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McCain-Palin Ad Says Economy in 'Crisis'

By Ed O'Keefe



While John McCain suggests the fundamentals of the American economy are strong, his latest television ad suggests it's in "crisis" and will require "proven reformers" named McCain and Palin to fix it.

The 30-second spot called "Crisis" will air nationally on both broadcast and cable networks, according to a campaign source. It makes passing reference to the collapse of Lehman Brothers by flashing the company's logo on screen at the same time as the words "No Special Interest Giveaways."

The ad mentions the McCain-Palin plan to fix the economy: "Tougher rules on Wall Street to protect your life savings. No special interest giveaways. Lower taxes to create new jobs. Offshore drilling to reduce gas prices." In the latest example of the campaign's embrace of both a "Change" and "Experience argument, the ad ends by stating McCain and Palin provide "Leadership, experience, for the change we need."

"Our economy, I think, is still -- the fundamentals of our economy are strong, but these are very, very difficult times,'' McCain said earlier today in Florida. "I promise you we will never put America in this position again. We will clean up Wall Street.''

In response, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton says that "John McCain has been in Washington for twenty-six years and hasn't lifted a finger to reform the regulations that could've prevented this crisis" adding later that "McCain buys into the same failed economic theory that landed us in this mess in the first place, and we can't afford to take a chance on his disturbingly out-of-touch policies at a time when our economy is in crisis."

By Ed O'Keefe |  September 15, 2008; 6:26 PM ET Ad Watch , John McCain
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Anyone believing they are reformers are kidding. Palin is from an oil state, where is the change, especially if we think about Global Warming.

McCain well he was a foot soldier in the Reagan administration that started this all. During that period it was called Reaganomics where the wealthy got richer and the air controllers lost their jobs. But that was just the beginning, for he hired Alan Greenspan to set up all these financial companies without regulations or FDIC backing.

Then came the first wave with the Saving and Loan scandal where McCain had his hands in the till of the Keating 5. He only got a reprimand and another house. In the GWB administration he voted to give the wealthy 1% more and the small business got even less.

Now he says he will create the reform needed, I for one don't believe it. And Palin says she will get the energy policies going with her graph on her husbands BP ties. Who is she kidding - not me.

Both have their hands in the till and you and are are sinking in the quicksand their parties has made America since Reagan.

Posted by: jerry rubin | September 15, 2008 7:10 PM

So it goes...Lehman, Merrill lynch, AIG, Bear Stearns, Freddie MAc, Fannie Mae, no response for Katrina, gas at $5, losing airline service, food prices up 20 %, no hunting, no fishing,leaded toys from china, tainted food, salmonella everywhere, water is contaminated, broken roads and bridges, drugs get released without testing, high ceo pay and now let's ask for a bailout, people losing houses to foreclosures, Folks losing jobs everywhere..These things could be prevented !!How can I vote for this ?? If I vote for Mc Cain, I might get a new McCain, but the beaucrats and policies will be the same, Yada, Yada, Yada.. We need change...Mc Cain it Ain't!!!

Posted by: oc | September 15, 2008 7:18 PM

So it goes...Lehman, Merrill lynch, AIG, Bear Stearns, Freddie MAc, Fannie Mae, no response for Katrina, gas at $5, losing airline service, food prices up 20 %, no hunting, no fishing,leaded toys from china, tainted food, salmonella everywhere, water is contaminated, broken roads and bridges, drugs get released without testing, high ceo pay and now let's ask for a bailout, people losing houses to foreclosures, Folks losing jobs everywhere..These things could be prevented !!How can I vote for this ?? If I vote for Mc Cain, I might get a new McCain, but the beaucrats and policies will be the same, Yada, Yada, Yada.. We need change...Mc Cain it Ain't!!!

Posted by: oc | September 15, 2008 7:19 PM

How out of touch Mcsame can be. He still believes the fundamentals of our economy are strong. If you are like jhon Mcain who has 9 houses and a net worth of more than 100 millions dollars, then you can feel free to say the same thing. People are losing their homes and their jobs, businesses are failing right and left, and this guys has been so detached from our realities that he has the gall to run on change. What is he going to change? He already agreed 100% with Bushism policies and plan on continue that trend. Only stupid people with no rational behavior will continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result. The Choice is clear. We must change course otherwise America are bound to become a third world country in just one short generation.

Posted by: Omidal | September 15, 2008 7:22 PM

McCain has launched the DoubleTalk Express and Sarah Palin is at the wheel of this bus. As one of Keating Five scam artists who profited from the Savings and Loan Scandals of the 80's McCain has no credibility when it comes to the current economic crisis we face. He himself admits he know very little about the economy and can only repeat the policies of Bush who has run up the worst deficits since Ronald Reagan. McCain will be has supported the combination of huge expenses for the Iraq War and tax cuts for the extremely wealthy that has helped to drive our economy into the dirt. A weak dollar resulting from the resulting heavy debt has contributed to the high price of oil in the US and hurts everyone except Big Oil who will receive huge subsidies under McCain. He has supported Bush economic policies and rejection of Wall Street oversight for the past eight years. He claims of economic insight and reform are distortions and empty rhetoric.

Posted by: jefflz | September 15, 2008 7:22 PM

If you believe there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats, you aren't paying attention. Both parties are in bed together pushing the globalist agenda. It's all smoke and mirrors to make you think you have a choice. We are screwed no matter which candidate is elected. Amnesty for illegal aliens, import more foreign workers, a currency that isn't backed by anything and a war that will never end fighting an enemy that will never be found. We are so screwed.

Posted by: Stephen | September 15, 2008 7:23 PM

December 21st, 2012... here we come!

Posted by: cornelius zimm | September 15, 2008 7:24 PM

At least in this ad McCain is:

1. Not attacking Obama
2. Acknowledging a problem with the economy

Finally something relevant. It may be wishful thinking to expect more.

Posted by: jim | September 15, 2008 7:25 PM

Obama and all the Democrats have been saying this all along. McCain is just now getting this? Does McCain have any sense of guilt or responsibility at all for helping Bush cause the economic crisis he supported when he voted in his own words "with the President over 90% of the time" ?? In the words of Hillary Clinton -- No way, no how, no M

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 15, 2008 7:25 PM

Kinda like the pot calling the kettle black. Tina Fey for VP!

Posted by: James Patterson | September 15, 2008 7:25 PM

JEEZ, it took him long enough to figure that out!

Sarah Palin is a diversion to distract us from what has actually be going on these past eight years. Those of you who are even considering her, consider this:

If you would have asked her six months ago if she would be nominated for the position of VP of the US, she would have laughed at you. How ready can she possibly be?

Now the GOP are continually grooming her so that she seems ready enough to you. She has five kids - one just headed off to Iraq (how distracting is that?, one is pregnant (how distracting is that?), the same one is making wedding plans (oh my, how distracting is that!), another one is a young infant (how distracting is that), and that same infant has a disability (how distracting is that)?

She is being used to manipulate us, and it's time to wake up! Consider the following article:

This is a very interesting read concerning McCain's choice of Palin and Republican manipulation from an unusual and surprising religious perspective. I highly recommend checking it out:

http://www.newsflavor.com/Opinions/McCain-Hijacks-Christianity-Via-Palin.240929

Posted by: LaRae | September 15, 2008 7:26 PM

Obama and all the Democrats have been saying this all along. McCain is just now getting this? Does McCain have any sense of guilt or responsibility at all for helping Bush cause the economic crisis he supported when he voted in his own words "with the President over 90% of the time" ?? In the words of Hillary Clinton -- No way, no how, no McCain, No Palin.

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 15, 2008 7:26 PM

McCain is the candidate for changing his mind when it's convenient. Economy sound, then economy in crisis. No Bush tax cuts, then yes, tax cuts. VP Joe Lieberman then Sarah Palin. Change we cannot trust!!

Posted by: AL11 | September 15, 2008 7:26 PM

Obama and all the Democrats have been saying this all along. McCain is just now getting this? Does McCain have any sense of guilt or responsibility at all for helping Bush cause the economic crisis he supported when he voted in his own words "with the President over 90% of the time" ?? In the words of Hillary Clinton -- No way, no how, no McCain, No Palin

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 15, 2008 7:27 PM

Obama and all the Democrats have been saying this all along. McCain is just now getting this? Does McCain have any sense of guilt or responsibility at all for helping Bush cause the economic crisis he supported when he voted in his own words "with the President over 90% of the time" ?? In the words of Hillary Clinton, No way, no how, no McCain, No Palin

Posted by: Democrats 08 | September 15, 2008 7:28 PM

Sorry to say BUT John McBush (errr. McCain)
is showing some of the first signs of dementia which occurs in a lot of guys hos age. Here we are experiencing the aftermath of the wreckage from the "Mother of all Ponzi's" and this guy still wants to believe the economy is fundamentaly OK!

If he isn't going senile, then he must be smoking something funny. Who writes his material anyways?

Posted by: Johann Wagener | September 15, 2008 7:28 PM

WHAT MCCAIN HAS BEEN DOING IS EXACTLY PROVING HIMSELF HE IS ONE OF REPUBLICAN JACK ASSES.
HE HIRES BUNCH OF LAWYERING ASSES WHO LIES.
HE IS SHAMELESSLY LYING. A LOT WORSE THAN WHAT WE THOUGHT OF HIM. SHAME ON YOU.

Posted by: REPUBLICAN JACK ASS | September 15, 2008 7:29 PM

McCain's answers, like Dylan's lyrics go, are 'blowin' in the wind'.

Posted by: TruthIsSuperiorToHonor | September 15, 2008 7:29 PM

As a centrist voter, I am open to seeing both sides, but this packaging of McCain and Palin as a pair of outsiders coming into reform the policies, platforms, and institutionalized practices of their party (which they themselves have supported way, way more often than the "maverick" nickname suggests) is not just transparent, it's laughably so. We need an entire administration change. Parties (and all their financial backers and the institutions that they are bound up with) don't change very easily. Even if McCain were still the independent he appeared to be in 2000 (which he absolutely ain't), it'd be a long, long uphill battle trying to transform the Republican administration. Instead, we'd clearly see his own transformation--wait, we already have seen that over the past few years. He's a party sellout; Palin's an extreme evangelical from the hardcore right, no matter how they try to downplay that. Voting for them is not voting for change: it's voting for a third term of the party that brought us this entire mess. The hits just keep on coming. Wake up, America. Take back your country.

Posted by: DP | September 15, 2008 7:30 PM

So which is it? The Economy is strong or in crisis? Sen. McCain has already said he doesn't know much about the Economy, he can't even send an e-mail! Bottom line: He's too old and she is the Governor of a welfare state that hands out money that comes from record high oil prices.

Posted by: RTS | September 15, 2008 7:31 PM

Jerry 7:10pm; I have to agree, Reaganomics was about tax breaks & military spending, causing huge increases in the national debt. 20% of our taxes goes to pay the interest on the debt, now if we had a plan to remove the debt we could cut taxes by 20% and keep the same level of government services. McCain says he is giving tax cuts by cutting spending, but is committed to grow government spending by 2.4% in an economy with little or no GDP growth; the only outcome is that he will grow the debt (again). Borrowing more money to give tax breaks is like borrowing on your credit card to go on vacation; it feels great for a while but take for every to pay off.

All this populist talk about cutting pork barrel spending is, as Palin admitted, about 'bringing it out of the shadows', not about any significant reduction in spending because many of the projects are valuable and the percentage of pork barrel is tiny compared with other spending.

The reality is that virtually no one globally has been able to significantly cut government spending because most of it is for valuable services. The best you can do is cut military spending by reducing risks and wars and keeping government spending flat while you wait for GDP to grow past you, thus reducing debt from increased tax receipts.

The irony is that GDP grows by spending, not by cutting. Investing in things that help people generate an income, such as healthcare, infrastructure and education increase GDP. Making sure that the less well off have more money increases GDP because they spending it and it multiplies in the economy, giving it to the wealthy to invest in the global economy is far less effective.

Posted by: mick t | September 15, 2008 7:32 PM

What a sh** show!

Posted by: Betty White | September 15, 2008 7:35 PM

I love how he calls it the McCain-Palin plan, desparate to mention her name. Like they both sat down one night and hatched it out, when they probably couldn't divide up a restaurant bill between them.

The shine is off Palin, no one wants to hear about her anymore now that something serious is happening. "oh were gunna do some fixin". Yeah right, lol, any details on that? I didn't think so.

Posted by: robin | September 15, 2008 7:39 PM

Lets all be honest here...Obama, fast talker, never ran anything worth talking about, has blamed everyone but he is also in it for the fame and money. Read what he has voted for in Illinois, played his hand to get a crooked judge elected...same crap everyone else is doing. McCain at least knows what is going on in the Itelligence area's has a real insight on what is going on in Washington, yes..he is crooked too. So who to vote for??? Who cares...I rather have a used car salesman in there. If either one of these professional liars get 10% of anything they say done..it will be a miracle, believe me. Read the past elections..same crap again. To me military spending should match education spending dime for dime. At least one day we will be smart enough to know what is going on. Good Luck to everyone with any sense of the truth.

Posted by: Someone that cares.. | September 15, 2008 7:39 PM

I wonder how many bills Obama authored to clean up Washington in his time as a Senator. I understand he's authored no major bills of any sort. McCain has, including anti-corruption ones (even if they didn't make it past the rest of congress).

Posted by: Mike | September 15, 2008 7:39 PM

None of you know what you are talking about

Posted by: jack | September 15, 2008 7:40 PM

Unfortunately, we're in this mess partly because of failed economic policies that McCain proposes. It's simple: reducing taxes means less money in government, reduces the power of the dollar, and prevents America's government from functioning. As of now, we have not cut the fat; important programs including education and research have been devastated, and as a result other countries are surpassing us in those areas. Continued cuts will only exacerbate this.

The theory that lowering taxes enhances spending in the economy has just not worked; it may be true to some theoretical extent, but it just hasn't worked. It has not worked in Reagan's years and it sure hasn't worked since W has been in office.

Bush Sr. actually saw this after the Reagan years and had to increase taxes; it's actually part of the reason we had the boom in the 90's.

And yet, where has our tax cuts with W taken us? I'm currently in the generation of Americans that will have to pay for this debacle. Even a 6 year old understands something this simple: not giving an institution money leads to less money.

A final thing to note: is McCain really qualified in economic matters? I don't think he has proven himself to such a degree. This kind of horrid thinking merely adds to that.

Posted by: Dave P | September 15, 2008 7:41 PM

McCain is no God, but at least he can see the Problem. Obama however is only pointing figures at others. Its easy to blame Bush or others, but what would Obama have done if he was in their shoes. Today, Obama is trying to dishonor McCain - but he don't realize that he is spitting on the sky, the gravity will do the magic and he will get it on his own face.

Posted by: Jake Maslow. | September 15, 2008 7:43 PM

McCain isn't listening to his friend Greenspan who stated yesterday that McCain's economic plan won't work, without significant cuts in spending in other areas. Supply side economics didn't work after Reagan (Bush the first HAD to raise taxes), and ironically his son now used supply side economics to benefit the rich, and reduce the well-being of the middle class and poor in our country. Now McCain talks about more tax cuts, staying in Iraq (presumably financed with more tax cuts for the rich and corporations). But at the same time, he opposes legislation to benefit veterans. McCain would say just about anything to get elected, but of course, during the convention, both McCain and Palin said nothing about the issues. Yet the press follows Palin around now like some kind of "celebrity" (funny that McCain called Obama that). Yet to hear an intelligent well-reasoned response from her, not to mention she comes off as a apocalyptic religious nut, who doesn't believe in birth control or the right of a woman to make a choice. I certainly don't want her in any position to be able to have to press the button...... Go ahead McCain and keep increasing out foreign financed deficit spending, because both you and Palin are big on that Congressional pork.... I guess your entire ad campaign is based upon half-truths, distortions and outright falsehoods against an esteemed graduate of Harvard Law School.... Of course, McCain finished near the bottom of his class at Annapolis, and left his wife and children.... Haven't seen much of that issue covered by the press...

Of course, I will give the Republicans credit for trying to impose their dictatorial religious views on me, while convincing themselves that they alone talk to God, or are "God-ordained", as they certainly can't convince me of that crap in church (Does McCain have a church?). I am sorry that I was so gravely mistaken to believe that I am a Christian too, as only "true" Christians and "true" Americans are Republicans I guess..... Why does George Orwell come to mind?

Of course, I agree with one thing with the Republican party, is that it is apparent that the Republican campaign machine knows and understand that a lot of American people don't really understand economics, but that those people only really only want to hear what they want to hear.....

So once again the McCain ad campaign marches on by saying absolutely nothing, or talking nonsense and trash, or making misleading statements about the opposing candidate. Even Republicans have admitted that his ads are "over the line". I don't vote for liars. The economy is great, but the economy is in "crisis"... Huh? McCain supported Republican's supply side economics big time, including George's deficit spending, now it's time for our country to reap what it has sowed.... Could never really understand how so called "conservatives" are the biggest deficit spenders in the history of our country, and numbers don't lie, just begin with Ronald Reagan....

McCain and Palin scare the ever-living crap out of me.....

Posted by: raven | September 15, 2008 7:43 PM

All these Obama Mites thinks that Obamam and Democratic Congress cando better to reform our government. Do you think Obama received $80MIllion from small middle class people like me ? Wake up fellow Americans we are smarter than that. I'm glad I'm an independent. I'm glad Obama found his match with Mrs. Palin eventhough she is only VP nominee. Can you imagine if she is thPresidential Nominee. Because of the Obama Euphoria, Senator Clinton got shuffled under the rug by the democrats. By the way, when Obama loses Hilary Clinton will rise like a Phoenix.

Posted by: betchang | September 15, 2008 7:44 PM

the mortgage crisis has its roots in the CLINTON administration. The same administration that brought you the dot com bubble and attacks from terrorists. This one just took a little while to come home to roost. Did anyone mention that Barack Obama took more lobbying money from Fannie and Freddie than all but one US Lawmaker. He's not change. He's steal the change. You might need to have him win to learn how much you all are wrong. But I seriously don't think the country can afford that.

Posted by: steve | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM

Did anyone else notice how the term "special interest" was over the Lehman Brothers sign in their latest commercial about the economy? A little anti-semitism here? I think so.

Posted by: l.w. los angeles | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM

How does this work. McCain said Republicans got us into this mess and we should now vote Republican. Doing the same over and over and expecting a different result is insanaty.

Posted by: CFE | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM

Does the Obama camp have any fresh ideas? Where has Biden been all this time? Are we ever going to get away from this blame game? This market crisis needs time to play out and so we need to be patient and level-headed. No amount of screaming or finger-pointing is going to help.

Posted by: WeNeedProgressNow!!! | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM

Palin will sell America on eBay and pocket the procedes if elected.

Posted by: CAV | September 15, 2008 7:45 PM

Two billion dollars a week thrown down the drain in Iraq.

No wonder our economy is in the tank. End the madness now.

Bush/McCain/Cheney lied, 4000 died.

Bush claims that our troops are in Iraq to act as a magnet for the terrorists so they won't attack us at home. That is a total lie. We have lost over 4,000 loyal soldiers, had over 30,000 terrible casualties, spent over a trillion dollars to act as a "magnet?" They hate us because we are in their country. Time to wake up and stop being lied to.


Old man McCain is a "dead man walking," his father died at 70, and his grandfather at 63. He has had four bouts with melanoma in the last few years, and his physicians have refused to release his comprehensive medical records which include the military ones that probably indicate post traumatic stress syndrome from his POW days. His forgetfulness, anger, impatience, and irrational lack of judgment all point to this type of disorder.

His choice, in this light, of the totally unqualified moose killer Palin is cynical in the extreme. It shows callous disregard of what is needed to get our country out of its problems at home and abroad.

The McCain/Palin offer no solutions or ideas. They just bring us daily doses of Steve Schmidt/Karl Rove hate and smear lies.

The news media is picking up on their tactics this time- unlike 2004- and thus both McCain and Palin are attacking them.
Neither of them can stand the heat from being exposed for what they are. Liars.

When Sarah Palin ran for Governor she was kept completely under wraps. The press was not allowed anywhere near her, for good reason. She is only capable of mouthing cliches, soundbytes, and trite non sequiturs. McCain is handling her the same way in this campaign. No more interviews after the disastrous one with Charles Gibson.

We can't afford to have a vindictive small town, part time, know nothing President. Keep in mind, in the first year as Governor, she spent 300 days and nights at home- 600 miles from her office in Juneau- and charged Alaskans per diem expenses for doing it. $17,000 for meals, and $43,000 for transportation? Some reform.

Not this time.

Posted by: Phil | September 15, 2008 7:46 PM

Hey McQUAINT get a grip.. enough hiding behind PAY-lin

Posted by: GOP | September 15, 2008 7:46 PM

Just two weeks ago McCain was saying the economy was "Good". Now after the bottom drops out his people rush out an ad talking about the "crisis" and calling himself and Palin "reformers" Yeah, right. Palin got Wasilla Federal ear marks amounting to 3400 dollars per person while Mayor. McCain supported bush (his own words) 90 percent fo the time for the last 7 years. The 10 percent he went against bush he supported the Democrats. Elect these two "reformers" and we'll just be deeper in the Republican nightmare of Corporate Socialism. It's your money (or debt). You decide. Senator Obama and Senator Biden are the only honest people in this race.

Posted by: downhill240 | September 15, 2008 7:47 PM

After the bridge in Mississippi along I-35W fell into the river. The senate reacted to the tragedy. Yet when Obama was given the opportunity to vote for an amendment to transfer money earmarked for bicycle paths to fixing America’s bridges. He voted against the amendment.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00333

Posted by: dan | September 15, 2008 7:48 PM

OCB (ol' Cranky Bastard) should concentrate on his MAC lessons, History and Geography. His GAFFES are as big as lies that he tells. He is obviously suffering from CRS (Can't Remember Sh**) aka Alzheimer?s He should go lay down somewhere.

Fundamentally sound?? Send this old goat to the Navy retirement home in Missouri.

He is Fundamentally retarded.

Posted by: Not OCB | September 15, 2008 7:49 PM

Paying for tax breaks with more debt is not a plan that a rational person would put forth as a serious consideration. That is how this nation has ended up with as much debt as it has.
Fact check the claim to cut pork. This GOP ticket does not have a record that will stand the light of day. They are hoping that you will not look at the facts but rely on their repeated lies. They think that if they tell the same lie over and over again then someone will believe it. I, for one, am not that stupid.
The tragedy is that the GOP lost its economic focus when Regan came into office. We’re all paying for that today and your grandchildren will be paying for it as well.
Don’t let the GOP fool you again. Vote to put Obama in office and put an end to the insanity.

Posted by: Ernie | September 15, 2008 7:53 PM

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong."

"Outsourcing our jobs will create jobs"

"A large trade deficit is a sign of a growing economy"

I thought republicans were telling lies like these because they thought the people where stupid, now I'm starting to think it's the other way around.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 7:53 PM

The economy is in crisis under the Bush-McCain-Palin economic plans.....Palin said today that her job is getting McCains plans completed......and McCain has shown that he has voted for Bush 90% of the time and wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, and only allow them to be veto'd by 2/3rds majority if he is prez....

The Bush-McCain-Palin economic plan as it pertains to taxes, the housing crisis and jobs are all in-sync.....they are offering more of the same........we cant allow it.....dont cast your vote on race or gender, but agenda.....

Obama is the Change We Need.....

McBush-Palin have already proven that they want to continue failed policies and will not waver on that foundation because the jobless rate is the highest in 8 years and the dow fell the furthest since 9/11.......

Put aside the American Idol-esque upsets, the gender issue and the racial issues.....vote for the agenda, the vision and wisdom

Vote Obama

Posted by: Oregon4Obama | September 15, 2008 7:54 PM

No Backtrack Obama or McSame can save the economy. 21st century doesn't belong to US. We have started war on lies killing no Osama but unarmend women and children from Central Asia to Middle East. In the history Empires have fallen when they become arrogant and that is what unfolding here. Shame on us for believing the lairs in DC and media in the name of security.

Posted by: Adam | September 15, 2008 7:55 PM

It is sad that McCain has to flipflop on the economy in the same day. He must think the public is stupid.

Posted by: NotABanker | September 15, 2008 7:56 PM

Finally!!! He's sees the economy is bad. He finally realized people were not drinking the spiked Kool Aid and decided the economy is bad and we need change. What's next "Yes We Can!!" Sorry McCain. Change would have been Romney for the Republicans. The Straight Talk Express is the Double Talk Express with a driver willing to give up the very principle which made him a Maverick in order to kiss up the the "Agents of Intolerance" as McCain called the extreme right a few ago..

Posted by: Felix | September 15, 2008 7:56 PM

Allah be praised. Brother Obama will lead us to the new Caliphate

Posted by: BG | September 15, 2008 7:57 PM

Most Americans still have their jobs and still own their homes. The banks are still begging Americans to borrow more money, so few are going broke -- at least for now. Moreover, economics is difficult for most Americans to grasp. They'd rather pass debt along to succeeding generations than to pay for it now with higher taxes, and they would like to see taxes on the rich drastically reduced. What brings them to the polls are bumper sticker issues: abortion, gay marriage, drugs, and above all -- fear, fear, fear of all that lies outside our borders.

Posted by: apresmoiladeluge | September 15, 2008 7:57 PM

I am suprised this didn't hit right after WTC 911 when the thrust was to break our financial backbone. Does anyone else remember being afraid of mall attacks?
I think the one mover was Bush walking out to throw a PITCH at a baseball game.
All of us were glued tro the tv, sincerely believing that he would be shot.Talk is cheap,

We were usshered through very bad times only to lose the entire South of the USA to Katrina and conquistadores carrying Mexican flags through American streets.

Like it or not, things had to level out.
Now that it has begun invest in the new banks emerging and cheap realestate, the SALE on stocks days are back.

Condem Bush all you want, but he did stave off a lot we could have faced earlier in this war. I think this 7 years is only the beginning of this war.
The reality is that we are now getting attacked from within, and loose borders will be W's worst legacy.


Posted by: dotty | September 15, 2008 7:58 PM

McCain-Palin ad says

-TOUGHER RULES ON WALL STREET TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE SAVINGS
(most of Americans don't have life savings and they are not rich as McCain and his barbie)
-NO SPECIAL INTEREST GIVEAWAYS
(McCain is the one that receives giveaways from his lobyists and he has to conceal them from us)
-LOWER TAXES TO CREATE NEW JOBS
(Lowering taxes doesn't create any jobs, it puts more money in pocket of rich people and their corporations)
-OFFSHORE DRILLING TO REDUCE GAS PRCES
(just how low we can get it and who will sell it to us. Maybe Bush and his Family)

THIS AD WAS THREE MAJOR ISSUES THAT WERE PROMISED BY BUSH IN 2000 AND 2004. JUST LIKE I THOUGHT, SAME FREAKIN' PIG.

Posted by: BOBSTER | September 15, 2008 7:58 PM

What has our democratic congress been doing for the past two years. If they saw this coming, why didn't they act?

The truth is too many people bought way over their head, buying homes they couldn't afford and hoping appreciation would continue to increase in double digits so they could refinance and buy more luxury items. The financial institutions played on this "dream" for profit. When you saw shacks going for 450,000...any sane person had to realize the market couldn't keep going up.

Now these stupid people and the financial institutes are crying, "woe is me" and its the governments fault.

Posted by: concerned08 | September 15, 2008 7:59 PM

If you are interested in THE DEPTH OF MCCAIN"S DISHONOR, read this: http://www.usvetdsp.com/manchuan.htm and this: http://www.usvetdsp.com/mar08/mccain_manchurian.htm
Do you want this man representing you against Russians and Chinese?

Posted by: Veracity | September 15, 2008 8:00 PM

If Americans think that this McCain/Palin ticket would fix the economy they are just plain stupid.

It should be obvious by now that the Palin choice was a strategic one to counter Barack Obama's "racial minority" advantage and the loss of Hillary's "women minority" advantage. It has nothing to do with her ablities. There are several other women and minority republicans who would qualify for the job. What a joke on Americans this has been.... And NO a "hockey mom pitbull with lipstick" is not a good choice to fix the economy or the many other problems plaguing this nation.
She might be good at resolving bingo parlour brawls. This is much larger.. Wake up people.

Posted by: JJAke | September 15, 2008 8:00 PM

Isn't Mc Cain the old geezer who said he wasn't very strong when it came to economics? And Miz Paling is just into mega-government welfare (grants, earmarks, anything for her outstretched hand in Alaska). Frankly, if the majority of the electorate elects these middle-or-the-road nobodies, then you will get what you deserve. No abortion, a pretty face, a decrepit addle-brained and tempermental old man, and a 'used-to-be-great' has-been country. Time to let only educated adults vote. Of course, first you have to insist on a good education system.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:02 PM

The economy is the biggest issue right now because it effects us so directly. However, I am most concerned with the environment because it will have a much greater effect on us in the future if we don’t address it now. Given the state we’re in, I think it is very important for us, as consumers, to support ‘green business.’ For example, I came across an interesting website http://www.simplestop.net that stops your postal junk mail and benefits the environment. I hope the next President will support the effort.

Posted by: Clark | September 15, 2008 8:04 PM

What has our democratic congress been doing for the past two years. If they saw this coming, why didn't they act?
Posted by: concerned08 | September 15, 2008 7:59 PM

REPLY: Please have little longer memory than a 2 years. It will probably take another 2 years to clean up after republican congress and senate and Bushi has to stop vetoing everything.

Posted by: BOBSTER | September 15, 2008 8:05 PM

I am not affraid of Iraq, Iran, Afghanastan, Russia, or Al-quaida.

I am affraid of the Republican party.

And maybe China.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:09 PM

I am not affraid of Iraq, Iran, Afghanastan, Russia, or Al-quaida.

I am affraid of the Republican party.

And maybe China.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:09 PM

REPLY: Right on point!!!!! I would still rather buy oil from Arabs than from Bush and Chenney offshore drilling with Halliburton.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:12 PM

Posted by: jim | September 15, 2008 7:25 PM
"At least in this ad McCain is:
2. Acknowledging a problem with the economy
Finally something relevant. It may be wishful thinking to expect more."

No, Senator McCain should admit he voted with bush to create the problem!!


concerned08 posts Sept. 15, 2008 7:59 PM
"What has our democratic congress been doing for the past two years. If they saw this coming, why didn't they act?"

You mean control of the House.
Control of the Senate is still a dead heat;
49 democrats, 49 republicans and 2 Lieberman independents.

Are you paying attention or repeating talk radio gibberish????


Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:15 PM

Musharaff just called!!!
He wants us to vote for the old guy.

Posted by: Press`0` for Operator | September 15, 2008 8:15 PM

Al-Qaeda just called and wants to listen to Sarah Plain, They said she is good for our country.

Posted by: Press`0` for Operator | September 15, 2008 8:21 PM

Its just shocking that on one stage McCant can say our economy is solid,fundamentals sound, and release an ad the same day saying we are in a "Crisis". Who the heck is running his ad campaign, and does he know whats being released from day to day??For someone who proclaims such profound experience for leadership, he sure DOESNT seem to be LEADING his own campaign very well.
JS McCain is totally out of touch with AMERICA, he has no idea what the Economics are doing to the USA on a daily basis, all of this hype for 2 weeks is crashing around him, and every time he opens his mouth it drops a little lower.
With economics happening as we have seen in just this year alone, it wont be just the people at Freddie, Fannie or Lehman loosing their jobs.Hundreds of companies affiliated with, financed by , or who's work force is driven by these companies will be gone, the jobs will never return.People with educations,a corner office might be fliiping burgers because its the only job he can find.Its just TOTAL DISCONNECTION to beleive in any way that our economy is sound.
People have been squawking about the Democrats being in control of the Senate for a year and a half, and how they have done nothing to stop these things from happenening. Its impossible to stop a tidal wave the Republicans have allowed to grow for nearly 12 years.
The GOP and McCain now claim they are going to reform Washington, they are the party that can get it done.But Arent they also the Party of Smaller Government?? So, with less government, as we have seen from the shifting Bush has done, they are going to be able to put better Controls in place of the dysfunctional ones we see happening today??
I dont buy it, cant beleive a word coming out of Palins mouth, and John McCain is so out of touch with the real AMERICAN Society, I could never trust him.

Posted by: Unbeleiving | September 15, 2008 8:24 PM

I just read an interesting thread linked from this page that seemed to revolve largely around abortion rights. Not being a woman, I may have personal opinions about this issue and have not thus far been in a situation where it needed to be considered- the thing that gets me is how the conservatives seem willing to vote McFailin' just based on this issue, the dismal economy and every other problem we as a nation are experiencing due to the last 8 years. It's like they don't care what these kids will be born into, as long as they're born. Talk about throwing out the baby with the bath water!

Posted by: mack13 | September 15, 2008 8:27 PM

I am an independent voter. This election is not about either man, in my view. It's about who they will bring with them and what policies they will implement. All I know is this, folks: Obama will bring a team that led a huge economic expansion (Rudin, et al). McCain is inheriting the team Bush has. And where he differs it's worse: He wants Phil Gramm as treasury secretary, the same Gramm that called us all whiners for complainin abuot the economic problems. McCain's policies are going to be the same as Bush's. Anyone who says differently has no idea how party politics works. You don't get high up in your party without understanding this. McCain will do exactly what Bush has been doing.

Obama is no saint nor a miracle worker, I have little doubht. But is better suited to solving the problems hitting us now. McCain simply can't. He's too much a part of the machine.

McCain = machine. The same old nonsense. As a father of two and a middle class family man, I'm voting for a democrat, folks,for the first time since Clinton in 92. I urge you to do the same so we can turn this country around.

Thanks!

Posted by: joe | September 15, 2008 8:32 PM

Bush is still trying to solve the problems developed by the Clinton Administration when the internet became as popular at work as eating pork belly paid for cream cheese and bagels. Come On! What's the Delta? I LOST my job because I voted for Bush and I still don't get housing OR food stamps. Let's hear it for McCain and Palin and you can tell George and Dick they are doing one hell of a job. In the mean time take the bus and shop at the food bank.

Posted by: Cox | September 15, 2008 8:32 PM

This is a form of mind control, brainwashing. If you here and say it long enough you will believe it.

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

Is it working?


Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 8:34 PM

And it hasnt been 2 years, actually less than 18 months since Democrats won a slim majority.the only problem is, the majority is so slim, it only gave them control of the house, meaning they get to set agendas, scheduling for hearings, appointments to panels, etc. etc. etc.
Other than that, their still hogtied ny the Republican party by way of the voting process, to pass a issue or reform, Democrats would have to get something like 12 republicans to vote with them on the issue, and the Republican Party has staunchly refused to allow any reform bills from passing.
Pelosi and crew have'nt done a great job of managing their assets, but for the larger reason, Republicans voting against everything they didnt subscribe, and BUSH even vetoing some things they did, The Democrats have been effectively neutralized.they need 9 more seats this election cycle, or a president that wont VETO reform bills to " Get things Done"
Pelosi and Reid have been beat down pretty good for months now, at the hands of bad judgement from the Republicans in Senate, and in the White House.

Its Time For Real Change, Y'all.
OBAMA / BIDEN . Real Change, From People You can Trust.

Posted by: mullett | September 15, 2008 8:44 PM

Dave P - I reckon why the lowering the taxes on the rich hasn't worked to trickle down is because the people making the massive amounts of money (much of it from the wars) were sending it off to tax havens - so not only were they paying lower taxes that still wasn't enough for them! Had to try and keep nearly all of it it would seem - not enough trickling down to ordinary people, meanwhile they are using ordinary people to fight in their wars that they make money out of via munitions, inflated gas prices and rebuilding after they destroy!

Posted by: JayKay2 | September 15, 2008 8:52 PM

The McCain camp is only good at one thing..
Reality TV... Other than that they will always be behind the ball or simply follow other leadership that seems to work. Please I beg of all Americans dont not vote for McCain.. It will only reward think Reality TV platform that does not solve problems.. it just makes emotional & shallow TV.

Posted by: eric | September 15, 2008 8:55 PM

Make no mistake - the American people were raped by the last 8 years and they are trying to work the same old divisions to continue that rape and they will end up destroying everything, including themselves, in their pursuit of greed. It HAS to be stopped now - not in 4 years - the clean up needs to start happening NOW.

Posted by: JayKay2 | September 15, 2008 9:00 PM

I know I "endorsered Sen McCain"... however his tax plan won't work in this "once-in-a-century financial crisis" and now a "less than 50% chance of being in a recession" as a result. "The nation cannot afford 3.3 trillion dollars of tax cuts proposed by McCain without matching cuts in spending".

Posted by: Alan Greenspan | September 15, 2008 9:01 PM

Can someone advice McCain that before he makes derogatory comments against special interests and lobbyists, he needs to fire his Rick Davis first.

Posted by: Raymond Micheals | September 15, 2008 9:37 PM

Sen McCain is going to "clean Up "wall street,to protect are savings?as a member of the keating five how hard did he work to return the hundreds of million that was take from the Savings and loan Zero not one time did he say he was sorry for screwing that all of those old folks lost there whole life savings when he was a board member "John McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised "poor judgment" he .by his fellow senators, a get out of jail card due to his POW service and Glenn for the man on the moon. we are in a bad situation

Posted by: letsnotforget | September 15, 2008 9:39 PM

Obviously John McCain doesn't fly economy.

Posted by: robin | September 15, 2008 9:40 PM

...Yet when Obama was given the opportunity to vote for an amendment to transfer money earmarked for bicycle paths to fixing America’s bridges. He voted against the amendment.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00333

Posted by: dan | September 15, 2008 7:48 PM

Dan - I checked the link you posted and found "Obama (D-IL), Yea" in the vote summary, i.e., FOR - not against - the amendment (or, rather, "On the Motion to Table (Motion to Table Coburn Amdt. No. 2811)" - ya gotta love political process!).

Please clarify your position - thanks!

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"So long, and thanks for all the fish!"

Posted by: trace | September 15, 2008 9:40 PM

PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA!

PROPAGANDA every day from the republican PROPAGANDA MACHINE. Every day we are being blinded by PROPAGANDA. They deregulated the markets that created the complicated investments that have lost us billions and has our economy is ruins. PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA. It's a word our society has deemed sinister, and we are inundated with the same ROVIAN STYLE PROPAGANDA.

PROPAGANDA Scaring us about 9/11, terrorists. Are we afraid to live in our own country? Fearful images, PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA REPUBLICANS KEEP YOU SAFE! PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA Forcing you to look at the one who looks different, XENOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA! They tell us the most highly educated, compassionate, logical, level-headed, charismatic and unifying candidate of my lifetime is devious and weak, one of the ones YOU FEAR. PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA

PROPAGANDA Use the word. PROPAGANDA you have seen it before, do not get fooled again! PROPAGANDA They'd like you to believe it is a crime to define their treachery as what it is. PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA

Posted by: PROPAGANDA! | September 15, 2008 9:42 PM

PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA!

PROPAGANDA every day from the republican PROPAGANDA MACHINE. Every day we are being blinded by PROPAGANDA. They deregulated the markets that created the complicated investments that have lost us billions and has our economy is ruins. PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA. It's a word our society has deemed sinister, and we are inundated with the same ROVIAN STYLE PROPAGANDA.

PROPAGANDA Scaring us about 9/11, terrorists. Are we afraid to live in our own country? Fearful images, PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA REPUBLICANS KEEP YOU SAFE! PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA Forcing you to look at the one who looks different, XENOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA! They tell us the most highly educated, compassionate, logical, level-headed, charismatic and unifying candidate of my lifetime is devious and weak, one of the ones YOU FEAR. PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA

PROPAGANDA Use the word. PROPAGANDA you have seen it before, do not get fooled again! PROPAGANDA They'd like you to believe it is a crime to define their treachery as what it is. PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA PROPAGANDA

Posted by: PROPAGANDA! | September 15, 2008 9:53 PM

Sorry, Dan - I'm really tired, that's my only excuse! As I posted the words "Motion to Table" just found the little bit of my brain that's not out to lunch at the moment. I think I'll just go home now!

Posted by: trace | September 15, 2008 9:55 PM

McCain's mental state is very scary!

Posted by: Dave | September 15, 2008 10:05 PM

I guess they didn't teach much economics in the naval academy back in the late 1950's. Even if they did, McCain barely made it through.

Posted by: Navy Dad | September 15, 2008 10:10 PM

The abortion issue is totally disingenuous on the part of “the right - they don’t want poor people to abort their fetuses, because the evil “MF” want armies of Americans who will fight foreign wars in order to protect their sick fantasy of American global hegemony. What a funny notion that is when we are on our way to being the sixth most estimable nation in the Americas.

Apparently McCain changed his view when he realized these fetuses were potential bloody fodder to thrown against our ever expanding enemies. The revelaton came to him when at a leadership conference at the war college in Carlise Pa : he was taken aside and explained this fact, having never been quick on the pick up. He was told unlike in Vietnam we are restrictedto obtaining our boot fodder from people who were to poor or too ignorant to go to college. i.e those who might be candidates for abortion.

To his credit it made him feel bad that you coul’nt get good red booded average Americans to want to die, and be maimed fighting for their country. One of the officers asked him if he rember the part in the decline and fall where Gibbons reference a similar situation om late Rome. McCain said he had never been to Rome but like anchovies on his Pizza.

Posted by: Chuck Trent | September 15, 2008 10:17 PM

Next, we'll see the two of them holding hands and crying (on que that is). Come on, wake up, like "W" these two will say anything and do anything to get your vote. They really believe americans forget after six months. After 7-1/2 years of Bush garbarge in, garbage out, my vote this time goes to OBAMA--take it all the way Obama!! And Gods Speed because "W" has left you a mess (and sadly, he's proud of it)!

Posted by: Say What! | September 15, 2008 10:36 PM

ALASKA LOVES SARAH for the great work she has done reforming government to work for the citizens, and AMERICA IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH SARAH for her genuine sincerity, honesty and brilliant mind.

It is time to recognize that women can do a great job, many times better than men and Sarah Palin's record shows she is exceptional.

The Obama campaign and the liberal media is in disarray, confused and foaming at the mouth after the Maverick, John McCain chose Sarah Palin, a woman reformer for VP. Their response has been a vicious attack on Sarah ranging from insults to smearing and the sexist tactics that brought Hillary's campaign crashing down.

Obama fractured and divided the democratic party when he rejected the choice of 18 million democrats and instead of choosing Hillary for VP, he chose an old Washington politician Joe Biden, and by this grave mistake in choice, negated the flag of "change" Obama had been waiving and replaced it with the "more of the same" one.

On the other side, The Maverick stole the mantra of change from Barack when he selected a woman reformer for VP, who has gained the respect of the State she governs as well as of the nation governors.

The McCain/Palin ticket has also given hope to all the 18 million former Hillary supporters who now have a very compelling reason to vote for the republican ticket, as a way to put their country first by electing a president that has the qualifications, experience and love for our country and at the same time elect a woman to the White House as equal partners in governance and leadership of our country.

Country First!
DEMOCRATS FOR McCain/Palin!

Posted by: Manolete | September 15, 2008 10:58 PM

I'm sorry...what did I just see? "W" has left you a mess (and sadly, he's proud of it)!" Is that a joke, do you seriously think that George Bush is happy that he has been dealt this hand? Who are you to say that Bush is happy of this mess we're in?

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Posted by: Anonymous | September 15, 2008 10:58 PM

i think it's a good ad. this is going to be the biggest issue going into the election. the economy is in a mess, and no one party is responsible. everyone was part of the problem. I read an interesting article on the peoria journal star, and it cited how both candidates have misled voters to some degree. that's politics for you.

Posted by: james | September 15, 2008 11:15 PM

Dear country,
I love your little "poem", homily". whatever is it? Not wisdom, but c ute))))) very, very cute.
You could have it done in needlepoint, by useng innuit child labor, and sell it in Krakerl Barrel( or did they go bankrupt"
Oh, well I'm sure dan will ,buy a couple of gross for :the Holidays".

I ratther see a wood block called alla tojo- with w, chaney and McCain doing the right thing by the nation.

Sarah should go back to Alska and smoke fish or something.

C huck the woodchuck

Posted by: chuck trent | September 15, 2008 11:28 PM

Relax my friends. We are only stopping for ice. Nothing to worry about. As the Captain of the Greatest Ship the world has ever seen you can trust my leadership and judgement.

First Officer Palin, what was that horrible sound?? Call Todd and ask him what happened!

Why is the ship stopped? Officer Palin is that part of God's Plan? Have you talked to him lately? You speak in togues don't you? What did he tell you?

My friends, the ship is fundamentally in good condition. The water across the deck is just part of global warming. Nothing to see here folks, move along the Promenade Deck.

Palin are we near land? Can you see Russia? Where are we? Wish we had the Bridge to Anywhere right about now.

Posted by: Double Talk Express | September 16, 2008 12:09 AM

ALASKA LOVES SARAH for the great work she has done reforming government to work for the citizens, and AMERICA IS FALLING IN LOVE WITH SARAH for her genuine sincerity, honesty and brilliant mind.

honesty would be admitting she was for the bridge before she was against it. Candidness would be admitting you kept the bridge money.

Ok, let's not get bogged down with facts.

I don't really have a brilliant mind Charlie but I think you cann see Russia from my backyard. And I'm not real brilliant on just what the VP does which is why I asked that question on YouTube.

After all the only brilliant question is the one asked by a brilliant person, right Charlie?

Now about the bush Doctrine, let me ask Todd. When ever I can't think of a brilliant answer I ask Todd. He's a snow mobiler you know. It just comes with the territory up here in Alaska, you know Charlie??

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 12:17 AM

Knik Arm Crossing?

Silver State Bank?

Google them.

Reformers?

OBAMA/BIDEN 08!

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | September 16, 2008 12:19 AM

If it wasn't for Fox News McCain and Palin would be on late night Talk Radio. McCain sold his soul to George Bush. As for Palin, at least she can skin a Moose ?

Posted by: SadAmerican | September 16, 2008 1:02 AM

Palin is going to sell us all in foriegn countries. I can't stand this pig. She's a liar and manipulating the American people. I can't wait till November, proving that American people are educated and can't be manipulated by a pig. She needs to start packing her things and move to Russia since she can see Russia from her backyard. What a Shame! She has a pig skin and pig attitude. American people will toast her after this election!

Posted by: goldieluck | September 16, 2008 1:05 AM

R e l a x, Y'awll!!!

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"

Posted by: T-Prop | September 16, 2008 1:23 AM

Fantasy based administrations give us the best entertainment value.

Four More Years!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 1:29 AM

Palin is going to sell us all...I can't wait till November, proving that American people are educated...

Posted by: goldieluck | September 16, 2008 1:05 AM
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Ah, Goldie ---- Ya Think???

Posted by: T-Prop | September 16, 2008 1:42 AM

Just what are these "fundamentals", exactly, if they are not homes, jobs, banks, and energy prices?

And just what has Obama done in the Senate about the unregulated, untrammeled running wild of Wall Street? Nothing. He is too busy running for president.

Posted by: Chicago1 | September 16, 2008 1:54 AM

"The McCain/Palin ticket has also given hope to all the 18 million former Hillary supporters who now have a very compelling reason to vote for the republican ticket."

Gag. The economic, social, and foreign policy goals that were dear to Hillary Clinton are anathema to John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Women who supported Hillary for her hopes and ideals are not going to vote for the curmudgeon and his token woman.

Be assured, if the old man is successful in pulling off this travesty, the only way that the Palin bunch will have any influence on his administration is if he dies. Maybe that's what the evangelicals and the wing nits are counting on.

She is ignorant, uninformed, and proud of it. Just what America needs. Not.

Posted by: Lucy | September 16, 2008 1:54 AM

...the unregulated, untrammeled running wild of Wall Street?...

Posted by: Chicago1 | September 16, 2008 1:54 AM
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It's Called "Capitalism."

Posted by: T=Prop | September 16, 2008 1:58 AM

If I hear that "Bridge fron Nowhere" lie out of her mouth one more time, I am going to throw up.

Sarah Palin is a deceitful person with a zero respect for honesty and no shame. Nobody ever expected anything else from someone who calls themself a barracuda- except a real barracuda lets you know what their intentions are.

Sarah, we don't want your high school yearbook pals to foist their inexperience and lack of national and international policy on our government.

Alaskans are just finding out the consequences of electing someone who lies about being a reformer- and instead continues the same old style cronyism that they have long had to put up with.

Stop lying about the Bridge. You took the money and spent it on something else after Congress started looking into it.

Posted by: Mrs. Moose | September 16, 2008 2:08 AM

...Sarah Palin is a deceitful person with a zero respect for honesty and no shame....inexperience and lack of national and international policy...

Posted by: Mrs. Moose | September 16, 2008 2:08 AM __________________________________
Why, Mrs. Moose! - This is Precisely why all those really smart can't-fool-'em 'Mericans are gonna elect her.

Posted by: T-Prop | September 16, 2008 2:40 AM

So it goes...Lehman, Merrill lynch, AIG, Bear Stearns, Freddie MAc, Fannie Mae, no response for Katrina, gas at $5, losing airline service, food prices up 20 %, no hunting, no fishing,leaded toys from china, tainted food, salmonella everywhere, water is contaminated, broken roads and bridges, drugs get released without testing, high ceo pay and now let's ask for a bailout, people losing houses to foreclosures, Folks losing jobs everywhere..These things could be prevented !!How can I vote for this ?? If I vote for Mc Cain, I might get a new McCain, but the beaucrats and policies will be the same, Yada, Yada, Yada.. We need change...Mc Cain it Ain't!!!

Posted by: oc | September 15, 2008 7:18 PM
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Dude!!! What DO you want !? This is what a "fundamentally strong economy" looks like!!!

Posted by: T-Prop | September 16, 2008 2:45 AM

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Obama is becoming a joker.


First he decided to attack Sarah Palin - that didn't work and he ended up sinking in the polls.


Then Obama decided to be the angry man - actually committing fraud against his self-constructed image of hope - he came off all angry and mean - and that didn't work


NOW Obama is attempting to put out a vague "My economic plan is better than yours" - again vague from Obama - the problem is that Obama has been championing all these new government programs for his entire campaign -


These additional government programs will require higher taxes.


OBAMA WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAX THIS NATION OUT OF ITS ECONOMIC MESS.


YOU ARE A MORON IF YOU THINK HE CAN DO THAT.


Obama is pointing everyone in the wrong direction.


Obama's people are left hoping for a better economic program - or even an economic program that works.


Obama's only economic or business experience is buying cocaine.


Seriously people Obama knows NOTHING about the economy.


Obama has built his entire career on maxing out every affirmative action program he could find until he turned the democratic delegate selection process into one giant affirmative action program including stopping Michigan and Florida voters from counting fully.


What a jokster - A Voter really has to be nuts to vote for Obama and risk the Economy on an inexperience affirmative action guy like Obama. And to risk the National Security of this nation on an affirmative action guy like Obama is wrong.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | September 16, 2008 9:27 AM

IT IS THE WAR, STUPID! Gee Duh Bush WITH MCSAME'S FULL SUPPORT started a war that now will top three TRILLION in costs at a billion dollars a month. He handed out no bid contracts to Halliburton, L3, and other war contractor buddies. Related to the war are higher costs for oil which is controlled by the allies of the people we are killing in the Mideast. Food costs are tightly related to fuel costs. Gee Duh played the guitar while New Orleans sunk. McSame did nothing. McSame wants to call the Demycan'ts "tax & spend." Who is really doing the spending? McSame is NOT change. Palin is a simple-minded MILF with a crooked and tainted past in her mini-political career. These people will only propel us further into the Christian/Orwellian future that they believe will bring their good buddy Jesus back to earth and save all who see things through their rosy colored glasses.

This latest ad is an admission that McSame is COMPLETELY out of touch with reality.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 9:47 AM

Whenever an administration cuts taxes at the federal level, my state and local taxes increase.John McCain's solution for fixing health care is a payroll tax on individuals on health insurance they receive through their employer? This helps who now?

Posted by: J Lauber | September 16, 2008 10:40 AM

Well, now, there is a brilliant declaration AFTER the huge stock market drop. These two would be perfect announcing yesterday's weather, too.

The Bobsy Twins Visit Wall Street. Part I. Why should they care. Their investments, of course, are offshore and income tax free.

Posted by: Vampirella | September 16, 2008 10:57 AM

I've decided to post some of Obama's accomplishments. And, please stop saying he just got to Washington. He's been active as a legislator, congressman from as far back as 1998.

GET INFORMED. TIMES ARE TOO HARD NOT TO KNOW WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

Barack Obama's Record:

Federal Ethics Reform: Obama and Senator Feingold (D-WI) took on both parties and proposed ethics legislation that was described as the "gold standard" for reform. It was because of their leadership that ending subsidized corporate jet travel, mandating disclosure of lobbyists' bundling of contributions, and enacting strong new restrictions of lobbyist-sponsored trips became part of the final ethics bill that was signed into law. The Washington Post wrote in an editorial, "The final package is the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet."

Google for Government: Americans have the right to know how their tax dollars are spent, but that information has been hidden from public view for too long. That's why Barack Obama and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) passed a law to create a Google-like search engine to allow regular people to approximately track federal grants, contracts, earmarks, and loans online. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "It would enable the public to see where federal money goes and how it is spent. It's a brilliant idea."

Illinois Reform: In 1998, Obama joined forces with former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL) to pass the toughest campaign finance law in Illinois history. The legislation banned the personal use of campaign money by Illinois legislators and banned most gifts from lobbyists. Before the law was passed, one organization ranked Illinois worst among 50 states for its campaign finance regulations.

He also, along with other bi-partisan, members tried to enact a law that would allow parents to have their children (K-HS) gain knowledge so as to avoid becoming sexual predatory victims. Of course, McCain took it out of context and made a very dishonest ad out of it. A man who obviously loves his children only wanted to ensure the safety of all children. This is just a snapshot of the Obama record.

Posted by: sisterbetty | September 16, 2008 11:13 AM

Ive given up on the 2008 election, I am not the only one.
http://www.skip08.com

Posted by: Anonymous | September 16, 2008 11:28 AM


From:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-adviser-quit-doling-out-that-bad.html


Sunday, September 14, 2008
McCain Adviser: "Quit Doling Out That Bad-Economy Line". Also: "Up is Down", "Bad equals Good"

From "Quit Doling Out That Bad-Economy Line" by McCain Adviser Donald Luskin, Op-Ed, Washington Post, September 14.

Things today just aren't that bad. Sure, there are trouble spots in the economy, as the government takeover of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and jitters about Wall Street firm Lehman Brothers, amply demonstrate. And unemployment figures are up a bit, too. None of this, however, is cause for depression...

Full disclosure: I'm an adviser to John McCain's campaign...


Yes.

And black is white.

And up is down, you see.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is truth.

I know. A McCain adviser told me so.

This is hardly an understanding of the deepening plight of the average struggling American. It is what they are actually likely to receive.

Another Bush era.

Personified.

Cite:
Head of State
http://headofstate.blogspot.com/2008/09/mccain-adviser-quit-doling-out-that-bad.html

Posted by: Susan D'Addario | September 16, 2008 11:44 AM

Yep, what we need is, another four years of ''McNOMICS'', aka, 'FREE-TRADE', NO Govt REGULATION / OVERSIGHT, 'TRICKLE DOWN' NAFTA kind of policies, to run us deep into the ground, if DUBYA doesn't do so by the end of his term - -

Don't WHINE Repugnants, YOUR man, PHIL GRAMM said so and he led the deregulation of the banking sector that led to the current crisis.

GOOD LORD JESUS, How much more CRAP can we take form these Repugnants, in one election cycle ?? PLEASE HAVE MERCY ON US !!!!!!

McHoover it is Over !!

Posted by: AMIGO | September 16, 2008 12:10 PM

Yeah, no crap, we all know the economy is in a crisis. Oh, wait, I'm sorry, there are some people who didn't realize it, like Mc Cain. He probably just found out after reading the article.

Anyway, he will probably win the election anyway, because this country has a recent history of voting idiots into office.

Posted by: Mc Cain stinks | September 16, 2008 12:19 PM

This is America!
Call it like it is!
I voted for Hillary, as another woman that will stand up for our rights.
I like Sarah Palin even more. She will really see the women get their rights.
More money for the working woman!
No discrimination for jobs!
More money for the teachers!

Posted by: sinceretexan | September 16, 2008 1:50 PM

More lies from the Obama side?

Bush is not to blame. The Democrats have the majority in congress and house.
If that is not important, why have them? At least McCain was not voting present over 100 times in their meetings.

Duh, It is not all President Bush, but the Democrats are equal for the mess we are in!
At least I have enough brains to know it is not all one person for the shape our country is in.
Democrat party wants everyone to believe it is Bush.

McCain and Cindy have managed their money, well.
Cindy has given from her heart money to the needy. She was given no credit from the Democrats, How much have they donated to the poor?

The McCains did not seek out and get a criminal to help them get their houses, that I know of.

Democrats brag on having the Clintons.
They put down McCain for Adultry, which I do not believe in also.
He admits and repented.

Yet, the wonderful Clinton did it in the Whitehouse and he is behind Obama 100%? Isn't that great? Hillary said she will stand by her man, along with the Demo's.
Sorry, to bring this up, but some Democrats have to be reminded of their proud backers.
How many millions is Clinton worth?
How many millions is Oprah worth?
How many millions is Mr Kennedy worth?
I understand Oprah is also 100% behind Obama.
How many extremist are backing Obama?

I do not judge, Do you?

Whoever wins this will have earned the position.

Posted by: sinceretexan | September 16, 2008 2:03 PM

Guess how Palin would improve the national economy if the Repugs won?

Simple, she would cut unnecessary expenses:
- She would put Air Force One for sale on Ebay.
- She would fire the White House chefs.

Posted by: sm | September 16, 2008 3:32 PM

Yes, I agree with sinceretexan...lets get Palin in there. Palin will free all American women from worry over equal pay, health care, reproductive rights, and a paycheck.

Yes, lets get the women back to their status as chattel property.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | September 16, 2008 3:59 PM

There are many who embrace the cleasing conclusions of the 9/11 Commission. We can seriously stifle the normal operations of our creative investment firms, by finding that internal explosions brought down the housing market and connected business houses.

Sen. McCain knows that a 9/11 commission will clear up the Wall Street mess. Somewhere there must be enough Arabic connections to Wall Street to drag Al Quaeda into the unfolding economic crash. This time, as before, there will be no inside explosions found. Sen Graham can assure us that we are simply seeing the normal working out of economic cycles under too much regulation pressure--if we will just stop our whining. Our confidence in our financial system must not be shaken by those who claim that home buyers and investors are being robbbed by unscrupulous lenders. When will sanity again prevail? When will the small investor again gamble on a fixed game, where the lending institution executive can again get on with perfectly legally building his own wealth?

It would be a dull drab world without our creatively wealthy. With Sen. Graham at the helm of a financial 9/11 Comission we will quickly exhonerate our lending institutions, and resume the normal course of life for our business leaders, and business as usual.

Posted by: Albert F. Pate | September 16, 2008 7:28 PM

McCain was a member of the Commerce Committee - why didn't he see this "crisis" coming?

Posted by: AZrebel | September 16, 2008 8:16 PM

Excellent Ad; in 30 seconds it explains why McCain/Palin are absolutely the best choice for the economy and for the Country.

The McCain/Palin Ad does not attack Obama/Biden. The Ad does not have to attack, the truth is that Obama is the worst possible choice for dealing with the challenges facing the economy and for helping the American people through this crises.

Obama/Biden represent the "good old boys" club of let's get our hands in the Taxpayers Pockets and take MORE of taxpayer’s hard earned money. SAME OLD TAX AND SPEND Policies!!!

Furthermore, Obama does not follow through on what he says he will do and he is still arrogant and disconnected from "regular" main stream Americans. Obama sometimes makes good speeches but the speeches sound like he is giving a classroom lecture rather then speaking sincerely to regular folks.

Most Americans are not fooled by Obama and Biden because Obama/Biden are truly MORE OF THE SAME "old boys club;” special interests, more government "control" and MORE tax,tax, tax and spend, spend spend!!!

McCain/Palin will REFORM our government and they have the best vision for the future; REFORM, PEACE AND PROSPERITY.
Now that's CHANGE I can believe in and I gladly vote for - McCain/Palin08.

Posted by: CarlyinNJ | September 16, 2008 8:41 PM

Lucy:
Please speak for yourself, I am a former Hillary Supporter who is proudly voting McCain/Palin and there are MILLIONS of us.

Please don’t tell me, how if I really supported Hillary then I could not possibly support McCain/Palin (I have heard it all and I know in my heart what I believe is the best choice for my vote and my Country).

Furthermore, that is the wonderful thing about democracy, we have a choice and no one can tell us how to vote.

I totally respect Senator Hillary Clinton and I understand why she must do what she is doing now. If you care to understand why many former Hillary supporters have chosen to vote for McCain/Palin then check out Dr. Lillian Long’s website at:

www.drlillianlong.com

You will also see just how many of us (there are MILLIONS of women and men who worked hard for Hillary) are now supporting McCain/Palin!!

Country Over Party!!!
McCain/Palin08

Women Empowering Democracy
Because We Think For Ourselves
No One Owns Our Votes
McCain for POTUS/Palin for VP
REFORM, PEACE AND PROSPERITY!!!

Posted by: CarlyinNJ | September 16, 2008 9:05 PM

I just read all these posts and found it very refreshing that so many people do have a brain, and a heart, and can so readily see through all the BS, straight out lies and deception, of the "Smear & Fear Campain"

Hopefully more and more people can wake up, face reality, and get free from all the fear and blind faith/trust that the McSame/Ms. Failing campain promotes.

I've been a Republican for over 30+ years and am so fed up with all the crap, and especially the horrific direction Bush has led this party towards, and now there's a chance McSame could continue this pathetic agenda - what a nightmare that would be!!!

Posted by: Eddie O | September 16, 2008 10:31 PM

The world is actually laughing at the naiveness and gullibility of all those Americans determined to vote for McCain-Palin combine... God save America.

Posted by: Anju Chandel | September 17, 2008 2:04 AM

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