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AFL-CIO Goes After McCain in Battleground States

The AFL-CIO is preparing to launch television ads in six battleground states tomorrow that take direct aim at separating John McCain's military service from his service and record in the U.S. Senate.

"Every vet respects John McCain's war record," says Jim Wasser, a Navy combat Vietnam veteran. "It's his record in the Senate that I have a problem with."

Wasser goes on to detail McCain's support for spending $10 billion a month in Iraq "just like Bush" and adds that McCain sided with the president "against increasing health benefits for veterans." As Wasser utters those words, a picture of a person who lost both legs is shown -- a controversial image sure to draw criticism from some Republicans who will claim the AFL is seeking to politicize the conflict.

"People should let John McCain know," Wasser says at the ad's end. "His agenda is not what we need. Not now."

The commercials, which will hit the airwaves tomorrow to coincide with the launch of the AFL-CIO Veterans Council -- a group designed to communicate with the more than two million union vets and those currently serving in the military.

"Our nation's veterans deserve much better than the failed Bush economy has given them," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said of the new ads. "With the formation of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council, veterans will be front and center in the effort to put our country back on track."

The ads, which were produced by the Democratic media firm Laguens Kully Klose, will run on broadcast stations in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin for the next three weeks. The AFL-CIO would not disclose the exact amount being spent on the buy, only that it was a "significant targeted buy."

A major television ad buy represents something of a strategic change of pace for the AFL-CIO, which over the last decade has focused much more on building their member to member contact operation than on running national television ads.

But, with 2006 clearly an election decided on national issues and 2008 seemingly headed in that direction as well, it appears as though the AFL-CIO has decided to re-invest in television ads aimed at reaching a broader audience.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2008; 11:37 AM ET
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Shame on the AFL-CIO for sinking to a sleasy level of politics. I live in Pennsylvania, one of the "battle ground states" and the commercials started today. They all falsely attack John McCain and show how disrespectful this unuion is of our veterans and honest people. It is ridiculous what they are saying and John McCain should hold them legally responsible for the slander that they are dishing out. At least John McCain is keeping his dignity and playing fair. Yet sleasy organizations like the AFL-CIO sink to unbelievably low levels to kill the truth. Congratultions on losing my respect!

Posted by: Nicholas Adams | July 16, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Shame on the AFL-CIO for sinking to a sleasy level of politics. I live in Pennsylvania, one of the "battle ground states" and the commercials started today. They all falsely attack John McCain and show how disrespectful this unuion is of our veterans and honest people. It is ridiculous what they are saying and John McCain should hold them legally responsible for the slander that they are dishing out. At least John McCain is keeping his dignity and playing fair. Yet sleasy organizations like the AFL-CIO sink to unbelievably low levels to kill the truth. Congratultions on losing my respect!

Posted by: Nicholas Adams | July 16, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain did not set off a rocket and start a fire onboard an aircraft carrier.His fuel tank was struck by a rocket accidently fired by another plane.

Posted by: Ed C. | July 12, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain did not set off a rocket and start a fire onboard an aircraft carrier.His fuel tank was struck by a rocket accidently fired by another plane.

Posted by: Ed C. | July 12, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I think the AFL-CIO attack ad is shameful. Newsweek came out with this today: http://www.newsweek.com/id/145415

AFL-CIO Falsely Attacks McCain
It runs an ad claiming McCain voted "against increasing health care benefits for veterans," when he actually voted repeatedly to increase them.
By Justin Bank | factcheck.org

There should be serious legal accountability for this. They are unfairly harming Sen. McCain's campaign. Smearing someone with the truth is one thing, but this ad is a blantant act of devious, dishonest attacks.

Shame on the AFL-CIO. This will come back to haunt all of us who care about unions.

Posted by: scribo | July 11, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Let's face it....John McCain stopped smoking cigarettes when
1. He married the checking account and
2. He no longer had to worry about flying and crashing the sixth plane and possibly killing himself in the process.

Posted by: Sara Bellum | July 10, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

These actions say more about the AFL-CIO than they do about Senator John McCain. The AFL-CIO is sinking to the sleazy level of character assassination, while Senator McCain is maintaining his dignity, as a respected leader and war hero.

Posted by: Lee | July 10, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

The add is very effective on two levels. First, it links the wasteful, expensive Iraq War with our current economic troubles. Second, it decouples McCain, the veteran, from McCain, the politican who works against veterans by getting them killed in Iraq, over-extending the military, and voting against an expanded G.I. Bill. This is who McCain has become: wrong on Iraq and a complete dufus when it comes to our economy.

Posted by: maxfli | July 10, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Jesse Jackson.

Posted by: Jaycee | July 10, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

>>Unions have just about killed the USA auto industry.

I think that not having the foresight to look past the next quarter is what is now killing the US auto industry.

I have a great idea, lets plow all our talent and future into gas guzzling monster trucks. Remember those cute Hummer ads?

Who was running those companies? Not the unions. It was the CEOs.

Buying up foreign car companies at inflated prices that they are now dumping at a fire sale? Short sighted party party party. Another round of tax cuts for the wealthy. Don't regulate our gas mileage. We know best. If war is what it takes to keep that gas flowing, then war it is.

China is going to eat our lunch. Why? A nationalist industrial policy. Japan is a power why? Industrial policy. Korea? India? All growing because they realized that multi-national corporations are not very good at planning anything beyond their next board meeting to discuss how hard they need to scratch one another's backs.

Posted by: Frank Booth | July 9, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

NinaK,

If you took the time to chech your facts you would find that John McCains aircraft was struck by a rocket launched accidently by another F4. The rocket struck McCains aircraft rupturing his fuel tank. You have every right to disagree with McCain but lets stick to the truth

Posted by: DJM | July 9, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

NinaK, thanks for the knowledge. Any citations to websites, etc. for sourcing you can share?

As always, World peace.

Posted by: Broadway Joe | July 9, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

The AFL-CIO are for anybody that is for creating another workers paradise-a la the former Communist USSR-and Barack Obama is their new Karl Marx. The AFL-CIO are the primary reason why the once great US manufacturing base has fled for greener pastures taking the jobs with them. The very fact that the union bosses and goons can use the millions and even billions of dollars of UNION WORKERS MONEY WITHOUT THEIR PERMISSION, is proof how corrupt they are. Since about half of all union workers paying dues are not Democrats, their money is going to promote the political party that they oppose. This folks is legalized theft by a bunch of criminals on par with the Mafia with the only difference being that when the Mafia does it it's called payoffs and extortion while the AFL-CIO calls it union dues.

Posted by: truthbetold | July 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Really good ad. I like this guy's voice--better than the Obama ads' narrator.

Posted by: Beth in VA | July 9, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain's interview with NBC Nightly News tonight was
hesitant and mumbling.
That goofy grin, comletely unrelated a smile, miles from mirth or pleasantry-- stupid platitudes.
A quiet that was more zombie than restrained. Frankly, he looked doped.
NOT the first time.

Posted by: wondering | July 9, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse


***IMMEDIATELY BELOW:


"...and that WOLFOWITZ IS NOW, NOW BACK AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT?

Posted by: curley | July 9, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse


My God, NEVER ever throught I'd cheer on the afl.

Nor, when I worked in the Reagan and Bush
cabinets, did i expect to detest the republican party, and particularly it's WH.

But times change, do they not? This country is run by AIPAC and the neocons who
captured the stupid Bush from day number one.

do the American people know that Wolfowitz was Bush's foreign advisor on the transition team? AND THAT WOLFOWITZ
IS NOT BACK AT THE STATE DEPARTMENT?

Posted by: CURLEY | July 9, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

My friends, I respectfully disagree with the decision of the AFL-CIO to impugn my former classmate at the Academy. I always looked up to him and thought him my intellectual superior. Both of us believed the Academy professors had it in for us when they would mark our term papers and tests with "Inc.," "Please see me," or "You've got to be kidding." My friends, there is nothing wrong with a "Gentleman's F," is there?

Sincerely,

M. Baah Cille
No. 894th in Mac's graduating class

Posted by: Broadway Joe | July 9, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

"ANYTHING to win and at any cost to any American! NO Obama! Ever!"
===================
She LOST. To quote Antonin Scalia, "get over it."

Posted by: GObama | July 9, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator John McCain has contually used his being shot down and POW as the main reason for running for President, he has tried to put this in the category of "foreign policy" experience. Anyone notice he NEVER talks about his duties or anything else during his tour. All he talks about is getting shot down and his POW status. He has been using these to identify him as a hero. There is NOTHING heroic about getting shot down and taken prisoner!! The TRUE heroes are those who PUT THER LIVES ON THE LINE TO SAVE HIS COMRADES. They are the ones that are the receipients of The Medal of Honor! McCain dis not save his comrades, in fact he actually killed 135 of them when he carelessly did a wetrun (pumped too much fuel into the engine before taking off)before launching from the aircraft carrier. He also let a rocket off. All of these almost destroyed the carrier, killed his comrades and am sure injured many more. His commander told McCain he would NEVER be Admiral, as he had shamed the McCain name (grandpa and dad were admirals), the Navy, and the USA. These are the things McCain does not talk about. McCain NEVER made Admiral in his 20 years of service. I would venture to say, McCain's actual service was at best, mediocre.

The Unions are wise to sperate his military career from his senate record. He has been in the senate for how many years??

Posted by: NinaK | July 9, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I was wrong on the school. It was the U. S. Naval Academy.

Posted by: Tante | July 9, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Buckybacker 97
Get the story right. Mc Cain DID NOT enlist at the age of 17. He was in college. He finished 8th or 9th from the BOTTOM of his air force acad. class.

Posted by: tante | July 9, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Buckybacker 97
Get the story right. Mc Cain DID NOT enlist at the age of 17. He was in college. He finished 8th or 9th from the BOTTOM of his air force acad. class.

Posted by: tante | July 9, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

AFL-CIO and Obama,
POLITICS AS USUAL! And flip flop flip flop flip flop from Obama...to Wright (Black supremacy) to FISA to Campaign Finanace!
ANYTHING to win and at any cost to any American! NO Obama! Ever!

Posted by: DEM NOW IND | July 9, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget who's responsible for a lot of the needless injuries in Iraq, by failing to provide satisfactory protective shields on the sides of armored vehicles, etc. Fine legacy that, McSame wants to carry on.

Posted by: Smiggy Wetherby | July 9, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

has anyone seen drindl around here?

Posted by: asylum keeper | July 9, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

all new me, coming soon.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

When you gonna talk the mccain campaign's illegal collaboration with the 527 [which has Lindsay Graham and the sleazebag Lieberman on its board], Mr. Cilizza?

"When the political group Vets for Freedom bought TV ads in Virginia, right after Sen. John McCain's campaign canceled its own ad buy there, Democrats complained that the group must be coordinating its efforts with the McCain camp.

A spokesman for the group called it a coincidence. "In no way has our buy in any way been collaborated with anyone," Vets for Freedom chairman Pete Hegseth told The Politico's Mike Allen, who broke the story yesterday. "All we did was decide where the buys are going, based on our timeline, and our buyers are doing it."

Today, though, there appears to be another, similar coincidence in the way Vets for Freedom's ads are going up, just as McCain's ads are going down. According to a Democratic media firm, Vets for Freedom purchased advertising time in three Michigan television markets, Flint, Grand Rapids and Traverse City, covering July 10 to July 16. At the same time, the McCain campaign decreased its advertising in those three markets for the period from July 8 to July 14.

Coordination between the group and the campaign would be illegal."

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, if the AFL-CIO is against McCain, then I consider that a positive for McCain. This is not to say that Obama is in any way at fault, I just have less than a stellar opinion of the AFL-CIO. Am I the only person that sees this as wrong? Did the AFL-CIO ask its members if they approve of this? Special interest groups should stick to the special interest; AARP should stick to promoting candidates based on age issues, the NRA should promote based on gun issues, the NAACP should promote based on race issues, and the AFL-CIO should stick to worker's issues, and stay out of war record and other mud-slinging. Of course, the other groups I named don't have the AFL-CIO's track record, do they, so I go back to my original point...this is a positive for McCain!

Posted by: carcajou | July 9, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Critics of the war have jumped on Maliki's remark as evidence that criticism of Obama's Iraq policy (which calls for a responsible drawdown of U.S. troops) is entirely unfounded. They noted that Iraq's National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie restated his government's desire to see a decrease in U.S. presence, on Tuesday. And pointed to a 2004 remark given by John McCain in front of the Council of Foreign Relations, in which the Senator said the U.S. "would have to leave," if the Iraqi government asked it to.

Posted by: malii wants us out | July 9, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Also, please don't make any sense and debate facts or figures. It gives us Liberals the willies."

Well, care to throw a fact or figure out there?

Yeah, I didn't think so.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Way back in June, Sen. Barack "middle name not permitted to be mentioned" Obama campaigned on the theme of "Change We Can Believe In." Now, several days later, his theme should be "Change We Can't Keep Up With." Apparently, the change he was calling for was not for Washington politics, but for his primary campaign positions. Abortion, gun control, capital punishment, FISA laws, the status of Jerusalem, faith-based federal programs, public financing of his campaign, welfare, NAFTA and free trade, and his commitment to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his Trinity Church all have fallen to reconsideration, rephrasing, changed rhetorical modulation, and other semantic miracles.

Posted by: tony b | July 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

that's all apes are capable of, zookeeper.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

--"... sure to draw criticism from some Republicans who will claim the AFL is seeking to politicize the conflict."--

Oh that one's going to sting. Liberals, as we all know, can spell "Mission" pretty easily. But they'll probably have to ask someone to spell "Accomplished" (one C or two?).

Posted by: NoOneImportant | July 9, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Also, please don't make any sense and debate facts or figures. It gives us Liberals the willies.

We need to stick to chanting hope, hope hope and pray (in a non-theistic manner) for the moron vote.

Posted by: fix zookeeper | July 9, 2008 3:11 PM

that last post was not the zookeeper, we zookeepers are non partisan, unlike this zouk sockpuppet who continues to throw its own excrement.

Posted by: fix zookeeper | July 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

the moron vote - republicans.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Obama & David made another mistake. This ads will not work. Why do you pick a card that makes you lose?

Posted by: Premier | July 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Also, please don't make any sense and debate facts or figures. It gives us Liberals the willies.

We need to stick to chanting hope, hope hope and pray (in a non-theistic manner) for the moron vote.

Posted by: fix zookeeper | July 9, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

even the Brits... wrote: "But the fact is, Mr Bush has had to take some very tough decisions and the world needs people who can not only talk but also act tough and admit mistakes."

Um, excuse me. Name one time Bush has admitted a mistake. He's had 6 years filled with them. You'd think he could name at least one.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

zzzz...will someone wake me up for my early bird special? I have to be in bed by 6pm.

Posted by: John McCain | July 9, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I will reiterate a post that I made on another blog. I hate to say it, but a concerted effort to remove McCain's war record from his political one may have an effect. But Obama is increasingly becoming more of a weak candidate too. Still, most military members now realize that McCain his hotheaded to a fault. This combined with efforts to take away from his war record may cause vets and active military in particular to vote elsewhere.

As a veteran and one of 6,000 military members of the mainstream, non-fringe and realistic Modern Whig Party, I can say that McCain is not assured of the veteran vote. The days of vets and active military automatically going for him are gone, and now McCain is in serious jeopardy of losing many of us. Fortunately for McCain, Obama hasn't exactly wowed us either, but he is trying based on such things as his recent interview with the Army Times. Maybe 6,000 military members bolting the traditional parties, especially McCain's GOP, is like rats fleeing a sinking ship. We shall see.

http://www.modernwhig.org

Posted by: Modern Whig | July 9, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

please dont feed the sockpuppets, and its master(debater) king of zouk.

Posted by: fix zookeeper | July 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"The AFL-CIO is merely covering up for the fact that Obama is entirely lacking of any national security credentials, resorting instead to below-the-belt attacks on a man with an impeccable record in this domain."

So every mook who served in the military has national security credentials? Interesting.

Posted by: Spectator2 | July 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I like the "Just Like Bush" slogan. It's kinda catchy. You could set it to a nice little tune. It would be devastating if repeated ad nauseum in campaign commercials. Bush is the biggest political anchor since Nixon.

Posted by: muD | July 9, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I have really good judgment and am really smart.

except when it comes to wars, economics, energy, taxes, history, foreign policy, the role of government, spending, leadership, honesty, trustworthiness, etc.,

But everything else. no really.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

the surge is a mistake and a failure.

unless it works.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I will not participate in the politics of destruction. I am a new kind of pol.

Unless I'm not.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I will not veer away from my extreme liberal views.

Unless I do.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

If I were as useless as you, anObama/zouk -- I would just kill myself and get it over with.

You're like a boil on rush limbaugh's butt.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Last night on MSNBC's Coundown, George Washington law professor Jonathan Turley noted that just this week, a federal judge rejected President Bush's claim that his "constitutional authority as commander in chief trumped" the FISA wiretapping law. Judge Vaughn Walker explicitly stated that the President is bound by FISA:

Congress appears clearly to have intended to -- and did -- establish the exclusive means for foreign intelligence activities to be conducted. Whatever power the executive may otherwise have had in this regard, FISA limits the power of the executive branch to conduct such activities and it limits the executive branch's authority to assert the state secrets privilege in response to challenges to the legality of its foreign intelligence surveillance activities.

In other words, when Bush contravened the FISA law by authoring warrantless wiretaps through the National Security Agency, he broke the law. Turley said last night that this is an "inconvenient fact" for many in Congress to admit:

Nobody wants to have a confrontation over the fact that the President committed a felony - not one, but at least 30 times. That's a very inconvenient fact right now in Washington.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

dull and unoriginal, but it shows a complete lack of understanding of the world in which we live in.'


guilty as charged. all we Libs are.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

New Jersey GOP takes down 'Obama loves America like O.J. loved Nicole' banner from website.
After local Democrats "alleged racist campaign tactics," the Republican Club in Pemberton, NJ removed a banner yesterday from its website that compared Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) to O.J. Simpson. "Obama loves America like O.J. loved Nicole," the banner read. Though the image has now been removed, Blue Jersey saved a screen shot of the offensive banner:


Ed Kuck, the Republican County committeeman who placed the image on the website, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he had put it up while adding pictures from a local rally for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Posted by: RACISTS SCUMBAGS | July 9, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Iran is a small country and is no threat. Unless saying the opposite gets me votes. I will campaign in all 57 states.

but I already answered like 8 questions about this.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

The ads will have to debunk the illustions about McCain because the Main Stream Media seems unable to point out the huge contractions in what he says and what he has done, and the numerous flip flop he is making as sucks up to various Republican groups. HE continues to show a lack aof vision jut a preoccupation on Iraq damn what happens domestically.

Posted by: nclwtk | July 9, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

'The Senate today rejected three amendments that would have withheld immunity from telecomms that participated in the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program. AP sums up the votes:

Just under a third of the Senate, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama, supported an amendment proposed by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., that would have stripped immunity from the bill. It was defeated on a 32-66 vote. Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain did not vote.'

WHY DOES MCCAIN STILL HAVE A JOB? HE HASN'T VOTED ON ANYTHING FOR TWO YEARS.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I will wait for the missile to hit its target. then I will examine the intelligence to determine if a missile actually was fired. then I will consider who did the firing. After that, I will telephone the proper authorities to initiate an investigation. Once all the dead are buried, our cops can look into who did the crime. After warning them and offering them immunity and full constitutional rights, we can ask them if they know anything.

At that point it may be useful to consider diplomacy and negotiations to find out what we did to bring this on ourselves. I will form a commission.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I just saw Chris on MSNBC. That was so lame.
Democrats do NOT hate FISA. We want the president to follow FISA, since it is the ONLY authority for wiretaps. It is the flawed Protect America Act we hate. If you are going on the tube to report on something, at least learn a little bit about it first.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

IRAN IS A VERY LARGE COUNTRY, 4 TIMES AS LARGE AS IRAQ, AND WITH A POPULATION OF MORE THAN 70 MILLION. YOU REALLY ARE A MORON, ZOUK.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

'Hating George W. Bush is not only dull and unoriginal, but it shows a complete lack of understanding of the world in which we live in.'

YOUR PRESIDENT IS A WORLD CLASS MORON, ZOUK--AND IF YOU HAD ANY UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORLD YOU'D HAVE A JOB.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Iran is a small country and is no threat.

Except if it gets missiles and WMDs.

Jerusalem must be the capitol of Palestine, unless its not.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I could no more disown him than I could my own uncle.

Unless I do.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I will surrender within 60 days of taking office. Unless I don't.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This Veteran with a disability will not vote for McCain.

Posted by: truth1 | July 9, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

anobama/zouk -- you continue to be one of the largest morons on the planet -- and still unemployed, I see.

'As Wasser utters those words, a picture of a person who lost both legs is shown -- a controversial image sure to draw criticism from some Republicans who will claim the AFL is seeking to politicize the conflict.'

POLITICIZE THE CONFLICT? THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR 6 YEARS NOW!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes, yes, all you bleeding heart liberals are cringing out there. I can just hear you. But the fact is, Mr Bush has had to take some very tough decisions and the world needs people who can not only talk but also act tough and admit mistakes.

Of course you think Mr Obama is going to make a difference, but as I write this, he's already giving all the signs of somebody who will say anything to get into power only to act in exactly the same way as the Washington clique he aims to replace!

Hating George W. Bush is not only dull and unoriginal, but it shows a complete lack of understanding of the world in which we live in.

You want liberty but you don't want to defend it... right.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/holycows/2270920/Holy-Cows-George-W-Bush---buffoon-or-great-leader.html

Posted by: even the Brits are starting to get it | July 9, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

If only you fly-over rubes would learn some French, all our problems would simply melt away.

My first cabinet appointment will be the Minister of French, to begin the conversion to the full set of French values. We can begin by surrendering our armies wherever they may be.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama: Let's Hit Iran With Tougher Threats of Stronger Sanctions... But Don't Provoke Them

On Today Show this morning, Matt Lauer asked Obama if he were president this morning, what his immediate response would be to Iran's missile tests.


I think we've got to gather up all the intelligence necessary with the situation, but there's no doubt that we're seeing rising tensions in the area.

To echo Ed, intelligence-gathering? This isn't a rumor of missile tests. U.S. systems detected and tracked at least seven of the missiles. The regime announced it on state-run TV, and showed missiles flying into the air (although perhaps it was file footage).

And it's part of the reason why it's so important for us to have a coherent policy with respect to Iran. It has to combine much tougher threats of economic sanctions with direct diplomacy, opening up channels of communication so that we avoid provocation but we give strong incentives to the Iranians to change their behavior.

I would love to see Obama detail what Iran would have to do before he concluded that he did not want to seek "direct diplomacy" with them.

Lauer points out that at the G8 meeting in Japan, the leaders gathered there have announced they will send a European official to Tehran to discuss an official "incentive package," to persuade them to dismantle their uranium enrichment program. Obama says he sees that as a "step in the right direction," and does not see it as reward for bad behavior.

Note that once again, Obama feels that we ultimately control Iranian behavior; it's simply a matter of offering sufficient incentives to change their behavior. In the interview, he also says, "it's in nobody's interest, including Iran's, I believe, to have a nuclear weapon that could trigger a nuclear arms race in the region."

It seems unthinkable to Obama that the Iranians could have actually determined that having a nuclear weapon is in their self-interest. Much like small town Pennsylvanians, he knows what motivates them better than they know themselves.

Posted by: NRO - corner | July 9, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

did I mention that I have released my flip-flop for the day - no more kiddie interviews. I am going to post a change of mind every day. After so many of them, they will all blur together and become a non-issue.

Posted by: snObama | July 9, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

proud to be in the union writes
"I thought the corporate heads of the auto industry killed the USA auto industry considering how they have tried everything in their power not to be progressive with fuel standards or innovative and exciting designs. The union seems to be the only thing standing up to corporate America as a unified voice "

That's only half the story. Both management & unions fought CAFE standards. Therefore both management & unions deserve the blame for the demise of the industry.

Its curious to me that the AFL-CIO has picked Iraq as their issue of choice with which to criticize McCain, given that foreign policy isn't normally an AFL-CIO concern. But, hey, that's why they call it Free Speech, right?

Posted by: bsimon | July 9, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Magoo does not stand a chance to be president. Old man, you are finito.

Posted by: truth1 | July 9, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"Really, I thought the corporate heads of the auto industry killed the USA auto industry considering how they have tried everything in their power not to be progressive with fuel standards or innovative and exciting designs."

You mean simply making everything bigger isn't being innovative?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 9, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

How come every time someone questions McCain's Iraq policy stances, someone yells that it is a smear? We do truly appreciate the senator's military service and respect him for that, but that doesn't mean we just give him a free pass when he comes down on the opposite side of the majority of the country that believes this war has cost America too many lives and too much money and still hasn't provided a real purpose for what we're doing there when al-Qaida is in Afghanistan and Pakistan. It is well within the right of the AFL-CIO to show what this war is doing to the troops and the country and to show that John McCain's policy stances are not in line with the AFL-CIO and a majority of the country. It's time we get our troops out of harm's way in Iraq and start spending some money at home, and it's time for John McCain's supporters to debate the issues instead of crying foul anytime someone brings up legitimate policy disagreements.

Posted by: confused | July 9, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I do agree with AFL-CIO. I dont believe that beying Veteran and POV is road to be President!!!
Experience as Governor or senator, and voting record should be proof of experience. We have millions of veterans, that does not mean that all of those brave man and woman qulified to be PRESIDENT!!!
I was 80% shure, that I will vote for McCain, but I will not. His voting record is terrible, and that is all I need to know.
Obama may change my mine, just as He those change His, We will give Him chance and 4 years, and after that We will decide if He can stay another 4 years. We dont need someone like Pelosi ,Reid, Dean, and like them. Those must never win a such important position in Politics. NEVER!!!

Posted by: local#26 | July 9, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I guess the AFL-CIO is desperate to get a President that is willing to rewrite NAFTA to protect their noncompetitive workers.

Unions have just about killed the USA auto industry.

Posted by: jdcw | July 9, 2008 12:16 PM
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Really, I thought the corporate heads of the auto industry killed the USA auto industry considering how they have tried everything in their power not to be progressive with fuel standards or innovative and exciting designs. The union seems to be the only thing standing up to corporate America as a unified voice since no one else seems to give a damn about the everyday worker. Just my opinion though.

Posted by: Proud to be in the union | July 9, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I guess the AFL-CIO is desperate to get a President that is willing to rewrite NAFTA to protect their noncompetitive workers.

Unions have just about killed the USA auto industry.

Posted by: jdcw | July 9, 2008 12:16 PM
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Really, I thought the corporate heads of the auto industry killed the USA auto industry considering how they have tried everything in their power not to be progressive with fuel standards or innovative and exciting designs. The union seems to be the only thing standing up to corporate America as a unified voice since no one else seems to give a damn about the everyday worker. Just my opinion though.

Posted by: Proud to be in the union | July 9, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

buckybacker97 | July 9, 2008 12:10 PM ,

Is there something actually in the ad that you object to, or do you just think Obama should concede the race because his opponent is a veteran? Were you for McCain in the primary, and if not did you think your Republican of choice should have dropped out rather than run against the war hero? Do you think chickenhawk Bush should have given up on reelection when the Democrats nominated a decorated vet?

Posted by: aleks | July 9, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I guess the AFL-CIO is desperate to get a President that is willing to rewrite NAFTA to protect their noncompetitive workers.

Unions have just about killed the USA auto industry.

Posted by: jdcw | July 9, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

This is completely classless and supposedly beneath the "new kind of politics" that the AFL-CIO's candidate of choice espouses. Barack Obama should condemn this smear, for John McCain has served his nation and its armed forces since enlisting at the age of 17. The AFL-CIO is merely covering up for the fact that Obama is entirely lacking of any national security credentials, resorting instead to below-the-belt attacks on a man with an impeccable record in this domain.

Posted by: buckybacker97 | July 9, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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