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Obama Aired Ad Targeting Women During Palin's SNL Performance

By Ed O'Keefe
A new television spot from the Obama campaign relies on a group of everyday female supporters to sum up several of its arguments against a John McCain presidency. "Not Us" will air in key states, the campaign says, and aired in the D.C./Northern Virginia market Saturday night during NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which featured a guest appearance by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"I used to trust John McCain, but not anymore," says Joanne Hajdics.

"In April, Senator McCain came out against helping women earn equal pay for equal work," says Sherri Kimbel.

"In September he proposed making everyone pay income tax on employer health insurance benefits," says Kedron Simon.

"John McCain voted in favor of privatizing Social Security three times," says Carmen Cooper.

"And over and over he opposed our right to choose," says Tracy Tajbl.

"I don't know who Senator McCain is looking out for, but it's not us," says Toni Boyd.

The ad's criticisms of McCain's position on women's compensation, health care, Social Security and abortion rights have all already been featured in ads produced either by the Obama campaign or independent political groups supporting the Democratic candidate. Obama has led McCain among women in the latest public opinion polls, both at the national level and in battleground states.

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"Seemed more like NY gratuitous violence than AK hunting for survival. "

Hunting for survival? Really? Are you living entirely off of the caribou/moose population in Alaska? Do you hunt them, track them, follow them, study them, and then take them down by yourself utilizing the artillery that God and/or evolution gave you? Or are you sitting in a helicopter or a little wooden hut with your down jacket and your guns with radar and electronics and bullets and buttons? Don't you dare call it survival when killing is just your hobby. I don't make the argument against hunting very often because I understand and accept that it is a cultural thing, it's something that I do not condone or understand but I say, for the most part, live and let live. It is audacious and disrespectful to say that you are "hunting for survival" unless you really are living your life entirely off of the complete body of this animal. I'm pretty sure most of y'all in Alaska have jobs and grocery stores like the rest of us.

I'd like to see who would really survive in Alaska with nothing but the life and body you were born with - you or the wildlife. I'd like to see you take down a moose the way a wolf does, using your body and your family.

Posted by: motorcityshakedown | October 22, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Thanking my lucky stars. I caught the skits on the internet and missed the advertising.

Palin was terrific and her SNL hosts were very gracious! Sorry about Mr. Moose though. Seemed more like NY gratuitous violence than AK hunting for survival.

Posted by: newton11 | October 20, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

Not a "socialist" among them, maybe the "bailout" shows signs of "hypocracy" but that's all it is, nothing else!

The GOP ticket has proven to be a very poor choice..... McCain is obviously "unwell" and Palin is of questionable character, dealings in Alaska and wouldn't understand how to deal with "big picture" international events or crisises!

I don't envy the "democrats" it is going to be a difficult first term and they will lose "friends" they will be blamed as the position gets worse in the country.

Yet, not to punish the GOP would see the world viewing Americans as "fools" or as putz, and you can't have that?

Posted by: porpie9254 | October 20, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

This is a good ad. McCain is certainly no friend of middle class women. If he thought that by selecting Sarah Palin to be his running mate he'd win with women, he was sorely mistaken. 'Just another example of McCain's poor judgement.

Posted by: laSerenissima2003 | October 20, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Thecannual, you are a shameless Republican McMansion shill. Putting up straw men for you to take down (this claim of Obama being a 'european socialist') is deplorable and an indication of your low intellect (or willful disregard for facts and civility).

However, you're entitled to your opinion, however uneducated it may be.

This socialism claim is the biggest crock of fail since the Ford Pinto.

Posted by: hijikatatoshizo | October 20, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and no, it gets you familiar with a strict chain of command, giving/taking orders, and a relentless bureaucracy, which probably well apply to the Federal government. I don't think it promotes the "reaching across the aisle" kind of mentality of cooperation, diplomacy, and other less blunt skills.

Also McCain's temperament and responses to the Georgian and economic crises make me wonder if he is not prone to ill considered snap decisions. One might lump Palin into this category. I can't see McCain or Palin as the calm hand on the tiller in a crisis.

Again, in Palin's case you have to look at what she has done or not done with her executive experience.

"Yes. McCain's military experience makes up for the lack of his executive experience.

Posted by: JakeD"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 20, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes. McCain's military experience makes up for the lack of his executive experience.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

or McCain, unless maybe you count his time as a squadron leader.

But have you looked at Palin's actions while Mayor and Governor?

"There's no doubt that Gov. Palin has more EXECUTIVE experience than either Obama or Biden.

Posted by: JakeD"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 20, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

pokey:

There's no doubt that Gov. Palin has more EXECUTIVE experience than either Obama or Biden.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

If you have a copy of that bill take a close look at the signatures. Open it in your favorite graphics program and compare and except for a slight resize they are identical. Not sure about MO, but most people cannot sign their name that perfectly repeatedly. I suspect it was Photoshopped.

Also check the menus of the restaurants in the Waldorf, see the lobster or the caviar? I know it was a room service receipt, but in my experience the room service menu is a subset of one or more of the restaurants. Also the prices don't seem near as high.

http://www.peacockalleyrestaurant.com/menu.asp?formletter=ccc

http://www.bullandbearsteakhouse.com/menu.asp?formletter=ccc

"Iranian caviar and Champagne prior to the Al Smith Dinner last week...ever read Animal Farm Timex?

Posted by: thecannula"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 20, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I can't beleive their are so many iggorant people in this country. Can you beleive anyone thinks Sarah Barracuda Palin has more experience than OBAMA and BIDEN.It must be those pro americans in small towns she was talking about.This women is divisive, irrogant, and dumb, and MCCAIN is twice as much if he thinks he can pass this women off as someone who will get the Hillary votes. Hillary voters are smart and intellegent voters, they can't be fooled.What a disservice MCCAIN has done to PALIN. The republicans thinks she is great, because they are looking forward to 2012, but they know MCCAIN has already lost this election.The republicans has already thrown MCCAIN under the bus, and he doesn't even know it.

Posted by: pokeymompokey | October 20, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

He got his money's worth. Palin got highest ratings for SNL they've had in 14 years.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

To thenotoriousflavio: In actuality, with golden parachutes like Carly Fiorina's $45 million, tax cuts for the rich, etc. etc., the "trickle down" should be described by a much more foul biological function than "tinkle."

Posted by: annieb346 | October 20, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

IF PALIN IS SO QUALIFIED...

Then why didn't she run for president?

Makes you wonder what the Republican Primary would have looked like?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 20, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Gator Ron- One more thing- It doesn't matter if YOUR capital gains taxes go up (depends on how many Gators you wrestle) What DOES matter is that the folks with lots o' stock want to sell their positions before THEIR capital gains taxes go UP, thereby reducing the value of YOUR stock...didn't you here Fred Thompson's speech at the Republican convention? You liberals think when Obama muddies the water for those making over 250K it will only effect our part of the bucket. Dramatically increased taxes on successful small businesses will lead to higher unemployment and prices and lower productivity and stock prices....EVERYBODY suffers!

Thaimex- I Am a small businessmean, not a Republican operative, and I don't know a better system of government with all its inequalities than the US's....Certainly those that have in the past based themselves on the SHARE THE WEALTH edicts of Marx and Obama have failed AND HAVE RESULTED IN THE GREATEST INEQUALITIES- I visited Moscow this summer and saw the lavish apartments Stalin's cronies lived in and the tenements multiple families shared who weren't in the Party's favor....but you know what I mean, your own candidate ordered, according to the NY Post, Iranian caviar and Champagne prior to the Al Smith Dinner last week...ever read Animal Farm Timex?

Posted by: thecannula | October 20, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 7:35 PM |

THIS MAN IS A WHINER. MOST SMALL BUSINESSES WON'T BE AFFECTED. THIS MAN IS WORRIED THAT HE MAY HAVE TO PAY AN EXTRA 15-20 OR 25K. -GATOR RON

***************
Obama Takes A HATCHET To Small Business

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama’s magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC’s and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner’s personal 1040!

If you’re the owner, you’re going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you’re an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

“From each according to this ability, to each according to his need”
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Someone Please point out how Marx's comment is different from what Obama said to Joe the Plumber in OHIO???????????????

GatorRon- Are YOU quoting Phil Graham with that brilliant "Whiner" remark? It's a LOT more than 25K, but even it were- that's one salaried position in some businesses....multiplied by millions of small businesses and many more positions per large business.

Hey ReptileGuy, can you say 12% unemployment? (I knew you could).

Posted by: thecannula | October 20, 2008 8:42 AM | Report abuse

pj:

Regardless, it will help the popular vote total, and nothing will change the fact that Gov. Palin has more EXECUTIVE experience than either Obama or Biden.

Posted by: JakeD | October 20, 2008 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Even when Obama cheats thru ACORN, they discriminate. Mickey Mouse is registered but not Minnie Mouse... Do you hear that Hillary supporters.

Posted by: vs11 | October 20, 2008 5:30 AM | Report abuse

"I used to trust John McCain, but not anymore," says Joanne Hajdics.

Colin Powell agrees. What happened to McCain?

Posted by: thebobbob | October 20, 2008 1:55 AM | Report abuse

A pro removing the social security tax cap view.

http://www.nathannewman.org/archives/003166.shtml

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 20, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Thecanula's postings are evidence of the vigorous and deceptive email campaign the RNC is running. Since these dishonest jeremiads go to sympathetic people, they don't even get exposed and debunked, until someone spills it into a venue such as this on.

It's really discouraging that this smear tactic can continue without being called out. No serious businessperson or economist (not even the Wall Street Journal, which first trotted it out some months ago) blames Obama for the market's shape, as thecannual suggests.

So, canula, think about this: if we hadn't removed reasonble limits on taxation of excessive incomes, U.S. corporations wouldn't have felt compelled to pay individuals up to $70 million a year.

Do you really think that a country where 4 million people fell from middle income to poverty last year and a few souls get $70 million is a strong economy and a vibrant society? To me, those inidicia evoke kleptocracies like Russia, or stagnant and even recessive economies like Zimbabwe.

Posted by: thaimex | October 20, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 11:05 PM

Quoting a source other than the Obama campaign is only recycling something that may or may not be true. Since Republicans are the ones less trusted they are the ones more likely to lie. When its your money you are trying to save you will quote anyone who says what you want. I have some doubt that you are even accurate but what is most important is what your sources are quoting.

As you pointed out in another post, there are ways for the small business owners to avoid these high taxes.

I have confidence that Mr Obama who is advised by men like Volcker and Buffett and he will adjust the taxes according to what is best for this country and not to satisfy any ideology. This is BS.

You are again misstating the facts Obama will tax over 250K to another cap which I do not remember at a rate of ~ 4% not 15%.


Posted by: Gator-ron | October 20, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 11:01 PM

That is according to you and the failed trickle down economics you adhere to. Your business may not be doing well for the next year or more but Obama plans to invest directly into the economy. Those business owners earning less than 250k which is the vast majority of small businesses will not have their taxes affected. I know that you think that only you know what is best but I have more faith in those who have not screwed up this economy using your economic theory, As I said before you will do what is best for your profit regardless of tax policy within certain boundaries.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

JakeD lives in solid-blue California, so his and his wife's votes for McCain will have no impact on the outcome of the election.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | October 19, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

June 26, 2008
European Levels of Taxation: Barack Obama's Tax Plan
by Rea S. Hederman, Jr. and Patrick Tyrrell
Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D–Ill.) has unveiled his economic plan of raising taxes on the successful. His plan would boost the top marginal rate to well over 55 percent—before the inclusion of state and local taxes—resulting in many individuals seeing their marginal tax rate double. The consequences of this policy would be a return to the bad old days of tax avoidance, with taxpayers disguising personal income as business income or capital gains and the migration of capital from the United States to abroad.

Among the more prominent elements of his tax proposal, Senator Obama would end the Bush tax cuts and allow the top two tax rates to return to 36 and 39.6 percent. He also would allow personal exemptions and deductions to be phased out for those with income over $250,000. The real kicker, though, is that Senator Obama would end the Social Security payroll tax cap for those over $250,000 in earnings. (The cap is currently set at $102,000.) These individuals will then face a tax rate of 15.65 percent from payroll taxes and the top income tax rate of 39.6 percent for a combined top rate of over 56 percent on each additional dollar earned.

======layoffs, higher prices, and lower productivity....sounds more like Eastern Europe before Mr Gorbachev took down that wall!


Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Gator Ron- One more thing- It doesn't matter if YOUR capital gains taxes go up (depends on how many Gators you wrestle) What DOES matter is that the folks with lots o' stock want to sell their positions before THEIR capital gains taxes go UP, thereby reducing the value of YOUR stock...didn't you here Fred Thompson's speech at the Republican convention? You liberals think when Obama muddies the water for those making over 250K it will only effect our part of the bucket. Dramatically increased taxes on successful small businesses will lead to higher unemployment and prices and lower productivity and stock prices....EVERYBODY suffers!

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I already voted for McCain-Palin. We would feel much more comfortable with her as President than either Biden or Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

How is it that McCain, Obama, and Biden can do press conferences and not Palin?
Is it that because she's a woman?
Hillary never had any problems. Can you picture her responding the way Palin did with Gibson and Couric?
Unlike Biden, Hillary would have had license to utterly destroy her in the debate.
Like Bush, Palin is almost proud of her ignorance of facts and figures. She relies on folksy charm and generalities to the extent you feel you are watching a beauty contest.
Because of her staggering ignorance of foreign policy, constitutional law, supreme court rulings and the economy, Palin will never pass the presidential sniff test, unless you want George Bush with lipstick.

Posted by: seemstome | October 19, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 8:54 PM

Incorrect. Obama said there would be a donut so that people earning between ~100K and ~250K will not have an increased payroll tax and that tax will not occur until 10 years from now. Obama is not trying to deceive people. He has changed his mind but not as frequently as McCain. He is not perfect but his campaign is not so slimy that Gen Powell had to reprimand him for dirty politics.

People need to know that you own a small business and earn more than 250K per year and you are furious that Obama is going to raise your taxes and so you will try to deceive them in to helping you out by voting for McCain. The information you chose is to benefit you and no one else. Your a guy who thinks of number one all of the time.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 19, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

thecannula:

Here is a good link supporting what you said...

http://www.cato.org/pubs/briefs/html/bp93/bp93index.html

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 19, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

ARE THE McCAIN-PALIN CROWD AGITATORS THE SAME STORMTROOPERS WHO DO THIS:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/american-gestapo-state-supported-terrorism-targets-u-s-citizens

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

On the Issues-

Barack Obama on Social Security
Democratic Jr Senator (IL)

Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000
Q:" The Republicans are keeping a running total of all your plans. They say it's $662 billion over four years.
A: Right.

Q: They say for all your promises not to raise taxes on the middle class, that, in fact, you want to raise the cap on the Social Security payroll tax, and you also want to increase capital gains.

A: In terms of raising the cap on the payroll tax, right now everybody who's making $102,000 or less pays 100% of payroll tax on 100% of their income. There are about 3% to 4% of Americans who are above $102,000 in income every year. So if you want to talk about who's middle class, me giving cuts to folks making $60,000 or $70,000, and potentially asking more from friends of mine like Warren Buffett. That's a debate I'm happy to have with John McCain, because it's the people making $75,000, $50,000, $60,000 who are hurting.

Source: Fox News Sunday: 2008 presidential race interview Apr 27, 2008

Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K
CLINTON: I'm certainly against one of Senator Obama's ideas, which is to lift the cap on the payroll tax, because that would impose additional taxes on people who are educators, police officers, firefighters and the like.
OBAMA: What I have proposed is that we raise the cap on the payroll tax, because right now millionaires and billionaires don't have to pay beyond $97,000 a year. Now most firefighters & teachers, they're not making over $100,000 a year. In fact, only 6% of the population does. And I've also said that I'd be willing to look at exempting people who are making slightly above that.

Q: But that's a tax on people under $250,000.

OBAMA: That's why I would look at potentially exempting those who are in between. This is an option that I would strongly consider, because the alternatives, like raising the retirement age, or cutting benefits, or raising the payroll tax on everybody, including people making less than $97,000 a year--those are not good policy options"

Nowanna- it's all over the internet- even mentioned on The Huffington Post!...just Google, Obama wants to eliminate (jobs and the) cap on payroll taxes

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

On the Issues- 4/16/08

Barack Obama on Social Security
Democratic Jr Senator (IL)

Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000
Q:" The Republicans are keeping a running total of all your plans. They say it's $662 billion over four years.
A: Right.

Q: They say for all your promises not to raise taxes on the middle class, that, in fact, you want to raise the cap on the Social Security payroll tax, and you also want to increase capital gains.

A: In terms of raising the cap on the payroll tax, right now everybody who's making $102,000 or less pays 100% of payroll tax on 100% of their income. There are about 3% to 4% of Americans who are above $102,000 in income every year. So if you want to talk about who's middle class, me giving cuts to folks making $60,000 or $70,000, and potentially asking more from friends of mine like Warren Buffett. That's a debate I'm happy to have with John McCain, because it's the people making $75,000, $50,000, $60,000 who are hurting.

Source: Fox News Sunday: 2008 presidential race interview Apr 27, 2008

Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K
CLINTON: I'm certainly against one of Senator Obama's ideas, which is to lift the cap on the payroll tax, because that would impose additional taxes on people who are educators, police officers, firefighters and the like.
OBAMA: What I have proposed is that we raise the cap on the payroll tax, because right now millionaires and billionaires don't have to pay beyond $97,000 a year. Now most firefighters & teachers, they're not making over $100,000 a year. In fact, only 6% of the population does. And I've also said that I'd be willing to look at exempting people who are making slightly above that.

Q: But that's a tax on people under $250,000.

OBAMA: That's why I would look at potentially exempting those who are in between. This is an option that I would strongly consider, because the alternatives, like raising the retirement age, or cutting benefits, or raising the payroll tax on everybody, including people making less than $97,000 a year--those are not good policy options"

Nowanna- it's all over the internet- even mentioned on The Huffington Post!...just Google, Obama wants to eliminate (jobs and the) cap on payroll taxes

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

It's an interesting question-

Is Obama doing well because the market is tanking OR is the market tanking because Obama is doing well?

-He wants to increase Capital gains taxes, so anyone who has invested some time in the past and plans to hold their investment will have to pay much more in taxes after a possible Obama victory than after a McCain victory....the better Obama's poll numbers, the more likely hard working Americans lose some of their investment income....

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

thecannula:

Can you post a link to your source for this increase?

I can't find it in the 69 page comparison of Obama and McCain's tax plans by the Tax Policy Center.

http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/UploadedPDF/411749_updated_candidates.pdf


"FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC's and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner's personal 1040!

Posted by: thecannula"

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 19, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

"TRICKLE DOWN" feels like "TINKLED ON"


Yep, that trickle down sure has worked good these past eight years. Employment is up, stock markets up, 401k is solid, no deficit.

NOT!

TAX THE RICH INTO DAMNATION!!!! MOO-HA-HA-HA!

SPREAD THE WEALTH!!!! MOO-HA-HA-HA!

BOOGA,BOOGA,BOOGA!!!


(conservadrones are scared of everything)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 19, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

If you work for a small business, its profits -should Obama be elected- will be taxed at near 60% once it breaks Obama's magic 250K, Because-

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY OBAMA WANTS TO REMOVE THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYROLL CAP CREATING A 15.65% ADDITIONAL TAX ABOVE THE 3% ADDED INCOME TAX at this level, since LLC's and Subchapter S small business profits pass through to the owner's personal 1040!

If you're the owner, you're going to be tempted to do more with less and lay someone off-

If you're an employee- you may, because of this new penalty on progress, be laid off.

John McCain wants to reduce business taxes and grow the economy, rather than squeeze the last drop of juice out of every successful business, large, medium, and small!
Exxon made billions, but why use a HATCHET to treat small and medium sized businesses the SAME WAY Sen.Obama?

"From each according to this ability, to each according to his need"
K.Marx 1875
B.Obama 2008

Posted by: thecannula | October 19, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Haven't seen this ad, but it looks like a winner. In which "key states" (beyond Virginia) will it be aired?

Posted by: FirstMouse1 | October 19, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

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