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McCain to Campaign in N.M. and Colo. on Election Day

By Juliet Eilperin
MIAMI -- GOP presidential nominee John McCain will travel to Colorado and New Mexico on Election Day, his campaign manager Rick Davis announced tonight, in an effort to wrest control of the two Western swing states from Barack Obama.

"We'll take any combination we can get. If we win in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, all of a sudden we have a path to victory," Davis told reporters aboard McCain's plane. "We've had a steady increase in the polling data in almost every state. I don't know how you can deny there's been a steady -- nothing fancy -- steady and progressive increase in John's competitive numbers in almost every state."

Davis would not predict whether McCain could attract enough support to win the necessary 270 electoral votes -- "We'll know on Tuesday," he said -- but he said the campaign would work to narrow the wide margins Obama had built up in cities such as Miami in the hours it had left before polls opened. "We're going down there tonight to cut into his margins a little bit," he said of the Florida stop.

The campaign is banking heavily on winning over the remaining undecided voters, he said, while anticipating at the same time that young people and minorities will not turn out in as large numbers as many experts are predicting.

"There seem to be more undecided voters going into the weekend before the election than usual," Davis said, adding many of these undecided Americans are suburban, exurban and rural Democrats. "That's good for us."

The fact that young people have not made up a larger share of early voters this year, Davis argued, proves that Obama has failed in his mission to reshape the active voting population on a broad scale.

"The whole premise of Barack Obama's campaign was, 'We're going to restructure the political dynamic in America.' There has not been a restructuring," he said. "Where's the youth vote? They come to his events. They wear nice shirts."

Speaking of Florida specifically, Davis suggested that polling models were factoring in a larger youth vote than what will actually materialize Tuesday. "There are a lot of seniors in Florida. I don't know about young people," he said. "The same with minorities."

Davis also defended the major tactical decisions the campaign has made over the past two months, including the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate, the senator's decision to briefly suspend his campaign in the wake of the financial crisis and the focus on former Weather Underground member William Ayers's ties to Obama.

"One of the greatest hesitations in this election you see right now about Barack Obama is his associations," Davis said of voters. "They had these hesitations long before we talked about them."

Posted at 12:19 AM ET on Nov 3, 2008  | Category:  Battlegrounds
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Obama hates white people

Posted by: Jake_D | November 3, 2008 4:26 PM

So McCain maintains that Obama is "elitist." I wonder if John will be pictured voting in his hometown--Cornville, Arizona. He seeks to have pretty much avoided association with Cornville, where he actually lives--according to citizens of Sedona, Arizona, which he actually proclaims to be his place of residence. Not that he's elitist, you understand, but he appears to feel he's too good for a town with a hick name such as Cornville.

Posted by: TomCamfield | November 3, 2008 12:47 PM

So McCain maintains that Obama is "elitist." I wonder if John will be pictured voting in his hometown--Cornville, Arizona. He seeks to have pretty much avoided association with Cornville, where he actually lives--according to citizens of Sedona, Arizona, which he actually proclaims to be his place of residence. Not that he's elitist, you understand, but he appears to feel he's too good for a town with a hick name such as Cornville.

Posted by: TomCamfield | November 3, 2008 12:45 PM

So McCain maintains that Obama is "elitist." I wonder if John will be pictured voting in his hometown--Cornville, Arizona. He seeks to have pretty much avoided association with Cornville, where he actually lives--according to citizens of Sedona, Arizona, which he actually proclaims to be his place of residence. Not that he's elitist, you understand, but he appears to feel he's too good for a town with a hick name such as Cornville.

Posted by: TomCamfield | November 3, 2008 12:45 PM

So McCain maintains that Obama is "elitist." I wonder if John will be pictured voting in his hometown--Cornville, Arizona. He seeks to have pretty much avoided association with Cornville, where he actually lives--according to citizens of Sedona, Arizona, which he actually proclaims to be his place of residence. Not that he's elitist, you understand, but he appears to feel he's too good for a town with a hick name such as Cornville.

Posted by: TomCamfield | November 3, 2008 12:45 PM

"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who are waking up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginis. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:26 AM

Okay, I certainly understand that. But how many Americans are making $30,000.00 a year. Why is this not mentioned. You all must be richer than us, that's a fact.

Posted by: justada56 | November 3, 2008 11:19 AM

Nothing but smears. McCain supporters and the campaign has done nothing but throw out lies and innuendo. The discredit campaign is not working. Get the hint already.

This presidential campaign has been running for two years and McCain has yet to voice any concrete policy all he spouts are slogans. (Joe the Plumber, Tito, Joe six pack, You betcha, Raise your taxes). Every financial planner worth their salary has said over and over again that the Obama plan will not raise taxes on the average family. The ceiling is $250,000 not $150K as someone on this post mentioned. How much more do you need to see that the current tax plan is sucking the life out of the country. The Bush administration has told us that we are paying less Federal taxes but our State and Local taxes skyrocket so we end up paying more. Give me a break.

The McCain campaign latch onto everything Obama says and then twists and turns it into outright lies or just steals it altogether. (McCain for Change) Voting for McCain just proves how gullible or prejudiced we are as a country that there are some who would rather vote for the McCain/Palin ticket of idiocy than vote for a candidate with superior global intellect.

Posted by: joannenj | November 3, 2008 11:09 AM

Being a Canadian, I guess I just don't get it with all respect. Why would you vote for same after 8 years and a once powerful and gracious Country falling, and fast.
Nothing but sorrow for all of you. Your brave young men and women don't have a job, a home, nor proper medical aid to hope for if and when they come home. All you people are having a bugger of a time. Just explain with respect for my ignorance. You are our nieghbours and best friends.
And before you judge me, I believe in being able to protect yourself with a fire arm. A cash of semi automatics is a different story. But the issue is, your in a mess. May your God Bless you all.

Posted by: justada56 | November 3, 2008 11:05 AM

The West Virginia Record

(but New Mexico and Colorado are also Coal Producing States)
11-2-08

The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama's comments "unbelievable."

"His comments are unfortunate," Chris Hamilton said Sunday, "and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally."

Hamilton noted other times Obama and vice presidential candidate Joe Biden have made seemingly anti-coal statements.

"In Ohio recently, when Joe Biden said 'not here' about building coal-fired power plants -- this is exactly what will happen," Hamilton said. "Financing won't be directed here. It will all go aboard for plants elsewhere in the world. The United Sates is importing more coal today from Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia than we ever have.

"If we're going to create a situation where coal-fired power plants are at that much of a disadvantage, there will be new ones built. But as Biden said, just not here."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's state director said Obama's statements are troubling, especially for West Virginians.

"I think this clearly shows the attitude the Obama-Biden ticket has toward coal," Ben Beakes(Chief of Staff, WV Secretary of State's Office)said Sunday. "Rhetoric is cheap, but behind closed doors what they tell their supporters - that's what we have to take as gospel.

"They're definitely not friends of coal."

Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he'd like to tax "dirty energy" such as coal and natural gas.

"And their cohorts in Congress make similar statements," Beakes said. "(Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said this summer that 'coal makes us sick.'

"This is an attitude and view that, to me, shows their hatred of coal. And therefore, their view would cost West Virginians thousands upon thousands of jobs."

Beakes touted McCain's view toward coal.

"John McCain has embraced coal," Beakes said. "He doesn't agree with everything in the coal industry, but his view of coal is positive. He will make it part of his energy policy. He's met with leaders in the coal industry and let them know that. He's sought advice from coal industry leaders.

"McCain understands that coal supports about 49 percent of our electricity in this country. He'll continue to make coal important. He wants to reduce our foreign dependency on oil."

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:22 AM

"Viva Libre Florida" from even the remote possiblity of a repeat of 1958!

John McCain has a proven track record on immigration in his home state of Arizona. Obama will not carry Florida. Obama will not win the Hispanic vote and he will not win the Jewish vote in Florida.

If Obama were to be elected, he has already said he will sit down unconditionally and meet with Chavez in Venezuela, with the Castro Brothers in Cuba and with all the other rogue state leaders around the world.

Obama is outsourcing his campaign in Palestine and in other Arab nations. Hamas, in Palestine, is supported by Iran, whose President wants to wipe Israel off the face of the map. Hamas is supported by Hesbollah. More enemies of Israel and the USA. Obama has been getting illegal contributions from donors in coutries that are known ememies of Israel and USA.

The LA Times refuses to release the Obama-Khalidi tape. Rashid Khalidi is a known supporter of militant terrorists. Another friend of Obama is Dr Khalid al Mansour, who has written books about the West being the enemy of Islam. Another militant.

Obama has already let Amerians know the kind of people he will contiue surrounding himself with. Domestic terrorists like Bill Ayers, known gangsters in Chicago such as Tony Rezco, ACORN, which has been involved in voter fraud for years, Communist Party USA member Frank Marshall Davis and the list goes on and on. Connections and associations with people who have a wide web Internationally and all enemies of the USA, with Israel and with other Democratic Nations.


Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 3, 2008 8:50 AM

When Senator McCain stops in New Mexico I would hope he inquires of Governor Bill Richardson were he received his information regarding increasing taxes in an Obama administration?

Governor Richardson stated that you only pay more in taxes, in an Obama administration, if you make $120,000. He is quoting a figure that is less than half of what Obama is telling us.

It appears that the Democrats are seting us up for bigger tax hikes than they are telling us!

Posted by: mwhoke | November 3, 2008 8:17 AM

Ah, lezident, you left out the part where he days the even though the "rate" (that is cost per killowatt/hour) will increase our bills will decrease because we will have more efficient usage and production.
But that's a little complicated and doesn't fit in with your bias so - don't let the facts stand in the way of a good argument.

Posted by: djah | November 3, 2008 8:03 AM

New Obama Shock Audio

Another jaw-dropping clip from the SF Chronicle/Gate "coal" interview:

Obama: "Under my plan of a Cap & Trade system ELECTRICITY RATES WOULD NECESSARILY SKYROCKET"

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=e46U2Gnzpr

Bankrupting Coal is only part of his grand scheme.

Obama's advocating "skyrocketing" electrical rates is another that affects everyone: every household, every business.

And it spells economic disaster for the US economy as this plan would be unilateral. Other countries would not be affected and will be much more competitive vs. the cost of US-produced goods with sky-high energy costs, artificially inflated by the extreme anti-global warming Obama Cap, Trade, & Redistribute plan.

Please listen... and spread this around.

http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=e46U2Gnzpr

Posted by: lezident | November 3, 2008 7:37 AM

Bloomberg.com 11/2/08

Coal Industry

Palin, campaigning in southern Ohio, seized on a January recording of Obama telling the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper that his cap-and-trade energy proposal would ``bankrupt'' those building coal-fired power plants.

``You should have known about this so you have better decision-making information in the voting booth,'' she said in Marietta, Ohio.

``He's comfortable letting that happen,'' said Palin, pledging that she and McCain are committed to the coal industries in Ohio and neighboring West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Obama favors curbing emissions that contribute to global climate change through a system of charging fees to those who emit such gases.

``So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted,'' Obama told the newspaper, according to a video of the interview posted on the Web site youtube.com.
******************

This is NOT the same policy McCain has proposed. As Obama said ON AUDIO, his is "THE MOST AGGRESSIVE cap and trade policy"- would bankrupt anyone building a coal plant!
Bad for Colorado, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Alabama, Montana
Jobs, Electricity Prices, And Independence from Foreign oil...

Bad for Anyone who uses electricity ...

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 6:19 AM

The transfer of power from President George W. Bush to his successor will be more fraught than usual, with the United States mired in a financial crisis and with more than 150,000 soliders in combat abroad.

"You have to go back to 1933 to find a transition as equally challenging as this one," said Darrell West, director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, citing the transfer of power to Franklin D. Roosevelt during a banking crisis.

"We have a bad economy, we have two wars, basically there is no money for the new president to address the major problems."

With this situation, Americans are not ready to hand over our country to Obama and his Ivy League Team, who have never ran anything in their lives! I won't even mention the undesirable elements who surround Obama. In the last days of the election, those people have already been made known to Americans.

Ever notice how flavio, wes1155 and others never address issues but only make negative comments against those who criticize Obama? They cannot hold a decent conversation about the election without verbally attacking and trying to use intimidation! Millions of others see this, too, so keep up the good work guys!


Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 3, 2008 4:31 AM


McCain supporters talk about "Obama doesn't 'Add Up'"...

What doesn't "ADD UP" is that someone would vote for the same political party that has DEMONSTRATED that they are IRRESPONSIBLE LEADERS.

Our economy is in the hole, respect for the US dollar has fallen, our military is transparent to our enemies, our beloved Constitution has been assaulted, and now the same party is picking on little old ladies and whining about their tax bill.

Save OUR Country and Constitution from the PROVEN FAILURE of the Republican Party

VOTE Obama Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 3, 2008 1:21 AM

McCain would be better served by trying to win Arizona than New Mexico. Watch what happens to the congressional seats. We don't have any truck with smear campaigns.

Posted by: gwcox2 | November 3, 2008 12:38 AM

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