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McCain Takes to Radio Over Coal and Stem Cells

Updated 2:17 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
Joe Biden's recent declaration to an Ohio voter that he wants "no coal plants here in America" is the focus of new McCain campaign radio ads airing in key battleground states. Biden's statement conflicted with Barack Obama's support for coal plants that emit less carbon dioxide than traditional plants and were made in a state where the coal industry is a major employer.

"No coal plants in America?" the McCain radio ad's announcer says in response to Biden's comments. "No energy independence for America? It's no surprise. After all, Obama-Biden and their liberal allies opposed off-shore drilling. Congressional liberals blocked off-shore drilling, putting special interests before our interests. Obama-Biden and their liberal allies. Too risky for our jobs, our economic future."

Local versions of the coal ads will air in Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The McCain campaign has also started airing a radio ad in response to recent Obama campaign commercials that claim McCain opposes stem cell research. The ad notes that news organizations call Obama's claims "misleading" and "wrong," since McCain ended his opposition to such research seven years ago.

Spokespeople for the Obama campaign and Democratic Party have separately suggested McCain has contradicted himself with these radio ads, noting that the candidate decried "gotcha"-style journalism and politics and defended comments made by Sarah Palin during an interview Monday with Katie Couric, but has also approved radio ads that attack Biden for comments he made during a similar exchange with a voter.

The stem cell radio ad will air on radio stations in Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to a McCain campaign source.

All of the new radio messages are "hybrid ads," because the McCain campaign has split the costs with the Republican National Committee, thus allowing the campaign to spend less money on advertising and stretching its $84 million federal campaign spending grant.

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Three Words:

Coal to Oil! ;~)

We(The US), have more Coal;

than God!

LOL! :-D

We also have a LOT more Oil than we pretend to have!

FYI-Oil, is traded on a World Market.

We Import,

And Dummies;

We EXPORT! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | September 30, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I think Biden is racist,
if coal was white he would
be more then willing to burn it!!

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 11:25 AM

The message in your post contradicts the first two words of your assertion, " think"

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 30, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I think it is important to note that today Obama is focused on the economy and the creation of jobs and financial relief to the middle class and McCain talks about coal and stem cells.

Neither of these is as important to us today as the economy. And with stem cells if McCain would be elected and not survive, Sarah Palin would return us to the dark ages in stem cell research.

Part of the president's job is to set priorities. What is yours

Posted by: Gator-ron | September 30, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | September 30, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Senator McCain and his evangelical running mate have an extremely right wing platform on women's family health rights. Please go to the McCain campaign web site and read it.

I do not want my government interfering in my family or interfering in my religion. I am a working mother and I want to plan for my own family and use birth control and have the right to use an abortion if the birth control fails. It is my choice and not the government's choice. It is my choice and not the fundamental evangelical Christian's choice. I don't want evangelical Christians interfering in my religion.

The McCain/Palin Republican platform supports the position that abortion is only for use in the case of rape and the mother's life. That is a more extreme position than existed previously. I am outraged. Mr. McCain should be ashamed of himself.

Senator Obama supports one of the best approaches to lower abortions in this country. The best way is to make birth control methods easily accessible, affordable and broadly available for all classes of people. Second, education should be available so that the method of choice is appropriate and used appropriately. The outcome will be less unwanted pregnancies and fewer abortions. This is a win for all sides and provides "choice". No government in my family and no government in my religion. Again, a big win for all sides even Republican evangelical Christians.

McCain does not want to support funding and policy to support easy and affordable birth control (they promote abstinence only which is shown to be the least effective policy)and does not want to provide education for all types of birth control methods. This is so closed-minded when this would lower the abortion rate in the shortest period of time and be acceptable to all.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 30, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

There is a mistake about McCain and his support for stem cell research. Stem cell research is supported today by the government and private sector. The evangelicals aren't against basic stem cell research. Both Mr. McCain and the evangelicals are against embryonic stem cell research. This form of research is extremely important to disease research AND for treating organ including brain damage.

The difference is embryonic stem cell research; using cells from early stage blastocytes and creating immortalized cell lines. The government today doesn't support any of this except for a limited set of legacy cell lines that are few and not created appropriately and are not effective for doing biological science and disease research. This research has gone to private use in the US, and has moved mostly overseas. This is really a travesty because the US government is the biggest funding source of disease research and these investigators cannot use these breakout powerful stem cell tools for their research. It is shameful not just affecting us today, but also generations after us. Interpreting a religious doctrine so narrowly and making government support that narrow doctrine is shocking.

Posted by: lucy2008 | September 30, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Im not sure Either Candidate has the ability to lead the way some of our greatest presidents did. I really hope IM wrong. Where's FDR when you need him?

Posted by: thedeez | September 30, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

rrowleyarizona, you don't want ineligible voters to be able to vote, right?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 30, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Republicans monkey-wrenching the vote

In 2008, 3.5 million newly registered voters many of them minority and young voters energized by the Obama campaign, promise to strain the system with long lines and overburdened voting machines. Since these new voters could tip the scales against McCain in several key states, the GOP is already employing some bizarre tactics to further suppress their participation. A few examples:

• Taking advantage of the economic crisis, the chair of the Republican Party in Macomb County, in the battleground state of Michigan, has plans to use a list of foreclosed homes to question the eligibility of voters, many of them low-income, minority, Democratic voters. Since they can be challenged if they are not "true residents of the city or township" in which they try to vote, "We will have a list of foreclosed homes and will make sure people aren't voting from those addresses," the GOP chair told the Michigan Messenger. (A law firm specializing in foreclosures houses McCain's regional headquarters, and its founder has contributed more than $100,000 to McCain's campaign.) Republicans may also raise foreclosure-based challenges in Ohio and a host of other cities and states.

• Last week, a House committee held hearings on widespread discrimination against student voters who have registered in droves, a majority of them to support Obama. Efforts to discourage the youth vote have focused on the fact that many college students have two places of residence (school and their parents' home). One registrar in the county that is home to Virginia Tech warned new student voters that they could lose their insurance and scholarships if they registered using their school addresses (something that has never happened). Students at Colorado College received similar warnings, and in Michigan, the ACLU has sued to prevent the cancellation of voter registrations for individuals who get a driver's license in another state.

• Florida election officials have received dozens of calls from registered Democrats in the state, worried that there may be a problem with their voter registration. They had all received an official looking "Party Affiliation Voter Registration Card" from the McCain campaign, listing their name, district, and something called a "voter ID number" and identifying their party affiliation as Republican. Mailings meant to mislead or discourage voters are nothing new: In Ohio's crucial 2004 vote, some minority urban voters received fake voter bulletins that told Republicans to vote on Tuesday and Democrats to vote on Wednesday.

• For years, while Democrats complained of vote suppression, Republicans have countered with accusations of voter fraud, claiming that fake people, dead people, non-citizens, non-residents, and criminals are trying to vote. This largely mythological claim has nonetheless been effective in bringing about new barriers to voting in the name of preventing fraud. Just this year, the Supreme Court upheld an Indiana law that imposes strict photo ID requirements for voting. The law will disproportionately affect those least likely to have drivers' licenses, including the young and the elderly, poor people, minorities, and legal immigrants. In the Indiana primary in May, a dozen nuns in their eighties and nineties were turned away from the polls because they did not have valid photo identification.

Posted by: rrowleyarizona | September 30, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

lost 2k yesterday in my retirement and god knows how much in my daughters college savings plan while McCain plays footsie with politics.

Posted by: JRM2 | September 30, 2008 1:13 PM


Thank your Democrat Legislators for resisting additional regulations on Fannie and Freddie- see McCain ad on AND soon on yout tv screen- But don't believe me...see ABC news for Bill Clinton's appearance on GM America last week.

Chris Cuomo, ABC News: "A little surprising for you to hear the Democrats saying, 'This came out of nowhere, this is all about the Republicans. We had nothing to do with this.' Nancy Pelosi saying it. She signed the '99 Gramm Bill. She knew what was going on with the SEC. They're all sophisticated people. Is that playing politics in this situation
President Clinton: "Well, maybe everybody does that a little bit. I think the responsibility the Democrats have may rest more in resisting any efforts by Republicans in the Congress or by me when I was President to put some standards and tighten up a little on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac."

Posted by: thecannula | September 30, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: thecannula | September 30, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

10 new reasons why peeeuuu Palin will not be at the debate on Thursday night.......

10. 900 mile wide head of Putin crossing into Alaska..

9. Field dressing a Carribou

8. Earpiece for the debate was broken

7. Lost way to the debate

6. Unable to go to debate beacuse of her Witch Doctors appointment

5. Speechless after not knowing what McCaints Veteran voting record is

4. Shotgun Wedding

3. Needs more time to read

2. No matter how hard she pulls, she's unable get McCaints hand out of her back

1. Bridge to Nowhere Collapses

"Thanks but no thanks to more lies that bridge America to absolutely nowhere..."

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 30, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

OK, I'll bite on this...

...since I'm paying for these ads thanks to McCain's socialist anti free speech campaign reform bill (hey - that's what Rush and Hannity said.)

Joe can disagree with Obama and still make more sense than Palin.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | September 30, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

McCain is desperate to deflect attention. He said, "All Hands on Deck," but the sailors have mutinied, no one is in charge in the middle of the Perfect Economic Storm. ..............

Posted by: glclark4750 | September 30, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Burning coal will pollute the earth
and make the animals deppressed;
better people should just drink
their kool aid
and go away.

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Even raising the standards on the grades
of Coal we could burn, would be enough
to shutdown more manufactoring plants
in American. Often energy is the biggest
business expense.
Osama an biden dont care about working
americans, they are lining their pockets
and creating divisiveness along class

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I think Biden is racist,
if coal was white he would
be more then willing to burn it!!

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

No coal power plants?
good bye civilization.

Posted by: USA3 | September 30, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Sounds good to me.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 30, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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