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McCain Pa. Tour Skips Iconic Three Mile Island, Harley Plant

By Robert Barnes
YORK, Pa. -- Sometimes, the most convenient photo op for a campaign is politically inconvenient.

And so it was that on his two-day trip through Pennsylvania, Sen. John McCain's campaign plane yesterday banked over the iconic cooling towers of the Three Mile Island nuclear plant and landed in nearby Harrisburg with no thought of a side trip.

Thought McCain pushes for increased nuclear power each time he talks about the nation's energy woes, the nation's most recognizable plant -- and site of its most significant nuclear accident -- would have been a poor place to make the argument.

Instead, McCain held an event at a GE plant in Erie, Pa., making more energy-efficient locomotives.

And this morning, despite his new-found love for bikers, he will skip the Harley-Davidson plant in York that has become a favorite stop for politicians, and hold a town meeting instead.

Democrats are trying to make an issue of it, running a radio ad in Pennsylvania highlighting McCain's opposition to "Buy American" provisions that would have required the government to purchase American-made motorcycles, among other things.

The ad highlights McCain's comments at a South Dakota biker rally, "Not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I will take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day."

"But when it comes to his record,'' an announcer says on the ad, "American-made motorcycles like Harleys don't matter to John McCain.''

It concludes, as motorcycles rev in the background, "It's time to hear the roar of a strong American economy again, and stop John McCain from shipping our jobs overseas.''

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 12, 2008; 11:46 AM ET
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OCB (ol' Cranky Bastard) should concentrate on his MAC lessons, History and Geography. His GAFFES are as big as lies that he tells. He is obviously suffering from CRS (Can't Remember Sh**) aka Alzheimer?s He should go lay down somewhere.

OCB flubed the name of Georgian President three times. OCB's people say he and the Georgian leader rode jet skis together” OCB even nominated Saakashvili for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. But in a speech yesterday, McCain mispronounced his name three times!!!!!!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6f5ng_mccain-flubs-name-of-georgian-presi_news

Duh! And this is who the GOP puts up against a Havard Grad? Good Luck with that GOP.!!! LOL!!

Posted by: notocb | August 13, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

"McCain may not be the best public speaker at times, but at least McCain has the guts to do real town hall debates with unscripted questions and answers."

Cryos - I saw that so called townhall on tv and could not beleive how evasive the 'straight-talk-express' was. He got a question on social security and gave a non-answer, something like i'll appoint a bipartisan committee. Then a student asked how he'd help college affordable and you guessed it ... another non-answer. Funny though, as he clearly evaded the question asked of him, a bunch of students got up and departed the event. If you call that straight talk then I think the 'express" has run you over and things apprear a bit fuzzy to you.

Posted by: McTireless | August 13, 2008 3:32 AM | Report abuse

Money and Sex for Political Ambitions

Adultery cast a shadow on a person's ethics. It does not necessarily mean that the offending person is a bad person but it defines one’s credibility and respect of the political office held or aspired for.

John McCain had a well-documented affair on his first wife, with his current wife. He even married her before a divorce was legally granted. Simply, because Cindy was young, beautiful and had money to support his political ambitions. But he then later went on to cheat on Cindy with a much young and beautiful lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

Vicki Iseman represented telecommunication companies on the Senate Commerce Committee that John chaired. They contributed tens of thousands of dollars to McCain's campaigns. In return, McCain championed de-regulation for them. He pressured the FCC to uphold marketing agreements that allows television companies to control two stations in the same city and introduced a bill to create tax incentives program for them. Two times, he tried to advance legislation that would permit a company to control television stations in overlapping markets. If John Edwards' political career is over, why isn't John McCain's? Is McCain credible enough to be trusted to serve as a President? Once a cheater, always a Cheater. My friends watch-out!

Posted by: jesse | August 12, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Drill! Surge! Drill! Surge! Drill! Surge! Tax breaks for the Rich! Tax breaks for the Oil Companies! Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran! It's funny John! Hilarious! We're all laughing with you John, not at you! That's the straight talk!

McCain 08!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I had to double check this article's location. By the tone in the article I figured it was in the op-ed or blogs section.

Posted by: Cryos | August 12, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"McCain is Bought and Paid for and that's why when he's asked a question he looks like a deer in headlights, he has to remember what he was paid to say."

McCain may not be the best public speaker at times, but at least McCain has the guts to do real town hall debates with unscripted questions and answers. That's more then can be said for Obama who refuses to since his very few adhoc speeches have been a disaster. I'll take a real debate over a teleprompter debate any day.

Posted by: Cryos | August 12, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Why waste time pressing the "...provisions that would have required the government to purchase American-made motorcycles..." point? The US and British armies wanted diesel bikes to fit their single fuel battlefield strategy. Do the homework! There's only one make & model in the whole world and it isn't made in the USA. No diesel cars are made in the USA, either. Who shall we blame for our gas guzzling ways? I don't think it's Senator McCain.

Posted by: Joe | August 12, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

And now onto McCain's plans for 46 new Nuclear Power Plants. Who is going to pay for these? If one plant costs about $13,000,000,000 then the total project to commission all of these plants would cost $598,000,000,000 - or slightly less than our current national debt.

Posted by: Firth | August 12, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

being an airline pilot who has flown dc9 jets into the airport in question, I would just like to point out that you have to fly near the cooling towers when making a "left base" turn while landing towards the west.

I wouldn't make much out of this connection at all...drop it from the article.

Posted by: jon | August 12, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if McCain wold consider building one of his McMansions across the river from Three Mile Island???

Posted by: EmmG | August 12, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

McCain preferrs the NOISE of 50,000 bikes and all their carbon dioxide to the free expression of people, Europeans or Americans!

Posted by: EmmG | August 12, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Not one press person said they were to go on the trip nor had they been on the last visit to troops. The pictures you saw of the basketball game was done by the military and they were free to do what they wanted with them. Every news person there basically said Mccain was a lier. Just fackcheck.org it, not you because you are the spredder of the lies and I doubt really care about the truth, but anyone else who is tired of being bullsh&ted by Mccain.

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"Slanderous lie. As reported in this very paper, a DOD official called the Obama campaign and asked him not to come because THEY (DOD) were concerned about politicizing wounded troops."

Wrong!! and why would you believe this far left wing paper anyway. The DoD told him not to bring all his press people ect, not to make it out like an publicity stunt. They said nothing about him not comming or any individual wanting to actually see the troops. Once Obama found out he couldn't bring in his cameras, he wanted no part of seeing the troops.

Posted by: John Doe | August 12, 2008 2:44 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

John McBush and the Repugs are owned by K-street. Fear, smear, division and more for the wealthiest among us has been their mantra since Reagan.

McCain is Bought and Paid for and that's why when he's asked a question he looks like a deer in headlights, he has to remember what he was paid to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgq5I8l6h7E&eurl=http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/8/12/132835/903/712/566784

Posted by: orangeclouds | August 12, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't really like Harleys. He just likes the beauty pageants at Sturgis.

Posted by: Susan | August 12, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

That is not exactly true. The safety systems failed, Gages were giving incorrect readings and nothing was working right. It was the skill of the workers taking things into their own hands that stopped what would have been a disaster. Fortunately they had people there who didn't wait to make phone calls or worried about covering their own asses, they took action. In the later attempt to cover up what really happened or at least minimize it, they never really got the recognition they deserved. This was a crew of real heros.

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YUP. THREE MILE ISLAND IS ICONIC. But, NOT in the imbecilic depiction of the uneducated, nor the Sierra Club demagogue/profiteers. It is ICONIC because it debunks the "lack of safety" horsemanure. Yes, an idiot worker screwed up, BUT, the safety mechanisms securely shut everything down. Number of resultant injuries & fatalities: ZERO.

Posted by: Rob Trenner | August 12, 2008 1:41 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

"Slanderous lie. As reported in this very paper, a DOD official called the Obama campaign and asked him not to come because THEY (DOD) were concerned about politicizing wounded troops."

Wrong!! and why would you believe this far left wing paper anyway. The DoD told him not to bring all his press people ect, not to make it out like an publicity stunt. They said nothing about him not comming or any individual wanting to actually see the troops. Once Obama found out he couldn't bring in his cameras, he wanted no part of seeing the troops.

Posted by: John Doe | August 12, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama is an empty suit not ready for prime time. The junior senator lacks experience, he should stay in the senate and wait a while maybe someday he will be ready, but he certainly isn'r ready to be president now. I believe you libbies made the wrong choice, you should have stuck with Hilliary, I believe she would have been the better choice.

Posted by: Tim Johnson | August 12, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Still spreading that old debunked lie? Even the news people on the trip said Mccain was lying. Maybe a quick trip to factcheck.com will help you sort things out. Not that you want to. Maybe you want to tell us something good about your candidate instead. We know, you are not "THAT" good a liar. Thats OK.

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what the heck does going to tmi have to do w/being the president? obama went to go see the troops but instead of going to visit some of the injured troops in germany he went to play basketball at the ritz all because he couldn't bring his cameras in. sure he'll give some reason as to why, but no reason will ever justify not seeing injured soldiers defending our freedom.

Posted by: Bob | August 12, 2008 1:28 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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

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

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

Inflation is in double digits. Employment is falling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by: Anonymous | August 12, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

We know a lot of things like smoking kills and obesity kills but we do it anyway. Being reminded of something we may already know is not a waste of time, Sometimes we just need to be reminded. Conservation of resources should be our civic duty. For me, I resent even giving a dime to utility companies anyway. I can afford to pay no matter what things cost I just refuse to do it. I have an energy efficient house, solar water heating and plan on having wind turbines at the house I am building in north Florida. In fact the house is being built of poured concrete and I don't plan on even insuring it. I hate giving a dime to insurance companies. Either way, we could get out of this almost over night if as a nation we resolved ourselves to do so, but we won't. We live for today and want our cake and eat it to. I don't foresee anything changing.
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Turn off the lights when you leave the room and we can save the world from global warming. The President isn't our dad and shouldn't be, the President's main focus should be protecting our freedom. There are already laws about tire pressure monitoring systems. We all know this stuff already don't we? Our dad already told us this stuff, right?

Just like the climate, the economy goes through changes. This is completely normal folks.

Posted by: JoshMTX | August 12, 2008 1:03 PM

Posted by: xxx+1 | August 12, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

JoshMTX wrote: "Just like the climate, the economy goes through changes. This is completely normal folks."

And of course human actions aren't relevant to economic changes either, right? Maybe they're both caused by sunspots ... yeah, that's the ticket.

Posted by: bearpaw01 | August 12, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania stops not lookin' to good, eh John? No buying American at TMI this week.

Posted by: Brian K. | August 12, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

LKC,

You must, MUST be joking. Now, I certainly do not favor Mc'Aint, or Swillary, but Obamanation could not have done anything if the billionaires who secretly backed him did not provide the cash. These people will expect and also receive compensation that you or I will never be privee to. I mean really, Obama? Another posturing poseur.

Posted by: Diginity | August 12, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

McCain is dumber than a bag of rocks! Don't forget McCain's economic criminal past. He was a defendent in the 1980's S&L scandal, where he ripped off the american people for millions. He's a thief, adulter, and thoroughly reprehensible individual.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo

Posted by: Phil Slowsky | August 12, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Ooops! The Straight Talk Nonsense lost air and gas out of Harleys. What a Fake even as a politician!!

Too unsafe to enter Three Mile Island or what?

McCain candidacy is most absurd for this time and age, and all challenges ahead of America.

Posted by: O.P. Neon | August 12, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"obama went to go see the troops but instead of going to visit some of the injured troops in germany he went to play basketball at the ritz all because he couldn't bring his cameras in."

Slanderous lie. As reported in this very paper, a DOD official called the Obama campaign and asked him not to come because THEY (DOD) were concerned about politicizing wounded troops.

Posted by: Justin Passing | August 12, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse


A lot of things went wrong at 3-Mile Island that most people don't know about. Many safety systems worked. An alarming number of things that should have worked did not. It was touch and go at a certain point. It opened the eyes of the public for a reason. But perhaps the most important issue now is nuclear waste. Another point McCain and others like to cite: the French use a lot of nuclear power. Less known: the majority of French citizens don't like it. But what can they do now? I also notice that proponents of nukes are not talking at all about the best alternatives for nuclear power out there, if we are going to go that route. I'm talking about, for example, the new pebble reactors researched at MIT. Much safer than the current models. Let's use our heads. But let's be sensible about waste. At this point, it's probably the most dangerous facet of this problem. Scary to store it in Nevada. Scarier to ship it there on trains. Does a train run through your town?

If you want to get scared, look at Russian-designed nukes in the former East block. Accidents that are only waiting to happen. Better get your iodine tablets. Russia finds the nuke industry profitable and wants to expand. We should oppose this. We can't do it if we're nourishing the nuke industry ourselves.

Remember the ratio to assess risk. Chances of a nuclear accident are low. The consequences are catastrophic. You know that the worst will happen someday. Visit Ukraine sometime and examine the borders of the off-limits areas. Politicians, go to Chernobyl. It's an eye-opener.

Posted by: Patty McCredie | August 12, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Grampy McBush doesn't have a clue as to how to go about fixing the economy.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 12, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

YUP. THREE MILE ISLAND IS ICONIC. But, NOT in the imbecilic depiction of the uneducated, nor the Sierra Club demagogue/profiteers. It is ICONIC because it debunks the "lack of safety" horsemanure. Yes, an idiot worker screwed up, BUT, the safety mechanisms securely shut everything down. Number of resultant injuries & fatalities: ZERO.

Posted by: Rob Trenner | August 12, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame him for skipping it. It would have been stupid to highlight the dangers of nuclear power like that. Better off to go on and on how great it is, and quietly ship off hot radioactive waste to Nevada that will not decompose for millions of years.
Nobody lives there, anyway, right?

Posted by: Jh Atlanta, GA | August 12, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

what the heck does going to tmi have to do w/being the president? obama went to go see the troops but instead of going to visit some of the injured troops in germany he went to play basketball at the ritz all because he couldn't bring his cameras in. sure he'll give some reason as to why, but no reason will ever justify not seeing injured soldiers defending our freedom.

Posted by: Bob | August 12, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Well, everybody who is interested in buying American or voting for an American who will do SOMETHING to keep jobs here and stabilize wages should vote AGAINST John McCain!!!

McCain hates the U.S. worker and wants to send all our jobs to his friends in Mexico and Colombia!!!

McCain is a crotchety old hater who chases rich, young chicks.

Posted by: Vote Magoo he's an adulteror too! | August 12, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

McCain, in the internal operation of his campaign, provides ample evidence of poor leadership skills. There is no steady hand at the helm. He is of the caliber of a local or small state politician. Certainly not presidential material. On the other hand, the Obama campaign gently and completely dismantled the Clinton machine. That was very hard to do and required excellent, steady leadership. McCain vaunts his maverick nature. Our country and its role in the world require a steady hand at the helm. Just what a maverick isn't.

Posted by: LKC | August 12, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

XXX-1 - what is funny about the tire gauge thing is that GW himself suggested it before Obama did, but nobody jumped on it. It's also in every car manual printed, if anyone bothers to look inthe glove compartment.

It's the small things as well as sweeping changes that will help save energy in the long run. The guys making fun of Obama's suggestion should crawl out of the back of their limos once in a while and have their chauffeur's check the tire pressure.

Posted by: PAwoman | August 12, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"Sure, McCain did not go to 3-mile island, but so what, he didn't go to Antarctica either."
Blair


Blair you ding-dong, McCain is slamming his opponent on the basis that he is against Nuclear Power, yet he skips a stop at 3-mile Island, an iconic Nuclear power plant that also was the scene of our nation's worst nuclear accident. He was in the area and it would be natural to stop there, he was NO WHERE NEAR ANTARTICA.

So, he could stop slamming Obama, or be a man and stop at 3-mile island.

Turn on your brain before you open your mouth.

Posted by: JR | August 12, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Turn off the lights when you leave the room and we can save the world from global warming. The President isn't our dad and shouldn't be, the President's main focus should be protecting our freedom. There are already laws about tire pressure monitoring systems. We all know this stuff already don't we? Our dad already told us this stuff, right?

Just like the climate, the economy goes through changes. This is completely normal folks.

Posted by: JoshMTX | August 12, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Good observation, xxx+1.

McCain's campaign obviously has no message. They are relying on two old standbys to win the election: racism and fear. Unfortunately, there's the chance that it will work.

John Biggs

Posted by: john biggs | August 12, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Visiting int TMI would mean having to face the facts about nuclear energy. McCain doesn't like that...

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

Posted by: matt | August 12, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are turning away from McCain in drovers. Thank you, Republicans.

Posted by: ericmiami | August 12, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Since when is it news to report where a candidate didn't go? Sure, McCain did not go to 3-mile island, but so what, he didn't go to Antarctica either. What's the headline tomorrow? "Obama does not visit ANWR during trip to Alaska?" Must be slow day, WashPost.

Posted by: Blair | August 12, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't you get the impression Mccains people are making this up as they go along? After a year they still don't have a message or know what they are doing from one day to the next. I read one report that Mccain when speaking tends to repeat the last thing he heard. It could be something said by some aid and all of a sudden it finds it's way into a speech even if it makes no sense. Like him knocking the tire gage and tune up thing as not being true. He had no idea but an aid said they didn't thing it would save any large amount of gas and Mccain in five minutes is repeating it in a speech. As it turned out it is completely true and would save as much gas as would be rendered by the drilling he was proposing and you would not have to wait 10 years. You get the results today.

Posted by: xxx+1 | August 12, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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