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Cheney and Palin Star in New Obama Ad

By Garance Franke-Ruta
Jumping on Vice President Cheney's remarks in support of the Republican presidential ticket yesterday, the Obama campaign today released a new television ad that seeks to capitalize on divisions within the Republican Party by tying the McCain-Palin ticket to the deeply unpopular vice president while associating himself with respected former Bush secretary of State Colin Powell.

"Delighted" -- which the Obama campaign says will air starting Monday on national cable -- once again drives home Obama's longstanding message that a McCain administration would represent a continuation of Bush administration economic and national security policies.

"Barack Obama. Endorsed by Warren Buffett and Colin Powell. And John McCain's latest endorsement?" the announcer in the spot says, as it cuts to video of the vice president filmed yesterday at a GOP event in Wyoming.

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

The announcer's conclusion: "And that's not the change we need."

The ad seeks to emphasize Obama's bipartisan bona fides, pointing out that he has been endorsed by Powell and investor Warren Buffett -- a man both Obama and McCain have named as a possible Treasury Secretary.

The ad also seeks to capitalize on growing doubts about Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. According to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, 59 percent of Americans think she is not qualified to be vice president, and the spot pointedly reminds voters of both the power of the vice presidency -- Cheney has been one of the most powerful number twos in American history -- and, through several images of her, of Palin's presence on the ticket.

This is the second time this week Palin has starred in an Obama-Biden ad -- a sign the campaign is not only no longer afraid of a backlash for attacking her, but sees her as a wedge to use against McCain.

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Pennsylvania and Virginia are the two major coal producing states which do not have early voting...wonder how Obama's boasting, that his, the most aggressive cap and trade policy will bankrupt coal plants, will go over on Tuesday, given that it's bad for jobs, bad for energy independence, bad for affordable electricity, and bad for Virginia's and Pennsylvania's families?


Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Neil- you stopped reading my posts after this exchange perhaps?:

"....BUT Obama is proposing something way beyond that- his wanting to "spread the wealth around"...
thecannula

"You don't know what you're talking about."
Neil(not Carl)Sagan
---------
ABC NEWS POLITICAL PUNCH 10/14/08

"I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody."
Barack Obama

Hey Neil-
Look in the mirror if you want to find ignorance-

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

The West Virginia Record
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."

Obama's Coal Policy-
Bad for jobs
Bad for Energy Independence
Bad for Affordable Electricity
(just like his Illinois Corn Ethanol Policy is Bad for food prices AND does Nothing for energy independence)

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

How many "thecannual" posts did YOU read before you stopped reading them?

For me, it was 3. The 3rd was WARNING WARNING WARNING OBAMA WIll BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY!!!!!

WTF?

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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 2, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

If Democrats had real nads ... you know the kind it takes to run a country, they would have impeached GW and Cheney. Do you believe that the Bush Administration broke laws and circumvented the Constitution - then IMPEACH! Barack and the Democrats never had the fortitude to challenge this imperial Bush Administration. That's why we are still in Iraq.

Posted by: daavina | November 2, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Running against McCain, Bush, Palin and Cheney is like... shooting fish in a barrel, or polar bears from a helicopter, or a friend in the woods.

Too easy.

Posted by: jrob822 | November 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Gateway Pundit
EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO-- Obama Promises San Francisco Audience He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry!!

OBAMA TOLD A SAN FRANCISCO AUDIENCE THAT HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY!!!

ATTN: Coal states Virginia , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana, guess what Obama told San Francisco about you?

OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY:

from his talk to the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008:


"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.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

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.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It's just that it will bankrupt them."


This goes hand-in-hand with what he's said about nuclear energy.
His preconditions make it impossible to expand nuclear energy at this time.
From The Wall Street Journal:


On nuclear power, Sen. Obama says he's open to expanding nuclear energy, which now provides 20% of the nation's electricity, as part of an effort to increase power sources that emit little or no carbon dioxide. But he also has said there is no future for expanded nuclear energy until the U.S. comes up with a safe, long-term solution for disposing of nuclear waste. He opposes the Bush administration's plan for storing waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

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

What doesn't "ADD UP"?
-NOTORIOUS SPEWACCUSER

In 1988, Bill Clinton stated "No one" wants to raise payroll taxes in order to fix social security because it's "regressive"....

YOUR CANDIDATE'S REGRESSIVE PROPOSALS (FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY REMOVING THE PAYROLL TAX CAP) FOR "SPREADING INCOME AROUND" DON'T ADD UP!

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

November 2, 2008


Day 21: IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll


The race tightened again Sunday as independents who'd been leaning to Obama shifted to McCain to leave that key group a toss-up. McCain also pulled even in the Midwest, moved back into the lead with men, padded his gains among Protestants and Catholics, and is favored for the first time by high school graduates.

Date McCain Obama Not Sure Spread Details
11/2 44.6% 46.7% 8.7% Obama +2.1 View
11/1 43.4% 47.9% 8.7% Obama +4.5 View
10/31 43.8% 48.2% 8.0% Obama +4.4 View

"Most Accurate Pollster Of The Campaign Season"

An analysis of Final Certified Results for the 2004 election showed TIPP was the most accurate pollster of the campaign season, coming within three-tenths of a percentage point of Bush’s actual margin of victory. Learn more at www.TIPPonline.com.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse


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 2, 2008 2:46 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
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
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 2:00 PM | Report abuse

There is an over-the-top, anti-Obama attack ad that even the networks won't run.

Watch for yourself:

http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/11/anti-obama-ad-networks-will-not-run.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | November 2, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Cheney's endorsement is good for a laugh. The absurdity of John McCain's campaign is highlighted by this endorsement. I never was quite able to figure out who McCain was aiming his appeal at. The nomination of Palin solidified his base and seemed to narrow his appeal at the same time. At this point I can not see how he is going to win but I am no expert. Fivethirtyeight.com thinks the chances of a PA win are about 2% and with a good portion of CO already casted it would seem that his chances there can not be much more. It still seems possible but mighty improbable.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha, poor Mccain-Palin, they got no respect.

Posted by: Serge_Birbrair | November 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha, poor Mccain-Palin, they got no respect.

Posted by: Serge_Birbrair | November 2, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

If(God forbid!) O'Bomba-Nation wins, then I hope that when he is at his Inauguration, and Swears to "Up-Hold the Federal Laws" of the Constitution, and this Nation, that he then grabs his Auntie, and throws her on a Kenyan-bound plane;

Saying "Sorry, there's a new sheriff in Town!"

LOL! :-D

Like he is going to do any such thing-BUT LIE UNDER OATH!

Truth, "Auntie" will "magically" become a US Citizen!

Along with half of East Africa!

Posted by: SAINT---The | November 2, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Fine by me.

Posted by: JakeD | November 2, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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