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McCain Raises Millions

By Matthew Mosk
While Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were doing battle in the last handful of primary contests last month, Republican John McCain was busy socking away money.

McCain raised $21.5 million last month, up from the $18 million he collected in April, while piling up cash in his campaign accounts, ending the month with $31.5 million.

The Republican presidential candidate may still be playing catch-up, though. Obama, now the presumptive Democratic nominee, has not released his figures for May fundraising, but he had $46.5 million on hand at the end of April, despite having spent $35 million on a month of primary battles. And historically, the month a presidential candidate clinches his party's nomination brings the biggest fundraising bonanza of the campaign.

Still, Republican officials were pleased with their improving circumstances. In a statement released today, RNC officials said the party had $53.6 million in the bank at the start of June, a figure that will "signal a strong showing for Republicans in the presidential contest, especially as they prepare to confront Democrat Barack Obama, whose extraordinary fundraising has set records."

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 5, 2008; 3:49 PM ET
Categories:  John McCain  
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Comments

It's absolutely true that we did train Osama bin Laden- to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan... And then we refused to get involved in the rebuilding of that country. Hmm... How does this sound familiar?

Posted by: Bruce Becker | June 5, 2008 9:31 PM

Hey Bruce,

You should really see the movie "Charlie Wilson's War". Here is the summary from Wikipedid:
"Charlie Wilson's War is a 2007 biographical drama film based on the true story of Democratic Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, who conspired with a "bare knuckle attitude" CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos to launch an operation to help the Afghan mujahideen resist and ultimately defeat the Soviet Union's military occupation of the nation."

Again, Congressman Charlie Wilson belongs to which political party?
Let's say it all together...THE DEMOCRATS!!!

I await your response.

Posted by: borrowedladder28 | June 6, 2008 12:57 AM | Report abuse

That should have been to Bruce Becker... Apologies!

Posted by: Ibiddie | June 5, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

It's absolutely true that we did train Osama bin Laden- to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan... And then we refused to get involved in the rebuilding of that country. Hmm... How does this sound familiar?

Posted by: Bruce Becker | June 5, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

What about your issues? The Constitution says that habeas corpus, your right to be charged with a crime, may only be temporarily suspended and then only in the case of an invasion or insurrection. There is no invasion. There is no insurrection.
Bush told Congress he needed the anti-terrorist act because there was imminent danger. It was passed. Then he waited two weeks to sign it.
I find great differences between McCain and Obama on the possible restoration of the Constitution from the anti-terrorism Act.
1. Obama says he will restore your rights and McCain says he wont restore your rights.
2. Obama is against using waterboarding to torture people to force them to testify against themselves and McCain approves the use of waterboards in emergency cases where CIA personnel decide if it is necessary.
The Geneva convention for treatment of prisoners says no waterboarding whether it is an emergency or not. The US Constitution says, no one may be required to testify against themselves for any reason.

The McClellan papers indicate a willingness on the part of the White House and Republicans to use war and terrorism as political tools. Vote for Obama and end the use of fear as a political tool. Restore the Constitution.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | June 5, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Let's be specific about Keating and McCain. McCain used his position to prevent federal investigators from timely involvement in preventing a loss on the part of savings and loan banks' real estate deals that ultimately cost US tax payers $500 billion dollars.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Rezco
You are out of touch with reality.
Obama has a million small donors on the internet.
Ayers is not one of his contributors.
Dont lie.

Posted by: bruce becker | June 5, 2008 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Marie
Obama had no relationship with William Ayers. They were on the board of the same charity. Get over it.
How about focusing on the real issues now:
Notice that the CURRENT financial advisor for McCain is the same person whose work in the Senate created the mortgage crisis for investment banks? Notice that he is a lobbyist for the United Bank of Scotland? Notice that the his client, UBS, issued a warning to their employees not to go to the US because they are liable be arrested for fraud in association with their sub prime lending practices?
That's real. That's today. And that's McCain's nominee for Treasury Secretary.

Posted by: bruce becker | June 5, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Marie
The Reverend Wright was right. The CIA paid and trained bin Laudin and when Rev Wright was recorded two days after 9-11 saying "our chickens had come home to roost", he was quoting, a US ambassador, who knew "we" had trained bin Laudin.

The Rev doesnt wear suits, so he looks funny/different to white people but what he said about 9-11 being YOUR responsibility, OUR responsibility, is absolutely true.

Posted by: bruce becker | June 5, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Generalizations and character assasinations are not useful.
Keep them to yourself. What about your issues?
I find great differences between McCain and Obama on the restoration of the Constitution. Obama will restore your rights and McCain wont restore your rights and Obama is against using waterboarding to torture people to force them to testify against themselves and McCain approves the use of waterboards in cases where CIA personnel deem it expedient.
The Geneva convention for treatment of prisoners says no waterboarding. The US Constitution says, no one may be required to testify against themselves.
The McClellan papers indicate a willingness on the part of the White House and Republicans to use war and terrorism as political tools. Vote for Obama and end the use of fear as a political tool. Restore the Constitution.

Posted by: bruce becker | June 5, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

So you like McCain's connection with the Keating 5, the Bush administration, the republican party that has ran our economy into the ground in the name of adding another muslim nation to the world?
I don't get it, none of those people you listed as Obama being associated with have damaged the nation the way the republican party and McCain's other associates have. I know this, Rev. Wright didn't order the invasion of a foreign country under false pretenses to eliminate a non-islamic government and replace it with an Islamic government. But hey, that might be your agenda for whatever reason, it just isn't mine because I'm an American and I don't believe in islamic governments. You are free to though.

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

To follow up, not only do they not want domestic spending for Americans and would rather cut tax and spend the money on and in a foreign nation, but check this out... they constantly bring up muslims and their fears of muslims, but do they know that Iraq is now a Muslim nation where it wasn't before? Do they know that it's completely sharia law and everything?
That's where they wan to tax and spend 1 trillion dollars, on and in a muslim nation, but they want to leave hard working americans facing record gas prices and a tanked economy due to irresponsible fiscal spending on their own. They can't stand the thought of spending one dime to help their own people, but they have no problem running up 1 trillion in debt spending for a Muslim nation under Sharia law.
Wow. Simply Wow. And these people would have us believe they're the patriots? Patriots of Iraq maybe. When is the working class going to wake up and see the obvious. McCain and the republicans don't give a rats ass about you or your kids. They care more about Iraqis and their muslim nation building project.

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone but Obama is my theory. I do not like his connections Rev Wright, William Ayers, Rezko, Mahdi Auchi, Alsammarae, Raila Odinga, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khaleed,...

Posted by: marie | June 5, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

What SHOULD happen and what is MOST LIKELY to happen are very rarely the same thing.

Posted by: Ibiddie | June 5, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so let me see if I understand the McCain supporters position... No taking money from American producers and spending it on domestic American problems. It is OK, however, to take money from American producers, and spend it on a foreign country's domestic problems. So Americans get the raw freemarket and Iraqi's get the US republican led government tit for their nations mouth.

You guys are loyal to what country again?

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Donna O- ever heard of the Keating Five? How about Vicki Iseman? What did your mom say about that?

Posted by: Not Elitist | June 5, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root are our best candidates running. They are what this country needs. People in the know already know this.

Barr/Root will get on the ballot in 48 states and maybe all 50.

You take the economic conservatives from the Republicans and the socially liberals from the Democrats and you get a mix of red and blue voters that really want a change. As an American it is your duty to study all four candidates (Obama, McCain, Barr, and Nader) After studying all options then don't waste your vote by voting for your 2ed choice. I call this Project Purple, the peoples top secret.

Posted by: Michael Micelli | June 5, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Donna O - Look at McCain's cohorts. Look at that big hug he gave Bush. His cohorts in the republican party have done far more damage to this nation than Obama's pastor or church ever did. What does that say about him?

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Ibiddie - Hey, here's an idea... Maybe Iraq should rebuild Iraq like free and independent countries do after wars. And maybe we should spend that 1 trillion dollars we're spending over there on our own nation, to at the very least, reduce the debt we've run up. That's a really good conservative idea, why is it the alleged conservatives aren't backing it?

You guys do know that this is a race for president of the US and not Iraq right? Because I think McCain's supporters think this is Iraq and we all live there or something. They keep talking about it like it's important, but I keep looking around and nope, sure enough, this is America and I don't remember reading in the constitution where it was the government's responsibility to rebuild foreign countries. Yeah, I just checked again, I see nothing about rebuilding foreign countries there.

Why is it that Americans are told to pull themselves up by their bootstraps by republicans in the midst of a republican brought on severe economic recession, but those same republicans don't seem interested in telling Iraqi's that? Weird. Very weird.

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Wake Up Obama Supporters! He is wonderful to listern to, young and energetic, but so is my bird. That does not make a president.
Look at his coharts! What did your mom tell you about friends you had that were
a little shady? Don't associate with them..
and he pretends he doesn't know them that well. Something stinks!
I am an independant and disgusted with our politics but do not jump from the frying pan into the fire! I want liberty not socialism, I am an independant thinker, I do not to be told how to think!

Posted by: Donna O | June 5, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Borrowedladder 28, I truly am not an elist, however, the comment that I posted was ill-advised and I retract it because it was uncalled for. Thank you for calling me on it. However, I stand behind my fervent belief that Sen. Obama is the better man for the presidency. While I can appreciate John McCain's service to this nation, he is not the man that history calls for right now.

Posted by: Not Elitist | June 5, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Just one question: If WE don't rebuild Iraq, who do you think will? Maybe someone with alot of money needing a country in their pocket?

Posted by: Ibiddie | June 5, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

John please tell me where Obama has advocated a no work struggle. I know this... Obama didn't have his mommy or daddy's legacies to stand on to launch his own career. Where did you start and what have you accomplished?
McCain - Son and grandson of 4 star admirals. College prep boarding school, and off to the naval academy(I'm sure he got in all on his own merits).
Bush - Son and grandson of millionaires. Son of a former president. Can't speak a coherent sentence but still managed to pull off a yale degree. I'm sure that was all on his own merits as well.
What were you saying again about no-work struggle? I was too busy wondering about what kind of lifestyle the 8 million dollars a year the McCain's bring in must afford them and whether or not he's ever held a working man's job.
Obama - Child from a broken home, struggles with racism, and the issues of not having your parents at such a young age. He goes on to obtain a law degree from Harvard. I'm positive that was on his own merits.
Again, what were you saying about no-work struggle? What were you saying about Obama not achieving anything? It must be real easy to achieve when you're born into money and military power. A lot harder when your dad takes off and your mom isn't near you while you're being raised.
We know who the elite is in this race, you get that? You're not convincing anyone except the bottom feeders who don't think for themselves and they won't be enough to win the election this time. The evidence is there and it ain't Obama. McCain is the son of privilege, perhaps not as bad as Bush, but the son of privilege nonetheless. He doesn't know what it's like to be working class. If he was in the workforce, he'd be forced into retirement by now for Christ's sake.

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

John, "redistribute wealth," are you serious? We have the largest wealth redistribution going on right now - from the many at the bottom to the few at the top -- in the form of outright handouts, subsidies, and huge tax breaks, like bailing out the greeding financial business, farm subsidies to corporate farm factories, corporate wealth-fare, "public" utilities subsidized by us, (and owned by transnational corporations, and so much more).
Typical republican, keep the people poor and ignorant, tell them lies that sort of sound true, get them all riled up on irrelevant issues so they vote for the candidate who is a friend to big business.
You guys must be very frightened that Obama will win otherwise you would be practising "family values" (i.e. home counting your old family money) instead of posting lies online.

Posted by: Sally | June 5, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Amen kd11. I look at the lack of logic and sentence structure of some of these comments and there does seem to be an interesting pattern of those who represent the Republican nominee. Coincidence?

Posted by: Not Elitist | June 5, 2008 6:47 PM

Can you say "hypocrisy"? I find it interesting that someone with the screen name of 'Not Elitist' would make such a comment.

Posted by: borrowedladder28 | June 5, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Amen kd11. I look at the lack of logic and sentence structure of some of these comments and there does seem to be an interesting pattern of those who represent the Republican nominee. Coincidence?

Posted by: Not Elitist | June 5, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

An interesting thing about most of the comments here. Look at the comments that read well and who their candidate is. Look at who makes positive comments and who makes negative comments and who is their respective candidate.

For those who think Obama is a Muslim, do you also hold it against him that he attended a Christian church for 20 years? Aren't those contradictory?

For those that are worried about higher taxes, where is the 10 billion a month coming from for the Iraq war? Your taxes?

Hard drugs in Obama's youth scares you? He doesn't deny it or hide it. But vote for McCain, I'm sure he never did anything like that!

Obama will be bad for world (foreign) affairs? How good was Bush and his policies for foreign affairs? (btw, I'm currently in France, and yes I have asked.)

And speaking of what Obama has accomplished vs McCain. McCain is the GOP Candidate, Obama the Democratic candidate yet Obama got there 25 years ahead of McCain.

Posted by: kd11 | June 5, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

After reading these comments, I think we need a president who will fund education at all levels (k-12, college, vocational, and adult education). Many commenters are under-educated and ill-informed, but then again, maybe they prefer ignorance? The truth can be scary, especially when you would rather cling to your fantasies.

Posted by: Sally | June 5, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I'll give you an indisputable accomplishment: he put together and provided executive leadership and exceptional vision a campaign that toppled the aspirations of a popular 2 term ex-president and his wife. The same "left" media that you refer to didn't give him a snowball's chance of competing competitively let alone winning the nomination. He's inspired a broad cross section of this great nation to once again believe in the ability of government to do good. Can't really say that about your guy. Sorry.

Posted by: Not Elitist | June 5, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Benjamin . . . you busy yourself attacking Obama's lack of experience and accomplishments, so I assume you think our current president is better? How did he get there?

Posted by: mountainman | June 5, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

David, That which does not kill you makes you stronger, hardship strengthens people. Anyone, who has struggled and survived knows that for sure.

McCain has come out stronger for it. That is the problem why so many people support Obama, it is Obama's "feel good, no work/struggle" let the government provide everything that people like about his far left and I mean FAR LEFT views. The most left wing Senator in the USA senate...check it out.

Obama message is hollow and dangerous to the core fabric of what the USA stands for and that makes us strong.

Posted by: John | June 5, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me where my comments are wrong since most come from Obama himself.

Please name me one Obama accomplishment. He is just lucky 9 out of 10 media types are as far left as he is so no one challenges his accomplishments....because he has NONE..nada one.

He will be eaten up on foreign affairs if he is elected President. There in no doubt in my mind as I have traveled and down business in many countries. I'm sure I am more experienced in foreign affairs than him and WOULD LOVE to debate him in that area. That would be great, an average Joe taking Obama to the cleaners. Of course he would never do it with out pre-picked questions from his media friends.

Wake-up Benjamin...Hillary would have been much better and of course McCain is better as well. Don't be a tool of the media and the Obama, you will be thrown under the bus when it is convenient as well

Posted by: Benjamin | June 5, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Seriously folks, what happened to John when he was in the custody of communists? Back then, they did strange things to POWs. Has he ever fully recovered? How can we know?
Maybe that's why he's such a flip flopper... One second he's pro-choice, next he's pro-life. One second he's against Bush's tax cuts, then he's for extending them. He's for gay marriage, then he's not.
Does anyone really know who John McCain is and what he stands for? Does John McCain even know? I can't figure it out.

Posted by: David | June 5, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Its simple, research the candidates and make the right decision based on your research.

Posted by: Blaze | June 5, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama bad for foreign affairs??? Any worse than Bush is impossible. Check what the Dollar does against the Euro... Check oil prices, check what people in Europe think about Bush... He's an idiot. Obama will be what all Americans and the rest of the world want and need and will restore the USA's image.

Posted by: Hugo | June 5, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

laj82, spoken like a true marxist. I understand why you like Obama. Unlike, self made guys like me, who actually work for a living and started with nothing I can understand how Obama appeals to people like you.

He will take from the productive people in this country and give to the non-productive. He will redistribute wealth which will only further destroy this country until the masses wake-up.

Instead of feeling sorry for yourself try to pick your self up and build something for yourself. I started as a coal miner and now at least have two nickels to rub together. However, I did not have affirmative action, government hand-outs, etc., I am self made and like it that way.

Posted by: John | June 5, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Beware bread and circuses.
Sorry, Barack, I'm not for sale.

Posted by: C Forman | June 5, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow... John, what an complete rich idiot you are, your money did you no good, but made you even more self absorbed. It no since telling you not to watch Fox News, they cater to your every stupid whim... Don't fret, the worst you will have to deal with is, people will be able to pay their bills companies that slave work their employees will have to pay, companies will lose their influence in Washington, overall people will be able to see a doctor if they get ill, they'll be able to feed their children and send them to a good school to be more educated than you seem to be. It is people like you that make suffering people hate you...

Posted by: laj82 | June 5, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

First off, a lot of Obama's money comes from small donors through the internet. There's no hidden, radical ties that are funding his campaign, and if you think there are, well, read up a bit. I also find it hilarious how Republicans bring up both the Rev. Wright comments and say that Obama is a closet Muslim - you can't say that he went to a Christian church for 20 years and that he's also a secret Muslim! Pick one!

One thing I cannot wait for are the debates between the two candidates. Obama will demolish McCain, now that he has time to spend on actual substantive issues instead of trivial ones Republicans keep bringing up like lapel pins and middle names.

Posted by: coolj | June 5, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Whether you are for or against John McCain or Barack Obama one thing is for certain. There is a very distinct difference between the two. I see all of the ugly and unsubstantiated claims against these 2 candidates and it seems shameful. I believe it is possible to differ on choice of candidates without resorting to attacks that have nothing to do with the facts. If your candidate and his supporters can't run a campaign based on the issues then that man is not worthy of the office he seeks. There is a new direction needed in this country and one man is surely more capable of bringing that. I am not indicating who I'm supporting, but ask yourselves this one question: which candidate honestly inspires you to do your part to make this country a better place to live? Which candidate will inspire other parts of the world to see the United States as a thoughtful, strong and new light of freedom once again? If you can honestly answer those questions about your candidate and believe them then there's no need to tear down the other candidate. Because a man who needs to personally tear down another man to increase his stature is not an honorable man.

Posted by: Citizen | June 5, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Later all, and remember: hiding revenue is easy if there is no paper trail.

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey all you freaky Right-wingers, maybe instead of spending your time spreading false rumors about Obama on the internet, you oughta spend some time contributing to your party.

Posted by: Chris | June 5, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

John - all your lame claims are just that. You provide no proof to back it up and then you close it up with the tard claim that Obama is a manchurian candidate?
Let's recall what the manchurian candidate was. He was someone who was taken as a prisoner of war by communists and programmed to become president and take over for them.
Only one candidate in this campaign was a prisoner of war held by communists and it wasn't Barack Obama. Only one candidate is posing as a conservative despite not having a conservative record and it's not Barack Obama. Why would McCain now be pretending to be what he hasn't been?

McCain is weak and he isn't leading anything. Shortly after he got the nomination of the republican party, what did this "leader" do? He changed all his positions in accordance with the directives of the republican national committee. This added to his already extensive list of flip flops.
Once Obama got the nomination of the democratic party, what did he do? He told them they weren't taking washington lobbiest or political action committes(special interest) money anymore.
Obama has already started changing the democratic party, McCain has already been changed by the republican party.
Obama is the leader, McCain is the follower.
One Race, One Nation, One Hope
Obama '08!

Posted by: Benjamin | June 5, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Your tax money pays for prisons which hold people for things which shouldn't even be illegal. Your tax money drops bombs on innocent foreigners. Your tax money funds the ATF who takes your guns away. Your tax money funds welfare addicts.

So my question is this: Why pay taxes? In 6 years of tax cheating I haven't been audited. Neither have any of my friends who do the same.

Do not pay taxes until we have an ethical government.

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

You pay taxes, Ryan, because if everyone stopped, the country would stop functioning and we'd go back to every man for himself anarchy. Who pays for the police? Who pays for road maintenance?

Also, good luck with not paying taxes. That only works until you get audited by the IRS, and you go to jail for a long long time.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | June 5, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Gene - Sorry, but you're dead wrong. I've been a life long republican, not far left at all, and I've given to Obama. A lot of us have.
The old games aren't working anymore kids. HARD WORKING AMERICANS are supporting Obama. We know it, because we're doing it. None of your BS rhetoric is going to cut it anymore. We know where McCain the RNC's little puppet gets his money, and we know where Obama, the new leader of the Democrats gets his money.
Obama is one of us. McCain is the elite. Obama came up from a broken home, having been on food stamps at one point to realize an education in one of the finest schools in this nation. McCain was the son of a 4 star admiral(and the grandson of a 4 star admiral). He went to college prepatory school, you know, like the average hard working American. Then, like the average hard working American, he went to the US Naval Academy(and I'm sure his daddy being a 4 star admiral had absolutely nothing to do with him getting in). Now between him and his wife, they pull in millions a year and his supporters are trying to call Obama elite?
I'm sure McCain feels your pain with the 8 million a year they take in. I'm sure he knows exactly what it feels like to have to choose between food and gas. And if you believe that, he's got some Ocean front property in Arizona he'd like to sell you too at bargain prices! Quit being suckers.
One Race, One Nation, One Hope
Obama '08
UNSTOPPABLE

Posted by: Benjamin | June 5, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Your tax money pays for prisons which hold people for things which shouldn't even be illegal. Your tax money drops bombs on innocent foreigners. Your tax money funds the ATF who takes your guns away. Your tax money funds welfare addicts.

So my question is this: Why pay taxes?

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Barack Hussein Obama is not a muslim and probably not anti-American either. He is however a candidate whose campaign statements amount to at least $800 billion in additional annual government spending. And that's just the stuff he openly talks about. We cannot afford to have him as president.

McCain is no better. McCain is a proud advocate of deficit spending.

This is YOUR money people. Not the government's.

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

@ everyone
Look, if you guys don't think it's time for something completely different think about this stat. In the 80's our prisons held 300,000 inmates - now, in 2008, we have 2.2 Million in jails. Have Americans become 7 times more inclined to commit crimes in 20 years or do you think that this ridiculous environment of class warfare is designed to remove over 5 million people from being able to vote, to disenfranchise low income homes and keep the cycle of 'crime and punishment' in motion. This country needs a massive shake up and as far as I can see - Obama's the closest thing we have to a real chance of doing just that. The right will call all of that - raising taxes and bigger government and becoming socialized, but all it really is is caring enough to know that our country has been sabotaged and doing what ever we can to take it back.

Posted by: TWelsh | June 5, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse


There is no doubt McCain will make a better leader and President. Obama credentials are very suspect and can anyone name one accomplishment he has done?

My is own admission he is suffers from "race resentment" but has benefited from affirmative action. It also bothers me that he apparently know very little about American history....57 states, Kentucky is closer to Arkansas that Illinois, my uncle help liberate Auschwitz and on and on.

The other thing is how easily he throws people or organizations he was involved in "under the bus" when it is politically expedient. No doubt he is an outright liar when he says he did not know about Rev Wright teachings. He also must have been comfortable with those views to sit there for 20 yrs. You don't think that has not shaped him and does not make him radical in most American's terms?

Finally, We're screwed. Look at what we'd be getting with this idiot!

"Obama is an ultra-socialist and a classic tax-and-spend liberal. He wants to end the capital gains tax breaks; dispense with qualified dividend tax breaks; eliminate the cap on Social Security payroll taxes, thereby increasing taxes by $1.3 Trillion over five years; he co-sponsored a bill to spend at least $845 billion to fight global (not USA) poverty, mostly in Africa; he's proposed $285 billion in additional government program spending; he would mandate that employers provide medical insurance for employees, thereby causing small business closures and higher unemployment; he supports adding tax burdens to everything from products, to homes, to automobiles; and he doesn't believe that parents have a right to chose the school for their pre-college children.

"Obama would be a disaster for this country! What is this jerks appeal?"

The media won't challenge the guy or just lob him softball questions. How much do we really know about Obama? Obama, whose father was a practicing Muslim and whose mother was a radical Marxist, has stated that his mother: "Was the dominant figure in my formative years; and, the values she taught me continue to be my touchstone in the world of politics". However, Obama also wrote: "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race." Referring to his father, Obama wrote: "It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa, that I'd packed all of the attributes that I sought in myself." Common sense deductive reasoning suggests that Obama's rearing as a child, and his extended 20yr relationships with anti-American fanatics such as Rev. Wright and William Ayers are in fact reflective of Obama's true psychological makeup. A conclusion rigidly re-enforced when Obama wrote: "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction." This man's refusal to wear an American flag lapel pin and to place his hand over his heart on the singing of our National Anthem are conditioned reflexes from his protracted association with disaffected elements in our society; visual images that Obama is certain to attempt to obfuscate in future campaign appearances. Further, Michelle Obama's angry commentary directed at our country is telling. Obama's statements that he would use Tactical Nuclear Weapons against Pakistan, while in other commentary stating that he would halt the U.S. military's development of advanced weapons systems demonstrates a profound ignorance of the geopolitical threat environment confronting America. Obama is indeed the real-life Manchurian Candidate.

Posted by: John | June 5, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Barrrrrack Obaaaaaaaamaa. Anyway you spell it spells FRAUD.

Posted by: Intrepid | June 5, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Barack isn't a muslim or a racist and if any of you geniuses spreading that fear, uncertainty, and doubt took the time to read his books, or even listen to his speech on race, you'd know he's not a racist and you'd know exactly where he stands on the issue.
But you won't do that, because you're little partisan bots going around posting the talking points the pundits who hold sway over you have put into your heads.
As if who his pastor was is more important than who he is. You'll listen to his pastor's words but not his. Says a lot about you and very little about him.
Your old time unthinking political rhetornic "winning debates" by slandering people doesn't work anymore. Those days are gone into the dark ages. The republican party has discredited itself. The old school democrats have discredited themselves. Now it's time to grow up and start being reasonable and being the great nation we've always had the potential to be.
One Race, One Nation, One Hope.
Obama '08!

Posted by: Benjamin | June 5, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Who makes this Obama cr** up anyway? He gets his money from hard working Americans, thats a joke. He gets his funding from the far left extremists. If Mcain was given a "closed door" fund raiser from President Bush, how did you figure out that he made millions. Get real, stupid!!!

Posted by: Gene | June 5, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

The Radical Right Wing Repulicans will have to raise a bunch of money to protect what they already have invested in the Republican Party. They own this country.
You will see the dirtiest fight coming from the Republicans this time that has ever been. The swift boat thing last time will look like a pimple compared to this one. If McCain is elected president , God help my Grandchildren

Posted by: Westexacan | June 5, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

http://youtube.com/watch?v=C5KzCXVDiQ8
Whether you are going to vote
for or against John McCain, you
need to watch this Biography Chanel 6 minute video about
John McCain.

Posted by: Kirk Muse | June 5, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Heard on the news three days ago that, over the past 15 years, while "Rev." Wright has been spewing his hate-filled, racist, anti-American, anti-white speeches, and Obama has been "not-hearing" any of that, their "church", which recently gave a Lifetime Achievement award to Louis Farrakhan, has quietly been the recipient of $15,000,000 of our tax dollars! They are probably still getting it!

How'd they arrange to get that much of our tax money, who set that up, do you think? Separation of church and state? Has that been repealed? Do you think anybody should ask Obama if he had anything to do with getting that "church" this money? If he didn't, who did? Shouldn't we know?

Posted by: lightnin | June 5, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain is the only qualified man.

Posted by: Rose | June 5, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

If you are against the war in iraq you should not be paying taxes. At least partially dodge taxes. I haven't filed tax returns in 6 years (I would have owed in all of those years) and have not heard one thing from the IRS. The IRS is your typical government backwater beauracracy - cheating them is easy. Own a business? Do you really need to report all of your revenue? What's gonna stop you from claiming that you aren't making profits?

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Sorry second post, but does anyone know how to read the headlines it stats that obama had
MINOR ties to rezko. If thats the only thing you republicans have is a old tie to someone he rarely had contact with or that he studied a different religion then your a sorry excuse for a party as a whole. Everyone has a tie with something they don't want, or a tie that the people feel it is a bad thing. Let mccain get office watch our country's economic system fall to the ground not saying obama will change it but you expect 1 person to make up for the last 16yr's of dictatorship & pupeteering, thats all clinton was and a dictator being bush.

Posted by: thadoc | June 5, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@ everyone:

Spell his name correctly. It's BARACK OBAMA.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@ Everyone,
Is Obamma a Radical Muslim in disguise?
- Probably Not.

@ John Q. Public
You call Trinity Church of Racist B.S a Christian Church?
- The problem is not that Barak is a muslim, but that he spent 20 years in a Church that expresses sympathy to radical islam among other fringe views.
- Sure, Obamma's mamma can say he "Doesn't agree with his Church" and "Refuses to be judged by his deeply held religious affiliations," but that does little to ease my mind.
- This man equates the accusation that "White America" started AIDS with the benign (and probably false) story about his grandmother being "neverous around some black man." He see's them as EQUAL, they are not.
- You are correct, Barak is not a closet muslim. I do, however, believe he is a closet racist.

Posted by: Bob Jones | June 5, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Uh, considering people on the right like to talk about how ethical blah blah blah McCain is - let's talk about The Keating Five. Talk about being in the corporate back pocket. This is also the reason I was against Dodd for the Dems, although he never had a chance to begin with.

Unlike all the hype about Obama being muslim, which the only place you're going to find that is the place that made it up, The Keating Five was an actual historical event that isn't some F'ing straw man argument.

More importantly, show me some scholarly research at all that shows Obama is a muslim. Some statement he has made, paper he signed, etc... Or the argument you're otherwise making is that he's been a mole in the US his entire life, waiting for the time that society would actually be ready to elect a black man for president. That's an even further reach than the conspiricists that say the US took down the twin towers and it wasn't Bin Laden. I mean, really, other than Bush screwed it up so horribly bad, no one asked a few years ago would have thought any black man had a real chance to be the nominee of one of the two major parties. Well, OK, the democratic party. I mean really, who thinks the GOP would EVER nominate a black man. What with vieled state's rights arguments every year after year.

Posted by: diogenes | June 5, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@Steve - It's fairly obvious you don't know what you're talking about. America already is semi-socialist, and Cuba is a Communist government. Get it straight.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Dodge taxes or face the consequences of a well funded government that cares little for your rights. Liberty comes from the wallet, not the ballot.

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I do not trust Obama from the very beginning. Remeber that he debated against Hillary on the free trade agreement Next thing, he clled the Candanian prime minsiter, reasuring him that that this is just a show, without real intention of withdraing the agreement.

Posted by: Alan | June 5, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Thats outrageous to attack someone on there beliefs and how they studied them. Obama is gonna make a change that this country needs and make history at the same time. Hes a person who has different views something this country need for a change, if you guys think mccain will be a change your wrong he's strongly tied in with bush behind closed doors. Thats all we need another 8 yrs of a bush type leadership because this country doesn't know how to say NO when it comes to a second term. From the looks of it if you dont vote for obama you are afraid of change also doesn't matter what party you are you can vote for the opposite at anytime

Posted by: thadoc | June 5, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on we all know who the VP is going to be. Rev. Huckabee. McCain needs to mend fences with the conservative base. The Base is fleeing the GOP like birds migrating for winter. How I long for the headlines. McCain Picks Huckabee ! Huckabee is Mccains top pick ! Huckabee accepts VP spot ! Its official Huckabee is the Vp. If you dont beleive me about The GOP having to pick Huckabee go read the blog on barrs campiagn website, Or read this article about Huckabees Supporters Poised to Vote Barr. Lots of Huckabees supporters are lining up to vote for the Libertarian ticket. The GOP has only its self to blame. They should hurry up and make it official before these Hucka Conservatives start liking the feel of the water in the Libertarain Camp. Heres a link to where the article is. The article is at the bottom of the page. www.BarrRoot08.com

Posted by: charles | June 5, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Obama's fundraising machine has caused the whole DNC to change its rules on accepting money from lobbyists'.

I can see Obama raising more than a half billion dollars when it is all said and done.

Money
Resources
Message

Obama has them all and that is what wins elections!

Posted by: Morris | June 5, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I do not trust any politcians, and have never voted republican. However something about Obama scares me...ties to radical 60's anti-govt. folk, addmitingly doing hard drugs as a youth....I am very worried about his idea of "change" Things do need some change after Capatain Cowboy but I am not looking to live in the Socialist states of America either...Plus I think who better then a real soldier with battlefront experience to run the country in the times of war. People have forgotten about 9-11 already. I have not; they still want us all dead by any means nessacary. Mccain is 10X the man GWB wishes he could be and he has common sense and a brain; i do not see the comparsion and i think voting for a Obama out of spite aganst him would be dumb...Obama needs a few more years in the minors...

Posted by: Libertyordeath | June 5, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

If anyone questions McCain on his funding sources, then answer the Obama's tie-in with the convicted Rezko. But, of course, you won't. You are incapable of taking the blinders off afraid that you will see that your emperor, the Obama, has no clothes on. One incident after another keep piling up showing that your Pied Piper will say anything, retract any statement, change his stripes according to the circumstances and the situation to win votes but you won't take off your rose colored glasses. After George Bush do you really want another untried,untested novice without any substance?

Posted by: Mozart | June 5, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Change doesn't come from politicians. Change comes from citizens standing up for thier rights. Burning draft cards, owning guns, dodging taxes, etc. are much more effective ways to protect your liberty than voting for any politician. If I dodge $1000 in taxes, that is $100's not going to bombing foreigners or welfare for crackheads. If I carry a gun with out a license, I am protecting my 2nd amendment rights.

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a socialist. Plain and simple. He wants to bring about a nanny-state where we are "taken care of" and directed throughout life from cradle to grave. Socialism doesn't work. If you don't believe me take a trip to Cuba. Their wonderful "state-run health care system" looks good on the outside, but go back behind the hills where the "proletariats" get their care - filth, disease, lack of supplies, etc. Venezuela used to have the most vibrant economy in South America. Now it is a disaster since Chavez started "buying" off the poor with his "programs" and chasing away business.

Barak Hussein Obama has change we can believe in - we can believe it will destroy the U.S. economy, facilitate another attack on our soil, cripple businesses, drain the middle class and utterly decimate what is currently the most advanced health care system in the world.

Posted by: $t3vE 8 | June 5, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Check this out: the more slime you sling, the more I will contribute. And since I see McCain't is "socking it away" courtesy of his lobbyist friends and multimillionare bundlers, tonight it'll another $250 contribution from me to the Obama campaign.

And it will be as a matching contribution for a first-time contributor, so it will leverage $500 for the next President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Keep the slime flowing, and I'll be more than happy to keep making contributions! Tit for tat, bro.

Posted by: laboo | June 5, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama appears to have low integrity. To say that he resigned from his church for the benefit of the churchgoers (and for the objective of maintaining their privacy) is ridiculous. He did it because he had no choice, too much racist rhetoric was coming from that Church. The problem is that he's not truthful as to his motives. Obviously his judgement isn't so great. As Wright himself pointed out, Obama is a politician and will do whatever he has to do to get elected. In other words, he'll lie.

McCain has his own problems but is a better choice. Thus McCain's contributions are going up dramatically.

You won't see Obama agree to town hall meetings. He's not good on his feet - it's because he doesn't have a command of the issues.

Posted by: Phil Severns | June 5, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain has violated his own McCain - Feingold Campaign finance reform law... Of course, no one will know about it.

Posted by: Robert | June 5, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama won't appeal to the right wingers who are intent on being stuck in the 'Perpetual Campaign' of fear - so Michael Caldeen, if you really must cling to the notion that you should be scared of someone with a multicultural past then - go right ahead, vote McCain, he's your man. The rest of us aren't afraid, we know that what we're witnessing is the birth of a new kind of politician and it's just going to drive you guys nuts - so go, go to your church, spread the unfounded fear and keep your head well and truly stuck in a paradigm that neither serves your or the interests of the country.

Posted by: Local128 | June 5, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

michael cauldeen

You can promote your old man McSame all you want because he would not win. Your old man is no angel..he was sleeping around with his now wife (who was only 18 years old at the time) while he was married to his first wife.

By the way, ordinary people donate to Obama not lobyists like McSame.

Last but not least, you are an unacceptable punk.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 5, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama comes from a very corrupt political dynasty in Illinois. I am not necessarily saying he is corrupt, however many of his old allies are either under investigation, under suspicion, or are under court proceedings right now. Rezko is just the latest to be officially charged.

Also Obama is a member of the Council On Foreign Relations and as such I don't trust him any more than McCain when it comes to peace. Bomb Pakistan, remember that?

Posted by: Ryan P | June 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Really, Michael? I'd like to see credible evidence for his "radical Muslim upbringing."

Posted by: Drew | June 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Yah this journalist should have done the responsible thing and report where McCain's money is coming from. We all know the Republicans' money is dirty. And that the corporations they represent pretty much own the major media. The media will present this race as 50/50 when in fact, a huggeee number of new Dems have registered and the Republican voters in this country are a tiny minority. It's just that they use their deep pockets to manipulate the public into thinking the race is 50/50, and then use paperless voting machines or other forms of election fraud to swing out a victory for their chosen puppet.

But not this time! The internet has become the great equalizer, not only journalistically but now financially, allowing people collectively to support real change, research the real facts, and overcome the greedy, corrupt powerful elite minority which has been making this country morally and financially bankrupt.

Obama '08!

Posted by: CJ | June 5, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@Michael R. Caldeen

"The word is traveling around about Obama's radical muslim upbringing. I have remained neutral about his candidacy up until now."

Thanks for the worthless post. Did Fox and friends finally get to you or are you on the payroll?

Anyway, please give the old man your money. He can use it for some games of golf after he loses the election.

Posted by: ryan | June 5, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who are talking about radical Muslim upbringing-- you're just stupid. What is Obama going to do; get in the white house and start singing allah akbar and make an alliance with Al Qaeda? Oh Wait, I forgot, he's going to pass a law making all American women wear hajibs. Get a GRIP! You've been watching too much Hollywood.

Posted by: Mangomama | June 5, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be BAD for the country..He will raise and create more taxes and will be BAD for world (foreign) affairs.

Posted by: jack | June 5, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain has been trying to play the good guy, but his darker ways are getting fair public attention. Obama seems to be less evil (a lot less some would say)- I'm voting for less evil.

Posted by: LearnIt | June 5, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Michael R. Caldeen:

You are an f'ing idiot. Barack Obama is a Christian. He goes to a Christian church. Nice try, though.

Posted by: John Q Public | June 5, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Rezko, if you werent so ignorant, you would know that no person can donate more than $2300, which means most of Obama's money comes from hard working american citizens who have averaged donations of $25, while Mccain raises millions from big time donors that write $2300 checks, as evident in the fundraiser george w. bush held for him behind closed doors.

Posted by: Rezko your stupid | June 5, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

ALL of the politicians are corrupt. It's childish to think that Obama is different. The only difference between any of them is who they are going to sell out the country to, and what they are going to get in return.

Posted by: Jack Frost | June 5, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The word is traveling around about Obama's radical muslim upbringing. I have remained neutral about his candidacy up until now. I will be contributing to McCain and will be actively promoting him from now on. Barak Obama is an unacceptable candidate and will have to address his history, his beliefs, and what his version of "change" actually represents.

Posted by: Michael R. Caldeen | June 5, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Where does Obama's money come from? No doubt at least some of it comes from one of the many skeletons in his closet that seem to keep appearing... Rezko, Wright, Ayers, Pfleger.....

Posted by: Rezko | June 5, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Where did the money come from? Has the McCain or RNC said that they will no longer accept contributions from registered federal lobbyists or political action committees?? Let's see if Old Man "campaign reform" can keep up with Obama.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 5, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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