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McCain's Midnight Miami Rally Draws Out Enthusiasm


Republican presidential nominee John McCain held a midnight rally before a packed house in Coral Gables, Fla., Nov. 2, 2008. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

By Juliet Eilperin
MIAMI -- Standing before thousands of screaming supporters at a midnight rally here, GOP presidential nominee John McCain said he's learned the secret to successful campaigning with just one day until the election: "We've got to have all of the rallies at this time of night, I'm telling ya."

"My friends, we've got one day left, one day left until we take America in a new direction," he said, as they cheered. "With your help, I will win."

While McCain was clearly pleased with the crowd -- "This is the kind of intensity, this is the kind of momentum, that we will win Florida and we will win the election," he said -- the senator also made it clear that Republicans were facing a tougher time in Florida than they had in the past. Referring to Reps. Mario and Lincoln Diaz-Balart, the two Cuban American brothers who are facing stiff challenges this year from Cuban American Democrats, he said, "I rely on them and we need them both reelected to the United States Congress."

Cuban Americans dominated the crowd. McCain rattled off a list of Latin American immigrants, saying, "How many here are Venezuelan Americans? How many here are Columbian Americans? How many here are Puerto Ricans? How many here are Cuban Americans?" At this last category, the United Center exploded with a sustained cheer.

"You know, first, last and always, we are all Americans," McCain responded once the cheers died down. "And we will unite this country."

The gathering had a distinct Latin flair: the warm-up band sang, in Spanish, moments before the candidate's arrival, "McCain, McCain, donde esta McCain?" ("Where is McCain?") and one of the handmade, bedsheet banners declared, "In 1959 Cuba got 'Change.' In 2008, Vote for McCain."

McCain, who does not speak Spanish, even paid homage to Latinos when he invoked his favorite public figure "Joe the Plumber," or as they say in Little Havana, Pepe el Plumero.

"John McCain, U.S.A!" the crowd chanted as he left the stage.

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Ah thebigcannula,

How you twist the facts I cannot even begin to count the ways.

Well after tomorrow you will be able to sleep better at night since the neocons and right-wingnuts will have four more years in which to continue to divide and destroy America or you will be a perpetual insomniac.

If Palin-McCain do win you had better pray every day for McCain's health even if you never have before.

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Ah thebigcannula,

How you twist the facts I cannot even begin to count the ways.

Well after tomorrow you will be able to sleep better at night since the neocons and right-wingnuts will have four more years in which to continue to divide and destroy America or you will be a perpetual insomniac.

If Palin-McCain do win you had better pray every day for McCain's health even if you never have before.

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

COLOMBIAN. Please spell our country's name correctly. It is not Columbia but Colombia. Si se puede!

Posted by: KawasakiConcours | November 3, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

COLOMBIAN. Please spell our country's name correctly. It is not Columbia but Colombia. Si se puede!

Posted by: KawasakiConcours | November 3, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

WashPost (or the McCain campaign) needs a good Spanish/English dictionary.

Pepe el Plumero is "Pepe the Featherduster", which doesn't have the same impact on potential voters.

Plumber is "Plomero"

Posted by: RJD1 | November 3, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

WashPost (or the McCain campaign) need a good Spanish/English dictionary.

Pepe el Plumero is "Pepe the Featherduster", which doesn't have the same impact on potential voters.

Plumber is "Plomero"

Posted by: RJD1 | November 3, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The cannula-
Acorn's a red herring.

Read Greg Palast or visit democracynow.org if you really want to learn about voter fraud.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

thecannula -

repsectfully, the economic design you're proposing isn't selling. Distorting the candidate, his record and his positions to spin the point your way isn't working either.

Dependence on foreign oil is a huge problem and effects the entire economy.
With 3% of the world's oil we can't drill our way out of this.

Betty - if your state isn't producing energy, isn't it time we support programs that generate RENEWABLE energy where you live?

John McCain doesn't have a record that supports alternative energy.

John McCain says he supports "Clean Coal"

A) There is no such thing. We do not yet have the technology to remove and store carbon from coal.

B) Coal is not renewable.

How about we support business that develops alternative energy programs in every state where we need jobs and infrastructure improvement?

The Bush "stimulus" model put money in the hands of offshore banks and Chinese industry. If Senator Obama's plan works we'll get stimulus that puts people to work and infrastructure we get to keep.

Thecannula, you believe that whatever is good for business is good for people. I believe that what is good for people is good for business.

regards,

JQ

Posted by: JohnQuimby | November 3, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry velowl, McCain will win this election. Just as he surprized us with Palin he will suprize us with a WIN. The Country will unite and Love him because he Loves his Country.

Obama's staged events with the same old non working people going to the various events is a show for the media and the world. But everyone knows that it is staged. He will not win. He is hateful and his contempt of America is ingrained and obvious. Those of us who grew up around the Nation of Islam people know he fits right in. Only his homeys, the fearful the blind and the weak follow him.

Posted by: VoteMAC | November 3, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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. I did not work in a coal mine, but a steel mill, what's worse? I worked for 8 bucks an hour and paying for it now. Still would appreciate on the real wage of the normal Joe the plumber, Nancy the dietician,and The Pope and his pedophile followers. Oh, and all our Mc Donald workers. Man, let's not forget the back yard mechenic, oh, his, her name is Dupa. Mc cain has said nothing new but copy change.

Posted by: justada56 | November 3, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

On Nov. 5th, call up your brokers and get out of the market. Take the hit now before the end of the year because when Obama takes office on January 20th, the first thing he will do with his corrupt co-horts, Pelosi, Reid, Frank will tax whatever you got left to record breaking penalities for early withdrawals and increased capitol gains. You think the market is bad now, wait and see. And with his Presidency brings a high risk of another 9/11 attack that will take us into another depression. It's every man for himself after he gets in!!! God help us.

Posted by: velowl | November 3, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

justada56
I'm all for Change- but change can go in many directions. You mentioned Jobs- a very important issue in tomorrow's election- Well, as I wrote to Betty when she couldn't understand how any one other than a miilionaire could support McCain-

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. OBAMA's attack on small, medium, and large business is NOT the kind of change we need for better jobs in America.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"The only thing republicans do better than democrats is steal elections." rooster54

Hey Rooster- How many cigarettes did ACORN wind up giving out in Ohio to have those kids register 60 or so times? You guys are so worried about the coal industry giving us black lung, it's hypocritical, NO?

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

"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 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The cannula-

When you neocons ask a question, you provide us with absurd multiple choice answers from which to chose. By doing so, you assume our thinking is a limited as yours.

The only thing republicans do better than democrats is steal elections.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

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? Clinton left a huge surplus for the Bush administration to squander and even greatly increase our debt.

They should be aware that a non-partisan report says that "The Tax Policy Center shows what we already know–Obama’s tax plan provides the heaviest benefits to the poorest Americans — the ones who need the most help — while McCain’s heavily favors the richest. And while McCain’s plan provides only a nominal benefit to the middle class, Obama’s gives solid middle class relief."

John McCain has run a dirty campaign and has shown that his country does not come first by his selection of the unqualified Sarah Palin to fill the position of president when she doesn't yet know what the vice president does.

Posted by: BettyW1 | November 3, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Let's see a show of hands for dirty air and global warming. Now let's see how many people care about corporate coal profits
seemstone-

Let's see how many people care about jobs in our current economy- in which environmentally clean, dirty, and every other industry is laying off!

YOU employ these people of Virginia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, Montana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Alabama seemstone- Would You Have Them Growing Belgium Endive?

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Wes1155-

I knew you were biased, but I didn't think- until now- you were ignorant- Reread my post I LEFT YOUR CRUCIAL PHRASE IN!

By the way, your support of Obama, despite his claim that he will bankrupt future coal plants which will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work also confirms it!

FPL Highlights Strategy to Meet Florida's Future Electric Supply Needs
JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2007--Florida Power & Light Company plans to meet anticipated customer growth and the increasing electricity needs of its customers with a strategy that focuses on fuel diversity, advanced technology, energy conservation and renewable energy sources to improve system reliability and help stabilize future power prices.
"We are taking a balanced and sensible approach to meet the future needs of our customers," said Armando Olivera, president of FPL. "This includes the addition of advanced clean COAL technology to improve fuel diversity and system reliability in an environmentally responsible manner to meet our customers' electricity needs."


Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Wes1155- I knew you wre biased, but I didn't think- until now- you were ignorant- Reread my post I LEFT YOUR CRUCIAL PHRASE IN!

By the way, your support of Obama, despite his claim that he will bankrupt future coal plants which will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work also confirms it!

FPL Highlights Strategy to Meet Florida's Future Electric Supply Needs
JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2007--Florida Power & Light Company plans to meet anticipated customer growth and the increasing electricity needs of its customers with a strategy that focuses on fuel diversity, advanced technology, energy conservation and renewable energy sources to improve system reliability and help stabilize future power prices.
"We are taking a balanced and sensible approach to meet the future needs of our customers," said Armando Olivera, president of FPL. "This includes the addition of advanced clean COAL technology to improve fuel diversity and system reliability in an environmentally responsible manner to meet our customers' electricity needs."

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Republican wealthy elite fear mongers call us "socialists", but it it really they who expect us workers to provide for them from cradle to grave. They are the real entitlement beggars.

They complain that the top 5% of income recipients (notice I didn't say "earners") pay 60% of total internal revenue, whining, "We are already grossly over-taxed...waahh, sob sob" You realize this is their inadvertent frank admission that they take ALL of the profit from our labor in the first place. How else could they come up with such an incredible sum from such a small demographic sample? They take so much that we have to borrow crappy mortgage money which should have been our pay in the first place.

Let's see a show of hands from those who don't get 411 times what the rest of us earn and still vote republican. If you are one of them, and you don't see the word "sucker" written on your forehead, you may need a new pair of Cheney vision goggles.

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I heard that the McCain campaign promised those who attended the midnight rally would get discount coupons good for free alchohol at some local shops.

Posted by: AJ2008 | November 3, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I think congress should pass more legislation protecting the American species fortunatus opulentus.
They seem to be so rare and growing more so every day. According to the latest studies they number less than 6 million but control forty percent of the wealth.
If Obama becomes president these noble animals will be hunted ruthlessly.
Act now before we lose them to his cruelty.
They are the closest thing we have to royalty.

Posted by: seemstome | November 3, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

thecunnula drones:

Blah, blah, blah...We are taking a balanced and sensible approach to meet the future needs of our customers," said Armando Olivera, president of FPL. "This includes the addition of advanced clean COAL technology to improve fuel diversity and system reliability in an environmentally responsible manner to meet our customers' electricity needs."...Blah, blah, blah.


You conveniently ignore the operative phrase.

Plain-McCain: Doing Their Best to Scare You Into Voting For Them.

Their Strategy to Win: Divide America and Conquer.

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Give me some of that old black lung

Let's see a show of hands for dirty air and global warming. Now let's see how many people care about corporate coal profits at the expense of the rape of the environment. Not too many.

Meanwhile:

Pollster John Zogby: "Barack Obama is where he needs to be and John McCain is not. In a multi-candidate race, assuming the minor candidates can win around 2%, 51% can win. Obama holds the groups that he needs and continues to hold a big lead among independents and his base. McCain seems to be holding his base without expanding it or moving into Obama's territory. A reminder: we will have another release based on polling through midnight Monday out early Tuesday."

Week Four

Three-Day

Tracking Poll Obama McCain Others

11-2 50.9% 43.8% 5.3%


11-1 49.5% 43.8% 6.7%


10-31 49.1% 44.1% 6.8%

Posted by: seemstome | November 3, 2008 9:22 AM | 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."

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Good morning guys! You still on bankrupting the coal industry??

Want to know what building lots of coal fired electricity plants looks like?

Beijing - before the Olympics.

:-)

See you Wednesday!!

Counsleing will be available for those hear hysterical or morbidly depressed.

Posted by: toritto | November 3, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

robertchoward-

Do you think, after hearing what he said in San Francisco, that Obama will "stand up for clean coal" with more or less vigor than he exhibited when he stood up for an undivided Jerusalem as part of his AIPAC speech (which I'm sure Youtube also carries) and then 1 day later flip flopped when the Palestinians objected?

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Our economy is in the hole..

------------------------------
Yes it is Flavio, thanks to our DEMOCRATIC congress.


Vote McCain/Palin
True Americans who always had faith in America.

Posted by: blevins20061 | November 3, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Gateway Pundit

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,New Mexico, Montana, West Virginia- guess what Obama told San Francisco about you?

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."

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

awb75- If your mother and her "posse" use electricity in Florida, their support of Obama, if successful, will raise their electric bills a bit more than they'd like, if they're anything like my mother and her "posse"...

-FPL Highlights Strategy to Meet Florida's Future Electric Supply Needs
JUNO BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 2007--Florida Power & Light Company plans to meet anticipated customer growth and the increasing electricity needs of its customers with a strategy that focuses on fuel diversity, advanced technology, energy conservation and renewable energy sources to improve system reliability and help stabilize future power prices.
"We are taking a balanced and sensible approach to meet the future needs of our customers," said Armando Olivera, president of FPL. "This includes the addition of advanced clean COAL technology to improve fuel diversity and system reliability in an environmentally responsible manner to meet our customers' electricity needs."

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."

"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.'

"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 3, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Divisiveness is not just limited to the Republicans. Democrats have been just as bad.

I just wonder how better off our country would have been had John McCain defeated George W. Bush in 2000. No Cheney and neo-cons in charge of our national defense. Perhaps 8 less years of political polarization. Who knows.
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Posted by: politicalchampionshipwrestling | November 3, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Here are three videos in which Obama stands up for clean coal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOvZ0RUGKno

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfcS1STL6WE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1NP8DP9uM4

Please vote for Obama's voice of reason, intelligence and respect and just say no to the undereducated and reckless pair that the GOP has embarrassed itself by nominating.

Posted by: robertchoward | November 3, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Obama: We’ll bankrupt any new coal plants
"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 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Divisiveness in the party or the country is not wise at this time.
McCain has gone down this road all through his campaign and would continue right through his presidency.
America's problems need a fast track in government. Obama will have that with a democratic congress. His calm, measured consideration before decisions will be complimented by his unabashed honesty in seeking opinions of people regardless of their affiliations.
Contrast this with the brashness of John McCain who impulsively leaps about on issues in order to convey the appearance of action and decisiveness.

As Bill Clinton says, Obama will make the right decisions.
Will you?

Posted by: seemstome | November 3, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse

awb75-
Given Obama's ties to Palestinians, like Khalidi- who worked with the PLO, his flip flop on Jerusalem's status 1 day after AIPAC, and the probability that Joe Lieberman will be McCain's choice for Secretary of State, That support makes absolutely no sense.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

awb75-
Given Obama's ties to Palestinians, like Khalidi- who worked with the PLO, his flip flop on Jerusalem's status 1 day after AIPAC, and the probability that Joe Lieberman will be McCain's choice for Secretary of atate, That support makes absolutely no sense.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

McCain tries to scare us. It certainly has worked with his base. American's don't like it when people try to intimidate them through fear.

Obama/Biden 2008

Posted by: rooster54 | November 3, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has been acting erratically ever since he selected Palin for his running mate. When the economy failed his behavior became bizarre. Stresses on any president in the next few years are going to be extreme . They will be fatal for someone in McCain's health and mental state. When he steps down we will then inherit his Palin fiasco.

Colin Powell has recognized these facts and has endorsed Obama as being a cool-headed and logical leader who is more fit for the presidency.

Kipling said it best:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!


He was talking about men like Obama.


Posted by: seemstome | November 3, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Senator Obama replied:
"As I've said about the flag pin, I don't want to be perceived as taking sides". "There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression."
"The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing."
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???
Obama said: "The National Anthem should be 'swapped' for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song 'I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing'. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as 'redesign' our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It's my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves as the nations of Islam where peace prevails - - - perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments ."
When I become President, I will seek a pact or
agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation have placed upon the nations of Islam an unfair injustice which is WHY my Wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past".
"Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country's First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America "
NOBAMAMAMA08

Posted by: USA3 | November 3, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

We live in semi-rural Missouri and I was surprised to hear my eighty-five year old mother talk politics. She uses old common sense and she is voting for Obama. .......


http://thefiresidepost.com/2008/11/02/old-women-talk-politics/

Posted by: glclark4750 | November 3, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I live in South Florida

Obama will definitely win the Jewish vote - in fact he already has
Once my elderly mother and her "posse" got involved and switched from Hillary to Obama - and it took a long time -- it was done

As to the rally last night in Miami - not being negative just factual - the vast majority of the people attending cannot vote as they are not citizens. I work in Miami among all the Cubans - and know this to be a fact

The majority of the younger Cubans are working - not at a
midnight rally's and they already voted Obama
The older Cubans - 5 plus- are still voting republican

But Obama also will win the total Hispanic vote

This is informed information
Take it to the bank

Florida voters are 30% all in before Election Day and when all the College campuses have voting on premises Tuesday Nov 4th - the younger vote will be out i droves

Florida is definitely blue this year

Posted by: awb75 | November 3, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

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.
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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 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 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Memo to John McCain:
The only people on the street in Miami at midnight on a Sunday night are drug dealers, and Cindy already got you their vote.

Posted by: shmaryahoopizzaman | November 3, 2008 6:09 AM | Report abuse

nickyle writes:

Chavez of Venezuela has endorsed Obama.

And Al-Qaeda has endorsed McCain. The best recruitment tool they could hope for.

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 5:35 AM | Report abuse

The Dallas Morning News completely denies the bogus WaPo/Drudge story about Obama's campaign plane:

http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/10/the-dallas-morning-news-and-th.html

Where is the correction?

Posted by: dime_dropper | November 3, 2008 5:08 AM | Report abuse

Serge, what is penis envy?

Posted by: VoteMAC | November 3, 2008 4:17 AM | Report abuse

Obama's words are hateful and ugly. He's words hurt so much that even Jesse Jackson wanted to 'cut off his male parts' .
People who support Obama are not listening
or are use to the abuse adn don't care. In front of the media Obama talks like a Northerner-straight. In front of a large crowd he talks like a Southerner. His two faced personality is disturbing. These are my personal observations


There is a least 10 reasons to vote for McCain/Palin but closed minds can't comprehend.
LOVE of Country/Country First
Drill Here Drill Now Mining
No Pork Barrel Spending
Stop sending billions of dollars over seas
Clean out Washington
Tax credit for healthcare insurance
Fight for rights
Win the war on Terrorism
No tax increaeses
Affordable Home loans
Proven track record of uniting parties
Proven track record of fighting corruption

The list goes on. But personally I don't want to see the "BLACK ENTITLEMENT" stance take effect at work or in public. The my Great Grand Parents were slaves now you must pay is disgraceful. It will tear this country apart again, black against white, north against south, northern black against southern black. Had this Obama guy been a govenor or even a mayor first, and a proven track record of uniting people and and parties I would consider him a prospective candidate. Then the name may not matter so much. Just my opinion on all postings.

Posted by: VoteMAC | November 3, 2008 4:12 AM | Report abuse

VoteMAC, the one and only reason McCain leads among white males is because of penis envy. He'll lose Latino and Jewish vote and I betcha you ain't either Latino or Jewish, right?

Posted by: Serge_Birbrair | November 3, 2008 4:10 AM | Report abuse

Chavez of Venezuela has endorsed Obama.

Posted by: nickyle | November 3, 2008 3:34 AM | Report abuse

VoteMac: Is there any reason at all you're going to vote for McCain, other than your obvious hatred of Obama? Where do you get your information, I'd really like to know because it sounds confused and ill-informed.

Posted by: shutt | November 3, 2008 3:31 AM | Report abuse

It is so very sad and pathetic the smears, hate and lies the RNC/Palin-McCain paid trolls spew. So very very pathetic.

People are fed up with the politics of hate. We will not accept it anymore. For all the hate spewing trolls, go back under your rocks, return to the ponds filled with slime from which you emerged. Leave the rest of America alone. We have to roll up our sleeves and work together to get this country working again. We don't need and cannot sink to the sick, divisive rhetoric these trolls wish to propagate.

My deepest hope, wish and prayer is the American people will resoundingly disavow the hatred these sick, twisted, demented trolls ascribe to on November 4th.

Vote for HOPE America, NOT for HATE!

Posted by: wes1155 | November 3, 2008 3:24 AM | Report abuse

PROVEN FAILURE will soon be on the Democrats when they lose the White House.

Obama Hussein, Pelosi and Reid have abused their freedom of speech and hurt our economy in the process. Let anyone say anything disgraceful about Obama and its
"off with their heads".
It appears that the democrats are so enamoured with the Gaza Strip, Afghanistan and Iraq. So much that they would elect someone into office with the names of their Foreign fallen leaders, how ironic

Barak: Ehud Barak
Obama:Osama Bin Ladin
Hussein: Sadaam Hussein

Obama also has ties to the White Haters
Wright, Nation of Islam and Hip Hop Rap.
Let's see him get his homies from the hood to the white house.

Let's see our tax dollars go to the alcholics, drug abusers,gamers and homeless
Why are they so deserving? They will only abuse the money again.

Why should the tax rate go up on the hospitals and food industry Walmart ect,ect? The price of services and goods will have to increase and the consumer suffers in the end.
BOH does not add up.
Vote for MCCAIN

Posted by: VoteMAC | November 3, 2008 3:10 AM | Report abuse

"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 2:15 AM | 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 3, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

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