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Yes We Can? Not So Fast, Says McCain


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), signs autographs as an audience members passes a book forward during a campaign stop at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo., July 17, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Juliet Eilperin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In case the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee is casting about for a new slogan, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has a suggestion for him: "No, we can't."

Speaking before an audience of several hundred supporters in the enormous hall of Union Station, a train station and museum here, McCain provided plenty of red meat for Missouri Republicans as he mocked Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for taking liberal stands of issues ranging from abortion to health care and taxes.

Joking that Obama has adopted the campaign theme, "Yes we can," McCain said the Democrat's opposition to suspending the federal gas tax and to offshore drilling means he should rethink his usual refrain. "I think we should change it: 'No we can't,'" McCain said. "'No we won't.'"

In making the argument, McCain is hitting at an Obama strength. In the latest Post-ABC News poll, 79 percent said Obama is more of an "optimist," while 54 percent said so of McCain and a third called McCain a "pessimist" (12 percent expressed no opinion).

McCain also touted his support for conservative priorities, saying the U.S. should begin drilling as soon as possible for oil and gas off its coasts as long as the states in question agree to the exploration. And he faulted Congress for failing to act on the matter, saying that when it comes to bringing down high gas prices, Congress "is doing nothing for you, nothing."

"Why isn't our government doing something for us?" McCain asked, referring to his gas tax holiday proposal. "You know what they're doing in Washington? They're gridlocking it. They're gridlocking it."

Saying that Obama "has the most extreme record of any member of the United States Senate," McCain questioned why, as a state senator, Obama voted to allow a controversial late-term abortion procedure that opponents call "partial-birth abortion."

"My friends, that's a hideous procedure that we should never allow any place on earth," he said. "You can count on my active advocacy for the rights of the unborn."

McCain also emphasized his support for adoption, saying that when it comes to making sure abortions don't take place, "Those of us who are pro-life also believe you should make adoption possible for young women facing a very, very tough decision."

When one questioner asked a rambling question about the "onslaught" of sexualized culture in the U.S., and alleged that Obama had supported "the sex industry," McCain defended his opponent before elaborating on his own opposition to child pornography on the Internet.

"I do not believe that's the case of Senator Obama's record. I have no evidence of that, and I give him the benefit of the doubt," McCain said, adding that he has tried to protect Americans from sexual content by passing legislation aimed at curbing child pornography on the Web.

"There are no constitutional protections for people engaged in Internet child pornography," McCain said. "I will do everything in my power, including internationally, including an international agreement that will say we will act together to combat human trafficking, that is on the rise, as well as Internet child pornography."

McCain ended the town hall meeting by calling on the two parties to work together -- though he then proceeded to make fun of his congressional colleagues, saying that while they're gridlocked and incapable of acting on American's behalf, "There are two things Congress never misses: recess and a pay raise."

He then voted to return to Missouri several times as he tries to defeat Obama, who consistently leads him in national polls.

"Have no doubt how important this state is," the senator told the crowd. "I'm the underdog in this race. I'm the underdog, that's what I love. They counted me as dead several times, they buried me several times."

The crowd erupted in applause, with many of them rising to give him a standing ovation.

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 17, 2008; 1:44 PM ET
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McCain is a coward. He has no core beliefs, his positions change with every poll (immigration? drilling?). Any shift in the wind can move him. He's older than dirt and now is to the right of Bush on Iraq. The worlds leaders and thugs laugh at him.

Posted by: FLRepublican | July 20, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a coward. He has no core beliefs, his postitions change with every poll. Any shift in the wind can move him. Noone respects him. The worlds leaders and thugs laugh at him.

Posted by: reason | July 20, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

No need for such a long blog that was copied. The world and people are not stupid. Perhaps we all know more than allot of Americans. And to our neighbors, you will never win over the people of Iraq. History should tell you that, WE are not welcome, and you invaded a country for no reason. Bow out now, show the world, the people of America are helpers not war mongers. Your President screwed up big time, "Not the people". The world knows that to. You have sacrificed so very much for no reason. Bless you all, especially all the families of brave young men and women that are fighting for you America.

Posted by: justadad55+ | July 18, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

America wake up, you look so bad around the world.Youve put youreself in this big pedestall.You were told you will be welcomed us liberators instead there were bullets flying all over you went.the ball is in your court do you enjoy spending the 10 billions a month lets keep up and see how long you will last in this war of freedom.when people want freedom they will fight for it.iraqis didnt ask you to go there but your ego told you we need to go there hows is it working for you

Posted by: Shelby Ogoli | July 17, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain All The Way wrote: "McCain, He will restore trust, faith, praise, belief, honor, and so much more to the Republican Party! He is "the one!""

I tell you what: restore trust, faith, praise, belief, and honor to the Republican party, *then* ask us to vote Republican again.

As you admit, you currently have none of these qualities.

Posted by: drossless | July 17, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain,

He will restore trust, faith, praise, belief, honor, and so much more to the Republican Party! He is "the one!"

America is ready for him to be President and He is ready to be President.

Obama is NOT ready to be president. He needs A LOT more experience to be president of a country like the U.S.A.

Posted by: McCain ALL THE WAY! | July 17, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Creed? what are you... Batman?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 17, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is still not concerned about corruption in government.

Posted by: Siren | July 17, 2008 7:00 PM

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Why would he be concerned about himself!?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

First it was the Keating 5. Did John learn his lesson? Apparently not. Hiring lobbyist Juan Carlos Benitez, a big fund raising bundler with ties to Jack Abramoff, and who took hundreds of thousands of dollars from Guam to do the exact same job his wife had been hired to do seems to indicate John is still not concerned about corruption in government.

Posted by: Siren | July 17, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Loooks like McCain has a serious Jack Abramoff problem

After perusing the Fundraising Disclosure filed by John McCain's camp yesterday, one particular name jumped out: Juan Carlos Benitez, a lobbyist, lawyer, and Jack Abramoff recommendation to a top post at the Justice Department.

Benitez was appointed as Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in 2001, where he strongly supported former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales-- even after the firings of the eight U.S. Attorneys had been made public.

According the the disclosure, Benitez has raised raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for Sen. McCain's bid for the presidency.

UPDATE:According to the blog Fired Up America, Benitez was lobbying for the island of Guam at the same time that his wife was a special adviser on economic policy at the Department of the Interior, responsible for helping improve economic conditions on that island. "Mr. Benitez received a fee of $125,000 per month from the taxpayers of Guam, to arrange meetings that the taxpayers of the United States and Guam were already paying his wife to undertake."

Posted by: Siren | July 17, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Its funny to hear people say that democrats are ruining our country when republicans have had all of the power for 7 of the last 8 years. Republican leaders have been pissing down their legs and telling them its raing for so long that most of these tools actually believe its democrats fault. Truly entertaining

Posted by: ottonomus maximus | July 17, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain = FEAR
Obama = HOPE
Clinton = FAIL

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Vote for McCain. Obama is no good.

Posted by: Hillary | July 17, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is not a perfect man. He is not omniscient. He is however, the better man of the two that are running for President.

John McCain is too old, too slow, too lazy, and just too darn cranky to be the leader of the Free World.

VOTE OBAMA and not cranky pants McLame.

Posted by: Lase R. Beem | July 17, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"I do not believe that's the case of Senator Obama's record. I have no evidence of that, and I give him the benefit of the doubt," McCain Said......

dont provide facts, just be extremely suggestive to deamonize Obama.....

McCain cant beat Obama on the issues so he has to attack him on a personal level...

heres some other facts
The past couple of weeks have been especially difficult when it comes to McCain flip-flops.
* McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he's against it.
* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.
* McCain thought Bush's warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.
* McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)
Wait, I'm not done with the last two weeks yet....

* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.
* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.
* He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."
* McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.
And these come after these other reversals from April and May:
* McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.
* McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain supported moving "towards normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.
* He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.
* McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.
* He wanted political support from radical televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.
* McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.
And these are the flip-flops I've noticed earlier:
* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."
* McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.
* McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.
* In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.
* McCain has changed his economic worldview on multiple occasions.
* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions.
* McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.
* McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off than they were before Bush took office.
* McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.
* McCain believes his endorsement from radical televangelist John Hagee was both a good and bad idea.
* McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.
* McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal.
* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.
* McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.
* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.
* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.
* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.
* McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."
* McCain said he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."
* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.
* McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.
* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.
* McCain used to oppose Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.
* On a related note, he said 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.
* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.
* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.
* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.
* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.
* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.
* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.
ï‚· McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

The RNC and the McCain camp keep pointing on the fact that Obama voted to raise taxes 94 times....But here's the TRUTH behind it
After looking at every one of the 94 votes that the RNC includes in its tally, we find:
ï‚· Twenty-three were for measures that would have produced no tax increase at all; they were against proposed tax cuts.
ï‚· Seven of the votes were in favor of measures that would have lowered taxes for many, while raising them on a relative few, either corporations or affluent individuals.
ï‚· Eleven votes the GOP is counting would have increased taxes on those making more than $1 million a year - in order to fund programs such as Head Start and school nutrition programs, or veterans' health care.
ï‚· The GOP sometimes counted two, three and even four votes on the same measure. We found their tally included a total of 17 votes on seven measures, effectively padding their total by 10.
ï‚· The majority of the 94 votes - 53 of them, including some mentioned above - were on budget measures, not tax bills, and would not have resulted in any tax change. Four other votes were non-binding motions related to conference report negotiations.

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS
Here's how the average tax bill could change in 2009 if either John McCain's or Barack Obama's tax proposals were fully in place.
MCCAIN OBAMA
Income Avg. tax bill Avg. tax bill
Over $2.9M -$269,364 +$701,885
$603K and up -$45,361 +$115,974
$227K-$603K -$7,871 +$12
$161K-$227K -$4,380 -$2,789
$112K-$161K -$2,614 -$2,204
$66K-$112K -$1,009 -$1,290
$38K-$66K -$319 -$1,042
$19K-$38K -$113 -$892
Under $19K -$19 -$567
Source:The Tax Policy Center

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | July 17, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Every time he utters the words "my friends", I get a chill.

Just because he "can't", doesn't mean we "can't".


Yes we can, John McCain.

Obama 2008

Posted by: Susan | July 17, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Just like when he said he has "the highest rating from every veteran's organization" or that his campaign "answers literally every survey" McCain continues to lie about things big and small. Not that this is a particularly pleasant example, and you can agree or disagree with the decision, but he is certainly wrong to say there are no constitutional protections for those engaging in Internet child pornography:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashcroft_v._free_speech_coalition

Posted by: Danya | July 17, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think "Ray" (4:19PM) is sorta slow. Only people that vote for McCain are good...and we are evil if we vote for President-to-be Barack Obama.

Ray - get a grip on yourself...and no, not there!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

McCain has lost every war he has been in.

McCain was one of the lowest scoring military students ever.

McCain has one of the worst military records one could have - even with the support of his Admiral father. He knows how to act like his father, but has nothing to back it up with upstairs.

McCain has no business experience. NONE. He's never worked a real job. He knows very little about how america works.

McCain couldn't even read this website if he wanted to - he doesn't know how to use a computer. McCain is out of touch with america. He uses servants to attend to all his needs - he lives off his wife's and our money. Even when running for POTUS, he only works 3-4 days a week. Does he even want to be POTUS?!

McCain has only negative value to america as POTUS.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain - a good man? He was having sex with a woman 18 years younger than him while still married to his first wife - who was handicapped at that time. He chucked her for the rich blond bimbo with lotsa daddy's money so that he could run for office. What a sleazebag! War hero? Yes. Civilian hero? NO WAY.

Posted by: Big Bopper II | July 17, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

A vote for McCain is a vote for Jesus! Hallelujah brothers and sisters. Stay away from that demon seed Obama. Only righteous Republicans can get to Heaven - and only if the vote for McCain.

Oh...I think I see the rapture!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Don't some of you so called religious people call yourselve's christian's to me then say thay you are going to vote for Obama.
To me there is nothing christian about that.
What he stands for, his bs., his inexperience, his lack of knowledge,etc.,etc.,etc., you just name it.
Barack Obama does not deserve to be president of the this great an wonderful country!!!!
Vote for a real leader, a very good an decent man that has the experience, knowledge, integraty, honor, an the respect that desever's to the next president of this great an wonderful nation!!!!
Sen. John McCain will make us all very very proud to be American's!!!!
Vote for Sen. John McCain for our next president in Nov.!!!!

Posted by: Ray | July 17, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The past couple of weeks have been especially difficult when it comes to McCain flip-flops.

* McCain supported the drilling moratorium; now he's against it.

* McCain strongly opposes a windfall-tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

* McCain thought Bush's warrantless-wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

* McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

Wait, I'm not done with the last two weeks yet....

* McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

* McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

* He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

* McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

And these come after these other reversals from April and May:

* McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

* McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain supported moving "towards normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain believed the U.S. should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

* He argued the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

* McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.

* He wanted political support from radical televangelists like John Hagee and Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

* McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

And these are the flip-flops I've noticed earlier:

* McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

* McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

* McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

* In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

* McCain has changed his economic worldview on multiple occasions.

* McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions.

* McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

* McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off than they were before Bush took office.

* McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

* McCain believes his endorsement from radical televangelist John Hagee was both a good and bad idea.

* McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

* McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal.

* In February 2008, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

* McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

* McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

* On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own legislation.

* In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

* McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

* McCain said he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

* McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

* McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

* McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

* McCain used to oppose Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

* On a related note, he said 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

* In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

* McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

* McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

* McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

* McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

* McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

* McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

Posted by: McCain = Flip Flops | July 17, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain has honor and integrity? Ask his first wife and the other four members of the Keating Five.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 17, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

McCain's the flip-flopper...delux

He was against Bush tax cuts..now for them.
He was against lobbyists..now they run his campaign.
He was against torture..now for it.
He was against religious right...now sucks up to them.

McCain...Flip Flopper Delux

Posted by: A.Lincoln | July 17, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

"I think we should change it: 'No we can't,'"

My how terribly clever, did he think that up all by himself?

Posted by: JR | July 17, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What kind of lies is McCain spreading today? It all depends on what state and what audience he is talking to. This idiot will pander to whoever he is talking to- absolutley no principles at all.

Lord help us if he somehow gets elected.

Posted by: Bob H | July 17, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse


Sometimes I get really disillusioned with some of the hatred and anger that is espoused by some so called Christian Conservatives who claim to be crusaders for morality in America. However, I suppose that we have to be patient with those in our union who are still racist and intolerant since they also have the right to vote.

Coincidentally, I consider myself a "Christian Evangelical" but I guess I am rebellious since I don't believe that I should vote along party lines namely Repub. I let my conscience guide me. I also examine the candidate's willingness to be open, sincere and forthright and also admit when they made an error. That an indicator to me that the spirit of truth has influence on their decisions. And also, it's important that they are able to work with people who don't believe what they believe and RESPECT and represent them as well.

We have a mandate as Christians to go into the world and preach the gospel -- bring the good news to those who are hopeless. Not condemn them. Not judge them but through the love of Christ, minister as he did to everyone in need. Sometimes I think that the "Christian Right" lives in a bubble that is created with fear, racism and intolerance. It's sad and ineffective ministry and we will be judged at the end of it all by how well we serve one another in love.

If Jesus were here today most of us religious folk would have condemned him for his associations and his seeming liberal views. We have become so religious and stiff necked and have become wise in our own eyes. It's shameful and pointed as the world identifies us as hypocrites.

I know that some will argue that lawlessness should not be supported by us but that is not what I am advocating. Moreover even Paul said that he doesn't understand the mystery of sin. And there is no one who is without sin and no one who is in a position to judge or marginalize anyone. Apostle Paul also says - the heart of man is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things, who can know it? - and in Romans 17 - he said to mark those among you that cause division.

Through the love of Christ we can influence those who are lost and without hope.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I believe that love is the more excellent way.

I am the new face of the young conservative movement in this country and there are many like me! and Sen. Mccain will not have my vote!

Posted by: hope | July 17, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

.....and McCain just lost hundreds of thousands of independents.

Poor guy. He is really screwed and he keeps digging himself deeper by talking out of both sides of his mouth. The biggest issue people will have is that he voted for Bush's agenda 95% of the time and has surrounded himself with Bush's people! Then he tries to say he's not like Bush. (Unless he stumbles upon some isolated band of misfits who like Bush, of course).

I mean, does he think running as a "conservative Republican" is a positive these days? Who is advising this guy? This has got to be the most confused and worst campaign ever. And this is the retooled 2.0 version!

Posted by: dAVE | July 17, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Instead of attacking Obama, McCain should spend some time figuring out how he ended up following Obama's lead on national security. I thought he was supposed to be a "military expert". I can't understand why Obama's plans make more sense than his.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/17/opinion/17thu1.html?hp

Posted by: What?! | July 17, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

how sweeet it is... decided to go with the repug core. Sweet, in that at the repug convention coming up, Cheney and his pet monkey will be keynoting, and introducing McGoo, and rousing the faithful, a swirling amalgamation of ditto heads, raptuous and demonstrative of their rule. Like a Nazi salute fest, it will play out in Prime Time..... I know so many people, especially former repugs who get physically ill when they even hear the fake twang of Bush. It is going to be.... the game changer in a game that has already changed (Clinton's are gone).

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 17, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"McCain '08"?

Yeah, maybe for Senate. The old coot doesn't have a chance.

Posted by: zzz1204 | July 17, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that yesterday, McCain had nothing but nice things to say about Obama in front of the NAACP. But today, you would think McCain was a different person entirely! This is not the first time he's done this though. In front of Hispanics, he talks up his immigration reform goals. In front of Republican groups, emphasizes border security (read: fence) to keep immigrants out. Why is McCain so different in front of these different groups?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain '08

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

It's funny that McCain had nothing but nice things to say about Obama in front of the NAACP. But today, you would think McCain was a different person entirely! This is not the first time he's done this though. In front of Hispanics, he talks up his immigration reform goals. In front of Republican groups, emphasizes border security (read: fence) to keep immigrants out. Why is McCain so different in front of these different groups?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

theaz wrote: "Gotta love McCain, tells it like it is!

Obama flip-flop flip-flop, I'll tell you want I think you want to hear, except cheap oil.

Dems are ruining our economy oil is the life blood, gives us a transfusion until you invent that new blood for mass consumption!"
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A McCain supporter calling Obama a flip-flopper! LOL! That's rich. Nobody with a brain buys it, though, just like nobody with a brain buys the oil drilling scam which wouldn't drop the price of oil at all for at least 30 years and then only pennies. The Democrats are absolutely right to keep the oil industries from raping the American people and destroying the planet to enrich a few Republican-funding CEOs. Good for them!

Of course the oil companies are already sitting on 68,000,000 acres of land they aren't using, so what are they waiting for if it's so urgent? We can also start EXPORTING less oil. Mostly, though, we need to start transforming our energy infrastructure instead of forever sinking deeper into our addiction. We can't drill our way out of this tanked Republican economy, and you KNOW that.

Aren't you tired of mindlessly defending McBush's "policies", all of which are written by oil executives? Wake up, bro. I would suggest educating yourself instead of parroting FoxNews and braindead right-wing talking points.

Posted by: sequoia | July 17, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Whoever posted that Rasmussen silliness doesn't understand how Presidents are elected in the US. Obama is on course for a landlside victory with over 300 electoral votes.

Obama is winning ALL the 2004 Kerry states plus CO, NM, IA and OH. He's also VERY competetive in VA, ND, MT, NV, FL, NC and GA and will surely pull out a victory in at least one of them. Meanwhile, Hillary would have a hard time winning even slam-dunk Democratic states like OR, WI and MN against McCain.

Obama changes the map completely and he is by far the strongest candidate to go against McCain.

Get with the program.

Posted by: Shawn | July 17, 2008 2:44 PM

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excellent post! that is the way it is done people, information you can use to judge what is on the other side of t.v. land.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 17, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love McCain, tells it like it is!

Obama flip-flop flip-flop, I'll tell you want I think you want to hear, except cheap oil.

Dems are ruining our economy oil is the life blood, gives us a transfusion until you invent that new blood for mass consumption!

Posted by: theaz | July 17, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

this will only get better... remember, both Cheney and his pet monkey will be speaking to a rapatious repug convention in a short couple of months. Prime time. It will be so nauseating to those tuning in I am predicting the first "reverse" bump coming out of the convention.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 17, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Whoever posted that Rasmussen silliness doesn't understand how Presidents are elected in the US. Obama is on course for a landlside victory with over 300 electoral votes.

Obama is winning ALL the 2004 Kerry states plus CO, NM, IA and OH. He's also VERY competetive in VA, ND, MT, NV, FL, NC and GA and will surely pull out a victory in at least one of them. Meanwhile, Hillary would have a hard time winning even slam-dunk Democratic states like OR, WI and MN against McCain.

Obama changes the map completely and he is by far the strongest candidate to go against McCain.

Get with the program.

Posted by: Shawn | July 17, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It is being reported that the Dutch-Anglo oligarghy who controls elections around the world is planning to make Gore the Dem nominee at the convention next month while they get rid of Obama via scandals this month. The reason is because Gore works for them and will promote their agenda to privatize the U.S. for 100% profits as the economy is tanking and get rid of our system of government, both the Dem and GOP parties and the peoples' soverignty. Billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg is also another one of their employees and is ready to be placed where ever he is needed either Dem or GOP parties to do the same job as he's been privatizing NYC for the past 8 years.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I've long ago stopped listening to McCain - he doesn't have anything constructive to say. He spends his time criticizing Obama when he should be laying on his stand on the issues. He's truly become the old man yelling at clouds.

Posted by: JDB | July 17, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse


Har Har Har, isn't Grampa a hoot?

Posted by: sequoia | July 17, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

why is it that whenever you guys post a story about Obama the last line is a rebuttal from McCain's camp and whenever you post a story about McCain there is no such balance from Obama?

Posted by: chris | July 17, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

From Rasmussen:

However, McCain fares better against Obama than he does against two other prominent Democrats. New York Senator Hillary Clinton leads McCain by eight points, 50% to 42%. Former Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, leads McCain 50% to 43%.
These numbers help explain why Election 2008 is competitive even though events so heavily favor the Democrats -- because the Republicans are on course to nominate their strongest possible general election candidate but the Democrats are not. Perhaps even more importantly, the data suggests that voters don't see a potential McCain Administration as the third term of President Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

like a bad episode of Battle Star Galactica!

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 17, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain is so sad - whatever happened to the real McCain?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 17, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain is no longer funny: he is more and more pathetic. He seems to have no clue that the ideas he proposing have already failed and gotten the country into the present mess.
He is fast becoming as irrelevent as Bush and he hasn't even been officially nominated yet.

Posted by: William Stickney | July 17, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

This sort of mean and nasty politics could begin to turn voters of to McCain;s message. Obama ha fallen into the typical` political trap, but at least he has refrained from personally blasting McCain with the cynical language seen here.

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

Posted by: matt | July 17, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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