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In Lead-Up to Debate, McCain Dials Back Personal Attacks


John McCain is joined by wife Cindy as he arrives for a walk through before tonight's presidential debate against Barack Obama at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Oct. 15, 2008. (Charlie Dharapak/Associated Press)

By Michael D. Shear
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Sen. John McCain arrived here for his final debate with the knowledge that it could be his last opportunity to change the direction of his losing campaign.

At a glitzy fundraiser in New York Tuesday night, McCain sounded resigned about his position as the underdog against Sen. Barack Obama as the campaign enters its final few days.

"So we've come a long way, my friends, with just three weeks to go and, as you know, a big debate tomorrow night," he told the crowd at the ballroom in New York's Grand Hyatt.

"Listen," he said, as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stood next to him, "I want to do about half as good as Sarah did against poor old Joe Biden."

One man in the crowd screamed, "Take the gloves off, John!" Another woman yelled, "Take 'em off!"

For days, supporters at rallies and town halls have urged McCain to be tough during the debate. McCain himself had suggested this week that the topic of Obama's connection to former '60s radical William Ayers would probably come up at the debate.

But in the last several days, McCain has dialed back his personal attacks on Obama in the wake reports about the angry supporters at many of his rallies. His latest stump speech is devoid of personal attacks.

Recent polls suggest that McCain has a large challenge, with some showing him trailing Obama by as many as 14 points nationally, and far behind in many of the most important battleground states.

In comments this week, McCain acknowledged that he was, perhaps, 6 points behind Obama, but insisted that the deficit was not fatal.

At the fundraiser, McCain still predicted victory, saying, "We are going to win this election ... because the American people know the difference between rhetoric and record. They know the difference."

Palin, too, expressed optimism that the polls will turn out to be wrong. Speaking about her husband, who is a four-time champion snow machine racer, she said, "He knows something about being the underdog also, and still being victorious at the end of the day. So there's something to that."

McCain prepped for the debate Tuesday at an off-Broadway theater in New York City before heading down to the debate site Wednesday about noon. His long-time debate coach, Brett O'Donnell, smiled broadly Wednesday morning as his charge headed off for the final confrontation.

Aides said McCain was looking forward to the final meeting.

Posted at 6:22 PM ET on Oct 15, 2008  | Category:  The Debates
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If McCain is losing his cooling at this stage and he is not even president,imagine him talking to someone as stubborn as Ahmadinejad of Iran,the meeting would end in about 10secs with McCain being removed from the room while Palin would be busy giving "shout outs" to her friends in Alaska.Thats the type of leadership that these two would be giving america.One needs to retire and one needs to "Doggone it " go back to Alaska and stay there.

Posted by: bravobilt | October 16, 2008 11:17 AM

We can't have a trigger happy president anymore in the white house.America needs a president who is cool and calm under pressure.McCain loses his cool too easily even more than George bush,McCain comes across as the person who would Nuke a country if he did not like what they say about America.Obama thinks before he speaks and that's always best when dealing with fragile situations.McCain needs to realize he is no longer in the forests of Vietnam and needs to take his finger of the trigger and start using his brain.If McCain becomes president our sons and daughters will spend the rest of the thier lives in Iraq chasing after a decisive victory that will never come.How can we understand our enemies if we dont talk to them,thats what McCain wants americans to do,not speak to those they have a problem with,look at what lack of communication does to a marriage thats what John McCain wants to do to the world.He is more dangerous than ten George Bushes.

Posted by: bravobilt | October 16, 2008 10:59 AM

Re: Brown

Senator Obama looked pissed, and his face seemed too brown due to the make-up.

Senator McCain won the debate: The liberal media are just playing a number game.

Those who participated in the polls--mostly on the Internet--do not "vote" but just "click."

Posted by: Premier | October 16, 2008 8:52 AM

BOY! McCain looked pissed!

What's with him. He looked like someone switched his Preperation-H with Ben-Gay...squirming like he was.

Watch the debate. Watch his facial expresions. I think that's what it was.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 16, 2008 12:45 AM

Senator McCain did GREAT, especially when he said "I'm not President Bush and if you want to run against him you should have run (4) years ago", period. I really like that comments because Democrats are always saying "McCain - another Bush". He's Much More Better than Bush. His character and leadership skill are obvious. For Obama, he's with a nice suite with showy personality. He likes to show off and he thinks very high of himself (after beating Hilary). Obama didn't look at the camera when he can't memorize the things that he has studied. He looked nervous when he was on defense. A soilder like McCain has always prepared for defense.

Posted by: davidhtinkyaw | October 15, 2008 11:52 PM

See a McCain rally go bad, Booing and People leaving. A song Hank Williams sang was vulgar and offended some. Heres the clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPOpP89oMik

Who won the Best Palin Impersonator Contest? Not Tina Fey. See Clip.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Posted by: pastor123 | October 15, 2008 11:11 PM

ACORN (THE ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR REFORM NOW) IS A LEFT-WING GROUP THAT TAKES IN 40 PERCENT OF ITS REVENUES FROM AMERICAN TAXPAYERS — you and me — and has leverage nearly four decades of government subsidies to fund affiliates that promote the welfare state and undermine capitalism and self-reliance.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA CUT HIS IDEOLOGICAL TEETH WORKING WITH ACORN AS A “COMMUNITY ORGANIZER” AND LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE. Naturally, ACORN’s political action committee has warmly endorsed his presidential candidacy. According to ACORN, Obama trained its Chicago members in leadership seminars; in turn, ACORN volunteers worked on his campaigns. ACORN head Maude Hurd gushes that Obama is the candidate who “best understands and can affect change on the issues ACORN cares about” — like ensuring their massive pipeline to your hard-earned money.

THE GROUP’S VANDALISM ON ELECTORAL INTEGRITY IS SYSTEMIC. ACORN HAS BEEN IMPLICATED IN VOTER FRAUD SCHEMES IN MISSOURI, OHIO AND 12 OTHER STATES. The Wall Street Journal noted: “In Ohio in 2004, a worker for one affiliate was given crack cocaine in exchange for fraudulent registrations that included underage voters, dead voters and pillars of the community named Mar Poppins,Dick Tracy and Jive Turkey.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, THE CANDIDATE OF HOPE AND CHANGE — ACORN’S SENATOR, IS FOR MORE OF THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD SUBSIDIZING OF FAR-LEFT POLITICS in the name of fighting for the poor while enriching ideological cronies. It’s the Chicago way.

SAVE AMERICAN AND AMERICAN VALUES!
VOTE FOR MCCAIN/PALIN

Posted by: Manolete | October 15, 2008 11:03 PM

Senator McCain did very well tonight.
Senator Obama needs to consider math to be critical to our national security, not just our economy. Our national failing grades in math will hurt our national security soon enough, IF we don't catch up very soon. Math is the language of science and engineering in addition to economics.

Posted by: dummy4peace | October 15, 2008 10:58 PM

McCain has no vision. All he knows is tax cuts and trickle down economics. If these morons on TV think this was a game changer for John McCain their in for a surprise.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 15, 2008 10:47 PM

He should have repudiated Palin's remarks. Until he does, he hasn't dialed back anything. The lighter fluid has already been thrown onto the smoldering coals.

Posted by: SarahBB | October 15, 2008 10:21 PM

McCain should quit before he makes a fool of himself.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 15, 2008 9:58 PM

John McCain is Toast!

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 15, 2008 9:42 PM

Senator McCain is putting more nails in his coffin: nobody (except his supporters) cares about ACORN or the far-fetched allegations involving Ayers.

Posted by: UnPatriotic | October 15, 2008 9:42 PM

For the right wing bloggers crying socialist! Socialist! Like the sky is falling. You know, I think the outcome of choosing Obama is a simple illustration that - America trumps the Republican Party. Many are starting to get this. Buckley gets it but the Party does not - especially people like Rush and de Rothchilds. It is so imbued in its own Propaganda, in its own sense of superiority and self righteousness, that it has lost its way.

The Party seems to have a Maoist sentiment of being the ruling party. Despite the dissent of most of the Nation. Republicans need to seize the levers of the Party, tear it down and rebuild from the grass roots up. Its ownership is too centered in selfish ideological hands and its philosophy has gone too right wing.

I believe that Republicans do not have a lock on conservatism - indeed, Obama knows that you need to be fiscally conservative to be more socially liberal. Otherwise it does not add up. Obama and the Democrats also understand you can't let the Foxes run the Hen Houses, and certainly not under self policing policies. And certainly not with limits on liability if they eat all the Hens and can't replace them when caught.

Republicans today do not understand the concept of collective. This is mostly because they are the ones that are benefiting from survival of the fittest ideas and the "ownership" society. They have the money, the power and they view and work politics to maintain it. They think they are entitled and they do not have to pay more than lip service to social (collective) policies.

Just give the masses a wind up toy, dressed and talkin' just like them. That will keep the masses happy, while Republicans and cronies eat the Hens. Of course, when the Hens are noticed missing, it will be someone else' fault. Probably the Democrats somehow, it does not matter how, or someone in Iraq. No wait, it might be Putin, or possibly its Castro, no wait he's almost dead, okay then, Chavez ...... Or maybe that Muslim Arab Obama...... And so the idiocy goes........

And liberals are not socialists - a word that has been sullied by dictators and megalomaniacs. Theirs is a false concept, used for selfish gain. There is no stronger Nation than one with a well run economic engine (fairly and sensibly regulated and built on morally sound incentive systems for its operators), and a collective advancement and support system for its members.

Republicans know that you don't send into battle men without protection and weapons, men untrained or uneducated on the use of weapons. And, you don't win the battle or the war by leaving your compatriots unprotected. You certainly don't leave the weakened and wounded behind. If this is heroic in the battlefields of war, why not so in the battlefields of life?

America is indeed headed for a brighter future with Obama than with McCain.

Posted by: paulstewart | October 15, 2008 8:47 PM

Half as well as Palin against Biden? John, half of zero is still zero.

Posted by: paulstewart | October 15, 2008 8:45 PM

Shouts of "take off the gloves are strange as they come. If McCain took off gloves everyone would see the brass knuckles worn under them.

Posted by: JohnDebba | October 15, 2008 8:35 PM

I just love how someone who actually did bomb innocent people in the '60's is coming down on someone who didn't.

Posted by: daweeni | October 15, 2008 8:32 PM

The Reagan economic boom was fueled by the personal computer in business. The Clinton boom was fueled by home computers and the Internet. Early Bush succes was due to the (artificial) housing bubble. What we need now is the next big driver to get people make money and spend it - and Obama's combinaiton of targeted tax breaks, investments in sustainable energy and green industries, and putting people directly back to work in rebuilding America's infrastructure, is by FAR the best plan we've seen

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You're right. Obama's plan is the best. John McCain will keep the oil companies in business for as long as he can no matter what he says. Who do you think made McCain flip on those tax cuts that he was against to for so long

Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 15, 2008 8:27 PM

This debate could be interesting. McCain is desperate. He could try anything.
This could be like a Tyson/Holyfield fight.
Obama better watch his ears.

Posted by: seemstome | October 15, 2008 8:25 PM

Yeah, McCain can say what he wants about Obama's "associations" with known terrorists... But I don't think he should really try to open up that particular can of whoop-ash; what with his running mate being involved personally in a radical Alaskan Secessionist movement; and being married to a card carrying member of said radical Alaskan Secessionist movement. That's right, just google AIP or AKIP... who looks like the terrorist now?

Posted by: digiliving | October 15, 2008 8:22 PM

McCain and his operatives, in their nasty and calculatingly well-timed plan, seek to sway undecided voters by questioning Barack Obama's honesty and integrity (remember Swift Boat). Yet they continue to perpetuate the McCain as hero myth that he knows in his heart is nothing but a work of fiction. How many millions of votes is he going to get just for that pile of c__p alone? So much for honesty.
It's time to finally challenge the tale. How heroic is it to drop bombs indiscriminately on people just trying to live their lives? Huh? That's some kind of courage. He's lucky they didn't string him up by his gonads! So he gets shot down and captured. And after what he had to endure as a prisoner, he changes his mind and decides to support the Bush-Cheney created torture policy after all! Outrageous. So much for integrity.

Posted by: averagejoe6 | October 15, 2008 8:21 PM

Rick Davis is McCain's campaign manager. The fact that he would be posting here is ridiculous, (or so I thought)

Posted by: seemstome | October 15, 2008 8:18 PM

Trickle down fascist regime is about over and maybe the idea that ALL deserve a shot at the brass ring is not a bad idea.Lets review this for a moment, 300 million of which McSame want to help about 100,000 all the while Obama thinks that ratio of .04% (those helped)is just too short-sided. I am going to have to side with the majority 99.96% on that.If my numbers are off a bit I figured them based on a 5+million a yr income.As for Sarah pfft

Posted by: jeffybear | October 15, 2008 8:14 PM

GregKerr42, take your calm, intelligent, well written opinions somewhere else!!! If we want facts and thoughtful postings on this blog we'll let you know!!!

Everyone here knows Obama is a terrorist, latte sipping, ... (wait a minute ... wasn't Sarah Baracuda quoting from a Starbucks cup .....?)

Posted by: fid4wp | October 15, 2008 8:13 PM

yada yada yada,
All you "smart" people turned Socialist keep on thinking the way that you do. You are so frig-in into all the media that you forgot to think. Bahama is closer to the Hitler movement than anyone in the last 63 years. better look back, everything is free from now on. No taxes, free medical, free support for the world, free housing, free everything I guess. Want to tell me just who is going to pay for all this "free" stuff? Do you really think that you taxes are going to be cut? Can you speak Arabic? Better LEARN!!
Hey, "That One" is buying me a house too, how about you, are you getting a house in the package? yada yada, fools...
And this paper is as far left as you can get. Look at the headline!!!
we are in a world of crap...

(McCain's Rick Davis is in rare form today, I read most of his posts

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You're living under the rule of Dictator George that destroyed the Constitution and you're worried about Obama's socialist ways that don't exist. Can't you see what has already been done to this country. It's time to "WAKE UP."


Posted by: HemiHead66 | October 15, 2008 8:10 PM

Here's the long and short of Republican economics.

It will trickle down ... meaning rich people have extra money and they will spend it and hire people and things like that.

What did they do with their extra money? They bet it on derivatives and credit default swaps, and they acted as the CASINO. That is to say, they took their slice off the top.

I'll tell you what trickled down. No, I'll tell you where. It trickled down our legs.

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 15, 2008 8:10 PM

What's with her putting the also at the end? That sounds to me like, you know, Miss South Carolina and like that also.

Posted by: RealCalGal | October 15, 2008 8:07 PM

seemstome spewed: ["...socialist..."]

Bush started it!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 7:59 PM

yada yada yada,
All you "smart" people turned Socialist keep on thinking the way that you do. You are so frig-in into all the media that you forgot to think. Bahama is closer to the Hitler movement than anyone in the last 63 years. better look back, everything is free from now on. No taxes, free medical, free support for the world, free housing, free everything I guess. Want to tell me just who is going to pay for all this "free" stuff? Do you really think that you taxes are going to be cut? Can you speak Arabic? Better LEARN!!
Hey, "That One" is buying me a house too, how about you, are you getting a house in the package? yada yada, fools...
And this paper is as far left as you can get. Look at the headline!!!
we are in a world of crap...

(McCain's Rick Davis is in rare form today, I read most of his posts)

Posted by: seemstome | October 15, 2008 7:54 PM

As time goes by, McCain is more and more like Bush

Not only has he stooped to using the same campaign smear tactics as BUSH. He can't even run his own campaign according to his brother.

How can McCain run the country if he cant' even run his own campaign?

We need a leader the can lead, not be lead.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 7:53 PM

ohioan said "Obama's plan for economic growth will fail. Obama's all about welfare and McCains all about creating jobs. Its as simple as that."

It is simple - but completely opposite from what ohioan said. McCain's plan is traditional Republican trickle down - cut capital gains and corporate taxes to incentivize rich people to invest, and hope the jobs will appear.

Obama's plan is really out of the box thinking and far from welfare - his plan is to provide targeted tax breaks and incentives to get investments where jobs get created - in small businesses and start-ups. At the same time, while giving money to rich people may get them to invest, giving money to the 97% of the rest of the country by getting them employed or giving them tax breaks gets them to SPEND - which, is what we need to get the economy rolling.

The Reagan economic boom was fueled by the personal computer in business. The Clinton boom was fueled by home computers and the Internet. Early Bush succes was due to the (artificial) housing bubble. What we need now is the next big driver to get people make money and spend it - and Obama's combinaiton of targeted tax breaks, investments in sustainable energy and green industries, and putting people directly back to work in rebuilding America's infrastructure, is by FAR the best plan we've seen.

As a lifelong Republican until 2004, it may pain me to say it sometimes but - Vote Obama.

Posted by: Arthanyel | October 15, 2008 7:49 PM

I once said if it was Hillary vs McCain, I'd vote McCain. Because I once believed McCain was less polarizing.

But now, I don't know who the hell this guy is.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 7:48 PM

GregKerr42 - OMG!!! An intelligent, thoughtful, considered post!! And on THIS blog of all places!!! Well said dude. All we usually get here is character assassination.

Posted by: caebling | October 15, 2008 7:47 PM

He can't bring up Ayers. Trying to make something out of the Ayers "connection" has already harmed the Republicans who have even closer ties to Ayers, financial ones. If McCain were successful in making the argument that "Ayers is a terrorist", he would have turned many Reaganites into "people who pal around with terrorist financiers."

Some of these people happen to be more powerful than Senator McCain. It is clear they have given him a message, and that he has been forced to tone down the rhetoric as a result. This is *painfully* obvious, in fact.

Even Nancy Reagan has quite close ties to Ayers, via his financial backers. I don't think the Republican Party really meant to paint Nancy Reagan as a terrorist sympathizer, but they managed to do it.

Posted by: jmcgill1 | October 15, 2008 7:45 PM

McCain and the "VICTORY" shame

McCain and the Republicans bring dishonor to our troops by applying the "Victory/Defeat" label to Iraq.

Our troops have followed their orders and have served with honor and dignity in Iraq. To add this polarizing label is to add the burden of shame to the backs of troops that already have suffered enough. As a Vietnam vet, McCain should know what the vets of that era went through when they came home and were labeled losers.

General Patraeus himself said he'd "Never Declare Victory" in this interview on 9/11/08 of all days!

McCain is wrong and just doesn't get it.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 7:44 PM

EPIC FAILURE

Posted by: hdtex1 | October 15, 2008 7:43 PM

McCain/Palin pal'n around with pals of Saddam!

click below:

McCain Transition Chief Aided Saddam In Lobbying Effort

Talk about the pot calling the kettle bla...WELL, you know what I mean.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 15, 2008 7:42 PM

FLIP-FLOPPIN’ ALONG

Forget John Kerry. John McCain now holds the Olympic record for the most flip-flops in a campaign.

1.Experience counts, then he picks Wasilly Sarah.
2.He is an honorable man and will run an honorable campaign. Then he accuses Obama of sexually corrupting young children.
3.He is for deregulation of banking before he is against it.
4.He is against off-shore drilling then he just can't get enough of it.
5.He hugs George Bush and then says he is nothing like him (except for 90% of the time.)
6.He says he is different from Obama and then he steals his campaign slogan.(some of Obama's signs are missing, too.)
7.McCain claims the fundamentals of the economy are strong then says it's a severe crisis similar to a depression.
8.He says he has postponed his campaign and rushes off to Washington but he continues to run numerous attack ads.
9.He looses his pit bull to stir up racial and ethnic hatred and then corrects a woman who calls Obama an Arab.
10.Lastly, and most importantly, He tells Dave Letterman he must cancel his appearance at the last moment to handle the financial crisis only to be caught red handed doing damage control after the Palin interview with Couric.
Hell hath no fury like a Letterman scorned.

John Kerry would have been steamrolled if he had acted like this.

Posted by: seemstome | October 15, 2008 7:38 PM

I hope Sen. McCain works hard to get his dignity back. After taking some very bum advice from the Rove packdogs, he's squandered much of a two-decades record as an honorable man, which is a shame. Although I've agreed with few of his policies over the years, I think until this election began and he started the process of bartering his soul, he was a man of integrity.

It'll be interesting to see where he takes things tonight and into the rest of the campaign, now that he knows the election is pretty much lost. Any dramatic move he tries will be perceived as erratic, as it probably should be. His return to civility probably won't turn the election around, but it'll be a healthy move in terms of his legacy and self-respect.

Posted by: yogi11 | October 15, 2008 7:36 PM

Hey "unifiedbust1" at "7:20 PM" - way to go, you managed to conflate Hitler and Communism all in one tortured paragraph. Further, you then driveled more 'crap' - speaking 'Arabic'????

Why did you bother posting? By the way, what does 'unifiedbust1' signify? Wouldn't it be more accurate if you adopted the handle "singulartit-uno" instead?

Posted by: sdmac | October 15, 2008 7:31 PM

I'm guessing the comments by the more extreme conservatives calling Obama and Democrats in general either "Socialist" or "Communist" are likely being made by people who are over the age of 40 and still believe we are fighting a cold war with the USSR. People younger than that don't have the kind of negative association with those terms, therefore, the labelling argument is generally not going to be effective with many voters.

The only large nation that purports to be Communist is China, which happens to be one of the largest trading partners with the US. Anybody who shops at Wal-Mart is likely buying Chinese made goods. In other words, by buying Chinese made products, you are contributing to a Communist nation and thereby supporting it. On the other hand, how can you reconcile a Communist nation being a major trading partner and itself practicing effective Capitalism? This is just another reason throwing around these terms is likely to be confusing or just inaccurate.

There are already social (socialist?) programs in this country: public roads, education, Medicare and Social Security. You can argue and agree or disagree to the effectiveness of the government's involvement, however the majority of Americans approve of the government's involvement in these. Many social programs were established under Democrats Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson. If you'll recall, Roosevelt also presided over the bank re-structuring in this country. You can argue that what these Presidents did was socialist, however, many Americans reaped the benefits of these, and older Americans have been routinely saved from abject poverty by Social Security and Medicare.

So even these two Presidents, Roosevelt and Johnson, who established many social programs, did not dismantle the Capitalistic framework that the US is supported by, nor did they leave the US in more chaos with their economic policies. I think these are two examples that could provide a more clear picture of where the country might go if a Democrat was elected President.

Government regulation can be useful, and we're seeing now just how bad unfettered de-regulation can be. If that's Socialist, then perhaps some more of that Roosevelt Socialism will do this country a world of good.

Posted by: GregKerr42 | October 15, 2008 7:31 PM

OK, am I the ONLY one who actually read Sen. McCain's statement:
"I want to do about half as well as Sarah did against poor OLD Joe Biden."

WHAT? John McCain is attacking Joe Biden for his AGE???? Why isn't this on page 1? All fall, the pundits have been parsing every comment from Barack Obama's camp for ageism: "erratic" and "lurching" have been interpreted as having secret ageist meaning. BUT THE POT IS CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK! OMG ... the guy is seriously losing it. Pass this along people, pass it along!!!

Posted by: Omyobama | October 15, 2008 7:31 PM

Senator McCain will need to somehow overcome his decision to select an unqualified running mate. That's really why he's behind. It's not her fault but he's been receiving (and following) some very bad advice. I believe he'd be ahead if not for that. www.LikeSoup.com

Posted by: jc2728 | October 15, 2008 7:25 PM

Its too late for Johnny McShame to do anything that will reverse his doom.
I have an edvise for him, after this debate, Johnny just bow out honourably. Save us all time and money that would have been wasted fighting for a thing the outcome is now obvious.
Besides, you will also spare us the horror of seeing your dundee deputy sarah spew those hate messages each time she campaigns.
Bow now McShame....BOW OUT!

Posted by: roberta2 | October 15, 2008 7:24 PM

McCain needs to clearly explain why Obama's plan for economic growth will fail.
Obama's all about welfare and McCains all about creating jobs. Its as simple as that. If Americans are really listening they can't possibly want this country to go back to hand-outs and welfare.

Posted by: ohioan | October 15, 2008 7:21 PM

re: stephengianelli

obama is liberal, without a doubt, and will probably govern center-left...however i'd like to remind you, george bush, a republican, has just allowed the nationalization of our banks, increased government spending by trillions in the last eight years, has been soft on terror (invading iraq complete waste of time, and letting osama escape monumental mistake), etc.

these are facts that no one can deny. i'm an independent supporting obama (was really considering voting mccain, but was completely turned off by sarah palin who is another big spender, big deficits, low taxes politician). i think the biggest difference between a republican and a democrat is republicans spend, spend, spend, and grew deficits and democrats spend, spend, spend and increase taxes. unfortunately we don't have real fiscal conservatives...

Posted by: divot999 | October 15, 2008 7:20 PM

yada yada yada,
All you "smart" people turned Socialist keep on thinking the way that you do. You are so frig-in into all the media that you forgot to think. Bahama is closer to the Hitler movement than anyone in the last 63 years. better look back, everything is free from now on. No taxes, free medical, free support for the world, free housing, free everything I guess. Want to tell me just who is going to pay for all this "free" stuff? Do you really think that you taxes are going to be cut? Can you speak Arabic? Better LEARN!!
Hey, "That One" is buying me a house too, how about you, are you getting a house in the package? yada yada, fools...
And this paper is as far left as you can get. Look at the headline!!!
we are in a world of crap...

Posted by: unifiedbust1 | October 15, 2008 7:20 PM

Let's see bitter, senile, angry old man who condones slime attacks and is bogged down in the last century versus intelligent, energetic, compassionate newcomer who promises hope and change?
Which will America choose?

Posted by: jonmiktay@hotmail.com | October 15, 2008 7:19 PM

Let's see bitter, senile, angry old man who condones slime attacks and is bogged down in the last century versus intelligent, energetic, compassionate newcomer who promises hope and change?
Which will America choose?

Posted by: jonmiktay@hotmail.com | October 15, 2008 7:16 PM

Turn the burners off he's so done!

Posted by: johnathanporterfield | October 15, 2008 7:16 PM

And when all is said and done with the debate...McCain will announce "Mission Accomplished". And a nation will laugh AT HIM not with him. Yes we can. Obama 2008

Posted by: beatupfromfeetup | October 15, 2008 7:11 PM

John McCain’s primary task for the duration of this campaign, including at tonight’s debate, is to tell the truth to the American people about a THE PATTERN of Barack Obama’s radical past associations (Ayers, Wright, Ayers-Obama-Acorn) and connect the dots to Obama’s recent socialist like rhetoric (“spread the wealth around”) and policies ($1 Trillion in tax credits to filers who pay no taxes).

McCain may not win, but if he does not inform the American public about Obama in a methodical step-by-step way, who will?

People are so consumed by the economy, they are not paying attention to the fact that they are about to plunge this country into socialist policies that only exist in the most left leaning of European countries.

Obama surrogates have already called the war hero “dishonorable,” a racist, and likened him to infamous segregationist George Wallace (who barred black children from attending white schools)—so what does he have to lose by telling the truth at this point? Nothing.

The threats, intimidation, and litigation that have been the hallmark of every campaign waged by Obama past and present should not silence John McCain from telling the truth.

After Obama called Bill Clinton a racist, we know this is a smear and who is really playing the race card. We therefore urge John McCain to tell the turth and let the cards fall where they may. If the American people still elect to cast their vote for Obama on November 4, at least John McCain whould have done his duty and campaigned with honor--the truth.

Posted by: stephengianelli | October 15, 2008 7:07 PM

"Listen," he said, as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stood next to him, "I want to do about half as good as Sarah did against poor old Joe Biden."

Well McCain has really set the bar low this time. I mean, with Sarah Palin and the VP debate she was considered to have done better than expected is she was able to stay standing and speak in complete sentences!

Posted by: boomchuck | October 15, 2008 7:04 PM

When this is over, McCain deserves to be ignored in the Senate. He needs a long life of retirement to contemplate his sins. The POW years will not be enough preparation for what lies ahead in his "golden years."

Posted by: ericmiami42 | October 15, 2008 6:57 PM

Get ready folks. The impulsive risk taker, fly by the seat of his pants, gut feeling McCain is going to gamble on, yet another, game changer. Will it be a good choice like picking Rove Inc. to run his campaign or like suspending his campaign (but not really) to stand on the sidelines in DC and mess up bail out talks? Or will it a great choice like the unvetted Moose-Hunt Barbie. I can't wait to see what the wily old fox has up his sleeve. You never know with him, my friend.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 15, 2008 6:47 PM

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