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Va Republicans Blast Biden

Anita Kumar

Virginia Republicans came out swinging this morning at Sen. Barack Obama's pick to be his running mate. The quick response is another indication that the GOP is not taking Virginia for granted, even though Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will not be on the ticket.

Until recently, it was Virginia Democrats who were known for their quick response in the race between Obama and Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

Here are statements released this morning from McCain's leadership team in Virginia:

Del. Chris Saxman, campaign co-chairman:
"By selecting Joe Biden for vice president, Barack Obama has shown voters that not even Governor Tim Kaine can hide the fact that he is out of touch with the core values held by the hard-working families of Virginia. Virginians deserve a president and a vice president who understand that we need a comprehensive solution to the energy crisis, lower taxes for Virginia's families and who have a record on strong national security. What Virginia doesn't want is an inexperienced presidential ticket that will raise taxes on families and industries that are most important to Virginia's economy. John McCain believes in lower taxes, energy solutions and a stronger national security. Voters in Virginia will support John McCain for president because they always know where he stands."

Former Attorney General Jerry Kilgore, campaign co-chairman:
"Barack Obama has sent Virginia voters the message by choosing Senator Joe Biden as his running mate that he just wasn't seeing the momentum in Virginia that he had hoped. Barack Obama spent two full days campaigning in Virginia, and his message is not resonating. There is no question in the minds of voters that he will raise taxes on Virginia families, ignore the energy crisis and continue to support retreat and surrender in Iraq. Voters in Virginia will support John McCain because he is a proven leader and ready to be commander in chief on day one. He believes in lower taxes for Virginia families and has an 'all of the above' plan to solve our energy crisis. I am proud to help John McCain to victory in Virginia in November."

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, honorary chairman:
"At long last, the speculation about who Senator Barack Obama would choose as his running mate is over. I congratulate Senator Biden on being selected to run with Senator Obama in November. However, it is obvious that Senator Biden will do nothing to help Senator Obama's chances of winning in Virginia. I remain convinced that Virginia will vote for John McCain. He is the only candidate who has the background, knowledge and experience to lead our country at a critical time in our history, and he is the only candidate who has put forth positive solutions on important issues such as national security, economic security and energy security. I look forward to campaigning with Senator McCain to victory here in Virginia this November."

Attorney General Bob McDonnell, honorary chairman:
"Virginia voters will not support an Obama-Biden ticket. This is a ticket that believes in higher taxes, more government, inaction in the face of rising energy prices and that fundamentally fails to understand the true nature of the enemies we face abroad. The contrast between an Obama-Biden ticket and the candidacy of John McCain could not be more stark, or more important. John McCain believes that lowering taxes is the best way to strengthen the economy and create jobs in Virginia, while Barack Obama already voted for higher taxes on Virginia families. John McCain believes that our energy security is dependent on offshore exploration and nuclear power, while Barack Obama's energy plan is for Virginians to merely inflate their tires. John McCain believes that we should leave Iraq a secure nation, while Barack Obama advocates timetables and surrender. There is a clear choice in this campaign, and Virginians will choos e John McCain this November."

By Anita Kumar  |  August 23, 2008; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Anita, this is a waste of electrons.

The comments certainly were fast, but all the campaign flacks had to do was fill in the blank where the name of Obama's choice would go.

Please don't do this again next week when the Democrats do the same thing for Senator McCain's VP pick.

Unless it happens to be Bob Marshall.

Posted by: So What! | August 23, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Virginia absolutely has to vote republican now.

Whatever your worst secret fear is, the democrats are sure to do to you.

The republican party is clearly here to support you. Whatever you want us to say, consider it said.

Against abortion? We promise to abolish abortion without even so much as a vote. It will be decreed.

Would you like a blow job? Consider it done.

Nobody has a proven track record like the republicans. No matter who you are, we govern the way YOU want.

If you want your wife to be repeatedly raped by dirty immigrant terrorists, then vote for the Godless communist intellectuals who will raise your taxes up to 90%.

If you want a solid anti-intellectual who will lower the definition of rich down to where you can be rich, then the choice is clear.

Posted by: K Ackermann | August 23, 2008 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like sour grapes from a party that has no dog in this fight. As a Virginian, I applaud Obama's choice. On close analysis of all the Virginia Republicans who have registered their protests, they were essentially prepared for any running mate that Obama chose. Also, they ran out the standard Republican line. I still want to know how the Republicans plan to pay off the federal debt that they ran up. They spend like drunk sailors and then dare others on the tax issue. The borrow-and-spend crowd need a life --- outside politics.

Posted by: Earl C | August 23, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Do I want the smart-ass, or the dumb-ass?

Posted by: K Ackermann | August 23, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Virginia GOP Criticizes Biden Choice.

In other news, the sun rose in the East this morning...

Posted by: samson151 | August 23, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah. This kind of reaction only proves that the GOP is running scared.

If this is John McCain's idea of honorable I can only image what he would be like as president. Four more years of Bush style fearmongering and namecalling obviously.

Posted by: Cal | August 23, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought Virginia was the toss ups of toss ups this time around, but if this is the best the VA Republicans can do, then Obama will win the state. The Republicans tired-old rhetoric here screams "more of the same" and is uncompelling in its credibility.

Posted by: Justin | August 23, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

POLITICS - DIRTY TRICKS - TOILET TRICKS! These words rhyme because that's what the republicans are REALLY GOOD AT. Dirty Tricks. The ONLY way Obama/Biden doesnt win VA is if the Ripoff Republicans pull another one of their famous election votes dissappearing tricks. John McCain looks tired, IS TIRED. For the simple fact Obama is black and America is still, unfortunately, divided by race, this election shouldnt even be close. Can you imagine 4 years of a John McCain presidency? I sure cant. Half of America would commit suicide out of sheer boredom...the other half would die out of sheer poverty caused by Republican politics. For America's sake please vote for Obama/Biden - Show the world America has overcome that racial divide it has always been critized for, and is BACK on the world stage as the moral and economic leader it is.

Posted by: Mack | August 23, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I am a Virginia Citizen and I will be voting for the Obama ticket this November.

Someone has got to stop the MADNESS and it sure isn't the good "OLD BOYS RUNNING THE GOP."

Posted by: VA Citizen | August 23, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what blathering conservative idiots think? These are the opinions of the people who have created the array of problems America faces today. These are the people who stood with mckane behind george bush for 8 years as he repeatedly broke US law and spat on our values and our Constitution.

Posted by: Brandon | August 23, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans spent half as much time trying to govern as they do thinking up nasty names and silly conspiracy theories to post on the Internet we would ALL be better off.

Posted by: Rob W | August 23, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse


BIDEN is not change, biden has been in DC since obama was 11, OBAMA sucks ass

as a democrat I have to now vote for John Mccain, the world is too fragile and mccain is a smarter and safer choice with a solid record over obama's no record any day..

OBAMA does not make good decisions

Posted by: baris | August 23, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Republican gasbags once again take being hypocritical to a brand new level. Obama is a lot more in touch with working class people than a man who doesn't know how many houses he owns and whose definition of "rich in America" is someone that makes $5 million a year or more.

Posted by: Christopher | August 23, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I understand the viewpoint of these GOP leaders. Obama-Biden won't do much for any of us. Did you hear them both say we should send a $billion dollars to Georgia? ... like it's paper money! These guys will take us into a depression ... and make a recession look good!

Posted by: Cassandra Washington | August 23, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Is K Ackerman for real? If so, geez, you need medication BADLY. Get yourself psychiatric help, please.
The Democrats are the party of change and responsibility in this election. Can anyone say that the eight years of Bush/Cheney have been a success in any significant way? Our economy is in the toilet, our military power is broken, our political standing is at a historic low, our moral standing is laughable, and our Administration's credibility in and out of the US is nonexistent.
You want to vote for more of the same? Fine. But don't pretend that McCain is anything fresh and new or that Obama is the Antichrist, 'cause it just ain't so.
Feel free to keep on fearmongering, though. I suspect that most of the country is pretty sick of those lowball tactics.

Posted by: DB | August 23, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

First, Baris. I suggest that you re-think your decision. If you vote for McCain you will be voting for 4 more years of Republican destruction of the USA. As for potty mouth Ackermann, if you are what I would have to look forward to as a Republican then I will do everything I can to make sure that no Republican wins an election in Virginia. We don't need such people representing us. As for those that Ms. Kumar has quoted, they have shown that they are out of touch. They are Borrow and Spend Right-Wingers. They are not Fiscal Conservatives nor are they conservatives at all. The Republican Party has run out all of the true Conservatives. What's left are people whose talking points mean nothing.

Posted by: Bill | August 23, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least they're consistent in using the same cribsheet. However, VA Atty-Gen. McDonnell does have one thing right:

"The contrast between an Obama-Biden ticket and the candidacy of John McCain could not be more stark, or more important."

Especially on national security, which bizarrely these GOP functionaries highlight. Unless John McSame, Obama and Biden don't get their foreign policy opinions from the paid agent of a foreign government. They don't need Joe Lieberman to remind them of which major players in the Middle East/South Asia get along with each other or can't stand each other. They can keep track of which countries they want to support have actually broken up a decade ago. And most importantly, they know the difference between supporting our troops, which McShame refuses to do, and supporting crooked defense contractors, which McShame is quite happy to do.

Posted by: EdA | August 23, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I actually thought that Ackerman was fairly funny satire. A bit on the wild side, but then again, so was There's Something About Mary.

And, Baris, Joe has been in Wilmington since before you were born. EVERY NIGHT. Just having taken Amtrak on Wednesday morning (the one that got delayed several hours), that takes dedication to your family and state.


Posted by: Fairlington blade | August 23, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

You forgot the part where you mention that Obama is (GASP!) a MACACCA!

Posted by: tomhere | August 23, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Baris, if you aren't supporting Obama because of Biden, you probably really weren't going to vote for him anyway. Who did you prefer? Corrupt Hillary Clinton?

Also, who cares what Jerry Kilgore thinks of all people? He was soundly rejected by Virginia voters, and has no credibility at all whatsoever.

Posted by: Jon | August 23, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

"as a democrat I have to now vote for John Mccain, the world is too fragile and mccain is a smarter and safer choice with a solid record over obama's no record any day..

Posted by "Baris"

You are no Democrat. You are a Republican shill.

I hope you are prepared to send your younger male relatives off to fight and die for Saakashvili in the Caucasus if, God forbid, McCain wins.

Check who McCain's chief foreign policy advisor is. Hint: He's the paid agent of a foreign government). Then check who's advising him on economic policy. Hint: It's the guy who's chiefly responsible for the mortgage meltdown and oil futures speculation.

Then get back to me and explain why you think McCain has superior judgment.

Posted by: Capncuster | August 23, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"as a democrat I have to now vote for John Mccain, the world is too fragile and mccain is a smarter and safer choice with a solid record over obama's no record any day..

Posted by "Baris"

Hmmm, let's see. Obama, a university law professor ... McSame graduated 894 out of a class of 899. (I believe that's a "D", even Bush was a "C" student)

Posted by: arnold | August 23, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

In all the commentary about Biden, I'm shocked that no one remembers how Biden couldn't believe a Black man like Obama was "articulate". Black bloggers certainly haven't forgotten as shown by this commentary:

Biden was also didn't know that Obama was NOT the first Black person to run for president. Has this guy not heard of Shirley Chisolm, Jesse Jackson, or Al Sharpton?

This leads to a couple of questions:

Could Obama start losing his most loyal supporters (Black people) because of Biden's past clueless racism?

Could Biden's presence as VP vindicate critics who question Obama's judgment?

We shall see.

Posted by: dcguy1 | August 23, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I have no dogs in this hunt...being from elsewhere. But I applaud the Virginians for standing up to the spin. Biden is a great choice and Obama|Biden will cream McBush in November.

They may not win Missouri because these folks all vote republican because it's a mark of righteousness. ??? Hopefully the Virginians will pull out an upset and change our country for the better. We're counting on you guys!

Posted by: SWMissouri | August 23, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Biden uses the Amtrak to commute and eats dinner with his family. Obama eats shave ice and wears a tie. What a bunch of elitists!

Obama said "and" that must mean he is unpatriotic because McCain never says this word "and". Biden said "the"... Oh my gosh what a bunch of un-American creeps.

The GOP Virginia delegates are a pathetic bunch of shills.

Posted by: hayden1 | August 23, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse


BIDEN is not change, biden has been in DC since obama was 11, OBAMA sucks ass

Posted by: baris | August 23, 2008 7:24 PM ----------------------

Boo hoo hoo! What freakin cry baby. Go and get your diaper changed baris I think your getting a rash on your stinky bottom.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 23, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Elitists. McCain has 7 homes and never worked a day in his life. Those rich republicans are buggin out because they cant rob the public no more. If you make under 250,000 a year Obama's tax plan is gonna help you more than McCain's. All McCain has for the working public are lies and more lies. The country's bankrupt and he wants to give oil companies more tax cuts. They made more money this year than any company in the history of the United States. You morons must be kidding. McCain's a friggin loser. Tax payers are getting tired of footing the bill in Iraq so soldiers can guard your building contracts. 10 billion a month on a war that Bush lied us into. The real traitors are listed in this article.

Posted by: Mike | August 23, 2008 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Any state that sends Virgil Goode to Congress should lose their electoral votes anyway..................

Posted by: JonathanR | August 23, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Anita, are these comments supposed to be 'news?" what is the point of splattering the same color-by-numbers party line statements of a bunch of state officials that I doubt even the citizens of VA know?? Mystifying... I wonder what the South Dakota delegation had to say..??

Posted by: paul s. | August 23, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

To ALL Clinton Die-hards: DIE ... the HARD way, then get out of our way, OK?

Posted by: Bill Carr | August 23, 2008 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Biden quick respose to McCain --

"He will have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at" when considering his own economic future, Joe Biden.

Obam/Biden '08

Posted by: Obama and Biden Fan | August 23, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

McCain will Win. We won't go into a Depression brought on by higher taxes.
Democrats just don't have a clue.

Posted by: TWOTIMETUNA | August 23, 2008 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Now that the homo Jerry Kilgore has weighed in, we can all rest easy. These Republican blow hards are lucky to even get the attention of the Wash Post to publish their idiotic views. Akerman: You are a dumb ass and a smart ass.

Posted by: Joe | August 23, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Blah, Blah, Blah. SOS. I no longer dought the ignorance of the American People. After all, they elected Bush twice.

Posted by: Blah | August 23, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

fear fear fear
hate hate hate
rage rage rage
nyah nyah nyah
zzzz zzzz zzzz

Posted by: treetopflyer | August 23, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Biden - you bragged - in an attempt to insult a reporter "my IQ is higher than yours"...Mine is 146 and I NEVER finished in the bottom 11% of any class or test I took... (actually in top 5% of grad school applicants)

So I guess **I** should be president and you... you be digging ditches, picking up trash cleaning septic tanks?
BTW - we learned how to properly document citations in elementary school - so your bs excuse for PLAGIARISM is just more BS

Posted by: ask | August 23, 2008 11:45 PM | Report abuse

TWOTIMETUNA, Depressions are a Republican thing...get your History straight. Every democratic executive administration has stood on good or at least improved economic times for the country. So it's a complete and utter farce that there will be difficult times under an Obama|Biden administration.

Let's just take recent history:
Rabid, Castrating Inflation and Recession under Ford.

Improved economy, recession ended under Carter.

Tremendous Deficit Build-up under Reagan. America's Economy built on a deck of cards.

Rampant recession under Bush I as the cards fell. Impotent response on the Bush administration part leading to greater harm.

Deficit Reduction under Clinton. The greatest boon of American economy in History.

Massive Inflation under Bush II. Massive Irresponsible deficit explosion.

We can go back to Calvin Coolidge to Eisenhower if you'd like. But the fact is that Fiscal responsibility and a good economy has alway been hand in hand with Democratic Administrations...not Republican ones.

Don't have to take my word for it:

Posted by: SWMissouri | August 23, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

FINALLY - a lib/leftist acknowledges that President Bush was ELECTED twice!

Blah -
"After all, they elected Bush twice"

Posted by: to blah | August 23, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

The Virginia GOP is the party of racism, hatred and sheer stupidity. This is the party that nominated Jim Gilmore, for God's sake. This sad, tired party of ChristFascists is a waste of time. All Virginia Republicans are goose stepping Nazis and card carrying members of the Ku Klux Klan.

Posted by: Virginia Republicans are starching up their white hoods | August 23, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Really - with all the BS about Republicans being "mean"...all someone has to do is read the posts by libs/leftists and you see who makes all the angry, spiteful, obscene, ingorant, uniformed, undocumented comments and you'd see why they keep losing..and will again.

Posted by: Success | August 23, 2008 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama Makes Fun Of The Bible

I've been watching the counter for hours the replies keep going in but they've frozen the counter.

Posted by: InTheKnow | August 24, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Why did it have to take this long for Virginians or anybody else to see the extreme differences in these two candidates? Obama, along with Reid, Pelosi, Kennedy and a number of other traitorist fifth columnists have long advocated a cut and run policy in Iraq, even as al-Qaida was getting mauled by U.S./Coalition Forces. Likewise, Obama wasn't keen with our efforts in Afghanistan either until very recently. Obama openly advocates higher taxes that would make Bill Clinton blush, no new nuclear development or oil production, no support for small businesses, gutting of defense and intelligence services, and reinterpreting the individual rights of citizen’s already guaranteed by the Constitution by packing the federal courts with legal revisionists more in line with his socialist philosophies.

Thankfully, Obama supporters are quickly shaking the spell and snapping back to reality. That’s not to say that John McCain or any other politician should be entitled to a free ride just for getting elected. It means that the American people had better start doing their part and be a part of this participatory form of government on more than just Election Day.

Posted by: Back From Iraq | August 24, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative republican from VA, and I just don't understand why liberals/gop bashers are always saying there is some kind of conspiracy. i don't think there is one, just like i don't believe there is a liberal conspiracy to start communism in america. I don't think Biden will add enough to Obama to make him win obama though...

Posted by: Jake | August 24, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

TO BLAH wrote,
"FINALLY - a lib/leftist acknowledges that President Bush was ELECTED twice!"

Hell yeah, he was elected in 2000--but he won by five votes from Republican-appointed judges!

Posted by: trevor | August 24, 2008 2:42 AM | Report abuse

I see the hate filled Oblabba gas bags are here. Instead of talking about the issues, they never have anything to say except vicious and inflammatory namecalling because not everyone buys into the Messiah role. The Dems have held both houses for 2 yrs. and have done NOTHING. Obamas economic plan will drive us into a depression. He promises money we don't have and programs that will impact and actually deplete the middle class.The Obama plan is: We will get from the people who have any extra money and give it to those who have won't work, have kids and can't take care of them, support illegal immigrants with medical and college grants, he will move to make reparations for blacks(throw in some Indians), keep us under the thumb and whim of OPEC, talk and beg the hostile countries to be nice and the list goes on.
Are we so desperate that we will buy into anything in the name of change(of which there is none)? There was another country that did that because they felt so downtrodden...Germany. Don't think it can happen here? Neither did they.

"If you put a frog into a boiling pot, it will jump out. But if you put them in and slowly heat the water, they will cook alive."

Posted by: dragonfly777 | August 24, 2008 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Sure the Va. republicans are blasting Biden & Obama. These are the same fools who nominated dumb-dumb gilmore to run against Mark Warner. Gilmore is the only govenor in the history of Va. to put us in debt;Warner,with help from true conservative republicans & dems, got us out. McCain & the shrub group in DC have US $10+ TRILLION in debt to China & others, are running a $9+ Billion debt to wage a war we didn't need & gave their fatcat buddies a tax break,plus let the drug co.& oil co.write the laws & influence foreign policies.It can't get no worse for the average American. So time to kick them out & try a new batch. In 4 yrs,we can try another batch if Obama & friends don't work.Ain't America great.

Posted by: tlrasnic, SW Virginia | August 24, 2008 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Great Choice, I'd give Biden a lunch box (a very big one) and send him straight to Minnesota so he can spend the next two months barnstorming through every state in the Midwest, Great Lakes, Mid Atlantic, and North east. The Bush (McSame) campaign's greatest fear is that people will open their eyes to the wreckage Republicans, Bush, and his disciple McSame have done to their lives and undermined the prospects for the next generation. All they have to offer is one bursting market bubble after another to separate a few more winners from a whole lot more losers in their ownership society.

Posted by: Tigman_2 | August 24, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Well,we Democrats have really screwed up this time...the worst in my lifetime. Senator Biden, the one with the experience and guts, should be at the top of the ticket and the inexperienced, skinny guy should not be on the ticket at all but if he were, it should be so he could get some on the job training as vp. But we Democrats once again destroyed our chance of winning the WH by voting for the far left agenda...this time affirmative action. We're doomed to four more years of a Republican administration. I hope Biden is not giving up his day job...we need him in the Senate.

Posted by: hazwalnut | August 24, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

I know this may be hard to comprehend for the GOP supporting the Bush/McCain ticket (which is what it already is) but maybe this was not a slight on Obama and Kane, maybe Obama feels that he can win Virginia anyways. Virgina is changing demographically. Also many Virginians do not want a continuation of Bush policy under McCain. Last but not least Virginia GOP no matter how much you whine you have a Democrat for Governor and the tide is against you, so I understand the childish sour grapes response from your Virginia GOP leadership. It is time they also get voted out.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | August 24, 2008 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Spin, spin, spin! GOP of course is going to spin negative on Biden, but to be so presumptuous as to try to tell Virginians that this is about not respecting Virginia or about an Obama lack of momentum here is ridiculous.

Posted by: PolarBearMan | August 24, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Democrats who claim they will vote for McCain = Republicans anyway..

So Democrats who read and post here, don't get discouraged or wonder what's wrong with these fools...they are Republicans anyway..

No democrat in their right mind would vote for McCain because of the following:

1. Hillary not on the ticket
2. Because Biden is on the ticket
3. After 8 years on Bush and McCain

Posted by: Scott | August 24, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

I've been living in Virginia a long time, and I know that the GOP here is hard to beat for rank ignorance and stupidity.

Maybe this time around enough Virginians are so fed up with the failing economy, wasting $20 billion a month in war we were lied into, and the many abuses of the Bush administration that we'll smarten up and vote for Obama.

This state's demographics are changing, and a bunch of tiny, scared, crusty old white dudes aren't going to have any easy time of it trying to fearmonger this year. But...they will try. It's all they know.

How many people out there don't know what kind of car they drive, or how many homes they have? Because Mc Cain doesn't know. He also thinks the economy is doing well. Go figure!

Posted by: LH | August 24, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

lol, Republicans trying to act as if they are Democrats. All I have to say is if you think Obama is inexperienced, then what was George bush? what was Bill Clinton? and can someone please help me understand how Obama is an affirmative action candidate ( I sincerly doubt republicans truly know what affirmative action really is)? Did the DNC say we must have a black person run, or that we must nominate a black guy?.... lol you people. Obama was right about republicans, "you guys take pride in being ignorant"

Posted by: kurt | August 24, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

There are four choices people have in this election. If you are a Democrat you vote Obama/Biden, a Republican you vote McCain/?,an Independent Barr or Nader, a felon - stay home. Don't scream you are a Democrat voting for McCain - you are a Republican, that's your party. Live with it and them. An affiliation with a party means that you adhere to the Party Platform more strongly than to anyone candidate. Decide what you believe in and support that party and the candidate that represents that party.

Posted by: txajohnson | August 24, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Virginia is for lovers! Evidence by these Republican comments they are spending too much time in the sack with each other and even there they don't know how or what they are doing.

Posted by: Ed | August 24, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"OBAMA sucks ass

as a democrat I have to now vote for John Mccain"

I see the Republicans are already gaining the eloquent voters...

Does anyone have a guess just what percentage of the folks on the web saying "I'm a democrat voting McCain" might actually be democrats rather than McCain people? Based on the way they write their responses, it doesn't seem like that many are for real.

Does the McCain campaign really need this kind of nonsense? I thought Republicans always wanted to talk about the issues? The only issues I hear anybody talk about with McCain are drilling for oil and war. There's a lot more to running the country than those two things. Can anyone provide some positive reasons for voting for him?

Posted by: Gary | August 24, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

McCain never said he didn't know how many homes he had...Obama said it. This coming from the guy that doesn't have a clue as to how many nephews and nieces he has.

Posted by: dan | August 24, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

We challenge Fox News to open up their comments section without censorship . They present a comments section but never show any comments!

Posted by: Ron | August 24, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Arizona Republican no "Mr. Smith in Washington" ...

McCain spiked career of U.S. Senate Republican staff anti-pork critic ...

It was a self-styled tribune of antipork politics, however--Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)--who ended (Winslow) Wheeler's congressional tenure. In his white paper, the budget specialist accused McCain ("The Mr. Smith Who Isn't") of being a "pork enabler" and a "press-release paper tiger." Wheeler pointed out that, although McCain denounced a $20 billion Air Force scheme to issue 10-year leases to Boeing for refueling tankers and then subsidized the company's refitting of them as commercial planes, McCain engaged in "pure cosmetics" in supposedly fighting the deal, "unilaterally disarming himself.""With a war going on, the [fiscal year 2002 DoD appropriations] bill was `must' business," Wheeler noted. "A filibuster or other delay tactic unless and until some concessions were made in favor of a better bill would have come at an exquisitely painful moment. The time to wring some concession out of the grisly appropriators had arrived."Any number of parliamentary maneuvers by Sen. McCain could have stymied the passage of the bill. Just starting a good, old-fashioned, Sen. Jefferson Smith-type filibuster would have given rise to 99 audible senatorial groans. These and other actions were available to Sen. McCain, if he were serious about waging a real war against pork in a time of national emergency. He chose to do nothing."Wheeler's charge that McCain merely fiddled with reform of the congressional pork empire made the Arizona Republican bum. Gratuitously "outed" ... by media columnist Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, Wheeler quickly was placed on administrative leave after McCain complained to Domenici, and later was eased out of his job.

Posted by: Martin Edwin Andersen | August 24, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I am a democrat, but I feel the Democratic doesn't want to liston to their constituency. I voted Hillary and Hillary got alot more votes than Joe Biden. It is time the democrats support WOMEN.

Posted by: marie | August 24, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama also needs a retired General to stand by him. Its to bad retired General Wesley Clark was taken out of play by the Republican smear machine. McCain has been singing the praises of General Petraeus in August in order to associate himself with General Petraeus. Active Generals are neutral in Elections. If McCain whats showcase a retired General endorsing his campaign that would be fine. The Troops contributing more to Obama's campaign was the news of August for Obama. Obama needs a General thats on the same page with him

Posted by: Bobby | August 24, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I think that Biden was a wise decision on Obama's part. He brings some much-needed experience to the table.

By the way, if you want to know more about Barack, visit

Posted by: RedGloves | August 24, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

At least these independent thinkers weren't covering a set of Republican talking points in slightly different language. Since when does publishing a press release count as news?

Posted by: scientist1 | August 24, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Biden doesn't matter. It comes down to the ground game in Virginia. And closet republicans like republican candidate Charlie Hall will be out there helping the republicans spread rumors and fear-based dissension.

Posted by: It's the ground game | August 25, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Ground Game, did Gerry ask you to submit that?

Posted by: VA-11 | August 25, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

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