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Ad Watch: McCain On Woodstock (Again), Giuliani Takes 'Chances', Obama On Social Security

McCain And Woodstock, Take Two

John McCain is airing another ad in New Hampshire criticizing Hillary Clinton for her efforts to secure $1 million in federal funding for the Museum at Bethel Woods, focused on the 1969 Woodstock music festival.

"[The museum is] the farthest thing from a hippie museum that anything could be," Harold Russell, a dairy farmer and Bethel, N.Y. town supervisor told The Post's Joel Achenback last week. "I personally take a little offense to that."

Achenbach also reports that "In this rural area, the project is seen as crucial to the economic recovery of a region hammered by the closing of once-popular Borscht Belt tourist resorts."

Those sentiments have not deterred the McCain team.

"If you want to relive Woodstock, buy the record," the new ad's announcer says.

Giuliani Discusses His Prostate Cancer

The former mayor's cancer scare kicks off his newest radio ad, airing in New Hampshire. It focuses on his health care proposals.

"You and I should be making the decisions about what kind of health care we get with our doctors, not with a government bureaucrat," Giuliani says in the ad. "What we need to do is to give people a $15,000 deduction for a family, a $7,500 education for an individual, so they can go out and buy their own health insurance. If we do that, and we end up with a market of 50, 60 million Americans buying their own health insurance, without a mandate, the cost of health insurance will come down and the quality will come up."

Obama's Newest Focuses on Social Security

Barack Obama's latest ad is called "Wind." It's airing in Iowa, and highlights his plans to fix Social Security.

"If we have failed to have a real honest conversation about Social Security, it will not get fixed," Obama says in the 30-second spot. "This is a program that millions of people depend on. I don't want to just put my finger out to the wind, and see what the polls say. I want to bring the country together to solve a problem."

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 29, 2007; 11:36 AM ET John McCain
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Why did so many republicans vote to fund Woodstock and Senator voted against funding Woodstock and using the funds for family matters? If I ever I saw Republican politics at work in their effort to demonize Senator Clinton it is here. Regards, Carl W. Lundquist, JD, Colonel, Army of the United States (Retired)....... Boston

Posted by: Carl W. Lundquist | October 29, 2007 12:00 PM

Actually the Clinton exorcism is going swimmingly with everyone forgetting the lessons learned about the family lack of ethics, integrity, and basic honesty. Trying to make this about partisan politics rather then her, is doing wonders for her at the polls... for now. This is about winning the Democratic primary rather then a presidency. This woman is going to lose the election for the Democrats since she is both unlikeable and unelectable outside of the yellow dog Democrats, hard core feminists and those of her particular world view.

Posted by: No thanks | October 29, 2007 12:31 PM

Sure, $1M out of a Trillion $ budget isn't much, but it does mark the stark contrast of values and spending. I don't know if McCain is truly a fiscal conservative as he claims, but Ms. Clinton sure is not. She's not socially conservative either, but we all knew that and glamorizing something as disdainful (and unsanitary) as Woodstock should come as no surprise.

My biggest problem with spending a dime of tax money on Woodstock is that it's entirely a private sector matter. It wasn't funded by the government in the first place (rightly so) and any money that goes into a museum of such a trivial event should come out of private donors and patrons. If there's not enough money generated that way, then building the museum should give pause to the organizers thereof.

Posted by: geotopia | October 29, 2007 12:31 PM

Only the Dems would think it was a good idea to waste US tax payers monies on a museum at Woodstock. If NY wants it so bad to save that area, let them pay. By the way, I did my part for Woodstock in the 70's I bought the record and saw the movie.
DW on the Left Coast

Posted by: Dennis Weiler | October 29, 2007 12:34 PM

If McCain hadn't been an Admiral's son staying in the Hanoi Hilton we could've nuked Hanoi and won the war. McCain doesn't have any room to complain.

Posted by: Bill W | October 29, 2007 1:43 PM

To his credit, John McCain has been fighting earmarks for some time. In his "Woodstock" ads (I guess the Bridge to Nowhere is old news) he gets to take credit for this and bring up the specters of drug-crazed hippies and Hillary Clinton. Speaking of yesterday's news, it was not so long ago that Republicans chided Democrats for "just criticizing." Now we have Republicans running for president on anti-Hillary one-liners.

Posted by: rmbus54 | October 29, 2007 1:52 PM

If we built 400,000 of these at 1 million each it would add up to what we spent on the IRAQ war. Just a little perspective. It's like complaining to your spouse that they wasted money on a candy bar.

Posted by: KP | October 29, 2007 1:54 PM

It's only history if the Republicans say it is. Woodstock has no cultural significance, but you can guarantee that they will want to waste money on pork spending bills that have such heavy implications such as the bridge to nowhere.

McCain was a true candidate in 2000. Now he's just a shell of himself. It's quite sad to see.

Posted by: History? | October 29, 2007 2:07 PM

I'd like to point out that Arizona gets $1.28
in federal spending for every dollar of federal taxes they pay. New York? Only 84 cents of federal spending per federal tax dollar collected. Looks like McCain brings home more pork than Hilary!


Posted by: Hector | October 29, 2007 2:13 PM

Obviously those of you who feel that Woodstock had no cultural significance have been in a coma for the past 40 years.

At the very least, you haven't listened to any music produced in that time period.

There are certainly legitimate reasons to question the necessity of a federally funded Woodstock museum, however denying the cultural impact of the event is a clear display of ignorance.

Posted by: Jon | October 29, 2007 2:15 PM

Also, $1M for a museum is very little. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center was granted 18.5M in federal funds in 2003. Now, obviously the underground railroad is much more important than woodstock, but the point remains that this woodstock museum will certainly be a small museum.

Posted by: Hector | October 29, 2007 2:19 PM

Apparently McCain and the rest of the republican hypocrites don't find it offensive that he pushed to spend $10 million in his state for a library to a dead justice. I guess among the republicans the only good pork is their pork.

Neither do they mind giving tax cuts to the rich while he sent our current generation of soldiers off to war without proper equipment or a plan and all based on lies, mismanagement, and misrepresentations. Shame on John McCain

While I salute McCain for his service, courage, and fortitude in surviving horrific conditions, that doesn't give him a free pass for his failure of leadership and incompetence in getting us into the worst foreign policy mess since Viet Nam. He has been a blind supporter of George W. Bush and his mismanagement of everything. As such McCain and his cohorts must share the blame.

If this kind of petty attack wrapped in pandering to the mindless republican faithful is the best he can do - and for that matter the best any of the Republican Candidates can do - it is a shameful commentary on the state of the republican party and its followers.

Ironically, it was probably the people of Woodstock that helped to ultimately get him home by bringing the war to an end.


Posted by: ZB | October 29, 2007 2:27 PM

All pork should be rightly criticized, no matter who it comes from. Good on McCain for calling Hillary out on this. Also good on him for slapping her around a little bit. Hopefully the Republicans can bring her down enough in the polls for Obama to have a fighting chance.

Posted by: Ken Roberts | October 29, 2007 2:39 PM

Not all pork is bad! Often, it is important for the federal government to help struggling local communities maintain infrastructure and education, as well as promote economic activity. I personally love the idea of building a museum and I'm not even from that area.
My point is that McCain is a huge hypocrite, and while I deeply respect his resilience in the face of his past trials, he is nothing but another politician who would make a terrible president.
On another note, Hilary is absolutely electable. She has by far the most money of any candidate, which is the most important factor in any campaign, and has huge leads in all polls. Also, there is a myth that Hilary is a wacko liberal, leftist, etc. That is wrong, she is one of the most, if not the most conservative Democrat in congress right now! She is more center than any other candidate, a far cry from Kerry who indeed was very liberal.

Posted by: Hector | October 29, 2007 3:38 PM

What's funny is that one month in Iraq could pay for 10,000 museums, or health care for thousands of children, but McCain has no problem with that.

Posted by: Tristan Yates | October 29, 2007 4:08 PM

It's really too bad that this clown ever made it home...I suppose when you are the son of an Admiral you don't REALLY have to worry...AND you can use your captivity in every speech you make thereafter...(it plays SO well with the flagwavers and other stupids).

Posted by: Kase | October 29, 2007 5:04 PM

Obviously $1 Million doesn't compare to the billions per week we spend to support the Iraq war for the private oil companies. In my opinion I think the oil companies should be paying for the war in Iraq, not the tax payers. Realize that even 1 billion dollars is 1,000 million.

I say spending $1 million to document something that defined a generation is a worthwhile thing to be doing, and not too big of a deal when you consider the bigger picture.

Posted by: Patrick | October 30, 2007 4:38 AM

For more information, please visit the Woodstock - Preservation Archives

Posted by: Joanne H | October 30, 2007 12:25 PM

Bill W's OCT 29th post is just another example of how the Hildabeast thinks too. Bill W seems to think that McCain "Stayed" at the Hanoi Hilton, not held hostage there and tortured for all those years. What a dumb ass Bill.

Posted by: Eurothrasher | November 14, 2007 11:11 PM

WE... WE...

WE need to start being together, instead of letting politics, spinsters, and media folks drive us apart.

Republican, Democrat, Independent, Christian, Jew, Islamic whatever, where-ever.. Waste is waste. spending is spending.

Think.. Damnit.. THINK. Think for for yourself! Why? Why are you listening or WHAT or listening for?

Are you that different from Me? Have I passed you on the street? Did I wave or say hello?

WE are all together. WE dislike government waste, WE agree that taxes, if used properly are OK.

WE need to be together, and not pulled apart because of attacks.

WE the people... or have you forgot?


Posted by: Hoham | January 1, 2008 3:44 PM

I'd support a President that endorsed a Woodstock museum. I like museums.

Posted by: Ricky Rabinowitz | January 17, 2008 10:13 AM

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