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McCain Travels South, Searching for Message


Sen. John McCain and his wife Cindy arrive at the airport in Cartagena July 1, 2008. (Reuters)

By Dan Balz
Why is John McCain in Colombia?

Is his commitment to free trade so deep that he needed not one foreign trip (to Canada last month) but two foreign trips to make that clear to people? Is the issue of free trade so central to the outcome of the election that he intends to make it the centerpiece of his campaign strategy?

The answers -- no and no -- are evident just from posing the questions. Even McCain seems defensive about his short foray into Latin America -- his itinerary includes a stop in Mexico before returning to the United States for the holiday weekend -- as was evident by his appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday.

Before host Robin Roberts could even pose a question, McCain was explaining why he was there and what he was dong and that he would be home soon. He said he would be in Colombia only one day, in Mexico only one day and that the issues of free trade and drug trafficking were important enough to warrant his visit.

He did not discount the significance of domestic economic problems when pressed about conditions back here at home, defended free trade agreements as vital to America's future prosperity and then claimed that he's much better on the economy than his rival, Barack Obama. "I'm very strong on the economy," he said. "I understand it. I have a lot more experience than my opponent."

By November (probably even by August), McCain's trip to Latin America will have been long forgotten, but it is a symbol now of a campaign that has yet to find its cruising speed. The time spent in Colombia and Mexico matters less than the message it sends -- or perhaps more correctly, the absence of a message that it sends. What is McCain trying to tell voters by this visit?

McCain could not have made this trip because he needs to burnish his foreign policy credentials. That may be part of the motivation for Obama's upcoming trip to the Middle East and Europe: Obama wants to demonstrate that he is not intimidated by going head-to-head with McCain on international issues. He will use the overseas trip as well to bask in some of the glow that his candidacy has created abroad.

Obama's trip makes political sense. McCain's doesn't. McCain's strongest suit already is national security. Virtually every poll shows that Americans regard him as fully experienced on those issues. Voters may disagree with McCain's policies, which means there is an opening for Obama to challenge the presumptive GOP nominee on foreign policy. But demonstrating familiarity with foreign leaders or regional issues won't do much for McCain at this point. People assume he has that.

Public opinion shows deep skepticism about the value of free trade agreements. Is McCain's purpose in going to Colombia and Mexico designed to show how willing he is to buck public opinion, to demonstrate that he is prepared to take unpopular stands? That seems unlikely. Every politician this year is looking for ways to feel the pain of their constituents. McCain is no exception. He may be for free trade but he isn't looking to flaunt it to struggling workers.

Instead, take the trip as a metaphor for a campaign still not quite through its long shakedown period. McCain has had months to make the transition from nomination battle to general election, but still appears to lack the kind of cohesive operation he will need to win in a very difficult environment for the Republicans.

The McCain campaign can point to national polls that show the race with Obama is still close. Most polls have the margin in single digits. But Republican strategists outside the campaign worry that, unless McCain develops a more coherent strategy and message, he'll have difficulty winning in November. They are not in despair, but the concern is rising. McCain is aware of these concerns, but it's not clear how much he shares them.

It is useful to recall that a year ago, McCain's campaign imploded, with chief strategist John Weaver and campaign manager Terry Nelson handing in their resignations and the top level of the communications shop following them out the door. Almost no one gave McCain any real chance of winning. Seven months later he had clinched that nomination.

His situation now is hardly comparable. But he can't count on the mistakes of his rival to boost him in the general election the same way he was able to do in the primaries. When he returns from Colombia and Mexico and hunkers down for the holiday weekend, he will no longer have to answer questions about where he was. But will he have the answer to the question of where he goes from here.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 2, 2008; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take , John McCain  
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Posted by: astrolog | July 19, 2008 4:18 AM | Report abuse

pity that Vietnamese didn't kill him. If I could I could kill him with knife and then put my hand inside and throw his hearth out the breast. Juice bomb bomb bomb - no we can't motherf.

Posted by: astrolog | July 19, 2008 4:06 AM | Report abuse

Obama? Obama will not help anything with South America, where we, Americans, are hated as the Bin Laden here. And pretty nice to read all the mediocre opinions on Colombia, as if Obama was your father, idiots! Really 'insightful' rubbish. Shameful.
And I hate McCain too.

Posted by: Susan | July 7, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Richard Ward: WHAT A MORON. RETARD.

Posted by: Tim | July 7, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Free Trade with Columbia, we already have it.

We send them our money!

They send us their drugs!

That sounds like Free Trade to me.


Posted by: Richard Ward | July 5, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't be the only one who thinks it's a lovely coincidence that McCain went to Colombia just in time for the rescue of American hostages, right? Uribe's government said they worked with the US government on this.

Posted by: mcgeorge bundy | July 4, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

These Washington Post commentators are so naive given how long they have been in Washington. This was all an arranged stunt, set up and coordinated by GWBush's criminal administration which is manipulating McCain like a clown puppet on a string. It's no coincidence that McCain today designated Bush's former campaign manager to head day to day operations of his campaign. Let us American not ever forget how corrupt and manipulative the Bush family is. If you want more of the same, by all means, vote for McCain. If he wins we'll be in a depression far worse than 1929-1930. It will curl your hair, but, of course, you're old and rich and have none so you don't care.

Posted by: David S. Robins | July 2, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

McBush is in Columbia to pick up lots of untraceable small bills.

Posted by: Magic Dog | July 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

senator mccain, thank you for risking your life to free the hostages. i am sure it was all your doing but you are just too modest to admit it. you are truly my hero!!!!! and where was that closet farc sympathizer obama? thank god lynn pointed this out, as i had no idea that the illinois senator was so intimately involved in this leftist columbian terrorist group; she truly is a source of infinite knowledge (aka bullsh**). honestly lynn, you need more help than i can give you.

Posted by: lynn's therapist | July 2, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are way off base in their opposition to a trade agreement with Colombia. Colombia is our ally in South America and offers a positive alternative to Hugo Chavez.

It appears that Obama wants to punish our friends and reward our enemies. Chavez is a menace to democracy in Latin America and is friendly with Iran and Arab terrorist organizations.

It is totally appropriate for McCain to visit Colombia and express his solidarity and support of a friendly pro-American country and advocate the passage of a trade agreement with Colombia.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

There's only one good reason why McCain is visiting Colombia, Mexico, and Canada. A Free Trade Agreement with Colombia is in the works; and the ones with Canada and Mexico are up for revision. McCain is selling his support of the FTAs in exchange for unregulated international campaign donations.

Posted by: barbara campbell | July 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"Why is John McCain in Columbia?"
Wow, what a stupid lead for this story in hindsight. No foreign visit is insignificant. We have ties to everyone around the world. McCain just reinforced what is at stake in this election-- our international credibility, our influence around the world and the viability of our foreign policy. Domestic policy is certainly important, but foreign policy (and all it entails, including military policy) is the greatest reason-for-being of the executive branch.
This was a good day for the McCain campaign. And let all the conspiracy theorists who are Obama's strongest supporters try to say otherwise...

Posted by: dpj1 | July 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Obviously it was arranged for Mc Cain to be there when the hostages in Columbia were rescued. Definitely an opportunity for Mc Cain to get some publicity. But actually, I'm glad that the hostages were finally freed! That is very important! The computers that were seized on a FARC official probably helped but apparently the Columbian government had infiltrated the group. It has been said that Obama's name was positively mentioned in documents on the FARC computer laptop found a couple of months ago.

Posted by: Lynn E | July 2, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse


McCain doesn't know what to do with himself, so he flies off to Columbia.

Also a possibility that he knew from his foreign affairs committee that some long held prisoners were going to be freed today...and wanted to pretend he had something to do with it.

But that didn't work out, hmmmm? He really is a DUD.

BE afraid he makes the WH and runs it as well as he runs his campaign!

Posted by: walt | July 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse


McCain can't seem to get his stuff together, let alone his staff.

Balz seems nearly hysterical aobut it!

And who is it that assume McCain knows all the international leaders, as our columnist avers. Those he knows don't like him; most people don't, actually, except the press like Balz.

And, regarding the pix at the top...another example of the McCains seeming to share space with no connection...no body familiarity or something.Strange body language, or what is it? What's with that?

Posted by: log | July 2, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse


McCain can't seem to get his stuff together, let alone his staff.

Balz seems nearly hysterical aobut it!

And who is it that assume McCain knows all the international leaders, as our columnist avers. Those he knows don't like him; most people don't, actually, except the press like Balz.

And, regarding the pix at the top...another example of the McCains seeming to share space with no connection...no body familiarity or something.Strange body language, or what is it? What's with that?

Posted by: log | July 2, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

"Does it strike anyone else as odd that McCain makes news in Columbia on the same day that American hostages were released in the same country? Particularly when the Post said the administration was told ahead of time about the release?
Posted by: cp | July 2, 2008 7:21 PM"

Hey! That's IT! By day, violent-mannered John McCain is an ordinary US Senator; by night, he becomes even more violent-mannered SUPER OLD GUY!!!! Faster than a speeding Segway, more powerful than ... uh ... well, stronger than most people you know! Able to leap tall curbs in a single lurch!! SUPER OLD GUY!!!!

Posted by: JAXON47JAXON | July 2, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

McCain is simply checking out the fruits of his top fundraiser's donations to not one but THREE Columbian terrorist groups.

More about Carl Lindner, who has overseen funding to both McCain and various terrorist groups:

Late last week, Lindner co-hosted a $25,000-per-person fundraiser for McCain and the Republican Party in the wealthy Indian Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio. The event raised about $2 million; Lindner also serves on McCain's Ohio Victory Team.

While Lindner was CEO of Chiquita, the company began sending money to the AUC through its shipping subsidiary Banadex. A report by the Organization of American States states that Banadex also engaged in arms trafficking, helping to deliver 3,000 Nicaraguan AK-47 rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition to the AUC in 2001. According to federal prosecutors, when company officials realized the arrangement was illegal, they switched to making the payments in cash.

Chiquita's funding of violent paramilitaries does not end with the right-wing AUC. The fruit giant "had been making similar payments to the leftist FARC and ELN guerrillas" since 1989, also on Lindner's watch. Those payments ended in 1997 as "control of the company's banana-growing area shifted" to the AUC, according to the Associated Press.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/07/02/mccain-fundraiser-oversaw_n_110354.html

Posted by: B2O2 | July 2, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Sandy,

To answer your questions:
1) no.
2) We can't get a "Re-Do" and I don't want one. These are in my opinion the best candidates put forth from each party this year.
3) no.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | July 2, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's an idea for Sandy5724: STAY HOME.

Posted by: Chris Fox | July 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

So does anyone else resent all the pandering by both Amnesty John McCain as we
call him here in Arizona and Preacher Loser
Barack Hussein Obama of the Hispanic Voters
and to Hell with everyone else,as much as
I do here now then? McCain and Obama are
the poorest most pathetic totally out of
touch with reality Presidential Candidates
in Republican and Democratic Party History
and either one of them as President will be
a bigger disaster then Liar in Chief Loser
George W Bush and VP Draft Dodger Cheney.
How do we get a ReDo by both parties? Let's
Dump Both Amnesty John McCain and Preacher
Barack Hussein Obama and start over okay?

Posted by: Sandy5274 | July 2, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Keep the Bush tax cuts, have more tax cuts for the wealthy, stay in two wars, have more wars ...

.. and pay for it all by cutting "earmarks"

And if you not that this doesn't add up ....

"People who do arithmetic are *elitist*"

Who the hell would vote for this moron?!?

Posted by: Chris Fox | July 2, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Does it strike anyone else as odd that McCain makes news in Columbia on the same day that American hostages were released in the same country? Particularly when the Post said the administration was told ahead of time about the release?

Posted by: cp | July 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Reality Check Time!

Remember previous elections? Remember Republican audiences chanting their candidate's name until they were stuporous with enthusiasm, their eyes wet, fluid running from their noses?

See anyone getting excited about John McCain?

(shades eyes, rotates head in exaggerated stage gesture of looking about)

Nope!

NOBODY is excited about John McCain.

Meanwhile. Obama fills stadiums.

Better hope that "bridge to nowhere" crap gets some traction ...

Posted by: Chris Fox | July 2, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain equals Bush. We cannot afford another 4 years of incompetence, ineptness and stupidity. McCain is not smart, neither is Bush. Let us elect someone with brains for a change, someone who rose through their own merits and not because he is the son of a very successful politician or military man. Bush and McCain got into institutions through legacy, not through their brilliance or academic records. Both were party-animals, irresponsible, arrogant and lazy. Do we really want the United States to lose superpower status? Bush started the decline, McCain will complete it. Vote Obama.

Posted by: M. Stratas | July 2, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat as well as my family, but I'll vote for McCain, no doubt.
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Yeah right! What a total load. You are a Republican TROLL!

Posted by: hayden | July 2, 2008 4:13 PM
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And you are a RETARD.

Posted by: There's an Obama is in my kitchen, whatcha Ima gonna do? | July 2, 2008 4:15 PM
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Wow what a zinger!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The top ten reasons why McCain is in Columbia:

10. McCain wants to get his share of the Columbian-American vote in November which is rumored to be as large as the Mongolian-American vote.

9. He wants to avoid questions about the US economy.

8. Cindy ran out of illegal perscription drugs and she needs more drugs.

7. McCain knew he wouldn't run into George W. in Columbia.

6. McCain needed to collect a lot of illegal foreign cash contributions for his campaign.

5. McCain didn't want to answer questions about his campaign staff shakeup.

4. McCain just likes to fly when others are the pilots.

3. McCain remembers how "Presidential" Nixon looked in 1959 when he went to Columbia. (Nixon still lost in 1960.)

2. McCain thought he was going to Columbia, South Carolina for a Confederate flag rally.

1. McCain's mind still thinks its 2000 and he's running against Gore.

Posted by: McCain Man | July 2, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I have just seen him on TV casually smiling and chatting with our military, they are acting casually and at ease too.
The military is supposed to be strictly neutral and the fact of the matter is, they aren't. And, it should be stopped.
It's no coincidence that McCain is in Columbia now, even the White House said it knew the hostage release was coming.
It's a crime for the Repulican establishment in control of our nation now to put candidate McCain squarely in the middle for a really good photo op.
The military must be made to understand that all Americans pay their taxes and serves in the military .. it doesn't belong to the Republicans.
I was shocked when I listened to AFN in Frankfurt, Germany, only Rush Limbaugh and Dr. Laura (who has denigrated military women) were on, it was a totally right-wing broadcast all day long.
I don't think Americans (who aren't Republicans) realize how much our national institutions are dominated by Republicans.
McCain is not a man of principle. and will shamelessly take whatever the ruling establishment will conjure up to support him.
I have family who put their lives on the line for McCain's lies overseas, we're NOT Republicans and I deeply resent the military
allying itself only to Republicans.
McCain is only a candidate and don't ever forget it.
We'll be watching very closely how McCain's ties develop with the military establishment.
McCain the war hero who crashed five planes and graduated at the bottom of his class. Everyone knows he NEVER would have been admitted to the naval academy without his daddy's influence and would have been kicked out of the Navy pilot's program with his daddy's influence. He is another "legacy boy"
but keep in mind WE ALL pay our taxes and contribute the greatness of this country.


Posted by: Caroline Greene | July 2, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is doing his part to help the economy. As he pointed out in television interviews this morning, the price of cocaine is up - just one indicator that his trade policies with Colombia are working. Go McCain!

http://www.womenforjohnmccain.com/

Posted by: Christina West | July 2, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

This Bentancourt thing smells like a huge rat. The American press should find out if the Bush Administration has been negotiating this little foreign policy adventure as the real explanation for McCain's otherwise senseless trip to Latin America.

Posted by: Andrew | July 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

HARRIED = MARION BARRY

Coke-friend of Obama!

Vote Cocaine in '08!

Posted by: Longtime DC Resident | July 2, 2008 4:14 PM


So Longtime DC Resident...that just means your...old and bitter

Posted by: My name is Earl but not really | July 2, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Dan,

Do you think the FL hispanic vote watches about who cares about freedom loving hispanic cultures?

How could you miss the political significance of showing support to Columbia and Mexico?

dre

Posted by: dre | July 2, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

We all know the trip to Mexico and Columbia was for *sniff, sniff* Cindy

Posted by: jakeD's shadow | July 2, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he's trying to get frequent flyer miles.

How a presidential campaign is run might be a mirror on how the candidate runs the administration.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 2, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

And with the Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf"
(the dutch own a portion of the Federal
Reserve) predicting the US stock market
to collapse with in the next few weeks,
a NAFTA enhancement should ice the cake.
And to think that all we have to do is
rip-up a few pieces of paper, ie..
Public laws 89-719 and 94-564. Then
of course it wouldn't hurt to declare
DC as being domestic soil. Of course,
Where would the elected officials
conduct their treasonous acts?
And furthermore, NOW THE OATHS WOULD COUNT!

Posted by: josephjsalas | July 2, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Because Republicans dig cocaine ?

Posted by: Mark W. | July 2, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

obviously he was there to run a commando raid to free the hostages...

Posted by: wattaman | July 2, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Seems like an imprudent waste of campaign funds, assuming he and Cindy didn't pay for it. If they did, why is he so defensive? That's just his nature, maybe? If so, it'll not serve us well should he become president.

Posted by: jhbyer | July 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Seems like McCain doesn't need to sell free trade on foreign soil so much as right here in our own American job wastelands. The Canadians are doing quite all right with their deals thank you. As for Colombians, THEY know a good thing too.

But in our industrial heartland the geezer has got lots of selling still to go.

Posted by: Jobless old white guy | July 2, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat as well as my family, but I'll vote for McCain, no doubt.
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Yeah right! What a total load. You are a Republican TROLL!

Posted by: hayden | July 2, 2008 4:13 PM
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And you are a RETARD.

Posted by: There's an Obama is in my kitchen, whatcha Ima gonna do? | July 2, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey Longtime DC resident,
how long is a long time, in DC that is?
Anyone that's been in DC for more than 20 years has snorted their share!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 3:20 PM
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HARRIED = MARION BARRY

Coke-friend of Obama!

Vote Cocaine in '08!

Posted by: Longtime DC Resident | July 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat as well as my family, but I'll vote for McCain, no doubt.
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Yeah right! What a total load. You are a Republican TROLL!

Posted by: hayden | July 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

WRONG. Grow your own. You don't have to buy drugs from organized crime or the CIA.

And if you're using anything stronger than pot, you need to quit anyway. Those hard drugs will kill you.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 4:02 PM
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yes, because everyone can grow a stash of coca leaves and get it processed.

guess what cocaine money are partly-funding? GUERILLAS IN COLOMBIA AND MEXICO.

guess what Heroin is funding? TALIBAN IN AFGANISTAN.

GODDAMIT YOU ARE STUPID.

Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

helen @ 3:56:

don't you know the baby jesus cries every time one of you republican concern trolls lie.

and he's dropping bucket-loads of tears these days....

Posted by: linda | July 2, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Longtime DC Resident writes: Obama did not show up and express a position on immigration reform, but his mentor Ted Kennedy did.

and who was Ted Kennedy's co-sponsor on immigration reform legislation? none other than John McSame.

Posted by: eomcmars | July 2, 2008 2:41 PM
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because McCain's position with immigration reforn was going to do him a TON of good with the Republican party?

Yeah, his support for that bill certainly made him TONS OF FRIENDS.

Obama hid behind his desk at the Senate and dindt bother to show up for the meetings and barely showed up to VOTE YES on it.

Posted by: Longtime DC Resident | July 2, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain now has reasons to prove sceptical Americans that our foreign policy (in Colombia) has succeeded: 15 hostages had been released by the Colombian Army, including our 3 American citizens and French-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt, a former Presidential candidate. This is a blow for Hugo Chavez's communist intentions in Latin America.
What can Obama say now?
Nothing.
Why the hell he wants to go the Middle East?
Venezuela is giving more aid to South America than the United States. That's shameful. Half the hemisphere is against us: Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua... and it goes on.
Bill Clinton began Plan Colombia that was strengthened during Bush's tenure. I hate Bush but I like to see that we pay our taxes and see the money working where we invest it.
McCain has obviously scored against Obama with this. No chance that he's now in Colombia, to greet back our fellow Americans just freed there.

Posted by: John | July 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain should be searching for the "McCain 2000" model. This 2008 version of McCain seems to be just a renamed "Bush 2000" - I've had a "Bush 2000" before, and that was a nightmare.

Isn't there anything new out there? Oh wait, whats this shiney new "Obama 2008"! Wow, look at all these features - I can even see through the windows! This one is for me!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Stop using drugs. By using drugs you're funding terrorism."

WRONG. Grow your own. You don't have to buy drugs from organized crime or the CIA.

And if you're using anything stronger than pot, you need to quit anyway. Those hard drugs will kill you.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a democrat as well as my family, but I'll vote for McCain, no doubt."

No, you're NOT a Democrat. You're a LIAR.

Go vote for McSame, you moron. Obama will win anyway.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm a democrat as well as my family, but I'll vote for McCain, no doubt. There's no chance to see Obama in the White House for me. Bush has blundered, and we're all fed up with him, but this time it would be more wisely to vote for McCain than to freshman Obama. Hillary would have defeated McCain, I'm sure, but now that she's out of the race I will go along with the Republicans this time. I think is very disrespectful to refer to Colombia as a mere "drug country". Disrespectful with Colombians, by the way, who had stood along with us when all Latin America is distancing from the United States. Obama should talk about trade and must stop playing quiet games just to gain more votes: American workers are not dumb. He is no sutile on this as he should be. His positions reveal what benefits him now that he's on campaign but not what we voters are expecting to hear from him. Voting for McCain, as a democrat, I'm not thinking on Iran or Venezuela or Mexico, I'm thinking on what's best for my community.

Posted by: Helen | July 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

To OP. Obama already has been nominated. Have you been in coma for the last 6 weeks?

Posted by: Martin | July 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama should be visiting Latin America. The Bush administration neglected and forgot about Latin America only to focus on Europe and Asia. I mean another US visit to Britain?

There are narco-terrorists and paramilitary terrorists a few miles from the US threatening Americans.

There are allies such as Columbia and Mexico being threatened by socialism and communism; in which one of those countries, Venezuela, just purchased weapons from Russia.

Then you have a mass drug and weapons import, export business which includes Ak-47s and rocket launchers in the hands of paramilitary and narco-terrorists.

While people in Asia and Europe are living like kings, our neighbors still live in the third world.

I like what McCain is doing, I know Obama and McCain back Europe and Asia but on the rest of the Americas? McCain wins...maybe Obama wants to keep "experimenting"

Posted by: McCain08 | July 2, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm paranoid, but it seems exceedingly curious to me that McSame decides to take a trip to Colombia which has various political writers quizzically scratching there heads as to its purpose, and it just happens that there is a rescue of hostages - - including three Americans - - from a terrorist group. Do you think it may turn out that the old guy will now just happen to appear on the network and cable news programs discussing the War on Terror, how America is winning, how we need the steady hand of a proven warrior to keep up progress, etc. in the context of stories on the rescue which would normally have very little connection, in the mind of Americans, to the presidential campaign. How very Rovian - - free air time, on the Republican terroism scare topic.

Posted by: RPEwing | July 2, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain is in Colombia to greet the hostages the Army just freed from the Rebels.

Posted by: jdcw | July 2, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Columbian cocaine sales have allowed the CIA to become the world's largest terrorist organization. But cocaine sales are down. The CIA has moved to making their money selling Afghanistan's heroin now. Will McCain go there next?
Stop using drugs. By using drugs you're funding terrorism.

Posted by: DWayne | July 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

So it's time Sen Amnesty John McCain The
Great Hispanic Panderer as well as Democrat
World Class Hispanic Panderer Waffler Flip!
Flop! Barack Hussein Obama both get their
worthless butts back to dealigng the real issues facing the American people today, instead of playing world traveler and them
pretending they are President here and now.

And it's damn time WAPO and the rest of the
Equally Worthless So-Called Mainstream Media Start Covering The Issues Not Such
Phony Nonsense as "Obama Goes To Europe" or
"Amndesty John McCain Goes to Columbia and
Mexico To Recruit More Illegal Aliens To
Take American Workers Jobs" BS or we can damn sure end up with a carbon copy of the
War Criminal Total Incompetent Drug Addict
and Alcoholic George W Bush and Mad Man Draft Dodger Cheney Administration again!
Wake Up McCain and Obama your not running to be elected El Presidente For Life of
Mexico or President of The World here.

Posted by: Sherry Kay 2004 | July 2, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is McCain in Columbia?
Posted by: aBigSAM | July 2, 2008 12:59 PM
______________________________________

Cindy's stash is running low?

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey Longtime DC resident,
how long is a long time, in DC that is?
Anyone that's been in DC for more than 20 years has snorted their share!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!
What are you, and Obama boy-toy?
Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 2:33 PM
_______________________________

Wonderful!!!

Posted by: harried | July 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Some 15-20 million Americans of hispanic origin will vote this november. That's why.

We hispanics keep close ties with our relatives all over Latin America. And we care deeply about many issues: immigration, and trade, of course. But we are also concerned about the rise of communists in many Latin American countries, and the nasty alliances they have with organized crime and international terrorism.

So, it is very refreshing to see a presidential candidate giving Latin America the importance it deserves.

Posted by: berrymonster | July 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

These are John McCain's own words spoken on msnbc.com:

"I didn't really love America until I was deprived of her company."

See the video for yourself at:

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/06/22/mccains-unpatriotic-words-caught-on-tape/

Now, we see that Michelle Obama is just as patriotic as John McCain. Anyone who denies this after seeing it with their own eyes is denying reality.

Posted by: caliguy55 | July 2, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

McShame, is working for his fareastern interest,you people still don't get it that Mcbrainwash is the manchurian canditate, he must be deprogrammed before it's to late for our country,remember when the japs, bomb pearl, that did it by the element of surprise,and Mcsame handlers (NVA) know that their investment might just pay off now!and please Sen. Obama enought of this praiseing of McSAme bs war experience,he was basically on sick call for them five years,we called them the Sick.the Lame.and the lazy

Posted by: Horny for hannity | July 2, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Longtime DC Resident writes: Obama did not show up and express a position on immigration reform, but his mentor Ted Kennedy did.

and who was Ted Kennedy's co-sponsor on immigration reform legislation? none other than John McSame.

Posted by: eomcmars | July 2, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Are you totally delusional or just a lier. Obama and Clinton have been in and out of Washington their whole campaigns participation on votes. They were just there last week. Mccain as usual was a no show, he has been a no show for months. It is due to his age and not being able to campaign and even keep up in the smallest way with his duties as a senator. His people have all but admitted it. What is he going to do if he is elected? HE can't handle it now.
Please, enough with the lies, OK?

++++++++++

HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH!!!!

What are you, and Obama boy-toy?

Obama just bothers to show up when he happens to be campaigning near the DC area, like a few weeks ago in VA.

Hmmm . . .he was in Ohio yesterday and Missouri the day before, did hw stop by DC on his way there?

NOOOOOOO.....

Please, stop being such an empty-head follower of your messiah and start looking at the issues one by one and the record of the two candidates - that, more than anything they say plays into who I support for President.

If Obama is against trade agreements and is voting against trade agreements, or does not shows up when trade agreements bills are up on the Senate floor, that tells me MORE about his stance on trade than any rehtoric he might pull up his arse in Ohio about trade, or any explanation he might want to give YOU.

You are falling for his words, some of us choose not to.

Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why Obama has the Hispanic vote by more than 30%, he's done nothing, said nothing that is different than what any other candidate has said regarding issues that concern Hispanics. He's never been to Latin America and has the exact same position on immigration as McCain. Obama's flip-flopped on public finance, nuclear energy and I'm sure when he's elected he'll flip flop on this Trade Agreement as well

Posted by: Derrick | July 2, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Are you totally delusional or just a lier. Obama and Clinton have been in and out of Washington their whole campaigns participation on votes. They were just there last week. Mccain as usual was a no show, he has been a no show for months. It is due to his age and not being able to campaign and even keep up in the smallest way with his duties as a senator. His people have all but admitted it. What is he going to do if he is elected? HE can't handle it now.
Please, enough with the lies, OK?

++++++++++
Funny, because Hussein hasn't showed up since before the primaries began in January.

Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 2:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Well I know quite a few Latino American's that would not vote for McShame, They are intelligent came legaly, The think McShame is some kind of joke the GOP has played on them, Country First? You are just mad, Hillary blew it

Posted by: RaferJanders | July 2, 2008 1:48 PM
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Not this one.

Obama is wrong on trade.

Obama did not show up and express a position on immigration reform, but his mentor Ted Kennedy did.

Obama is OK letting freindly countries like Mexico, where we get 15-20% of our oil, go to hell by threathening to pull the plug on NAFTA.

Obama has said nothing about Colombia and our relations with Latin America.

Obama was a drug user experimenting with cocaine for 7 years in his youth - hardly the type of leader we need to help other countries get rid of their and OUR drug problem.

Posted by: Longtime DC Resident | July 2, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should make a trip to Washington, D.C. and actually do a day's work in the Senate for the first time in months.

Posted by: jbloom | July 2, 2008 2:07 PM
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Funny, because Hussein hasn't showed up since before the primaries began in January.

Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe he should make a trip to Washington, D.C. and actually do a day's work in the Senate for the first time in months.

Posted by: jbloom | July 2, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Grace, Obama is crushing McCain among hispanics 59-29 according to the latest Gallup poll. My family members will be among the Hispanics voting for Obama in Florida.

Posted by: Jason | July 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

colOmbia, people. colUmbia is the university, and any number of cities/townships across the country. ugh.

back to the issue:

st john's connection to colombia:

The co-host of a recent top-dollar fundraiser for Sen. John McCain oversaw the payment of roughly $1.7 million to a Colombian paramilitary group that is today designated a terrorist organization by the United States.

Carl H. Lindner Jr., the billionaire Cincinnati businessman, was CEO of Chiquita Brands International from 1984 to 2001, and remained on the company's board of directors until May 2002. Beginning under his tenure, Chiquita executives paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (known by the Spanish acronym AUC), which is described by George Washington University's National Security Archive as an "illegal right-wing anti-guerrilla group tied to many of the country's most notorious civilian massacres."

Following a Justice Department indictment last year, Chiquita admitted to illegally funding the paramilitaries and agreed to pay a $25 million fine. Chiquita's payments to the AUC began in 1997 and lasted seven years; roughly half of the funds came after the group was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. State Department in 2001.

Posted by: linda | July 2, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's a message:

John McCloneBush -- more senile than W; meaner than Cheney

Vote for me if you want your kids to die in another stupid war.

Posted by: jeffp | July 2, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Well I know quite a few Latino American's that would not vote for McShame, They are intelligent came legaly, The think McShame is some kind of joke the GOP has played on them, Country First? You are just mad, Hillary blew it

Posted by: RaferJanders | July 2, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If you want a communist as president, get taxed up your hiney, protectionist trade policy, retreat from Iraq and Afganistan before these two countries are strong enough and have the plunge into furher and endless caos, then Obama is your best candidate.

If you want tiy keep you job, make your company prosper, amke the US competitive in the WORLD economy and finally put an end to the Iraq War, McCain would be your best candidate.

Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, B.O...sniff, sniff, you stink!

Posted by: Michelle | July 2, 2008 1:33 PM

************

Barack is going *sniff*sniff* on some white powder imported by manufactured by Colombians, imported by Mexicans, and distributed by Americans.

That is Obama's idea of "free trade" and "stimulating the US economy."

Posted by: There's an Obama is in my kitchen, whatcha Ima gonna do? | July 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

If you have children or medical needs, Obama would be your best candidate.

If you own a lot of assets, or have a lot of income, McCain would be your best candidate.

Posted by: Truth | July 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why does anyone go to Colombia? To score drugs of course. McSame is feeding his habit.

Posted by: Yuri Lipitzmeov | July 2, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I have the message that might work.

No to Amnesty. No to McCain.

Giving fence jumpers preferential treatment over their countrymen who have had the grace and decency to wait in line and respect America and her laws is just bad. It violates the American ideals of equal rights and justice. And it means that the country is filled with criminals who have no compunction about breaking the law.

Reform immigration like welfare was. A strict five year window where laws get progressively enforced tougher and touger. No drivers licenses. Increasing penalties for businesses and individuals who hire illegals. We shouldn't deport 12-20 million people. And we don't need to punish them. But we shouldn't reward them either. Creating an environment where they decide to go home and get at the back of the line is the only fair and decent thing to do, for all parties considered.

A few more police shootings and Arizona will be in play in the general. Perhaps McCain will get the message then!

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 2, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

People who are criticizing McCains visit to Colombia and Mexico clearly are in it for selfish reasons, they simplay want these two countries to FAIL fighting marxist guerillas and drug traffickers so they can buy a gram or eihthball of heroin or cocaine or methamphetamine cheaper with their local neighborhood drug dealer.

Obama might go back to "experimenting" for another 8 years like he did earlier in his life after he pulls all aid and free trade accords from them.

$5 BAGGIES, I GOT YOUR $5 BAGGIES!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: 761-091 | July 2, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Why? Someone from La Raza infiltrated his campaign and convinced him it was the "District of Columbia." Because he's weak with Republicans, he'll rush anywhere, like DC, to get Democratic votes. Somehow, he believes they'll vote for him.

Posted by: Emilio Santana | July 2, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

McCain = FEAR
Obama = HOPE
Clinton = FAIL

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, B.O...sniff, sniff, you stink!

Posted by: Michelle | July 2, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is McCain in Colombia? Indeed the more crucial question that must be asked is why does McCain want to be president of the United States?

McCain's campaign thus far has failed to offer even a single reason for electing him president. We do not know what his vision for the future of our nation is; we do not know what he imagines he will contribute to securing the future for our children.

We do know that McCain is abysmally inept at all things economic: he has said so himself and his laughable proposals on energy and the pandering gas tax holiday prove him out. He does not have an inkling about the newly developing information economy or about the environment. His notions about appointing Supreme Court justices like Scalia and Alito who would demolish a woman's right to choose are dangerous and out of step with the public.

McCain is shockingly ignorant in international affairs. He repeatedly mixed up Shi'ia and Sunni when visiting the Middle East this spring and tried to make a bone-headed connection between Iran and al Qeda in Iraq. Most importantly, McCain thinks that it would be acceptable to have U.S. forces stay in Iraq for 100 hundred years because that occupation would not be a "shooting war." He simply is not the foreign policy expert he would like us to believe.

McCain has no rationale for running for president other than the fact that he has done it before. This is not a good enough reason. We should reject him resoundingly.

Posted by: dee | July 2, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I just loved McCain's comment: "I'm very strong on the economy," he said. "I understand it. I have a lot more experience than my opponent."
This is the man who said not too long ago he knew nothing about economics. He doesn't know how most of Americans live. He hasn't had to worry about money ever. His father was an admiral; wife #2 has more money than most. So, he thinks he knows about the economy? Cut off his senator's income; take away his wife's money; put him in low-rent housing living off a small social security pension that never keeps up with inflation and see how he does. Then he can talk about the economy.
Obama knows hard times -- been there, done that. So have I. McCain, try living off of one meal a day while working and wondering whether you have enough money to pay rent, utilities, etc. I did that in my 20's and I'll never forget those times and how hard it was.
Blue collar workers, pensioners, everyone facing hard times should no more vote Republican than the hens in the coop should vote for a coyote.

Posted by: abby0802 | July 2, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you should look at the front page of today's Miami Herald, where you would see the headline, "McCain uses trip to court Latino support."

Posted by: Manuel | July 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

OP wrote: I am a Hillary supporter who will vote for McCain...
---------------------------------

Anybody who would vote for McCain is not a genuine Hillary supporter, because McCain's ideological and policy positions are for the most part antithetical to what Hillary stands for. Hillary has been very clear about this. She is now working to elect Obama.

Posted by: Patrick | July 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This article asks the right question, but utterly lacks in imagination. With Alvaro Uribe pressuring his courts to allow a special election that could extend his rule past 2010, and with the FARC leadership in turmoil, our multibillion dollar investment in Colombia is finally giving us a reliable military beachhead in South America.

That beachhead, of course, shares a thousand-mile border with Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, who hates our guts and yet is our 5th largest oil exporter as the price per barrel heads toward $200. [Mexico, also on McCain's itinerary, is our 3rd largest exporter.]

So, what's up? McCain is laying the political groundwork for a successful overthrow of Chavez from our base in Colombia. The same general strategy is underway in Iran, where Sy Hersh has highlighted our covert operations in-country.

Along with our occupation of Iraq, the United States is in the midst of a military scramble for oil. Colombia, under Uribe, is central to any viable military strategy for ensuring that Venezuela's spigots remain open, either with a cornered Chavez or via his orchestrated disappearance.

Posted by: jon | July 2, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

U.S. CONSTITUTION - WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES


DEMOCRAT $24 BARREL OF OIL
DEMOCRAT $1.50 A GALLON OF GASOLINE


OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
OIL WAS $24 A BARREL WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE


A GALLON OF GASOLINE WAS $1.50 WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
A GALLON OF GASOLINE WAS $1.50 WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE
A GALLON OF GASOLINE WAS $1.50 WHEN DEMOCRATS LEFT OFFICE

GOP REPUBLICANS TOOK OFFICE TO CHANGE OIL TO $145 A BARREL
GOP REPUBLICANS TOOK OFFICE TO CHANGE GASOLINE TO $4.50 A GALLON


GOP REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL
GOP REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL
GOP REPUBLICAN $145 BARREL OF OIL

A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $4.50 UNDER THE GOP REPUBLICANS
A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $4.50 UNDER THE GOP REPUBLICANS
A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $4.50 UNDER THE GOP REPUBLICANS

YOU DO THE MATH AND DECIDE IF TEXAS OIL MILLIONAIRES WARRANT INVESTIGATIONS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND STEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES TREASURY.


GOP REPUBLICAN ABUSIVE POWER AND BLIND GREED RUN AMOK TO TRANSFER THE AMERICAN ECONOMY INTO THE PRIVATE CAPITALISTIC POCKETS OF THE SUPER RICH WHO OWNS AND RUNS WALL STREET.


GOP REPUBLICANS ARE MANIPULATING THE MARKET SYSTEM TO MAKE THE MANY (95 PERCENT OF AMERICAN CITIZENS) SUFFER AND SERVE THE SUPERWEALTHY FEW (5 PERCENT WALL STREET SUPERCAPITALISTS).


GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN-BUSH III TRILLION DOLLAR WAR CRISIS


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


NO MORE GOP REPUBLICAN LIES, CONSPIRACIES, AND GRAND LARCENIES.


GOP REPUBLICAN $155 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $175 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $195 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $215 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $235 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $255 BARREL OF OIL SPECULATIONS


GOP REPUBLICAN $4.50 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $5.00 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $5.50 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $6.00 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $6.50 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS
GOP REPUBLICAN $7.00 A GALLON GASOLINE SPECULATIONS


WHEN DOES IT STOP IF EVER?


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET GREED SPECULATION DOES NOT WORK.
GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET GREED SPECULATION IS HURTING AMERICA.
GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET GREED SPECULATION IS HURTING OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.


STOP GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OIL SPECULATIONS TODAY
STOP GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OIL SPECULATIONS TODAY
STOP GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET OIL SPECULATIONS TODAY


GOP REPUBLICAN OIL ADDICTION HAS BECOME THE NEW CRACK DRUG AND WE BETTER GET OFF SOON
GOP REPUBLICAN OIL ADDICTION HAS BECOME THE NEW CRACK DRUG AND WE BETTER GET OFF SOON
GOP REPUBLICAN OIL ADDICTION HAS BECOME THE NEW CRACK DRUG AND WE BETTER GET OFF SOON


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS AMERICAN JOB OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.
NATIONALIZE U.S. OIL FOR NATIONAL DEFENSE.


CLEAN NUCLEAR ELECTRIC ENERGY IS THE ANSWER


WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES.


BARACK OBAMA WILL BRING BACK OUR UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


GOP REPUBLICAN WALL STREET MILLIONAIRES ARE PAYING THEMSELVES $10,000,000 BONUSES FROM MONEY STOLEN FROM THE U.S. TREASURY, WHILE SENDING OUR AMERCAN JOBS OVERSEAS. RECKLESS OUTSOURCING IS DESTROYING AMERICAN MANUFACTURING AND THE AMERICAN ECONOMY.


STOP GOP REPUBLICAN MCCAIN FROM SELLING OUR AMERICA.


This remarkable unleashing of deep Democratic energies went hand in hand with clever GOP Republican efforts to subvert the will of the American People, whether by overt corruption or covert manipulation. This corruption or manipulation resulted from the widespread market activity that was incompatible with the good of the American Public. American Citizens were well aware that the voices of the People could be offset by powerful GOP Republican market elites bending the system to serve the interests of the few. The economic power of the GOP Republicans were recognized to be the primary source of Wall Street speculators' corruptions.

Democratic dialogue was motivated by opposition to the market-driven greedy GOP Republicans obsessed with obscene quantity of moneymaking with little regard for the quality of the Public's Democracy. Democratic love of wisdom was contrasted sharply against the GOP Republicans love of money.

Posted by: GOP Republican Trillion Dollar War | July 2, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

We are a life long Democratic family... All of us are voting for McCain in November.

You're not Democrats then.

You're just morons.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is McLame In Colombia?

Chimpy ran out of cocaine.

Posted by: Tom3 | July 2, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Did the McCain campaign chose Colombia because of the influence of his chief political advisor, Charlie Black, who headed a PR firm that earned millions of dollars in fees by the government of Colombia?

Posted by: brett | July 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Catholics are voting for McCain. They make up 30% of the Democratic party. He went to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine. Latinos are listening to McCain on Spanish TV and radio. This story has been running big for weeks in the Latino community.

Latinos especially 35 years old with families are supporting McCain. This is very important for McCain to win Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico with the Latino vote.

We hear you McCain. We voted for Hillary in the primary and now that Obama dumped her as V.P. we are voting and contributing and organizing for McCain.

Posted by: Grace | July 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is in Columbia because fascists all around the world share the same Christian family values.

Posted by: John Rowland | July 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

People don't change, Since they were married Mccain has just lived off his wife like he did his family when he was young. Even his political career was bought for him. He has "NEVER" in his life personally created, built, or accomplished anything on his own. If he had been born into the circumstances of Obama he would have just lived a life on welfare and died of drugs and alcohol. Hell, he has already spent most of his life as an alcoholic as it is. Please, tell me what business he has built or anything he has ever accomplished on his own? Even with no responsibilities, no pressures and everything being paid for, the best he could do in school was to finish 896 out of a class of 899. My God, you can;t want this man for your president. Wake up. he wasn't even smart enough to raise the money to run for president with out his wife giving him an allowance. Jesus H Christ, step back and look at this man you want to vote for, is there something wrong with you people.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain went to Mexico and Colombia to solidify the Latino vote. McCain went to the famous Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

We are a life long Democratic family. We are Latino and Catholic. All of us are voting for McCain in November. We live in N.Y., California and Florida.

Obama will lose Florida in November but more importantly he will lose the swing state suburban Hispanic vote and campaign contributions. Hispanics wanted Hillary Clinton to be V.P. but since she's not on the ticket we're voting McCain.

McCain comes from a large Hispanic state and his is politically astute when it comes to this Hispanic constituency. This trip will help McCain win Colorado and New Mexico in the fall.

Posted by: Grace | July 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

You go McCain.

I am a Hillary supporter who will vote for McCain if the Dems foolishly nominate Obama, who is simply not qualified to be President.

County first, party second.

Posted by: OP | July 2, 2008 12:55 PM

+++++++++++++++++++++++

Why thank you for your support. If I don't win, I won't be able to start a 3rd war against Iran, I won't be able to pander to large oil companies, and I won't be able to extend Bush's tax cuts to the wealthy. You're a good American for supporting such great causes. Thank you.

Posted by: McCain_08 | July 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

OP: Wow, you really believe the old adage, 'All politics is local", don't you.

Posted by: GregV | July 2, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Why is McCain in Columbia? I feel two more important questions are why are we in Iraq, and why are we sabre rattling against Iran? With al Quada growing again, the Taliban gaining strength, our military stretched to the point where our soldiers are on their 3 and 4th tour of duty, it makes no sense.

We were winning in Afghanistan. All we needed to do was mop up, build some schools and hospitals, get bin Laden, and come home with an ally and good standing in world opinion. But no! We have to go and squander all that by making war against an enemy who posed no immediate threat, torture our POW's, build secret prisons, abandon our treaties, and adapt a posture like a schoolyard bully on a rampage.

Am I a dove? Not really. The war in Afghanistan was a necessary and noble campaign. Iraq was a counterbalance against Iran though, and by toppling it, we put ourselves between a swarm of bees and a herd of bulls.

We need to finish the job in Afghanistan, and that should be our priority. If Iraq suffers a set back, oh well. We'll have to just get back to that problem later when we've solved the first problem. It was really stupid to go out on such thin ice needlessly.

And to make matters worse. some politicians seem to be sabre rattling against Iran, when we're still mired in two unfinished wars already. Go figure.

Posted by: aBigSAM | July 2, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

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These women rock.

Posted by: tk | July 2, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

You go McCain.

I am a Hillary supporter who will vote for McCain if the Dems foolishly nominate Obama, who is simply not qualified to be President.

County first, party second.

Posted by: OP | July 2, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The latest round of polls find split decision in Florida but Obama winning in Virginia: http://campaigndiaries.com/2008/07/01/tuesday-polls-split-florida-polls-dole-increases-lead-though-nc-is-a-presidential-toss-up/

Posted by: Dan | July 2, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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