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Cheney Endorsement of McCain Sets Off Round of Campaign Fire

By Garance Franke-Ruta
After months of trying to tie Sen. John McCain to the Bush administration and paint him as a retread of the current presidency, Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden jumped today on Vice President Cheney's endorsement of the McCain-Palin ticket at a Wyoming Republican event. That kicked off a fresh bout of the campaign tit-for-tat that has become the norm during these increasingly frantic final days of the presidential contest.

"The right leader for this moment in history is Senator John McCain," Cheney said in a campaign rally in Laramie Wyo., videotape of which the Obama campaign blasted out to reporters this afternoon.

"John is a man who understands the danger facing America. He's a man who has looked into the face of evil and not flinched. He's a man who's comfortable with responsibility and has been since he joined the armed forces at the age of 17. He's earned our support and confidence, and the time is now to make him commander in chief," Cheney said.

"I'm delighted to support John McCain, and I'm pleased that he's chosen a running mate with executive talent, toughness and common sense, our next vice president in Sarah Palin," he added.

Both Obama and Biden worked Cheney's praise for McCain into speeches today, Obama with more apparent relish and at significantly greater length. "Earlier today, Dick Cheney came out of his undisclosed location and hit the campaign trail," Obama told a crowd in Pueblo, Colo. "He said that he is, and I quote, 'delighted to support John McCain.' I'd like to congratulate Senator McCain on this endorsement because he really earned it. That endorsement didn't come easy.

"Senator McCain had to vote 90 percent of the time with George Bush and Dick Cheney to get it. He served as Washington's biggest cheerleader for going to war in Iraq, and supports economic policies that are no different from the last eight years. So Senator McCain worked hard to get Dick Cheney's support."

Obama drove home the point: "So George Bush may be in an undisclosed location, but Dick Cheney's out there on the campaign trail because he'd be delighted to pass the baton to John McCain. He knows that with John McCain you get a twofer: George Bush's economic policy and Dick Cheney's foreign policy -- but that's a risk we cannot afford to take."

Biden picked up the thread later today. "If you ever had any doubt that John McCain would continue George Bush's policies, you can put those to rest," Biden said in Bowling Green, Ohio. "Just today, Vice President Cheney came out and endorsed John McCain. Do we need any more proof? I'm not surprised. Dick Cheney has been wrong on everything else the last eight years. He's on a roll."

The McCain campaign fired back that, while McCain and Cheney may share a party, Cheney and Obama share some distant relatives and a similar energy policy. "Barack Obama and Dick Cheney aren't just cousins, they've shared support for the Bush energy policy and the out-of-control spending that John McCain has fought to oppose," said campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds in a statement, referring to a more-than-a-year-old report that Obama and Cheney are eighth cousins.

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"Let me sort of describe my overall policy.
What I’ve said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else’s out there.
So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted. The only thing I’ve said with respect to coal, I haven’t been some coal booster."

These were Obama's words in a San Francisco interview in January, 2008. Coal provides 49% of domestic electrical power, and any rise in the cost of producing that energy will raise its cost to consumers and reduce the amount produced.

The coal-based economics of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and other states will be the first to feel this new policy. Let’s hope the voters there pay attention.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 3, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Cheney is the gift that keep giving. I know he did it on purpose. Thanks

Barack Obama

Posted by: r4147824 | November 2, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

"Clinging to Guns and Religion"-
BHO in SFrancisco

Closing the deal-
(IBD/TIPP @2- Most Accurate in 2004
NBC/Mason Dixon- McCain leading NC/Ohio/Mo)

By Salena Zito
Sunday, November 2, 2008

The narrative of this historic presidential election has come down to which candidate will close the deal and win the trust of Pennsylvania voters.

From the outside looking in, Pennsylvania has become a metaphor for all that is wrong with our country when it comes to race -- especially those of its Democrats who are soft on or wary of Barack Obama.

Yet on the inside, Pennsylvania is far from its broad-brush portrayal as racist. It is not the color of the candidate; it is the culture he represents.

Say what you will, Obama's "spread the wealth" tongue-slip hit home here.

Most Pennsylvania Democrats who live outside of Philadelphia are very Midwestern in their values and their votes.

If they lose their jobs, they go out and get two more to make up for the loss. They do not take handouts and they don't whine; they provide for themselves and their families.

Their voting patterns and other traditions passed along to their sons and daughter will help to decide this election.

"In an odd way, many liberals are tone-deaf about normal people, who worship God, country, sports and their communities and don't care all that much about politics," says former Villanova political scientist Bob Maranto.

Maranto says what's causing Pennsylvania voters to give Obama a second look goes beyond Obama's "share the wealth" notion: "They are suspicious of him and his Ivy League buddies who have never run anything in their lives (but) that now want to run the country."

He adds that "it is all in the arrogance."

Liberal Democrats often have a hard time in this state because they don't understand why voters in poor, rural areas don't "vote their pocketbooks." Frankly, these are not very materialistic people; if you live in Johnstown or in Elk County and you care that much about money, then you will leave for better opportunities in the big city.

People who stay behind don't care as much about money as they care about their families or communities.

To ambitious politicians such as Obama or running mate Joe Biden, that's just crazy; they can't imagine folks who care more about family or community than about getting ahead.

Much the same can be said for the Pittsburgh region, where many people live within a few miles of where they grew up.

Who will close the deal in Pennsylvania? The polls say Obama; the pundits, too.

Let's see what the voters say.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: usapdx | November 2, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

I was wondering when would the dickster pull the plug on the mccain campaign. You can't ask for a better person to endorse mccain if you are in the obama camp.

They already have a 30 second ad up that will seal the deal.

Posted by: r4147824 | November 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

CynthiaD1: "You Librals will do everything to hide the truth about Obama’s birth certificate. . .

. . .How much longer will this conspiracy continue? When will America wake up? Oh the hannity!"

Dear Cynthia, I find your proposals for real transparency in this election invigorating and want to know where to send money to help support your campaign. Like you, I can clearly see that Lord Cheney has kept silent watch far too long, and am joyous that he has finally unleashed his awesome powers.

Cheney/Cthulhu '08!

Posted by: robinlandseadel | November 2, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed Senator Obama:

"It's time to take the Republican Party at its word: Let's put country first. Tuesday's election comes as a day of reckoning on what the party has delivered for the past eight years.

The urgent need for change that all Americans crave can be traced to one man: George W. Bush. The measure of his presidency's failure is that he dare not show his face on the campaign trail.

Republican standard bearers Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin have had no choice. They had to run as "mavericks" to distance themselves from the grim record of debilitating wars abroad, economic crisis, bailouts and soaring deficits at home and everywhere the abuse of power and squandering of America's moral prestige.

While mostly an enabler of the Bush worldview, Mr. McCain has been a sometime maverick in the past. That happy warrior, however, was missing in this campaign. Laboring under the long shadow of the White House record, his campaign has gone further into the shadows, reduced to peddling fear and guilt by association. The ticket has not put country first, but lust for power.

The campaign of Barack Obama has been like day and night compared to this torrent of smears. Sen. Obama has counter-punched, but he has kept his dignity and focus. His eloquent grace and his commitment to speak directly to issues that matter to Americans -- ending the war in Iraq, bringing tax relief to the middle class -- have stamped him as presidential in both judgment and temperament.

His very presence on the campaign trail has refuted all the desperate slanders about him. He is what you thought he was: A decent, reasonable and intelligent American who is the only hope to bring real change. The Post-Gazette urges its readers to put their country first and vote for the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden."

Posted by: bamccampbell | November 2, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the Bush-Cheney Administration has abused the trust of the American people and have broken laws. So, why, with all the indignation, haven't they been prosecuted? Have the Democrats callously been using the illegal acts of Bush and Cheney to win an election? If no impeachment comes out of this, no immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, no prosecution of DOJ officials for using politics for appointments and firings, illegal wiretapping, no prosecution of those senior CIA, and Army leaders involved in Abu Gharib - what do we gain? So we have a man of African heritage in the White House, so what! And the beat goes on. And do you honestly think that Obama has a grip on the economy ... no one does.

Posted by: daavina | November 2, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Which is more funny, McCain on SNL or McCain forgetting who to insult:

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 2, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

I am hoping that the interviewers today pin down the Obama surrogates about his tax plans!

Obama states he will raise taxes for those earning over $250,000, then he mentioned $200,000.

Biden states it will be $150,000. and paying more will be "patriotic".
Now Bill Richardson states those earning more than $120,000. will be paying additional taxes.

What is the floor on taxes. please?

Posted by: mwhoke | November 2, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

McCain Endorsed by Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 11/2/08

(Do you think Obama will get angry again and throw their reporter off the plane too?)

"Welcome to the 2008 presidential race. This nation's liberal elite and its predominantly liberal media have anointed as the next president Democrat Barack Obama, 47, the junior senator of Illinois.

The liberal tutorial is that Sen. Obama is a visionary, a man of hope, if not the political equivalent of the Second Coming. And a plurality of the student body appears to accept this at face value. But Obama has sparse political experience, no executive experience, no leadership experience, really, and woefully little experience at much of anything.

That is, other than rationalizing quite leftist and collectivist views that include everything from the worst of command economics -- sure to turn recession into depression -- to perverting the U.S. Constitution by making it and the Supreme Court some kind of rule-of-law relative social re-engineering tool.

Talk about manifest danger.

The only truly experienced leader in this race -- the gentleman whose resume actually is worthy of the phrase -- is John McCain, 72, war hero, former congressman and longtime U.S. senator of Arizona.

John McCain is fiercely independent. And he makes no apologies for the principles he holds dear, even if they be at odds with the traditional party base. But he has never wavered in his core belief of what Republicanism (with a capital "R") and republicanism (with a lower-case "r") are all about:

Small government. Fiscal discipline. Low taxes. A strong defense. And a judiciary that does not legislate from the bench.

Compared with Barack Obama's long and dangerous statist laundry list of the ever more expansive role government should play in our lives, John McCain sums it up quite succinctly, quite effectively and quite nicely, thank you.

Indeed, we have differences that are more than quibbles with some of Sen. McCain's positions. We stridently disagree with his campaign finance and immigration "reform" efforts. And we've told him so face to face.

But it being, as once was written, a golden rule that one should never judge men by their opinions but rather by what their opinions make of them, it would be imprudent of us to allow our respectful differences to preclude our support.

Thus, we again today wholeheartedly endorse John McCain for president of the United States. For it really is time to stand up and fight."

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Five deferment Cheney, the war criminal, endorsed John, the POW, McCain? Oh the irony.

Remember when Cheney outed a CIA agent and the only one held accountable was Cheney's water boy Scooter Libby. And Bush further obstructed justice by commuted his prison sentence? War crimes and Treason.

Enough dignity in the White House. Watch Sarah Palin lie about the ethics investigation findings in Troopergate.

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 2, 2008 7:01 AM | Report abuse

"You Librals will do everything to hide the truth about Obama’s birth certificate. We all know that this is a conspiracy between the minions of the evil Dr. Soros working through his proxies , The Knights of Templar, The Illuminati, the Masons and of course the vast left wing conspiracy. Why don’t you tell the truth about how the wicked Elders of Zion forged Obama’s birth certificate with assistance from the One Worlders at the Trilateral Commission? And how Obama’s really the 2nd shooter on the grassy knoll. Yeah, I know you’ll say how could he be in Dallas that day when he was only 3 years old but you conveniently hide the secret of how he transported back in time through an anomaly in the space time continuum that was created by the Hadron Supercollider being run by the Gnomes of Zurich. Obama said nothing in opposition to that project though he knows that a black hole was created by that machine and that is where the original drummer from Spinal Tap really is and that he didn’t die in the ridiculous “bizarre gardening accident” , which is nonsense spouted by that fat Hollywood crypto-Marxist film director, Rob Reiner.

How much longer will this conspiracy continue? When will America wake up? Oh the hannity!"

Posted by: CynthiaD1 | November 2, 2008 6:35 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: vicbennettnet | November 2, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

I am glad you mentioned that, apollo. A birth announcement in a US newspaper is not an offical recognition of a live US birth. Anyone can call the newspaper and make such an announcement. Yes, even in 1961.

Dual citizenship of CERTAIN countries is legal in USA but it is not legal for a US Presidential candidate to have dual citizenship. Obama was once a citizen of Indonesia. Indonesia did not recognize dual citizenship until last year, so how did Barry Soetoro become a US citizen again? Why do we have to ask such questions about a man who is seeking to be President of the USA? Why does he refuse to release his original birth certificate?

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 2, 2008 4:22 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: scrivener50 | November 2, 2008 3:51 AM | Report abuse

God sonnychiba give it a rest. Hillary's people went snooping around and found Obama's birth announcement in the Honolulu Examiner-- August 1961. So either Barack is a US citizen or time travelers went back to 1961 and slipped a letter through the transom...

Posted by: apollo640 | November 2, 2008 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Funnier than John McCain on SNL-

The 5 Greatest Jokes of 2007-8:

1. I could no more disavow Rev Wright than I could an Uncle: I never in 20 years heard him say anything controversial

2. Allowing Mrs Rezko to buy me a sideyard was a Bonehead Move

3. Bill Ayres was a guy in my neighborhood:our kids knew each
other: I didn't know about the Weatherman

4. Khalidi was a guy in my neighborhood: I didn't about know his PLO background

5. I didn't know my Aunt was in America

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

More Funny things about Obama

1. I did not realize the state of the economy when I spent more than $5 million for the stadium, lights, light show, and props on my my BIG night at the Democratic National Convention. It also slipped my mind when I spent all those other $millions$ last week on my infomercials.

2. I told Michelle to tell everyone she shops for her clothes at Crews.

3. I told Michelle not to mention the $500 lobster dinners.

4. Even though my wife and children never visit my grandmother in Hawaii and although I only spent one hour with her last August during our family vacation, she is the pillar of my family.

5. I am helping the Palestinians with jobs since no one has suffered like they have. This is why I am outsourcing my campaign to Palestine.

6. It is no one's business what is on my original birth certificate. There are things on there that may embarrass me.

7. So what if Bill Ayers helped me write my two books. He is a good writer and he used to be one hell of a weatherman I've been told.

8. Yes, I did have Indonesian citizenship once. Yes, I did list "Muslim" on the application for citizenship because it was the only way to get the Indonesian passport and visit Pakistan. It was only a head fake because I am really a Christian.

9. Frank Marshall Davis was a member of Communist Party USA but many African Americans joined the Party back in the day, in protest of the racism in America.

10. I've been a Chicago White Sox fan all my life, except when I did not live in America and back then, I was a soccer fan. Indonesia has one helluva team, by the way.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 2, 2008 1:36 AM | Report abuse

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Although the legitimacy of Sen. Barack Obama's birth certificate has become a focus of intense speculation, and even several lawsuits, Obama continues his refusal to release his original birth certificate.

Hawaii's Gov. Linda Lingle has placed the candidate's birth certificate under seal and instructed the state's Department of Health to make sure no one in the press obtains access to the original document under any circumstances.

In Kenya, their government authorities state that all documents concerning Obama were under seal until after the U.S. presidential election on November 4.

Although the Obama campaign could immediately put an end to all the challenges by simply producing the candidate's original birth certificate, it has not done so.

Posted by: sonnychiba72 | November 2, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Do you know whats even more funnier?


Do you know the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom?..........$150,000

Posted by: votenow | November 2, 2008 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Do you know whats even more funnier?


Do you know the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom?..........$150,000

Posted by: votenow | November 2, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Do you know whats even more funnier?


Do you know the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom?..........$150,000

Posted by: votenow | November 2, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else honestly concerned about Keating 5:

McCain was cleared and then spent the next 25 years fighting for campaign finance reform.

Posted by: JakeD | November 1, 2008 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Gee, why am I not suprised that Cheney would endorse Grampy McBush?!?!

McCain is just as crooked as Cheney is, maybe even worse.

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.

McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5:

McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.

Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)

McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."

McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)

Here's some mavericky straight-talk, my friends:

Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

As everyone else knows, al Qaeda and Hugo Chavez cannot legally vote (was Obama's paternal aunt registered though?). I would argue the terrorists would rather see Barack HUSSEIN Obama win.

Posted by: JakeD | November 1, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, McCain has already won the Al Qaeda vote, and Cheney is now throwing his support behind McCain. If we can get Hugo Chavez on board, McCain will hit the trifecta.

Posted by: maggots | November 1, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin is like Darth Cheney Jr.

Is Palin a Whack Job?


Whack Job: noun - A crazy, possibly dangerous, person.

Politico brings word that McCain advisors are upping the verbal leak campaign against Sarah Palin, who must long for the days when members of her campaign were calling her a hockey mom and Joe Six-Pack.

A top McCain adviser one-ups the priceless "diva" description, calling Palin "a whack job."

Whack job. It's a good charge, cause it's true! This is one of my favorite leaks from the anti-Palin forces working for McCain, right up with the claim that she's "going rogue." Like Iran?

I've never seen a breakdown in discipline like this on a presidential campaign. It testifies to McCain's lack of leadership and to the state of his campaign. Knowing they're going to lose, Mittens' kittens are angling for advantage against Palin going into the 2012 primary.

Ah, yes, the coming GOP primary. Fantasize, my friends, with me. It's 2011, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have passed good progressive legislation to help bring us out of recession, institute universal health care, and end our dependence on foreign oil. Our troops are home from Iraq. Then we will all get to sit back and watch Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and whoever else fight for the right to lose to Obama.

Posted by: DrainYou | November 1, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

DICK Cheney: Constitution Enemy #1

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

First time we've seen VP Cheney ... smile - the kiss of the Grim Reaper?

Posted by: hchiba | November 1, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Well gee! Dick's endorsement should swing some undecided voters Mac's way......


Posted by: toritto | November 1, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

This is news?

Posted by: JakeD | November 1, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

USA Enemy #1...Dick Cheney

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Cheney has all the conservadrones under his control (and they don't even know it)

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Cheney is the modern day Facist

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin is Dick in a skirt(no sexism or pun intended)

Save OUR Country and Constitution from ANOTHER Dick Cheney

VOTE Obama Nov 4

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Where's Osama Bin Laden?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Why did we invade Iraq?

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are picking on little old ladies yet this guy still roams free.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Cheney has brought our Country to it's knees by abusing our Constitution and staining the image of the USA around the world.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | November 1, 2008 8:50 PM | Report abuse

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