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McCain Raises Record $47 Million, Thanks to Palin

By Matthew Mosk
The campaign of Sen. John McCain has credited enthusiasm about his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for its ability to raise over $47 million in August -- a record amount for the Arizona senator's presidential bid.

The presumptive Republican nominee has raised $10 million since selecting Palin as his running mate, according to campaign spokesman Brian Rogers. Palin may have succeeded in reaching a large number of conservative donors who had been sitting out the 2008 campaign because they considered the candidate too soft on core issues -- but that won't become clear until McCain releases his finance reports for August to the Federal Election Commission later this month.

The fundraising haul is more than double what McCain had been raising over the summer and for the first time it puts McCain in the same league as Democratic Sen. Barack Obama. Obama has collected more than $50 million in each of the past two months.

An Obama spokesman said the campaign was not ready to release its August totals today.

McCain is likely to finish this week with a considerable amount of money still in his primary campaign accounts. Because he will be accepting federal funds for the general election, he won't be able to spend primary funds once he formally accepts his party's nomination. But he is permitted under the law to transfer the remaining money to Republican party accounts in key battleground states on a flexible timetable, his advisers said.

That means he can, for instance, send that money to state party officials in October, once he knows which states will be most critical to his electoral success.

Obama will not have to worry about those bookkeeping measures. He has decided not to take the federal matching money, and so can continue to spend any money he raised during the primary as the campaign pushes ahead.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 1, 2008; 5:07 PM ET
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I guess this article says why somebody with so much baggage was nominated. She can bring in the cash from the Right wingers. I don't think however it was worth it John. Between the pregnant kid, the state investigation, hubbies past DWI and now we are hearing even about Palin supporing the secessionist party of Alaska, it all means she has a lot of horrible baggage. McCain could have choosen from any number of excellent candidates, Hutchinson, Ridge, Romney, no shortage of them. At first I could not understand why you picked her John. Now, with the cash coming in, I understand. But was it worth it?

Posted by: Joseph | September 2, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

How well has Sarah Palin done during her 21 months as Alaska’s governor? Here are excerpts of Daily News editorials about some major issues and challenges during her tenure.

THE FISCAL RECORD

Aug. 5, 2008
The last time the legislature’s spending impulses got so far out of control, Gov. Sarah Palin stepped in to exercise some “adult supervision” with her veto pen.
That probably won’t happen this time -- because Palin helped start the frenzy.
She floated a plan to give every bona fide Alaskan $1,200 worth of energy debit cards over the next year. Add in electricity subsidies and a holiday on the state’s 8-cent-a-gallon gas tax, and Gov. Palin invited lawmakers to spend more than $1 billion.
The party was on.

May 24, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin cut $268 million from the capital budget on Friday. That’s a lot of money, but still less than 10 percent of the entire $3 billion capital budget.
For the most part, the cuts make sense. . . The governor’s cuts weren’t perfect, but by and large she was right to stick with her criteria and cut accordingly.

July 16, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin struck a modest blow for fiscal restraint with her $231 million of vetoes to this year’s near-record capital budget.
The governor didn’t show the same discipline with the operating budget, though. She let that $6.6 billion of spending slide through unscathed, even though months earlier she said she’d seek $150 million in budget cuts.

OIL TAX REFORM

Nov. 18, 2007
It took almost all of a 30-day special session, but the Alaska Legislature passed a financially responsible fix to Alaska’s corruption-tainted oil tax.
The final measure went beyond Governor Palin’s proposal, with tighter deductions, stricter enforcement provisions and a steeper windfall profits surcharge. . . .
To pass any reform, Republican Gov. Sarah Palin needed cross-party support from Democrats. To the Democrats’ credit, they backed away from plans to return to a tax on gross oil production instead of profits. To the governor’s credit, she was flexible enough to accept significant enhancements in her initial proposal.

OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT

May 18, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin got elected pledging to change the way business was being done in Juneau. Her commitment to open, transparent government is a stark contrast to the prevailing ethic in the Alaska Legislature.

June 6, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin won office with the promise of running an open and transparent government. But when it comes to the state’s work on the polar bear conservation controversy, her administration is closed and opaque….
She should intervene and let Alaskans hear or see what state scientists had to say (about the global warming threat to polar bears)-- before the politicians got involved.

ALASKA’S $500 MILLION
NATURAL GAS LINE PARTNERSHIP

June 15, 2008
The Palin administration has good reason to push for an independently-owned gas pipeline from the North Slope.

June 8, 2008
The $500 million (that Gov. Palin needs to finance her proposed natural gas pipeline deal) buys Alaska a way to break that hammerlock on our gas. It buys Alaska an experienced, multibillion-dollar partner that can help get our gas produced sooner, on terms that protect Alaska’s interests.

May 29, 2008
Gov. Palin’s gas line team did an impressive amount of homework before recommending a state gas pipeline license for TransCanada Alaska.

TROOPERGATE

July 22, 2008
it’s clear the governor should have supervised her family more closely and made sure they, or any members of her administration, did not use official channels to press the family’s complaints.
The big question is whether (public safety commissioner) Monegan was sacked for not doing the Palins’ bidding and firing Trooper Wooten. If so, that would be an abuse of office. . . .
An impartial investigator will have a lot more credibility than politically charged legislative hearings.
Let an investigator sort it out.

Aug. 21, 2008
Gov. Palin’s ethically compromised aide Frank Bailey gets to stay on the state payroll, despite doing dirty work on the governor’s behalf (in the trooper scandal), but she gives the hook to the ethically upright public safety commissioner who refused to do Bailey’s bidding.
What kind of message does that send to Alaskans?

July 24, 2008
If it comes to the point that you have to say, “I am not a sex harasser,” then you have no business being the state’s top cop. The facts unfolding about new Public Safety Commissioner Chuck Kopp confirm that he is not the person for the job. . . .
Gov. Sarah Palin should withdraw the appointment and take time to carefully vet possible replacements before choosing a new commissioner. If she doesn’t, the Legislature should reject his appointment.
Kopp was quickly appointed the day after the governor fired Walt Monegan -- and the firing is proving to be a political disaster for Palin in its own right, regardless of who might replace him. For no apparent reason, she sacked a popular career cop with a reputation as a straight shooter.

PALIN’S FIRST LEGISLATIVE SESSION

May 18, 2007
From beginning to end, the first session of the 25th Alaska Legislature was a personal triumph for Gov. Sarah Palin.Legislators, after initial reluctance, approved her Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA) with only occasional whimpered doubts. …
Ethics reform, sneered at by a few lawmakers and many lobbyists, is now a reality. Gov. Palin’s fingerprints are all over the bill and to the public she is the face of ethics reform. . . .
Alaska’s rookie governor had a heckuva first legislative session.

GAY RIGHTS

Dec. 30, 2006
Despite her personal views to the contrary, she announced she would accept the state Supreme Court order that the state must provide benefits to same-sex partners….
It’s unfortunate that the Legislature and Gov. Palin support a million-dollar special advisory election in April to stir up public opinion on prohibiting benefits for same-sex partners of public employees. Less than one-half of one percent of state employees have applied for the benefits, and it certainly seems that Alaska has more important issues to debate than this.

POLAR BEARS

May 28, 2008
Alaska’s political leaders generally condemned the listing of the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.Gov. Sarah Palin joined the deniers and plans to launch a legal counteroffensive. The state will file suit against the listing decision, she says, because the science is “uncertain,” “unproven” and “arbitrary.” …
All this oppositional energy and effort is sadly misplaced. Instead of fighting the listing, Alaska’s political leaders should be fighting to reduce the threat of global warming.

Posted by: Shrubhater | September 2, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: sharon ann tomal | September 1, 2008 7:25 PM I'm another woman who will be voting for McCain. Helped along by his choosing of Governor Sarah Palin. The fact that her 17 year old daughter is unmarried and pregnant is beside the point. Ms. Palin has shown us that there are people out there that truly do "walk the walk" instead of just talking the talk."

Well Sharon, I think you would be voting for McCain even if his VP pick was a Cactus. Reading the content of your post, you are as clueless to real facts as a neo-con could ever get. And I am sure you're just another neo-con saying, what is a neo-con; I'm not one of them... Blah blah blah. Look in the mirror. Oh! and try searching the Internet for your news instead of believe your right-wing, neo-con base propaganda! But having said that... you vote doesn't count anyway! Ever hear of a thing called the Electoral College?

Posted by: Ed | September 2, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"McCain is likely to finish this week with a considerable amount of money still in his primary campaign accounts. Because he will be accepting federal funds for the general election, he won't be able to spend primary funds once he formally accepts his party's nomination. But he is permitted under the law to transfer the remaining money to Republican party accounts in key battleground states on a flexible timetable, his advisers said."


So much for campaign finance reform.

Yay for McCain-Feingold!

Posted by: bsimon | September 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

All of you special interest voters only provide a leash for McCain and Rove to round you all up. It is funny how Republicans like mavericks and independant thinking but will always vote according to what the party tells them, and usually against their own interests.

Limousine Lemmings, I think they should be called.

Posted by: Smedley Valet | September 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Fuzzy that was good! I could not have said it better myself.
When he picked her, all I could think about was that show Northern Exposure and how the mayor of that town would be a hearbeat away from being president. Given McCain's age that may not be so funny. Obviously, part of the reason he picked her was to attract woman voters who were disapointed Hillary Clinton did not get the nomination. What an insult! Woman voted for Hillary based on her position on issues. Palin could never fill the shoes of Hillary Clinton. Palin's ideals are completely opposite and her experience is worthless. But of course the Republicans will try and make this election about choice and other not so important issues. Given the situation in America I cannot imagine people falling for this nonsence again. All I can say is ... Go Obama

Posted by: Dave L. | September 2, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin has all the "executive" experience equal to that of a president of a community college. Mayor of a town of 6700? Maybe Obama should have picked the mayor of Bel Air or Fort Belvoir as his VP? And being Gov for a year and a half of a state with more Caribou than people (this is a fact, look at the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game website) qualifies you to possibly (maybe) be the Secretary of the Interior, not one 72 year old heartbeat away from the Presidency!
She was obviously picked to stir up ultra-conservatives and a blatant (almost demeaning) assumption made by McCain that women don't vote with their heads and the issues, but only if someone shares the same set of sex organs as they do.

Posted by: Fuzzy | September 2, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

This just made me donate $15 to Obama.

Posted by: Anna | September 2, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's FIRST RESPONSIBILITY is to her down syndrome child and her 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter. The down syndrome child will need special care and from a mother and father; the daughter will need reaasurance (not just freedom and money) that her overly ambitious mother will not continue to forsake her and her younger sibblings as she pursues her power trips first with senator Ted Stevens; mayors and now as Governor of Alaska.

I am not sure why others are not seeing this for what it is. DAMN THE CHILDREN ... I want to represent women that the whining Hillary could not do!!

I pray for her children.

Posted by: FamilyFocus | September 2, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Based on these comments, it appears that Lynn Spears is also qulaified to be a Reptilican vice-president. Having Britney and Jamie out there making bunches of cash, she knows how to manage a budget amd her "family values" are impeccable...

Posted by: braultrl | September 2, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Don't believe the hype. Until the McCain campaign offers tangible records to verify their claims of raising $47 million, I will not believe them. How much of the $47 million belongs to the RNC and not the McCain campaign? McCain's campaign is locked into public-funding by McCain therefore after Sept. 4th. The money not spent during McCain's primary run will have to go back to donators or premission given to the RNC to accept it.

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | September 2, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain has a penchant for younger ex-beauty queens with large breasts. I love his style.

Posted by: Client #10 | September 2, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

McCain has a penchant for younger ex-beauty queens with large breasts. I love his style.

Posted by: Client #10 | September 2, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

That's right, Obama was in favor of public funding, wasn't he? But not when it became more convenient for him to stop supporting it.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 2, 2008 6:21 AM

Yeah, and McCain was pro-choice and anti-earmark until he switched. Grow up.

Posted by: DFC102 | September 2, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

You people are idiots. Why would you want a lady that can't control her own house, trying to control the WHITE HOUSE. Yes her daughter is not the issue but if it were Obama's child you jack butts would try and have a field day. McDumb only choose this lady for the women vote. I tell you once again Mcdumb only wants to be president and I bet you his wife is pulling his strings. It was her pick of Palin. Any real mother would choose to stay home and take care of her family, and sick child this idiot is power hungry.
She does not have the experience to run this government when McDumb kicks the bucket. Please God help us.

Posted by: Concern | September 2, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

That's right, Obama was in favor of public funding, wasn't he? But not when it became more convenient for him to stop supporting it.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | September 2, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

i'm so tired of politics, Bush did it, now Bush senior McCain is doing it.

Just for once make a choice that benefits the people you serve not to win the election and serve your own needs.

Ppl complained about Obama's inexperience so off he went and found himself a VP who can actually help him run the country not just take instruction.

Mccain ppl complained the old fogey, went off and chose a woman with 5 kids, no foreign policy experience nothing...what does she bring to the office of the president? Family values don't run a country, ppl run a country based on their judgements.

Don't vote based on she is a woman, we woman are not so artificial in our judgement, we are intelligent, passionate, amazing ppl. So don't vote because she has 5 kids, and you have kids too. That means nothing.

One day a woman will rise to the best job in the world, don't you know you can't keep a good women down, and she will do so because she is best qualified and suited to the job. So please don't insult the freedom we as woman strive for and say vote McCain/Palin because he put a women on the ticket, because then he is just patronising us and putting us in our places.

Right now the best choice is Obama/Biden.

Posted by: Suzi_Q | September 2, 2008 3:37 AM | Report abuse

Last week J.McCain's spokesman said $ 25 millions,now you Matthew Mosk say $ 47 millions.You must be his Propaganda Architect ! That's why Carl Rove is unemployed !

Posted by: Dick | September 2, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

Last week J.McCain's spokesman said $ 25 millions,now you Matthew Mosk say $ 47 millions.You must be his Propaganda Architect ! That's why Carl Rove is unemployed !

Posted by: Dick | September 2, 2008 3:06 AM | Report abuse

In spite of lavish celebration we had for Sen. Obama as the first African-American Democratic nominee for the president, the situation among we black Americans remain rather dire and desperate. If African America were a separate county it would be ranked 107 in infant mortality and 88 in life expectancy among the nations in the world. And the HIV infection rates are dangerously high among us. There is huge number of our young black men in jails. Very few black children are raised in two parent families. There are fewer and fewer black students enrolled in collage now, fewer than in 1970. The list of severe and chronic problems we American Americans are struggling with seemed extensive. Although there are more and more of us black faces on TV and in Hollywood movies, the situation among Black Americans have worsened since the seventies...Black people on TV and on commercials act like they have arrived. But the truth of the matter is that African America is suffering far more acutely than the rest of America. For how long are we going to ignore reality and live in Oprah style fantasy? I don’t see Barack Obama as a solution what’s plaguing African-America.

Posted by: nevilleS | September 2, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton was best qulified to be our president. She could have made a real difference. Either with Obama or McCain, USA faces risk. Our future is uncertain at best.

Posted by: charleychaplin | September 2, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Or........was the largish haul due to the fact that since he is excepting public financing this is the last month McCain can accept private donations.

Posted by: marc | September 1, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

ann mari

You're so stupid you wont be able to find a voting booth, anyway.

Who typed your post for you?

Posted by: viejo1 | September 1, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Interesting news and I think good news.

On separate issue though, it is truly scary to read some of these disgusting, poorly researched posts .. has all decencey disappeared?

We are now reaping the rewards of a poorly raised and poorly educated populace!

Posted by: gdgarant | September 1, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Mike Thomas: What about Sarah Palin's stance on women's rights? Wouldn't a female voter be "betraying her womanhood" if she voted against her own freedom??? C'mon! Wake up! Think for yourself!

Posted by: wha? | September 1, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Democrats rejected women, Republicans have not. Palin is the proof. Any female voter who votes for Obama is betraying her womanhood. McCain/Palin 2008

Posted by: Mike Thomas | September 1, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

The people that back up Sarah Palin as a vice president to McCain they don’t see the scandals that she will create especially for his wife Cindy? It will be a disaster there!!

Posted by: Pierre | September 1, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Personally, it's none of Obama business, your business or my business about Palin's
children. Just get keep your comments to yourself, don't have anything good to say, shut up, and go away.

Posted by: Fannie | September 1, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

The strong media slant to Obama, which Governors Rendell and Strickland complained about last week, is evidenced by the deaf ear turned to the NY Times story published last week, which showed that Joe Biden voted against his party to support the credit card industry in the Bankruptcy Reform Act in exchange for a $500,000 consulting contract for his lobbyist son from MBNA. How popular would this true and sad story be in the newspapers of Scranton and Detroit?

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I dont know why this is part of the news. come on it is a private family issues.on the other hand could you imagine if the roles were reversed and say the teenage daughter of Joe Biden was pregnant....the self righteous so called Jesus loving would be allover it 24/7.

Like jesus would carry a gun and vote republican

Posted by: Abdi | September 1, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

How much came from oil companies?

Posted by: Old Coot | September 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain WILL be the 44th President of the United States. Choosing Sarah Palin is the singular thing I'm impressed with Mr. McCain has done since he started running in this cycle. I was for Hillary Clinton until she ended her campaign. Ms. Palin will make an outstaning Vice President and eventually succeed Mr. McCain as the first woman President. My donations to Ms. Clinton will be the last to any Democrat (unless she runs again). NO, NO, NO to Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry and Edward Kennedy.

Posted by: Brent | September 1, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I am going to sleep well this winter knowing The United States of America are in good Hands with President Obama and Vice President Biden running this great country. No mistakes no bafoonery no jokes or stupidity just The Best Intelligent People talking about what really matters; the People Of America and Americas friends.

Posted by: vote Obama | September 1, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's statement on Sara Palin's daughter's pregnancy was full of class, empathy, and was right on target. He spoke as a father and son of a teenage mother in a way that transcended partisanship. His statement demonstrates to me just how classy a candidate can be even as his own "supporters" (who knows WHO writes the anonymous garbage on this and other blogs) behave as poorly reared adolescents left alone in a lockerroom with an internet connection and with no parental supervision.

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's statement on Sara Palin's daughter's pregnancy was full of class, empathy, and was right on target. He spoke as a father and son of a teenage mother in a way that transcended partisanship. His statement demonstrates to me just how classy a candidate can be even as his own "supporters" (who knows WHO writes the anonymous garbage on this and other blogs) behave as poorly reared adolescentslockerroom with a left alone in an internet connection and with no parental supervision.


Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin was smart choice by McCain.
She has EXECUTIVE experience and a conservaitive edge.
She brings a vibrance and energy to the Republican Party.
And for all of you sorry liberals who comment on her 17 year-old pregnant daughter, whatabout focusing some energy on Biden, who is a proven bigot and sexist!!!

McCain/Palin '08

Posted by: Mindscape | September 1, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The only reason we see Laura Bush and Cindy Mccain in that giant building unattended by americans is because there are 100 secretservice members for two insincere women. Where were you 3 years ago? Having tea with your puppy dogs.

Posted by: Few and fewer | September 1, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I think as much as $5 million may be due to Palin. If he had picked her much earlier, he would have raised more. It shows how much his own base will not support him. With Palin, they will help more. Despite her family tragedy. The base will rationalize all of that.

It is interesting because I don't think Palin can bring much other than a shoring up of the base for McCain. And, he is way behind in doing that. And, of course, shoring up the base is not exactly the stuff of change or mavericks.

I think Palin's pick as Obama said right at the start, does not change the race. She is more of the same. McCain is not change agent at all. And Palin might arguably be about change. She is definitely about youth and vigor and seems to be about fighting corruption. That should not be a maverick thing. That should be the norm.

In the end, the arguments about Palin being more experienced than Obama are (1) not correct and (2) to any extent someone might choose to accept the "executive" argument, and "governor" argument, the experience puts McCain in a bad light as much as Obama.

In the end, the bottom line is McCain can follow on Obama's coat tails with his strategy and try to mimic it, but he is destined to fail, just as Hillary did. Why? Neither one really understood (1) how good Obama is as a person and a politician and (2) the American people are more than ready for a change - they are desperate for it; and finally (3) Obama has the right program for the most Americans by far.

Posted by: Paul Riedstra | September 1, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I am totally into Democrats this year. My sister, her husband and a couple of my other friends are also voting for Barack.
McCain and Palin are just liars. Palin said first she had smallest Down's Syndrome child but later it is found that it is her daughter's child. McCain and group have no vision and no agenda for this country to move forward.

all women should now know the time and look for the candidate who respects Women.

Posted by: Ann Mari | September 1, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This is an insult to everyone. Rich disconnected people begging for money.

Posted by: rich people Begging for money | September 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm another woman who will be voting for McCain. Helped along by his choosing of Governor Sarah Palin. The fact that her 17 year old daughter is unmarried and pregnant is beside the point. Ms. Palin has shown us that there are people out there that truly do "walk the walk" instead of just talking the talk. She is pro-life and has shown she means it when the going gets tough (not only for her own Down's Syndrome child, but her daughter's decision to have the child. A chance every unborn child should have. Obama, Biden, McCain to name just a few wouldn't be any kind of candidate if their mothers didn't respect life and elected to abort them. Palin isn't afraid to stand up to her own party when she feels they are wrong. Tell me, when was the last time Obama did this? My twin sister and kid sister are also voting for McCain as are their husbands and two of their kids. I hope and pray every day that we finally have 2 people who truly care about this country and the common folk who really make this country what it is.

Posted by: sharon ann tomal | September 1, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

McCain's finished.

ALL the middle aged women in America are voting for Obama and Biden.

All the working class white Americans are voting Obama.

All the realists are voting Obama.
All upstanding Americans are voting Obama.

Bye Bye McCain.

Posted by: Obama Republican | September 1, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I bet McCain collected 47 million - while he was telling the public that he was raising money for Hurricane Gustav, he was actually sending e-mails to get donations. Clearly there was a big push to up the numbers.

I do believe more Americans can rally behind Obama as he is more transparent and does not take any donation from any lobbists.
Obama has greater respect for woman and McCain has voted against the EQUAL pay for women.

It is time for ALL women to rise up for one cause - respect!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Obama's finished.

ALL the middle aged white women in America are voting for McCain and Palin.

All the working class white Americans are voting McCain.

All the realists are voting McCain.

All upstanding Americans are voting McCain.

Bye Bye Obama.

Posted by: Observing the obvious | September 1, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, had obama chosen a running mate whose children had kids out of wedlock... poor family values... ect, the republicans would have been all over them, regardless if McCain asked them to stop.

Posted by: equality? | September 1, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

All McCain wants at this time is money for his campaign. Nice to have a VP who is into Alaska oil. ...just sayin.

Posted by: Omega3 | September 1, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has changed my mind to believe once again in America. His judgement has persuaded. McCain is just another politician who has no real policies the life of millions of middle-class americans.

So I am voting for Democrats for first time.
Republican for Obama

Posted by: Obama Republican | September 1, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I think John McCain should be ashamed of himself for forcing Sarah Palin away from her newborn son and now pregnant daughter. I agree that the press should leave Bristol alone, but John McCain should've left Sarah Palin alone as well! The political world in Alaska is slow and would have allowed her to be both governor, mother and grandmother. However, how can she possibly be Vice President and mother/grandmother? Washington is very far from Alaska. John McCain is selfish!

Posted by: Republican | September 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

So, Bristol Palin "will" marry the father of her unborn child. Well, I wonder if the Social Conservatives have given any thought to the possibility that the father will not want to marry Bristol. Of course, since Bristol is not due to give birth until after the election, this really doesn't matter to a lying bunch of hypocritical right-wing nut jobs. The G.O.P. spin machine is running on high right now pumping out lie after lie for consumption by the American people. There are so many lies that are flooding the Internet from Republicans that I'll bet people around the world are laughing their heads off at us, and wondering if we will buy this pile of G.O.P. feces. I won't. But, I don't know how many of my fellow citizens I can count on to do the same thing. The Founding Fathers concept of an "educated electorate" flew out the window long ago in this country. Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 1, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I think John McCain should be ashamed of himself for forcing Sarah Palin away from her newborn son and now pregnant daughter. I agree that the press should leave Bristol alone, but John McCain should've left Sarah Palin alone as well! The political world in Alaska is slow and would have allowed her to be both governor, mother and grandmother. However, how can she possibly be Vice President and mother/grandmother? Washington is very far from Alaska. John McCain is selfish!

Posted by: Republican | September 1, 2008 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Ask John Mccain where he is going to spend that money just as all the people in New Orleans should ask Mayor Nagin wheres the $ sent to help every Man Woman and child.

Posted by: Ask Ray Nagin the same? | September 1, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Much of that 47 million is still just pledges and that will be interesting to see how much REAL money comes through before he accepts the republicans choice.

Posted by: McCains $ | September 1, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

McCAIN HAS SHAKEN UP THE RACE, and ADDED ENERGY TO HIS CAMPAIGN

PALIN shook up Alaska to its political and financial core.

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

Her EXPERIENCE, as short as it is, speaks volumes for her character. … Something many in Congress would do well to emulate.

Posted by: PacificGatePost | September 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I bet Obama is not ready to release his financial statements - while he was telling the public that he was raising money for Hurricane Gustav, he was actually sending e-mails to get donations to "beat the August deadline". Clearly there was a big push to up the numbers.

I do believe more Americans can rally behind McCain after his decision to give a woman an equal opportunity to break the hardest glass ceiling in America.

It is time for ALL women to rise up for one cause - respect!

Posted by: McCain Democrat | September 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Gustav has been given more respect in 24 hours then president Bush and Dick Cheney ever received.

Posted by: Beautiful Old Mother Earth | September 1, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

RESPECT then George Bush has received in 4 years.

Posted by: Gustav in 24 hours gets more | September 1, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

It is a cute thing to see all the cute republicans running in several directions. How far away is minnesota to the gulf coast. I know I know the president doesn't like contraversy and neither did the country. The party looks disorganized and who is there to give any money to Mrs Bush and Cindy MCAIN. Pass the WHITE HOUSE Plate Please. Nope all goes to the WAR all the money sent to Iraq. Oh yeah we can start borrowing from the kids piggy banks a dollar worth 46 cents in Lousianna.

Posted by: loony tunes little Mccain | September 1, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

well, more money to waste on attack ads to cover up the imploding mess that his campaign just inherited. Good luck...

Posted by: McCain - Palin: Oops, we did it again! | September 1, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I was appalled by the media jumping on Palin's 17 years old girl. Yes, I understand election is a cruel process, but reporting a 17 years old girl's pregancy? And that vicious rumor about Palin's little baby is actually her daughter's?
Exetreme leftists truly disgusted me. You will lose this election. And whoever said this horrible thing about a teenager will get their karma.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, Senator McCain's campaign is quick to share with everyone how much money it raised because they use to do so poorly. Now that it is narrowed down to two, yes, of course, he will get donators. I would not especially considering he selected this woman as a campaign gimmick. All along he was accusing Senator Obama of making a pick that would be more strategic to win the election than caring about governing the nation. Now John McCain, "Mr. Country First", has went and done EXACTLY what he was accusing Senator Obama of doing prior to his selection of Joe Biden for the ticket, a secure pick that ensures the governing of the nation IF something would happen to Senator Obama if elected President. It is pretty obvious. I am glad to read comments from women who are actually putting the "country first" instead of voting for McCain just because he put a woman on the ticket. America will have a woman President, very soon, and she will be the leader this country needs not a "gimmick" pick so an out-of-touch candidate can win an election.

Posted by: CitizenAJ | September 1, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

McCain would have raised that no matter who he picked. When VP is selected, more interest is aroused, and more $ is exchanged. It's typical politics.

Posted by: tim | September 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

She needs to focus on her family first instead of this election. A new baby and a pregnant teenage unwed daughter are too much for us to just overlook because she is a woman. She obviously needs to spend more time with her children. I am a woman, and I believe a woman can have a career and a family, but once you realize things are falling apart it is time to take a breath and say to yourself FAMILY FIRST FOR A CHANGE! I predict she will be gone soon, and I wont hold it against her.

Posted by: Amy | September 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Pregnant....? Time to send McCain another donation. Nice to have real people running for office.

Posted by: Sean | September 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

She needs to focus on her family first instead of this election. A new baby and a pregnant teenage unwed daughter are too much for us to just overlook because she is a woman. She obviously needs to spend more time with her children. I am a woman, and I believe a woman can have a career and a family, but once you realize things are falling apart it is time to take a breath and say to yourself FAMILY FIRST FOR A CHANGE! I predict she will be gone soon, and I wont hold it against her.

Posted by: Amy | September 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhhh, our country isn't far-right....and besides these people who consider themselves envangels, right-wing christians, etc...

ARE ALWAYS FREAKASOIDS BEHIND CLOSE DOORS, AND PERSONALLY

Posted by: Scott | September 1, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I think that McCain and the Republican Party is doing the right thing by hiding behind Hurricane Gustav on the first day of the day to respond to the Dems. Can you hear it, one is talking. Just think of it, that storm blew President Bush right off the Republican convention speaking agenda. Now if McCain and Sarah Palin can hide from the rest of the party for 60 days, I believe they would have it make.

Chicago, IL>

Posted by: Doc Gray | September 1, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is still donating has just wasted his money. McCain/Palin compaign was doomed as soon as Johny uttered the words Sarah Palin. I would rather get some beer with the money save and relax.

Posted by: GOP | September 1, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin might just seal the deal for McCain. I like Palin, Her kid gettin pregnant just shows that she has to deal with the same stuff as the rest of us. There are other scandals with her that hold more wieght you can see them at http://www.veeppeek.com

Posted by: DAn | September 1, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

This is excellent news..

Posted by: Anonymous | September 1, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

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