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McCain Previews His Own Debate, Coming Tuesday

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), participates in a town hall meeting in Denver, Oct. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

By Michael Abramowitz
DENVER-- "When are you going to take the gloves off?" a John McCain supporter wanted to know this afternoon.

"How about Tuesday night?" McCain replied, grinning and looking ahead to his crucial second debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The crowd roared at the first of two town hall-style McCain events here in Colorado, a swing state considered to be leaning ever so slightly to Obama. Today's event was pitched at women, and roughly 500 boisterous women supporters turned out in the ballroom of a downtown hotel this afternoon to hear McCain and cheer wildly when the GOP nominee noted that his running mate Sarah Palin would be having "a little debate tonight."

Skirting the recent controversies surrounding his running mate, McCain said he could not be prouder of Palin and the "inspiration" she has provided women around the country. He said the "me-first" crowd in Washington fears the arrival of the McCain-Palin team to take over the government in January.

"Change is coming and some of them aren't going to like it," said McCain, who was interrupted repeatedly by standing ovations from a crowd that peppered him with questions about the economic crisis.

McCain, who is struggling to stem an erosion of support over the past two weeks, previewed what are likely to be his main lines of attack against Obama Tuesday night -- namely that the Democrat would raises taxes, grow the size of government and not work across the aisle. "Senator Obama has never taken on the leaders off his own party on any issue," McCain said. "Ladies and gentleman, I will do that."

McCain said he he will try to draw out these difference with Obama on Tuesday. He said the two have "a fundamental disagreement about who is best able to help our economy, whether it be through lower taxes and less government and more job opportunities.... Senator Obama has a clear record of wanting government to do the job that citizens do."

During the hour-long town hall meeting, McCain touched on the financial meltdown on Wall Street, saying the legislation before Congress this week is "like a tourniquet -- it's not a cure" and promising to change the way business is done in Washington. "Its going to take a new broom," he said. "I will fix it"

"America is hurting tonight," McCain said, "because people are sitting around the kitchen table ... trying to figure out how stay in their jobs."

McCain, whose own campaign manager was a paid consultant to the two Fannies, explained the genesis of the current financial crisis as rooted in what he described as the corruption of Washington and the "out of control" situation at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, where, he said, overpaid executives encouraged risky behavior in the real estate business.

"The greed and corrupt practices in Washington bred this problem," McCain said. "It's not fair for America."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 2, 2008; 7:19 PM ET
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You wound like Castro or Putin, telling us what we should read and what we should not read. America (at the moment at least) is still a democracy.

Posted by: love234america | October 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Someone comments that the polls show Biden won the debate. We knew this before the debate as the media did; you did not expect the media to report that Palin won, did you? naive

By the wasy, the supporters of Comrade Obama should do some deep research on him. For instance (and true) his mentor whom he wrote about in his book Dreams of My Father was the late communist Frank Marshall Davis. Hitler had the Germans fooled; Obama has a awful lot of you fooled. You need to go back and learn of his very socialist views and proposals before he decided that these proposals would not get votes. He is brainwashing you, especially the young. The Socialist State of America....sound good? Will this be allowed to be approved by the Post?

Posted by: love234america | October 5, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

When you see a post, there are a few simple rules to know when to quit reading and dismiss everything said.

1) When they emphasize Obama's middle name as though it means something - quit reading.

2) Anything about Obama being a Muslim - quit reading.

3) The first sign of name calling - quit reading.

4) Any time someone says there is one source with all the answers in some youtube video - quit reading.

5) Anytime a conflation of loose associations to the candidate are pumped up to outrageous proportions with no actual evidence - quit reading.

6) Anytime a completely unsupported talking point is used without sarcasm, e.g. 'liberal media'. Its like 'flat earth'. No matter how much you say it, its fiction - stop reading.

7) Anytime someone suggests that people are getting paid to post - quit reading.

Anytime you see a post meeting the criterion above immediate stop reading and put it out of your mind. They are almost certain to contain nothing of value. You'll find that you'll read maybe 1 of 10 posts, but those posts will have interesting things in them. Even if you disagree with the viewpoint of the person posting, they often make a good case and may get you to think about things.

Posted by: tweldy | October 4, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

The Choice is Simple:

If you want
Vote for McCain.

If you want,
Vote for Obama

Posted by: OlderWhiteWoman | October 4, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I've never made an issue of Obama being born in Hawaii.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Hi, This is JakeD. I'm a broken record!

And I have a pitiful obsession with the Washington Post comment section. Normal people will never read my posts, but at least i help drive WaPo's click-rates so they can charge advertisers more.

Oh, and Obama was born in HAWAII. I mean, can you believe that? Scary.

Posted by: jasperbeardley1 | October 3, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Biden and Palin Proved the Tickets need switched around.

Most People are saying Biden Won the debate, to participate in a national poll go to

Posted by: pastor123 | October 2, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse


I didn't post that. Liberals don't pay me anything.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

In the shadow of the blatant and stunning sexism launched against the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign by Barack Hussein Obama and the liberal media, democratic Hillary supporters were thrilled to hear John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, because, she offers Americans a chance to vote for someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don't agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.

Having a woman in the White House, and not as The Spouse, is a change whose time has come, despite the fact that the media and Democratic Party leaders have decided otherwise. But with the Sarah Palin’s nomination, Clinton voters, in particular, have received a political wake-up call they never expected. Having watched their candidate and their principles betrayed by the very people who are supposed to be the flame-holders for equal rights and fairness, they now looking across the aisle and see a woman who represents everything the feminist movement claimed it stood for. Women can have a family and a career.

The democratic party’s bullying of the Clinton candidacy during the primary season was the first revelation of how misogynistic and sexist the democratic party has become. The democratic party has moved from taking the female vote for granted to outright contempt for women. That's why Sarah Palin represents the most serious conservative threat ever to the modern democratic liberal claim on issues of male cultural and social superiority.
The time is now for a woman to be in the White House as an equal partner in governance.

The time is now for John McCain/Sarah Palin.

Country First! McCain/Palin

Posted by: Manolete | October 2, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

They also have alot of polls there, Seems Every one thinks Biden won. You can go participate in the Polls on the VP debate

You can go see Palin and Biden practice for the Debate. Watch VP debate Outtakes., Palin makes mistakes while practicing for the debate

Posted by: pastor123 | October 2, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Everybody new by now that Obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago together with criminal REZKO.What else you need to know?

Posted by: pro36 | October 2, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Watch Palin and Biden Practice for the Debate, They also have alot of polls there, to take after you watch the debate They Want Your Feed Back On the VP deabes? Who do you thing won? I cant wait to watch tonight. awsome.!!

Posted by: pastor123 | October 2, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

JakeD how much liberals pay u?u are the idiot that is posting this retarded comments on every page.But the main thing that Obama is the muslim communist with a communist agenda for this country.Do we need a muslim communist in our WH?

Posted by: pro36 | October 2, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Keating 5
POW/MIA coverup
Philanderer/abandoner of ill spouse
Shameful and hypocritical
Unstable/unable 08

Posted by: jspitler | October 2, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

hmm, so McCain's going to accuse Obama of unsubstantiated charges?
- Obama proposes tax cuts then "he'll raise taxes!"
- Obama leads ethics reform then "he's never taken on his party leaders"
- Obama crosses the aisle to shake McCain's hand and gets the stiff shoulder then "he's never worked crossed the aisle"?

We've had 8 years of lies out of the White House. It's time for change.

Posted by: quatzecoutl | October 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

You're welcome.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the info, JakeD, and all of your posts.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Just subscribe to the RSS feed.

Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, how do you always get the first comment on these threads?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 2, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | October 2, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

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