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McCain Celebrates a Big Tent Kind of Night

By Juliet Eilperin
BRYN MAWR, Pa. -- In an air-conditioned tent on the lawn of a Main Line estate tonight, Sen. John McCain told the crowd that he has a simple dream: Every citizen will one day own the kind of sprawling mansion that hosts Republican fundraisers.

Joking that he was speaking outside a "modest tract home" of Pennsylvania real estate developer Mitchell L. Morgan and his wife Hilarie, McCain marveled at the giant mixed Classic behind him. The house boasted six garages, an elaborate pool with fountains, and extensive, manicured grounds.

"This is one of the differences between me and Senator Obama," McCain said. "Senator Obama wants every American to have a home. I want every American to have a home like that." The crowd laughed.

The 550 contributors paid at least $1,000 each to attend the event, raising a total of $1.5 million for McCain's campaign. Morgan -- who started out as a shoe salesman and now heads a real estate empire with an estimated $1 billion in holdings -- offered the guests passed hors d'oeuvres such as shrimp shumai as well as a variety of soup shooters and cheeses, along with an open bar.

Having hosted a fundraiser for President Bush at his home three years ago, Morgan said he expected to be hosting another president in the near future. "We hope one day to repeat history," he said. "Pennsylvania is a state we can win."

Two of McCain's Senate colleagues, Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), showed up to demonstrate their support for the presumptive GOP nominee, as did Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett and McCain's state chair, Bob Asher. Specter left before the speaking portion of the event started, and McCain mentioned during his remarks that the senator was still in the midst of his battle against cancer.

Lieberman gave an enthusiastic plug for his friend, quipping that since Hilarie Morgan was co-hosting the event, he could use this as a talking point this fall, whenever people mused on whether allies of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) would back a Republican presidential candidate.

"From now on, I can tell them, 'I was at a tent full of friends of Hilarie supporting McCain,' " he said. He added that the evening's haul demonstrated that McCain's bid was gathering support: "That's a kind of market statement for a free-market guy, that people believe in him."

Cindy McCain offered a more personal, solemn note, extending her sympathies to the parents of a Marine who grew up not too far away. Travis Manion died last year at age 26, during his second tour of Iraq.

McCain noted that, at one point, she and Manion's mother each wore a blue star, denoting a son actively serving in the military, although the Manions' star later became gold to signify their loss. Her husband, Cindy said, would serve as the kind of "commander in chief" that would work to keep Americans out of harm's way.

It remains unclear whether McCain will carry Pennsylvania, but the Main Line Republicans who came out in force tonight said they were firmly supporting his candidacy. One of the attendees, Marilyn Stern, said she was backing McCain because she saw stark differences between him and Sen. Barack Obama, especially in terms of foreign policy. Stern, who recently completed an executive degree at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, Israel, said Obama's list of foreign policy advisers made her worry that the United States would pressure Israel if he was elected president.

"It doesn't bode well," she said, adding that many voters are simply uniformed about the two candidates. "Obama strikes me as a hologram: What you want to see in him is what you find. It's like looking into an abyss, and not seeing anything but darkness."

By Post Editor  |  June 30, 2008; 9:22 PM ET
 
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Julian:

You may want to read the article again. It says they host's wife is name Hillary (Hillary Morgan), it was a joke.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 6, 2008 6:45 PM | Report abuse

needforthruth ssems to be the one who is hatefull. why don't you try to get your point across without attacking so much. is there room for a pov other than yours?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 6, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you debate the ins and outs of Obama's military service record? Oh, that's right he does not have one.

Posted by: kdawg | July 6, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The proper permits were not pulled when the McCains converted this condo into one
from two condos (1105 &1106) for the roof top zero edge pool, sun deck, spa, fire pit,gas barbeque, men's and ladies' locker rooms, steam rooms, massage room

www.webofdeception.com

Posted by: Robert Lewis | July 2, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Just as John McCain has collaborated with the Vietnamese enemy, he has been collaborating with the leaders of the Mexican Reconquista movement for some time. Among other outrages, he was the keynote speaker at the 2004 annual conference of the National Council of La Raza. He told the crowd: "It is in our national interest to bring the 8 to 12 million undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and allow them an opportunity to become citizens of this great nation."

After the massive illegal alien protests last year, McCain made the following statement: "If such demonstrations continue, I think we will have a bill for the President to sign soon. The more debate, the more demonstrations, the more likely we will prevail."

Under Sen. McCain's immigration bill, even members of Mexican drug gangs would receive amnesty by simply signing a statement in which they renounce their gang affiliation.


Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Your comment about Mccain turning down being released early is just Mccain propaganda. The rule among the men was first in first out. He was doing nothing different then the rest of the POW's. Although when his captors learned who his family was he got the best treatment, much better then the rest of the POW's. Hell he even got the best medical treatment. His arms were broken when he went down. they didn't break them. You think he would have survived in the shape he was in without special treatment? His whole military career is a farce and his POW store a pack of lies he has made a career of.

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Senator Obama is doing the same thing along his campaign trail. How do you think presidents-to-be get the big campaign contributions which allows them to run controversial ads against one another? Obama certainly didn't pull the funding out of his piggy bank.

McCain is such a deviation from President Bush, and he has a good head on his shoulders. Unlike Obama, he actually has a record of excellence and respect as a mediator in Congress. If you strayed from the ideologies produced by Obama's campaign for a minute to listen to what each candidate proposes, you'd have a better, more thoughtful idea about what makes a good leader, and that McCain is it. I'd rather have a president with a lifetime of experience than a newcomer who can't make up his mind when it comes to the core issues, because he can't remember which vote he's aiming for in that particular speech.

There are two types of leaders: those who will say anything to get elected, and those who stand by their morals. A spot-check of each platform supports the idea that McCain has stuck by his morals through the duration of his time in office, regardless of how unpopular it makes him among Republicans, because he understands the value of bipartisan cooperation.

To the comments regarding McCain's experience in war, he was a POW who stayed behind in Vietnam for his friends after being offered the option of early release. If that isn't honor, I don't know what is. Furthermore, I'd like to know how many wars you and Obama have served in. I assume the answer is collectively 0.

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Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama is doing the same thing along his campaign trail. How do you think presidents-to-be get the big campaign contributions which allows them to run controversial ads against one another? Obama certainly didn't pull the funding out of his piggy bank.

McCain is such a deviation from President Bush, and he has a good head on his shoulders. Unlike Obama, he actually has a record of excellence and respect as a mediator in Congress. If you strayed from the ideologies produced by Obama's campaign for a minute to listen to what each candidate proposes, you'd have a better, more thoughtful idea about what makes a good leader, and that McCain is it. I'd rather have a president with a lifetime of experience than a newcomer who can't make up his mind when it comes to the core issues, because he can't remember which vote he's aiming for in that particular speech.

There are two types of leaders: those who will say anything to get elected, and those who stand by their morals. A spot-check of each platform supports the idea that McCain has stuck by his morals through the duration of his time in office, regardless of how unpopular it makes him among Republicans, because he understands the value of bipartisan cooperation.

To the comments regarding McCain's experience in war, he was a POW who stayed behind in Vietnam for his friends after being offered the option of early release. If that isn't honor, I don't know what is. Furthermore, I'd like to know how many wars you and Obama have served in. I assume the answer is collectively 0.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

John Mccain is little more the a coward who the men he served with didn't trust and felt he could not be depended on because he was always drunk. He crashed five planes and may have been drunk the day he was shot down. After the military he has for years been little more then a do nothing senator whose political career was bought and paid for by his father in law. He has been in lobbyists pockets right from the beginning of his career. Now what are we left with, a dishonest man, old with failing health both mentally and physically who wants to be president of the united states? Are we out of our minds even considering this fool for president? Just his lack of intelligence should disqualify him.

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Elitism: Consciousness or pride or belief of belonging to a certain priveledged group....

You uninformed dem/republicans are the some of the most ignorant, blind, silly, and foolish people in our nation. Just narrow-minded, jealous, hateful, venomous, foul, UGLY, and mentally unstable.

I'm sure, as ridiculous as your comments suggest, you didn't know what elitism meant. So, since you seem to think you are of a priveledge group of those who feel they are God and can Judge rightly. Your very own words condemn YOU.

You're obviously uninformed. Simply following McCain because he is an old white man. A sort of Colonel Sanders. A type of Southern Gentleman, a Chicken Farmer , you TRUST. Not qualified, just old and White....Everyone can see it in your snide RACIST remark.

On the West Coast we all understand, when you people speak, and misuse, the Republican code word 'elite', What you're really saying is "UPPITY N-WORD".

You don't get it because you haven't done the 'due-diligence'. That means you haven't done your homework. TYPICAL....

Blindly following a fool and a Party who is against this country's best interest. A party which is selling out our children, and grandchildrens, God given heritage. A party of insane Warmongers. A party that simply desires to recruit uninformed people such as yourself, because they know you are RELIABLE. You won't check the FACTS.

They know you'll blindly, and foolishly believe anything they say. Because you are a RELIABLE. Reliable is code for, rural, uneducated, and confederate-minded. They know they can use fear and deceit to sway you. Why? Because you are of the RELIABLE constituency.

Fortunately it seems some of the religious are now understanding that False Images like John McCain, are against our country's best interest, and they are parting with the party of Rich racist fools.

Hmm, looks like some of us 'elite' or those of the more informed constituency seem to be using our brains to defeat you're OLD-SCHOOL, RELIABLE mentality.

Posted by: need4trth | July 1, 2008 10:53 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Elitism: Consciousness or pride or belief of belonging to a certain priveledged group....

You uninformed dem/republicans are the some of the most ignorant, blind, silly, and foolish people in our nation. Just narrow-minded, jealous, hateful, venomous, foul, UGLY, and mentally unstable.

I'm sure, as ridiculous as your comments suggest, you didn't know what elitism meant. So, since you seem to think you are of a priveledge group of those who feel they are God and can Judge rightly. Your very own words condemn YOU.

You're obviously uninformed. Simply following McCain because he is an old white man. A sort of Colonel Sanders. A type of Southern Gentleman, a Chicken Farmer , you TRUST. Not qualified, just old and White....Everyone can see it in your snide RACIST remark.

On the West Coast we all understand, when you people speak, and misuse, the Republican code word 'elite', What you're really saying is "UPPITY N-WORD".

You don't get it because you haven't done the 'due-diligence'. That means you haven't done your homework. TYPICAL....

Blindly following a fool and a Party who is against this country's best interest. A party which is selling out our children, and grandchildrens, God given heritage. A party of insane Warmongers. A party that simply desires to recruit uninformed people such as yourself, because they know you are RELIABLE. You won't check the FACTS.

They know you'll blindly, and foolishly believe anything they say. Because you are a RELIABLE. Reliable is code for, rural, uneducated, and confederate-minded. They know they can use fear and deceit to sway you. Why? Because you are of the RELIABLE constituency.

Fortunately it seems some of the religious are now understanding that False Images like John McCain, are against our country's best interest, and they are parting with the party of Rich racist fools.

Hmm, looks like some of us 'elite' or those of the more informed constituency seem to be using our brains to defeat you're OLD-SCHOOL, RELIABLE mentality.

Posted by: need4trth | July 1, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I hope Mccain has a massive stroke before the election. He is one of the most repugnant people in the country, right behind Bush. If you have kids take a good look at them because if he is elected they will be dying in Iran. He pretty much guarantees we will be at war with them almost as soon as he is in office.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a joke- the man is truly sick. Lieberman's days are numbered as well.

Posted by: Harry P | July 1, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

What a phony as he essentially was making fun of poor people as he shmoosed with his rich friends. Mccains phony front is coming down by the day.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

McCain does have a good sense of humor.


Oh yeah, my grandpa thinks he's hilarious!!

Posted by: Huh? | July 1, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

What an elitst phony McCain is proving himself to be.

Posted by: JDB | July 1, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

What a surprise, a Republican hobnobbing with the country club set...

How is this news?

Posted by: seanm | July 1, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: news | July 1, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

And the character attacks on Obama continue. and the MSM repeats them, and argues for them. However should any Dem criticize cry baby McCain, the media will attack, they have decided the like him. Who cares about the American peoples houses, their kids in Iraq, the media wants more republicans.

Its how our country works Dem. are only allowed to criticize republicans in certain ways, but Republicans can attack a dem in any way and the MSM will just repeat it.

Posted by: Julian | July 1, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

How is interviewing supposed ex Hillary supporters who McCain set up for you news.

Jesus the media will do anything to prop up cry baby McCain. If anyone critisizes him they get attacked. If you point out his mistakes on Iraq its ageism. If you point out the candidate running on experience has no Military experience, its an attack on his service. If he flip flops the media doesn't understand why people on both sides of the issues don't support him.

Election coverage gets worse by the day. St John McCain can do no wrong in the medias eyes.

Posted by: Julian | July 1, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Elitism is a smart minority who thinks he has the same right to achieve his god-given talents as anyone else in the United States. The opposite of elitism is a 5th generation Yale boy, turned Harvard MBA who needs tutors to speak with his economic council. A real "pulled me up by my own boot straps" story is a silver spoon Anapolis student who graduates 5th from the bottom of his class, crashes 5 planes, and struts around like he's saved the country from sudden foreign aggression.

You libs just need to stop whining about our double standard. You're starting to sound like a bunch of elitists.

Posted by: Corinne Coraggio | July 1, 2008 1:45 AM | Report abuse

I can't stand under represented, hard working folks. UNPATRIOTIC. That's why I'm a sham ex-Hillary supporter, who is in fact an ideologically deranged Republican. Cause that's where I draw my morale high ground from, you know, the section in the bible where Jesus flogs the weak and ostracizes the disabled.

Oops... wait turns out that section doesn't exist which makes me a narcissistic pig who would burn the world down for a 1.5% reduction in my marginal tax rate.

Posted by: JL | July 1, 2008 1:31 AM | Report abuse

Crying didn't work for Hillary and it is not going to work for you McCain supporters.

McCain has been in the Senate for 20 years, has been chair of the commerce committee, but readily admits that he doesn't understand the economy.

The guy is a fraud.

He left his first wife because he has no character. And he didn't do his economic homework in the Senate because he has no character. He has a staff. They could have spoonfed him the knowledge.

He was just too dang lazy. And too focused on being a war monger.

Obama is not mean-spirited, but he is going to kick McCain's butt. Hard.

McCain's campaign is a bag of junk. His policies on immigration and Cuba make no sense. He was against tax cuts, now he's for them. And just as Hillary slipped about the RFK/Obama thing, McCain slipped about Iran.

Everybody knew that Bush would get Saddam the first chance he had. And everybody knows that the focus of a McCain administration will be war against Iran. Like Bush, the economy isn't his strong suit, so he'll pull out his Shakespeare quote about distracting people and bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran.

killing tens of thousands of Iranians and thousands of Americans.

And Obama is mean?

If not going to war and talking to our enemies is wrong, then I don't want to be right.

Call him mean. Call him decisive. He is going to kick the old git's butt. Hard.

We need him to.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 1, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Obama has run a mean spirited campaign against McCain.

Obama accused McCain of helping causing the floods in the plains. McCain actually voted to give the levees higher priority. Obama is the one who voted to give the levees the same priority as a museum in mississippi.

Obama accused McCain of not caring about military families of soldiers serving in Iraq. This was particularly cruel since McCain's 19 year old son just came back from Iraq. Obama is the one who announces when he visits walter reed. Obama has gone only a few times. McCain has gone dozens of times and doesn't announce every time he goes.

Obama runs the sleaziest campaigns. Back in the day he got a candidate kicked off the ballot by disputing signatures. Obama in 2004 leaked information about a divorce of a candidate.

Posted by: Wayne | July 1, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

JL Obama isn't a supporter of Israel. In 2004 in Chicago he said to a pro hamas journalist that he couldn't talk about Israel because of the election but keep up the good work going after Israel.

Obama used to rail against the israeli wall. Now he is suddenly for it.

Obama to AIPAC is for an undivided jerusalem then switches away from AIPAC.

Obama has no core. He is inexperienced and not honest.

Obama went to church where they had pro hamas messages for years from reverend wright.

Obama calls Father Pfleger his moral compass. Father Pfleger has praised Farakkan. Father Pfleger is an anti semite and this is who Obama calls his moral compass.

Israel will not matter in this election but to say Obama is friends with Israel is complete nonsense. Obama views Israel as an enemy if you look at his actions before this race. Obama attended fundraisers for groups opposed to Israel in the west bank. Obama has general mcpeak as his top military advisor. McPeak blames the mess in the middle east on jews in miami and new york.

Please don't lie and say Obama is a friend of Israel.

Posted by: Wayne | July 1, 2008 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Parody Alert:

"This is one of the differences between me and Senator Obama," McCain said. "Senator Obama was happy with his first wife. I wanted an upgrade and got me a younger, prettier, richer second wife! And she bought me a big ole house!" The crowd laughed.

"You see, that's the difference between me and Senator Obama," McNasty said. "'Til Death Do Us Part' is nothing but words. And words don't matter! Words fade. Looks fade. By my new lady has a fortune that endures!" The crowd roared.

Evangelicals are so ironic.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 1, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Joking that he was speaking outside a "modest tract home" of Pennsylvania real estate developer Mitchell L. Morgan and his wife Hilarie, McCain marveled at the giant mixed Classic behind him. The house boasted six garages, an elaborate pool with fountains, and extensive, manicured grounds.

"This is one of the differences between me and Senator Obama," McCain said. "Senator Obama wants every American to have a home. I want every American to have a home like that." The crowd laughed.

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And McCain said, he himself, his lovely wife, and their young, Columbia educated daughter would be doing your lawn and mop your marble floor for you, when everyone lives in mansions like Mitchell's and Hilarie's!

Posted by: Her Lao | July 1, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama does not need the radical feminists, the radical left, the radical right,the radical conservative, or the religious fundamentalists from any denomination.He does not need the radical anybody. He has the support of free thinking,objective voters in the mainstream that represent all segments of our society.

Posted by: eSPO | July 1, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Talk about the politics of character assassination and personal destruction. The woman quoted here isn't content to assume both candidates are patriots and have America's interests at heart, but differ on the best foreign policy for our nation.

No, she has to literally suggest Obama is like a demon with no soul. Here's her way of describing the first African American nominee of a major party, an eloquent leader, and the source of pride and amazement for tens of millions in America and around the world: "It's like looking into an abyss, and not seeing anything but darkness." How disgusting.

Senator McCain is not well-served with "supporters" like this and should reject and denounce that kind of ugliness. Let's make this a debate about issues and not about New Age-y hate speech.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | June 30, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: JJ | June 30, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a very likeable, patriotic, experienced man. It's what helps to make him palatable to Democrats and Independents.

I prefer Hillary, but if the Dems foolishly nominate Obama, whom I consider to be unqualified and unelectable, I will vote for McCain. I will put my country first and party second.

The Dems must be held accountable for their failure to denounce the rampant sexism, racism, classism and voter disenfranchisement continually interjected in this 2008 campaign debacle by Barack Obama. In fact, the DNC is complicit in disenfranchising voters. To vote for Obama is to condone what they have done.

Posted by: JL | June 30, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Question for that dumb@ss yenta, Marilyn Stern...who do stand for? America or Israel? Obama stands for America. How dare you put Israel's interest over America? Deport these jewish spy to Israel.

Posted by: Joe Jackson | June 30, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey, there might be an Obama day in the calendar years from now, to commemorate the first black president in US history. Man, this Obama guy is going to stay in our lives forever. His face will be on money, stamps, etc. Obama will become a cult.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 30, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

If he can't tell the difference between a "modest tract home" and a McMansion, maybe he'd be better off running for the Manor House!

Posted by: benighse | June 30, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

All of his comments about real estate and homeownership strike me as odd this week, particularly in light of his seven homes and unpaid property taxes.

Remind me again: Who is the elitist?

Posted by: Susan | June 30, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Compare Obama's brilliant speech on patriotism with what McMonkey said today, and you know who to vote for president. OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: playa | June 30, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

What a joke. Who's "out of touch" now? Shouldn't these things be closed to the press?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | June 30, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I agree. McCain has a good sense of humor. He's more likable, and less combative and unreasonable that I had thought.

Posted by: Maggie | June 30, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain does have a good sense of humor.
That sense of humor will serve him well in running for president and then leading the nation.

VJ Machiavelli
http://www.vjmachiave;;i.blogspot.com

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | June 30, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I already live in my mansion. McCain might disagree because it is only 2000 sq. ft. but it's my mansion and I'm very proud of it. Plus it doesn't take thousands of dollars a year to heat and cool. Marilyn Stern needs to become a more informed voter. Barack Obama has always been clear about his support of Israel. I found her comment lacking in substance but this is the norm for the GOP these days. Here is her comment.."It doesn't bode well," she said, adding that many voters are simply uniformed about the two candidates. "Obama strikes me as a hologram: What you want to see in him is what you find. It's like looking into an abyss, and not seeing anything but darkness."

Posted by: JL | June 30, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

We don't want mansions, McBush. Just enough money so that we can drive our cars to work, healthcare for our children, and our returning soldiers to have a decent education. Your GOP couldn't even give us that. Like the Queen of France said, "Let them eat cake". We know what happened to her.

Posted by: playa | June 30, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

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