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Obama Calls Palin

By Shailagh Murray
MONACA, Pa.-- Sen. Barack Obama told reporters Friday that he has never met Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the new GOP vice presidential candidate, but that "she seems like a compelling person ... with a terrific personal story."

The Democratic nominee spoke to Palin for several minutes this afternoon from his campaign bus. According to senior campaign aide Robert Gibbs, Obama told Palin she would be a terrific candidate and that he looked forward to seeing her on the campaign trail. "He also wished her good luck, but not too much luck," Gibbs said.

Obama spoke about Palin while touring a biodiesel plant on the inaugural stop of a Rust Belt bus tour with his own No. 2, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.).

"I'm sure that she will help make the case for Republicans, unfortunately the case is more of the same, and so ultimately John McCain is at the top of the ticket," Obama said. "He wants to take the country in the wrong direction. I'm assuming Gov. Palin agrees with him and his policies."

But he recognized her historic ascent as the first woman on a Republican presidential ticket.

"The fact that she ... will soon be nominated ... is one more indicator of this country moving forward ... one more hit against that glass ceiling," Obama said. "I congratulate her and look forward to a vigorous debate."

Of course, he prefers his own running mate.

"I'm pleased with my choice for vice president, Joe Biden. I think he's the man who can help me guide this country in a better direction and help working families," Obama said.

He also dismissed his campaign's initial statement about Palin that criticized her inexperience.

"I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments," Obama said, referring to the congratulatory statement that the two candidates issued later this morning.

Biden added that he didn't know Palin either. "I'm looking forward to meeting her," he said.

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Ramsey County authorities conducted raids across Minneapolis and St. Paul Friday and Saturday as a pre-emptive strike against disruptive protests of the Republican National Convention.

http://www.startribune.com/27695244.html

Posted by: Mike S. | August 30, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

the obama camp must keep bden from hitting her too hard. at heart this is an exotic pick- a woman candidate who differs from most woman voters in her age group on the policies. and her candidacy underscores the theme of bush-mccain politics. republicans want to "tip toe" around regular americans and pretend we don't exist. they will not get away with this this election cycle. simply point out her policies, ask gov palin detailed q's on the many areas the gov is not familiar with- john mccain does not get it- and he chose a running mate who does not get it- to feel better about himself. barney smith has got it right. americans need to stay awake.

Posted by: jacade | August 30, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

mono(kissing disease)/glandular fever does not last for five to six months.

Glandular fever usually takes two to four weeks and resolves itself without complications. In about 3 per cent of all cases, it goes on longer(but not for five to six months).

After having the disease, a person will have lifelong immunity to it, so will not catch it again.

mcain should have thoroughly vetted the palin family before handing the presidency of the united states to them on a platter in his first serious test of judgement as a presidential nominee.

wake up america for u reap what u sow and mcain is very dangerous for you.

Posted by: tj | August 30, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

And for those that say Sarah Paylin isn't experienced enough because she has only served for 2 years as governor... check your history facts:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grover_Cleveland

Grover Cleveland was a governor for only 2 years (and was a mayor before that - like Palin) and later became the 22nd and the 24th President of our United States.

There are also others that were 2 and 3 year Governors and became VPs and Presidents

So what was all that experience that Obama has again? Did he run a state military? Did he unseat a governor in an election? Oh wait, he has only represented some of the people in a state for only 2 years...

Attack Palin and you're really attacking Obama!!

Posted by: Marsh | August 30, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Since when has Obama ever been in control of troops, Sarah Palin has:

"I support my son's independence, and I am proud of his decision because he made it for the right reasons -- to serve his country," Palin said.

In July, Palin went to Kuwait where she visited the Alaska Army National Guard's 3rd Battalion, 297th Infantry, a unit that is made up of about 575 Alaska men and women."

http://www.adn.com/iraq/story/220586.html

Posted by: Kenan | August 30, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hun | August 30, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

On endorsing criminals:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article4640994.ece

But who can judge you by the friends you keep?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZNvC_-RW2Q

Oh and lets have a matchup of "experience":
Sarah Palin is a Governor that has actually taken action and succeeded at removing corruption

Barack Obama, well he has some speeches and a bill for renting the invesco stadium, when did he ever make something actually happen that he has promised?

Posted by: Clint | August 30, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

does being a socially conservative hockey mum who is against abortion(even in da cases of rape or incest),allow sarah palin to hide her seventeen year old daughters pregnancy???if she is going to be a vp,she must allow da whole world to know da truth and not hide it by long dark clothes and baby carrying.study all da pics they released guys(da bump is there).as a reponsible mum she should have at least allowed her daughter da choice of birth control.this is not a person who should b allowed to be a heartbeat away from da presidency.good lord.....

Posted by: tj | August 30, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

American politics is denigrating. A 2yr Governor for VP just because she is a woman?
Shocking thing is that this was brought about by nomination of another inexperienced man for president just because he is black.
Pandering and affirmative action to elect people to the highest office?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 30, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

My concerns are more about her HUSBAND.

Todd Palin, had a meeting in the governor's office, with Alaska's public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan, about the governor's former brother-in-law.

Todd Palin has said he took his concerns directly to Monegan. But he said he never told anyone to fire the trooper.

The meeting occurred in the governor's office, but the governor was not there, Monegan said.

Later, Governor Sarah Palin dismissed Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire a state trooper, her former brother-in-law, who allegedly made threats against the Palin family.

That is now part of the focus of a state ethics investigation of Governor Sarah Palin as part of the so-called "Troopergate" scandal.

REAL QUESTION: Might Sarah Palin's husband be as comfortable sitting in the VP's office expressing his concerns about matters directly to elected and/or appointed officials as he seemingly did in Alaska?

Posted by: charlesk3 | August 30, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Way to cost us the election idiot McCain! Maybe you should have just gone all out and picked Playboy's Playmate of the Year. Real swift there Ace.

Posted by: Mark from FL | August 30, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin and Obama/Biden? This has to be a bad joke. Now we have the full slate of party hacks lined up.

Posted by: Matt | August 29, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

if any woman votes for the McCain/Palin ticket then they are as stupid as McCain assumes them to be.

Posted by: Clark | August 29, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

LDE,
I hope that was written sarcastically. I mean, for crying out loud, if McCain were to admit every time he was wrong, he'd have no time to talk about anything else! Just take a quick look at some of his outrageously incorrect statements about foreign nations (not to mention about what he himself had been saying about issurs and policy only a year or two ago). And, by the way, John only cut ties with his preacher AFTER his people (i.e., FOX news) had been pounding on Barack about Obama's preacher... and then, oops,someone pointed out that McCain's preacher was AT LEAST as extremist and hateful as Obama's. Be "fair and balanced", please (don't just claim to).

Posted by: bdub | August 29, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

LDE,
I hope that was written sarcastically. I mean, for crying out loud, if McCain were to admit every time he was wrong, he'd have no time to talk about anything else! Just take a quick look at some of his outrageously incorrect statements about foreign nations (not to mention about what he himself had been saying about issues and policy only a year or two ago). And, by the way, John only cut ties with his preacher AFTER his people had been pounding on Barack about his preacher... and then, oops,someone pointed out that McCain's preacher was AT LEAST as extremist and hateful as Obama's. Be "fair and balanced", please (don't just claim to).

Posted by: bdub | August 29, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

VOTE BOB BARR FOR PRESIDENT..... cuz a vote for Barr ends up being an indirect vote for Obama!

Posted by: Obamas for Barr | August 29, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

amber-

very good point - but it might have mirrored the script, from "The Contender" (2000)

Posted by: LDE | August 29, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Donald Rumsfeld was highly qualified for his job!

Which means, those of you who are going on endlessly about being qualified or not qualified, whether it related to Obama of Palin, step back, smell the coffee, and look at the big picture of how little our pathetic, distant assessments of these candidates' "qualifications" really is.

Posted by: truthsayer | August 29, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I HAD VOTED FOR HILLARY BUT NOW THAT JOHN MCCAIN HAS ANNOINTED AMERICA'S MOST POPULAR GOVERNOR, MRS SARAH PALIN AS HIS VP AND EVENTUAL PRESIDENT, I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN.

Posted by: DEB FROM VEGAS | August 29, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

so, billings, you think it's ok to send a small part of our population to die for cheap oil so you can have gas at a reasonable price!!how selfish is that!!!!!!!1 this woman is not qualified!

Posted by: sheila bateman | August 29, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

And so are Huckabee, Romney and any number of other QUALIFIED candidates. I'm an NRA member, anti-abortion, enjoy an occasional duck hunt and definitely into drilling our own oil instead of buying it from terrorists, so does that make me VP material? Of course NOT. If he had to pick a woman with absolutely no street cred whatsoever, he could have at least gone with Fiorina who has a name people have heard of and respect. He just tossed away the election! Nope, I'm not impressed with McCain at all now. Until he ran for president he was a constant pain in the @ss, and now he suddenly reversed all his liberal positions at the last minute and expects us to believe that he won't stab us in the back after he's elected. Sorry, I won't be a part of that. Not that I'd vote for a Democrap, but at least Barry is predictable.

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Under-estimating Intelligence of Women

We do not vote merely on gender. We vote on issues. Sarah Plain is too far to the right and in no way even remotely comes close to any issue that Clinton or the majority of women in this country stand for – equal pay, health care, education, pro-choice rights, gun control, violence against women, social security, peace, prosperity etc. It shows how little McCain thinks and understands about women. Newsweek reports that back in March, 2008 at a Women and Leadership event Palin's view of Hillary wasn't quite as charitable: "She said she felt kind of bad she couldn't support a woman and she didn't like Clinton's whining”.

If John was serious to have a strong woman as his VP, why could he not pick Olympia Snowe? In April 2006, Snowe was selected by Time Magazine as one of "America's 10 Best Senators." She was the only woman so recognized. Time praised Snowe for her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring. Snowe is the fourth woman to serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee and the first to chair its sea power subcommittee, which oversees the Navy and Marine Corps. In 2001, Snowe became the first Republican woman to secure a full-term seat on the Senate Finance Committee. She is involved in every policy debate in Washington. It is disappointing that on one day; John has squandered his election chances in Ohio, PA, FL, Michigan and Minnesota but solidified his base in deep Red states. History tells us such votes alone would not be adequate to carry one to the White House.

Posted by: amber | August 29, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

LDE- you're getting too partisan again and when you do that you only end up preaching to the converted!

Posted by: seen it all b4 | August 29, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Integrity, Loyalty and Honor...this is what is preached by a person who still claims they did not know the docterine of their own congregation, for 20 years of attendence! This is a perfect example of someone who will not be accountable for his own actions.

Was he asleep in church for 20 years? Or is dimentia setting in at a young age?

When the real trouble hits the fan - what is he going to say; "sorry - but i didn't know."

Think about it...is this what you want? A man who shows loyalty to someone who spews venom from the pulpit and then gives that man the honor of saying; "he is like an uncle to me."

We need a President that has a spine and not afraid to stand-up for what is right and to address what is wrong! McCain had the dismissed and cut-ties with his pastoral adviser. He is a man of honor, and courage.

Where was Obama's courage and honor when he heard for the first time - 20 years ago the harsh and spiteful words coming from his preacher?

Do you want someone who cannot even stand up to his own pastoral leader - to run our country? We need a person who is steadfast and strong in his convictions and not afraid to admit when they are wrong and when to take hold of a situation and address it with tenacity!

Honor, Courage, Loyalty...Vote for McCain/Palin 08'

Posted by: LDE | August 29, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable... did we just hire the same flunkies that consulted Kerry in 2004? A beauty queen... that's the best we could come up with. McCain are you smokin' crack are just thinking with the wrong head????

Posted by: Ticked Off | August 29, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Steve.... Steve....

I think you've forgotten that she's an anti-abortion, NRA lifetime member, avid hunting, enthusiastic oil drilling evangelical.

You're just trying to find excuses to support Bob Barr. Now try using some logic.

Posted by: Your Yur Thinkin' Cap | August 29, 2008 11:02 PM | Report abuse

You've got to be kidding me! Come on GOP! First you stick us with flip flopping McCain for our choice on president, a guy who has NO family values whatsoever, no concept of economics and absolutely no loyalty to our party, THEN you let this loose cannon pick the LEAST experienced candidate he could possibly find. The Dems are gonna have a field day with this one. He's already old enough to kick the bucket any day. When he does, midway through his first term probably, THIS is the best you could come up with to defend us against Islamo-fascists? Is this some kind of sick joke? Is McCain that obsessed with women that aren't his wife? Is he really stupid enough to think that liberal pro-choice Clinton fanatical women will vote for someone whose ONLY credentials is being pro-life? THIS IS THE LAST STRAW!!! BOB BARR FOR PRESIDENT! GET US A REAL CONSERVATIVE NOW!!!

Posted by: Steve | August 29, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me, the democratic party
belongs to the wackos: A. Obama will heal your cancer and solve all Americas problems B. Urban ghetto black racists C. Uneducated sheep who dont read about the world D.The followers of James Carville, Jeremiah Wright and other assorted naive types who still believe in their HEAD DUNCE...Bill Clinton. It's simply unbelievable that 50% of Americans believe such lies. No wonder we trail the all but countries, most in, Africa in low educational standards !

Posted by: Boo ba la | August 29, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

erik my dear,

Have you ever considered how much it costs to provide basic government services, including roads, in a state as big as Alaska and with such a low population?

A little economic analysis will set you straight!

Posted by: Kindred souls | August 29, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Readers:

Note postings on this thread that are 1 line slogans - the latest is "Eight is enough". These postings are just as likely to come from democrats as well as republicans.

They're symbolic of the superficial, fluff that our political system has degenerated into. Instead of discussing issues with any substance, we use simplistic labels that even chimpanzees could probably grasp intellectually - McShame.... Osama Obama.... etc.

It is a sad comment on us as Americans when we allow ourselves to fall this low that we can't even take the time to discuss an issue in a substantive way.

Those of you who love the 1 liners, realize how stupid your superficiality makes all American voters look.

Posted by: Disgusted | August 29, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Alaska is not even as big as Brooklyn.. People 2 things happen in Alaska thats drilling and fishing. She cant even balance the budget in a state that is full of oil and nobody there. This is just such a sham. If America falls for this they get what they deserve...

Posted by: erik | August 29, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The reason why I inititally voted for Hillary Clinton was that her liberal viewpoints fit mine. Only secondarily was the fact she was a woman an important factor. However after the democratic party snubbed her, I was a lost and wandering soul until John McCain came along. I cared not about whether or not he was conservative, all I cared about what that my Hillary had been snubbed and mistreated just like a woman. Now that John McCain has chosen a woman to be his running mate, I could give a rats ass about what her political views are. She (and he) get my vote, pure and simple.

End of statement.

Posted by: Thinking American | August 29, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Eight is enough!

Posted by: letsjustvote | August 29, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant move by the Maverick John McCain!
The selection of Sarah Palin, a reformer that has put into action and has real experience in government.

Hillary supporters have now a real choice without remorse in voting for McCain/Palin, because they will be electing a woman to the white house and a ticket of real change for the US government.

Bravo!

It is also very rewarding to watch all those male chauvinists in the media, MSNBC, CNN and others that mistreated Hillary Clinton, cringe in their seats facing their most feared nightmare of a woman in the White House...Ha, Ha, Ha...
I love it!!!!

Posted by: Manolete | August 29, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

LDE,

I think McCain has picked up a lot of votes, especially from women, even if Palin turns out to be nothing more than a beauty queen, a bimbo, a porn star, or whatever other suspicion people are casting about her.

The finest quality going for her is that she's a woman. There are enough voters out there who won't look beyond that to ensure that McCain picks up a significant percentage of the undecided vote, especially amongst women.

Let's not belabour her experience or lack thereoff. It's really inconsequential.

Posted by: Proud Vet | August 29, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me, the GOP is the party
of the wackos: A. Jesus will heal your cancer B. Pickup truck driving southern racists C. Uneducated sheep who dont read about the world D.The followers of Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Falwell and other assorted naive types who still believe in their HEAD DUNCE...George Bush. It's simply unbelievable that 50% of Americans believe such lies. No wonder we trail the all but countries, most in, Africa in low educational standards !

Posted by: Baaah Ba Loo | August 29, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I feel SO MUCH for Cindy McCain right now as she joins the ranks of jilted women already occupied by Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards. The again if this is how we're going to finally get a woman as president.....

Posted by: another cindy | August 29, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin is a SOLID one for REAL Conservatives, and announcing the pick today is a strategic masterpiece, knocking out Barack Obama/Joe Biden’s after convention euphoria!.

Did I mention that I loved EVERYTHING she said after being introduced by John McCain?

EVERYTHING!! OsiSpeaks[dot]com

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 29, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe those who judge and think they can read past the beauty queen title you would know that before she became a mayor - then a governor that she was a hard-working tax payer (formerly owned her own fishing dist business). She was not a typical lawyer - turned politician like most of Washington and the Democratic ticket holds. So if you want the same ol' politics of lawyers bending and molding the law in Washington to suit their own needs - then vote for Obama and Biden....but if you want someone who knows what its like to give your life for your country and to be a real-citezen who knows what its like to be a small-business owner turned public servant who fights for famillies - then vote for McCaine/Palin.

Posted by: LDE | August 29, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Barack should have chosen a bimbo as his VP candidate. By choosing Biden he simply confirmed what the repubs were pointing out - that he has very little foreign policy experience.

Only a truly secure candidate would pick a bimbo as VP. And should worse come to worse, the bimbo ended up becoming prez and she did a worse job than the actors we've voted into office, we could always impeach her, resting secure that she would still grace the roster of mostly-ugly past presidents of the USA.

Posted by: Grebe | August 29, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

I'd almost die in blissful ecstasy if it turned out that a porn star is only a heartbeat away from our presidency!!! After 8 years of utter moral boredom from Bush, I can hardly wait for the lady of 5 to strut her stuff!

Posted by: HOO-RAH | August 29, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I relish the prospects of Joe Biden taking the knife to Sarah Palin. The sympathy vote response for her will be impressive!

Sik her, Joe!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin has all the looks of a porn star, but there are clear differences. Porn stars know that global warming is a threat to life. Porn stars know that polar bears should be on the endangered species list. Porn stars wouldn't replace evolution with creationism. Porn stars wouldn't kill animals just for sport. No McCain/MILF in '08.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Phil, as a democrat geezer steeped in the 60's I'm at the point where I wouldn't mind one bit looking at a beauty queen as our leader. As they say (especially women), McCain could well kick the bucket anyway in which case my eyes could feast on our beauty queen president on a near-daily basis.

Not a bad outcome for us baby boomers as we near the sunset of our lives!

Posted by: Ol Hippy | August 29, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Vice-President Palin? One heartbeat away? Sleep well,citizens! Biden will tear her to pieces. McCain just brought a knife to a gun fight! Richard

Posted by: Richard | August 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

She's under investigation for abusing the powers of her office. I predict she withdraws her name before the convention.

http://www.newsone.com/elections/article/sarah-palins-troopergate

Posted by: mcs | August 29, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing the same thing from friends and co-workers about McCain's pick:

He. Chose. A. Beauty. Queen.

For Vice President of the United States of America. Daring? More like dementia being punctual.

Posted by: Phil | August 29, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

TO LEE LARSON:
I don't think you understand. Most human beings are sheep. They like to follow blindly, whether it's blindly following republican rhetoric or blindly mimicing democratic talking points. That's the nature of our species, Lee Larson. Don't think it will ever correct itself. What you see on this board is what chacterizes our species - a lot of mimicing and very little creative thinking.

Happy weekend!

Posted by: Charlie Hammer (AZ) | August 29, 2008 9:40 PM | Report abuse

LDE, you're right.

We've got another eenie-meanie-mainee-moe voting choice. Whether we vote republican or democratic, the candidates we're selecting from will be a vast improvement on what we've had the last 16 years.

Posted by: right on!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | August 29, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

FOOLS. YOU'RE ALL FOOLS. YOUR VOTE MEANS NOTHING AND YOUR VOICES ARE NOT HEARD. THOSE WHO ACTUALLY RUN THE GOV'T HAVE ALREADY DECIDED THE OUTCOME OF THE ELECTION FARCE. WHY IS IT IMPERATIVE TO HAVE A NON-WHITE PRESIDENT? WHY IS IT IMPERATIVE TO HAVE A FEMALE PRESIDENT? THE FEMINISTS SHRIEK THAT THEY 'DESERVE' TO HOLD OFFICE, NON-WHITES SCREAM 'RACISM!' IF OPPOSED DURING A CAMPAIGN, AND SUPPOSEDLY RATIONAL PEOPLE 'CELEBRATE DIVERSITY' RATHER THAN SEEKING UNITY. FOOLS. WHEN THE ELECTION COMES AND IS PAST, NOTHING WILL HAVE CHANGED OTHER THAN THE FACE OF THE NEW FRONT MAN FOR THE POWERS BEHIND THE THRONE. WHAT WE NEED IS THE RIGHT PERSON TO RUN THE SHIP OF STATE AND TRY TO STEER IT INTO CALM WATERS BEFORE WE END UP ON THE ROCKS. FOOLS. YOU'RE ALL FOOLS. AND WITH YOU GOES THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY. WELCOME TO THE THIRD WORLD.

Posted by: LEE LARSON | August 29, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

This is the most exciting time in political history. The two parties are now balanced. Obama chose Biden, for his expereince in Foreign Policies, which he himself was lacking. Obama like Palin has his weakness - he is however strong on urban issues - and he himself was unknown outside of the nested southside chicago. So as far as domestic issues he is very experienced. McCain just like Obama chose someone that can fulfill his lack of expereince in Domestic Issues, while he handles rebuidling International Relations and bringing democracy and peace abroad by bringing our troops home safely and responsibly, and fortifying and restoring relations with the middle-east, and the world. He is not blinded by the medial attempt to paint him to be someone who is turning a blind eye away from issues here in America. Instead he chose someone that's not afraid to fight in Washington for the American famillies. To fight for education, healthcare, and energy dependency, while encouraging investing in new energy technologies. The position of a President, with Foreign Relations, and Vice President, with Domestic, Executive experience is a promising future.

Posted by: LDE | August 29, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATIC MANIACS BOMBED AND KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT VIETNAMESE AND over 40,000 AMERICAN SOLIDERS BEFORE NIXON TOOK OVER. DEMOCRATS, LIKE REPUBLICANS ARE SICK SICK SICK. VOTE THEM *ALL* OUT!

Posted by: THUPID | August 29, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's age has just become a wonderful asset to the women of America who, in case you've all forgotten, make up about 52% of the voting population.

By selecting a woman as the 'heart beat away from the presidency' to a 72 year old man, we women have achieved a dream that even the democratic party, the so called reformist party, has refused to deliver.

If you ever want to see a woman president, vote for John McCain because he almost certainly isn't going to last 1 term, much less 2, for the reasons already given so convincingly by other posters.

McCain '08

Posted by: McCain '08 | August 29, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

A sad day for America, an absolute insult to the American people. I don't care if she's been in office for 200 years. WE DON'T WANT THESE PEOPLE ANYMORE. THESE REPUBLICAN MANIACS BOMBED AND KILLED 100,000 IRAQIS AND 4,300 AMERICAN SOLIDERS. THEY'RE SICK SICK SICK. VOTE THEM OUT!

To compare Sarah Palin to Hillary Clinton is an insult to women everywhere.

Posted by: Dan Rains | August 29, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The reason why Obama has preached change until our ears are bleeding, and then he picked the same old politician biden as his VP is for the same reason as John Mccain picked Paulin as his VP candidate.

The reason? It's all about politics. Nothing more, nothing less. Both candidates play the political game very well this year. McCain and Obama are both political animals (although Barack is more subtle about how he plays the game) who know that winning isn't about being right or wrong. It's about playing the political game most effectively.

Frankly dear readers, I say we should raise our glasses to both of them and say may the best game player win.

Warren T

Posted by: Warren T | August 29, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Are democrabs really going to concentrate their hatred on John McCain's age? Do you think that making fun of him will help the candidate of "hope"? Is the part of the "new kind of politics"?

All of us will get old and JmC is old. Then again, BoB has absolutely no experience with anything except politics, and corrupt Chicago politics at that.

When Jessie Jackson Jr said that he would do for America what he did for Illinois, ask yourself - what did he do for Illinois?

Illinois (especially Southern Illinois cities like East St. Louis) is an armpit that did not improve in the slightest under BoB's "leadership".

If he does for America what he did for Illinois, nothing will "change".

He is a product of the Richard Daly criminal regime, hardly a good mark on the resume.

Posted by: Geno - USA | August 29, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

McClown/McPageant = McCain/McCain

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"The actual, effective argument lines are the fact that 7 of the last 42 different presidents have had the VP succeed them. And McCain just turned 72, so he's past his life expectancy and living on borrowed time, given what his body went through as a POW."

THE ABOVE POSTER'S COMMENTS BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES. AT LAST WE'RE VIRTUALLY GUARANTEED TO HAVE A WOMAN AS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!!!!!

Posted by: Susan | August 29, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama destroyed the first Woman President Hillary Clinton
Obama's campaign even insulted the first Woman Vice President in the name of winning politically

John McCain and Sarah Palin will push through all those millions of cracks in the glass ceiling and make the first woman VP a reality. And when they do a good job as a team, perhaps Palin will become President in 4 years.

Obama has preached change until our ears are bleeding, and then he picked the same old politician biden as his VP. Biden's speech during the DNC seemed like a call to WAR with Afghanistan and Russia to me.

John McCain's ACTIONS EMBODY change, and unlike Obama's promises, show how much of a Maverick John McCain truly is.

Both Candidates have now made history, but only one has proven "change" through his actions.

McCain / Palin 2008!!!

Posted by: Barney Smith | August 29, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"I mean, how can you vote against an immigration bill you WROTE?"

Joe, simple minds don't even try to understand the process by which decisions are made and compromises are forged.

That's the answer to your question.

Take care.

Posted by: Buzzin' in | August 29, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

So, including the "uhs" is that like a knew deal that the Washington Post will apply to McCain as well???
Will there be any stories forthcoming abou the investigations currently underway on this fine "Soccer Mom"???
I guess we'll see wont we???

Posted by: Chapman | August 29, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

yeah i agree that Repub & dem politicians have us voters by the gonads for there own purposes-that mujch is clear to inquiring minds................

Posted by: LK | August 29, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

> This lady is down for hunting and shooting animals from the air (helicopters), doesn’t think polar bears should be put on the endangered species list because it could hurt hopes of drilling, believes creationism should be taught in schools as an alternative to evolution, voted against women’s right to chose, voted against women’s right for equal pay, had her employees threaten high officials to get them to fire a state trooper (presumably because he divorced her sister). Tearing this woman apart is going to be way easy. She is more against women’s rights then McCain himself.

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The people who say that are already Democrats. They weren't going to vote for McCain to begin with. You won't get Obama any votes by reciting the Democratic party line. Those of us who are actual swing voters won't be impressed by that, FYI.

The actual, effective argument lines are the fact that 7 of the last 42 different presidents have had the VP succeed them. And McCain just turned 72, so he's past his life expectancy and living on borrowed time, given what his body went through as a POW.

This then kills McCain's experience argument. This woman was a mayor of a small town of 9,000, then turned governor for the past 2 years. She's nice and all, but she doesn't know how to run a country. And she's exactly one heartbeat (or new patch of melanoma) from watching John kick the bucket and then becoming President.

And what does she say on TV? She asked what a vice president does. I thought McCain said this was "no time for on the job training"? Especially when Palin is under investigation for using her position to get her sister's ex-husband fired.

Yeah, I know. You'll try to compare the experience to Obama, except that he managed to organize an incredible campaign. He proved himself top tier by being able to control a 50-state network of organizations all focused on a single goal. He worked his way up from _nothing_. Nobody just dropped a vice presidency in his lap [Palin]. He wasn't the child of an Admiral who (barely) kept him from flunking out of a class of 900 in the Navy [McCain]. Obama has spent almost a decade in the Illinois Senate (which represents a hell of a lot more than 9,000 people) and worked his way up to the US Senate. You can say what you want, but it's clear that Obama worked for everything he got.

As for the issues, I just hope McCain finishes debating himself before the debates, or we'll have McCain vs. McCain. I mean, how can you vote against an immigration bill you WROTE? Why did you go on TV with a televangelist after calling them 'agents of intolerance' back in 2000?

Personally, I suspect he was replaced with a GOP pod person, because he went under a radical change in the past 3 years, when he started supporting Bush 95% of the time.

Posted by: Joe | August 29, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse


TO this idiot who apprently has not read a history book- I shall give you a lesson. I am Native American and any one who is not Native American is part of the "greater swell of immigrants(illegal, or not). "
If you are White you are from Europe, Black from Africa, Asian from Asia hate to break it to you but almost everyone is a foreigner or of foreign decent. Everyone in this country is American. Hopefully you will "think long and hard about this"


THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THIS.......

If Obama shows the world that America remains a land of opportunity and that anyone can be president, we'll have even a greater swell of illegal immigrants coming in by boat, tunnel, car trunk, or shipping container to also take advantage of our offerings.

Better for the world to think that we're a curmudgeonly declining empire that wouldn't elect a coloured person as Prez even if hell froze over.

Posted by: Reality Check | August 29, 2008 8:56 PM

Posted by: Navajill | August 29, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

How stupid do you think we are? This was a joke!!! We re-elected George Bush. We put Bubba on a pedestal as a great, moral leader of this nation. We worship the philandering JFK and we voted Richard Nixon back into office by an unprecedented landslide (over 60% of the vote).

Thus, for John McCain to put this former beauty queen with no experience a heartbeat away from the presidency with an old white haired guy as the lead player... it's still gonna play in Cincinnati, my friends. What was he thinking? John McCain was implementing political strategy in the hard-assed, callous way that only WINNING politicians do in our good ol US of A.

How sad that so many of you don't seem to realize that for both democrats and republicans, the only issue here is grabbing POWER. They'll promise voters the moon and do the most amazing of political tricks AS NEEDED so that they get access to the big pizza at the end of the day.

Posted by: D A L T | August 29, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain has taken this pick to show just how stupid he thinks the country really is. And in fact, we are stupid. Every 4 years we avidly listen to the new round of political promises and believe them as strongly as we did the previous round of political promises never kept.

We vote for handsome people over more homely faces. We'll vote for beauty over masculinity. In short, we are glorified monkeys.

John McCain is both brilliant and wise for understanding the basic, ignorant nature of the human population and doing what he needed to do to capitalize upon it.

HOO-RAH for a man who understands that American voters are largely ignorant and easily swayed by style over substance. Barack Obama understands this same thing about us stupid Americans. That's why the race is so close!

Chew on that one, you pack of chimps.....

Posted by: Independent voter | August 29, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Joe Biden was a choice made out of fear


Sarah Palin was a choice made for change

Posted by: Rick | August 29, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate Obama's gesture of calling her and speaking well of her personally. She has likewise said some decent things about Obama in the past. Anytime we can have gestures that will facilitate more decency and more focus on real matters, I'm all for it.

Posted by: Citizen William | August 29, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm one of millions of democrats who drive an SUV and it's important that I have cheap gas to put in my vehicles for whatever purpose.

I'm also a soccer mom. I agree with Sarah Palin that this war we have right now is about securing energy supplies. We need to secure oil reserves around the world faster than the Chinese (who currently are outcompeting us) if we want to continue our fine American lifestyle into the future.

We send less than 1% of our population overseas to die for these oil supplies. I think that is a hugely strategic decision. We lose very few of our own people and secure gas that literally hundreds of millions of us will be able to guzzle at a fair price.

Posted by: Billings | August 29, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I think McCain has taken this pick to show just how stupid he thinks the country really is. He did it for his own perverted enjoyment so he can laugh at all you idiots that will vote for him because she's a woman and good looking. And he want's to drill in Anwar so bad the oil companies probably have her in their pockets too. This is an oil company pick and McCain's last hope to get Hillary's vote. He knows he's in trouble. This was a desparate move,and a bad one. People don't want her for President or Vice President, they wanted the Clintons. And what's going to happen if McCain dies. He'll be almost 80 before he finishes his first term. How much longer do you think he has? That's all we need a senile, old man a pretty looking woman that has no idea what she would be doing. LOL :) I think McCain is giving up. He doesn't want to be president, he wants Barack too. This is a forfeit move.

Posted by: Jim | August 29, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

This VP pick is just devastated all republicans. If we need nice looking/well spoken VP. Why don't we just elect Angelina Jolie for VP.
Why Barack Obama is running for President is nothing to do with his credentials/experiences. He is a "PURE" leader who utilize his rare skill (charisma) to capture his audiences. Now, since McCain has no charisma. She better be a real deal besides her looks.

Posted by: Taka | August 29, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

the comments of DEMOCRAT supporters really show the depths to which they have sunk.how can america,a proud and strong nation who most countries of the world look up to have a potential president(palin) so short on experience like Abraham Lincoln had.COME ON.am not looking at gender here just da merits and experience.for so long ur liberal drive by media has been hammering at mccain for not having experience and yet in da space of an hour suggest dat palin is ready to lead on day one like like Lincoln started leading on Day 1.i know most of u dont have much of an education being dems an all but pls try to THINK LONG AND HARD ABT THIS....... John McCain made the right decision to pick Palin.

Posted by: Wing Nuts Go Both Ways | August 29, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

How stupid do you think we are? This was a joke!!! Put this former beauty queen with no experience a heartbeat away from the presidency with an old white haired guy as the lead player. Even die hard Republicans should be afraid. What was he thinking? Or was thinking not an option. It is insulting to women and irresponsible for a presidential wannabe. How pitiful. How sad.

Posted by: justawoman | August 29, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Discussing the war on the Glenn Beck show, she stated that "We're fighting in some sense over energy supplies." I just don't see why our soldiers should be dying for that reason. If we were in Iraq to find weapons of mass destruction, then fine. If we’re there to root out terrorists, then fine. In fact, as long as we’re fighting to protect American lives, then I can understand her support for the war. But how can she say that the war is about oil and still approve of us having sent thousands of America’s young men and women to die in Iraq? Keeping the price of gasoline down by a few cents isn’t worth a single American soldier’s life. It simply doesn’t make sense to (1) believe that we’re fighting for oil, and (2) still support the war.

For anyone who would like to hear the above quote in context, the interview is available on YouTube and the relevant bit is at exactly the eight-minute mark.

Posted by: fjfjdvdv | August 29, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT THIS.......

If Obama shows the world that America remains a land of opportunity and that anyone can be president, we'll have even a greater swell of illegal immigrants coming in by boat, tunnel, car trunk, or shipping container to also take advantage of our offerings.

Better for the world to think that we're a curmudgeonly declining empire that wouldn't elect a coloured person as Prez even if hell froze over.

Posted by: Reality Check | August 29, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

McCain or McClown?

This tool couldn't unscrew a bolt if his life depended on it...

I on the other hand would TOTALLY screw Obama. Man... that guy's got a SWEET CAN!!! ;-)

Posted by: chris | August 29, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

This lady is down for hunting and shooting animals from the air (helicopters), doesn’t think polar bears should be put on the endangered species list because it could hurt hopes of drilling, believes creationism should be taught in schools as an alternative to evolution, voted against women’s right to chose, voted against women’s right for equal pay, had her employees threaten high officials to get them to fire a state trooper (presumably because he divorced her sister). Tearing this woman apart is going to be way easy. She is more against women’s rights then McCain himself.

Posted by: Creamsykle | August 29, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

McCain proved himself as a maverick today, not by picking Bloomberg or Lieberman as his VP, but by selecting Sarah Palin. He's a maverick in taking political risks as much as he's a maverick in taking other kinds of risks in his life. McCain is smart. He is well aware that the GOP needs to shore up the evangelical and soccer mom vote. This country may not be able to afford 4 more years of the GOP, but then again, we're hardly going to get out unscathed if Obama becomes president, we invade the sovereign nation of Pakistan to search for the elusive Osama bin Laden, and end up with Pakistan's nuclear weapons thrown around in return.

McCain/MILF in '08.

Posted by: Da Bomb | August 29, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

the comments of republican supporters really show the depths to which they have sunk.how can america,a proud and strong nation who most countries of the world look up to have a potential president(palin) so short on experience.COME ON.am not looking at gender here just da merits and experience.for so long ur repug media has been hammering at obama for not having experience and yet in da space of an hour suggest dat palin is ready to lead on day one.i know most of u dont have much of an education being repugs an all but pls try to THINK LONG AND HARD ABT THIS.......

Posted by: tj | August 29, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Cheney said Obama would pick VP based more on ticket value than qualifications. That proved to be false. Maybe he meant McCain.

Posted by: Pete | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Yes, John the poster - but why did it take you so long to figure out that partisan lefts asnd partisan rights are cut out of the same, uncompromising mold that has made this country into its current ineffective and paralyzed blue/red contrast? Both candidates are decent people yet the partisan nuts on both sides of the spectrum have managed to completely contort reality. They delight that we might have 4 more years of partisan fighting and legislative paralysis, BECAUSE THERE'S MONEY TO BE MADE. Even for partisan democrats (Nancy Pelosi's disastrous book launching notwithstanding!).

Strip away their partisan nut case supporters and both McCain and Obama are common sense people. We'll be better off with either one of them in office compared to the extreme partisan we have right now.

I'm an independent. It's going to be people like me who determine the outcome of this election, not you partisan right and left wingnuts who dominate these internet discussion boards.

Posted by: Dwayne D from Kansas City | August 29, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

McCain could have been a maverick and picked Bloomberg or Lieberman as his VP, but he picked (or was told to pick) Sarah Palin because the GOP needs to sure up the evangelical and soccer mom vote. This country can't afford 4 more years of the GOP. No McCain/MILF in '08.

Posted by: hamishdad | August 29, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Pacific Gate Post ... being a governor really automatically qualifies you for being a President ... like that former Texas governor in office now.

Thanks for the valid point(???)

Posted by: Dennis | August 29, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

McClown/McPageant - what else one say ... sigh

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I care not what Sarah Paulin's experience or non-experience is. All I care about is that we now have a woman as VP to an aging presidential candidate. If we con't have our first woman president within the next 4 years after McCain wins, we'll certainly have it within 8 - McCain will be 80 by then.

It was a brilliant choice to finally - FINALLY - ensure that the USA WILL get a woman as it's leader.

Posted by: Denny | August 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Excellent choice by McCain. Not only is it politically strategic, but undoubtedly libido-enhanceing for him, judging from his not-too-subtle inspections of Sarah's "rear view" during the announcement today. A double home run. Good choice!

Posted by: Full throttle | August 29, 2008 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama was a community organizer in the arm pit of the world called the south side of Chicago that was governed by Democrats for years. After Obama leaves as community organizer, the south side of Chicago is still the arm pit of the world. That's Obama's resume.
"Obama is not ready to lead"(Dem VP Biden)
Yes, America knows.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

McCain or McClown?

This tool couldn't unscrew a bolt if his life depended on it...what did he do with his plane in Viet Nam? Crashed. Yea, that qualifies him for something. My hero, a man who dropped napalm on small villages in the jungle (or at least he wanted to before he was shot dow). Wow, how impressive.

McShame is the same. A wimp who will crash the country as he crashed his plane.

Hopefully he won't dump the American middle class like he did his first wife while she was in bed crippled from an accident. What a man of character. A real stick with it kind of guy until some rich bimbo comes along with lots of money and big hooters.

Posted by: chris | August 29, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

She should make McCain her VP.

Posted by: Chris | August 29, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse


SARAH PALIN IS MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER STATE GOVERNOR. She shook up Alaska to its roots.

McCain has made a bold and telling move selecting someone with Chief Executive experience – the only one to have any, of the four running for the White House.

http://pacificgatepost.blogspot.com/2008/08/mccains-renewal-sarah-palin.html

Posted by: PacificGatePost | August 29, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

She's a Republican all right... she's go outsourcing down to a T:

Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- TransCanada Corp., the nation's largest pipeline company, won approval from Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to build a $27 billion pipeline to carry natural gas from the Arctic to U.S. markets.

Palin on Aug. 27 signed a bill authorizing the state to award Calgary-based TransCanada a license to build the 1,715- mile (2,744-kilometer) link from Prudhoe Bay to the Alberta Hub in Canada, according to a statement. The license will be granted in 90 days.

Posted by: Paul | August 29, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Obama called Palin to ask how it is to actually run something other than a community event.

The Obama camp is criticizing her for a lack of experience. The funny thing is she has twice the experience he does. McCain didn't need to bring in someone to fill a void, like Obama did with Biden.

After the convention McCain will be ahead by 5 points and Obama and all of his blind followers will be in the rearview mirror.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

www.ihatesarahpalin.com

a comedy about a society where abortion is outlawed, everybody wears a gun and gays are kept in camps

Posted by: JL | August 29, 2008 6:18 PM

Move over there's no room for sarcasm, the fact is one unknown mother she, Sarah Palin just HALTED the BIG Denver So-called wind (tornado) on it's own door step. Now that is simply the facts. Where is obama in the news the day after the libs historical first so-called african-american candidate? Now that's historical!

Posted by: TB | August 29, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the left-wing nuts are as crazy/crazier than the right-wing nuts.

Posted by: John | August 29, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin :-)

Last night was great for us too.

Obama/Biden, Obamacans, Susan Eisenhower and 80,000 supporters energized and inspired us watching them on TV. Yes we Can!

Democrats and Obamacans courting all Republican and Independent voters -

The Chantay's - Pipeline (Lawrence Welk Show)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09C8clJaXo

Dean Martin & John Wayne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd5xBDdG9UI

Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZBUb0ElnNY

Matthew 7:7

Obamacan's - “The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry.” William F. Buckley, Jr. quote

Vote Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: Eagle nas gadooshu | August 29, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse


Focus on the great energy coming from Denver after the Convention. Mobilize, not talk. Forget the opponent.

Posted by: Upwards | August 29, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

www.ihatesarahpalin.com

a comedy about a society where abortion is outlawed, everybody wears a gun and gays are kept in camps

Posted by: JL | August 29, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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