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McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds talks to Chris Cillizza and Jonathan Capehart about Gov. Sarah Palin's speech, privacy and Sen. John McCain's speech Thursday at the Republican National Convention. (

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 4, 2008; 9:24 PM ET
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It wouldnt change my opionion though, I think Sarah Palin Should be the GOP nominee!! not McCain. The Republicans are much more excited about palin then mccain., The new most famous person in the world.

This site has the inside scoop about the Palin Dui Secret, Why hasnt the news covered this?

This site has background info on sarah Palin Bio, Pics, Videos, Alot of Polls like how many people actually think that she is attractive?

This site has everything about her scandals, Levi the Boy Friend, what really happen with ebay plane.

Despite all of this, and her lack of experiance she would probably make a much better president then McCain., Because like Obama she hasnt been corrupted by washington yet.

Posted by: pastor123 | September 6, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Isn't this the same Tucker Bounds who couldn't answer a simple question to name one decision Palin made as CIC of the Alaskan National Guard? That was internet gold.

Really, it demonstrated that he offers the same incompetence as the Bushies have. More talking points without actual answers or information, more lies and obfuscation.

He seems pretty stupid and unqualified for the job.

Posted by: Pupster | September 5, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans express pride in America, citing it's great achievements and benevolence ... while the democrats spew a constant drumbeat of criticism and guilt towards America. This paves the way to their call for an overall change. But, many of the democrat's proposed changes involve throwing out the baby with the dirty bath water. For example, McCain/ Palin want to assist business with tax breaks ... while the democrats want to increase taxes to business owners. The democrats want the government to redistribute money, by simply handing it over to non producing Americans. Well, check out today's 6.1% unemployment figures. Cutting the legs out from under employers will only increase those unemployment figures.

Posted by: Howard | September 5, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news CNN -600, 000 jobs lost, across all sectors!

McCain has not given any details as to how he will address this major concern. Being so combative, he would likely get embroiled in other wars, burdening the American people with greater costs. He would scrap any humanitarian programs that help people in need. That is called-getting the government out of the way. But if any of these struggling people get so desperate that they become drug addicts and then commit crimes to support their habits, there will certainly be lots of money to shut them away in prisions.

Tired, tired, tired old thinking.

I thought McCain was charming. His wife is lovely and spoke well of him. His dedication and tenacity are admirable. But he has served his country and he does not have the skills needed at this point for the presidency.

He is tired and old in his thinking. What clearer proof of his bankruptcy than grabbing onto Obama's key idea --"change" when he represents the exact opposite of change?

So McCain should relax. He is an old man who has had a colourful and extraordinary life. Retire and enjoy!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 5, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

America has a great opportunity to display the virtues of democracy in the coming elections, for the whole world to see and experience. Its in the time when the whole world (not only America) is divined onto who will be the next president of America, Something we non Americans are finding interesting and a Pandora box of forums and discussions. Having been born in Kenya and a staunch supporter of Sen. Barack Obama visions of hope and change, I find it disheartening that should I have been an eligible voter in America, I would seriously require Mr. Obama to convince me that Sen. John McCane is not the man. I believe John has the capacity, the cool headed character of a great leader, the numerous chapters of experience in which he is conducting himself in are something Obama has to borrow a leaf from. Sen. John McCane is the president that America needs, Sen. Barack Obama is the hope that America want to hear. My vote as of now would definitely go to Sen. John McCane or Arizona, and that’s coming from a Kenyan supporter of Obama. Sen. Obama needs to work more than a speech and start giving pledges and tangible visions if he has to be in the McCane league.

Posted by: e.mushene | September 5, 2008 5:36 AM | Report abuse

A poll driven speech written by Schmidt and Rove delivered by their newest student Gov. Sarah Palin at the Republican convention.

Her attack with a smile means more negative ads.

Schimidt and Rove can't spin a extreme-conservative on the issues into a moderate.

She will attempt to draw the Democrats into the mud and fight.

What is disturbing is the attacks on the media. We count on the media to ask the questions we can't ask but we want to know about.

The Republican tactics against the media are McCarthyism.

This is a Democracy!

Posted by: Independent Voter | September 5, 2008 5:22 AM | Report abuse

I thought there were some great political speeches made at both the Democratic and Republican conventions. Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama, John McCain, and Barack Obama were brilliant.
I've enjoyed observing this whole election. This is an exciting one however you vote.
Now after all the candidates have made their case, I have decided to vote for McCain. Neither candidate wowed me 100%. McCain just posseses a better ballance than Obama for me.

Posted by: Karl Marks | September 5, 2008 3:16 AM | Report abuse

wonder how long it will take for the gop right-wing to notice mccain said almost nothing about the party platform, particularly about sex education babies that emerge from "abstinence-only" education. there is a point between now and nov. 4 when the right-wing notices he is not one of them and picking a ditzy know-nothing veep who is one of them is not good enough, but by then it will be too late. someone noticed elsewhere hillary clinton has not spoken up about palin, but she is the perfect one among the democrats to beat up on her. watch out. also notice how the fear card was played over and over again, particularly 9/11. and all that criticism of washington, controlled by their own party for most of the past 12 years. pavlov never rang so many bells to make his dogs salivate, as i saw on

Posted by: shootamoose | September 5, 2008 12:43 AM | Report abuse

McCain the Same and the Pitbull had better get on the same page. McCain preached tonight how he is going to reach across the aisle and work with everyone, but last night the Pitbull set the same Bush agenda of divide, divide and divide through her sarcsim and lies.

It will be McCain the same: the economy will not change, more debt like the Reagan/Bush years; oil companies getting what they want without being encouraged to look for alternatives to fossil fuels, and Educational choice which really means the US government will now pay for the choice the rich already have access to but do not want to pay for. Speaking of that, it is interesting that the Repukes blame the Demos for big government, but when they go belly-up they expect the US Treasury to step in and bail them out..hmmmm.. What hypocrits.

McCain the Same and the Pitbull need to get on the same page or at least act like they are for America and just not wearing their Republican hats.

Posted by: | September 5, 2008 12:36 AM | Report abuse

John McCain does have to fill in the blanks, but he gave a pretty good outline. And yeah, there were some white people in attendance. I voted for Barack Obama in the primary, I'm also an independent. I like Barack Obama, but the two parties have to find common ground. We also have to welcome new people into the process. Win, lose, or draw, Barack Obama has his work cut out for him. He's got to shape and define his party. John McCain has the same job. Americans, all want pretty much the same thing. So, I think we're on the same page. It's getting our leaders to work for us; and that's our job. Either way, it's going to be tough. Hopefully, these parties, and these politicians will be competing for us after the election. But when it comes to pork, just remember the Dems are no slackers:

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | September 5, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

“I won’t let you down” is a nice feel-good phrase, but he couldn’t give one example to convince anyone that he has a clue how to lead the US into the 2020’s. What will be our industrial base? Our technology? How should our cities look? How will be cooperate with the EU, UN, NATO? How will we plan now to compete with the kind of technological innovation that China is developing and implementing? How do you cut government spending and invest in the kind of social infrastructure that he talks about? Nuclear power plants, sophisticated energy plans, retraining of the 20 million structurally unemployed, health care for special needs kids, enhanced military presence, feeding and medicating the aging baby boomers. Sounds pricey to me. The rhetoric about service, honesty, and God is like macaroni & cheese. Fills you up but clogs your arteries. “Value our principles over power”? “Catch up with history”? What the heck does that mean? Shake up Washington DC? Can you serve that with fries? The guy has arteriosclerosis.

Posted by: mary kaspar | September 4, 2008 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Leahy amendment 3292 McCain Voted no. No change mccain.

Posted by: brock | September 4, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I watched McCain speak and the senator did not do well, in my opinion. He did not appear to be connecting and somewhat “spaced-out” with even partisan in attendance! Even Palin was often times shown having a side conversation while McCain is speaking.

Posted by: Speech watcher ... | September 4, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Since the McCain campaign isn't going to put Sarah Palin in front of reporters any time soon, reporters should just ask surrogates such as Tucker "Out of" Bounds where Sarah stands on all the issues.

Tucker, Can you tell us Sarah's position on Iraq? Does she realize the war is not based on "God's Plan"?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

We need to catch up with history?
We need to protect our security?
What the Fox?

Posted by: brock | September 4, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

The RNC convention has been scary! All those ultra white people using the bush/cheney terrorist lines, and cindy decked out in those fancy clothes. Shots of gov.palin and her BIG GUNS. Sad sad day for America!!! Pro-choice...end the war.

Posted by: jad305 | September 4, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Mc Cain stood proud and said "when I became a mom, my life changed and my dedication was to my child" (said approx. 21:50 est). This is a conflict with Palin, instead of her dedication to her small children she prefers to play the political game. Being Gov. is one thing your in your home state with less travel, VP is a totally different ballgame and different sport. Where is her dedication to her family and what type of values will she promote, her 17 year old daughter is old enough to make her own choices to some degree but what about the smaller ones? She would prefer politics over her own children, that is NOT to say she doesnt care but Mrs. Mc Cain strongly feels that a MOM should be there to help raise her children. Mrs. Mc Cain should have been his running mate.

Posted by: Neovita | September 4, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I watched last nights RNC and it the most frightening display of anger and meanspiritedness i've ever seen. If they expect to win my vote back, they should try governing effectively.

Posted by: Former Republican | September 4, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

McCain team, you better go to Ohio ASAP.

McCain is sure to lose Ohio.

Find some good company here:

Pit bulls, with or without lipstick are banned there. legislation is in the works to repeal it, but they quit doing hanky-panky since GOP lost control.

I am not a democrat so not to worry; the information is accurate.

Posted by: MP | September 4, 2008 10:06 PM | Report abuse

It has come to this: Class warfare. The Haves and the Have-Nots. And then there are those who feel entitled.

BTW, where can I sign up to pick lettuce for $50/hour?

Posted by: Gianni | September 4, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Allen. Satire is the sincerest form of ... satire. Let's hope that Palin has peaked too early.

Posted by: Clay | September 4, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

What does "she rocks" mean?

Posted by: there is no anonymous anymore | September 4, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Chris, can you please ask Tucker to explain why it's okay for Karl Rove and the other "surrogates" of John McCain to be hypocrites as evidenced by the this video?

Wylie D,

I guess you are like everyone other McSame supporter out there...can't stand the heat when the truth sneaks up on you. What a joke. Just in case you need the link, here it is again:

Posted by: Anonymous | September 4, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin Rocks. She’s going to get drilling up and running in Alaska. Who cares about some wildlife refuge that nobody visits. Animals don’t fill my SUV’s tank. Speaking of animals, she’ll stop wasting money protecting so-called endangered species. Heck, they’re almost gone already and we get along fine. She’ll make sure that the federal government makes those nutty liberal women do the right thing with their bodies. She’ll get rid of that crazy evolution science thing and get creationism back in the schools where it belongs. She’ll get that federal law passed requiring everyone to carry a concealed gun for protection. About time. She’ll make libraries burn those immoral books corrupting our children. Guided by the Lord she’ll lead is into glory by taking us into righteous wars against extremists. She’ll protect us from the Hom*s in Hollywood. Thank God for Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Allen | September 4, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

What Can $300,000 Buy?

Didn't Cindy McCain look pretty this week? As often happens with celebrity women at high powered events, the fashionistas have been on the prowl at the RNCC and are dishing on every passing skirt, pant suit, and set of heels. The fashion experts at Vanity Fair estimated the value of Cindy McCain's outfit on Tuesday night to be in the range of $300,000. That's a lot of bling. So, what does $300,000 buy in America?

- An average American home ---- plus $80,000 in upgrades.

- Full, four year college tuition, plus room and board, for two students

- Nearly four times the average retirement savings for persons age 45 to 62.

- Roughly ten full-time community organizers working to make neighborhoods and America better.

- Ten full-time special needs caregivers for a year

- Twelve full-time maids for each of your seven homes.

- 6,000 hours of picking lettuce at $50 per hour

- 600 pairs of John McCain's $500 Italian loafers

And last, but not least.......

- One outfit for Cindy McCain to wear on national TV while she explains to America that John McCain and the Republicans understand their economic and social woes. Pffft. Believe that and I've got a "Bridge to Nowhere" I'd like to show you......

Posted by: Fixed "News" Channel | September 4, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

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