for 7 years now and that McCain plans to continue. Jake D needs to get a life. Perhaps you need to talk to a Black person. Oops, you may not have the mental ability necessary to "negotiate" to your advantage. :)

Posted by: Earl C, Virginia Beach | May 21, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"The problem is Uneducated White voters never had the fine points of race and racism explained to them by learned professors. Not having a higher education to reply upon they must substitute common sense." Posted by: Black Saint | May 21, 2008 3:35 PM

As a retired educator, I can give many examples when common sense was not apparently available to educated and uneducated alike. As we say, "common sense" is observed when a person knows when to come in out of the rain.

What the ignorant have is "bliss." It does not require a superior intellect for a person to develop a sense of fairness and a respect for his fellow man. Divisiveness is learned in church as well as in the family. I can cite way too many examples when a PhD pastor belittles the educated to appeal to the uneducated.

Obama gives a message of hope. It is uplifting. It happens to be founded on a factual basis, not based on sterotypes and prejudices.

(I see Dana P., the Press Secretary on the TV now. I want to throw up. She makes no sense.)

Posted by: Earl C, Virginia Beach | May 21, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"...I am not racist. I just don't like Barack HUSSEIN Obama because he is black...."

Posted by: JakeD's inner thoughts | May 21, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be defining McCain as a corporate hack. His campaign is run by lobbyists. McCain is stuck in a hard place. He can't raise money from Republicans as they don't like him so he has to go to the right, but this will also going to have a cost. He is going to lose this election by trying to get Bush money. It ties him directly to the right, shows he is a tamed maverick, loses him the independent vote, and thereby loses the middle and the general.

Posted by: Mike in Sac | May 21, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Obama knows like many of us that talking to people can help to dispel wrong impressions and also tend to focus on the real differences and similarities. Those who do not want to talk to people are afraid that their preconceived notions may be challenged. If you do not want to be faced with cognitive inconsistency, then do not talk to people. Let the stereotypes remain. Also, keep spinning reasons for not talking to people. Biblically, there are no good reasons for not talking to people.

Now, McCain is confusing this issue. He wants people to assume that all communication between people is equivalent to negotiation. The only implied negotiation that is expected in a face-to-face communication is that both parties will behave in a civil manner. Think about your own face-to-face communications with people with whom you like and those you do not like. Do you feel that each face-to-face situation is an attempt to negotiate an outcome? Many of my communications with others is an attempt to obtain information. Some information may challenge my views about things. I am not afraid of this. If the communication fails to obtain the hoped for results, I am only out a little time.

The art of diplomacy takes hard work and precise language. Both Bush and McCain lack in this department. Obama uses relatively precise language when expressing his views. Occasionally, his precision leads to the choice of words like "cling" and "bitter." Many of us knew at the time exactly what Obama meant. I fail to understand how the choice of these two single syllable words indicates an "elitist" personality. Hit me with a few five and six syllable words. For me, I'll take Hillary and Obama any day when facing foreign leaders, whether friend or foe, to the likes of McCain and Bush.

For example, I can only imagine how the "bring it on" comment was translated into Arabic. I suggest this "bring it on" comment was much more damaging to USA relations abroad than was Obama's "bitter" and "cling to" comments here. I have traveled abroad when the U.S. did something really dumb, and I have felt vulnerable. I can only imagine what it would have been like to be traveling abroad when my President said "Bring it on."

Please look closely at a person who would challenge another for willingness to go face-to-face with foes when that same person cannot understand the difference between conversation, negotiation, and appeasement. There is a world of difference between all three terms.

Go! Obama!

Posted by: Earl C, Virginia Beach | May 21, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse


Florida has had me worried for a while. I look at the tracking polls and keep seeing that Clinton beats McCain but McCain beats Obama in Florida.

But I forgot something very important: Obama has spent very little time in Florida. The reason Clinton won the primary so big there was due to high name recognition, in the absence of a campaign. McCain has spent a lot of time there, before and after the primary.

Now that Obama can take the time to talk to Florida voters, his numbers will come up.

Go Obama! Yes We Can!

Posted by: mikeinmidland | May 21, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Nuffsaid | May 21, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how John Hagee's comments about Hitler and the Holocaust will impact McCain's Jewish support in FL:

John Hagee, the controversial evangelical leader and endorser of Sen. John McCain, argued in a late 1990s sermon that the Nazis had operated on God's behalf to chase the Jews from Europe and shepherd them to Palestine. According to the Reverend, Adolph Hitler was a "hunter," sent by God, who was tasked with expediting God's will of having the Jews re-establish a state of Israel.

Going in and out of biblical verse, Hagee preached: "'And they the hunters should hunt them,' that will be the Jews. 'From every mountain and from every hill and from out of the holes of the rocks.' If that doesn't describe what Hitler did in the holocaust you can't see that."

He goes on: "Theodore Hertzel is the father of Zionism. He was a Jew who at the turn of the 19th century said, this land is our land, God wants us to live there. So he went to the Jews of Europe and said 'I want you to come and join me in the land of Israel.' So few went that Hertzel went into depression. Those who came founded Israel; those who did not went through the hell of the holocaust.

"Then god sent a hunter. A hunter is someone with a gun and he forces you. Hitler was a hunter. And the Bible says -- Jeremiah writing -- 'They shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and from the holes of the rocks,' meaning there's no place to hide. And that might be offensive to some people but don't let your heart be offended. I didn't write it, Jeremiah wrote it. It was the truth and it is the truth. How did it happen? Because God allowed it to happen. Why did it happen? Because God said my top priority for the Jewish people is to get them to come back to the land of Israel."

Posted by: Nuffsaid | May 21, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Go Obama!

Posted by: Larry Kincaid | May 21, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at McCains foreign Policy Credentials. He insist he will continue to boycott Cuba, a tiny little country who is no threat to us. Yet these guys will let China who is really a threat to the whole world , continue to buy our country and control our jobs and everything else.

Republicans must think all americans are stupid and blind. Give me a break.

Posted by: ET's Corner | May 21, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should call McCain Bush and get it over with. McCain let us know that he will continue Bush's war in Iraq for at least five more years. Definitely a Bush policy.

Now McCain declares in so many words 'it is my way or the highway' thus there is no reason to talk which is definitely a Bush policy. McCian may as well move from Arizona to West Texas and get it over with then he will officially be a Bush. END THE WAR IN IRAQ.

Posted by: Jim Rush | May 21, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - what is your middle name? Mine is Charles, I suspect yours is "Racist"!

Posted by: Limey | May 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

BlackSaint,

You are obviously white and have no clue about anything you are talking about. The sad part is that if you look a little deeper at your own writing you might just understand how stupid you really sound.

Posted by: Serious Answer Now | May 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This just in.... McCain's cleric and spiritual advisor declares Hilter was fulfilling God's will
check out: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/05/21/mccain-backer-hagee-said_n_102892.html

Wow... them GOP people are nuts!!

Posted by: JakeD's shadow | May 21, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

My name is JakeD. The best I can come up with is pointing out that Barack Obama's middle name is Hussein. Because I think a person's middle name automatically associates them with whoever else has ever had that name. This is the best I can do when not just plain making crap up.

I'm a simple man with a simple plan. Continue to make myself look stupid in hopes of making even stupider people join me in my stupidity.

My name is JakeD and I approve of this message.

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

ob08:

Someone says: "Your insistance to shout out HUSSEIN indicates where you are" so I simply asked "Where am I?". What was the point of your personal attack?

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - Get a life. You are an embarrassment.

Posted by: ob08 | May 21, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

McCain's extensive ties to lobbyists is disturbing. As is his working to get federal land on the cheap for his supporters. Are we are to just "trust" that he isn't influenced? I don't know his heart, but I'm getting more suspicious as time goes on.

Posted by: Earth | May 21, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

jake wrote: "Where am I "

You are right! You are on the McCain blog...LOLOL

Continue...;-)

and bye

Posted by: sajo | May 21, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

We need to try a different policy in dealing with our enemies. If we continue to start wars, there will be a permanent draft implemented. We are short on armed forces and will have choice. However, I guess if all of you who feel that talking to our enemies is so wrong, volunteer to fight in the next war, we won't have to worry about that. RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: pat | May 21, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

sajo:

Where am I?

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Jake, why waste your time...Your insistance to shout out HUSSEIN indicates where you are.

Why don't you just sign up, donate and canvass for John McCain, who will never talk to anybody, and buy some stocks in the corporations of the military industrial complex, - with McCain they will be profitable.

Posted by: sajo | May 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

E.D.:

Perhaps you are reading one of those fake JakeD posts? Could you QUOTE what you think was demeaning, pessimistic, and/or unhopeful?

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

On your "hones in on" headline: I think the only one who used the meaningless phrase "hone in" to stand for "home in" was George H. W. Bush. It is not acceptable English.

Posted by: T N R Rogers | May 21, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The problem is Uneducated White voters never had the fine points of race and racism explained to them by learned professors. Not having a higher education to reply upon they must substitute common sense.

1.They have a very hard time understanding how one can sit in Church for 20 years and support ones friend and mentor week after week, month after month, year after year with your money, family and attendance while listening to Hate American, Hate whites, Hate every thing rants, (with the exception of Blacks and Muslins) means that you have not endorsed and do not believe in the Message and you have not endorsed and do not believe in the MESSENGER.
2.They have a hard time understanding why when Whites kill Blacks it is a hate crime but just crime when Black kill Whites.
3.Why all Blacks Colleges and and All black Miss American etc. etc is not discrimination.
4.Why being Black is more important than than Ability, Character, Motivation or other qualification in getting in Schools, Jobs, etc. etc.
5.They have a very hard time understanding why Whites voting for whites is racism but it is not racism for over 90% of Blacks voting for Obama.
6.They do not understand why believing in God, lovering this Nation, supporting the second Amendment, supporting Article IV Section IV of our Constitution against Invasion, and supporting the rule of Law, makes them intelligibly infer and bitter and the object of scorn and ridicule by Obama and his Cult followers!
7.Finally they just cannot comprehend how 2 very big wrongs make 1 great Right!

Posted by: Black Saint | May 21, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey Jake,
You seem to enjoy demeaning others. Pessimism and lack of hope is a dangerous thing.

Posted by: E.D. | May 21, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Marquee:

Perhaps you should read that thread to see that "The Fact Checker" did not refute ANY of those fact ; )

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fact-checker/2008/05/mccain_obama_and_kissing_dicta.html

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD,
You should checkout "Fact Checker" before you start listing incorrect assertions. Seems like you're not quite bright afterall when writing about facts of history.

Posted by: Marquee | May 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Whenever Barack HUSSEIN Obama decides to "hone in" on foreign policy, here are the facts:

1) "Roosevelt didn't talk with Hitler";

2) "Reagan didn't talk with Brezhnev or his two successors until Gorbachev was ready to change his position";

3) "Reagan didn't do what Jimmy Carter did"; specifically

4) "Carter went over and kissed Brezhnev".

Posted by: JakeD | May 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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