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At Town Hall in Sparks, Questions Run the Gamut


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), center, and his wife Cindy, right, wave to the crowd as they arrive for a town hall meeting at Reed High School, July 29, 2008 in Sparks, Nev. (Associated Press)

By Juliet Eilperin
SPARKS, Nev. -- Sometimes, town hall meetings are just a smorgasbord of topics. Like today, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) gave an introductory speech that touched on half a dozen themes, his wife Cindy compared him to Rwandan women and the overwhelmingly-Republican audience asked him questions that ran the gamut.

Cindy McCain kicked off the meeting by describing her recent visit to Rwanda, saying that she was amazed by women there who have recovered from being raped during the nation's genocidal war in the 1990s.

"These women are far stronger than I could even hope to be," she said, adding that they reminded her of her husband, who was held in captivity in the Vietnam War. "He suffered and overcame what happened to him. My husband, like the Rwandan women are the essence of hope, the essence of strength and the essence of courage."

McCain then took the microphone and attacked his opponent, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for everything for supporting pork-barrel spending -- "Nearly a million dollars for every working day he's been in office" -- to failing to acknowledge the surge's success in Iraq.

"He refuses to recognize the fact that it has succeeded, and acknowledge that," he said, adding he would welcome the opportunity to greet the brigades now leaving Iraq for the U.S. but wonders what Obama would say to them. "How do you greet them and say, 'Hey, nice work, but you didn't win.'"

Once the presumptive GOP nominee opened the floor for questions, he parried questions on issues ranging from immigration to stem-cell and skin cancer research. A fourth-generation farmer from California who raises citrus and olives complained that while her family used to get 30 to 40 pickers, they now can only get four to 10. "We're not getting enough pickers. The only able-bodied pickers we can get are from Mexico," she said, as some in the crowd booed her. "If we don't have food, who cares about farmers?"

McCain, who urged the crowd to be respectful, said he saw the need for more agricultural workers but would focus on tightening border security first.

"What we need to do is secure our borders, and secure them first," he said, as the crowd applauded, "and then deal with a temporary worker program ... so that a temporary worker is truly temporary."

A young girl asked a straightforward question -- "If you're president, will you raise our taxes?" -- and the Arizona delivered a straightforward answer: "No." The crowd cheered.

Some question were tougher than others. One self-identified conservative spoke about how he's disagreed with McCain over the years on a number of points, including his support for climate change legislation and campaign finance reform as well as his membership in the bipartisan Senate Gang of 14. "I think I speak for a lot of conservatives when I say I'm not very excited about this election," he said, asking whether McCain could make an argument for conservatives supporting him.

McCain spoke at length about how he helped form the Gang of 14 because he thought it was important to keep the requirement that the Senate confirms federal judges with 60 votes rather than a single majority, asking the voter to ask any GOP senator today, now that Republicans are in the minority, "who would support the so-called nuclear option. The Gang of 14 was the one that preserved one of the fundamental principles of the United States Senate."

But while McCain added, "I'm very proud of my record of being a conservative," he took pains to defend his support for a cap on carbon emissions and other bipartisan goals. "I've stood up against my party many times, because I've done what I thought was right," he said, adding that conservative icon Ronald Reagan did the same thing.

The hardest question of all came when a woman told McCain her son was headed out to serve in Iraq this fall. "What are the chances of him coming home alive?" she asked.

"The chances, in my view," McCain said, pausing for a moment, "are very good. Bit the fact is he's going into harm's way. He's going into harm's way to protect our freedom."

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 29, 2008; 2:31 PM ET
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NAVY: v o l u n t a r y
being born rhawandan woman:N O T
k?
this from a "conservative", though i think those like me need a new name, i think we may (GOd willing) be splitting.
to much is enough already

Posted by: agree | August 13, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

I am a conservitive Christian, and I have no candidate.
I can't vote for either of these guys,
I want Ben Frankliln, can i get Ben Franklin please?
~hopeless, this election is for the birds.
instead of not voting like so many my age do, i will have to vote independant.
Man, this could be Ralph Nader's time!

Posted by: who the *#@@ do i vote for when their is no one?! | August 13, 2008 2:48 AM | Report abuse

Jane:

McCain was in the Navy, not Army. Does that help with you being so upset?

Posted by: JakeD | July 30, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The hardest question of all came when a woman told McCain her son was headed out to serve in Iraq this fall. "What are the chances of him coming home alive?" she asked.

"The chances, in my view," McCain said, pausing for a moment, "are very good. Bit the fact is he's going into harm's way. He's going into harm's way to protect our..................................... {oil interests in the region}."

{"Of course, if we had any sense we would have responded to the gas crisis of '73 by pursuing a sensible energy policy and focusing on efficiency, alternative sources, especially renewables, and, dare i say, it conservation. Then your son wouldn't have had to fight in this military operation to protect the flow of oil to the US. But the Big 3 automakers were writing big checks to us Republicans. And our strongest politicians had US oil money behind them. So we called the play we had to in order to win some elections.}

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from a woman who began her current relationship as the 'other' woman?

And from a sanctimonious old git who claims he's never broken an oath, but was cheating on his first wife.

An old git who was part of the S&L scandal that defrauded American taxpayers of billions.

An old git who's right hand economic man was the political muscle behind the Enron scandal.

McCain may have light skin, but he has a dark soul. Do you expect his second wife to not know and love him for his darkness?

They are both dirty, filthy liars, cheats and thieves.

Rape? That's nothing to them. Pillage? That's who the Republicans are, that's what they do.

I'm Chiquita Banana and I'm hear to say
Republicans like to rape and pillage in a special way
When a country's flicked with brown with a yellow hue
Republicans steal the resources and they lie to you
They can run Colombia
From Ohio
Steal the bananas, and steal elections too
Banana Republics
Republicans are bananas
Bananas you can eat them
Republicans you can't beat them
Cause they control the vote counting machines!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

I am very offended that Cindy McCain would compare John McCain to Rawandian women. They did not ask to be raped...John McCain choose to join the army.. You cant compare the two.. I AM PISSED OFF.

Posted by: Jane | July 29, 2008 5:36 PM
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McCain was raped for years while a POW.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I am very offended that Cindy McCain would compare John McCain to Rawandian women. They did not ask to be raped...John McCain choose to join the army.. You cant compare the two.. I AM PISSED OFF.

Posted by: Jane | July 29, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have us at war in two countries as a result of Republican lies and deceptions, and we might be in two more wars--Iran and Pakistan--by November. We have alienated the entire Muslim world and most of the rest.

The dollar has lost 60% of its value against the euro, and the once mighty dollar is losing its reserve currency role.

The Republicans' policies have driven up the price of both oil and gold by 400%.

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

The Republican economy in the 21st century has been unable to create net new jobs for Americans except for low wage domestic services such as waitresses, bartenders, retail clerks and hospital orderlies.

Republican deregulation brought about fraud in mortgage lending and dangerous financial instruments which have collapsed the housing market, leaving a million or more homeowners facing foreclosure. The financial system is in disarray and might collapse from insolvency.

The trade and budget deficits have exploded. The US trade deficit is larger than the combined trade deficits of every deficit country in the world.

The US can no longer finance its wars or its own government and relies on foreign loans to function day to day. To pay for its consumption, the US sells its existing assets--companies, real estate, toll roads, whatever it can offer--to foreigners.

Republicans have run roughshod over the US Constitution, Congress, the courts and civil liberties. Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they believe that our civil liberties make us unsafe--precisely the opposite view of our Founding Fathers. Yet, Republicans regard themselves as the Patriotic Party.

The Republicans have violated the Nuremberg prohibitions against war crimes, and they have violated the Geneva Conventions against torture and abuse of prisoners. Republican disregard for human rights ranks with that of history's great tyrants.

The Republicans have put in place the foundation for a police state, which they have no problem using against fellow citizens!

We must get the Republicans totally out of power, or we will have no country left for any of us!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Furthermore! That war, which was designed to protect the flow of oil to the US, would not have been necessary if the Republicans had joined forces with Pres. Carter in the mid70s to pursue a solid energy policy that promoted efficiency and independence.

The Republicans have opposed any sense of a coherent energy policy. In fact, the Bush Administration gave the keys to the energy kingdom to their corrupt pals at Enron. We outsourced vital national strategy to a bunch of crooks. A bunch of well-known crooks.

That McCain is still close in this election is a sad state of our national affairs.

We need a better education system because to many of we, the people, are just to damn ignorant to understand the depths of corruption that the Republicans have perpetrated on the American people.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

And of course, though it is common knowledge, I'm sure no one asked the not-so-good Sen from Arizona why he helped blur the difference between the war on terror and the war in iraq.

The last I recall, it wasn't Iraqis who hijacked the planes that bombed us.

It was Sunnis. The same Sunnis we are bribing to not fight against us in Iraq.

There was no Al Qaeda in Iraq before the war in Iraq. We did that.

By Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, we have helped Al Qaeda recruit. And now we are giving them money!!!!!

2+ trillion dollars to build a democracy in an Arab land that would like nothing more than to vote us out forever and sell their oil to Russians, Chinese, and whomever they choose to.

What kind of Republican logic is that?

Bush and McCain have no sense for the big picture.

The war on terror was Bin Ladin. And they took their eye off the ball and diverted special forces, language, technical and financial resources, to a military operation designed to protect the flow of oil to the US.

Iraq was never the war on terror. That was a LIE.

And McCain will have to answer for those lies in November.

We, the people, are not that stupid.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Cindy McCain speaking about Rwandan women being raped?? Only a blond Republican multi-millionaire heiress could be so blind. It would have been a great time for John to lighten up the crowd with one of his many super funny rape jokes. I'm still chuckling about the last one.

Posted by: thebob.bob | July 29, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"some others believe he's just a Goldwater makeover with the earlier AZ Senator's hair trigger release of extremist verbiage but without Barry G's charm and possibly without his decency." - Buck TX Ind

It's hard to figure out who the real John McCain is. Is he the McCain of 1980 who kicked aside his first wife for a younger, prettier, richer model? Is he the McCain of 1990 who was infamous from his role in the largest government financial scandal in history, at the time, the S&L crisis. Is he the McCain of 2000 who opposed tax cuts for the wealthy? Of is he really the McCain of today who embraces the Christian far right, tax cuts, and Bush's failed policies?

There once was a time, albeit a brief one, when you could expect McCain to say that since no parent makes their child pay the mortgage bill that we shouldn't allow this administration to pass down the bill for its reckless spending to our children and grandchildren.

But John McCain doesn't know who he is or what he stands for. His well designed image as a maverick was a false torch with a short flame that extinguished in 2000.

His character and his campaign are operating in the dark.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

AT LEAST ALL THE NEWS STATIONS WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THEIR NIGHTLY SEGMENT ENTITLED===MCCAIN'S SENIOR MOMENT===OR===THE MCFLIP-FLOP SEGMENT:

I WON'T RAISE YOUR TEN YEAR OLDS' TAXES, BUT I WILL RAISE YOUR GRAMMA'S TAXES ON SOCIAL SECURITY

MAKES YOU FEEL ALL WARM AND FUZZY INSIDE, DOESN'T IT???

Posted by: benighse | July 29, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

John McCain says Barack Obama would rather win a campaign than win the war, while insisting that our soldiers remain in a military campaign for which "winning" has never been defined. This is no-win for two reasons. First, rather than burnishing his Commander-in-Chief credentials, it calls attention to his support for an unpopular war. Moreover, it sounds as though he is reacting to his opponent rather than outlining his own vision. As long as his narrative is defined by what Obama says or does, he will never rise above these small events. As one of the Republican bloggers observes, he needs to stop attacking his opponent and start making the case for what he would DO. His responses to questions offer tepid "conservative" bromides and orthodoxy when it is clear the electorate want something DIFFERENT.

Posted by: dch | July 29, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

MCCAIN AT TOWN MEETING SAYS HE WON'T RAISE TEN-YEAR-OLD'S TAXES---THE OTHER HEADLINE TODAY IS MCCAIN WILL RAISE TAXES ON SOCIAL SECURITY RECIPIENTS--MCFLIP-FLOP AGAIN===MCCAIN===TAX THE SENIOR CITIZENS; SAVE THE RICH PEOPLE!!!

OBAMA SEEMS TO BE THE ONE PERSON WHO IS FOCUSED ON UNITING THE COUNTRY....

AND SO FAR HE IS THE ONE CANDIDATE WHO WHO IS GENERATING SUPPORT FROM MY TWO COLLEGE GRAD DAUGHTERS AND EVEN MY REPUBLICAN WIFE. FOR ONCE SHE WON'T CANCEL MY VOTE FOR OBAMA....

NOW EVEN MY 80 YEAR OLD REPUBLICAN MOTHER-IN-LAW SAYS JOHN MCCAIN IS JUST TOO OLD AND GRUMPY TO BE PRESIDENT. SHE SAYS OLD MEN ARE TOO EAGER TO SEND YOUNG MEN TO UNNECESSARY WARS, AND THAT HAS TO END....

WHEN 80 YEAR OLD REPUBLICAN WOMEN START TALKING ABOUT IT BEING TIME FOR THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO STEP UP AND START DOING THE JOB TO MAKE AMERICA A LEADER IN THE WORLD AGAIN, YOU KNOW THINGS ARE GOING WELL FOR OBAMA....

LET'S ALL PUT OBAMA TO WORK FOR AMERICA.

Posted by: benighse | July 29, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It is not negative to say that Obama did not try to work out something on campaign finance. The truth is he did but McCain refused to meet him on terms Obama could accept. The town hall meetings McCain wanted did not fit into the plans Obama's campaign had. The two campaigns have been on different time periods because McCain had 3 months of free time and Obama has had to play catch up. It is not negative to say Obama did not meet with troops. It is just false. He met with troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and right here at Walter Reed and I might add without cameras or any politics attached. He also has a better record of support for these troops than McCain has. You are free to think what you like about Obama. I think he has a far better economic plan with tax breaks for the middle class and relieving the tax burden on the elderly. I think this is way better than waiting for something to trickle down. He is working with top advisors from both sides of the aisle to find solutions for this economy besides the things he has already proposed like a second stimulus check. His energy plan focuses on alternative energy resources and improving gas mileage to reduce demand. He is not against off shore drilling. He just wants the oil companies to use the 1000's of leases they already have and have not exploited yet before dealing with off shore drilling in other areas. He is not against nuclear power but he would like to see the waste get handled better than it is at the moment. He has been right about Iraq, he advocates our need to be in Afghanistan, he wants us out of Iraq as soon as we can make it happen safely for all concerned, and it looks to me like he has a better handle on foreign affairs than what people may have thought. He told the truth about Social Security unlike McCain's most recent flip flop. But most of all he does not spend time spouting off all kinds of negative things about McCain because he wants to deal with the issues and has better things to do like his recent meeting with top econmic advisors from both sides of the aisle unlike McCain. So feel free to be negative. McCain seems to be doing it all of time. Could be because he has not got anything else to offer.

Posted by: Jake | July 29, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you pop a smoke...Clear thinker is what Phil Gramm calls a "whiner".

Clear thinker...you definitely must be thinking about McCain when you think of a candidate being lost without a teleprompter.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 29, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain is like Rwandan women? That explains why he acts like he is riding the cotton pony all the time. LMAO!

Posted by: Erie | July 29, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"some of those old conservatives in Texas believe that he's a phony. And they don't like him at all." This is what someone says here and it's probably right.

But at least some others believe he's just a Goldwater makeover with the earlier AZ Senator's hair trigger release of extremist verbiage but without Barry G's charm and possibly without his decency. (His challenge of Obama's patriotism was a low blow, and he didn't even bother to have a surrogate fire it off for him. Reminds me of what he called his wife publicly as reported by several present.)

Still, the old boy deserves to be heard and pondered. Even if he can't change his temperament, he has said that he can now hold his temper.

Especially noteworthy and eagerly awaited will be his plans to heal this sick economy that Bush is leaving us and the reform or replacement of our healthcare system, which would make us the butt of laughter by the civilized world if it weren't such a serious matter.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | July 29, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Town-hall meetings sound good. But let's be honest here. Most Americans ask the dumbest and irrelevant questions one could ask a presidential candidate.

You post here that:

"A young boy asked a straightforward question -- "If you're president, will you raise our taxes?" -- and the Arizona Senator delivered a straightforward answer: "No." The crowd cheered.

Why would a young boy ask about taxes? I'm sure he has no idea of taxes and has no job that pays taxes. Without professional follow-up statements like this one go unchallenged. A professional journalist would have challenged McCain on this since just yesterday McCain said he would consider raising taxes for Social Security solvency.

I don't appreciate Cindy McCain using Rwandan women sympathy to try to garner votes for McCain. Where was John McCain's voice when the Rwandan massacre occurred in the 1990s?!?!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | July 29, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Respecting that everything you say you believe to be true, how does this get Mccain elected? You say Obama represents a political machine. Instead of complaining you should be asking where is Mccains political machine? Politics are not new, people have been playing the game for a long time.

You sound like a team complaining because the other quarterback has a better arm. Maybe you should be looking at your quarterback instead and see what is wrong with him. Don't expect the other team to forfeit because you don't like the way the game is going. All they are going to do is taste blood. Your candidate and his campaign is just weak. You guys bet on the wrong horse.

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John McCain is an American hero and is the right man at the right time.
Barry O'Phony represents old school politics from the Chicago political machine. Don't be fooled, he's just a repackaged robot who can't speak effectively without a teleprompter.

Posted by: Clear thinker | July 29, 2008 3:46 PM

Posted by: pop a smoke | July 29, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is an American hero and is the right man at the right time.
Barry O'Phony represents old school politics from the Chicago political machine. Don't be fooled, he's just a repackaged robot who can't speak effectively without a teleprompter.

Posted by: Clear thinker | July 29, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

No, but it is negative to lie and say that someone would rather win a campaign than a war.

It is negative to blame a first term senator for $4 a gallon gas.

It is negative to accuse the senator of politicizing wounded warriors, especially when the press was with him and knows that the camera accusations are false.

(And that's all from just this week.)

A campaign based on lies is like a castle built on sand.

When the rain comes, there's no real support.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

How is McCain going to pay for easing our woes right here at home when he insists on keeping on with our war in Iraq at $10,000,000,000 a month?

Posted by: Jobless old white vet | July 29, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Not a lot of people know about the John McCain years between Vietnam and Cindy/Arizona politics.

I get the sense that the people who know him best from those days either won't say anything - his Naval Officer peers who passed him in rank - or are waiting to drop some bombs on him just before the election, Perot et al.

Know that some of those old conservatives in Texas believe that he's a phony. And they don't like him at all. And they have their own sense of justice.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

**Is it "negative" to say anything against The One?**

Um, by definition? yes...
That's just kind of how negativity works. John McCain's entire campaign strategy is to point out Obama's apparent mistakes. That's not a campaign. It's just gossip. Grow up and tell us what you'll do as president!!!

Posted by: Canada | July 29, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Nice that the Post covers Cindy's comments word for word. But when will you introduce us to his children and how they are weathering this election? We know about John McCain the war hero and some of his achievements in the Senate, notably the way he put together the Gang of 14 so compromise federal judges could be approved with the promise of moderate rather than extreme decisions being handed down. But we don't know much about his personal life since his incarceration by the Vietnamese until this Cindy era.

Posted by: Buck TX Ind | July 29, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

You are exactly what Mccain can't afford. I would say all the votes Mccain has now, are pretty much all the votes he is going to get. I don't see any kind of last minute ground swell all of a sudden going to Mccain. Mean time voters are pealing away from him and may not vote at all or vote for Barr or Nader and maybe even a few for Obama. Either way he has hit a wall and there is nowhere for him to go from here. His best bet would be if the election was held tomorrow.

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I am a Republican 54 years old and have voted that way in the past 6 elections; however, I am deeply concerned about the way McCain is presenting himself. It appears that he has become too negative and do not necessarily have anything that is original. What I remember most in his speaks is the negative tone toward his opponent. I would like him to focus on what he will do. He must remember that even Hillary's attacks on Obama were not successful. I suspect his will the the same. I am looking for McCain to refocus his speaks and be the Republican, or I will have to vote Independent.

Posted by: Charles Hadley | July 29, 2008 3:27 PM

Posted by: pop a smoke | July 29, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain whines about not getting media coverage, but all he does is hold one so=called town hall after another, before friendly audiences, BECAUSE THAT'S THE ONLY FORUM HE DOES WELL IN....and the media get all defensive, and direct all their tough questions toward Obama.

Then the handful of old hand reporters who've been covering him for years glosses over his misstatements because "that's just John".

And the media are too dumb to see it for what it is. So pathetic.

Posted by: Bill | July 29, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Keep lying Sen. McCain, it is only your reputation that you are harming.

Just as it is true that you cannot break a natural law, you can only break yourself against one, it is also untrue that Obama has been seditious, or wanted to bring cameras in during his troop visit, or is responsible for $4 a gallon gas.

Keep lying, Sen. McCain. Real evangelicals, and real Americans are leaving the Republican party because the bs tactics of 30 years ago don't work today.

Keep lying, and you will be left with a party that is either dumb or corrupt. Or both.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Who cares, he just talks to his own voters anyway, and tells them what they want to hear. This doesn't get him any votes. If one of them want to ask him a good question they should ask him "What the hell he is doing there talking to us for, we are already voting for you. Get out there and actually get some votes so you can get elected".


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Have reporters attending these town hall meetings ever challenged McCain during or after to set the record straight? I notice he said no new taxes at this meeting when he said he might impose taxes, to save social security, on Sunday. When will the media help hold this guy accountable to the public. It is clear that his strategy now is to force people to vote against BO instead of vote for some vision McCain wants for this nation. This Republican strategy is intellectually bankrupt and dishonest. It demeans and disrespects the needs of the electorate. STOP GIVING HIM FREE SPACE AND HOLD HIS FEET TO THE FIRE FOR GOD'S SAKE!

Posted by: Robert, Virginia | July 29, 2008 3:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 29, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican 54 years old and have voted that way in the past 6 elections; however, I am deeply concerned about the way McCain is presenting himself. It appears that he has become too negative and do not necessarily have anything that is original. What I remember most in his speaks is the negative tone toward his opponent. I would like him to focus on what he will do. He must remember that even Hillary's attacks on Obama were not successful. I suspect his will the the same. I am looking for McCain to refocus his speaks and be the Republican, or I will have to vote Independent.

Posted by: Charles Hadley | July 29, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

So lets see, John Mccain spoke to maybe 200 people, was asked no real questions, most there were probably going to vote for him anyway, It took place in a vacuum with no media coverage other then maybe a snippet on a blog like this. Essentially he wasted another day and there are not many left, pretending he is campaigning. Can anyone tell me how this is going to get him elected? Does he even care anymore beyond his obvious hate for Obama? Even his most hardcore supporters must be rolling their eyes in an obvious WTF is going on here. Beyond Fox news, how does Mccain get his message out? Does he have a message? Attacking Obama doesn't get him any votes. It just wastes what little time he has left to talk to the American people. His whole campaign is just bazaar, you don't really know what to think as the clock is running down. Does he have some magic end game plan?

Posted by: pop a smoke | July 29, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Have reporters attending these town hall meetings ever challenged McCain during or after to set the record straight? I notice he said no new taxes at this meeting when he said he might impose taxes, to save social security, on Sunday. When will the media help hold this guy accountable to the public. It is clear that his strategy now is to force people to vote against BO instead of vote for some vision McCain wants for this nation. This Republican strategy is intellectually bankrupt and dishonest. It demeans and disrespects the needs of the electorate. STOP GIVING HIM FREE SPACE AND HOLD HIS FEET TO THE FIRE FOR GOD'S SAKE!

Posted by: Robert, Virginia | July 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Someday McCain will get real questions before it is too late. What a softball crowd.

McCain couldn't stand up to any real critique. He is very lucky the press largely ignore his mistakes, but also is unfitness. for the presidency.

Posted by: Josh | July 29, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I guess it doesnt matter. I dont think McCain can win as the Nominee anyway. Could you imagine McCain even having enough energy to run your local Mcdonalds. Seriously. Think about it next time your in line watching the Mcdonalds manager run around taking orders and shouting orders. McCain couldnt do it. So I ask You, how will McCain be president??? Looks as though the RNC got behind the wrong candidate and they will pay for it., Guess they should of let the primary season play out without trying to minupulate the outcome.. Good news is i think McCain is just about done, I wouldnt doubt the GOP ditch him at the last second and run a younger more charasmatic charachter. Did you see him knock all that stuff off the shelf at the supermarket. the video is at http://www.mccanes.com all the while barack obama is looking like an NBA super star, (arrogence and all) even taking time to stop and have a cigar break video at http://www.theobamaplan.com

Posted by: Paul | July 29, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Is it "negative" to simply point out Obama refused to "aggressively pursue an agreement on campaign finance" or hold joint town hall meetings? Is it "negative" to point out that Obama failed to meet with wounded U.S. troops? Is it "negative" to say anything against The One?

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

McCains campaign has become too negative - it's a sign of desperation, I have since stopped listening to him all together.

Posted by: JDB | July 29, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

These town halls are silly, but you've gotta hand it to McCain that he doesn't cave like Bush and stock them with patriotic, flag waving supporters top to bottom.

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

Posted by: matt | July 29, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Obama was so scared of joining McCain in these town hall meetings. He will bomb during the real debates, just like he did against Hillary. It's not even a close call (off teleprompter ; )

Posted by: JakeD | July 29, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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