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McCain Responds to Conservative Critics

By Michael D. Shear
In an interview with CNN this afternoon, Sen. John McCain responded to conservative critics who say he should not be proposing so much government spending to lift the troubled economy.

"First of all, I want to help responsible people. Second of all, who are we helping now? Who are we giving the money to now?" McCain asked, responding to a question from CNN reporter Dana Bash. "The same people who were the co-conspirators in this crisis, the greatest crisis of our time. That's who we're giving the money to now."

McCain called the economic crisis a "conflagration" and said it is a "negative" for all politicians. But he said he is "happy" with where his campaign is, despite being behind Obama in major national public polls.

Pressed about why his campaign has not made more of Sen. Barack Obama's connection to his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in the same way McCain has drawn attention to 60s radical William Ayers, McCain focused on Ayers' past.

"Mr. Ayers is a unrepentant terrorist and that's a unique individual in American history. A person who still want to destroy America. He and his wife, who both want to still destroy America. That's an unusual breed of cat," McCain said.

He then said he doesn't "give a damn about an old unrepentant terrorist," but said that Obama has misrepresented his connection to Ayers.

McCain also said reports of the anger among supporters at his rallies is overstated and said coverage of it has been unfair because news organizations have not covered similar expressions of anger at Obama rallies.

"I will tell you right now, I'm proud of my supporters. I'm proud of the people that come. I'm proud of those veterans that have served our country that come to my rallies and fire me up," he said. "I love them. And for anybody to intimate that the overwhelming 99 and 99ths percent is anything but patriotic and good Americans is frankly unacceptable and I won't stand for it."

McCain said he has repudiated the comments of Jeff Frederick, the Virginia GOP chairman who compared Obama to Osama bin Laden. But he said the media had not similarly pressed Obama to condemn the comments of Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who compared McCain to segregationist George Wallace.

"That's not from some, quote, party official, that's from one of the most respected people in America. It's unfair, it's unfair and it's outrageous," McCain said.

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frankinlaw - There is a lot of fear in your post where you say "Where are his funds coming from? Remember all of them also had online donation campaigns." I am one of those people who went "all in" for Obama. I am old enough to have heard Bobby Kennedy speak, and I know "the real thing" when I see it. Obviously, a LOT of other people do too. So what you see as lacking, is something lacking in yourself.
Then you say "Also the scary thought that the Democrats would be controlling the Presidency and both the House and Senate should wake most Americans up to the utter danger facing the nation"
SCARY THOUGHT? How scary is it that the Republicans have controlled all three for 8 years and look where we are?!! How scary is it when your President feels he is above the constitution and your Vice President wants to invade the world and bring it 'freedom'? Secret meetings, buddy hires and incompetency, Brownie.
Come On! It's time for Democrats to take the wheel for a while, dontcha think?

Posted by: sheridan1 | October 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

John McCain talks about as straight as a pretzel.

Posted by: hijikatatoshizo | October 14, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Too bad McCain hasn't found the need to respond to conservative critics more often.

Had he chosen to move closer to the center after the nomination battle rather than kiss the rears of the right-wing wing-nuts (who predictably still don't like him), he would have still had a shot in this election.

Sorry John, you lay down with dogs (the Bush team), you get up with fleas.

Pelosi-Boehner 2008

Posted by: lithium452 | October 14, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

See the winner of best Sarah Palin Impersonator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Ever wonder what would happen if MTV hosted a presidential debate, well now you get to find out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=752cvy86qH8

Seems McCain may be asking Palin to take his place in the debate tonight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 14, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

"1) First, he took a position in the class at Harvard Law School (from a white student) however Obama NEVER became a lawyer"

You tippe dyour hand with that one, 37th and O street. Obviously your mind set is that No black student, no matter how bright, deserves to take a class seat over a white student. Forget that Obama didn't even mention on his application to Harvard that he was black, it is clear that Obama was qualified to receive an education at Harvard. Glad you finally came out of the closet, 37th and O street, and shown all of us what an ugly racist you are!

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 14, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY! The REAL TRUTH about Obama

He ain't perfect
But he ain't Republican
And THAT's all that counts

Besides PALIN=BUSH in a Skirt

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I back Mac for a free America.

Posted by: peterdaol | October 14, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Premier spewed: "Who hacked Governor Palin's personal email accounts?? Who associated with the terrorist and the anti-American pastor??"

This is NOTHING compared to what the terrorists on Wall St. have done to our country! McCain was a clear supporter of unregulated Free Trade. Economists agree that Fannie and Freddie had little to do with what has happened and that it was the uncontrolled greed of the Wall St terrorists that have got us to this point.

9/11 is nothing compared to what the Republicans have done to our economy!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Re: Jimfargo

"...Look at the baggage he picked up as his running mate. Sarah Palin can't even answer which magazines or newspapers she reads..."

Who hacked Governor Palin's personal email accounts?? Who associated with the terrorist and the anti-American pastor??

We assume that you wanted to say, "McCain is neither hero nor maverick," right?

Posted by: Premier | October 14, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Repudiating for what?? It is a fact that Bill Ayers was a terrorist. By the way Senator McCain is running for President--not Mr. Randy Scheunemann. Check the right source for readers before posting.

Posted by: Premier | October 14, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has become a disgrace to this nation. Though he has tried to promte himself as a fighter, time and again he has shown that he is coward. It is true that he was tortured in Vietnam, but so were thousands of other veterans. The difference is McCain got preferential treatment from the military and this government because of his father and grandfather being admirals. John McCain's own personal credentials show that he barely passed high school, he came dead last out of 900 in the naval academy, and his fame and fortune came from his association with Cindy whose dad built an empire for her. Her fortunes are in the $100 million range and John McCain made connections with her help with the crrupt Keatings and other crooks who he helped loot the savings of thousands of hard working Americans.

He is no hero or maverick. He proved he can't be trusted when he told David Letterman lies to get away from his commitment and then went on Katie Couric show at the same time. He proved he is a quitter when he decided to pull out of Michigan. He was called a 'wimp' by Charles Keating, the same person he was helping to loot the investors bank accounts.

John McCain once made a joke about Chelsea Clinton. He said "Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly? Because her real father is Janet Reno.". He also made a joke about a girl who got raped by a gorilla. He said the girl enjoyed it.

Do we really need this imbecile in the white house. Look at the baggage he picked up as his running mate. Sarah Palin can't even answer which magazines or newspapers she reads. Both McCain and Palin have nothing to offer to this country in the form of leadership.

Posted by: JimFargo | October 14, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone been keeping up with the news on Russia and the next president? I have great concern and have researching this after watching video's on youtube by the Russia president. The russia blog, www.russiablog.org headline reads;
"McCain Slams Russia in First Presidential Debate,Both Candidates Support Ukraine, Georgia NATO Membership"
They discuss in length their view of what was said in the 2nd presidential debate. Further reading, I found several alarming points.
I am curious why the media has not covered this?

The Moscow News has an article with a the headline, "American's McCain, Russia's Pain" which states,"At first it appeared that McCain was playing into lobbying interests," Safranchuk says.

Indeed, last month reports surfaced that Randy Scheunemann, McCain's chief foreign policy advisor, was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the government of Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. According to the AP report, Scheunemann lobbied McCain on 49 occasions between 2004 and 2007. But Safranchuk cites "rumors" that there were other lobbyists.

I am really concerned and feel that these issues need to be addressed considering United States position with Georgia and Russia's warnings.

Posted by: wlwanda | October 14, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

McCain asked Obama to repudiate the article by Lewis.

Is he planning on repudiating the invocation preceding his rally that suggested Obama worships a different god, and that alienated every non-christian in this nation that rightfully takes pride in its religious freedom?

Is he planning on repudiating the statements by virginia GOP chair Frederick that compared Obama to Bin Laden?

Is he planning on repudiating the Buchanan County chair of his own campaign, Bobby May, who wrote a column that said Obama would appoint Rev Al Sharpton as Secratary of State and Jesse Jackson Jackson as U.N Representative, would hire Ludacris to paint the white house black, would send money to Africa so that his family could "free their goats," change the national anthem to the "Black National Anthem," and put Oprah Winfrey on the currency?

( www.latimes.com/media/acrobat/2008-10/42750415.pdf )

Or has McCain really become the hypocrite this campaign has made it seem?

The GOP nomination convention set this pattern up. The most partisan vitriol precedes McCain, and then McCain comes on (when the cameras are focused) talking about reaching across the aisle and being able to work with both parties, standing up against his own party, etc. It's a cynical strategy that has bred some elements that are now getting out of hand.

He either repudiates statements like those above, or he proves himself a hypocrite who has long abandoned any sense of "straight talk"

Posted by: phreejazz | October 14, 2008 5:17 AM | Report abuse

What about Sarah Palin broadcasting her support for the extremist AIP party THIS YEAR? This is now on YouTube. Egging them on. Her husband was a card carrying member of the AIP extremist group for years. They have professed hatred for America.

Joe Vogler, the AIP's founder, has said, "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. AND I WONT BE BURIED UNDER THEIR DAMN FLAG."

Sarah and Todd Palin support this extremist party. I wonder what is their true agenda for wanting to be VP of this country that they hate.

Posted by: Liberty77 | October 14, 2008 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Ayers is no big deal and nothing to fear about Obama. After all Johnny said so himself that Obama was a decent man and not a terrorist or muslim. Just a family man. No more lies Republicans Johnny already debunked your lies when he admited they were lies.

Posted by: acbasurto | October 14, 2008 4:28 AM | Report abuse

Obama has to come under increased scrutiny!

I fear that Obama is a proxy "Manchurian Candidate" and that there's something fishy about his candidature for two reasons:

1. His dangerous associations with subversive and militant elements' and
2. The staggering quantum of his campaign fund-raising (remember, McCain, Bill & Hilary Clinton with tens of millions to their name and their decades of contacts on the cocktail circuit could collectively raise only a fraction raised by this first time greenhorn senator) Where are his funds coming from? Remember all of them also had online donation campaigns.

Also the scary thought that the Democrats would be controlling the Presidency and both the House and Senate should wake most Americans up to the utter danger facing the nation with the left wing running riot in government.

Finally, with 95 to 96% of African Americans openly declaring their allegiance to Obama, this makes it the most racial of elections in US history. Wait for the backlash on Nov. 4th!

Posted by: frankinlaw | October 14, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm a little confused....
Let me see if I have this straight....."
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Obama - If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you're "exotic, different."


Palin - Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers and shooting wolves from a helicopter, a quintessential American story.


Obama - If your name is Barack you're a radical, unpatriotic "Muslim".


Palin - Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track (or Trick or Treat), you're a maverick.


Obama - Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.


Palin - Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you're well grounded.


Obama - If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a districtwith over 750,000 people, become chairman of the stateSenate's Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you don't have any real leadership experience.


Palin - If your total resume is: local sports reporter girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you're qualified to become the country's second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man (McCain) in his eighth decade.


Obama - If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you're not a real Christian.


McCain - If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and then left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a true Christian.


Obama - If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.


Palin - If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state's school system
while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you're very responsible.


Obama - If your wife is a Harvard graduate laywer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community,then gave that up to raise a family, your family's values don't represent America 's.


Palin - If you're husband is nicknamed "First Dude", with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn't register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, you and your family are just a picture of "small town family values"?!?!


HAHAHA!!!
.

OK, much clearer now...

Posted by: DrainYou | October 14, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse

"Mr. Ayers is a unrepentant terrorist and that's a unique individual in American history. A person who still want to destroy America. He and his wife, who both want to still destroy America."

For someone who still wants to destroy America, they've been working very hard to make it better, with the help of a myriad of Reagan Appointees and Republican bigwigs. Now about the long list of criminals that McCain has associated himself with....

Posted by: thebobbob | October 14, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

Everybody needs to read the piece on John Mccain written in Rolling Stone magazine. It tells the whole story about the man running for president with interviews with former and current friends, former pow's that were in Hanoi Hilton with Mccain, political opponents. It paints a very different picture of a man who claims to be country first and a straight talker including his very deep link with Keating, his wife's drug use, abuse and making a doctor steal drugs for her and the coverup. It also details his very manipulative use of his family name to get places he had no business or right to achieve. This is a scary man who does not care about anyone but himself. You dont have to play the he said she said game as this piece is substantive and a lot of the fuel comes straight from Mccain's mouth himself. Please read for yourself and post it everywhere you can to get the real truth about Mccain to the public. This is not a honorable man neither in marriage or life. We cannot let this man win the Whitehouse. Spread the word.

Posted by: qneee | October 14, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Ever wonder what would happen if MTV hosted a presidential debate, well now you get to find out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=752cvy86qH8
http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

For eight years the Republcians have been telling the country that they are best at protecting us from the terrorist. On the eve of losing the election they suddenly discover a KNOWN terrorist living amoungst us.

Posted by: miker2133 | October 14, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

People, please get the facts straight. Regardless of what or who Ayers associates with and what his standing is currently, the whole concept of "still wanting to bomb" put out to MSM by McPalin is referencing a quote from Ayers' memoirs and book that was reviewed on 9/11 in the NYT. Palin said the NYT "said" it but failed to relate the entire story.
Now McCain is off telling anyone who'll listen (ie undecided voters) to generate hate and loathing of our next president.
Y'know, I think this is turning into a case of treason by McCain (especially since he's poo-pooing the reality of his 'base' being nuts and willing to do anything to the man McCain called the "dark horse" candidate TODAY!)

McCain and Palin really do need a reality check for the times they're living in. I mean, how many people will miss the "whip is you know what" reference after his "that one" remark? I may not be 'hip' but I certainly can spot someone who has some 'issues' and McPalin are good candidates for some serious psychotherapy.
I'm just sayin.

Posted by: barkarfruf | October 14, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

"Ayres and Dohrn seem to have lived oddly constructive lives for such bomb-throwers."

Read this speech Ayers gave standing right next to HugoChavez:

http://24ahead.com/blog/archives/008136.html

Note: when Ayers gave that speech, BHO was just 45 years old. So, it's all OK!

BHO was named to an education board by Ayers, the same man who said that "education is the motor-force of revolution". Ayers finished his speech with Che's last signoff.

I think we know where Ayers is coming from, and it's not too far from where BHO is coming from.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 14, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

AMERICA IS IN DANGER!
OBAMA’S POLITICAL CAREER STARTED WITH HIS AFFILIATION WITH WILLIAM AYERS AND BERNARDINE DOHRN, THE UNREPENTANT TERRORISTS ... part of “The Weathermen” terrorist group which launched a campaign to bomb" the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. In the 90’s, both “Community Organizers” Ayers and Obama worked together for years, radicalizing the Chicago school system.

At a 1969 "War Council" in Flint, Michigan, Weatherman leaders Ayer and Bernardine Dohrn proclaimed that the time had come to launch a war against "Amerikkka". The Weather Underground went on to claim credit for some 25 bombings over the next several years, detonating explosives at the rebuilt Haymarket statue, a bathroom at the Pentagon, the Capitol barber shop, the New York City police headquarters, and a variety of other targets.

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH RADICAL EXTREMISTS PUTS AMERICA IN DANGER of being taken over by a group of radical terrorists that would “change” America as Obama has promised;…but the change would be to fulfill the dreams of the Weathermen of overthrowing capitalism and launching a race war against the “white” United States.

AMERICANS OF ALL PARTIES MUST COME TOGETHER AND DEFEND OUR COUNTRY against dangerous terrorists and vote for a True American Patriot, John McCain!

AMERICA FIRST!
JOHN MCCAIN AND SARAH PALIN

Posted by: Manolete | October 13, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I certainly pray al Qaeda does not attack in the U.S., regardless of who wins.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Osama Bin Laden will not attack America until we get a loser like Obama in there. Why do you think all of our worst enemies are endorsing Obama? They know he is no Commander and Chief and will weaken our military. Obama has even said about our military "they raid villages and KILL civilians." What kind of a Commander and Chief would say this about OUR OWN military?
I'll tell you who...the Commander and Chief that our enemies would endorse!
America, wake up.

Posted by: Texan2007 | October 13, 2008 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The only thing that can save the presidency for McCain is a terror attack but unless Osama bin Laden is a Republican it won't happen before the election:

Ex-FBI Analyst Predicts Attack After
Election

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

By: Ronald Kessler


Al-Qaida or affiliated groups probably will attack the United States in the months after the election to “welcome” the new president, says Frederick Stremmel, a former top FBI counterterrorism analyst.

Stremmel, who retired from the FBI a year ago after working the major counterterrorism cases for 25 years, tells Newsmax that al-Qaida would not attack before the election.
“They know our weaknesses and in some cases how to impact public opinion,” he says. “The best example is the timing of the Madrid bombings which occurred near election day in Spain. The Madrid attacks probably impacted the Spanish elections and ultimately led to diminished Spanish government support of U.S. foreign policy.”


Al-Qaida knows that an attack before the election would help elect Republican Sen. John McCain, Stremmel says. The terrorists would prefer Democratic Sen. Barrack Obama because they believe he would “swing the pendulum back” to more lenient anti-terrorism policies, Stremmel says.

“The months following the election or inauguration of the new administration is prime time for an attack,” he says. “They will want to impact the new administration and its policies. There is a history of Islamic terrorists wanting to make life miserable for successive administrations.”

That is why al-Qaida attacked the U.S. less than eight months after President Bush took office.

“I do not think the timing of the 9/11 attacks came out of the blue,” Stremmel says. “I have always thought that al-Qaida wanted to attack the new administration that followed Clinton’s. I think a goal of al-Qaida was to attack within a year of the new administration taking power.”

Posted by: seemstome | October 13, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

I am a conservative voter, but even I see the exigencies of stepping in on the economy. Is there any doubt we would have seen a 1000 point increase in the Dow index today?

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

John McCain: I'm a better judge of segregation-style rhetoric than John Lewis is.

Posted by: light_bearer | October 13, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

It's no secret McCain has lost the conservatives of his own party. They have said publicly they do not recognize this man anymore. He is the polar opposite of stability and calm in times of crisis. It really surprises me that the majority of Republicans would vote against their own financial best interest by voting for McCain. Unless you are in the top 1% of wage earners you willl not see a benefit from his policies. So why do they do it? Fear, hate, ignorance? I don't know. Sorry but I wouldn't give the keys to my new car to a 72 yr old man, let alone the nuclear codes. The age and bouts with cancer predict he will not survive 4 years medically. No one I know thinks Palin is up for the job for myriad reasons. Obama has handled the attacks for almost 2 yrs with grace and dignity. I think he will win in a landslide!

Posted by: radio3142 | October 13, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

McCain is totally out of whack. Today he slammed Congressman John Lewis for suggesting the McCain rallies tolerated too much hate speech. McCain is just mean-spirited. ............
http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/10/13/mccain-is-mean-spirited-slams-congressman-lewis/

Posted by: glclark4750 | October 13, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Really? Ayres and Dohrn seem to have lived oddly constructive lives for such bomb-throwers.

Now, what do we know about McCain's and Palin's connections to right-wing, secessionist, and corrupt folks? Seems there are quite a few of them, some quite recent.

This sort of drivel 1) incites hateful and racist crowds, and 2) invites investigation of McCain's (many) glass houses.

Posted by: thaimex | October 13, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain is pathetic.

Posted by: Hillary08 | October 13, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse


Who is attacking his opponent and who is attacking the issues?

--------> http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=3761

.

Posted by: usadblake | October 13, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's biggest problem has been that the media has given him a free ride because he has played the POW card. That card got him elected, saved him when others sank during the Keating Five scandal, protected him from his bad judgments such as support for the Iraq invasion. He would still be getting a free ride except that the country is in dire economic straits and cannot afford another four years of miscalculation at the top.

Furthermore, if John McCain's erratic campaign is any indication, heaven help us if became the Chief Executive of this nation.

Posted by: OscarMayer2 | October 13, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

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A great deal has been said of Obama as head of the Harvard Law Review - however the evidence is that he was voted into that position because the people thought it would be "cool" to have a black in there, not because he was more qualified than the other students.


Having said that, Obama NEVER wrote for the Harvard Law Review.


There is NOT ONE ARTICLE WRITTEN BY OBAMA IN THE HARVARD LAW REVIEW.


There is a pattern of Obama getting positions or jobs through affirmative action and then NOT doing those jobs.


1) First, he took a position in the class at Harvard Law School (from a white student) however Obama NEVER became a lawyer,


2) Obama became head of the Harvard Law Review, however Obama NEVER wrote a law review article.


3) Obama became a State Senator however Obama RARELY voted yes or not, voting present many many times - Emil Jones placed Obama's name on numerous bills which were Emil's work, and Obama took credit for Emil's work because someone decided that Obama was going to be pushed forward.


4) Obama was selected to be the Chairman of the SubCommittee to review NATO's role in Afghanistan however Obama NEVER held any hearings of this SubCommittee.


5) Obama was elected to the US Senator, however instead of doing his job as a Senator Obama went on a book tour and started a campaign for President - HOW MUCH TIME HAS HE REALLY SPENT ACTUALLY BEING A SENATOR ???

Sorry However NONE OF THIS IS IMPRESSIVE. In fact, it is rather sad.


Are you afraid to place such an inexperienced person in charge of the economy ???

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Posted by: 37thandOStreet | October 13, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama will suck this country dry of any entreprenuerial and economic strength. he's a leech that wants to feed off the hard working Americans who pay taxes and create jobs for others. his protectionist idealism will only lead to the demise of our economy. He's the great equalizer of all non-working people and will drive American people to the lowest common denominator.

you democrats tell me how open-minded and "liberal" and tolerant you are, but no where is that shown or seen, unless it drives all people in American to lowest common denominator of mediocrity.

and you actually believe your charismatic man who professes to do no evil came out of the Old Chicago boys' network without doing anything ethically wrong??? you can't get elected into Chicago and Illinois positions without selling your soul. impossible. lowest common denominator in the U.S.A. just got lower.

Posted by: jbinnova | October 13, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

sen mccain, please roll over and die. no one likes you anymore.

Posted by: priusdriver | October 13, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain or Obama?

Both candidates are qualified. There are hundreds of other people equally qualified to be President. This election we will choose either McCain or Obama. There are no other practical choices.

Both candidates are, to some degree, lacking some desirable characteristics. Both are struggling to develop and explain plans and programs that advance their political theories of Government. Both are trying to explain their programs to attract the most votes.

One rule of politics that is good to remember is, "Candidates are a dime a dozen." There are at least a thousand people in the Government in Washington who think they would be a better candidate than either McCain or Obama.

We should guard against taking a liking to either candidate just as you would not take a liking to a used car salesman. McCain and Obama got themselves into this race and we do not owe them anything.

Obama, if he is elected, will become the leader of the Democrat Party and will continue to move the country into socialism, taking taxes from the producers, reducing jobs and encouraging an increase in the size of the underclass. Individual freedom will be lost to increased regulation of every facet of life. Soft foreign policy will result in wars that will require universal military service.


McCain, if he is elected, will become the leader of the Republican Party and will continue to move the country into capitalism. Producers will keep more of the fruits of their work effort resulting in more jobs for everyone. Individual freedoms will be insured by the courts and Government regulation will be minimized. Hard foreign policy will result in an expansion of freedom around the world.

Forget about these two turkeys and vote for your best interest.

Posted by: pauljuliusevergreen | October 13, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

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Why would America REWARD complete Republican failure ?

We wont.

Posted by: PulSamsara | October 13, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

It's tough for McCain right now as he alienates conservatives (who have been proven terribly wrong about Palin - that's why McCain is mad at the Right once more) and breeds swing voter skeptics with his bungled economic plans.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 13, 2008 8:01 PM | Report abuse

McCain and Palin are stoking up their crowds inciting anger and violence. Doublespeak based on lies and fear mongering. Is that not the definition of domestic terrorism?

McCain is an erratic old man without a clear vision for this country. His running mate Governor Palin is woefully unqualified to serve as VP or god forbid president.

I pray that Americans are smart enough to say not this time! We have had 8 years of failed economic and foreign policy. Enough!

Obama/Biden '08

Posted by: carmen188 | October 13, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

When will John McCain answer this question:

If William Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist, why did McCain make such a fuss about the endorsement he has gotten from Leonore Annenberg (on his list of 100 former ambassadors who endorse him)?

Leonore and William Annenberg were the ones who placed Mr. Ayers on the board of their charitable foundation. Does this make them patrons and enablers of a domestic terrorist?

Will somebody ask McCain that question?

As for the lies about the nature of the Ayers-Obama relationship, both major independent fact-checking sites have called the McCain campaign out on their lies and distortions.

This should be read, so that when the lies about this get tossed out by Palin and McCain, and their surrogates, we can respond with the facts.

For the summaries, and links to the well-sourced articles,

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/fact-check-debunks-lie-about-ayers.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 13, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Everybody needs to read the piece on John Mccain written in Rolling Stone magazine. It tells the whole story about the man running for president with interviews with former and current friends, former pow's that were in Hanoi Hilton with Mccain, political opponents. It paints a very different picture of a man who claims to be country first and a straight talker including his very deep link with Keating, his wife's drug use, abuse and making a doctor steal drugs for her and the coverup. It also details his very manipulative use of his family name to get places he had no business or right to achieve. This is a scary man who does not care about anyone but himself. You dont have to play the he said she said game as this piece is substantive and a lot of the fuel comes straight from Mccain's mouth himself. Please read for yourself and post it everywhere you can to get the real truth about Mccain to the public. This is not a honorable man neither in marriage or life. We cannot let this man win the Whitehouse. Spread the word.

Posted by: qneee | October 13, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse


McCAIN-PALIN'S 'FELLOW TRAVELER' INSINUATIONS:
WHAT IF U.S. SECURITY FORCES AGREE?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 13, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

McCain continues with his cowardly refusal to stand up to the hate at his and Side Show Palin's rallies:


QUESTION: "The chair of the Republican Party in Virginia has said, quote, in Time magazine, "both Barack Obama and Osama Bin Laden have friends that have bombed the Pentagon. That is scary." Is that appropriate for a state party chair to be saying"?

MCCAIN: "I have to look at the context of his remarks. I have always repudiated any comments that have been made that were inappropriate about Senator Obama."
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http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsmemo.com/2008/10/mccain_declines_to_condemn_vir.php
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McCain is afraid to stand up to the ugliness and hate that his own campaign is whipping up, terrified that he'll alienate the only group still firmly in his (Palin's) corner.


Which brings us to a poster that was proudly waved during McCain's speech earlier today:
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http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1008/Republican_activists_offmessage_at_McCain_rallies_cont.html?showall
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Posted by: DrainYou | October 13, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I ain't worried about Ayers

I'm worried about the "unrepentant terrorists" on Wall St.

Under Reagan, they were chanting "GREED IS GOOD, GREED IS GOOD!"

And thanks to un-restrained, un-regulated "Free Markets" my tax dollars are bailing these terrorists out!

GREED MUST BE REGULATED

BTW: for you conservadrones out there,

Regulation = Tax-payer Protection

Which means government making and enforcing rules.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 13, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is still undecided, here are the Republican party's great ideas for helping the American people who are hurting in today's economy. House Republicans proposed a number of measures today that, they say, will "turn the corner towards real economic growth," including:


Removing legal barriers to speed up new offshore oil drilling;

Lowering taxes on income that U.S. corporations earn from their overseas subsidiaries; and


Eliminating capital gains taxes on the sale of homes up to $500,000 for a couple.

Let's see, we're going to help the oil companies and companies that have shipped their jobs overseas. How does that begin to assist the people McCain and Palin claim to represent?

Posted by: fmjk | October 13, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Spain's Banco Santander will buy Sovereign Bank. Sovereign is a major northeast regional bank.

This acquisition might spark consolidation in the banking sector. Sandander will get Sovereign on the cheap - its stock is down 65% this year.

Posted by: toritto | October 13, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

FLIP-FLOP and he won't stop!

Round and Round he goes!
Who McCain is NOBODY knows

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 13, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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