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Obama Ad Mocks McCain Bermuda Trip -- and Donors

Updated 12:50 p.m.
By Howard Kurtz
The Ad: Bermuda. It's more than just a vacation destination for John McCain. McCain went to Bermuda, and while he was there pledged to protect tax breaks for American corporations that hide their profits offshore. And grateful insurance company executives and their lobbyists, who benefit from the tax scheme, gave McCain $50,000. John McCain. He took a vacation -- and so much more. And we get more of the same.

Analysis: This Barack Obama ad uses Caribbean music and a Bermuda newspaper to paint John McCain as a supporter of companies that benefit from offshore tax havens.

Bermuda's Royal Gazette reported last year that during a trip to the island, McCain "pledged to protect Bermuda's international businesses" and said he "understood the concerns" of insurance firms about legislation that would crack down on U.S. business operations in "so-called tax havens."

The paper quoted McCain as saying: "The industry, the re-insurance that's had such phenomenal success has been good for both nations. I would oppose any measures that would upset that." While the quote does not specifically address the tax laws governing U.S. business operations abroad, McCain's meaning is quite clear, since that is the predominant issue between the two countries.

The McCain campaign contends that the Arizona senator supports changing the tax code to remove the incentive for American companies to move some operations offshore, but has provided no specifics. McCain has taken that position in the past. In fact, the Royal Gazette noted that McCain's comments during his vacation "contrasted starkly" with a 2002 speech in which he credited proposed legislation for barring the Homeland Security Department from contracting with any U.S. company using the "highly profitable accounting scheme" of reincorporating in places with no corporate income tax.

The commercial is accurate in saying that McCain received $50,000 in donations from people with Bermuda addresses -- for the first time -- including the president of a Bermuda insurance association fighting attempts in Congress to close the tax loophole for companies operating there. While this does not prove a quid pro quo, it is problematic for McCain, who often rails against the influence of special interests.

The Illinois senator increasingly uses "more of the same" as a code phrase that attempts to tie McCain to President Bush. While the details of this ad may prove too esoteric for many voters, it shows Obama's growing tendency to use mockery as a weapon against McCain.

By Web Politics Editor  |  September 23, 2008; 11:50 AM ET
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TO TORRITO

YOU ARE THE LOWEST FORM OF SCUM. IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN YOUR JESUS THEN YOU BETTER BEWARE OF THE DAY YOU STAND BEFORE HIM AND HE CONDEMS YOU TO HELL. JESUS HATES THOSE WHO JUDGE....HAVE YOU EVEN READ THE BIBLE ??
MOST PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE ACTUALLY PROJECTING YOUR OWN SELF HATRED ON OTHERS. i DO NOT JUDGE YOU FOR THE GAY SEX THAT YOU HAVE IN BATHROOMS WHILE ON METH. JESUS LOVES EVERYONE....EVEN YOU. GET SOME EDUCATION YOU HEARTLESS MORONIC WASTE OF YOUR DADDY'S SPERM.

Posted by: Tracy | September 25, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

So Obama rents his campaign HQ from Accenture.

Not only did they run away from the USA and incorporate in Bermuda but they help many US companies outsource their jobs overseas.

How many faces does this man have?

Posted by: Bermuda Fan | September 24, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

When will Americans realise that it was two Bermuda based, NON AMERICAN Reinsurance companies who paid Larry Silverstein after the attack on the Twin Towers. The same companies and others (non American) based here, regularly payout on Hurricane claims. The reinsurance companies in Bermuda are not US Corporations. Maybe Obama should read his own insurance policies to see who protects him

Posted by: Bermuda Resident | September 24, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

What happened!!!! Where is America?

Posted by: JustWokeUpzzzzzzzz | September 23, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Money for Wall Street Means No Money for Main Street...period, end of story.


Just in case you think that what happens on Wall Street stays on Wall Street, Barack Obama is already breaking the news. Bailing out irresponsible CEOs who have pocketed billions in bonuses over the last eight years, is going to mean making do without the things that the nation needs:

"Democrat Barack Obama said Tuesday the deepening American financial crisis and prospect of a massive government bailout meant he likely would have to delay expansive spending programs outlined during his campaign for the White House. In an interview with NBC television, Obama said he would have to study what happens to the United States' tax revenues before making decisions on budgeting for his promised initiatives on national health care, education, energy and other concerns."

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26851737/


Expanded health care? Sorry, that's going to help Goldman Sachs. Education improvements? Call Bank of America. Getting out of our problems with oil? We'll get back to you on that when Morgan Stanley says they have what they need.


Someone might want to point out that when John McCain and the cult of deregulation handed Wall Street everything they wanted, the last thing they were doing was putting their country first.

Posted by: former Republican | September 23, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Put the country first.
Obama/Biden 08!

Posted by: chris | September 23, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

WHATEVER BUSHIE WANTS .....BUSHIE GETS.... AND LITTLE CITIZEN BUSHIE WANTS YOU (YOUR TAX $$ THAT IS) AND MCCAIN IS PULLING, AND HAS BEEN PULLING THE SAME S--T AS GEORGIE PORGIE. NOW HERE COMES MISS PITT BULL, SAME GARBAGE BAG, WITH OUR MONEY!

WHEN ELECTION DAY IS OVER AND THE DEMS WIN, THERE WILL ONLY BE TEARS OF REGRETS FROM BUSHIE'S CRONIES! NEVER MIND PRAYING FOR ROSEMARY'S BABY - PRAY FOR YOUR OWN BABIES - & AND BE GLAD TO BE RID OF THE WORST PRESIDENT THIS COUNTRY AND THE WORLD HAS EVER HAD WHAT A TRAGEDY AND WHAT A DISGRACE FOR AMERICANS WHO HAD THE COMMON SENSE NOT TO VOTE FOR THAT DRY DRUNK, gwb

Posted by: lynn parker. | September 23, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

My Friend (s),

You owe $2,293.53 dollars to Wall Street Fat Cats Inc.... check, cash or charge?

How do you owe this money?

It's simple, George Bush wants a 700 Billion dollar bailout for Fat Cat bankers.
--700 Billion dollars divided by the current U.S. population = $2,293.53

How the heck did this happen?

You can thank John McCain and his top economic advisor Phil Gramm.
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In 1999, after 60 years of successful regulation under the 1933 Glass-Stegall Act Republicans like Phil Gramm, John McCain and a bunch of Bank Lobbyists deregulated the banking industry and allowed banks to get involved in overly risky lending.

As predicted, those banks failed, taking others with them and we're now facing another stock market meltdown.

This wasn't the first (or even the second) time something like this happened:
-In 1982, under Republican Ronald Reagan the Savings and Loan/Banking industry was deregulated.
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-Again, Republicans Phil Gram, John McCain, Lobbyists and fat cats like Charles Keating decided deregulation was a good idea. Let the Savings and Loan Companies do what they want!

-John McCain took hundreds of thousands of dollars of gifts and campaign contributions from Keating in exchange for doing his bidding.

-John McCain's gift to Charles Keating was the deregulation of S & L banks.

The results were frighteningly similar:

-Tax payers bailed out Fat Cat Bankers like Charles Keating with $124.6 billion.

-Google "Keating 5" and you'll see it all.

The pattern is simple:

-Republicans like John McCain, Phil Gramm and Lobbyists deregulate.
-Wall Street gets rich.
-You pay the bill.

Now John McCain who self-identifies as a "deregulator" wants to:

1.) Deregulate Health Care
2.) Privatize Social Security

We can't afford more of the same with John McCain.

How do you think Health Care and Social Security will turn out if John McCain and Phil Gramm get their way?

Wall Street doesn't care if you lost your job, or if you can't make your mortgage. But when they need a bailout, it's "Hello Big Government!"


Thanks,
Wall Street Fat Cats and Republican Presidential candidates Inc.


P.S.
Your kids owe $2,293.53 no matter how old they are.
Your parents owe $2,293.53 no matter how little they make.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnb2IrsU1Cg
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Posted by: Bush + McCain = "W"orthless | September 23, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

In a twisted sort of way I almost want McCain to win this election because four more years worth of failed Bush/McCain policies would for all intents and purposes be the end of the Republican party as we know it today. They would become the 4th party gadflies that they deserve to be.


The only question is, would this country survive it?


You people out there who live in economic downtrodden states like Ohio, Pa and Michigan etc, if you're stupid enough to vote for McCain you will deserve all of the economic hardship that a "president McCain" would give you.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxT0s_I5WtA
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Posted by: Stacey Hill | September 23, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Republicans really think and believe that the American people are stupid and vote mostly against their interest. They may be right because anyone that reads this and believes that Obama is an elitist, is stupid in deed.


"After the brouhaha over Sen. John McCain's struggle to recall how many houses he owns, Newsweek wondered how many cars might be parked at the presidential candidate's multiple homes."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/09/report-mccain-h.html#comments
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It gets better..:


"McCain has a 2004 Cadillac CTS, a 2007 half-ton Ford pickup truck, a 1960 Willys Jeep, a 2008 Jeep Wranger among other American cars. He's got a few foreign vehicles in his fleet as well, owning a 2005 Volkswagen convertible and a 2001 Honda sedan."


The only vehicle registered in Obama's name is a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid.


"McCain's wife, Cindy, an heiress to a beer distribution company, has her name on 11 vehicles but actually only drives one car -a Lexus with the personal plates MS BUD."


McCain can't even keep his story straight.....


"One vehicle in the McCain fleet has caused a small flap. United Auto Workers president Ron Gettelfinger, an Obama backer, accused McCain this month of "flip-flopping" on who bought daughter Meghan's foreign-made Toyota Prius. McCain said last year that he bought it, but then told a Detroit TV station on Sept. 7 that Meghan "bought it, I believe, herself."


Straight-talk?
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http://images.dailykos.com/images/user/3/MvO_compare.jpg
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Posted by: ZappoDave | September 23, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

These are some tough economic times we're living in...for everyone who isn't a corporate CEO or a rich Republican presidential candidate (McCain)..


McCain in April declared that there had been "great progress economically" during the Bush years. On more than one occasion, he diagnosed Americans' concerns over the dismal U.S. economy as "psychological." (Phil Gramm, McCain's close friend and adviser supposedly excommunicated over his "whiners" remarks, was back with the campaign last week.) McCain, a man who owns eight homes nationwide, in March lectured Americans facing foreclosure that they ought to be "doing what is necessary -- working a second job, skipping a vacation, and managing their budgets -- to make their payments on time." And when all else fails, McCain told the people of the economically devastated regions in Martin County, Kentucky and Youngstown, Ohio, there's always eBay.


In his defense, McCain's shocking tone-deafness may just be a matter of perspective. When you're as well off as he is, anything below a $5 million income (a figure exceeding that earned on average by the top 0.1% of Americans) seems middle class.


*The $100 Million Man*
Courtesy of his wife Cindy's beer distribution fortune (one her late father apparently chose not to share with her half-sister Kathleen), the McCains are worth well over $100 million. (In the two-page tax summary she eventually released to the public, Cindy McCain reported another $6 million in 2006.) As Salon reported back in 2000, the second Mrs. McCain's millions were essential in launching her husband's political career. Unsurprisingly, the Weekly Standard's Matthew Continetti, who four years ago called Theresa Heinz-Kerry a "sugar mommy," has been silent on the topic of Cindy McCain.


*The Joys of (Eight) Home Ownership*
While fellow adulterer John Edwards was pilloried for his mansion, John McCain's eight homes around the country have received little notice or criticism. His properties include a 10 acre lake-side Sedona estate, euphemistically called a "cabin" by the McCain campaign, and a home featured in Architectural Digest. The one featuring "remote control window coverings" was recently put up for sale. Still, their formidable resources did not prevent the McCains from failing to pay taxes on a tony La Jolla, California condo used by Cindy's aged aunt.


*The Anheuser-Busch Windfall*
As it turns out, the beauty of globalization is in the eye of the beholder. While John McCain apparently played a critical role in facilitating DHL's takeover of Airborne (and with it, the looming loss of 8,000 jobs in Wilmington, Ohio), Cindy McCain is set to earn a staggering multi-million dollar pay-day from the acquisition of Anheuser-Busch by the Belgian beverage giant, In Bev. As the Wall Street Journal reported in July, Mrs. McCain runs the third largest Anheuser-Busch distributorship in the nation, and owns between $2.5 and $5 million in the company's stock. Amazingly, while Missouri's politicians of both parties lined up to try to block the sale, John McCain held a fundraiser in the Show Me State even as the In Bev deal was being finalized.


*McCain's $370,000 Personal Tax Break*
Earlier this year, the Center for American Progress analyzed John McCain's tax proposals. The conclusion? McCain's plan is radically more regressive than even that of President Bush, delivering 58% of its benefits to the wealthiest 1% of American taxpayers. McCain's born-again support for the Bush tax cuts has one additional bonus for Mr. Straight Talk: the McCains would save an estimated $373,000 a year.


*Paying Off $225,000 Credit Card Debt - Priceless*
That massive windfall from his own tax plan will come in handy for John McCain. As was reported in June, the McCains were carrying over $225,000 in credit card debt. The American Express card - don't leave your homes without it.


*Charity Begins at Home*
As Harpers documented earlier this year, the McCains are true believers in the old saying that charity begins at home:
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Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to [their] foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids' private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.
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Ironically, the McCain campaign last week blasted Barack Obama for having attended a private school in Hawaii on scholarship. That attack came just weeks after John McCain held an event at his old prep school, Episcopal High, an institution where fees now top $38,000 a year.


*Private Jet Setters*
As the New York Times detailed back in April, John McCain enjoyed the use of his wife's private jet for his campaign, courtesy of election law loopholes he helped craft. Despite the controversy, McCain continued to use Cindy's corporate jet. For her part, Cindy McCain says that even with skyrocketing fuel costs, "in Arizona the only way to get around the state is by small private plane."


*Help on the Homefront*
In these tough economic times, the McCains are able to stretch their household budget. As the AP reported in April, "McCain reported paying $136,572 in wages to household employees in 2007. Aides say the McCains pay for a caretaker for a cabin in Sedona, Ariz., child care for their teenage daughter, and a personal assistant for Cindy McCain."


*Well-Heeled in $520 Shoes*
If clothes make the man, then John McCain has it made. As Huffington Post noted in July, "He has worn a pair of $520 black leather Ferragamo shoes on every recent campaign stop - from a news conference with the Dalai Lama to a supermarket visit in Bethlehem, PA." It is altogether fitting that McCain wore the golden loafers during a golf outing with President George H.W. Bush in which he rode around in cart displaying the sign, "Property of Bush #41. Hands Off."


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38Ug_ugzXs
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Posted by: McCain = Bush's third term | September 23, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Great ad! I loved it!

McCain thinks your rich if you make 5 mill. What world is he on?

Obama/ Biden '08!

Posted by: indytucker | September 23, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

It does not work that way John. Being a Republican you are oblivious to the fact that ads containing lies are offensive to everyone who is knowledgeable. They work on the uninformed and the misinformed.

Posted by: Ronnn | September 23, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

As a voter in an early voting I had the experience of finding out information about a candidate after I voted. I could not change my vote. I still vote early but not until Thursday or Friday before election

What JakeD wants is for voters not to see the debates before voting. In McCain's case and maybe in Palin's the difference will be considerable. I think Palin will look better than McCain even though McCain is more competent than her. Palin is plastic and I think will surprise the Democrats.


Posted by: Ronnn | September 23, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Toritto:

We are in agreement that George W Bush is the devil in the White House.

Posted by: Agreed | September 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Jaked has only two objectives - kill all muslims and save zygotes.

Ignore him. He's a Bush watercarrier.

Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

GO MCCAIN-PALIN, ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 11:56 AM

McCain can move the White House to Bermuda. He looks out for Burmuda's interests more than the average American.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

St. Sarah of the Snows will bring Jesus back to the White House.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

John McCain and the POW/MIA cover up.

Why McCain doesn't want his military records opened up? Why did he sabotage the investigations into the disappearance of over 900 of our missing soldiers in Viet-Nam and Laos?

The attached article is written by a pulitzer prize winning war correspondent who has fought McCain for over 30 years on this issue.

If they bring it up in the debates McCain will explode.

http://www.nationinstitute.org/p/schanberg09182008pt1

Please read the whole article. It is simply damning and proves that McCain has not one ounce of integrity.

Possibly, he is indeed, the Manchurian candidate.

Wake up America. This nut wants war.

Viet-Nam Veteran

Posted by: Veterans against McCain | September 23, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

How dare the Wapo not criticize the Obama add for being untrue when the McCain ad was criticized for being misleading.


Posted by: Rabid John (McCain) | September 23, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

How dare the Wapo not criticize the Obama add for being untrue when the McCain ad was criticized for being misleading.


Posted by: Rabid John (McCain) | September 23, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"Palin has Beliefs, that do not change."

WTFO?

Her family changed their church three times looking for a more acceptable one. First they were Catholics, but that doesn't go over in Alaska, then they were members of the Assembly of God, whose members speak in tongues, then became members of the Wasilla Bible Church which tries to convert Jews to Jesus, and gays to straights.

Good luck.

By the way she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she said "no thanks." Why does she keep repeating this lie? This shows a person who has total contempt for the truth.

Empty headed, fast talking Sarah.

Posted by: Linda Walker | September 23, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

If McCain/Palin are elected, I might just move to Europe.

Posted by: Mr. Mike | September 23, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

WHY HAVE THE REPUBLICATIONS STOP
TALKING ABOUT IMMIGRATION! EVEN lIMBALL'S
DON'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT,UNTIL NOV.5
BECAUSE THEY WANT THE HISPANIC PEOPLE TO THINK THAT THEY LOVE THEM,SO THEY WON'T VOTE FOR OBAMA! TELL THEM gOV.RICHARDSON
VIVA,VIVA,OBAMA

Posted by: JAKED OFF | September 23, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

the polarizing of the presidential campaign

On the VP pick...

Obama picks Biden, a good friend of McCain, and recognized as experienced in foreign policy. This stirs up no waves.

McCain picks Palin, almost unknown, who immediately rubbed the fur the wrong way by choice of words, mocking tone, and taunts. This is the gauntlet thrown, and a complete retreat for Mccain from his promise to "work across the isle."

Then the "straigh talk express" crashes on the rocks of McCains own trask talk, race bait, negative campaign adds, shocking independent voters who had voted for him previously in the primary 8 years ago. Obama supporters challenged us to rise to our expressed ideas, put aside our still unresolved feelings about a black man, a democrat, a man comfortable talking about his faith, and think about country and the change we need and want.

Then McCain "steals" Obama's campaign "branding," and claims that Obama should have chosen Hillary for VP.

Now comes this ad by Obama, which seems fair to me. Mccain told us last week that the fundamentals of our economy were strong. His top economic advisor, Phil Gramm told us economic concerns were "mental." One wonders what country McCain was living in. Oh, now I know, Bermuda!

Duh!

Posted by: Kathy | September 23, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"In early 1987, at the beginning of his first Senate term, McCain attended two meetings with federal banking regulators to discuss an investigation into Lincoln Savings and Loan, an Irvine, Calif., thrift owned by Arizona developer Charles Keating. Federal auditors were investigating Keating's banking practices, and Keating, fearful that the government would seize his S&L, sought intervention from a number of U.S. senators."

Regulators did not seize Lincoln Savings and Loan until two years later. The Lincoln bailout cost taxpayers $2.6 billion, making it the biggest of the S&L scandals. In addition, 17,000 Lincoln investors lost $190 million.

After McCain's election to the House in 1982, he and his family made at least nine trips at Keating's expense, three of which were to Keating's Bahamas retreat. McCain did not disclose the trips (as he was required to under House rules) until the scandal broke in 1989. At that point, he paid Keating $13,433 for the flights.

And in April 1986, one year before the meeting with the regulators, McCain's wife, Cindy, and her father invested $359,100 in a Keating strip mall.

No wonder the old guy has melanoma. He really likes those sun filled vacations.

Posted by: Val Thompson | September 23, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

MCBush and Palin all the way to the toilet. That is where the country will be if let them get elected.

Posted by: martin | September 23, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a nut, here is another one of those "god told me so" people. It scares me to death to think this nut would be in charge when McOld is like 90 and has cancer. "I can see Russia from my house" please my dog has more experience. There is a reason they wont let her talk to the media.

Posted by: McShame | September 23, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Jake D,

you are really showing your true face today. You are nothing more than a Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Steve Schmidt lying slime ball. If people want more corporate lobbyists in the White House, they will keep heeding your filthy posts.

McCain/Palin offer nothing but war, profits for the rich, and more subversion of the Constitution.

Not this time.

Posted by: Ted | September 23, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"The hypocrisy of McCain continues to gain ascendance in his campaign. His political compass now substitutes for his moral compass. Too bad, the John McCain of 2000 might have stood a real chance against Obama. Not this sold-his-soul-to-Bush relic of what he was."

I would have to agree with you there. The former McCain was a good man. He was a stand up guy who wasn't afraid to take the fight to people. Now he reverts to spreading lies and continues to repeat them after called out on them. He's using the same tactics that were used against him. It makes you wonder, does Washington really affect someone that much?

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

The hypocrisy of McCain continues to gain ascendance in his campaign. His political compass now substitutes for his moral compass. Too bad, the John McCain of 2000 might have stood a real chance against Obama. Not this sold-his-soul-to-Bush relic of what he was.

Posted by: morefromLA | September 23, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

McCain/Palin, more pig than lipstick.

Posted by: GOP08_DOA | September 23, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Character? leadership? Staight Talk?
How about Pervert?

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics/2008/08/29/sot.palin.honored.cnn

Watch his eyes. Is there a stain there or something?

Posted by: Anonymous | September 23, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The McCain campaign is collapsing after the Palin bounce and the Wall Street, deregulation-caused collapse. Even George Will, conservative stalwart, says McCain isn't fit for the Presidency.

Bush/McCain? No More Years!

Posted by: thebob.bob | September 23, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Good lord it cracks me up how many "Palin this, Palin that" comments there are on here. This entire column is all about McCain. I did not even see Palin mentioned. It seems as though the Republicans strategy is indeed working, however. They are focusing all the attention on Palin so that way people won't realize that McCain isn't fit to be the POTUS. I'll give them credit on that one.

Posted by: Xander | September 23, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Residents of Georgia, Kentucky, and Virginia:

Early voting for McCain-Palin started YESTERDAY!! In all, 34 states allow people to vote before election day. 28 of those states allow "no-excuse" absentee voting, so just get it done ASAP. You may not get another chance.

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

POTUS '08 suggested this morning that there is no evidence that the campaigns have run about 20 different ads they have released in the past 14 days. They are still digging to find the facts.

POTUS'08 suggested that the ads were released FOR THE MSM to pick up.

Did "The Trail" verify that either of the ads reported here were actually run or slotted to be run on TV - anywhere?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | September 23, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

While there was certainly no signed documentation indicating that a 'President McCain' would be willing to violate common sense by protecting those who would willingly except the profitability of operating in the United States, while using offshore locations to avoid paying taxes on those earnings, it is logical to observe what any politician has done in the past to curry the favor of those he is talking to. As in all situations the listener will invariably remember and react to the things that they wish to hear.

In the past, most people have termed actions such as this, as deceptive promotions and the people who make them as snake-oil salesman.

Just an additional thought for your consideration as you cast your ballot this November

Posted by: jerryb | September 23, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Jesus is punishing the markets and investment bankers because we tolerate abortion and gay marriages.

We need Jesus closer to the white house.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | September 23, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Character! leadership! Staight Talk!
McCain/Palin08

Posted by: steelworker for mccain | September 23, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Nobama is such a typical lying politician,
he would sell his typical white person grandmother for a vote.

Posted by: simonsays | September 23, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't cry for me, Canada. The truth is you'd never had been free without us. As for the "same crap" you mean Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, Laci & Connor's Law, Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts, and Justice Alito?

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin has Beliefs, that do not change,
pro gun rights, pro life,
obama will say anything for a vote,
today he officially crossed the
line and started campaigning as
a Republican.
No new spending,
reducing current spending,
tax cuts,
no tax on the top 5%
pro 2nd ammendment.
give him a cowboy hat
and you'd think he was bush!!!
NOBAMA

Posted by: usa3 | September 23, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Go Palin all the way to the White House. You can take care of this mess, being a Pit bull. Just cut the Bull. Feel sorry for you all in America. A vote for Mccain will only put all the old Boys in charge and Palin will listen, believe me. Same old crap.

Posted by: justadad55+ | September 23, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

McCain abdicated his responsibility as a United States Senator, now he bangs his figurative shoe on the Khrushchev's podium of morality. .........
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/09/23/anarchy-the-slippery-slope-of-deregulation/

Posted by: Ohg Rea Tone | September 23, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

GO MCCAIN-PALIN, ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!

Posted by: JakeD | September 23, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

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