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Praising Autoworkers, McCain Reaches Out to "Swing State" of Michigan

By Robert Barnes
BIRMINGHAM, Mich. -- Sen. John McCain resumed his tour of the contested Midwest today with fundraisers and a tour of a defense contractor outside Detroit. At a fundraiser in West Bloomfield, McCain told the crowd he had come to a "a swing county in a swing state, so let's have no doubt that this will be a battleground state."

"I know and you know that Michigan has been badly and hard-hit by this economic situation that we are in today," McCain said. "We'll have to be on the bus, all around this state and convince people we have a plan of action to restore the economy."

McCain said he believed promotion of more fuel-efficient and alternative-fuel automobiles could lead the way, and he personalized his usual campaign remarks about the productivity of the American worker.

"I have confidence that Detroit is very capable, is very capable, of developing this kind of new technology in automobiles and I believe the most innovative and productive worker in the world is in the state of Michigan," he said.

This afternoon, he is scheduled to tour Beaver Aerospace & Defense, Inc., which produces parts for the aerospace and defense industries. He has another fundraiser scheduled for tonight.

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I just read the last Gallup poll. Obama 46% McCain 43%. Yesterday it was tied. Honestly it makes me very depressed, saddened to see this race so close. Have you not learned anything from Bush? How much more do we have to suffer? If no one stands up for the working people in no time we will become slaves.

Posted by: Marissa | August 18, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of American workers, pretending that he's in their corner, but the working class is seeing through it.

The Fire Fighter Union has endorsed Senator Obama, and other unions are suing WalMart corporate executives for pressuring lower level employees to vote Republican. WalMart fears that a Democratic President would allow employees to unionize, one more confirmation that Democrats look out for the American people while Republicans protect corporate profits.

Finally, the American people are waking up and not buying into Republican sound-bite-propaganda.

Posted by: boomer babe for Obama | August 14, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

McCain lied to the USA when he said IRAQI's did the anthrax attack.
He engaged in false propaganda, which is a crime.
The WMD anthrax was made in the USA and mailed by a government worker. McCain carried the water for Bush on the IRAQ WMD lie. He perjured himself. And he is still hiding his 'source;.

Vote for Obama, so McCain can be prosecuted by a real attorney general.

Posted by: Bruce Becker | August 13, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

So, suggestion of a plan for bringing jobs back to the rust belt:

1: Impose a revenue tariff, maybe 15% on ALL imports. That heps pay the bills, and also helps balance the fact that most of the world actually plays all kind of games to hold down imports from the U. S. Note that, with their surpluss of dollars, most of the nations who would be tempted to retaliate simply raise their own government incomes by matching the tariffs, and the dollar is currently not much good for anything except buying U. S. goods.

Impose an excess income tax on individuals, starting at50% of the portion of incomes 100 times the full time minimum wage, steeply progressive to 95% (All income taxes included) of the portion of incomes greater than 1000 times full time minimum wage. Gross incomes, no reductions, deductions, credits, whatever. This takes the incentive out of running GM with the objective of maximizing the CEO's stock option values. GM needs an Ed Cole, or a Zora Duntov back in charge. It needs to get back into the business of making transportation systems, instead of being in the business of trying to make stock options valuable.

Slap a punitive tax on repatriation of profits from offshoring U. S. jobs.

Make OHSA, EPA, and wages and hours and child welfare laws (and all other Federal work place regulations) apply to every place of manufacture that produces items for export to the U. S., including piece parts used in such exports. Minimum wage laws apply, the minimum wage being scaled to given countries economies. Child Labor laws may allow for true apprenticeships where those apprenticeships aren't just another form of forced labor. Note that many of our biggest trading partners would mostly be able to insist that OUR laws come up to their standards if they chose. (China and much of Asia not included) That way we stop exporting jobs and pollution at the same time.

Posted by: | August 13, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"I know and you know that Michigan has been badly and hard-hit by this economic situation that we are in today," McCain said. "We'll have to be on the bus, all around this state and convince people we have a plan of action to restore the economy."

Note that he didn't actually put forward a plan, propose developing a plan, or even suggest that he was working on a plan.

In Good Republican form, all he needs to do is CONVINCE VOTERS that he has a plan.

So much easier done that way, isn't it.

Posted by: | August 13, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: PaulC | August 13, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Detroit, after seeing how the oil crisis of '73 hurt their sales and helped the Japanese, should have learned its lesson a long time ago. But the Big 3 kept writing big checks to the Republicans, who kept up the illusion that everything would be fine. Guess what? The Big 3 and the Republicans dropped the ball. Just like Big Tobacco and Big Oil, they lied to the American people (calling environmentalists tree huggers) and sold out our long-term national interests for short-term profit. The Big 3 should have been at the forefront of fuel and energy efficiency. But they've been mollycoddled by corporate welfare and driven by short-term stock options and their personal, selfish exit plans- not the long-term employment and viability of the industry. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. If only they had any.

Posted by: JR, Boston | August 13, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse


McCain - economic platform:

Posted by: orangesatan | August 13, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | August 13, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

We don't need civil rights!
We don't need a working econonmy!
We don't need roads and bridges!
We don't need an honest government!
We don't need health care!
We don't need jobs in america!

We need McCain!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey Michigan! Here's what McCain is really offering you.

McCain: Less Jobs, More War

Posted by: astral99 | August 13, 2008 3:48 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: Franky | August 13, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Taking advantage while Obama is resting in Hawaii. This could turn the race...

Posted by: mpp | August 13, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pandering again. McCain is spineless to stand up to the lobbyists. Time and time again he has "straight-talked" at events and double crossed the people in private. Someone I once had respect for is now a complete fraud to me.

Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | August 13, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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