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Obama Ad: McCain Helps Ship Jobs Overseas

By Ed O'Keefe in The Trail:

The Obama campaign's advertising folks have been busy in recent days, releasing several messages about immigration and the economy. One of the ads, airing in Pennsylvania and other battleground states, blames John McCain for the loss of hundreds of jobs at a Corning plant in State College, Penn.

"The workers are rehired to disassemble the plant. And ship the equipment to China," says the ad's announcer. "Washington sold them out. With the help of people like John McCain. He supported tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. And voted against cracking down on China for unfair trade practices. We can't afford more of the same."

Corning closed its State College plant in 2004 and then rehired many workers to pack up most of the plant's equipment and ship it to China, an incident mentioned by a few presidential candidates over the course of the primary campaign.

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By Ed O'Keefe |  September 18, 2008; 4:59 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama
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BLUE STAR FAMILIES FOR OBAMA

http://www.bsf4o.com/index.php

The set of folks with a larger stake in this election - Blue Star Families.

As military family members who support Barack Obama, we knew there was something different this election cycle. More interest in the Dem candidate, fewer Republican bumper stickers than we're used to seeing. But nothing prepared us for this. Our new Blue Star Families for Obama website went live yesterday (www.bsf4o.com). We expected it to generate a little interest, but hey, we're volunteers, we've done no publicity about it, no press release, no ads, nothing. So we didn't expect over 3000 hits in the first few hours.

Blue Star Families for Obama was started by five Army and Marine Corps wives back in July. We have a budget of zero. You might otherwise know us as the casserole brigade. But in just two short months we have generated chapters in 23 states, helped host a care package service event at the convention in Denver attended by Michelle Obama, attended dozens of rallies and roundtables and hosted house parties across the country. And keep in mind - we admire John McCain's service to his country. What we do not admire is his vision for tomorrow and his long refusal to provide real support to the military community.

Military families are flocking to Senator Obama because we recognize real respect when we see it. The Senator's admiration and support of military families and veterans is clear in his record, his stump speeches and his constant reminders to the country that we should all be a part of the war on terror - and not just by going shopping.

If you need proof, look no further than the new GI Bill. Supported by every major veterans' group in this country. Passed by a veto-proof bipartisan majority (hello, Governor Palin?). A real chance for veterans who sweated it out for years defending this country without question to contribute to it once again, through a solid education and upward mobility. Senator McCain inexplicably and inexcusably opposed the bill for budgetary reasons. Military families have seen eight years of attempted cuts to our benefits by the current administration. Do they really think we are getting too much? We dare you to come and live our lives for a couple of years and make that argument.

On our website we'll be posting comparisons of Obama v McCain's voting record on defense and veterans issues. We'd compare McCain's plans for military families to Obama's, except that only Barack Obama has a plan that directly addresses our issues.

So we say to the many thousands who have checked out our site in the last day or so, and to the rest of you: Please come back. Keep reading. Decide for yourself. And join us in electing a president who will restore our respect and sense of community with our civilian brothers and sisters, not one who will continue to ask us to serve in silence.

Written by Laura Dempsey and Kathy Roth-Douquet

Posted by: SueMVetforOBAMA | September 18, 2008 9:03 PM

201 Reasons not to vote for Barry Obama

Abortion

1. Consistently for abortion even if it includes infanticide. Said I’ve got two daughters. 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby.
2. Obama wrongly claimed that abortions "have not gone down" under president bush. In fact, the abortion rate has gone down 9 percent, and the annual total has declined by more than 100,000.
3. Obama advocates abortion rights even more sweeping than those enacted under Roe v. Wade. "The first thing I'd do as president," he assured the Planned Parenthood Action Fund last year, "is sign the Freedom of Choice Act." The measure would not only codify Roe, it would eliminate even restrictions on abortion that the Supreme Court has allowed - the federal ban on government funding of abortion, for example, or the law prohibiting partial-birth abortion.

Campaign Finance

4. He vowed to take public financing but reneged on that option when he decided he could raise more money than the republicans.
5. Donations from lobbyists and special interest pacs Obama say he doesn’t take money from D.C. lobbyists and special interest pacs this is the type of double-talk “politics of the past” rhetoric Obama rails against. While his claim is technically true, what he does do is take money from state lobbyists and other big money contributors who have substantial lobbyist machines in D.C., like law firms and corporations. In April 2007, the LA times quoted the campaign finance institute’s Stephen Weismann as pointing out that the distinction Obama makes on lobbyist money is meaningless: “he gets an asterisk that says he is trying to be different. … But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates, whether or not they are lobbyists. “the capital eye reported that “[a]cording to the center for responsive politics, 14 of Obama’s top 20 contributors employed lobbyists this year, spending a total of $16.2 million to influence the federal government in the first six months of 2007.”
6. Special interests in January, the Obama campaign described union contributions to the campaigns of Clinton and John Edwards as "special interest" money. Obama changed his tune as he began gathering his own union endorsements. He now refers respectfully to unions as the representatives of "working people" and says he is "thrilled" by their support.

Distortions

7. He said McCain, far from being a maverick who’s “broken with his party,” has voted to support bush policies 90 percent of the time. True enough, but by the same measure Obama has voted with fellow democrats in the senate 97 percent of the time.
8. Dreams of my father, writes of a story in Life magazine that influenced him -- about a black man trying to bleach his skin white. No such article could be found in life or ebony.
9. "I’ve been long enough in Washington to know that Washington needs to change." he is running against Washington yet his campaign is populated with political professionals who are Washington insiders.
10. Rev. Jeremiah Wright: Barack Obama repudiated what he called “inflammatory and appalling remarks” made by his Chicago pastor. Obama said he had not been present during the sermons in question. Obama told MSNBC, “Had I heard them in church I would have expressed that concern directly to Rev. Wright. ”Please note, he says that he would have expressed concern, not repudiate, the words. (Source: audacity of hypocrisy) previously Obama had said "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother — a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."
11. Barack Obama won his first election by having his lawyers knock all his opponents off the ballot on technicalities
12. Addressing civil rights activists in Selma, Ala., a year ago, Sen. Obama traced his "very existence" to the generosity of the Kennedy family, which he said paid for his Kenyan father to travel to America on a student scholarship and thus meet his Kansan mother. The Kennedy’s never paid for his father’s scholarship.
13. Obama told Larry king on CNN – when asked about that anti-Hillary Rodham Clinton YouTube ad, Obama stated, "we don't have the technical capacity to create something like that." turns out the creator was unmasked and ended up being a political operative who worked for a firm overseeing the technical side of Obama’s web site.
14. Obama claimed that "I worked with John McCain" on ethics legislation. In fact, the two worked together for barely a week, after which McCain accused Obama of "partisan posturing" and added, "I won't make the same mistake again." McCain later voted against the ethics bill that Obama supported, stating that it was written by democrats with "no input" from Republicans.
15. Obama botched his facts in a speech criticizing the U.S. auto industry for “investing in bigger and faster cars while foreign competitors invested in more fuel-efficient technology.” Obama stated that “while our fuel standards haven’t moved from 27.5 miles per gallon in two decades, both china and Japan have surpassed us, with Japanese cars now getting an average of 45 miles to the gallon. Not true.
16. He once told an audience in Selma about how he had been conceived by his parents, Barack Obama Sr. and Ann Dunham, because they had been inspired by the fervor following the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights demonstration that was commemorated March 4. “There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama,” he said, “because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama jr. was born. So don’t tell me I don’t have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don’t tell me I’m not coming home to Selma, Alabama “Obama was born in 1961, and the Selma march occurred four years later, in 1965. The New York Times reported that when the senator was asked about the discrepancy later that day, he clarified: “I meant the whole civil rights movement.”
17. To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies. — Obama spokesman bill Burton, cot. 24, 2007. Now, Obama says he will vote in favor of the FISA bill that gives the immunity Obama was so opposed to.
18. Decriminalization of marijuana: while running for the U.S. senate in January 2004, Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. In the Oct. 30, 2007, presidential debate, he joined other democratic candidates in opposing the decriminalization of marijuana.
19. Running for president or vice president of the United States: on the January 22nd edition of “Meet the Press,” Tim russet and Obama had the following exchange: Russert: “when we talked back in November of ‘04 after your election, I said, ‘there’s been enormous speculation about your political future. Will you serve your six-year term as United States senator from Illinois?’ ”Obama: “I will serve out my full six-year term. You know, Tim, if you get asked enough, sooner or later you get weary and you start looking for new ways of saying things. But my thinking has not changed. ”Russert: “so you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?” Obama: “I will not.”

Ear Marks

20. "In 2006, Obama requested that the University of Chicago receive $1 million to support its construction of the new hospital pavilion.
21. Obama requested a $1 million earmark for the university of Chicago medical center where his wife had just been appointed vice president.
22. Obama requested 139 projects totaling $334 million for FY 2007.
23. Obama requested 330 projects totaling almost $1 billion ($935.7 million) since being sworn in as a senator in January 2005.
24. In 2006 and 2007, Obama requested a total of $4 million in earmarks for the Illinois primary health care association (IPHCA) whose lobbying firm contributed nearly $38,000 to Obama:
25. IPHCA hired Holland & knight to lobby for its earmark request; lawyers at Holland & knight have contributed at least $37,900 to Obama’s senate and presidential campaign
26. Over a two-year period in the U.S. senate, Obama requested $3.2 million in earmarks for the center for neighborhood technology, an organization led by political supporters and friends:
27. In 2006, Obama requested $2.2 million for the center for neighborhood technology's information for communities’ project.
28. In 2005, Obama requested $1 million and secured $400,000 for the center for neighborhood technology's I-go car sharing program.
29. "Obama ... sought money for the center for neighborhood technology, where his neighbor Jacky grim haw is a honcho.

Education

30. Obama opposed and condemned school voucher programs, yet sends his daughters to private school with "a break on the cost":
31. While running for U.S. senate, Obama opposed school vouchers.
32. When speaking at an NEA meeting, Obama "condemned voucher programs."
33. When interviewed by the Milwaukee journal sentinel, Obama softened his approach on school vouchers
34. Obama originally voted in favor of no child left behind for states, now bashes it
35. As a state senator, Obama voted in favor of no child left behind.

Foreign policy

36. The Cuba embargo in January 2004, Obama said it was time "to end the embargo with Cuba" because it had "utterly failed in the effort to overthrow Castro." speaking to a Cuban American audience in Miami in august 2007, he said he would not "take off the embargo" as president because it is "an important inducement for change."
37. Obama stated "I believe in free trade" and then later said well, I don't think NAFTA has been good for America - and I never have.
38. NAFTA: on February 29th, the Obama campaign told Canadian television (CTV) that no message was passed to the Canadian government suggesting that Obama does not mean what he says about opting out of NAFTA if it is not renegotiated. However, the Obama camp did not respond to repeated questions from CTV on reports that a conversation on this matter was held between Obama’s senior economic adviser, Austin Goolsbee, and the Canadian consulate general in Chicago. Earlier, the Obama campaign insisted that no conversations have taken place with any of its senior ranks and representatives of the Canadian government on the NAFTA issue. CTV spoke with Goolsbee, but he refused to say whether he had such a conversation with the Canadian government office in Chicago. He also said he has been told to direct any questions to the campaign headquarters.CTV didn’t stop there. They announced that their sources, at the highest levels of the Canadian government,” reconfirmed the story to CTV and one of their primary sources provided a timeline of the discussion to CTV.
39. Meeting with Ahmadinejad: "Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama underscored his willingness to talk to leaders of countries like Iran that are considered U.S. adversaries but said that does not necessarily mean an audience with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad." (Careen Behan, "Obama says won't guarantee Ahmadinejad a meeting," Reuters,(5/26/08)
"'There's no reason why we would necessarily meet with Ahmadinejad before we know he's actually in power. He’s not the most powerful person in Iran,' Obama told reporters while campaigning in New Mexico." (Careen Behan, "Obama says won't guarantee Ahmadinejad a meeting,"(Reuters,(5/26/08)
40. In July 2007, Obama said he would meet with the leaders of hostile foreign nations, including Iran.
41. Obama argued for years that we need to move from a 'Musharraf policy' to a 'Pakistan policy. False.
42. At a July 2007 debate, Obama announced he would personally meet with leaders of Iran, north Korea, Syria and other hostile nations "without precondition."
question: "[w]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?
"Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Cnn/Youtube democrat presidential candidate debate, Charleston, sc, 7/23/07) (Source: RNC via Newsmax)
43. Jerusalem: "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided," Obama declared Wednesday, to rousing applause from the 7,000-plus attendees at the American Israel public affairs committee policy conference.
44. Meeting with foreign leaders: Obama now claims that he will only meet with foreign leaders at a time of his choosing if it will advance U.S. interests, but previously said he would meet with rogue leaders his first year in office without preconditions: in his remarks to the AIPAC conference, Obama claimed that he would only meet with the "appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place" of his choosing. Obama: "contrary to the claims of some, I have no interest in sitting down with our adversaries just for the sake of talking. But as president of the United States, I would be willing to lead tough and principled diplomacy with the appropriate Iranian leaders at a time and place of my choosing - if, and only if - it can advance the interests of the United States." (Sen. Barack Obama, remarks at the annual AIPAC policy conference, Arlington, V.A., 6/4/08) but at a July 2007 debate, Obama said he would meet with hostile leaders during his first year in office. Question: "[w]ould you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and north Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?"...Obama: "I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous." (Cnn/Youtube democrat presidential candidate debate, Charleston, sc, 7/23/07) at a September 2007 press conference, Obama confirmed that he would meet specifically with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Question: "senator, you've said before that you'd meet with president Ahmadinejad ..." Obama: "uh huh." question: "would you still meet with him today?" Obama: "yeah, nothing's changed with respect to my belief that strong countries and strong presidents talk to their enemies and talk to their adversaries. I find many of president Ahmadinejad's statements odious and I’ve said that repeatedly. And I think that we have to recognize that there are a lot of rogue nations in the world that don't have American interests at heart. But what I also believe is that, as john f. Kennedy said, we should never negotiate out of fear but we should never fear to negotiate." (Sen. Barack Obama, press conference, New York, NY, 9/24/07
45. Legislation labeling Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization: Obama has been inconsistent in his views on labeling Iran’s revolutionary guard a terrorist organization. "Obama’s campaign suddenly discovered that their man -despite having spent the last nine months campaigning on his opposition to kyl-lieberman - 'has consistently urged that Iran’s revolutionary guard be labeled what it is: a terrorist organization.' well, not that consistently. Senator Obama has been scrupulously careful not to call explicitly for designation of the irgc as a terrorist organization. Now, however, with the democratic nomination almost in hand, Obama feels comfortable telling a pro-Israel audience what it wants to hear."(Danielle Pletka, "Obama’s pander pivot," weekly standard, 6/4/08)
"[t]he audience at AIPAC might ask why senator Obama has pivoted from opposition to 'lieberman-kyl' to support for the irgc designation his audience demands. Is this really change they can believe in?" (Danielle Pletka, "Obama’s pander pivot," weekly standard, 6/4/08) "Which Barack Obama will be the democratic standard-bearer: the one who vowed to 'eliminate' the Iranian nuclear threat two days ago, or the one who opposed designating the revolutionary guards a terrorist organization?" (editorial, "Obama and Iran," the Washington times, 6/6/08)

Friends in Low Places

46. Obama paid $300,000 less than the asking price for his mansion, while Tony Rezko’s wife paid full price for a vacant lot next door on the very same day.
47. Obama later purchased a portion of Rezko’s land for $104,500; it was valued at $40,500.
48. In one of the biggest lies he ever told — Obama says he “vehemently condemns” the words of his pastor and mentor, Rev. Jeremiah a. Wright, an official member of Obama’s campaign.
49. Obama provided political favors to Tony Rezko, including writing letters on his behalf:"as a state senator, Barack Obama wrote letters to city and state officials supporting his political patron tony Rezko’s successful bid to get more than $14 million from taxpayers to build apartments for senior citizens
50. Rezko offered Obama a job after law school and the two have been friends ever since.
51. Obama has admitted to $250,000 worth of campaign funding provided by tony Rezko
52. Obama and risk’s socializing included their wives and a trip to Rezko’s lake house.
53. The Obama’s and Rezko’s took a trip together to Rezko’s home at lake Geneva, WI
54. Friend of Alexi Giannoulias. In 2006, Alex Giannoulias was elected treasurer of the state of Illinois. In 2006, Giannoulias came under fire for lending money to crime figures. Giannoulias accepted $5,000 in campaign contributions from a Florida casino fleet owner whose uncle was "gunned down in an execution-style slaying" and who has ties to lobbyist jack Abramoff.
55. Friend of William Ayers. A founding member of the group that bombed the U.S. capitol and the pentagon during the 1970s. From 1999 to 2002, Obama served with Ayers on the board of directors for the woods fund of Chicago.
56. Friend of Marilyn Katz. Katz organized Vietnam War protests through students for a democratic society (sods), including throwing nails in the street to thwart police officers. Katz met William Ayers through sods and defended him after his association with Obama surfaced in the 2008 presidential campaign.
57. Friend of Nadhmi Auchi. Nadhmi Auchi is an Iraqi billionaire with business and personal ties to convicted Obama fundraiser Anthony "tony" Reckon. "Auchi is the man who provided Rezko a $3.5 million loan that Reckon did not disclose to the court -- resulting in his January arrest."
58. Friend of Jodie Evans. Founder of code pink. Enough said.
59. Friend of Larry Lessig. Lessig has used a controversial video of Jesus getting hit by a bus in his speeches and lectures. "the former Harvard law school professor is the leading light of what is known as the 'free culture movement,' which insists that the age of the internet should mean the abolition of intellectual property rights." (editorial, "another odd guru, “investor’s business daily, 4/23/08)
60. Friend of Howard Guttmann. Guttmann is an attorney at Washington, D.C., law firm Williams & Connolly. In 1999 and 2000, Gutman was a registered federal lobbyist for Williams & Connolly.
Gutman represented Bolivia’s former president Gonzalo Sanchez de lozada and former defense minister José Carlos Sanchez berzain, who were accused of using controversial tactics in response to a political protest. Sanchez de lozada was accused of "crimes against humanity" after over 60 protesters were killed by soldiers; he responded that clearing roads "isn't a crime in this or any country
61. Obama said he could “pay for every dime” of his spending and tax cut proposals “by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens.” that’s wrong – his proposed tax increases on upper-income individuals are key components of paying for his program, as well.
Gaffes

62. Obama says the U.S. senate banking committee is "my committee”.
63. In June 2008, Obama falsely claimed his father served in world war II.
64. An Obama ad running in Michigan claims McCain didn't support loan guarantees for the auto industry. In fact, he does support them.
65. In may 2008, Obama claimed to have visited 57 states
66. On May 8th, Obama, caught up in the fervor of a campaign speech Tuesday, drastically overstated the Kansas tornadoes death toll, saying 10,000 had died. ”in case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed,” the democratic presidential candidate said in a speech to 500 people packed into a sweltering Richmond art studio for a fundraiser. The death toll was 12.

Gay rights

67. Opposed to gay marriage and respected the rights of states to set conditions for marriage. Now he says he opposes California’s (delegate rich California) attempt to ban gay marriage. Flipped answer.

Gun control

68. Favored a ban on the manufacture sale and possession of fire arms and then he told people in Idaho that he was for the second amendment.
69. Supported a ban on firearms kept in the home.
70. Supported a ban on right-to-carry permits.
71. Supported a total ban on handguns.

Health Care-Welfare

72. Obama noted that McCain’s health care plan would “tax people’s benefits” but didn’t say that it also would provide up to a $5,000 tax credit for families.

73. Single-payer healthcare: on January 22nd, the Hillary Clinton campaign releases a video that proves that Obama lied about his position on “single-payer healthcare. “The video compares statements Obama made during the January 21st democratic debate with those he made to an AFL-CIO conference in June 2003 while campaigning for the senate. Contradicting what Obama said at the debate, the old footage shows the senator saying, “I happen to be a proponent of single-payer universal healthcare coverage. That’s what I’d like to see. “At the debate, Obama stated: “I never said that we should try to go ahead and get single-payer (healthcare).”Single-payer healthcare is a euphemism for socialized medicine.
74. Pay as you go: Obama promised to "restore a law that was in place during the Clinton presidency—called Pay as you go—that prohibits money from leaving the treasury without some way of compensating for the lost revenue." But now Obama says he's not going to sacrifice his domestic priorities for deficit reduction. Universal health care, renewable energy and all the rest won't be sacrificed on the altar of Pay as you go.(source: q and o)
75. Obama shifts on welfare reform. "I am not a defender of the status quo with respect to welfare," Obama said on the floor of the Illinois state senate on May 31, 1997. "Having said that, I probably would not have supported the federal legislation, because I think it had some problems."

Immigration

76. Illegal immigration in a March 2004 questionnaire, Obama was asked if the government should "crack down on businesses that hire illegal immigrants." he replied "oppose." in a Jan. 31, 2008, televised debate, he said that "we do have to crack down on those employers that are taking advantage of the situation."
77. Illegal immigrants and driver's licenses: as a state senator in Illinois, Obama voted to require illegal immigrants to get a driver's license. The change? In the November 2007 cnn debate, he was asked what his stand was on that issue and he said, "I am not proposing that's what we do."

Military

78. Stated in his own Iowa caucus video that he wants to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
79. On 9/7 Obama claimed he would buck his party by increasing the size of the military.
80. But in October 2007, Obama told the caucus for priorities that he would cut military spending.
81. Stated he would not make bin laden into a martyr by executing him. But later said he would. He thinks murdering 3k of our U.S. citizens might qualify for the ultimate penalty.
82. Obama claims his Iraq plan always depended on conditions on the ground, but previously said troops would be out in 16 months although he previously said ) Obama previously said he would immediately begin withdrawing troops from Iraq and would have them out in 16 months.
83. Said the surge would make things worse now he thinks it has been a success.
84. Obama accused his fellow American citizens of the indiscriminate murder of Iraqi civilians, saying, “and these private (Blackwater USA) contractors, they go out and they’re spraying bullets and hitting civilians and that makes it more dangerous for our troops
85. On July 28th, the day after his speech at the democratic convention catapulted him into the national spotlight, Barack Obama told a group of reporters in Boston that the United States had an “absolute obligation” to remain in Iraq long enough to make it a success. “The failure of the Iraqi state would be a disaster,” he said at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science monitor, according to an audiotape of the session. “It would dishonor the 900-plus men and women who have already died. . . . It would be a betrayal of the promise that we made to the Iraqi people, and it would be hugely destabilizing from a national security perspective.
86. He twisted McCain’s words about Afghanistan, saying, “when john McCain said we could just ‘muddle through’ in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources.” actually, McCain said in 2003 he “may” muddle through, and he recently also called for more troops there.


Oil, coal gas

87. Opposed offshore drilling and now supports it.
88. Was for tapping the strategic oil reserve and then he was against it.
89. Obama tells Michigan voters that he "would have preferred a gradual adjustment" in gas prices? Obama opposes gas tax relief.
90. Obama told a Texas newspaper: "what we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas."
91. Didn’t tell hardworking Michigan families that he opposes gas tax relief. Nearly four-fifths of Michigan households use natural gas to heat their homes.
92. Wrong for Pennsylvania’s economy. Obama told a Texas newspaper: "what we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas." Pennsylvania had 270
93. Coal mines as of 2006. As of 2006, there were 7,526 people employed in Pennsylvania’s coal mining industry.
94. Coal: Obama, whose support for coal-to-liquid has been widely criticized by environmentalists, sent out a press release clarifying his position on liquid coal: senator Obama supports research into all technologies to help solve our climate change and energy dependence problems, including shifting our energy use to renewable fuels and investing in technology that could make coal a clean-burning source of energy…however, unless and until this technology is perfected, senator Obama will not support the development of any coal-to-liquid fuels unless they emit at least 20% less life-cycle carbon than conventional fuels.
This “clarification” is an important step for the Obama campaign in trying to gain support from environmental organizations and voters. However, the la times notes that his position change on this issue is even more significant because it symbolizes “there’s a race to the top among the democratic candidates for the strongest position on how to solve the climate crisis.”(source: carbon coalition)

Taxes

95. Barack Obama said on ABC Sunday that he might not go through with his plans to increase taxes.
96. Obama called for a windfall profits tax on oil companies.
97. Wants to raise taxes even above the levels of the Clinton era, including a huge increase in the payroll tax.
98. To date, Obama has voted for a tax increase approximately once every five days congress has been in session.
99. Americans for tax reform gave Obama a lifetime rating of 7.5 out of 100.
100. Citizens against government waste gave Obama a lifetime rating of 22 out of 100.
101. The national taxpayers union gave Obama a grade of “f” for his fiscal voting record.
102. The U.S. chamber of commerce gave Obama a 33 percent rating in 2007.
103. Obama told reporters he would raise taxes on the top 5 percent of earners also claimed that a family making less than $250,000 will not see higher taxes under his plan. In 2005, the cut off for the top 5 percent of earners began at $145,283 - well below Obama’s $250,000.
104. Obama claimed that the argument that middle income Americans would be hurt by a capital gains tax increase is "a phony argument and then clarified that middle income Americans would be exempted from his capital gains tax hike.
105. Obama shifts on taxes: said he may "defer" tax hikes depending on the economic situation - a tacit acknowledgment that higher taxes hurt the economy and affect job creation and then states he may "possibly defer" some of his tax increases based on the economic situation.
106. Obama said “average family income” went down $2,000 under bush, which isn’t correct. An aide said he was really talking only about “working” families and not retired couples. And – math teachers, please note – he meant median (or midpoint) and not really the mean or average. Median family income actually has inched up slightly under bush.
107. In 109th – 110th congresses, Obama voted at least 94 times for higher taxes.
108. HR. 6, CQ vote #425: motion rejected 59-40: r 9-39; d 48-1; I 2-0, 12/13/07, Obama voted yea;
109. HR. 6, CQ vote #416: motion rejected 53-42: r 5-39; d 46-3; I 2-0, 12/7/07, Obama voted yea;
110. H.R. 976, CQ vote #352: motion agreed to 69-30: r 18-30; d 49-0; I 2-0, 9/27/07, Obama voted yea;
111. H.R. 976, CQ vote #307: passed 68-31: r 18-31; d 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Obama voted yea;
112. H.R. 976, CQ vote #306: motion agreed to 67-32: r 17-32; d 48-0; I 2-0, 8/2/07, Obama voted yea;
113. H.R. 976, CQ vote #304: motion rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
114. H.R. 976, CQ vote #296: motion rejected 39-60: r 37-12; d 2-46; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
115. H.R. 976, CQ vote #295: motion rejected 47-52: r 46-3; d 1-47; I 0-2, 8/2/07, Obama voted nay;
116. H.R. 976, CQ vote #292: rejected 36-60: r 1-46; d 33-14; I 2-0, 8/1/07, Obama voted yea;
117. H.R. 6, CQ vote #223: motion rejected 57-36: r 10-34; d 45-2; I 2-0, 6/21/07, Obama voted yea;
118. H.R. 2206, CQ vote #181: motion agreed to 80-14: r 42-3; d 37-10; I 1-1, 5/24/07, Obama voted nay;
119. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #172: adopted 52-40: r 2-40; d 48-0; I 2-0, 5/17/07, Obama voted yea;
120. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #161: motion rejected 44-51: r 44-2; d 0-47; I 0-2, 5/9/07, Obama voted nay;
121. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #159: motion agreed to 54-41: r 46-0; d 8-39; I 0-2, 5/9/07, Obama voted nay;
122. H.R. 1591, CQ vote #118: adopted 74-23: r 25-22; d 47-1; I 2-0, 3/28/07, Obama voted yea;
123. S. con. res. 21,cq vote #113: rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
124. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #109: rejected 44-55: r 44-5; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
125. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #108: rejected 44-53: r 44-3; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
126. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #107: rejected 46-52: r 46-2; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
127. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #105: adopted 59-40: r 13-36; d 44-4; I 2-0, 3/23/07, Obama voted yea;
128. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #102: rejected 48-51: r 48-1; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
129. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #100: rejected 46-53: r 46-3; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/23/07, Obama voted nay;
130. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #98: rejected 42-53: r 42-4; d 0-47; I 0-2, 3/22/07, Obama voted nay;
131. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #94: rejected 38-58: r 0-47; d 36-11; I 2-0, 3/22/07, Obama voted yea;
132. S. con. res. 21, CQ vote #83: rejected 47-51: r 47-2; d 0-47; I 0-2, 3/21/07, Obama voted nay;
133. H.R. 2, CQ vote #38: motion rejected 46-50: r 44-3; d 2-45; I 0-2, 1/31/07, Obama voted nay;
134. H.R. 2, CQ vote #37: motion agreed to 49-48: r 1-46; d 46-2; I 2-0, 1/31/07, Obama voted yea;
135. H.R. 2, CQ vote #32: motion agreed to 50-42: r 3-42; d 45-0; I 2-0, 1/25/07, Obama voted yea;
136. H.R. 2, CQ vote #30: motion rejected 43-50: r 42-3; d 1-45; I 0-2, 1/25/07, Obama voted nay;
137. H.R. 2, CQ vote #28: motion rejected 42-51: r 41-4; d 1-45; I 0-2, 1/25/07, Obama voted nay;
138. s. 256, CQ vote #27: rejected 38-61: r 38-17; d 0-43; I 0-1, 3/7/05, Obama voted nay;
139. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #50: rejected 46-54: r 1-54; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/15/05, Obama voted yea;
140. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #61: rejected 44-56: r 1-54; d 42-2; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
141. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #63: rejected 40-59: r 0-54; d 40-4; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
142. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #81: adopted 51-49: r 51-4; d 0-44; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted nay;
143. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #65: rejected 49-51: r 4-51; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
144. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #68: motion adopted 51-49: r 6-49; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
145. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #70: rejected 45-55: r 0-55; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
146. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #74: motion adopted 55-45: r 50-5; d 5-39; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Obama voted nay;
147. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #75: rejected 47-53: r 3-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
148. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #78: rejected 45-55: r 0-55; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
149. S. con. res. 18, CQ vote #79: rejected 37-63: r 1-54; d 35-9; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Obama voted yea;
150. H. con. res. 95, CQ vote #114: motion adopted 52-47: r 52-3; d 0-43; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Obama voted nay;
151. H.R. 3058, CQ vote #258: motion rejected 42-57: r 42-13; d 0-43; I 0-1, 10/19/05, Obama voted nay;
152. s. 2020, CQ vote #330: rejected 44-55: r 2-53; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
153. s. 2020, CQ vote #331: motion rejected 35-64: r 0-55; d 34-9; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
154. s. 2020, CQ vote #333: motion rejected 40-59: r 1-54; d 38-5; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
155. s. 2020, CQ vote #337: motion rejected 43-55: r 0-54; d 42-1; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
156. s. 2020, CQ vote #338: motion rejected 36-62: r 0-54; d 35-8; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
157. s. 2020, CQ vote #339: motion rejected 50-48: r 9-45; d 40-3; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
158. s. 2020, CQ vote #341: motion rejected 33-65: r 0-54; d 32-11; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
159. s. 2020, CQ vote #343: motion rejected 43-55: r 1-53; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
160. s. 2020, CQ vote #345: motion rejected 47-51: r 3-51; d 43-0; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
161. s. 2020, CQ vote #346: motion rejected 42-56: r 0-54; d 41-2; I 1-0, 11/17/05, Obama voted yea;
162. s. 2020, CQ vote #347: passed 64-33: r 49-4; d 15-28; I 0-1, 11/18/05, Obama voted nay;
163. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #7: motion rejected 44-53: r 1-52; d 42-1; I 1-0, 2/2/06, Obama voted yea;
164. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #8: motion rejected 44-53: r 1-52; d 42-1; I 1-0, 2/2/06, Obama voted yea;
165. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #10: passed 66-31: r 49-4; d 17-26; I 0-1, 2/2/06, Obama voted nay;
166. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #15: motion rejected 40-53: r 1-52; d 39-1; I 0-0, 2/13/06, Obama voted yea;
167. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #16: motion agreed to 53-47: r 51-4; d 2-42; I 0-1, 2/14/06, Obama voted nay;
168. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #17: motion rejected 47-53: r 3-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 2/14/06, Obama voted yea;
169. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #18: motion rejected 45-55: r 1-54; d 43-1; I 1-0, 2/14/06, Obama voted yea;
170. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #39: rejected 50-50: r 5-50; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
171. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #41: rejected 46-54: r 1-54; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
172. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #42: rejected 46-54: r 3-52; d 42-2; I 1-0, 3/14/06, Obama voted yea;
173. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #43: rejected 45-53: r 1-53; d 43-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
174. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #45: rejected 43-55: r 0-54; d 42-1; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
175. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #47: rejected 43-53: r 0-53; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
176. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #51: rejected 44-53: r 1-53; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/15/06, Obama voted yea;
177. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #57: motion adopted 51-49: r 6-49; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
178. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #60: rejected 48-49: r 5-49; d 42-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
179. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #61: rejected 42-56: r 0-55; d 41-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
180. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #63: rejected 46-54: r 2-53; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
181. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #64: rejected 49-51: r 4-51; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
182. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #66: rejected 48-52: r 3-52; d 44-0; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
183. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #67: rejected 46-53: r 2-52; d 43-1; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
184. S. con. res. 83, CQ vote #69: rejected 43-57: r 1-54; d 41-3; I 1-0, 3/16/06, Obama voted yea;
185. H.R. 4297, CQ vote #118: motion adopted 54-44: r 51-3; d 3-40; I 0-1, 5/11/06, Obama voted nay;
186. H.R. 8, CQ vote #164: motion rejected 57-41: r 53-2; d 4-38; I 0-1, 6/8/06, Obama voted nay;
187. H.R. 5970, CQ vote #229: motion rejected 56-42: r 52-3; d 4-38; I 0-1, 8/3/06, Obama voted nay;
188. H.R. 4954, CQ vote #244: motion agreed to 57-41: r 54-0; d 3-40; I 0-1, 9/13/06, Obama voted nay;
189. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #142: adopted 48- 45: r 2- 44; d 44- 1; I 2-0, 6/4/08, Obama voted yea;
190. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #85, adopted 51-44: r 2-43; d 47-1; I 2-0, 3/14/08, Obama voted yea;
191. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #82, rejected 45-51: r 45-1; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/14/08, Obama voted nay;
192. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #77, rejected 48-50: r 47-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
193. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #74, rejected 49-50: r 48-1; d 1-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
194. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #50: rejected 50-50: r 48-1; d 2-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
195. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #52: rejected 47-53: r 47-2; d 0-49; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
196. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #48: rejected 49-51: r 48-1; d 1-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
197. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #43: rejected 47-52: r 47-2; d 0-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
198. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #47: motion agreed to: 50-50: r 49-0, vice president Cheney casting a ‘yea’ vote; d 1-48; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
199. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #46: motion rejected 49-51: r 0-49; d 47-2; I 2-0, 3/13/08, Obama voted yea
200. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #45: rejected 49-50: r 47-1; d 2-47; I 0-2, 3/13/08, Obama voted nay;
201. S. con. res. 70, CQ vote #64: rejected 43-55: r 1-47; d 40-8; I 2-0, 3/13/08, Obama voted yea

Posted by: RightinMissouri | September 19, 2008 2:16 AM

Dem politician's son suspected of hacking Palin's e-mail-- read more in my blog:

http://www.mccain08-hillary2012.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Anonymous | September 19, 2008 10:00 AM

Dear RightinMissouri;

Your an idiot with your head in the sand with all of your 201 Reasons to not vote for Obama. All that matters to the hard working American is that we have a job so that we can feed our familys. We have heath care so that we can provide a life line in case of a heath crisis. That we have some security when we get old so we don't have to go begging our children for food and shelter. All of these things are going down the drain with your administration the republicians in control. You guys are literaly selling out America to the highest bidder. By God its time for a different administration to fix the mess and by god I hope and pray its not another republican.

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Posted by: Kathy | September 22, 2008 1:22 AM

For John McCain, the panel discussion on This Week with George Stephanopoulos could not have been more brutal.

Minutes after conservative columnist George Will declared that the Senator was decidedly un-presidential is his unexpected call for the firing of SEC Chairman Chris Cox, Sam Donaldson, the long-time ABC hand, said that McCain's erratic message on the economy again raised questions about his age.

"I suppose the McCain campaign's hope is that when there's a big crisis, people will go for age and experience," said Will. "The question is, who in this crisis looked more presidential, calm and un-flustered? It wasn't John McCain who, as usual, substituting vehemence for coherence, said 'let's fire somebody.' And picked one of the most experienced and conservative people in the administration, Chris Cox, and for no apparent reason... It was un-presidential behavior by a presidential candidate."

Donaldson then jumped in: "It was two days after the he said the fundamentals of the economy were strong. His talking points have gotten all mixed up. And I think the question of age is back on the table."

It should be noted that McCain's call for the firing of Cox was dismissed right off the bat, as the president does not have the authority to axe an SEC chairman. The criticisms that Donaldson raised concerned the fact that McCain started the week by touting the fundamentals of the economy, before pivoting into fits of populist mantra and calling for increased regulation of the markets - position at odds with McCain's traditional economic philosophies.

"When I say age," he explained, "I don't know the difference between finding your talking points and not delivering the right ones, we have seen him do this frequently but this last week was the worst. Between two stops in Florida, as you say, he had to revise his thinking about what he wanted to say about the economy, wanted to feel the pain suddenly than say everything is great."

The whole, painful, episode crested with Will leveling an even harsher blow.

"John McCain showed his personality this week," said the writer and pundit, "and made some of us fearful."

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 22, 2008 1:06 PM

If you don't already do it, you really should be checking out the Anchorage Daily News site regularly, for local Palin news, editorials and op-eds, and its excellent Alaska Politics blog (special bonus Ted Stevens coverage there). Today, for example, the paper hits Palin hard in an editorial for abdicating to the McCain campaign on Troopergate.

And here's a brand-new gem on a stunning, overlooked McCain gaffe from David Hulen at the Alaska Politics blog:

Candidates spend a lot of time talking, and they all misspeak sometimes. But did anyone else notice this, from Wednesday's much-covered McCain-Palin Town Hall event in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Palin answered questions from people in the audience? McCain said this near the end of the clip below, as he's talking up Palin's foreign policy/national security credentials:

"I also know, if I might remind you, that she is commander of the Alaska National Guard. In fact, you may know that on Sept. 11 a large contingent of the Alaska Guard deployed to Iraq and her son happened to be one of them. So I think she understands our national security challenges..."


The ceremony Palin attended at Fort Wainwright last week didn't involve the Alaska National Guard. Palin's son is in the Army, and his unit - 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division - deployed to Iraq.

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 22, 2008 1:06 PM

Days after embarrassing McCain, Fiorina abruptly cancels appearance at GOP rally.Filed Under: Economy
By Matt on Sep 21st, 2008 at 10:21 am Days after embarrassing McCain, Fiorina abruptly cancels appearance at GOP rally.»
Earlier this week, after McCain economic adviser Carly Fiorina bluntly declared that neither Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) nor Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin were capable of running a major corporation, McCain campaign officials told CNN that Fiorina would “disappear” because McCain was “furious” at her comments. Though the official said “disappear” meant that she “would be off TV for a while,” Fiorina’s appearance at a Republican rally in Florida was abruptly canceled on Friday:

Former Hewlett-Packard chief Carly Fiorina, the scheduled keynote speaker for Saturday’s Republican rally in Estero, was noticeably absent.

Ruth Rodrigues of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, District 7 in Lee County, said campaign officials for presidential nominee John McCain called Friday to tell her Fiorina would not be attending the event where she was scheduled to be the main attraction.

An organizer for the event said that “Fiorina’s appearance was organized by the McCain campaign, and canceled by it.” The McCain campaign gave “no reason for the change.”

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 22, 2008 1:07 PM

The Army consists of three divisions: Active, Reserve, and National Guard. The Governor of a state has authority over their state's National Guard unit, but must yield to Federal authority if needed. Usually if the National Guard is called upon by a governor, that governor cooperates with command officers, who have the training and expertise to handle an emergency. My daughter, who is in the National Guard, is an MP, and other members are trained in areas that focus on military objectives that may include rebuilding and maintaining the infratructures of a region (roads, etc.) whereas Active and Reserve focus on military objectives. I am sure that many of these responsibilties are assumed by the each of these group in a time of war and crisis. This biggest gaffe by McCain is not Army vs. National Guard, but the claim that Sarah Palin has credentials equivalent to those who have extensive education and training in the military

Posted by: AlexP1 | September 22, 2008 1:08 PM


McCain help in getting jobs to go overseas is the God honest truth.

These people are shiesters. The McCains gets lots of tax write off for the many help they have provided to other governments. and example is Georgia.

McCain has been digging us in to the economy desaster from day one of 26.

Greed is a desease that people like the MCCains will always fight to keep

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2008 7:24 PM

On the note in quote below McCain should know better. I am senior ranking NCO and know that McCain knows the difference and does not want to admit to his lies.

Palin could have corrected that simple fact, but her ambition won't let her. he continued lies is getting her nowhere.

This biggest gaffe by McCain is not Army vs. National Guard, but the claim that Sarah Palin has credentials equivalent to those who have extensive education and training in the military

Posted by: thelying-facts | September 22, 2008 7:31 PM

Obama has not distorted a single thing about McCain.

the problem is if he told the McCain’s' whole story. Obama would be president today because McCain is constantly lying. for an old man he should be ashamed of himself, but once a man twice a child. McCain thinks the election is game. McCann does not realize that he is joking and plying around with peoples lives and we can see that he does not give a dam about the American people.

McCain is a lost cause and we are all awaiting he concession speech. So we'll put up with his and his VP's nonsense for a while longer.


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