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McCain's Race Comments an Issue at Urban League

By Juliet Eilperin
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A day after he accused Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of unfairly exploiting the issue of race in this election, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made the same pitch to the National Urban League that he delivered two weeks ago to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: "I am a candidate for president who seeks your vote and hopes to earn it."

Employing many of the identical phrases he used on July 16 in Cincinnati, the presumptive GOP nominee questioned Obama's policy prescriptions for issues ranging from education to taxes. Obama's opposition to federal funding for private-school vouchers has pleased the teachers' unions, the Arizona senator argued, but "where does it leave families and their children who are stuck in failing schools?"

McCain took a harsher tone this time, however. While he started his NAACP speech by saying of Obama, "Don't tell him I said this, but he is an impressive fellow in many ways," today he said he expected Obama to give "a great speech" before the Urban League Saturday, "But I hope you'll listen carefully, because his ideas are not always as impressive as his rhetoric, and this is especially true in the case of the Urban League's agenda of opportunity."

Several hundred people showed up to hear McCain speak here this morning, and they gave him a standing ovation when he started to speak and when he concluded. But they left dozens of seats unfilled, and several voters in the mainly African American audience questioned why McCain and his aides charged the Democrat Thursday with playing "the race card" by saying some Republicans are trying to deter voters from supporting him by suggesting he's different from traditional presidential candidates.

In Missouri on Wednesday, while speaking to majority-white audiences, the Illinois senator had told crowds going to "try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. You know, he doesn't look like all those other presidents on those dollar bills, you know. He's risky."

Bruce Williams, a marketing executive from Virginia Beach, Va., said McCain's attacks on Obama amount to "side issues" that fail to address the country's pressing needs.

"We've got five hundred thousand people without jobs. We've got two million foreclosures," said Williams, a Democrat who supports Obama. "Game time's over. It's time to get real."

Virginia Clarke, an executive recruiter from Chicago who knows Obama personally and has donated to his campaign, said she was "saddened" by McCain saying his opponent was capitalizing on his race.

"To make an observation about oneself, about one's race, it's not necessarily creating an unfair advantage," Clarke said, adding that McCain's accusation "seems like a cheap shot, seems like pandering."

McCain, who called education "the civil rights issue of the twenty-first century," got occasional applause for a few of his proposals, including putting educational decisions in the hands of local principals, opposing new taxes and increasing domestic energy production through offshore oil drilling.

Suggesting that teachers who perform well in struggling schools deserve bonuses, McCain added, "Moreover, the funds for these bonuses will not be controlled by faraway officials -- in Washington, in a state capital, or even in a district office. Under my reforms, we will put the money and the responsibilities where they belong, in the office of the school principal." The audience applauded in appreciation.

The audience welcomed several of his traditional stump lines, including "higher taxes are the last thing we need" and in a time of rising gas prices, "We need to drill more, drill now, and pay less at the pump. Drill now and pay less at the pump."

After the speech, McCain held a question-and-answer session with the audience that was awkward at times, especially when he defended his opposition to affirmative action. Asked why he has decided to back a ballot initiative in Arizona that would repeal affirmative action programs, McCain replied, "Affirmative action is in the eye of the beholder.... Americans reject a quota system. That is a system that does not help anyone and has not helped anyone."

When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

At another point, McCain parried with a questioner who questioned the value of charter schools and quoted the singer James Brown as he demanded how the senator would provide greater opportunity for African-Americans. "We want to know, what doors are you opening up to allow all of us to function like adults?" the questioner asked. "As the godfather James Brown says, 'Open up the door so we can get it ourselves!'"

"With all due respect, I do have an idea of what it's like to be deprived of your rights," McCain retorted, adding that charter schools in New Orleans were working. "Those charter schools are succeeding. That's just a fact."

"The answer is not charter schools," the man replied. "We're saying open up America because we are Americans." The crowd clapped in approval.

McCain also explained in blunt terms when he disagreed with audience members: when one woman asked whether he saw health care coverage as "a basic human right for all Americans," he replied that he would make health care "affordable and available" without guaranteeing it.

"I don't believe in government-run health care systems," he added. "I will oppose it with everything I have in me."

The senator made it clear that he disagreed with President Bush on a few issues: when Urban League president Marc Morial asked McCain if he would commit to overseeing a Justice Department that would "aggressively prosecute violations of people's civil rights," he replied he would not only do that but would "commit U.S. attorneys will be appointed strictly on the basis of qualifications and not political connections."

Morial took the opportunity to ask McCain whether he would return to the Urban League's annual meeting next year if elected president. McCain said he would come "even if I'm not elected," and also pledged to celebrate the League's centennial anniversary in the East Room of the White House in 2010. Morial -- and the crowd -- also gave the senator credit for agreeing to allow questions after his speech, saying, "It is unprecedented that a presidential candidate will take questions," as the audience cheered

But while McCain made occasional inroads with the crowd with comments like his quick explanation for why he opposed the creation of a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. -- "Because I was wrong," he said -- he had no answer for why a few years later he opposed federal funding for the holiday. "Was that a second mistake?" the questioner asked.

"I'd have to find out what the bill was," McCain said, pausing. "Nineteen eighty-nine, that was nineteen years ago. I'm proud of my work to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans... That's my job, that's my vocation, that's my mission as president of the United States."

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 1, 2008; 1:47 PM ET
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Posted by: ламинат | August 11, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

David, you didn't read the speech. It's obvious. What did I say in my last post?? Here you go

"Ps. If you don't read the whole thing don't bother responding to me."

Try again.

Posted by: Neo | August 5, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

To the Washingtonpost; For such a topic to be discussed among intern-americans around the world, an everyone has a his-r-her opinion. Generally speaking you are in offense with an article that clearly shows points were it has cross the racist line with Urban-America so with all do respect F$%k you!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 4, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Neo, this is 2008. Blacks will never be fully accepted by all of white society. And why should blacks continue to hold out for this "social" acceptance. But, to compare today to Douglas' era is silly. I see multi-racial toddlers being doted over by their lily white grandmothers at the mall. There is not social stigma attached to it anymore - thank goodness. But what happens to that child when he reaches 12. In middle school, his role models in sports and pop culture perpetuate and legitimize destructive stereotypes - Ludacris, Charles Barkley, Terrel Owens. Community activists flock to defend the Jena 6 types instead of lauding National Merit Scholars. In my old school district, fully 1/2 of blacks don't pass standardized tests. I think that Douglas would be disheartened to see the state of American Black culture.

Posted by: David | August 4, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

David, this is my response to your blatant disrespect for the thousands of Non-White Americans that died to defend this country. A little bit of history you WON'T find in you average history class. Only college professors have the stones to point out our real history. It is a speech from Frederick Douglass. Remember him?? The freed slave. It gives you what is really going on in this country and the world even today. It was written in the 1800's. Wow! History does repeat itself.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4h2927t.html

Maybe you might learn something. Ps. If you don't read the whole thing don't bother responding to me.

Posted by: Neo | August 4, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone want to comment on the article? The title speaks to "McCain's race comments", yet when you read the article, it was Obama aluding to unsubstantiated race fear-mongering. All McCain/surrougates did was to point out that these are unsubstantiated remarks. How in the world can this be construed as "McCain's race comments" except by the Washington Post and it's race-baiting liberals?

Posted by: Joe F | August 4, 2008 1:42 AM | Report abuse

When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

Cowards. This country was built by those old white men that you so despise. Go visit a foreign country with people who have the same amount of pigment as yourselves - you'll see racism ... and the tribalism you seek to promote in this country. Or go visit Civil War grave sites to pay respect to those white men who died so this country could purge itself of slavery. Yea, join the military. I really think that its disrespectful for the "Urban League" to chuckle at this. Sounds like they would rather stay back with the women and let the "white men" do their fighting for them.

Posted by: David | August 3, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Neo get a brain, then post, it helps alot. No one fears a black president. We fear a socialist as President. We fear a person who was mentored as a kid by a communist who was portrayed in his own biography as president. We fear a guy who went to an anti-american and anti-white church for 20 years and then have the audicity to tell us he didnt know a thing as President. by Daniel

I have a brain Daniel, but I don't share mine with the rest of the party(Repub)like you. Just because Rush told you what to think does not mean you did research. You must have missed the poll from WV(what 40%?) consider race an issue on who they will vote for. Most people in this country are too scared to say how they really feel. According to you and some other uneducated people everything in the country is great and the GOP party is the answer. What do you know about this anti-american church??? A 10 sec clip edited by Fox tells the "Real" story. Never mind most were taken completely out of context. Wright served his country and even took care of the President. Very Anti-American! The non-black members of his church must fear for their lives. I served over six years active duty. What have you done???? Chicken hawks always think they know everthing, but are the last ones to put their necks on the line. What was that saying... Oh yea, ignorance is bliss. Wake up poser, we are in the real world now. BTW, I got my brain from Military Training, Georgia Military College & UMUC. Where did you get yours??

Posted by: Neo | August 3, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

The world will never be at peace, you wanted Bush an you got him. Now you can't wait to get'em out of the White House. What change did he bring besides war, casualties, and dishonor among most americans?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Were not saying John McCain's racist...Were just implying that we'd hate to see History repeat itself over again!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

All of you Obama supporters are completely brainwashed by the celebrity hype. I hope that if he wins, he taxes you all into poverty. As to the fellow who wants to boycott all the republican business and not help anybody who is in trouble, be carefull for what you wish for. You might find your butt in trouble someday. I hope that you get exactly what you deserve! Talk about a battle for the future of this country. We will battle you Socialists to the death to preserve what this country stands for.

Posted by: Frenterprz | August 3, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

to Press Release:

You are NOT racist. NO NEVER! Any kin to Al or Spike ? My God man, listen to yourself! No need to add other comments to your spewing of "woe is me, I am black". Listen to Bill Cosby, maybe you will get it.

Posted by: think | August 3, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Wake up America
When Bush came into office eight years ago, I was working at one of the largest state office in the U.S.. One of the first thing on G.W. Bushes agenda was to remove Affirmative Action from the hiring process. When he did that, I heard my managers speaking, they said "Now we don't have to hire or promote anymore blacks". That year and the years to follow, African Americans in my unit did not receive any promotions and their was no new hires for blacks. Yes we need equal opportunity for all races when it comes to hiring, but first we need to tilt the scale to balance equally. Only then can we remove the need to affirmative action.

On the predudice issue, everyone is predudice to some extent, some more than others. As for McCain, Yes he is very Predudice against Blacks and all other people of Color. He is also smart to take advise and adopt a black child to cover up his predudice persons in order to win black votes. But the truth is, it just makes us angry and we are not fooled by his feeble attemps and lies. Throughout the years, we have heard all of the lies, tricks, and simple minded attemps to fool simple minded people in order for a presidentual contender to become president. We are watching and we are no longer simple minded. We will never vote for a McCain.

Posted by: Press Release | August 3, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

My God! From reading the comments on this article it becomes very clear that to be an Obama supporter you must twist facts about McCain, you must not understand economics or how medical insurance works, not understand nor appreciate the freedoms that Americans enjoy compared to the rest of the world, and have not passed a World or American history class in your life.
And you must be in some form a racist that see white people as the cause of what black people do to themselves and others.
If Obama is so post-racial than why aren't his supporters? His Wife? His now former Pastor?

Posted by: Lee S | August 3, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

to cgsguy:

Were you forced to join the military? Noone likes war. You of all people should know that the islamic extreme threat has many facets. The terrorists are shifting to Afghanistan now, to divert attention from Iraq, so Iran can continue the backdoor assault. You fail to see the smoke and mirrors. Now you think that taking profits from the big oil will reduce the gas prices. LOL LOL. You people kill me with the simpleton solutions.
Let me give you a hint. Next time market approaches 14k, take your money out. The Wall Street of the future will not be anything like you know it. Have you not noticed that everytime Iran says something, oil futures shoot up. Just another form of psychological terrorism.
I will repeat NO ONE wants a war, that includes McCain. DOnt forget that USA is the "great western devil". They dont like the USA because there is freedom, we dont dress our women in sacks, and we dont hate everyone that disagrees with us.
The empty promises coming from Obamas mouth are just that. He reminds me of Ron Paul, another mumbling fool, his only answer for every question was "the war". He is still living in the 60s and 70s. Do I agree with war and loss of life? Absolutely not. But do you honestly believe that you can negotiate verbally with Iran and a terrorist? LOL.
Look closely at McCains VP, then decide. Obama is nothing but a 2 faced cheerleader, they talk about McCains wealth. Let me remind you Clintons 100 million plus, Obama 20 million , how much are you worth?? I thought so.
Leave the war out of your decision, it is not a Presidential decision it is one that will take all houses. If i remember correctly even the dems supported it, but we should not mention that, should we.
As for the rest of the Obama zealots here that are waiting for their "piece of the pie" from the elitists.Obama will LOSE! Take that to vegas. Enjoy your dreams of "change" based on empty words.

Posted by: think | August 3, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, unless his camp does something really stupid runs an ad showing pictures of hate groups then says, "Is America ready for Obama?" I don't think you can make a determination on his judgement based on an ad.

Posted by: Anony Mouse | August 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh I see all the Obama bloggers are on this story like stink on road kill.
Trying to paint McCain as a racist is going to be hard, since his love for his daughter of color is so clearly immense. Obamamaniacs need to the twist the facts hard to convince themselves and others that McCain is a race hating bigot.
And his honesty in the face of losing an support is incredibley admirable. Obama should start wrenching the facts until his hands bleed.
Barack's racism however is easily proven. Twenty years at a clearly racist anti-American church of hatred, a wife so consumed by her own racims she wrote her thesis on it and even today with her husband having a good chance of becoming the President of the US, she still can't shake that beast inside her. His own book in its first printing expresses his hatred and racist views towards white America, these horrible unenlightened feeling even reach his "typical white" Grandma.
Of course, she's under the bus now with Writht, Jesse , Ludicrous and the others.
It's clear that McCain is the best candidate by far and of all politicians Obama on every issue is the worst.
Obama only up is that he is black and if you vote for him just on that fact, then you ARE the racist.

Posted by: Shawn S | August 3, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

WHEN SO MANY DEMANDING ISSUES ARE FACING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..MCCAIN'S CAMPAIGN TACTICS ARE TO INJECT "FUN AND HUMOR" IN OFF HAND JOKES ABOUT OBAMA REFERENCING SPEARS AND HILTON....AND HESTON.

THE MAN LACKS THE JUDGMENT TO BE PRESIDENT-

Posted by: LTC US Army | August 3, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

And to cgsguy, the last part of that comment was not geared directly at you, that was to people in general. As far as not voting for a president that'll make the military the World Police, I don't know what to tell you. I haven't seen too many GOPs that don't want us somewhere for something.

Posted by: Joe Nobody | August 3, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

In regards to cgsguy's post, I hate to break it to you, but no one's going to end this occupation any time soon. Most likely it won't happen until after the 2012 election, and when it does happen, we will still have at least two or three military installations there. I'm not quite sure if you remember WWII, but assuming you do...we're still in Germany. We are no longer occupying Germany, but those bases are left over from the days that we did. Also, look at Japan, they're allowed a defense force, we provide the rest for them. That was over 50 years ago.

Most of us don't take having our cities attacked lightly. Unfortunately, it's not so much that people have forgotten or don't care about 9/11, it's just been used by so many politicians and overly played out by the media, people are desensatized to the severity of it. So along with these race issues, drop the anti-war crap, it's not Vietnam. You can't base your opinion of the war on politicians and the media, go to the local VA hospital or even the local VFW, grab a veteran by the arm and ask how they feel. They've at least seen it first hand and unbiased. I'm with Patriot, most of you have no idea what these other countries are like. I've been overseas multiple times myself. I've seen these countries for what they are, I've met the locals, and I've spoken with many of them. If you pay attention to the news, you'll see the spin they put on stories about the war shifts with public opinion. When 50.1% of responses to a poll are "End the war" the media pumps out stories of more anti-war propaganda than MASH. When they support it or the troops, there are stories of how the US Military are the heroes and saviors of the world. It makes me sick. One minute they slam the military for what they do, the next they praise them.

Posted by: Joe Nobody | August 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

It is what it is. Regardless of who wins the Presidency it is what it is. And what is it? A country with racism in it on the black side and on the white side! That is what is being revealed. It also reveales we have grown as a country regarding race. The race card is not a negative card. It is a card that some hold in the back pocket and put it out like the Joker. The card can be played because the game allows it. Both sides are playing the Joker. Which President will win is a side show to the real matter. The rest of the world looks at America and says "look at how much racism still exists in that country." So why we fight ourselves as a country over race the rest of the world moves forward and continue kicking us in the butt. Let's look at the current status now. A black man is not in the oval office. The country is in very bad shape. Who can tell me the country is in great shape? Therefore the race issue has nothing to do with shape of the country. Now it comes down to what will be the shape of the country after the next election. Some blame the democrats for the problem and others blame President Bush. Either way race is not involved. Why would race now be such a hot topic. It is because a black man is running for President. Some say Barack is playing the card and others say McCain. The point is the plan. Whatever the plan introduced by Barack and McCain it must be a 180 degree turn from where it is now. If not then you believe we are headed in a good direction. If the direction is considered good continue in it. If the direction is bad go in a different one. Where are we now? Again race doesn't matter. What is important here? DIRECTION. A leader is one going in a particular direction and then you follow that leader. Are you happy with the current direction? If you are it is obvious you flourishing with that direction. If you are not doing very well you want a new direction. This is what will decide the Presidency. That is if we are only capitalist. The truth is America is more than a capitalistic society. We also have morals and many of them based in religion. As a Christian the hope is to love your fellow man. The military fights so the rest of us can enjoy life with particular freedoms. The care for another will also determine the next President. What direction do you feel will best help those that need help. This depends on how well you are doing. Look at the banks. Many of us Americans believe it is based on subprime loans. How foolish? How many corporations wasted bank money before going bankrupt before you had to have a guarantor. I don't want to get into the many other areas of decline for our country. Just focus on the direction. The candidate you feel is going in a direction 180 degrees from the current one should be your choice. Forget about left, right, democrat, republican and all the other foolishness of the sort. Who is moving most away from what is current? Does that mean what is curerntly working? No. It is turn from that which is not working. See how much I can say here without calling racist names, using sterotypes, and hatred. Just common sense. I hope the forum can continue with common sense and show the world we are not a racist country.

Posted by: common sense | August 3, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

It appears that lots of folks are just reading a whole bunch of crap about Barack Obama on the internet and then spewing it out like they are experts on the man - how he will leave America defenseless etc. I am honestly disappointed that Americans can be this naive and shallow. Obama was not playing the race card by stating the obvious that "he doesn't look like the other Presidents on the $1 bill". However, he should not have named John Mccain because he did not specifically say that.
Now, suddenly Barack is now called a "retard" by the poster "Patriot". Please give me a break! If someone who finished Magna Cum Laude in Harvard is a retard, then what would you call someone who finished 954th out of 959 in his Annapolis class? That dude is the definition of retard. America hasn't moved past it's racial divisions, that much is clear in this election. It is also obvious that some of you cannot thin for yourselves - please by all means vote in McCain - after all he is white - someone who has professed not to have any idea about the economy. If you don't know, then hear this: the war in Iraq ia funded by loans from China and other such countries; so carry your bigger than thou attitude and continue to amass debt - you folks haven't seen anything yet.

Posted by: Ayo | August 3, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This is in response to Liberty Rising's posting that Pres. Carter was against MLK day. Carter actually proclaimed January 15, 1973 to be Martin Luther King Day. Reagan was against MLK day and only signed it into law because congress voted it through with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority.

"Know your facts and know the issue"... and hope no one else knows the facts so you can distort them to make your point.

Posted by: Jingo | August 3, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

HELLOW TO ALL MY BROTHERS AND SISTHERS IN THIS GREAT COUNTRY CALLED AMERICA,please let us put the race issue behind us all as an Americans it doesnt worth it.I AM A GOOD FOLLOWER OF BOTH THE PRESIDENCIALS NOMS.THEY ARE JUST TRYING TO DISTRACT US FROM THE MAIN ISSUE THAT AMERICAN IS FACING NOW,I AM OVER 40 YEARS OF AGE AND I HAVE TRAVEL MORE THAN 25 CONTRIES IN ALL THE CONTENENT.AMERICA IS THE WORLD LEADER FOR SURE AND WE NEED TO LEAD BY SAMPLE. WE ARE GOING DOWN EVEN IF NOT DOWN ALREADY,MANY COUNTRIES IS WAITING FOR OUR DOWN FALL,SO THAT THEY CAN BE THE NUMBER ONE POWER NATION IN THE UNIVERS.I AM WHITE AND A REPUBLICAN,I LISTEN TO OBAMA AND Mccain very well.PLEASE I BEG YOU ALL AMERICANS,COMES NOVERMBER VOITING LET VOTE FOR THE TRUE MAN.LET US ACCEPT CHANGE,DONT VOTE FOR DEMOCRAZY BUT CAST YOUR VOTE FOR OBAMA.OBAMA IS THE MAIN MAN THAT CAN BRING BACK OUR IMAGE AS AN AMERICAN FOR OUR ECONOMIC TO BE BETTER.WE WANT THE HERO OF ECONOMIC NOT THE HERO OF WAR.BARRACK OBAMA IS THE MAN.!!!!!!!

Posted by: Heskey | August 3, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

The democrat party will always be the party of slavery, seggregation, and Jim Crow laws. Republicans do not see people as hyphenated races, ethinicites or groups. As long as Obama keeps whinning and complaining about what people will think of him , the republicans will do to him just what they have done to other liberal demcorats running East of the Mississippi. Frankly, I am real tired of his "look at me, I'm black moments."

Obama needs to appoint a VP to get help with his critics.

I will admit that perhaps he made a mistake when he named Bush and Mccain as the people who were attacking him. HAd he said "they" and not John Mccain, I doubt if JM camp would have made his remarks an issue.

The CELEB Ad was brilliant because it use pop culture icons to raise two important issues - Taxes and offshore drilling. Within 24 hours of that Ad airing Barack Obama shifted his position on offshore drilling.

Obama just needs to give more townhall debates and leave the large venue for the convention. But he has to have a counteract because he is very close to being defined as John Kerry was defined.

There are enough differences between these two candidates for the AMerican people to choose from. It is not Obama race that will be his downfall, it is his Ego. On the other hand, it is JM race and party that will prevent him from making inroads with liberal blacks. ALthough even some republicans blacks will vote for Obama.

Posted by: Anon 1 | August 3, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I am black and find it hypocritical for some blacks to hold it against John Mccain for not supporting a holiday for MLK. JM made that a decision after being held prisoner. I am sure he was basing his decision on the negative comments made about MLK by other racist democrats at the time. Many demcorat president oppose a holiday for MLK. Jimmy Carter blatantly oppose it when he was president. It was a republican prsident, Ronald Reagan who made it a law.

But what I find most hypocritical is that Barack Obama recently wrote a letter of support to former klansman Senator Robert Byrd and the black community does not hold that against him. John Mccain has repeatedly apologize and said he regret not voting for MLK holiday. I say lets move on. Both these candidates want to win and we do not need bring race into this. Obama will be defeated because of his liberal views not his race.

As far as affirmative action, I agree with John Mccain. Obama supports affirmative action base on quotas. JM supports affirmative action base on merit.

Know your facts and know the issue.

Posted by: Liberty Rising | August 3, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I fear for our military men and women. If McCain were to be elected we would continue this never ending war, loosing many lives in the process. They want to defeat terrorism. Well, news flash, that will take more than a few years. The more Iraqis we arrest, kill, or mame, the more terrorist we grow. I have been to Iraq 3 times now, and dont want to go back, but I will if thats what I am asked to do. I find the war in Iraq to be baseless and stupid. The real war was in Afganistan.

McCain is a war-monger just like Bush. Just because he was a POW doesnt mean a dam thing. Yes, I feel sorry that he spent 5 years in a POW camp. But, I am not going to vote for him on that merrit alone.

The offshore drilling that McCain was against and now supports, wont do anything for our wallets. Even the Bush administration says that nothing will come of it for at least 10 years and even then it wont help out much. McCain's gas tax holiday, that will only save you about 30 bucks for the whole summer. Obviously he has something to gain when Exon Mobile racks in 11 Billion in profits for a quarter. That is just in 4 little months. Imagine how much you can save at the pump if they took a bit of a hit off thier profits. Gas could be down to under 3 dollars a gallon and they can still make a profit.

The biggest thing about McCain, is that yes he is 71 years old and can bring in Social Security. But, his wife is loaded, he is a sitting Senator together making more than enough money to live comfortably if my calculations are correct. Why must he cash his Social Security checks when he knows that his own grandkids wont be able to enjoy the benifits of this system when its time for them to retire? Why not save that money and have it available for someone that really needs it to get the money?

I dont agree with Obama on a few issues myself, but, I think when you look at the lesser of the two evils, Obama is your man. I am unregistered, due in part because I love my gun rights, I support the rights of women for an abortion, which I believe puts me on the fence.

Its funny, my wife's parents are 150% Republicans. But, with me in the Armed Forces, and now thier older daughter in as well, they are still going to vote for McCain, knowing that thier daughter will end up in a war zone with him at the helm of the military. I appluad many Republicans that are realizing that our economy and way of live has been tramatized by the Bush administration over the last 8 years and are going to vote Democratic or Third Party. That shows that nothing will get better with an OLD - War Hungry McCain as president.

I have served this nation prior to 9/11 and will continue to serve her, but I will not vote for a president to make the military into the World Police. I wont vote to keep my gas prices high. I wont vote to put another half million people out of work. I will vote for Obama, because maybe at least he can change the direction that this nation is going in. Maybe he can be our Moses as McCain jokingly put it.

Posted by: cgsguy | August 3, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that no one wants to talk about health care anymore? Is is perhaps because the Republican nominee for President has been the recipient of state-funded health care benifits for his whole life? His father was an Admiral, he was a military man, and now he's a U.S. Senator. Each of these roles is provided the best health care in the country supplied on the backs of American citizens. And that's a good thing, because McCain's skin cancer makes it unlikely that a private insurer would cover him (it's a pre-existing condition in more than a few plans). Yet for someone who's had the benifit of government health care, he certainly spends a lot of time bashing it.

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JLM: There are so many absolutely moronic statements you've made in this post that I don't have the time, patience, nor inclination to answer them all. Let's just stick with a few of my favorite ones: Just run the arguments through FactCheck.org (nonpartisan site by the way, unlike the first ten or twelve you'll get from Google) and you'll see what an incredible line of bunk this guy's pumping out on the web. The USA isn't going to "DIE" just because one or the other of these guys gets elected President. Let's curb the hyperbole and outrageous claims and debate some real policy for a while. McCain's actually got some good points there.

Posted by: TCD_III | August 3, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain was correct about his "race card" comment because if you look at what McCain has said about Obama he never said anything about Obama's name or not looking like past Presidents. It's true that other people, particularly on the Internet, have said things similar to those, but McCain did not. So Obama used a political ploy in his response to McCain's complaint that Obama's makes impressive speeches but his record is less impressive, which it is.

On the other hand, McCain's pledge to never raise any taxes despite the accelerated growth of our national debt and despite the increasing concentration of U.S. wealth in the richest Americans at the expense of the majority frightens me.

I also suspect that McCain's reversing his policy against oil drilling where it is now not permitted is an unprincipled popular appeal. He changed his position despite his knowing that new exploration and drilling will not provide more gas supply for about 10 years. He also made it without consideration of green house gas effect of gasoline fuel. By ten years the world climate change crisis may have caused people to give up on gasoline powered trucks and cars, so the demand for more oil may have already gone away before the new gas becomes available. These issues should be subject to deliberation in the Congress and need not be rushed into on the basis of the current inflation.

Posted by: btmpost | August 3, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain opposed the MLK holiday because Arizona voted it down 4 times. He is an Arizona Senator. We don't set our clocks back either as we can't be fooled to save time.

JOHN McCAIN'S 3R ECONOMIC PLAN 2008
Abbreviated version
Progressive thinking Republican Candidate John McCain comes through for America with his 3R economic plan. In the persona of Theodore Roosevelt, McCain's plan just makes sense.
FIRST , keep in mind that to drop the fuel tax, the local gov'ts would crash. We must use the 3R to replace taxes lost from replaced fuel through green energy (Yes, we have it ready to go!)
www.betterconstructed.com
1. RETHINK: America must see globally on what America is capable of in our current state of technology, engineering and meet the demands that face the world.
Private Sector framework is in place and current laws allow the 3R to happen. The Progressive attitude of John McCain to get things done by crossing party lines will resurrect America.
2. REFORM: The American people must demand higher quality products and less restricted trade routes for Made in USA components. We will lead the way of MFG again!
The USA will reform its dead manufacturing base
3. REINVENT: America and Americans must reinvent themselves to reach and maintain these standards and by sheer American ingenuity, control the world's marketplace in the competitive manner, as the USA has always been proud to be #1.
NUTS AND BOLTS of the plan are simple.
Billions of savings equates to millions of lost tax revenue from energy companies. The US needs a separate tax revenue source before we can move away from fossil fuels.
McCain 3R solution.
McCain's 3R is about technical, closely monitored and rapid hands on training from pros to create new pros. Thousands of currently-job-displaced "once leaders in the manufacturing arena" will be asked to train and play instructor rolls in the 3R plan. Paid, of course, as these new leaders will help create a whole new style of prosperous America. A massive restructure providing thousands New American MFG means millions of new jobs for infrastructure alone.
We have the buildings, needs and infrastructure to do this!
New jobs is the mainstay for Creating a new guard for Social Security.
This is the new place for financial speculators to invest!
McCain's Progressive nature embodies Theodore Roosevelt more than any US presidential candidate in history since the original Rough Rider blazed the greatest era of growth in America.
We need John McCain to lead our nation with the same type of change.
Men and women of all races on equal ground operating their own businesses or taking part as an employee. No more hyphenated Americans! Thinking like Theodore Roosevelt all the way to a stronger America.
www.betterconstructed.com
THIS 3R DRAFT COURTESY OF:
John Lewis Mealer, Founding President of Mealer Companies

Obama's speeches and website outline his plans.
IF Obama is elected he would crush this nation by doing the following:
Obama's World Poverty Bill (Google it) would be passed and take ALL of the US Gross Domestic Profit earnings to give to the UN for distribution to African nations (seriously, GOOGLE IT) (All 7%. Which is the US profit margin).
Guns would be also gathered up according to Obama's Global Poverty Bill plan (Did you Google it yet?)
Obama plans to heavily tax the investor class and no new small businesses would come into being (esp with the bank failures going on at the moment and no new loans being issued).
America would stagnate and begin to fall apart without small business growth.
Obama's tax on the investor class also takes away incentives for lower classes to strive to become wealthier people.
Did you hope to begin your own business someday?
Obama says NO! Only Obama's guidelines of new businesses and new business owners with or without training to run a business.. He could care less.
Obama must keep us in our place, after-all.
Obama would immediately tax the large corporations which are already just barely balanced between the democrat instituted American Workers Union ridiculous demands and simply closing up and moving overseas or to Mexico.
The USA corporate infrastructure would be destroyed within a year.
Obama would force the remaining small businesses to pay totally unaffordable health care for employees and they too, would close up and go out of business even before finding health care, IF it were available.
This will really hurt the women business owners who employ mostly younger women in retail, who have higher health care coverage.
THEN Obama comes up with some LIE that he wants to give small business $5K per covered worker. Do you realize how many workers there are in small businesses throughout America? How would he pay for those TRILLIONS?!! Talk about not even thinking about how grand of a lie he tries to weave.
Obama will over tax and over extend this country so quickly and at the worst time that we will DIE as a nation.
If you want the USA to watch America die, then you surely want Obama to become president and vice versa.
Obama wants to keep us "dumb and stupid... and in our place, and clinging to our guns, faiths and ideals"... Not his quote, exactly, but the same words, thoughts and deeds from Obama's 'better-than-thou crowd'.
This is real life.
McCain 3R Plan is a start, but Obama's view is obviously the end of the USA.

Posted by: JLM | August 3, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

It's the Republicans fault our schools are "failing" in the first place

Posted by: walt | August 3, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You wanna end capitialism and be like Venezuela??? Oh sure it starts with the oil industry, then the auto, then we move to all the different industries and pretty soon big brother is running the entire economy, just like the Soviets did (that worked out great for them after a few years), just like China (hope you don't like your views too much), and just like good ole Hugo Chavez and the way all these countries censor everything, including your precious civil rights, and all in the name of the common good.
What made this country great was the fact that WE DIDN"T GIVE ANYTHING TO ANYBODY!!!! This country is all about INDIVIUAL achievement. More and more people are looking for handout and think that by saying it's their civil rights, their by God gonna get from someone else. I know I grew up poor and my PARENTS (both of them)work their arses off to put through a good education and raised me the best they could. But you have more people than not that hate hard work and adveristy.
We need to bring back Social Security and Welfare back to the original laws that made them work, with out all the b/s of course. We need to help those who can't stand own their own, help them stand on their own, but if someone wants to sit on their front porch and complain that the government isn't helping them..... why should "we the people" Now I know alot of people will be upset because their FREE ride would be over, But I refuse to believe that this great and wonderful nation that has adopted so many, many differnt cultures will turn into a welfare state run by those that think hard working people will continue to support their misguided efforts.

Posted by: rob | August 3, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't anyone talk about John McCain's affairs and several separations from his wife before he met Cindy. He was still married when they became involved, yet nobody talks about it. This shows what kind of character he is. If it had been Obama it would be all over the media. Obama should post an Ad showing what kind of a person McCain really is. He is just as bad as Bush. When he says Obama is just a "Celebrity", he doesn't remember Ronald Reagan does he? The Republicans worship Reagan,why I don't know. He never did anything for me.

DeDe

Posted by: Anonymous | August 3, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

i do not trust barack obama, the "manchurian candidate". more important than his being inexperienced, he is dishonest. now that he has the black vote and the yuppie vote locked up, he is busy catering to conservatives with his changes in opinion, to try to latch on to their votes as well (iraq, slave reparations, reverend wright, bill ayers, etc.). i am a white, college educated, woman with a household income in the high six digits, who does not feel the need to "appear" non-racist by supporting obama, because i actually AM non-racist. perish the thought of what obama will do if the citizens of this country are conned into electing him! he will be the "candidate" who will utter "what do i do now?"

Posted by: whitak29 | August 3, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

After reading all the posts from so many black racists, it's obvious Hitler was right!

Posted by: Buddy G. | August 3, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Neo get a brain, then post, it helps alot. No one fears a black president. We fear a socialist as President. We fear a person who was mentored as a kid by a communist who was portrayed in his own biography as president. We fear a guy who went to an anti-american and anti-white church for 20 years and then have the audicity to tell us he didnt know a thing as President. Stop hiding behind your immature comments that all of us fear race , when you do not care to research or even know more about this man. I would rather stick to the facts and stay more on fixing our country based on the merits this country was adopted on in the first place and that's the Constitution. Neither one of these candidates are going to fullfill that agenda but I will not vote for someone who can ruin our country in a 4 year term. Now go back and race this and race that and I will do more by sticking to facts and reseaching the candidates cause I am an American that is not in the la la land. I give a damn about our country and the future of it for years to come. Please by all means fill free to come on here like phillip or any other leftest and talk about white women with pictures of Obama under their pillows. It will just reasure me more and more how idiotic and racist the leftest can be. Also it will tell me what kind of people I need to keep my distance from in the future. I am sure your making all your Democratic friends proud of you. BYE BYE !

Posted by: daniel | August 3, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

i just wanted to say the phillips is a perfect example of an ignorant monkey who only sees color. go work and make money instead of crying about how you are mistreated your probably lazy and stupid, and the only thing you can do, is cry about it. i dont care who wins this election instead i try to better myself since i am a BLACK MAN in america to, and guess what he will be in text books but he wont be under white womens pillows because white women are happy with their white husbands.

Posted by: phillips is an idiot | August 3, 2008 2:42 AM

Considering how many racial stereotypes and just plain racist comments you threw out about the poster and about what is supposedly your own race, I highly doubt you are a "BLACK MAN". More like a racist poser. At least Phillip's point about MCCains voting history and people fearing a black president has merit, unlike your whole insidious rant. "Ignorant monkey" huh..... I guess it takes a racist to recognize a racist. You and Daniel must be buddies.

Posted by: Neo | August 3, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

MainStreamMedia needs to dig down and examine the Corrupt Chicago ties; The Lies; The Socialist agenda; The ramifications of 20 years steeped in James Cone Theology. The Friends and Associates of Obama's Chosen Inner Circle who will have his ear and therefore the influence to shape White House policy (just like GW Bush's buddies did). MSM needs to stop making excuses for Obama. Get in there and thoroughly vet him. MSM's in the Obama tank.

Posted by: 85Yota | August 3, 2008 5:06 AM | Report abuse

i just wanted to say the phillips is a perfect example of an ignorant monkey who only sees color. go work and make money instead of crying about how you are mistreated your probably lazy and stupid, and the only thing you can do, is cry about it. i dont care who wins this election instead i try to better myself since i am a BLACK MAN in america to, and guess what he will be in text books but he wont be under white womens pillows because white women are happy with their white husbands.

Posted by: phillips is an idiot | August 3, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

A more direct link to Obama's stands on specific issues:

http://www.barackobama.com/index.php

Posted by: Gwyn O. | August 3, 2008 2:36 AM | Report abuse

Curious how Barack Obama stands on the issues....? Want the details? visit:

www.barackobama.com

Posted by: BK | August 2, 2008 7:21 PM I am open to anyone giving me a reference to some real facts on McCain or Obama that are not media or opiniated.

BK continues:

Does anyone have any references to backup any facts? I do agree that we as the people can try to get along better and maybe show some example. I will be hopeful some day that will happen. Maybe not in our time. Thank you. (end of BK post...a fair and rational post).

www.barackobama.com

p.s. Something I like about Barack is that he seems to respect Americans' intelligence and not UNDER-estimate it like McCain does. Ignorance and fear are the weapons of the enemy.

Inform yourself, and VOTE!

www.barackobama.com

Posted by: Gwyn O. | August 3, 2008 2:34 AM | Report abuse

Good debate everyone. Thank you. I just want to make one comment. One of you, at least, referred to this earlier: Why would Obama bring up race? The Republican machine could hardly wait for him to say anything close regarding race so they could start speaking about it and use it to divide us once again. "I do not look like anyone on the dollar bills." What? Oh that darn racist Obama.

Posted by: DCT | August 3, 2008 2:15 AM | Report abuse

portray your hostility nicely here........

I wouldnt vote for McCain IF he was the only one.
1. He went against Dr. King Day
2. He does not support Affirmative action
3. He accused Obama of the stupid race card.
I am a black man in America. I would not have a problem if people were honest. Lets face it; its not expirence or patriatism or age or where he was born. Its the color of Obama many people hate. You know its alot of people mad right now. I have news for you guys. In November in all government buildings and all your kids schools and even under alot of white womens pillows; there will be a picture of Obama. GET USED TO IT. this is phillips post..

Nice racist person , and what's with the picture of Obama under white women's pillows? LOL @ this idiot for this whole post and now white women are dreaming and having a fantasy of Obama? I don't know how to respond to his stupid comments. I hope African American's are preturbed to have Phillip the ignorant racist on their side.

Posted by: daniel | August 3, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

I wouldnt vote for McCain IF he was the only one.
1. He went against Dr. King Day
2. He does not support Affirmative action
3. He accused Obama of the stupid race card.
I am a black man in America. I would not have a problem if people were honest. Lets face it; its not expirence or patriatism or age or where he was born. Its the color of Obama many people hate. You know its alot of people mad right now. I have news for you guys. In November in all government buildings and all your kids schools and even under alot of white womens pillows; there will be a picture of Obama. GET USED TO IT.

Posted by: Phillip | August 3, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

I am a black man and proud to vote Mcain. I don't see how people can come on here and sya that Mcain is a liar and a flip flopper. Do any of you really listen to Obama? Tell me one thing this man has said in his belief's and didn't change his mind later. The lastest , his words, I might be ok with drilling off the coast. Is that not a flip flop? If not please inlighten me of your great knowledge. Brother's and sister's we can't live and die with a nominee just cause he is our skin color. This man doesn't care if I am black, he cares only if I pay taxes and how much more can I pay. He loves the price hikes in gas , knowing damn well it hurts all us middle and lower class people. I don't want more governmental control I want freedom to do my job and collect my money I earn. I am the minority as I am one who is not biased and just falling over his well written speeches that he reads. I actually read about him, researched data on both candidates and watched them in their interviews. Hell Obama if you have any b**** like Jesse Jackson said, why don't you debate with Mcain like he is asking so we can see you both spar over real issues. Wait thats right, your afraid of what you might say or wait what you might not be able to say(refering to the stuttering continuosly this man displays).
Go Mcain cause there is no way in hell I as an American am voting for this brother.

Posted by: javan | August 3, 2008 1:14 AM | Report abuse

clearlakedoc then Sen O needs to sue Harvard for their lack of teaching. He has a lot of the liberal camera's on him and its a fact he can't make a speech without reading something. The man never says a normal sentance without stuttering and stumbling over his own words. If that is your opinion of intelligence then hell I must be a genius.

Posted by: Josaline | August 3, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

McCain is a liar. He said he would have a "clean" campaign. If this is clean, I'd hate to see "dirty." Our country needs a new direction rather than the politics of old white men, such as McCain. Obama gives us a better choice, thank God!

Posted by: Bert | August 3, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Why the heck isn't Colin Powell a nominee? It seems he had the integrity to stand up to Bush and admit mistakes. I thinkj he would have been a much better candidate than either of the current nominees, and he could have helped reunite this country. Perhaps he will be on someones list for VP. Now that would be a good move

Posted by: WiteNBrite | August 3, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Judi-you cant really believe that Sen O steals ideas from a 72 year old man who was last in his class at Annapolis? C'mon, Sen O went to Harvard on his own merits (not a legacy at Yale like you know who, and ill bet Sen Mc's having 5 Admirals in his family helped an inferior student get in), and was the first black President of the Harvard Law Review. The guy is intelligent and can think for himself. I believe every major decision was made by Rove, Rummy, and Cheney. Chimpy the frontman.
Anyway, if Sen O is gleaning ideas from Hillary, well, good move. Shes another intelligent person that i would seek consul from too, if i knew her.
In the end, i just hope he makes good decisions, unlike sending 4000 soldiers to their deaths (more than died in 911), for lies. And OBL still laughs in his cave.

Posted by: clearlakedoc | August 2, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not a floor-sweeper. He grew up in Indonesia being waited upon by servants. He is our country's (maybe the world's) best and brightest, with a long pedigree.

Posted by: John | August 2, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

The one thing that bothers me the most is MCains flipflop on torture. As a victim, he knows the victim will say anything to relieve the pain. How is that going to harvest GOOD intel? And whatever happened to the USA being the home of the brave, the "good guys"? Is torturing someone brave? You dont sink down in the mud and lie with the pigs.
When i was in the service, when we did prisoner processing drills, we were told to, while not taking any chances, to treat the enemy like the human beings they were: someones dad, brother, son... Give them a drink, a smoke, a little food.
It was a sad day for me when i discovered we had been torturing people. And even sadder when i saw the Abu pictures. I was ashamed. War isnt game time. The world saw those pics and thought our military a bunch of kids having a good time. Very unprofessional.
And when i was in, my sergeant was responsible for my actions while on duty. Why were the neanderthals in charge of Abu never disciplined? No wonder more atrocities have been occurring under the reign of King Chimpy, no need to worry about accountability if youre a Republican.

On another note, all you right wingers labeling folks anti-American and socialist ( a pleasure as a Cold War veteran ive never had before until today on HouChron blogs) for their views, are supporting a major tenet of the Soviet Bloc (and what was their economic sytem?): no Freedom of Speech. Hence, it is you, who are the anti-American. Its very logical if you are capable of reasoning and deduction. If not, when all the "illegal immigrants" are deported, there will be lots of unemployment oppurtunities for you-not much thinking required.

And just for FYI, due to my beliefs, my record was disparaged and questioned. When i sarcastically thanked them for appreciating my time spent guarding the Eastern front against the Communist threat (while they were probably "doing other things", a poster whose rants remarkably mirrored Daniels from here (long on emotion, short on fact), ridiculed me to the other posters, "The Eastern front, what did you do, guard Florida? Then they started in on my login name. Questioned my sexual persuasion- i felt just like i was running for office. Finally, i hope when Sen O is sworn in as POUSA, my good governor (Kathleen Sebelius) is appointed Secty of Education so that No Child Left Behind can be modified into something worthwhile, instead of the anchor around teachers neck it has become. Possibly then, there could more dialogue than mud-slinging, more debates and less Fox News rhetoric repeated and rehashed. Someones not doing there job out there, or at least very well, because ive ran into a lot of ignorance today regarding the issues.

Posted by: clearlakedoc | August 2, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

After reading all these comments, I wonder why so many people made such a big deal about Michele's statement that for once in her adult lifetime.....what has happened in the past eight years does not make me feel proud to be an American. Having a president who has been allowed to commit war crimes and get away with it. Reverend Wrights comments were true also. Why do a lot of us refuse to accept the truth. Why would anyone believe that we Americans would continue to get away with what we have done to other countries without repercussions. It was bound to happen sooner or later. We have been bullies and when we get hit back, all of a sudden, when people speak out about our actions, they are communist or racist. There should have never been a war. McCain won't the war to continue because that's the only thing he believes he knows a lot about. McCain is a liar and those who believe in him are the ones who will be lost. There will be a third world war and this country will crumble.

Posted by: Libby | August 2, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

After reading all these comments, I wonder why so many people made such a big deal about Michele's statement that for once in her adult lifetime.....what has happened in the past eight years does not make me feel proud to be an American. Having a president who has been allowed to commit war crimes and get away with it. Reverend Wrights comments were true also. Why do a lot of us refuse to accept the truth. Why would anyone believe that we Americans would continue to get away with what we have done to other countries without repercussions. It was bound to happen sooner or later. We have been bullies and when we get hit back, all of a sudden, when people speak out about our actions, they are communist or racist. There should have never been a war. McCain won't the war to continue because that's the only thing he believes he knows a lot about. McCain is a liar and those who believe in him are the ones who will be lost. There will be a third world war and this country will crumble.

Posted by: Libby | August 2, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

For these people saying that McCain made videos, etc while a POW - exactly where are you getting this information? I ask because I have watched many documentaries over the about the POWs and what they have all said is how well Sen McCain and others withheld. He did a statement at one point, and he frankly says that they had found his breaking point. After that they tortured him more, but he never signed another thing.
As for the hospitalization he received, it was only after they found out his was an Admiral's son. When they brought him back to the prison, his fellow prisoners thought he would die soon. The Viet Cong also offered him an early release, which he refused unless the other prisoners were released.
Yes, he did have affairs and several separations from his wife before he met Cindy. He was still married when they became involved.
John McCain has made mistakes. The difference between him and the other guy is that McCain admits to his.

Obama and his supporters have played the race card all along. During Ohio primaries it became that if you weren't voting for him, you must be a racist. All of the automated phone calls I receieved brought up that he is AA. Why? What does that have to do with anything?

Honestly, I would love for America to have a black president. But not this man who is all rhetoric and no substance. Not this man who just repeats/repackages whatever first Hilary and now McCain proposes and claims it as his own. Or changes his opinion/policies to match the wind.

If I was a far left, and not a moderate, I would be pretty ticked off right now at his move to the center.

Posted by: Judi | August 2, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see racism is growing in this country thanks to McCain. And the same old blogest sphere lies are all over the web. All I can say is I hope your old wealthy and can't serve in the military because if your not you'll be broke on the street homeless or in Iraq , Iran or Aphganistan getting shot at. Better buy oil stocks now or munitions company stock we'll need lots of bullets. Go ahead vote McCain see where it gets ya. Good Luck.

Posted by: Bill | August 2, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

McCain has voted with this administration 98% of the time..same old...very old...too old.
Need to go a different way..this country needs to change direction soon..downhill is not a good place to go. This republican has children and grandchildren and will vote with my head and heart..
McCain isn't going to be my President!

Posted by: ray | August 2, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama more African American than he is white? Isn't he a 50/50 bar? He doesn't even look African American to me. I don't know why he injects that he is?

Posted by: The Bull | August 2, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Good lord this board has turned ugly, racist and petty. The world wonders why America has become what it has...it's easy as egg on your face. Look at some of these remarks..for example:

"Thank God I live in Texas, if America is so foolishly going to jump on the bandwagon and vote for Obama a man with no experience and poor records of actually making decisions, then Texas will secede. I'm sure of it."

WHAT? Whoever this cat is so dislodged from normal thinking it isn't even funny. So Texas will secede?..LOL...please, common sense needs to find your door step. That is the most ludicrous downright statement I have heard in a long time.


"Obama will be the end, not because of what he looks like, but because of his lack to express real true and patriotism for our country and lack of committing to anything."

Down right BS. You call this word patriotism into play (as all GOP folk do)..just because someone doesn't agree with your view of patriotism he is automatically maligned. I bet you feel a flag pin is true patriotism don't you? May God help us if you do. It's about time we have someone in the White house who is willing to admit our faults and work toward fixing them. The last four years have been chalked with lie after lie, with a bunch of buck slipping criminals running the show..hmmm real patriotic there, huh?

To each their own but it seems to me that fear plays a big part in a lot of peoples decisions. Must suck to be a sheep!

Vote how you want but remember one thing...McCain equals 4 more years of BS and the same old same old game. Plus he is 72 years old..my God give us a break get some youth in there and someone who actually has fresh and new ideas and ways. hell McCain still thinks it's 1970!

PS I am from TEXAS and despise the remarks of this so called TEXAN who posted such utterly stupid jargon.

Posted by: Mike B | August 2, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

A NOBAMA: Shame on you for saying that Obama sweep floors. Shame! Shame Shame. It's obvious you are one of them who will lie to smear others. I guess you must be coming from outer space for not knowing what Obama's qualifications are.

Posted by: Sick of Liers | August 2, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Sen Obama finally made the mistake of mentioning Pres Bush an Sen McCain, when he made that statment for the third time, or more for that matter. Then accusing those two of attacking him for his race. This is so far fetched. The Dems have played the race card against the President in both elections. They did it against Hillary, but this time, Sen McCain defended himself. Caught Sen Obama off guard. If Sen Obama has a thin skin, he needs to give it over to Hillary. Hillary would be 20 points ahead by now.

Posted by: Willie | August 2, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

To the poster Vap
Your post, and you are DISGUSTING, you are definately a racist!!!
I'm White, and voting for OBAMA in '08
McShame is ready for an old folks home very soon, Oh but thats probably why he left his former wife to have an affair and marry a rich heir to a beer fortune, so maybe she will be his nurse.
Sure he was a POW, but so were lots of other military troops over the years, but they don't constantly preach it to everybody in the world for pity, just maybe because they would like to forget that part of their lives, but not McCain, he even helped his captors make propaganda videos for the U.S. and became friends with his captors, if I remember correctly I think the word for that is called "Traitor"
McSame is a third term for GWB, the worst President in history.

Posted by: Bonnie | August 2, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I just realized- I am qualififed to be president and ceo of my company because I deliver great speeches and have 134 days of experience sweeping floors at my company.

Ohh wait- that's B Hussein Obama's qualifications for president.....

Posted by: A NOBAMA Nation | August 2, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

The reason he is opposed to affirmative action is for what affirmative action has become- a quota system. It certainly makes everyone feel good about themselves and about other when they know they (or the person beside them) only got their job because of a quota. GIVE UP ON AFFIRMATIVE ACTION and let the world operate under common sense.

Go Mccain

Posted by: A NOBAMA Nation | August 2, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if he opposed MLK day or it's funding? I still don't know why King got all the credit for the civil rights movement especially since he plagiarized most of his doctoral thesis, speeches and sermons, and was a adulterer who had a perverse and violent sexual life. Not to mention his anti-American tour he did in after the civi rights movement wound down.
But, at last, that is neither here nor there.
The issue today is why Obama is injecting race continually into the campaign.
Why doesn't he speak to the 'important'issues that he says McCain avoids?
Why is he saying "they"(meaning McCain) are racist and will go negative about race?
Aren't we beyond race by now? Isn't Obama?

Posted by: Shane S | August 2, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama has the potential to be one of the best presidents we have had in a long while, but quite equally also one of the worst. Herein lies my dilema, how am I supposed to trust that he will be the best when his past record/experiences/associations have shown him more likely to end up as one of the worst. Wtih McCain, I feel a lot more clear about the leader I will have, not that I think he will be that spectacular.

Posted by: JoeJoe | August 2, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Hi,
John McCain is an angry man, his stories not supported by facts, and he has flip flopped on so many big issues at 180 degree, such tax cut, oil drilling, etc, which are CRITICAl ISSUES. But not many people criticize him of these because people are blinded by his war hero status. When we criticize him of something he did inapproprately, he accuses us of attacking war hero. That is ridiculous.

Posted by: Dtru | August 2, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

'Asked why he has decided to back a ballot initiative in Arizona that would repeal affirmative action programs, McCain replied, "Affirmative action is in the eye of the beholder.... Americans reject a quota system. That is a system that does not help anyone and has not helped anyone."

mccain is subtly racist. he has consistently voted against equal rights and opportunities for legal US residents and naturalized US citizens. it is a fact well documented in his 1995 and 2007 voting record. the 49 republican senators also follow the same party policy.

100 % percent of blacks,latinos and asians should be joining all the others in supporting the democratic party and voting for obama.

if the republican party was the only party like in china they would deport every immigrant who entered the country after 1905, particularly non-white

Posted by: voteagainstmccain | August 2, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

People keep forgetting that Obama is half white and half black, i know society has it that if you have a percent of black in you, you are black but i don't look at it that way. His mother was white and his father was black, so basically he has both race in him, so he would try to fight for both sides even, and if both sides don't he would be neutral. I just want people to understand the he is a molatto, not black or white, but a mix between black and white. We need to change the denfinition of race and add a new race for mixed people.

Posted by: Bill | August 2, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

"Perhaps those of you who support Obama because he is black need to rethink it. He is 43.75% Arab, 6.25% African American from his fathers side."

Think---I found where you got this. A press release from 2004 that apparently never happened and largely questioned.

What makes it even more interesting is that I found a quote from his mother's good friend who claims his mother also has full blooded Cherokee in her heritage. Talk about a man for all seasons!

Another thing about your stats: I have never seen parts of a percentage when expressing ethnicity. How would anyone ever figure that out? .75%? I'm not buying it.

Posted by: KRJ | August 2, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Keeping track of what Obama and McCain are going to do or not do from day to day has made me decide to not vote at all. I know voting is my right or whatever you want to call it, but the people's vote hasn't mattered and possibly never will. Both candidates have some good points, but the way this nation is with the big wig's influences of today, the only president there will ever be is a white president. By the way I am not a racist, I'm only giving my opinion as anyone else has on here. I am open to anyone giving me a reference to some real facts on McCain or Obama that are not media or opiniated.

Does anyone have any references to backup any facts? I do agree that we as the people can try to get along better and maybe show some example. I will be hopeful some day that will happen. Maybe not in our time. Thank you.

Posted by: BK | August 2, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I read each of these posts with great interest. It is absolutely amazing how polarized and adamant most of you are about these candidates. I will say that the Obama supporters seem much more feverish than the McCain supports. Some of the McCain folks seem to go out of their way to point out that they are not racist while many of the Obama supports, presumably mostly black, seem to embrace a certain; 'it's our time to get even with all you white folks for all the injustices we suffered as black people' attitude. It is these presumably black posters that would probably vote for Puff Daddy (or whatever that idiot rapper's name is) just because he's black. My fellow Americans, black and white and whatever shade in between, the only color politicians are is the color of money. Obama is not the American Messiah and McCain is not the Great All Defender Patriot. They are both politicians, and as such, they will say whatever we want to hear to get what they want. Whoever ever wins this election, I can guarantee one thing to us all: we will all have to get up and go to our crappy jobs the next day, put up with our idiot bosses, and come home in our average run of the mill cars to our (if we are lucky) average run of the mill homes. That, my impassioned fellow Americans is the real truth and no politician will ever change that.

Posted by: fdi65 | August 2, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Whay does John McCain hate Jesus so much? I have seen the latest McCain video and as a Christian I am deeply offended.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/08/01/mccain_ad_mocks_obama_as_the_o.html

Posted by: Roy in Charlotte | August 2, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank God I live in Texas, if America is so foolishly going to jump on the bandwagon and vote for Obama a man with no experience and poor records of actually making decisions, then Texas will secede. I'm sure of it. Obama will be the end, not because of what he looks like, but because of his lack to express real true and patriotism for our country and lack of committing to anything.

Posted by: Texas | August 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

You folks have got to be kidding!!Why would a black man in America...where the population of African Americans is just under 13%...want to play a race card. What?! To get sympathy? From whom? For those of you who seem to have fallen asleep in college, Let me remind you there are very few positive stereotypes of African American males that don't include sports and/or entertainment. Don't believe me take a look at your television see the casting. Better yet, when you go to work or your office, see the casting. Reminding the other 77% of the country that he is black will get him exactly what Jesse Jackson received...This country is not completely beyond race isssues. So it is his best interest to be as race neutral as posible. It's funny...For a moment there some of you white folks actually forgot he was black...Isn't that what we all want?!!.. unfortunately, If that were true ask me why hillary, mccaine, and jesse keep reminding the world he's black...You may not agree with his politics, but you have got appreciate his resolve. Is it me or does he only seem to go down in the polls when other folks spark up that race card?

Posted by: Cmorgan | August 2, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Good God, hasn't anyone actually researched Obama. Its like people refuse to look into his history and see hes a crazy marxist hell bent on destroying America by removing miltary funds and defenses! We'll be sitting ducks! Haven't any of you read or watched a debate with Obama, he is a stuttering retard because everyone has dirt on him. He refused to make decisions in the Senate and flip flopped among the worst of them. Plus he has illegally accepted funds from oil/energy and lobbyists through private funds from the owners and their spouses. Isn't that a little obvious? Plus all this crap about supporting better Health Care when the hospital his wife works at preys on the poor not being able to afford health services. This information came from www.obamatruth.org

Posted by: Patriot | August 2, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

After reading these remarks, I have come to the conclusion that many of us enjoy the side-shows of negative politics. Let's focus on what the candidates say about their vision for this country. For example, John McCain touts charter schools. Well, I don't know about other states, but the great majority of charter schools in Texas are failing badly. Yes, they are performing far worse than the public schools. Have you checked to see how they're doing in your state? Also a study recently done by the U.S. Department of Education noted that children who fail in public school tend to fail in private schools and children who do well in public schools do well in private schools. So much for vouchers! Obama wants early childhood education for all children. That's something that works. It has been proven to work. Also, this nonsense of pandering to the teacher unions. In many parts of this country, my state for one, teacher unions have absolutely no clout! Furthermore, this notion that they are populated by people who don't want ours to be the best educational system in the world is ridiculous and insulting. If anybody in God's world needs a union it's teachers. They are the most underpaid and underappreciated people in the country. In my opinion, this country has far better teachers than it deserves. Obama wants them paid a respectable wage. That will go along way to getting what our politicians say we must have-"the best and the brightest." Do you think McCain wants to pay them a decent salary? I don't. He says he wants to pay incentives to the best. Good lord, have you seen their salaries nationwide? We are lucky to have any best.

Posted by: Judi | August 2, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

If McCain wins people will say we screwed up again. If Obabma wins People will cry Unlce Tom......

Posted by: WhatThe??? | August 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait for Obama to get ellected just so african americans will wake up and realize the man they are going to put in the white house blindly is just a politician, just like all the other ones before him, and not the second coming or some kind of great saviour.

Posted by: Funny | August 2, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama in the PA primary and have come to regret that vote. Since selling out on FISA he has lied and flip flopped numerous times. This is the reason he is slipping in the polls. He has shown himself to be just another politician. But rather than accept that his own actions are the cause of his dwindling popularity he has resorted, once again, to playing the race card in an effort to stop the slide. That may have worked for him in the Democratic primary, but it will not help him in the general election.

Posted by: rob g | August 2, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Do we all forget that racism can be against any and all races. It is not simply a white mans crime. Is it right to judge the son for the sins of the father? Do that many people not know the true history of our country? That indeed even free black men of wealth imported and owned slaves and until The Virginia Assembly of 1670 made it illegal for blacks to own whites some wealthy blacks imported white servants from England. It's true look it up. Yeas the African American man that was brought to this country as a slave definately got mistreated and the raw end, but this was neither todays doing or choice.We should come together and see each other as we are now all Americans, not as SOME of our decendants were. Who that preaches racism has ever sat down and done their ancestry to see if they were indeed even a part of the wicked chapter of Americas slavery? Perhaps it would shock you to know that your ancestry was never even involved.

Posted by: DownNOut | August 2, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Either you LIKE it or YES, Obama is really "THE ONE" we are going to vote. Ask Why? HE IS "JUST" .HE CAN CHANGE OUR COUNTRY FOR THE BETTER. Ask of McCain?? Oh he is PROUD sometimes - THE ONE GOD DETESTS ALWAYS.

Posted by: McTachie | August 2, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Why has the American people so willing accepted John McCain as the poster boy of POW's. Has he earned? Perhaps. Did being an Admiral's son help? Absolutely. Was McCain quoted telling his Vietnamese captours that he'd, "provide military information if they'd take him to the hospital?" Will John McCain do or say whatever it takes to get what he wants? Yes, I believe so.

Posted by: Lynn | August 2, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I think alot of people here are losing site on this election. Yes it does insite some racial tension upon the more ignorant, both white and black. Yes it does to some degree effect the direction in which our country may or may not be steered in the future, but more than anything this election is dividing and conquering the soul of America. have we all lost sight of the fact that whoever wins the election is still but a single man. He may have alot to do with where this country goes, but he will not be the only nor ultimate authority as we have many safeguards in place. Yes some of those safeguards do fail at times, but they also work at times as well. Whether we have a Democratic President or Republican President we have the ability to vote in a House or Senate that is opposite to help ensure those safeguards. Are there things wrong with McCain, yes. Are there things wrong with Obama, yes. There have been problems with every Pesident ever elected. Does big business have alot to do with what ultimately happens, yes. Why else would any man want a job making supposedly a few hundred thousand a year when he could easily get a job running one of these major companies making millions a year? It's simple, all politicians to some degree are corrupt. What we as a people have allowed areselves to fall into is a great divide over choosing two corrupt men to run our country. Our emphasis should instead be on our Senators and representatives being put under more scrutiny on where all sources of there incomes and gifts come from. We should disallow money from bigger businesses being allowed to enter into our governments line of voting. That is how we begin fixing our country, not by hating our fellow American due to his choice over one man or another. Remember each nominee is simply a man. His choices and decisions will change depending upon the environment and its changes. What one nominee agrees with today may not be what he agrees with tomorrow, and we have issue with that. Certainly in our own lives we have these change of hearts daily ourselves. Does this mean our friends or aquantances should hold us accountable? I should hope not, for then we would all be a sorry sort. I think our best avenue at this point is to listen to each candidate today and in the coming days as to his beliefs and feelings now, not dig up his beliefs from the past. what does it really matter what church Obama used to attend? It's not where he attends now. What is the big deal about how McCain may have voted in 1989? That was a different time in some aspects an entirely different world. We as Americans should simply vote our own hearts and choice and then come together to support whichever nominee may win. We will never be a great country until we learn to respect and assist our fellow man, for the neighbor having a struggle today may indeed be the neighbor you ask for help next month. As for my choice for candidate, I am a registered Democrat, but I am still listening to both sides and will decide once I feel I know which will be a better future leader, not which made the least mistakes in the past, and when I do make that decision, I will vote it with a clear conscience on what I feel is best for this country as a whole, ot just myself, and I will keep that vote secret. I will then support whichever nominee comes out the victor and simply hope that this country rises above it's struggles to once again be great, if not for my sake then for the sake of my three children.....Donald R Sims Jr

Posted by: DisabledVetHere | August 2, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

to BK - here is a real fact - McBush is just I-DIOT with all the mess he said.

Posted by: Linda, Fl | August 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Keeping track of what Obamba and McCain are going to do or not do from day to day has confused me into not voting at all. I know voting is my right or whatever you want to call it, but the people's vote hasn't mattered and possibly never will. Both candidates have some good points, but the way this nation is with the big wig's influences of today, the only president there will ever be is a white president.

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Posted by: BK | August 2, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The white people are in trouble BIG trouble the silent sleeping giant is black and hispanic america forget about everybody else! for blacks they've had it with this long stretch of white people getting elected to the white house no matter the party ties it seems whites screw it up ! take pay offs after pay offs cut deals left and right in the end everybody else gets the pocket change! whereas when the white man leaves the WHITE HOUSE they live like kings indeed black america will rise up and out strip the whites in key regions to overtake the white vote and slam in a black man the way they see it they came as slaves and later put blood sweat and tears into america joined the military to serve and DIE for ALL of america!! and NOW will put in one of their own to SAVE america from it self! to save Rome maybe even build a new rome on top of the old to ALL of you who think Obama will be just like the whites and take the money on the table I don't think so for generations now the working black folk of america and other people of color always had to work harder for the same pay!!and worse because the bar was "raised" BECAUSE of the skin color. So I don't think he will do it. Years later another person of color just might take the money on the table for that matter they will out number whites anyway and reset the rules of the game indeed.

Posted by: diagda07 | August 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse


the commonality among true racist is they can't keep it a secret. Sooner or later, it comes out. Such as Bill Clinton during the primaries. He thought he had hidden thefacts about his bias. Not true. It came out when he least expected it. So it is with Senator McCain. That's the trouble with so many racist. They are in denial and accept their behavior as "the norm." I am hopeful that the hand we have been dealt and compelled to examine only as a result of having Senator Obama run for president, that we can finally have the meaningful dialogue which is so very necessary here in America. That finally, an emotional cure will have been wrought.

Posted by: janet | August 2, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Keeping track of what Obama and McCain are going to do or not do from day to day has made me decide to not vote at all. I know voting is my right or whatever you want to call it, but the people's vote hasn't mattered and possibly never will. Both candidates have some good points, but the way this nation is with the big wig's influences of today, the only president there will ever be is a white president. By the way I am not a racist, I'm only giving my opinion as anyone else has on here. I am open to anyone giving me a reference to some real facts on McCain or Obama that are not media or opiniated. Thank you.

Posted by: BK | August 2, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I think that Sen. MCCain, while he was a POW, envisioned himself President of the USA. This is was kept him strong and alive. Good for him. Once he was rescued/released he waisted no time becoming a heal-leaving his now not beautiful wife and children for a young rich woman who could pay for his political career. The idiot from Crawford TX politically beat him into the ground in 2000 dashing his dreams. Now his is in the winter of his life and he will do any thing to be President. Barck Obama is young enough to run again. MCCain will be a three time looser and a 75 years old. So if you think John MCCain will do anything to help the American People, you are stupid enough to vote for GWB a third time.


Posted by: CMBB2652 | August 2, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me how totally out of date and out of touch McCain is. He throws this staunch rhetoric out there but can't even decipher what is going on around him. This country in my opinion is due for some change, youth and new ideas. If McCain wins (God forbid) we will have four more years of nothing and as the song says "Nothing from Nothing leaves Nothing". We are in deep kimshe in this country, people had better wake up and smell the coffee, inflation, outsourcing, illegal war, soaring gas prices and a global economy that is flat kicking the American dollars ass. Give the brother a chance (OBAMA)...we might as well. How much worse off can we be? Were loathed around the globe, our Government is chalked full of liars, creeps, and posers. So why the hell not!

Posted by: Mike B | August 2, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Only the liberal democrats get nasty in blogs. Nasty and personal, but then what else do they have to argue!!! Pelosi wants to safe the planet, never mind the US, Reid want to take care of his personal assets which he got at the government feedbag, and Obama, G-d knows what he wants beside what the Rev in Chicago was telling him for twenty years; yet, he claims he never heard anything!!!!!

Posted by: elduque | August 2, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

There are some angry people on here. Why are you calling each names? Isn't this what America is about -- land of the free (speech)? Does this mean that speech is only "free" if we all agree? I just don't get it, but I guess I'm naive. I can agree to disagree with another person, but I am usually willing to hear them out before judging what they are saying.
I'm not fond of either candidate. One is old, he's losing his memory, and I don't like that he's insulting Obama and them blaming Obama for the insult. Yet Obama is too new - who is he? Why does he believe he's qualified to be President? Because he has a good speech writer?
What does either candidate really believe? I suspect they both believe whatever it is the public wants to hear at the moment (so it depends on who he is talking to) And if I pick the candidate that I agree with the most, can he really help us? I think most of us are selfish and ignorant. We break things, and expect our government to fix it. We want it all, we want it right now, and we want it cheap (or better yet, free - or send a rebate with it, so that the government is paying me instead). Temper tantrums won't help. Can't we agree to disagree, and work together on our problems? One poster here said "think" - what a great word - consider it.
I am struggling just like the next person. I commute to work, because I can't afford to live near my workplace. I am a single mom, without health care. I can barely afford to get to and from work and feed my family. Still, I get up each morning thankful to be alive, to be an American, and thankful for the choices I have. I still have everything I need, and occasionally something I want.
I want to hear how the candidates feel about the issues - but we all know, things happen, and feelings change. Where does that leave us? It's a calculated risk, but I for one, am tired of the name calling, so if I had to pick a candidate today, it would be Obama.

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I truly wish you the best of luck and I hope the American people like yourself will vote on the issues that benefit them most and not allow spin and smoke screens to influence their decision. You are living proof why this election is so important and why we must not make the same mistake that we've made the last two elections.

Posted by: The Informed One | August 2, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Reading the vile bitterness and discord in these comments has shown me exactly why this country, the United States of America, is falling apart. The many, no...the People have been torn apart so that they can be taken advantage of by the few. We are not in a united state in America. We are sabotaging our union, destroying domestic tranquility and refuse to provide for our common defense. The mindset demonstrated in many of these comments makes me question how many of you really know what it takes to BE an American and not just have the title by default. Absolutely disgusting.

Posted by: Sinner | August 2, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Kieth. Americans (the population at large) are the dumdest people on the planet. Turn off you television sets and read. Educate yourselves.

Americans need to stand up and take back this country. All Presidental canditates preach of change and what do we get, the same old thing. When will the people of this country realize, We are falling behind the rest of the world.

Like Rome. We will meet the same fate, Unless there is change brought upon by the people.

Posted by: Matt | August 2, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

There are some angry people on here. Why are you calling each names? Isn't this what America is about -- land of the free (speech)? Does this mean that speech is only "free" if we all agree? I just don't get it, but I guess I'm naive. I can agree to disagree with another person, but I am usually willing to hear them out before judging what they are saying.
I'm not fond of either candidate. One is old, he's losing his memory, and I don't like that he's insulting Obama and them blaming Obama for the insult. Yet Obama is too new - who is he? Why does he believe he's qualified to be President? Because he has a good speech writer?
What does either candidate really believe? I suspect they both believe whatever it is the public wants to hear at the moment (so it depends on who he is talking to) And if I pick the candidate that I agree with the most, can he really help us? I think most of us are selfish and ignorant. We break things, and expect our government to fix it. We want it all, we want it right now, and we want it cheap (or better yet, free - or send a rebate with it, so that the government is paying me instead). Temper tantrums won't help. Can't we agree to disagree, and work together on our problems? One poster here said "think" - what a great word - consider it.
I am struggling just like the next person. I commute to work, because I can't afford to live near my workplace. I am a single mom, without health care. I can barely afford to get to and from work and feed my family. Still, I get up each morning thankful to be alive, to be an American, and thankful for the choices I have. I still have everything I need, and occasionally something I want.
I want to hear how the candidates feel about the issues - but we all know, things happen, and feelings change. Where does that leave us? It's a calculated risk, but I for one, am tired of the name calling, so if I had to pick a candidate today, it would be Obama.

Posted by: Simple-Minded | August 2, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"I'd have to find out what the bill was," McCain said, pausing. "Nineteen eighty-nine, that was nineteen years ago."

Guess he missed that math class ...

Posted by: LuisM | August 2, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain's a sweet talker but he doesn't live up to his words. He says he respects Obama. And then he says he's proud of his ads that falsely accuse Obama of playing basketball instead of visiting wounded soldiers and being more about blonde bimbos than leadership. My mama taught me a lot about respect. I don't know what McCain thinks respect is but his actions don't live up to the values I learned as a young man. John McCain doesn't seem to know the difference between not lying and being honest ("the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth"). HIs ads contain multiple errors, half truths and false innuendos. And he's proud of that. My mama would say his values are empty.

Posted by: Rod B. | August 2, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a cheerleader. He reminds me of a shady used car salesperson. He tells you want you want to hear, and people will follow. When are some of these ignorant bloggers going to start thinking with their brains? Then again you must have one to use it. Anyone who believes the President runs this country, that it is controlled by ONE man is mentally blind. The government will change in the next 20 years, we will go to a system more derived from the Romans and used in Britain. It is NOT the Republican causing the problems, its special interest groups. You have buffoons like Al Sharpton walking around, biggest RACIST in the country. He is a ......DEMOCRAT. You on here worrying about the Republicans running this country into the ground. Who controls the Houses?? DUHHHH!!!!! The ones complaining about Republicans are the ones waiting on HAND OUTS, more government assistance so they can keep up with the wealthy, because it is UNFAIR that they dont have money too. If that was the case, explain how immigrants to this country, who came with nothing have become succesful and not complaining about things that happened 200 years ago. Obama will NOT win. McCains VP will become President. Get your heads out of your rears Democrat Liberal Sheep. YOu go borrow money on a house you cannot afford, then you want me to bail you out. Sure thing! I want to buy some property, I will go buy it and when i cannot pay for it, I will ask for a bail out. Fair Enough? Lets please rebuild New Orleans, BRILLIANT! A fish bowl, that is under sea level, and lets make all the people that had nothing multi millionaires, because they CHOOSE to live there for the reason of? "my great great grandpappy lived here"
I am not saying McCain is perfect by any stretch. Politicians by nature are twisted. Between Obama and McCain? Get real. I told people a long time ago about UNIONS, they would bring the Big 3 to their knees. Congratulations, you have succeeded. Now, you will pay. THINK!!
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After reading thru some of these posts I've really been saddened about the ignorance on display here. This post in particular shows the problem with the mindset of many Americans in this country. You attempted to script your post to Democrats but I think everyone here with half a brain can read between your distorted lines. I'm sure Democrats, Republicans and Independents have all been affected by the housing crisis, rising gas prices and the economy. To insinuate Democrats are the only people that have been adversely affected by the housing crisis and other economical issues shows either your stupidity or lack of understanding of the current peril our Country is in. Your post has no merit and shows your lack of understanding why this Country so badly needs a new direction from the old status quo. I'm not going to spar in debates over social and economic issues but it would make sense to post credible and knowledgeable posts here and not spew your own venom from a very dark place.

Posted by: The Informed One | August 2, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To MB: First of all a lot of these comments are not based on facts. Daniel, you should do some research before you type as you seem very immature, angry and unaware of what's going on today.

oK, FIRST Jesse did make the comments on the behalf of Obama....FACT. Second, Sharpton did acknowledge the statements with dissapointment and nothing more like he does at whites on comments......FACT. You MB, don't need to lecture someone unless you know the truth. Please keep your comments about someone being angry or anything else to yourself, just because you live in a denial state of mind. All the facts are there and yet all you come back with is name calling , that MB was a immature post by you. Thanks!

Obama has relations with communist, racist and anti american socialist , yet I don't see the liberal media posting any of that on TV. It's all facts , yet some of you on here don't care to look at that issue. I as an American care to see his background , cause that tells me what he stands for and that is nothing that will help us. I don't want Government controlling us more as Obama wants. I don't want the government to tax our gas more , didn't they make enough profit off gas this last year? I think 32 billion is alot more than Exxon profits on its 162 billion in revenues, yet the Government did nothing for their share. I don't care to hear anymore of Obama's fake wanna be I have a dream speeches. There is only one Martin L King and Obama is not him. What's scary is the people supporting this man are just socialist considering that's what Obama is for and will try to intrust into the American people. The Obama Nation is a great read about Obama's past and yet Liberal's are scared to research it cause it hit home on Obama. Obama had a big lead in the beginning after the primary's and yet now its almost dead even. Thank the Lord , that us American's are finally waking up and thanks to our great nation for realising we are based on freedom and democracy not the communist socialist of extreme Liberalist.

Posted by: daniel | August 2, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

You can go ahead and snivel about the G.O.P. And McCain but your D.N.C. is just as responsible for all this mess.
Don't tell me your party doesn't have better candidate's then Gore, Kerry, and Obama ? If you Democrat's would quit trying to force feed Liberalism down America's throat, you could have provided viable candidates the last 3 elections. This time you give us a closet racist,[How could you go to Rev. Wright's church for 20 yrs.and not be racist.] a charismatic speaker, who's Politically Correct with a nice smile, an empty suit. With promises of higher taxes, more social giveaways ,amnesty for illegals. He's thinks he's above saying the Pledge of Allegiance. This is an attempt to real in the blacks that are becoming disillusioned with the D.N.C. He thinks he's running for President of the world. I won't vote for a racist, so now I'm called one by the Dem's. I'd vote for Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams for example, if either were running but they don't count, they're not Liberal. Let the name calling begin, I'm out of here !

Posted by: JC | August 2, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

after reading many of these comments, it's easy to see why the USA is so screwed. The problem is not GW Bush, it is you, the American people.
You need better education, better healthcare, better social programs. You need to think about the issues, not all this trash the media is loading you up with. Stop raging and think.

Posted by: keith cummings | August 2, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

WHY IS THAT WHITE PEOPLE ARE AUTOMATICALLY RACIST.ISNT THAT RACIST.I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE FOR OBAMA BUT HIS SKIN TONE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. I DONT KNOW WHERE HE STANDS ON ANYTHING.HE SAYS WHATEVER HE THINKS WILL MAKE THE VOTER HAPPY AT THAT MOMENT,AND HE IS CERTAINLY NO JUDGE OF CHARACTER (JUST LOOK AT HIS FRIENDS) SO I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHO HE WOULD PICK FOR HIS CABINET MEMBERS,CAN AMERICA AFFORD THE LUXURY OF OBAMA MAKING OUR DECISIONS I THINK NOT

MCCAIN 08

Posted by: Kelly | August 2, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry folks,Obama will never be able
to screw us.Pelosi and Reid will take the
magic negro with them,DOWN THE DRAIN.

Posted by: vap | August 2, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, when I stated:
McClown will "fight" to keep healthcare for all?

I should have clarified to say...Keep ALL FROM healthcare.

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

It's certainly great to see what a challenged, sub-standard education has done for most of these posters. Evidently, and based on most of your inane comments, critical thinking courses were never offered or attended by many of you. Most here have no desire to be Objective or to understand the Issues. You have been fooled by the media and the "promise" of fairness and have never learned to assess a situation critically or objectively. Most of you can't even perform simple functions such as spelling simple words correctly.


Whatever McClown was, he isn't now. He will dance to the tune of hatred and belly-up to big business to win their affection. He will profess his desires to you and you will suck it up like pabulum. A "hero?" Yes, but does that qualify him for President? I don't think so. You are the same ignorant slobs that laughed at Admiral Stockdale during the Vice-Presidential debates 16 years ago; who was a true hero.


As you can plainly see, they have ignored the citizens of the United States and followed the mantra "when in doubt...Lie, and then cover up."

McClown will "fight" to keep healthcare for all? Are you nuts?? This is one of the biggest bunches of crap, as the Federal government subsidizes the greatest share of medical benefits in this country, and a major reason why American business can't compete in world markets.

Why don't we have national healthcare? Look at the money the Insurance companies and the Drug companies spent lobbying to keep things the way they are. Look at the bill that Emperor Bush signed into law, which gives the Pharmaceutical companies free reign to charge what they want for medications and makes it illegal for you to buy the same medications cheaply from across the border in Canada. THE SAME MEDICATIONS!


Where else do you want to go???

Energy....Just look at the paper: Exxon-Mobil beat its own record setting profit again. Are you subsidizing them?? heck yes you are.

Electricity?? Subsidized...taxpayer hammered again. Just ask Emperor Bush's ole' buddy, ENRON Ken Lay...woops! He's dead. Spent a hell of a lot of money on political contributions to Bush though. Ahhh...just a coincidence.

Environment?? EPA & NASA scientists were removed and replaced by hacks after stating that Global Warming was REAL.

Justice: Not a conservative? Don't bother applying for a Job at The Justice Department. No Democrats or Independents allowed.

Labor? We don't care about these low-life working people. Business is the name of the game. Labor laws? HA! We found new ways to walk all over workers rights and fairness. Gotta go...Wal-Mart is on the phone.

Eight years ago, the Bush Nazis used race and fear to gain their seat and take you for a ride. You bought it then, and, you're paying for it now...and forever.

I weep for America and the damage Jerry Springer has done to this nation of fools!

ONLY GOD CAN SAVE US NOW!

Posted by: The Last Patriot | August 2, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Posted by: vallie | August 2, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Why are you pimping your Black kids? Is that how you view them? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt but I am concerned about the mental stability of your kids and based on your post.. you. Why the anger? Are you telling me that Blacks have no right to talk about history and how that I applies today. Very arrogant and condesecending. If you truly care for Your Black Kids almighty God try educating yourself about reality.


Posted by: reality | August 2, 2008 12:32 PM


WHAT????? LOL LOL. You derived all that from one statement? This proves my point, thank you for driving it home. Pimping my kids? How in the world did you arrive at such a conclusion? Did I mention anything about history? NO. Did i not go to great lengths to tell you this has nothing to do with race? YES. But, as usual, lets break down every word and LOOK for insinuations that we can twist. I will tell you this. History is the PAST, it is just that. You cannot change it, right or wrong. It is gone! Rehashing the past will not change what happened. Rebuild the future, you are stuck in a tar pit of history and refuse to let go. I am not saying mistakes were not made, but dont forget mr. realist who sold your own people to the white man. It was your OWN countrymen. Do i agree with what happened? NO. Can it be changed? NO. So why do you insist on living in a past that cannot be changed. Look around you, there are success stories of black people everywhere. They are not sitting there discussing what WAS, you look at what IS and you move forward. Never go backwards, it will not help. So please before YOU judge , THINK, dont just spew. I am the least racist person you will ever know, but people like you that look for things to twist makes this a very sad world at times.

Posted by: think | August 2, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

JOHN McCAIN'S 3R ECONOMIC PLAN 2008
Abbreviated version
Progressive thinking Republican Candidate John McCain comes through for America with his 3R economic plan. In the persona of Theodore Roosevelt, McCain's plan just makes sense.
FIRST , keep in mind that to drop the fuel tax, the local gov'ts would crash. We must use the 3R to replace taxes lost from replaced fuel through green energy (Yes, we have it ready to go!)
www.betterconstructed.com
1. RETHINK: America must see globally on what America is capable of in our current state of technology, engineering and meet the demands that face the world.
Private Sector framework is in place and current laws allow the 3R to happen. The Progressive attitude of John McCain to get things done by crossing party lines will resurrect America.
2. REFORM: The American people must demand higher quality products and less restricted trade routes for Made in USA components. We will lead the way of MFG again!
The USA will reform its dead manufacturing base
3. REINVENT: America and Americans must reinvent themselves to reach and maintain these standards and by sheer American ingenuity, control the world's marketplace in the competitive manner, as the USA has always been proud to be #1.
NUTS AND BOLTS of the plan are simple.
Billions of savings equates to millions of lost tax revenue from energy companies. The US needs a separate tax revenue source before we can move away from fossil fuels.
McCain 3R solution.
McCain's 3R is about technical, closely monitored and rapid hands on training from pros to create new pros. Thousands of currently-job-displaced "once leaders in the manufacturing arena" will be asked to train and play instructor rolls in the 3R plan. Paid, of course, as these new leaders will help create a whole new style of prosperous America. A massive restructure providing thousands New American MFG means millions of new jobs for infrastructure alone.
We have the buildings, needs and infrastructure to do this!
New jobs is the mainstay for Creating a new guard for Social Security.
This is the new place for financial speculators to invest!
McCain's Progressive nature embodies Theodore Roosevelt more than any US presidential candidate in history since the original Rough Rider blazed the greatest era of growth in America.
We need John McCain to lead our nation with the same type of change.
Men and women of all races on equal ground operating their own businesses or taking part as an employee. No more hyphenated Americans! Thinking like Theodore Roosevelt all the way to a stronger America.
www.betterconstructed.com
THIS 3R DRAFT COURTESY OF:
John Lewis Mealer, Founding President of Mealer Companies

Obama's speeches and website outline his plans.
IF Obama is elected he would crush this nation by doing the following:
Obama's World Poverty Bill (Google it) would be passed and take ALL of the US Gross Domestic Profit earnings to give to the UN for distribution to African nations (seriously, GOOGLE IT) (All 7%. Which is the US profit margin).
Guns would be also gathered up according to Obama's Global Poverty Bill plan (Did you Google it yet?)
Obama plans to heavily tax the investor class and no new small businesses would come into being (esp with the bank failures going on at the moment and no new loans being issued).
America would stagnate and begin to fall apart without small business growth.
Obama's tax on the investor class also takes away incentives for lower classes to strive to become wealthier people.
Did you hope to begin your own business someday?

Obama says NO! Only Obama's guidelines of new businesses and new business owners with or without training to run a business.. He could care less.
Obama must keep us in our place, after-all.
Obama would immediately tax the large corporations which are already just barely balanced between the democrat instituted American Workers Union ridiculous demands and simply closing up and moving overseas or to Mexico.
The USA corporate infrastructure would be destroyed within a year.
Obama would force the remaining small businesses to pay totally unaffordable health care for employees and they too, would close up and go out of business even before finding health care, IF it were available.
This will really hurt the women business owners who employ mostly younger women in retail, who have higher health care coverage.
THEN Obama comes up with some LIE that he wants to give small business $5K per covered worker. Do you realize how many workers there are in small businesses throughout America? How would he pay for those TRILLIONS?!! Talk about not even thinking about how grand of a lie he tries to weave.
Obama will over tax and over extend this country so quickly and at the worst time that we will DIE as a nation.
If you want the USA to watch America die, then you surely want Obama to become president and vice versa.
Obama wants to keep us "dumb and stupid... and in our place, and clinging to our guns, faiths and ideals"... Not his quote, exactly, but the same words, thoughts and deeds from Obama's 'better-than-thou crowd'.
This is real life.
McCain 3R Plan is a start, but Obama's view is obviously the end of the USA.

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

McCain would need to be painted a racisit in order to defend himself against. John McCain and the Karl Rove machine the decieved the American people into electing Bush for the second term, was waiting for an oppurtunity to use race.

Just read how even some of you posting here view blacls in America even today !!!

Next he will tell you blacks are taking away your jobs, the ones the Republicans haven't to Low Cost Regions like China, India, and other low wage unregulated country, and the whole time telling you it is good for our country.

Call it like it is this is good for Wall Street.

They don't care about any of you, but do know how to distract from the issues.

Posted by: Dewayne | August 2, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It's fear or perhaps the unknown. I'm just hoping that both candidates can inform us of issues that seem to be lacking, and not addressed.

Posted by: Vallie | August 2, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

to Think:
For your information I have adopted children, from different ethnic groups INCLUDING black.

Why are you pimping your Black kids? Is that how you view them? I want to give you the benefit of the doubt but I am concerned about the mental stability of your kids and based on your post.. you. Why the anger? Are you telling me that Blacks have no right to talk about history and how that I applies today. Very arrogant and condesecending. If you truly care for Your Black Kids almighty God try educating yourself about reality.

Posted by: reality | August 2, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Look! I am not an american nor have been in that country but the truth is that country had suffered because of the current president who had never been successfull in running or managing spoon feed businesses in the past, how much more the governance of the US of A. So, no wonder that that country is in a deep S_ _ _ T right now. And now, another white haired old warmonger parrot who does not know enough geography wants to replace him as president of that great country? I'm scared, maybe he'll accidentally bombed my country for just being plain dumb wether the earth is round or flat. Hehe! For me, it is better an unknown risk (Obama)which might go both ways, either good or bad than selecting a clear risk of which would clearly result to bad things for your country. Remember folks, most of us who live in this earth feel the ripple effect from the happenings in your country, so please choose your next president wisely! Tnx!

Posted by: zandro | August 2, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has not "acted like he was for the war all along". Barack Obama took the trip over there to talk with the military leaders there and see the troops. How is that acting like he was for the war all along? He has opposed the war all along and he's said so. Unflating our tires? what a joker you are. I guess you'd rather pay triple the cost for gas next year with the GOP and McSenile.

Posted by: AllAmerican61 | August 2, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

First of all a lot of these comments are not based on facts. Daniel, you should do some research before you type as you seem very immature, angry and unaware of what's going on today. To the proud father with a daughter at the university of Denver, so proud you didn't leave your name, nobody ever said to choose MLK over Chavez and everyone else here, if your are going to post your comments at least be truthful or have some idea of what your talking about, try to look from someone else perspective, or your stupidity will always show through.

Posted by: MB | August 2, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

to daniel:

Please dont make me laugh anymore after reading your post. Anyone who does not think Al Sharpton is racist is in denial. He is as bad as Spike Lee. NOW, before you get all upset and call me names. There is a BLACK gentleman that perhaps YOU should listen to what he has to say. He was even booed by blacks. That man is BILL COSBY. He tells it like it is. So please put up your racial slurs, and THINK deeper about where I was going with with my post. I could care less about your color. For your information I have adopted children, from different ethnic groups INCLUDING black. Now what?? Do i hear a door slamming on tongue my friend?

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

As and add on comment about Obamas ethnic background. It is not meant to discredit or be biased against Arabs. I stated it merely to show that he is not saying the whole truth about his ethnic background. Is he ashamed of it? Why not admit who you are. I am an ethnic minority who is a legal immigrant and US citizen. If you want to be President, you must be up front, dont hide behind RACE. This post is specifically for Ameer. I am not voting agains Obama because of his ethnic or race. He is not who you think he is. As for Mccain being wealthy, my response to that is AAANNNNNNDDD! Obama had a $4million pay last year. The Clintons went from being bankrupt to net worth over $100 million, i do not see Democrats beating on that drum over and over. Wealth is either created or inherited. If you miss the boat on it, it is noones fault but your own.

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

HOWEVER THINK crosses the line with calling Al Sharpton a racist, it is not his fault that America creates situations of inequality, he just so happens to speak to it, call attention to it, and try to enlist those that are effected to find a means to correct it. How is that racist?. If he were white what would you call him?

I call him what he is and that's a racist hypercrite. Why didn't Sharpton attack Jesse Jackson on his comments of Obama? Why didn't he call for his head like he does white's when they make the same comments? Well Jesse is black and Obama is half black , so in that case it was ok right? Your a moron and I am glad not to be associated with your idiotic comment's. Sharpton needs to be just as hard on blacks making racial commetns as he does on anyother race. Yet he doesn't and thats the reason why he is racist. Use your brain people and listen and watch what these people say and do. Geez our country is falling fast on stupidity. After reading the gentleman's post below I am now 1% more dumb now thanks.

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

In a previous post it was stated that McCain had supported honoring Chavez. Chavez may have done honarable things, I must confess that I really don't much about him. However, lets keep things in prospective. Martin Luther King did much more to bring about changes in civil rights. MLK was recognized world wide hence his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.
MLK did much to challenge the status quo and upset the powers at be. The rights MLK fought and died for are now afforded to everyone in America even immigrants (legal and Illegal). It is not surprising that certain people would not want someone who had done so much for others recoginized

Posted by: Buckman | August 2, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

The question always comes up about RACE. This presidential election has nothing to do with race, it has to do with COMPETENCY. Obama is not competent to be President of the USA. Its like telling a teenager that has his drivers permit to go drive a semi truck on the highway. Afterall, he is able to drive, he is of age, why not?
Have you ever noticed in ANY job, would you rather have the most educated, talk up a good storm, or the most experienced and my be rough around the edges? If you were an employer, you would think different. I would take experience over rhetoric and "educated" mindset any day of the week.
We all want change, but when you use the word over and over, you need something to back it up as to how you want to accomplish the change, REALISTICALLY, not filling empty brains with empty words. The economic situation is NOT a Republican issue. It is NOT a partisan issue, it is a social issue. Part of it has to do with the NASD and SEC, two of the most idiotic agencies in government next the GAO and IRS. There is NO shortage of oil, we get more oil from Canada than we do from Arabs, the problem is Wall Street. Shorting and Futures. stop them cold in their tracks , you will see an amazing thing, price of oil will drop. As long as you have a few controlling the futures market, they are becoming billionairs and laughing at you. Republicans did this?? Get rid of your trial attorney left wing congressmen, you will also find prices of insurance stabilizing. Only in the USA do we have these issues. Republicans did this?? Obama is NOT in the lead, it is a faux perception created by the media. Polls, and exit polls are one of the biggest mind controls the media has upon the American people. Who will take the time to go check behind them? NOONE! I can come up with my own exit poll in a week, let me call 10,000 people, all over the USA and give you statistics, then skew them. Prove i was wrong, i will have data to back it up. Obamanation will LOSE! I repeat again. it is NOT the President who runs the country. He is merely the head figure, think of him as the head host in a 5 star restaurant. Is he the one cooking the food, serving it? He merely sits you and checks on you to make sure everything is ok, now if you have bad service, who will you go to??? The host, he is the most visible. Get it now my dear sheeplies?
Perhaps those of you who support Obama because he is black need to rethink it. He is 43.75% Arab, 6.25% African American from his fathers side. Things that make you go hhhhhmmmmm! Enjoy the facts, again.

Posted by: think | August 2, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The posts made to this bog just confirm what I have thought now for years - most of the American people have no idea what is happen to their nation, nor do they really care. Most are nothing but simple minded itiots who buy the media's explanation for everything. No one thinks any more, they all just watch the TV and hear how great Obama is and how bad McCain is. Too bad, They will vote Obama in and will have to live with the consequences for the rest of their lives.

Posted by: Al - Texas | August 2, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

i am a 33 year old Moor(or African American) born an raised in north Carolina. i agree with several comments made by THINK regarding the bail outs by the government for people making bad decisions like buying homes that they could not afford, president running country alone, immigrants being successful w/o complaining about what happened them 200 years ago, people wanting to return to the "fish bowl" in New Orleans. I don't think its a good idea for taxpayers to have to foot the bill for bad financial decisions, but don't we do that already for large corporations, a hand out is a hand out whether you are corporations or a regular joe. The mortgage bailout is really designed the the already mega rich to get some sort of returns for the bad loans that were made. It also comes down to personal responsibility, if you know that u have difficulty making ends meet while you rent an apartmetn how do you think you are going to do when you have the unexpected expenses of home ownership, like repairs and such. But these banks knew that they were taking big risks with people that have a 530 for a credit score , its a part of business that you take risk so let the banks bail themselves out. HOWEVER THINK crosses the line with calling Al Sharpton a racist, it is not his fault that America creates situations of inequality, he just so happens to speak to it, call attention to it, and try to enlist those that are effected to find a means to correct it. How is that racist?. If he were white what would you call him? A Pale Trouble Maker?. people get real race has always been an issue in America and will continue to be. I Also agree with THINK that Obama will not be president, not because he isn't qualified, not because the American people don't know him, but because he is WHAT A BLACK MAN that is challenging the good ol' boy method of politics. The media has done its best to discredit his character, by associating him with Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan and of all people Ludacris how do u hold him accountable for what he says in a song, A SONG. because he made as that said that "obama should make me VP and we will paint the white house black". that statement is only offensive to people that fear a BLACK PRESIDENT!!!!!!. if he had said he would paint it pink you then say he was gay, if he said he would paint it gray you would say that he was INDECISIVE because gray is a mixture of Black and White. THE MEDIA SUCKS, not all but some like the BILL O'riely. And the man is not a Muslim, I AM and i can tell you that he is not. Also i feel that the majority of whites in America would rather suffer in order to keep the presidency LILLY WHITE. McCain blatantly tells us that there will not be much change from our current condition when he is elected. Ask yourself do i want better for myself and my family? if the answer is no then vote for McCain, if its yes vote for Obama, if you do that you at least can HOPE for a better life, he is the candidate that can give it to us.
OBAMA IN 08!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ameer G | August 2, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

A lot of you don't realize he was for a Caesar Chavez day. A great civil rites leader for Hispanics. Martin Luther king never went to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho,& Utah I but that is where Chavez made his mark.I think that it is wrong to force us celebrate a MLK insted of & over Chavez.in those states.
From a proud hispanic father with a daughter At the university of Denver whare Condaliza Rice went.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain and his campaign understands the voters are clearly upset with the state of Nation and its affairs. When comparing the candidates on the issues challenging America, Sen Obama has commanding lead over Sen McCain. Given these facts McCain has decided to try and Smear Obama with lies & distortions. McCain fearing a loss has decided to throw Decency, Integrity & Issues under the bus. I guess McCain believes " If you can''t dazzle the voters with your Brilliance, Baffle them with B-ll S--t". This is a very bad year to be a Republican Politician, It is so bad that the Republican leadership is telling their House & Senate candidates to campaign against the GOP if they hope to get elected. Let''s face it, McCain has Buzzard Luck , Can't kill nothing and nothing will die."

The Good Ole Party are devoid of ideas or Leadership!

Posted by: Elitist | August 2, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I have to admit, despite not being in tune with the audience, McCain did quite well. Although John's not my man this year, I felt he did well at addressing the people's concerns yet deciding not to pander to their base emotion. McCain stated clearly who he is and what he stands for. I applaud him for his bravery. Which of you could stand before a traditionally hostile crown seeking it's vote, telling that same crowd a different message than what they'd like to hear? While it still doesn't win my vote, I have to give McCain a big thumbs up for his appearance and speech. I'm sure it has won him votes. McCain is a genuine man. No one should doubt that. The problem with McCain is that, unfortunately, he is forced to continue a ruinous course for America, laid out by our President Bush, in order to have any chance at any reasonable number of votes from his own base. This is unfortunate because if republicans had elected him in the first place instead of the grand wizard of doof that we have now have our country would probably be a much better place right now. This is also unfortunate because the only alternative, while historic and exciting, is still a democrat. Will Obama do a good job? Probably, but the outcomes will still be higher taxes and increased government oversight. I will take a re-newed and rejuvenated republican party, concerned more with libertarian social and free market economic principles, instead it's focus on the "moral" or "cultural" issues. Folks, the Republican Party is ready for a paradigm shift. Reagan republicanism is dead; the country is now advanced enough for a Goldwater shift. Until the party can regain the pragmatism of Goldwater vs. the moral objectivism of Reagan it will continue to lose my and other concerned republican votes.

Posted by: FJA | August 2, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

McCranky- that is good. As a retired person I know that a 72 year old man is not presidential material. Only the Pope can be that old.
We need a young energetic unifier- my husband and I will vote for Senator Obama.
Whoever gets in has a hell of a mess to clean up and we cannot give the Republicans the opportunity to do any more damage.
Americans need to be prepared to cut back(the wealthy and the Middle Class) we are too greedy and short sighted.
What will our grandchildren say when the look back to war, endless spending, infrastructures falling,schools crumbling, people not being able to make a decent wage, ruining the environment
We do hope that NO ONE in this America votes against Senator Obama because of the color of his skin

Posted by: Maureen | August 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

All Democrates here who are chiming in and speaking of race are idiots. Not one time has Mcain used a racial slur or anything to Obama. Obama called out the Republican party saying they will try to scare you cause he doesn't look like the other Presidents on the money. THAT IS RACIST. Try for the rest of us to use your common sense that God gave you and not listen to Obama's excuses like we are a bunch of idiots. I never knew reffering to Britney Spears was racist. Maybe I need to become dumber to relize the logic in that.
I am not ever going to be ready for a hypocrite that is a socialist like your wanna be mesiah Obama. He is no god nor a mesiah nor anything but a man, one man.
And the guy that just posted , your absolutely 100% factual on who runs the Government. It is Pelosi and the rest of the Democrates who hold the Congress in a strangle hold. There is no one that can say here that Bush had anything to do primarily with us being dependant on foreign oil. That's right blame the Democrat's who last I heard have a 9% approval rating in Congress. Obama is right about we need a change, the change being get the majority of Democrat's the hell out of the Congress so we can try and fix all their screw ups.
To all Republicans here, Democrat's love their anti american socialist called Obama and they are brain washed. They will not listen nor do they research anything to learn about the candidates. They will be sadly mistaken on what they are doing and for anyone to follow this anti american is a person that I would have to question their patriotism as well.
I have a friend thats stationed in Iraq that worked with me here in the US. He stated that most of his platoon, blacks whites hispanics and some europeans, do not trust Obama nor like him. Do you blame them at all? Obama basically bashed them by opposing the war and saying its a war we can't win. Yet then he goes over and acts like he has been for the war all along and now wants to help. Yep thats the leader I wanna follow in Obama(very sarcastically speaking I might add).

Posted by: daniel | August 2, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

McCain has such a great resume, right, experience in sitting by as Dick Cheney and Bush sided with the oil companies against the American people, holding secret hearings, refusing to support fuel alternatives, and going straight party line on the issues. Maybe now he wants to win...so change of policy...maybe the same for his change of position on Tax cuts? promises to make health care affordable. Of course McCains quietly standing by as American troops had benefits refused to them, their tours extended, their casualties hidden or lied about, and the lack of provision for adequate armor and protective gear. By the way, McCain stood by for years as violence took 1000's of American lives and made troops into permanently damaged veterans. only now, in the last year does he commend the Surge for being effective. So where was McCain when everything was going wrong ? As a senator he took no position he takes now re Iraq.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

McCain compares Obama to BRITNEY SPEARS???

Obama has been faithful to his wife and family.

McCain had an affair with Cindy while he was still married to the woman who as sick and who waited for McCain all those years that he was in the POW camp.

And Cindy just happened to have $200 MILLION. McCain, thanks to marrying Cindy now has EIGHT houses. But McCain said to us average Americans that we should have no more than one house! No shack on the beach for us miserable peons!

Cindy was addicted to drugs and stole money from her own "charity" that was meant to help children. The dope was more important to her than the poor children she got a big tax cut for supposedly helping. WE paid because she got a tax cut to buy illegal drugs!

McCain believes the Czechkoslavakia still exists and that Iraq and Pakistan have a border. If the man doesn't even know GEOGRAPHY how in heck is he going to bomb the right one as he follows Bush's wish for mass killings of innocents?

Posted by: Marcia C | August 2, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Obama is a cheerleader. He reminds me of a shady used car salesperson. He tells you want you want to hear, and people will follow. When are some of these ignorant bloggers going to start thinking with their brains? Then again you must have one to use it. Anyone who believes the President runs this country, that it is controlled by ONE man is mentally blind. The government will change in the next 20 years, we will go to a system more derived from the Romans and used in Britain. It is NOT the Republican causing the problems, its special interest groups. You have buffoons like Al Sharpton walking around, biggest RACIST in the country. He is a ......DEMOCRAT. You on here worrying about the Republicans running this country into the ground. Who controls the Houses?? DUHHHH!!!!! The ones complaining about Republicans are the ones waiting on HAND OUTS, more government assistance so they can keep up with the wealthy, because it is UNFAIR that they dont have money too. If that was the case, explain how immigrants to this country, who came with nothing have become succesful and not complaining about things that happened 200 years ago. Obama will NOT win. McCains VP will become President. Get your heads out of your rears Democrat Liberal Sheep. YOu go borrow money on a house you cannot afford, then you want me to bail you out. Sure thing! I want to buy some property, I will go buy it and when i cannot pay for it, I will ask for a bail out. Fair Enough? Lets please rebuild New Orleans, BRILLIANT! A fish bowl, that is under sea level, and lets make all the people that had nothing multi millionaires, because they CHOOSE to live there for the reason of? "my great great grandpappy lived here"
I am not saying McCain is perfect by any stretch. Politicians by nature are twisted. Between Obama and McCain? Get real. I told people a long time ago about UNIONS, they would bring the Big 3 to their knees. Congratulations, you have succeeded. Now, you will pay. THINK!!

Posted by: think | August 2, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I am proud to be an independent. We need more americans who think right and wrong, not right amd left. Rome has fallen! We might be next.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Two things. First, because the republican party will not bring up race, because we don't see it as an issue (except for some KKK idiots) Obama has to because he wants people to think the republicans are racist. I think it bothers Obama. The other thing is this, Obama is a socialist and America is not ready, and hopefully never will be, for a socialist style government. Most of the US believes in freedoms that are not available under socialism.

Posted by: Henry Lord | August 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Like you Zac, just copying 'n pasting. Is tff. Thanks, because I never would've stopped and read if not for your post. Just passing through...


"And if you were in Vietnam you may not have called vietnams the most appropriate word either." courtesy of Patriot.

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

to which JakeD replied "Where do you suppose President McCain is going to live, then, if not here in America?"

It could be me but I am laughing so hard I can't drink my cocktail.

And once again, courtesy of daniel:

"I am sorry but neither of these candidates really make me smile. With that said I will not ever vote for a person who has so many ties with people of communist background or anti american or anti white racial back grounds. One other thing to rebute the Democrate..."

I ain't making this stuff up people. Take a good look at America, better known as "The Jerry Springer Show." *pause for commercial break* Now start-a-fightin TEXAS style.

Posted by: fugu139 | August 2, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

If the American people want real change, they will stop sending the "professional political class" to Washington DC year after year. Instead, they will return to the concept of the citizen legislator, similar to the citizen soldier, which has served this country extremely well since its founding. We need to stop asking politicians "what's in it for my county, city, district or state" and start asking "what's in the best long term interest of our country." Stop the personal attacks and innuendo and we just might find that there are some truly gifted individuals willing to serve as elected members of the government.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

John McCain, gets a free ride from the press and the poor memories of most Americans. McCain was abused by Bush and lied about viciously in the 2000 primaries. IT seems McCain learned how to campaign from the man who wasted no time in dishonorably treatment a war hero. In the same election, McCain refused to condemn the Confederate flag in the S Carolina Primary, remarking later that he was opposed to it, but didnt say that because he wanted to win.

Question : How do we know this isn't the case now. McCain voted against the Martin Luther Kinf Holiday and its funding and the Civil Rights bill in George Bush 1's administation. Now he is apologetic, maybe becasue he wants to win ?

McCain has such a great resume, right, experience in sitting by as Dick Cheney and Bush sided with the oil companies against the American people, holding secret hearings, refusing to support fuel alternatives, and going straight party line on the issues. Maybe now he wants to win...so change of policy...maybe the same for his change of position on Tax cuts? promises to make health care affordable. Of course McCains quietly standing by as American troops had benefits refused to them, their tours extended, their casualties hidden or lied about, and the lack of provision for adequate armor and protective gear. By the way, McCain stood by for years as violence took 1000's of American lives and made troops into permanently damaged veterans. only now, in the last year does he commend the Surge for being effective. So where was McCain when everything was going wrong ? As a senator he took no position he takes now re Iraq.

In the Katrina aftermath he voted against funding assistance and relief to the victims in Louisiana. Now he says the Fed Govt. (including him) failed but now he is running for President.

How we can we believe this guy. What won't he say to get elected....or do. The race card was played by him re: the King Holiday, and again standing idly by as others suppoting him make personal and racial attacks on Obama. It is only when Obama points out that race issues are an obstacle in life for a black man that the hypocrites in society get all upset.(McCain included). If you think that the former mayor of New Orleans, Mark Morial of the Urban League is going to let voters forget McCains lack of advocacy for Katrina victims think again.

Maybe McCain's behavior might be attributable to 5 yrs of abuse and torture in a POW prison. More so than Melanoma, he has been affected and damaged. IS this the man to be controlling our lives..is his judgment tried and evaluated ? Would you let him run your checkbook, your school, your military ? Not me. And you are a fool if you do.

Posted by: Harmon | August 2, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

One day, I hope to wake up and see that the American people are actually reading about the real issues and researching the candidates before they start commenting. The shallowness of many of these comments and the lack of intellectual rigor is genuinely appalling.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

McCain may have been a straight shooter at some point his past but thats not what he's about now. His current actions say to me, the straight shooter has become a back shooter.

Posted by: Ken | August 2, 2008 9:19 AM

You have hit the Nail on the Head. McCain was not my Candidate either, however I did respect him for his military service and perceived integrity. I am sure that McCain will lose this presedential race, however I would hope someone who really cares about McCain, reminds him not to disrespect himself and damage what honor he has left.

Posted by: Elitist | August 2, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I was and am not for McCain but did have respect for him because of his military service to our country and because not only was he a victim of the bush brand of politics in his previous presidental campaign but he promised a clean and honest campaign in this one. Other than his military service of which I am a little tired of hearing about, not much respect left and an even more desire to see him defeated.

I would hope this flip to the dirty side of politics begins to resonate negatively as it should with the American people. If John McCain cannot convince the American people of his presidental abilities through explaination and discussion of his policys, he has no business being President because he was able to dirty, smear and lie about the other candidate.

We have too long allowed our minds and thoughts be formed by ads such as McCain as recently put out or to be swayed by groups such as the "swiftboat" bunch. To me, McCain is hiding his inability to address the current needs of this country and is hiding that inability behing these dirt bag tatics.

McCain may have been a straight shooter at some point his past but thats not what he's about now. His current actions say to me, the straight shooter has become a back shooter.

Posted by: Ken | August 2, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Obama will stand by his white mother and defend whites. He will also stand by his black father and defend blacks. He is for both blacks and whites. He is non partisan. He stands by his word and the truth. He is the bridge between blacks and whites... A unifier.

Posted by: Dave | August 2, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

If McCaian is not a racist, he will not approve all those siily racial ads against Obama. This proves he is typical racist, disguised in his blood. His aim is to incite Whites against Obama, to win by any means.

Posted by: Harrison | August 2, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

let's face the facts as presented by our source "the media", Obama is your best next president.

Posted by: festo | August 2, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

You said: "McCain want us to think that Obama is stupid, lazy, shallow, unfamiliar, and arrogant. In other words, McCain wants us to feel uncomfortable voting for Obama because he is black. And that, my friends, is racism."

YOU are implying that black people are stupid, lazy, shallow, unfamiliar, and arrogant. YOU are racist.

Posted by: Frank H | August 2, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

the blatant facts:
Under a Rep. administration America has experienced the largest transfer of wealth in history. Those that had, have much more now. From depleted retirement accounts, usury loans on devalued properties, war profiteering, and debt spending policy to record oil profits, unchecked Enron tactics, wholesaling of America to foriegn intrests and a worthless dollar, the past eight years have soaked the American people with debt and poor credit. In a final attempt to extract all of the people's wealth during the last few hours of Rep. relevance they attempt to gain unfettered access to the nations oil.
This oil may be our last chance to clear the books. The future value of the oil is impossible to determine. The only thing for sure is if the oil companies gain access now, we as a nation are screwed and poor.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

McCain and his campaign understands the voters are clearly upset with the state of Nation and its affairs. When comparing the candidates on the issues challenging America, Sen Obama has commanding lead over Sen McCain. Given these facts McCain has decided to try and Smear Obama with lies & distortions. McCain fearing a loss has decided to throw Decency, Integrity & Issues under the bus. I guess McCain believes " If you can't dazzle the voters with your Brilliance, Baffle them with B-ll S--t". This is a very bad year to be a Republican Politician, It is so bad that the Republican leadership is telling their House & Senate candidates to campaign against the GOP if they hope to get elected. Let's face it, McCain has Buzzard Luck , Can't kill nothing and nothing will die.

Posted by: Elitist | August 2, 2008 5:26 AM | Report abuse

MOST OF YOU THAT POST ON HERE NEED TO LEARN THE FACKS BEFORE YOU TYPE!!!

Posted by: | August 1, 2008 7:40 PM
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Please, no need to yell at people. By the way, what does FACKS mean?

Looks like McCain got somewhat testy with the some of the questioners!! Wrong reaction!! He is proving again and again he is a total jerk. Glad to see it, though. I am soooo thrilled I changed parties this year and am now a Democrat. McCain is a bigger embarrassment to the Republication party and the country than GWB. I recognize McCain is turning 72 this month and I also recognize that many people in this age group do suffer from such illnesses as dementia, Altzheimers, and severe forgetfulness. I believe McCain fits into one of these categories, he is showing the "signs". Also, he does not make very much sense and seems to go around in circles never quite answering the questions asked of him. His latest Ads are racial in the sense that he is depicting Obama as stupid (Brittany), lazy (Paris) and therefore cannot lead this country. And why is he stupid and lazy? Because he is a black man. Of course, McCain is dead WRONG! The other Ad, "The ONE" Redicules and mocks God, Jesus, and Moses to mock Senator Obama. I hope ALL CHRISTIANS of every denomination see this McCain Ad and his blatant abuse and desicration of our Heavenly Father, our Savior, Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and the great and chosen man who God entrusted to lead the Israelites across the Red Sea. There is NOTHING funny about mocking God, Jesus Christ, and Moses. McCain is an OLD man and he does not really have that many years on God's green earth...looks like he is padding his way into the depths of hell instead of heaven.

Posted by: NinaK | August 2, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

the old man should be more polite

Posted by: ola | August 2, 2008 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Just Copy and Pasting Here. Thanks for the laughs Daniel:

"the top dumbiest thing I have ever heard from any human being".

Posted by: Zac | August 2, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Just Copy and Pasting Here. Thanks for the laughs Daniel:

"the top dumbiest thing I have ever heard from any human being".

Posted by: Zac | August 2, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey when can we have Obama go give a speech again in Germany and then ditch seeing the troops. Wait he said and I quote that would have been political. Well he had no problems playing basketball with the troops in the middle east. But wait there were camera's there for a photo ops. Damn the troops when he can't take his camera's and his people in with him. How pathetic is that crap. But wait there's more cause he will deny that and blame it on other people like the Government. This guy is a disgrace and the more he is on TV the better. I love the biased media cause it lets people like myself who fell for this guy in the primary really get to see this guy up close. Thanks media Liberal's you helped me be wise and change my vote. I am removed from his brainwashing and now get to read more idiotic responses on here from his followers lol.

Posted by: __ | August 2, 2008 2:44 AM | Report abuse

This has got to be some of the most stupid comments and biased comments I have ever read. Do people really think here before typing? Do people know a damn thing what they are talking about when they type here?
As an Independent , I will give my opinion on what I see here. Obama and his followers here must be idiots and blind for that matter. I am white and if a white guy said comments like he did, even in a joking tone, they would have been crusified on stage and in TV. African Americans have no right playing with the race issue or making racial comments just like we White Americans don't. Drop the couble standard and cut their heads off like Jesse Jackson and Sharpton do when they go after whites. Obama is alot of things and yet his followers are not smart enough to go read about him or do a little investigating on the man. His back ground alone is not American material. And one person put on here about Mcain flip flopping.......Are you that much in denial to report how Obama can't stick to one thing he ever says in text? Now after the country in polls 77% support drilling , here comes flip flop Obama now kinda supporting drilling. I am sorry but neither of these candidates really make me smile. With that said I will not ever vote for a person who has so many ties with people of communist background or anti american or anti white racial back grounds. One other thing to rebute the Democrate on here that said we need to get to the real issues at hand. Thanks for that comment and btw Mr Democrate remind your presidential candidate the same thing , considering the trip to other countries was all political and didn't do a damn thing for us here.
Futhermore, Obama tell me some other stupid idea about oil like you did with us inflating our tires, considering I keep my car in tune always. That comment he made that inflating our tires and keeping our cars tuned would match the amount of oil we receive from the middle east has to be the top dumbiest thing I have ever heard from any human being.

Posted by: daniel | August 2, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad that McCain showed up, gave a good speech, and took answers. Unlike previous Republican candidates, he's got guts. Unfortunately, Obama will get all their votes automatically simply for looking black. After all, Obama is biracial, so it's 50-50 on being white and black.

Posted by: Sunshine | August 2, 2008 2:24 AM | Report abuse

george washington was a despot. A devils re-incarnation on earth and morally bankrupt.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 2, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.
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It's too bad this wasn't on CBS; they could've edited that part out like they did the last time McCain said something stupid.

Posted by: Steve R. | August 2, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

I love it when people say all whites are racist every old news clip Ive ever seen of even the first civil rights marchs had a showing of white suport If not I asure you it would have been alot bloodier for blacks to have made the gains they have made no other group of peaple in the world has given up as much power as easily as the white man in the USA and to imply that whites are exclusive or even leading in racism is simple stupid every race has idiots

Posted by: John | August 2, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: balabo1_xq | August 2, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Just a few random thoughts....Bottom line, the "racist" discussion is a waste of time. It's the gay marriage fury that went on with George Bush -- after he got elected you didn't hear anything about gay marriage. Are they going to have some great debate on racism or pass some new laws that will address the issue? Nope! So let's stick to the issues. I think it's hilarious that McCain went to an Urban League event in the first place. And why now? Does McCain even know what they are about? http://www.nul.org/. I doubt it. And how convenient that he had his ONE black token (Michael Steele) beside him to help look "down". How many blacks are on his campaign? At least try to look "down". Please. No matter how dumb or old you are....it's probably not politically wise to vote AGAINST MLK Day! It seems like a lot of you are confused about affirmative action and it's real impact. The last time I checked Affirmative Action is not just about African-Americans. If anything, it's helped more white women (and their husbands) than any other group. Just think, affirmative action wouldn't even exist if there was no discrimation and racism.... but I guess it's easier to get rid of affirmative action than to tackle the root issue.

Posted by: Ed | August 1, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Dee has NAILED IT- see statement below

John McCain is not a racist personally, I am certain. But I am equally sure that he has allowed and encouraged his campaign to indulge in behaviors that are bigoted and which appeal to racists in our society.

When McCain says repeatedly that he thinks that Obama "just doesn't understand" about issue of foreign policy that invites his audience to agree that Obama is somehow mentally deficient or stupid. When McCain continues to label Obama a mere "celebrity," he encourages the belief that Obama has not worked hard to get where he is, that he is just lazy and shallow. When McCain accuses Obama of being presumptuous or arrogant he is purposely using code words to recall the standard charge of racial scorn: uppity n****r.

McCain want us to think that Obama is stupid, lazy, shallow, unfamiliar, and arrogant. In other words, McCain wants us to feel uncomfortable voting for Obama because he is black. And that, my friends, is racism.

Posted by: dee | August 1, 2008 2:32 PM

Posted by: james | August 1, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Poor people are fed up with some of Obama's words and the interruption today shows that. Here is the REAL reason those young blacks interrupted Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sawN7uJ8s8s&feature=related

Posted by: Gerald | August 1, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Great observation by Bruce Becker. I blogged about this a couple of days ago.

Any energy policy that does not begin with the acknowledgement that fossil fuels are a finite resource is just plain silly. The whole idea that we can drill our way out of high gas prices or foreign oil dependency makes zero sense. Let's allow for the sake of argument that there is significant recoverable oil off our shores or in the Arctic. When Texaco extracts that oil, are they somehow going to sell it at discounted prices exclusively to U.S. consumers? Only if we nationalize our oil industry, which is something we've overthrown other governments for doing. Truth is, Texaco and Exxon would sell that oil on the world market at market prices.

Beyond the short-term pricing concerns, it is fact that we will ultimately run out of oil, whether it happens in 20, 50, 100 or 500 years. Rather than desperately freebasing the last of those supplies, why would we not devote our money and energy to conservation and innovation? I mean, have we lost our fabled American ingenuity?

Posted by: ThomasJ | August 1, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

TIMEOUT,WAIT A MINUTE,

This whole campign is starting to go down hill.If anyone in America believes that 1)That somehow Barack Obama is responsible for the high gas prices,then is he responsible for the price of a barrel of oil dropping almost $10.00 when he traveled to the middle east last week. 2)That somehow allowing new drilling leases to oil companys will lower the price at the pump, when and for how much and for how long, then when our nation runs low,what then. 3)If you all would just do a little research you would fine that once we started meddeling with Iraq and they started to only accept euro's for payment of oil our dollars began to soften. Then we invaded a soverign country(what they think not what we think)and overthrew it's dictator and made plans to set up bases there, oil began to climb.So could it be that the players in the middle east except Isreal, cannot agree on much, but when it comes to america and the republicans (Bush&Chaney)they agree to sock it to us. Get out of Iraq now, Pay less.

Posted by: Cozy | August 1, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain playing the creepy old man card?

Posted by: Chris | August 1, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bqcctvMdCF | August 1, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Bruce,
I am very impressed with your comments, and I'd like to have a source or sources that back up your insight so that I can arm myself with this knowledge.

I've heard it over and over, that drilling is not the answer. Even a big-shot oil man, Pickens, is convinced that alternative energy is the best way to become energy independent. Al Gore (and, unfortunately some "balanced" network has made him the devil incarnate) has a true comprehensive energy reform plan that echoes many of Pickens' ideas and goes even further.

I'm outraged that it seems like the only option Washington is talking about is drilling. Even today, it sounds like Obama is reacting to the polls that say more people believe wee need to start offshore drilling.... What about all the places big oil already has? Are there too many laws and environmental issues they'd have to contend with in order to drill there?

And who is going to get on the networks and reveal the actual savings we'd see? ANd how many of us are willing to wait 10 years, just to put the money back in the pockets of the comapnies who are already fleecing us now?

Seems to me that the biggest impact we could make would be to send these companies a clear message that we are done with this. Alternative and renewable energy resources are a true possibility; it's simply that most people aren't willing to take off the blinders and believe.

Posted by: Ween | August 1, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I can only assume that John McCain's supporters think we're going "in the right direction". Because, otherwise, they wouldn't be supporting putting the Republican party back in the White House, lead by a candidate who knows nothing about economics but has
pledged to continue the same economic/fiscal policies that we've had for the past 8 years (in fact, for much longer). Otherwise, there's absolutely no reason to vote for a Republiccan in 2008. None whatsoever.

Posted by: dnegri | August 1, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

MOST OF YOU THAT POST ON HERE NEED TO LEARN THE FACKS BEFORE YOU TYPE!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

All of the Above!!!!!
It is sad to see a person with such a long record of flip flopping, back stabbing rhetoric totally lose himself in his campaign.
Someone asked "Why is the GOP propping him up"?? ill tell ya why: the GOP knows they cant win, not with Mit , or Gulli, etc..Hell, Ron Paul was the only "True " conservative of the RNC choices, and they disregarded him as TOO conservative. HUH.
McCain is a throw away candidate, built to lose,which is why his campaign is acting as it is.They know they dont have much to stand on, so why not throw everything they can dream up out their, hope to create some confusion, so they all might get a job on the 2012 election run.His crew is way to smart to pull the low blows they have so soon, knowing it will backfire on them.
I would say they are trying to sabotage McCain on purpose, why else would they throw all this crap into the mix without having breifed J.M> about it.every day he answers questions about statements he doesnt seem to have a clue where they came from, like he is on his trip, and his staff is on another.
Whatever it is, its pretty sad to see a figure as upright as he was known to be bring himself down like this. what a way to go

Posted by: Mullett | August 1, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain is a true here. While dropping bombs on civilians in north Vietnam, he ejected from his multi-million dollar military plane causing it to crash. After being captured justifiably angry civilians and tortured by his jailors, he caved and denounced the U.S. Then, this son and grandson of admirals got released and sent back to the U.S. ahead of time. Some hero!!!

Posted by: DD | August 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The very saddest part of the GOP is that they have absolutely nothing of substance to offer to the debate over anything. All they do is create one crisis after another to pad the profits of oil companies, their primary supporters. Then they have the nerve to run ads trying to blame $4/gal. gas on Obama. The first thing the GOP did after Bush was elected was open up the North Slope in Alaska to drilling - gas has quadrupled in price since then.

Clinton was able to control speculation within oil by releasing oil from the strategic reserve, because speculators are NOT willing to risk pouring their money into oil when the government is willing to flood the spot market. GOP policies and their insistence on sacrificing the entire country for the sake of their primary supporters are the only reason speculators are CERTAIN there is no risk in pouring their money into oil.

Let me know if the GOP ever says anything based on reason rather than their own greed. They have no viable policies because the oil companies have no viable policies - that's why all they do is attack to try to make people scared of him.

If Obama were a Muslim extremist (remember he's not even Muslim), I still wouldn't be as afraid of him as I am of the thought of another 4 years of "rule by big oil". If more people looked at what the GOP DID rather than what they say, they'd feel the same way.

Also, ever notice how the GOP doesn't believe in the government intervening in the free market (their supposed Ideology), UNLESS your're talking about bailing out investors? So much for the Ideology LIE.

Posted by: David Doser | August 1, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Time to unite against the knuckledraggers...
We don't have to wait to do battle-
Some thing I've been doing in my little town:
If you know that a business is owned by a republican...DON'T patronize it!
If you see a disabled motorist...and their bumpersticker indicates that republicans are in the car...DON'T stop to help!
If some personal calamity befalls neighbors that you know are republicans...DON'T participate in any benifit efforts!
Only give blood if it's a direct or specific contribution...blood donated thru the Red Cross could go to republicans.
Be extra mindful of what charities you donate to...be sure they do not benefit republicans...
Get the picture?

Posted by: Kase | August 1, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the most biased and inappropriate headline I have ever seen. "McCain's Race Comments an Issue"? A casual reader would look at the headline and assume that McCain made some sort of controversial racial remark which he never has. I am so tired of anyone who criticizes Obama being called a "racist." Keep it up leftists; the backlash is coming. Obama has already topped out in the polls and is now losing ground to McCain.

Posted by: Joe | August 1, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I hate putting this out there, but here it goes.

I want to know the picks for the VP, both Republican and Democrat. I just don't think that the person that wins this election will live throughout their 1st term. We have too many racists in this country, and McCain is too old. If McCain does live through his term, he will just be another 2nd term Reagan (he couldn't remember anything he did, remember Iran/Contra?). He will just sign off on whatever they put in front of him.

Posted by: Alex | August 1, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

This well-written article has an inflammatory and off-base headline which is followed by a lot of angry, vituperative, mean-spirited commentary from the peanut gallery...It is true our current president has made the most serious foreign policy errors in history at the costs of thousands of American and Iraqi lives...But why are so many people at John McCain for speaking to this group, taking questions afterwards, and answering pretty honestly (for a politician)? What concerns me most about the comments to this post is the anger - it's politics, people. If you really think either one of these guys is going to make or break your life, you need to wake up and get one. Sorry.

Posted by: An Observer | August 1, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Dear "National Journalist,"

If you're really a journalist who covered McCain at the Urban League, why don't you use your real name?

Are you sure you're not a McCain staffer trying to get a good word in?

Posted by: Transparent | August 1, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Mccain has just finished saying I don't believe in affirmative action because I do not believe in quotas, then adds the best equal opportunity employer is the U.S. Military. This shows he has no concept of the purpose of affirmative action. Affirmative action is meant to open access to desirable employment and education. How many poor young men n women from rural towns n urban cities join the military because it is truly what they want to do in life? They join for the same reasons they r willing to work McDonalds or security guard wages. Without a college education it is hard to survive!!! Period.

Posted by: ???pleaserepeatthat | August 1, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I am so happy to read the comments about John McCain. I used to think he had integrity and so did my husband, a used -to-be die-hard Republican. Now, after listening to his MANY absurd statements, we think he is a true buffoon. He claims Sen Obama has little experience to lead, but who claims he, himself, has any ability? Maybe crashing at least 4 navy planes, forgetting what he voted for or against in the Senate these past 25 years, or not being able to recall who is fighting who, or even not knowing 8th grade geography are just SPECIAL attributes that make him presidential material. Unfortunately, we DO NOT!

Posted by: seattle sue | August 1, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

What an attack dog!

He's just this rabid old man spewing hate and filth every day now.

Posted by: VoteMcGooHe's72 | August 1, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is a FRAUD, a WOLF in SHEEP'S CLOTHING. Without question the central issue in this campaign should be (i) who is John McCain (ii) why is a former POW subjected to torture, who tried to commit suicide and has shown signs of PTSD, Senility or the onset of Alzheimers being propped up by the NEOCONS who control the GOP? (iii) is McCain mentally fit to be the manager of your Dad's country store, much less the leader of the free world? A FRAUD is being perpetrated on the American people by the GOP under the watchful eye and complicity of the mainstream media that does not want to focus on whether McCain is unhinged. The Republican party is using an empty vessel, and McCain's soul less opportunism to put an R in the Whitehouse. Simply put, they figured out that McCain's faux Maverick brand would appeal to some disgruntled Democrats and Independents. They will do the best that they can to carry off the illusion of McCain's sanity and put a responsible business friendly person like Mitt Romney on the ticket as VP In case McCain cannot be carried forth for 4 years. God help America if we wake up in November to find out that we have elected a mentally ill, insane man to be the President of the United States. The American WAR Machine desperately wants McCain as President.

Posted by: Christopher London | August 1, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead Senator Obama, please continue to shake your head in wonderment when McCain casts aspersions as to your race and gravitas. McCain is in trouble with his own race and Moderates in his own GOP, and he now wants black America to bail him out.

Don't do it. Take it from Mr. Charlie, McCain ain't the savior of mankind.

VOTE OBAMA and support equity, variety, vibrance, and intelligence.

Posted by: Racist White Pigs For Obama | August 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

McCranky ought to be careful about the groups he talks to. He's going to get pushed and leaned on and taken to account and pretty soon he'll get awfully testy and snap back at a questioner. That won't be pretty.

All of a sudden the maverick is willing to fight for core conservative values with 'every fiber of his being'. Just what America doesn't need, more stubborn politicians pandering to the far right.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 1, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Big lies, repeated, fool half the people.
McCain's big lie: Drilling is going to change the price any time soon.
1. Leases are put up for bid. After exploration, after a few years, drilling commences. Then the oil is sold to the HIGHEST BIDDER. That means prices do not go down if you make more leases available. The highest bidder controls the price. PERIOD.
You can call it speculation or you can just point to the billion Chinese with 35 million new cars in the next 10 years.
2. There are millions of acres of federal US land on which leases are already sold/held and drilling is not taking place on them. That is because accountants run the oil companies, not Mother Teresa. The objective of the accountants is to MAXIMIZE profits.
They dont use up the leases in one day. They parcel it out.
McCain is not in charge. Accountants run the WTO, and not McCain.

Leasing more of our US lands will not change the price of oil. THAT IS A BIG McCain LIE. Also, the oil we drill for wont be available for years. A new process which would make a difference would be the end of capitalism in the oil industry. Do you think THAT"s what John McCain has in mind? I doubt it. The only new process that can change the price of oil is to own the entire process. That means, you citizens own the land, you own the oil. "We" citizens would hire a contractor to find and drill for the oil and we would own the results. That's the only way to lower prices. See Venezuela for an example. It works. They pay 25 cents a gallon in Venezuela. However following McCains lead to lease land to WTO companies is to give away our resources. We will need that oil to power our air force and navy. It is not infinite in supply and since McCain resists Obama's idea to tax the Oil companies and use the proceeds to do research on alternatives, we dont have alternatives coming.
And we probably wont change the lease process even though it works just fine for the people of Venezuela to own the oil in Venezuela. Get this, we use 25% of the world's oil and there is about 3% of the world's oil in the USA. Something has to change and drilling is NOT the answer. Drilling is the big lie.


As luck would have it, new gas fields were found in Louisiana which will provide lower naturul gas prices, very soon. So in the south, where they use natural gas to heat, they will get lower heating bills. If you can convert your car on natural gas, and you live in the south where pipelines deliver natural gas, do it.
However we changed over many power plants to run on natural gas so there is a big demand for natural gas, more than there used to be.

We can change to steam powered trucks to replace diesel.
They would be more powerful and could run on any fuel to heat the water.

Happy day. Bruce


Posted by: Bruce becker | August 1, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hi My Fellow Americans!

Youz allz know that I am a white cracka from jacka with heifer whom I call my "old c$nt". Please don't vote for my black intelligent and articulate opponent, Mr. Obama. You know it's a shame that Affirmative Action has allowed that negra to get a good Harvard School education. I just simply can't compete with him on any of the issues. So I am going to throw Cindy's brewy sink at him....I want him done. I am going to do all I can to get those hillary supporters to vote for me. I am going to do all I can to get those scared rednecks to vote for me. Be scared my fellow white Americans...be scared...there is a black man running for President and if he is on our dollar bill, we'll have to start using debit cards.

I am John McCain and I approve this message.

Posted by: John McCain | August 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama Aide Concedes 'Dollar Bill' Remark Referred to His Race
Obama Strategist Calls McCain's Attack Ad Insulting; McCain Camp Defends It
By MARK MOONEY
Aug. 1, 2008

RSS Sen. Barack Obama's chief strategist conceded that the Democratic presidential candidate was referring to his race when he said Republicans were trying to scare voters by suggesting Obama "doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills."

A key strategist for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says the candidate's reference to faces on the dollar bill was indeed an acknowledgement of race and its role in the presidential campaign.
(ABCNews Photo Illustration)The comment had triggered a charge Thursday from Sen. John McCain's campaign manager that Obama had "played the race card... from the bottom of the deck."


Playing the Race Card
Obama's camp initially denied the remark was a reference to Obama's race.

Obama is poised to become the first black man to be the presidential nominee of a major political party when he claims the Democratic nomination on Aug. 28 -- the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

He was referring to the fact that he didn't come into the race with the history of others," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday. "It is not about race."

But Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, acknowledged on "Good Morning America" Friday that the candidate was referring, at least in part, to his ethnic background.

When pressed to explain the comment, Axelrod told "GMA" it meant, "He's not from central casting when it comes to candidates for president of the United States. He's new to Washington. Yes, he's African-American."

That seemingly obvious reference sparked the first real fireworks between the two camps as backers of both candidates accused the other of trying to subtly inject race into the presidential contest.

Posted by: Its about RACE stupid | August 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Hi,

I'm Barack Obama, and I want your vote because I'm an oreo and my opponent is a cracka, and we all know an oreo tastes better than a ritz cracka.

But dont tell that cracka opponent of mine I said this, because then he'll say I'm being racist.

I might not look like anyone on a US treasury bill, and they might try to scare you with my funny name, but dammit, everyone who doesnt vote for me is a xenophobic-nazi.

Thank you and God Bless.

Posted by: Barack Obama | August 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

It's a true fact, not character assasinations...Most of the presidents on the dollar bills with the exception of Abe Lincoln were racist biggots and unless you were a white male, you were less than the dung on the bottom of their shoes. Let's be reasonable folks. Tell the truth. That's our history

Posted by: The truth shall set you free | August 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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It's time for him to retire.Go to the senior it'free. Learn to write and send e-mail.
John McCain is a racist.

Posted by: Star | August 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I just returned from covering the Urban League event here in Orlando, and I must say that the author of this article shows her bias in the odd headline and the article's misplaced emphasis on the "race comments." It wasn't an issue at the event WHATSOEVER. Perhaps Ms. Eilperin solicited those responses in her questioning of a few audience members, but to make it the lead of her story is just bad journalism. I interviewed over a dozen randomly selected people, asking them generic questions about their reaction to McCain and his Urban League appearance. Not one person mentioned the recent dust-up over Senator Obama's comments about looking like the presidents on the bills. In fact, the overwhelming response of the people I spoke to was one of genuine appreciation for Senator McCain's appearance, question-taking and even many of the sentiments and ideas expressed in his speech. This article is just another example of the distorted lens through which the public sees current events.

Posted by: National Journalist | August 1, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Thought personal assinations were the privy of the Republican Party. I see it goes both ways...imagine that.

Posted by: Amazed | August 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

All the talk about racial issues is utter nonsense perpetuated by the McCain campaign, which is desparate to right itself after months of mistakes. The focus should be on McCain's willingness to lie and distort facts in order to win. Specifically, increased offshore drilling, according to all reputable experts, won't result in any increase in domestic oil production until at least 2012, and such increase will be negligible. Yet certain people are foolish enough to believe that permitting offshore drilling now will lower gas prices THIS YEAR!!! How can anyone have a positive view of a candidate willing to so distort the facts??

Posted by: DougG | August 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

George Washington was a racist bastard as was Christopher Columbus and they are all now burning in He$$ for their bigotry....It's great knowing that they died and went to H$LL!!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Im all for McCain talking about race. Why can only blacks address teh race issue? Its not their issue alone. I hope teh race issue is brought up more often. Too many double standards and too much victim mentality going on here.

Posted by: PGA | August 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

While the prince prances over in Europe, the problems continue here at home. Getting your picture taken with the French president (who wants to ensure that U.S. leadership takes a back seat to the EU) is not equal to foreign policy expertise. While the prince prances around the globe, getting his picture taken with "important people," the problems remain at home. Yes Barack, you're not like anyone with his picture on a dollar bill. George Washington was the real deal, winning a war and building a new nation. Not prancing around with "important people."

Posted by: Mandelay | August 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

This article was so poorly written that I found it too difficult to decipher what relevance many of the quotes had to the rest of the piece.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hi, fake JakeD. As anyone who has read these threads more than a day knows, I have never called Obama a "racist".

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

McCain's latest ad is a masterpiece.

I'm definitely voting McCain, Obama and his racist views are toast.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

While I appreciate the ordeal Sen. McCain endured in a North Vietmese prison, that is not an independent variable that will garner my vote. He is still a member of the system that has put this country in an incredible debt. He has not addressed the issues that are seriously plaguing our nation, that were put into effect by the current dominant political party. I'm not sure if Republicans even have a clue about the need for options that will prepare our citizens with the tools necessary for entry into the job market. I accept the value of the military training that will provide marketanbleskills, however, there are a lot of our population that cannot qualify7 for the military. What about them? Our prison system has no concern for providing rehabilitation that will give the elgible inmates a marketable professional skill. Just putem back in jail. Well, we all know how well that works. So Johnny baby, display compassion, concern, AND a legitimate program that will provide a marketable background

Posted by: glenda songer | August 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain is no war hero...he was a coward that didn't have enough common sense to know ho to fly the darn plane. He crashed, got caught, became a prisoner and snitched on his fellow soldiers every chance he gets just to save his hide. Just because McCain sports a navy cap everyone in a while to cover his receeding hairline doesn't make him patriotic. Give me a break.

Posted by: Lucy | August 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

McCain's latest campaign ad "injected" Jesus into the campaign -- just in time for the Saddleback CIVIL Forum.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

In 2000, McCain supported white South Carolina residents' right to fly the Confederate flag, a symbol of slavery that many find deeply offensive. Later, when it was too late to matter, he recanted. He may not be a racist, but he's definitely an enabler.

Posted by: Patrick | August 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Jake D..when you can appreciate others opinons although they aren't in sync with yours...folks will have great debates. Take a nap and report back on the blogs later...you seem to live in web world...

McCain's a racist looser and he and his campaign continues to inject race into thier campaign. He's afraid of the smart black guy in the room. We are still in the orange terror warning Americans. The higher up Obama gets in the polls, the higher the terror alert will be. This is just how it is in America....It is....what it is....I am ashamed of you racist American people....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

McCain shields himself with the war hero and he thinks that allowds him to diminish Senator Obama in every way. I lost all respect for McCain and his hero status. His campain is duty as it can ba. Shame of him.
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Obama shields himself with the color of his skin. LOWER THAN LOW.

Posted by: Truth | August 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain shields himself with the war hero and he thinks that allowds him to diminish Senator Obama in every way. I lost all respect for McCain and his hero status. His campain is duty as it can ba. Shame of him.

Posted by: mina | August 1, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

So when is Senator Obama gonna open himself up to get questions from regular folks like you and me?

Answer: NEVER!

He has no original thoughts of his own unless its labeling white folks racist - which they all are!

GONNA PAINT THE WHITE HOUSE BLACK!!!

Posted by: Racist Obama and his Wu-Tang Clan | August 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

obamas suppoters are quite aggresive. but this will not help matters in politics

Posted by: louis anusionwu | August 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

This is the same Mccain who made a joke some years ago in front of some white veterans regarding Blacks in viet nam. It consisted of "Black are good for finding land mines".
Yep, Mccain thinks the army is a great place for black, right along with washing his car or bussing his table. It is common knowledge he hates Obama. He can't stand the idea he may lose to a black man. Look what Bush did to Mccain in 2000, the incredible things they said about him and his family and he didn't hate Bush then as much as he hates Obama now. He even campaigned for him.

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Jake D...that's not what McCain could have said....should of....could of.....that's hindsight..

I quoted exactly what racist McCain said while speaking to the Urban League and one of the questions posed to McCain, was why did he feel that Affirmative Action wasn't fear and McCain stated that it didn't help anyone because


When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

That response my friend, is a racist statement. McCain's a racist biggot..End of the conversation!

Posted by: Racist McGoo & his crew! | August 1, 2008 3:15 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Patriot:

Thank you for your service.

"Racist McGoo:"

See ya -- if you ever want to actually answer questions, and engage in a civil debate, you know where to find me.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain is seting the bar pretty high for Obama. Will he also permit questions? That will be the thing to watch for.

Posted by: DannoJyd | August 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

THERE ARE NO FACTS in almost everyone of these post. And I love when people thing that because the read something on the web, its true. And if you were in Vietnam you may not have called vietnams the most appropriate word either. By the way I dont think the war in Afganistain is about lies, or maybe you blame the US for that to. I have spent three tours in Iraq, if you think the US is so bad, please by all means go find a better country to live in, and let me know how that turns out.....

Posted by: Patriot | August 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Jake D...that's not what McCain could have said....should of....could of.....that's hindsight..

I quoted exactly what racist McCain said while speaking to the Urban League and one of the questions posed to McCain, was why did he feel that Affirmative Action wasn't fear and McCain stated that it didn't help anyone because


When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

That response my friend, is a racist statement. McCain's a racist biggot..End of the conversation!

Posted by: Racist McGoo & his crew! | August 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

mina:

See my question, below, to Nah Hope. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain ishttp://nahnopenotquite.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/proof-mccain-is-a-racist/ racist

Posted by: mina | August 1, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: mina | August 1, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"racist McGoo":

If McCain had simply stated "The best employer in America is the United States military" would that be "racist" in your opinion?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Q: "What was your third mistake, Mr McCain?"

A: "Giving up my morals and beliefs to get elected."

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

When McCain added, "The best equal opportunity employer in America is the United States military," the audience started to laugh, visibly uncomfortable with the idea that blacks would have to enlist in order to receive equal treatment.

This quote by McGoo, my friend is a racist statement...why the he$$ isn't the news folks out there doing their jobs and reporting this racist statement!!! I have had it...unfair and bias news reporting!!!

Posted by: racist McGoo | August 1, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

How much less?

Posted by: | August 1, 2008 2:17 PM

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About 1-2 cents less per gal in about 5-10 years time.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Nah Hope:

You ever heard of any other "racist" APOLOGIZE for that? Last I checked, true racists don't care who they've offended.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Why does the media protect McCain?

http://www.ronpaulwarroom.com/?p=4061

Bronfman and his media pals run the show in this country

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

A lot, fact it will be even more expensive then now. Much more expensive. One, the oil does not belong to the American people it belongs to the oil people who drilled it. Two, the massive cost of finding and getting that new oil will be amortized into the new price. They will have tens of billions of dollars in that first drop that comes out and just like a drug company who spends a lot developing a new drug want their money back soon. That is why three pills may cost you a $100.00. What I just said is exactly why they won't even bother to drill, even if you gave them every contract on land there is. They are making record profits being in the reselling business. WHY THE FU&K WOULD THEY WANT TO SPEND 50 BILLION LOOKING FOR MORE OIL? They don't drill on the lands they have leased now.
Mccain and Bush are just kidding the American people who they know don't know the difference and are two lazy or two dumb to learn the truth. No matter how many experts tell them otherwise, people want to believe what they want to believe, so they are easy to fool.
The American public bought platform shoes.
They ware cowboy hats because the see the movie, "Urban cowboy".
They disco dance because they see 'Saturday night fever".
American s are faddists and fools.
This is the easiest country to become rich because the public is stupid. Trust me I know.
The American public are sheep. Why do you think the dopy rumors you see on boards like this are posted are believed? Americans are just plain stupid. Did you know the average I.Q. in the U.S. is 97, one of the lowest in the world among modern countries.
Hell, after we reelected George Bush the london times did a story of how low the intelligence of Americans people actually is.

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"We need to drill more, drill now, and pay less at the pump. Drill now and pay less at the pump."

How much less?

Posted by: | August 1, 2008 2:17 PM

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

Well, I'd rather have our President live, and work, in the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.


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The Obama is your man!

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

It's all about power and money.

Race has been used to divide and conquer the middle and lower classes.

http://www.ronpaulwarroom.com/?p=4061

Same old game. Politics and Big Business are DIRTY.

We need a new ballgame.

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

John McCain is a racist. Here's the proof:

http://nahnopenotquite.wordpress.com/2008/08/01/proof-mccain-is-a-racist/

The big question is why isn't the Washington Post making an issue out of this? He routinely used the "g-word" to describe the Vietnamese. Forgivable? Read the post. It's not. He's a racist.

Why does the Washington Post protect John McCain?

Posted by: Nah Nope | August 1, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, I'd rather have our President live, and work, in the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is not a racist personally, I am certain. But I am equally sure that he has allowed and encouraged his campaign to indulge in behaviors that are bigoted and which appeal to racists in our society.

When McCain says repeatedly that he thinks that Obama "just doesn't understand" about issue of foreign policy that invites his audience to agree that Obama is somehow mentally deficient or stupid. When McCain continues to label Obama a mere "celebrity," he encourages the belief that Obama has not worked hard to get where he is, that he is just lazy and shallow. When McCain accuses Obama of being presumptuous or arrogant he is purposely using code words to recall the standard charge of racial scorn: uppity n****r.

McCain want us to think that Obama is stupid, lazy, shallow, unfamiliar, and arrogant. In other words, McCain wants us to feel uncomfortable voting for Obama because he is black. And that, my friends, is racism.

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

It's just so typical that when the powers that be try to pull the wool over the eyes of 'we the people' they put up the great white-black smokescreen.

Here's the reality, people:
http://www.girlinshortshorts.blogspot.com/2008/02/john-mccain-and-mob.html

McCain married into the mob. He's dirty.

JFK got whacked, some think, because of his dirty associations with either the mafia or lansky/bronfman, and those associations were founded on the business of liquor/bootlegging.

And it is the bronfman/lanskey/marley/hensley network that supported mccain in arizona.

Hello!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Where do you suppose President McCain is going to live, then, if not here in America?

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I suggest his country of birth - Panama. Maybe him and his buddy Manuel Noriega could move back there together and restart their old drug businesses.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:27 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 1, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Ronda:

There are, unfortunately, proud RACISTS. The Aryian (sp?) Nation, for instance.

Anonymous:

Where do you suppose President McCain is going to live, then, if not here in America?

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

McCain and the Republicans are morally bankrupt.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"With all due respect, I do have an idea of what it's like to be deprived of your rights," McCain retorted

Is it physically impossible for the man to make it through ONE appearance without reminding his audience he was a POW?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I would like to hear McCain's explaination of why he approved the use of two white females in his rock-star ad rather than two white males, black females or black males.

Posted by: PhilTR | August 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

John McCain is an old, angry man, bordering senility, and ready to say anything to get to the White House. His recent vicious attacks against Obama, his frequent memory gaps, his stories not supported by facts, and his 180 degree shift on too many issues are just few of the supporting evidences.

Posted by: Logan-6 | August 1, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"We need to drill more, drill now, and pay less at the pump. Drill now and pay less at the pump."

How much less?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The sad thing is, no one wants to be called or labeled a racist, even if they are a true racist at heart.
Sad. How can you be real about the issue, if you can't even be true to yourself.

You all know who you are. I will pray for you.

Posted by: Ronda | August 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

McCain and his kind are no longer welcome here in america.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break about the US Attorney sanctimonious cr%p. McCain's Arizona buddy Rehnquist was the guy who a) spearheaded Operation Eagle Eye and fought hard to deny blacks the right to vote, and b) was the attorney who represented McCain's father in law, Jim Hensley, at the trial where Hensley was convicted of a felony as a result of gang warfare in Phoenix, LA and Vegas and the hit on Kemper Marley's boy, Gus Greenbaum, who got whacked after Bugsy Siegel got whacked.

Of course, the Republicans are going to reward their friends who know where the bodies are buried. They always have and they always do.

And affirmative action? Two words: Clarence Thomas.

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

JOHN MCCAIN, PLAYING THE DISABILITY CARD HIS WHOLE CAREER.

Mccain has been playing the disability card for his entire career. No one dares tell the truth about him or challenge the war hero or say anything bad or he will tell you,
" MY ARMS HURT, MY ARMS HURT, I WAS A P.O.W., I AM A HERO ASK ANYBODY".
He gets away with murder, why, Hell, "HE IS DISABLED".
At one of his town hall meetings he even paraded around a half blind demented "Real" war hero with all his medals on exploiting him. He has been hiding behind his disability for so long I was actually glad in 2000 when Bush went after him. Enough is enough he had been living off this hero BS with no political substance what so ever long enough. Much of his past can not even be substantiated. He can not account for most of his medals, ask him. They were just handed to him because of who his father was. It has long been just assumed his military records have been altered and faked by his father. It's nice when your father is an Admiral. Two other men in his camp who collaborated with the enemy were threatened with execution as traders for doing the exact same thing Mccain himself admits doing in his book, except Mccain did it "30" times. But like I said, when your father is an Admiral your past can be what ever you say it is and after a while you even begin to believe it.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

As long as he nominates Roberts/Alito-type Justices, I could care less if he opposed MLK Jr. holiday even TODAY. So, I will graciously decline your invitation to read his mind.

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Slow day Jake, but nowhere in this article, or in any of the media that I've paid attention to over the past several months has anyone suggested that McCain is a racist. It's a legitimate question to ask the Senator why he was opposed to an MLK holiday, if that holiday is important to you. On the other hand, I wish he would tell us why he opposed the holiday, instead of continuing to just say "I was wrong" I'm sure he had some interesting and maybe valid reasons for not wanting to vote for it.

Posted by: John D in Houston | August 1, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It's not a "side issue" for McCain to defend himself against personally being painted as a "racist" ...

Posted by: JakeD | August 1, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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