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August 29, 2008
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Governor Palin has dealt with Canada on oil issues.  She has dealt with Russia on fishing rights issues.  She has cleaned up dirty politicians. she has fought the oil companies. She has managed Alaska's budget. she has burned down pork. she takes a side of an issue and doesn't vote present.  what has Obama accomplished???  he is all talk...reminds me of Elmer Gantry. Obama says she has no experience... what a joke he is

accomplished

August 29, 2008
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I am so happy that John McCain made this pick.  Someone said this morning what makes this women qualified to be commander and chief?  The McCain people said "well, she is a mom with a son in the military"  Are you kidding me!!  It doesn't really matter anyway, since John McCain at the age of 72 is showing signs of first stag alzheimers and he can't remember how many houses he owns, give it a week, he will probably appoint six other people to be his VP and will have to be reminded that he has already appointed someone.

 

eener97408

August 29, 2008
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Thank you Johm McCain! To borrow a phrase from a remark made to Dan Quayle,"Sarah, You are no Hillary Clinton!So thank you John for your laughable pick and ludicrous comparison of Sarah to Hillary to lead our nation. If your health, or mind fails Uh Oh!  As a Girl Scout leader.... she's fine! Potential President OOps!You have alienated many women today and underestimated us. This is as ridiculous and dangerous as your Iraq policy!

August 29, 2008
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I feel like McCain made this pick to try and take away some of the "hype" from Obama after his speech lastnight, however, all McCain has done is further prove to many Americans that he is not ready to run this country. His age has been a huge issue thus far and now it seems that his judgement is also going to be questioned. How can you exepct someone who is 72 years old to take care of this country; not to mention someone who has picked someone anyone outside of Alaska knows nothing about?

McCain didn't make a bang with this choice, in fact it was more of a bust and it's a big gamble that he has taken.

August 29, 2008
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At this point SOMEBODY needs to state the obvious, to quote Lloyd Bentsen here;  Sarah Palin comparing herself to Hillary Clinton is like Dan Quayle comparing himself to John Kennedy. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton. While she may someday convert the party of Rush Limbaugh back to the party of Dwight Eisenhower, it is clear this is a cynical attempt to draw away any Hillary voters.  I don't think Hillary fought as hard as she did just to hand over that legacy to someone who is diametrically opposed to her political views, and I think Hillary voters know the difference even if Rush Limbaugh doesn't.

August 29, 2008
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This is ridiculous. To think that this woman who I am sure is a wonderful pick by any means compares to Hillary is a slap in the face. Hillary has decades of experience with women's issues and WOMEN'S RIGHTS! McCain has officially turned this into a GAME. Sorry to say, but if McCain somehow callapses think about it... CAN SHE RUN OUR COUNTRY WITH SUCH INEXPERIENCE? WOULDN'T BIDEN BE BETTER? oh, and I counted three blacks in McCaine's announcement. Is that the diversity we want? No diversity?

August 29, 2008
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I still cannot wrap my mind around John McCain picking Sarah Palin has his VP.  Even if it was a moment of insanity for the aging candidate he had a group of people around him who still thought this was a good idea.  She is a slap in the face to ALL women especially Hillary supporters.  Sure it would be great to have a woman make history but you can't just pick any woman off the street. 

 

Like him or hate him, John McCain is OLD and in the event something happened to him I would not feel comfortable with Mrs. Palin being our commander and chief.  People vote for the top of the ticket this is true, but you have to be confident that the country will be in good hands if something happens to the president.

 

This pick is unwise and a slap in the face to women.  I have long been an Obama supporter.  Now, as John McCain has shown his "judgement" it is clear that Obama Biden are the only choice in November.

August 29, 2008
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John McCains choice of VP is clearly a Blatant Exploitation of a Woman, to futher his political goals !                                                                                LJ Rome   Coram,N.Y.

August 29, 2008
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I'm not a politician, so I don't need to make happy talk about McCain's vice presidential pick.

 

First, this is no huge barrier coming down. In 1984, Democrat Walter F. Mondale selected Geraldine Ferraro to be his running mate in the Presidential election. We can all be elated that it has taken the Republicans only 24 years to catch up.

 

Second, speaking for myself, my daughters, my mother and my women friends who were early supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President -- none of us are even slightly intrigued by John McCain's choice of a first-term right-wing Alaska governor as his running mate. It is not just the allegations of abuse of power in firing Alaska's commissioner of public safety, but the anti-choice, anti-gay, pro-NRA, promotion of oil and gas drilling at the expense of all else, including the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), that makes us unenthusiastic.

 

Think about it for a minute, is appointing Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court the same as appointing Thurgood Marshall?

 

Let's not assume that women are so naive that any woman will do.

August 29, 2008
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The opposition we are getting on Palin is the Zenith of Democratic Hypocrisy.  We have an inexperienced Dem. Presidential Candidate with an “experienced” VP. The Dems are making the case that this election is about the President.  Where as we have an Experienced Rep. Candidate with a VP who has more experience than the Dem. Presidential Candidate – The Dems are saying Palin wouldn’t be ready to be President, like McCain is already Dead.  The Obama camp is freaking out because they know they botched it by not putting Clinton on the Ticket – It would have been hands down victory for the Dems – Thanks Obama for the Victory we will enjoy in November.

David ~ Chandler, Texas

August 29, 2008
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John McCain has done an excellent job of insulting women across America. If he thinks that simply by picking a woman he will get the disgruntled Hillary voters, he should think again.

 

I have talked to many women that would have voted for Hillary and they are insulted that such a move was made to try and sway them to his side.

 

Governor Sarah Palin has only been in that position for 2 years and has no prior legislative experience, except as a Mayor in a small town in Alaska. The whole state of Alaska has less than 1 million people and her challenges do not qualify her for the presidency.

 

I know that she is not on the ticket as the President, but I recall the phrase "a heart beat away from the Presidency." Can John McCain seriously say that if he becomes unable to fulfill the office of the President that IN HIS JUDGMENT ex-Governor Sarah Palin should become Sarah Palin, President of the United States of America?

 

This is just another example of John McCain's poor judgment.

August 29, 2008
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More of the same Bush and Rice and McCain and Sarah!!!

August 29, 2008
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Josh, your recent reporter, made the comment that this was a democracy on CNN, however when you constantly hand-pick reports or comments that highlight questionable aspects of Palin and do not do the same for Biden, that is not a democracy.

 

Your 'elect Barak at all cost' agenda and use of your position in media to try and influence thought is disgusting.

 

You are selecting a view with the mild undertone of attempted fairness to present to your public in order to sway the direction of our thinking and you assume we are stupid enough to believe that you are truly using journalistic ethics. You did not throw Biden under the train the way you are Palin and it is extremely transparent the unreal and disappointing  bias.

 

You can't find anything substantially negative about her and it is driving the mainstream media crazy that now the Republican party is united and a formidable opponent to the Democrats. Calling up an obviously democratically influenced newspaper editor to give a ho-hum report about her is so low. Let's get some real reporting.

 

You are using tactics to try and keep attention on Barak's momentum like constantly re-showing his footage from the convention, which became old news this morning when McCain announced his running mate. Let's see if you give the same coverage and ability to constantly see any clip from the Republican Convention days after it has happened. The only way that will happen is if someone happens to trip and fall or embarrass themselves.

 

Your insinuation of her lack of commitment to her children or her inability to mother a sick or differently-abled child is absolutely despicable. Don't forget that conservative women voters are a mighty force proven in the last election. The more you go after her the more conservative women, working women and mothers will rally to her side. It sounds like you are trying to imply that a former hockey mom isn't smart enough or capable enough to be the VP or President. Seriously, what has Barak done? And you trying to get him elected President? At least she has been doing something in her two years of being governor other than campaigning for President. At least she understands what it feels like to know you have to work to not loose your healthcare because you do have a child depending on you. No one in this election can understand and relate to the public better than Sarah Palin.

 

 

And yes, the many feminist left-wing supporters are right, she isn't Hillary....Thank God! She is better! She has actually run a state government and done so well with integrity and honesty. She has something to show for her two years other than showing up to speak at community events. And here's the thing, she and Barak are both deficient in foreign affairs but she's not running for the Presidency and she at least as someone like McCain with his extensive experience to learn from.

 

You guys can't stand the fact that McCain has swept the momentum away from Barak and now has a chance. Really you are just fueling the Republican party even more by your blatant bias.

 

I am not a supporter of John McCain and I don't really care what his motivation for choosing Palin. Last night I was planning on writing Mike Huckabee's name in on the ballot, but seeing that McCain has the good judgement to choose someone like Palin, I will be voting for him, fully hoping that in four years she will become our President.

August 29, 2008
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McCain I think is very shrewd. Think of all those women voters who were so disappointed when Hilary didn't make it. Now they have a woman to vote for. I think he asked her to be VP not based on experiance but on her gender alone. Hopefully it doesn't work...Go Obama.

August 29, 2008
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I'm not sure how anyone could say that McCain's pick for his VP running mate is "shrewd or brilliant".  It was the ONLY choice he had !  Listening to NPR radio two weeks ago,  my 10 year old daughter shouted from the back seat of our car "Mommy he needs to pick a lady!"  Dah, you think?? 

 

Unfortunately, what my daughter and obviously John McCain don't understand is -- any lady just won't do.  The man is grasping for straws.  I am a proud feminist but this choice is an insult...

August 29, 2008
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I think at this time in our history, the team of John McCain, and Sarah Palin, is the right choice to help us bridge our country to the next level in our democracy, and our politics.

Senator McCains judgment to pick the youthful, and energetic Governor Palin to run with him is a masterful decision. I believe she is the perfect choice to help him win this election. 

 

Way to go John McCain!!

August 29, 2008
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I'm a Hillary Clinton Democrat. If McCain thinks that his pick for VP will entice me to vote Republican, he is crazy! Considering his age and health, the odds are that he won't live through his entire term. This woman is less experienced and less prepared than Obama to be our President. This is almost an insult to the intelligence of women, thinking that we'll just blindly vote for McCain because he has a woman for a running mate! Women of America are smarter than that!

August 29, 2008
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I'm a Hillary Clinton Democrat. If McCain thinks that his pick for VP will entice me to vote Republican, he is crazy! Considering his age and health, the odds are that he won't live through his entire term. This woman is less experienced and less prepared than Obama to be our President. This is almost an insult to the intelligence of women, thinking that we'll just blindly vote for McCain because he has a woman for a running mate! Women of America are smarter than that!

August 29, 2008
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McCain has once again proven that he does not have the judgement to lead our country doing such perilous times. Choosing Palin as a running mate is just a gimmick. He rather put America at risk than to lose an election. Palin is truly not ready to lead this country and neither is McCain. Palin is no Hillary. Try again! Dumb and Dumber.

 

An Obama and Clinton supporter

August 29, 2008
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I am a registered independent and female. I origionally favored Hilary and was disapointed when she was not chosen as the Democtatic VP canidate, however McCain has disapointed me during his entire campaign. First, he became the change canidate only after Obama energizeded  people with his message of change. Now McCain has given up on his experience arguement by picking someone with even less experience than Mr. Obama. If Mr. Mcain and his ticket is going to morf into the Obama ticket I may as well vote for Mr. Obama.

August 29, 2008
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Our forefathers wisely put only two requirements for President.  It was written that way so that any 35-yr old American citizen could be Preesident.  The only people who are qualified to be President are past presidents!  Not even the longest-living Washington insider is totally qualified to be President until they are.  That's the beauty of the Constitution.  It gives room for unjaded, open minds with different life experiences to come in and try new things. Our government is stale.  The power that's been taken from the people is overwhelming.  Inexperience is a Plus.  Honesty and integrity is a refreshing 'change' that I don't see in Obama.  Let's give Palin a chance to talk before we go against her.

August 29, 2008
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Way to Go McCain!  I think the pick of Palin will win him the race for the white house.  There is not much of a choice anyway.  She has the same or more experice then whats his name who is running for president.  No you are right she is no Hillary.  Thank god.  She seems to have values.  We do not need anymore Clintons.  Go McCain Palin!

August 29, 2008
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After reading some of these comments.  I have a question.

Why is it ok for you all to bash McCain for being old and not bash Obama for being half black?  Isn't it racism either way?

August 29, 2008
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Kreitton,

 

As an interested Canadian viewer I don't follow the argument that Palin's inexperience damages the GOP ticket.

I wouldn't go there if I were a Democrat as the same argument can (and has)been used against Obama.Canadians

may be having an election this Fall. The Liberal leader

(your Democrats), Stephane Dion, has experience but is perceived as a weak leader against the Conservative,

(your Republicans), Stephen Harper, current Prime Minister (who had less experience than Dion at the time of his election). The majority of Canadians feel the country is headed in the right direction under Harper's leadership (according to the polls).

August 29, 2008
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Every four years America participates in a political charade called the presidential election.  The two political parties -- and sometimes the independents -- howl and scream about how and why their candidate is the right one to lead the good ol' U.S.A. out of whatever trouble it has manage to get itself into during the previous four years.  But who among us is really "qualified" to be president?  On what basis do the Obamarites and McCainites believe their candidate can and will do X, Y and Z, and in doing so will result in good fortune for the country collectively and each citizen individually?  How on earth can anybody really believe and profess electing Obama or McCain will actually "be good for the country?"  Both men have established records via thei service in the U.S. Congress, but neither have ever served as president.  So how can we say definitively whether the election of one or the other will prove fruitful or disastrous?  Well, that depends on a whole bunch of stuff over which we citizens really have no control.

August 29, 2008
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With Palin picked to be the VP we may get some the attention that Alaska deserves. Now the lower 49 may realize that we are more than just a colony for you to plunder our natural resources. Keep in mind that the Global Weather Change has caused Alaska to have the coldest summer on record- this will have a direct impact on the massive resource extraction that keeps your economy going while at the same time keeps our fuel and ALL related costs skyrocketing.

August 29, 2008
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This was the best decion that McCain could have ever made for VP! Thank you, Sir! Thank you for listening to the conservative hearts of America. You have heard us and have responded accordingly. This will be a landslide win! I can't wait to see Palin up against Biden...and really technically up against Obama! We are praying for you! We don't need the United States of America to turn into the Communist States of Amerika!

August 29, 2008
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Regarding John McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Palin, I for one am strongly in favor of his choice. You do the math - I read that B.O. has cumulatively spent 144 days conducting the business of our government. Governor Palin, assuming she took office on 02 January in 2007, and using the traditional work calendar of 252 work days in a year, and based on this being the 35th week of 2008, she has likely spent 426 cumulative days conducting the business of Alaska. Seems to me she had almost three times the experience as B.O. when it comes to actually "governing."

 

If "experience" is going to be the watch word of this campaign, worst case scenario what John McCain did was create an experience quid pro quo between Biden and himself, and B.O. and Governor Palin. I prefer to have the most experienced as the number 1 and not the number 2. . . .

August 29, 2008
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I agree with the person from Toledo OH who was talking about the risk McCain and company accused the Democrats of making with Sen. Obama.  McCain isn't exactly a spring chicken.  Gov Palin has only been a governor for two years!  If McCain is disabled, would you want this inexpereinced woman running the country?  I wouldn't.

 

Virginiginy

August 29, 2008
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What a hypocrite!!  Money spent on carefully - or poorly (however you decide to look at it) thought out ads, discrediting Obama's experience for the Presidential seat; adding clippets from Hillary's debates/speeches in confirmation.  Yet, how do you explain your choice for your VP pick?  Is this a game for you?  It's just about votes for you.  I understand this is a competition; apparently so do you.  You're looking for the votes (She said so herself - lol), not someone that could actually assist with your potential run.  Will she be the notetaker at the roundtable discussions? 

 

I don't get it. It seems as though you've put the 'competion' ahead of America's NEEDS!

 

Bet you didn't expect these reactions, did you?  Your first, major decision, before the candidacy....  And this what you come up with?  I can just imagine the next ones to come.

August 29, 2008
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A sheet of glass.

It is obvious what Senator McCain is doing. I can look right through this and see Hillary supporters all over the place. This was just an attempt to win over females and Hillary supporters. A very transparent move.

In addition to this choice being transparent, it further demonstrates Senator McCain's lack of judgment as well as a lack of judgment by Governor Palin. I hope and pray that it never happens, but in the event that Senator McCain is unable to complete his term, how will Governor Palin be able to step up and take charge of the country. This woman has a child who requires special needs. In the event that she has to take over, somebody is going to get neglected - the country or her children. As I said, a lack of judgment on her part as well an on the part of Senator McCain.

August 29, 2008
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I was wondering, since my husband was the president of our Home Owners Association, does he also qualify for VP?

August 29, 2008
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Why vote for the Obama/Biden "ROBIN HOOD ECONOMIC PLAN'

of taxing the rich to give to the poor? Someone explain to my why we are not generating U.S. income to pay for the programs we desperately need from:

A) Collecting money from countries that owe us money

B) "Increasing" the tariff on ALL products imported by

   1% and 1 1/2% for American companies that moved out

   of the country and "took our jobs with them". By doing

   that,they also eliminated the IRS taxes they would be

   paying, thus, further reducing U.S. income for the

   programs we need for our citizens.

c) Across the board cut our foreign aid by 3%. If we can't financially take care of ourselves, how in the world can we afford to take care of the world financially?

D) With the incredible info age, I can sit in my kitchen and talk with someone on the other side of the world, so why do we still have so may representatives in the House and Senate. Every single state should have ONE REPRESENTATIVE IN EACH, THE HOUSE AND SENATE!!! Imagine the incredible millions of dollars we would save on their salaries, healthcare, expenses, houses in Washington WE PAY FOR, and their incredible retirement programs that we also pay for.

We need to get back to basics people.

Oh yeah, and how about offering these jobs (House and Senate seats) to our so called "PUBLIC SERVANTS" with a salary THAT "EQUALS" and not exceeds the AVERAGE INCOME OF THE STATE THEY REPRESENT---WOW WHAT A SAVINGS! They would actually have to live like You and Me!!!That would really weed out tons of politicians who don't really have the drive, or the heart of the people at hand.  Of course, this would never happen, and you'll never hear about any of these ideas on tv or from Washington! Glad to be talking with all of you.

These ideas aren't a burden on any U.S. citizen and could easily be implemented if our representatives have the guts to stick up for all of us, I don't care if they're democrats or republicans. Just everyone, stop bleeding the American Citizens into bankrupcy!

August 29, 2008
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Didn't we get “enough” of "shock and awe" at the start of the Iraqi invasion???  We don't need anymore!  I am utterly profoundly insulted by this pick, it just goes to show that John McCain is only concerned about winning the election by any means necessary.  I seriously wonder how much thought went into this, I echo Barak Obama when he said that he simply doesn't get it.  John McCain’s ambition and sense of entitlement to the presidency has clouded all sense of reason.  This is the is the worst example of campaign pandering in recent history.  My problem is not that he chose a woman as his VP pick, it’s that he picked an unknown and untested woman for the job.

 

After weeks of complaining about Senator Obama's inexperience, he goes out and finds the most inexperienced running mate out of the whole bunch, I would have had more respect for him if he had gone with his heart and chosen Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge.  Who is this woman, we know nothing about her!  It is not enough that she is female, what are we stupid???   Race or gender should NEVER be a criteria for the second most important office in the world, the American people see right through this smoke screen and want some one who is TRULY EXPERIENCED and READY to lead on day one! 

 

While we celebrate Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's historic 18 million cracks in the highest hardest glass ceiling, is it really to the Country's benefit to gamble on a woman who may have the opportunity to "shatter" the glass but won't have the goods to govern after the fact?  God forbid that anything should happen to John McCain should they win the White House because the shattered glass will quickly be viewed as a dangerous mess!  I am a mom and a military wife whose husband is headed to Iraq for a second time and I am not impressed.

 

NO MORE SHOCK AND AWE (DISAPPOINTMENT!!!) WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!

 

Gov. Palin you are no Hillary Rodham Clinton!!!!

August 29, 2008
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On equal pay: It is but a single point of many that hugely needs rectifying.  By the way, my first vote (had I been allowed to vote within the Democratic Party to get to this point in time) would have been for Hillary.  Back on topic: McCain needs a serious reaming when he voices the opinion that it would cost the big companies too much money (with a string of follow up litigations) if the courts sided against Good Year and not for women and equal pay for equal work.  That kind of cost is exactly what it is going to take to solve the problem!  Hit the big companies in their pocket books (it is the only thing profit oriented entities understand) and while the courts are at it move to require all pay scales and salaries transparent as a point of law for all companies in the U.S.  When companies cannot hide you have the problem immediately solved and don’t have to talk about a grace period or window of opportunity to litigate to do the right thing!

August 29, 2008
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I think what Palin says about McCain is he completely has no judgment. Who picks someone they have known for only 2 days to a job where the person might become president of the United States? Now he can't promote himself by saying he has good judgment. Making this choice shows he absolutely has NO judgment.

August 29, 2008
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Sarah Palin is absolutely brilliant and beautiful!!!! Joe Biden is a joke and an idiot!!!! He is Mr.Gaff maker himself with his dumb racists comments about Obama being a sort of main stream clean and articulate Afican American running for president for the first time, and his comments insulting Indian Americans working in 7-11's and speaking with an accent! He insulted millions of people of color!!!

August 29, 2008

Have the republicans had another senior moment?  Who is running for president? McCain or Palin?  What an insult to women that the republican party think they can just pick anyone and that they will get the women's vote  just because Palin  is a woman! What a pathetic, desperate move for the republican party.

August 29, 2008
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By the way, when did “hope” as part of the voting criteria become something that we as an individuals or as a nation should not give serious consideration.  Interestingly enough, every large business management team recognizes that “attitude” and “desire” are the most important driving factors for success (even over a tool bag full of academic education for comparison purposes).  In oil refineries it is clearly understood that an excellent safety record cannot be achieved without first developing an excellent attitude towards safety (as in no attitude, no safety education gained).  The same goes for any sports team, or individual like Tiger Woods, and so on.  It is difficult to put a finger on those two words and/or concepts but when you see it in people it immediately becomes obvious.  A successful forward thinking attitude combined with desire and the hopes many has moved mountains to accomplish goals never thought to be had.  I am certain you can name a few examples of such motivating world leaders and the resulting teamwork of accomplishments.  Such a thought process in everyday life typically moves a glass from being half empty to half full.  The next step achieved is called “success”.  Hope is an expression of one’s dreams and I am better with them than without.

August 29, 2008
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After reading the previous dialog about what MAY be wrong with Sarah Palin's selection, I have to comment on the fact that SHE is a remarkable woman to always be the for-front of doing the things that make her squad, school, city, and STATE, become more efficient at the lowest cost. Isn't that what we want for our country? ? She has the drive and knowledge to get it done within a state that no one knows much about. MAYBE THATS THE CHANGE THIS COUNTRY NEEDS.

Alaska has been quite too long.  Hillary was way too boisterous towards her drive to be on the ballot. Bill is her anchor.... his assistance to her would still remain as what is " IS " ....to our country. Would Hillary try to out do Bill Clinton when he had no regard to embarrass AMERICA to the world.

August 29, 2008
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PALIN WHAT HUGE JOKE! Iam so sad of my party today. I would vote her head of my PTA but NOT PRESIDENT! SHE she WORST than OBAMA!!!! She is pretty and fiesty, but come on...McCain is old I shutter to think what would happen if something happened to him. As a Republican I now have to reprocess why I didnt want Obama, because my party is doing just what they endorsing just what they asked us to question. Now Iam suppose to accept her and reject Obama. The have really made a big mistake.

August 29, 2008
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Heidi9002

 

I saw your note that many of the postings focus on John McCain's age and that no one is mentioning that Barack is half-black.

 

First of all, being half-black means that you are also half-white. The influence of being African is no different that the influence of being German or Spanish or French or Italian - except for those who believe that those from Africa are less capable than those from any other country. So racism is segmenting and categorizing people based on their race or ethnicity. Age has nothing to do with race or ethnicity.

 

Secondly - John McCain has just turned 72 today. He is old by anyone's standard, which means he has a higher chance of becoming uncapable of serving under the pressure of the Presidency than someone roughly half his age. This brings to bear the question as to whether Governor Sarah Palin has the domestic and international experience to take over (by default - not by election) if John McCain were to become uncapable of serving.

 

Age is not race and race should not be an issue. Age is an issue when the person is 72 years old and the job is the stress-filled position of POTUS (President of the United States).

August 29, 2008
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Senator McCain lost my vote today.  I know at least 5 other women who feel the same way. Was his selection of a woman an appeal to women voters? The women I know want what is best for our country, regardless of gender. Mr. McCain needs to understand the intelligence of women and we are not "snowed" by this trick. He should have picked his running mate based on who would be best qualified to lead this country in his absence. Women are concerned about the economy and about keeping their children from being involved in a senseless war in Iraq or any other mis-guided war for that fact. We are concerned about healthcare and caring for our elderly parents, who rarely get a break financially. His selection of a running mate is an appeal to ignorance and it is an insult to women voters, no matter what their party affiliation. While I have been against Obama throughout this election...I say, "Go Obama!"

August 29, 2008
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Rock on Sarah Palin!  What a fresh face with true, proven change on her resume.  The work and anti-establishment practices that she has put into place in a true old boys state like Alaska, are simply remarkable.

 

Hillary cannot even stand in her shadow.  What has she done?  Stood by her cheating man?

 

And Obama?  Has anyone watched The American President, lately? Obama has!  Did they teach stealing drama movie lines,  as authentic speech writing at Harvard?? Andrew Shepherd's (Michael Douglas) make believe world and points from his make believe "Presidential" speeches were alive and well,  last night. I was waiting for Annette Bening to come in off Dupont Circle and sweep Obama off his feet. No answers, just drama and fireworks hype.  Maybe the money that was spent last night could have been spent on supplies for our school children or one of the other liberal causes.  Although,  it looks as if screen play is going to be a large cause for the Obama/Biden team.

 

He speaks well,  he stands up straight and the columns were reminiscent of ancient "rulers",  but a man of substance  and rational decision making skills for this country,  he is not.

August 29, 2008
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In regards to Sarah Palin, A republican strategist was asked by Wolf 'why are you so excited and confident with Sarah as the VP choice". He said, she is a wonderful woman. She came from middle-class roots, worked, has five kids and has balanced it all......guess what, me too. I have four kids, a master's degree, and work a full-time job. I balance it all too and am proud to say I have well-adjusted kids who are  happy and do well in school. I want to know why I wasn't condsidered for VP slot. If that is all they got we are in trouble. Point is this country is full of wonderful woman who have learned to "balance it all", doesn't mean we are ready to be commander in chief. Women Rock! Go Obama!

August 29, 2008
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With the choice of Gov. Palin as VP the republicans have assured the WhiteHouse to the Democrates and that is really good news for the US.

Doesn't gov Palin look like tina Fey?

August 29, 2008
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EXECUTIVE, maybe you should run for office!  I like that Gov. Palen turned down the money for the bridge to nowhere, even though Congress tried to force it on her.  Which reminds me, NOBODY talks about smaller government anymore. Remember those non-November election days, the ones people let slip by?  That's because things 'we, the people' USED to vote on, we just let Congress legislate.  The bigger the government gets, the more we lose our liberty.  Government is becoming the parent that never lets the kids stray too far, and we've gotten too lazy, confused, or something to rebel.  Where are our protesters?  We blog, silently in our rooms, hoping maybe someone will come along and save us all.  Well, maybe it will happen.  And maybe, just maybe, it'll be a woman.

August 29, 2008
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mom4peace

I also balance it all, a career that has given me more satisfaction and pride than I ever imagined ,  a child who is independent and excels and a successful husband.  But,  I have not taken on the establishment and called BS on corruption, pork bridges, and had the courage that Sarah Palin has for the greater good.  That is why she is a great choice for VP,  and I am a great choice to support her.

 

Your envy or bitterness has made you lose sight of the fact that she knows your plight and the battles you face everyday and she is willing to put her neck on the line to fight for you.  She is not a life long, narcissistic political machine.  She is a real person, fresh from real life and is willing to put her neck on the line and her money where her mouth is......  WOMEN DO ROCK AND OBAMA IS NOT A WOMAN AND HAS NEVER WALKED THIS PATH.  You should reconsider.

August 29, 2008
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As sure as the sun will come up tomorrow, CNN has again kept it's bias against republicans.  When the holly one picked his running mate CNN as a company almost passed out.  Obama could have picked Satin himself and they would have loved him for it but, when Mccain picks a woman they can do nothing but ask questions about her qualifications.  If they want an argument about qualifications they really need to look at the Hooly one running on the wacko left side. Come on America, look into your soul.  You know whats right.  And if you don't see the bias then we are all doomed.  I guess we can all become good little "Comrades" like CNN would want us to do!

August 29, 2008
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I think it's great that Gov. Palin was chosen by John McCain to be his V.P. running mate! People want change, but Barack Obama isn't the answer!

I just heard on cnn that most women tend to vote democratic, as a woman & the mother of 4 women we all vote conservative which doesn't usually include any democrates.

August 29, 2008
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As a woman, I am shocked and saddend by McCain's choice. We are not pawns. I am embarrased for Palin! This is a very bad tactic on McCains part -- Shame on Him! We wanted a woman named Hiliary Clinton who had an incredible knowledge base and EXPERIENCE. This unknown person cannot and will not replace Hiliary. Palin doesn't even come close to Hiliary. Boy, talk about contradicting yourself... McCain said numerous time, "Obama is not experienced" but selected who has not even been in the political arena nor can even spell it.

 

Deeply sadded in VA!

August 29, 2008
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You mindless Obamanite Dems are already attacking John McCain and his brilliant choice of Sarah Palin because you are really worried you might loose the presidency again! The Republicans LOVE her and this choice WILL surely energize the conservative Republican base to come out and vote FOR McCain they were not all excited about before.

August 29, 2008
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Boy, talk about the Grumpy Old Man and the Young and Restless!!!

August 29, 2008
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Dems are not worried about losing the Presidency.  We are sooooooooooooo energized.  Let's do the math -- how many people does it take to show up to a grand finale -- ummmmmmmmmmmmm  85+ thousand.  How many people tuned into this grand finale --- ummmmmmmmmmmm 38 million.  Let's face, Barrack has a voice, knowledge, and experience that echoes everything that this Country needs.  EIGHT IS ENOUGH!!!

 

If it's God's will, then it will be!

August 29, 2008
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I am a female registered Republican and usually vote for the Republican ticket. Whatever doubt I had about John McCain's poor judgement has definently been confirmed. Since when did being a 1st tern governor, mother, consumer and Union and NRA member present as the best qualifications. Absolutely no foreign policy experience at one of the most unstable time of our lives! If McCain is elected President, Gov. Sarah Palin would be more likely than any other VP in history to become President given McCain is the oldest non-incumbant to be in that position. This choice was an insult to the intelligence of us women. I know women and those Hillary supporters are not going to even look twice, we're talking apples and cupcakes. This was a self serving choice to just gain those disgruntled female voters and was not in the best interest of this Nation! Enough of the game playing, we have real hard core issues to address! Obama choice of Senator Biden was not based on who would bring in the most votes but on who would be the most qualified to step up to the plate of Presidency in the event of an emergency and who could offer the most experience to the ticket for the sake of the nation at a time of so much uncertainty. I'll take Obama's judgement any day over McCain! Obama you have my vote.

August 29, 2008
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What a joke choosing Sarah Palin as VP, trying to get the women vote.  She is not Hilary Clinton.  where is her experience?  Her speech was so boring I felt like I was watching water dripping from my water faucet. The eighteen million votes was for Hilary and that something she will never get.

August 29, 2008
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I was so proud of my country, after this speech. I don't want to be judged by my gender that's the shell I wear; no woman wants the job because she is a woman.  Today McCain failed the people of this country. We want a VP that can step in and work. We are tried of government that is not for its people, and use this country to carry out its own agendas. He would do anything to be President, talk about the worst case of being out of touch with real people. This is a failed attempt to counter act with happened with his opponent truly sincere speech to not only DNC but Americans.  I am President of my Homeowners Assoc. and govern almost as many people as this woman has.

August 29, 2008
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I can't believe McCain thinks because he picked a woman for VP that he is going to win. NOWAY!!! NOHOW!!! NO MCCAIN!!!!!!!

August 29, 2008
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Does Mccain really think the conservative women of this country are stupid enough to buy this stunt? By the way "White woman" got the right to vote 88 years ago. I'm not sure when, but I know black women didn't have the same right until much later!!! I am a christian white women and I voted for Bush unfortunately the first term. However I will vote for Obama this election! I'm tried of white men running this great country into the ground, or straight to hell if you will. Conservative women please don't fall for this, lets show the world we are not door mats to be used by the republican party!!!

August 29, 2008
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Robert2001...Palin has alot less experience than Obama and has dealt with issues that are null in comparison to what responsibilities she would have if she had to take over as president. There's no time for "OJT" (On the job training) as I've said before, we need someone who already knows how to drive the bus not wreck the bus with hopes to be able to fix the dents. Obama and Biden are two people you can trust on the political road...they aren't going to change lanes without checking their mirrors first. If you want to ride on the road with a couple of folks who might put your economy, life,  livelyhood, country, children, and education system at greater risk then go right ahead. Don't complain later though.

August 29, 2008
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GOOOOOOPALIN  what gives you the right to call Democrats "You mindless Obamanite Dems"? Last time I checked i was not mindless! Not that you care but let me tell you why I NEED OBAMA to be MY PRESIDENT! . I am a 33 white woman who fights everyday to make it. You see I have Cerebral Palsy and as I get older the worst my body gets. Funding for all programs since Bush slid into office (which he stole) have de-grated our lives. If McCain became president i can tell you that my life and all others with disabilities would continue to sink lower. Obama will help us. At-least with a Dem in the White House all people who are the ones pushed aside will be given attention again. Now Ms.Palin may have a son with Down Syndrome but that will never change my mind on how we the disabled population will be treated. So you see you may not like "Obamanite's but i can tell you that man just may make the disabled population remind us that WE matter!

August 29, 2008
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bts

Hilary supporters are too smart not to recognize the insult implicit in McCain's thinking that a woman will vote for a woman because she's a woman.

August 29, 2008
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There's definitely plenty of blame to pass around ,republicans & democrates are equal in guilt & responsibility! We as a nation have messed up! McCain is a politician, selecting Sarah Palin was a great move, no better or worse than tactics Obama has & will continue to use. He gets my vote for creativity!! Just kidding! We all still need to look at both candidates & vote for the one who comes closest to our beliefs & values. So I will (seriously) be casting my vote for McCain!!!And I'm a middle aged white woman. My daughters who are in their 20's & 30's will also be casting their vote for JOHN McCAIN!!

August 29, 2008
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OH YEAH, I'm also the mother of a mentally disabled 20 something daughter. Who has been a blessing to my family!

August 29, 2008
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How can any mother use her two sons for her own personnel gain in her career?

One son will be going to Iraq fighting a war that was clearly wrong to start?

Two have a baby that will need her personnel love an care but will not! “Unless the vice president job is only for funerals…. and in between she can take care of a child that will need her. not a nanny

August 29, 2008
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The reason John McCain selected Sarah Palin as his running mate is because, McCain is tired!!!  His age is catching up to him, and he did not know how hard this race was going to be. John McCain picked a woman who is in the middle of an investigation. He selected his running mate, to make sure he did NOT WIN!..Because after Obama's speech last night, the republican party was out of steam, they were speechless.  The Republican party needed to find a way to bow out gracefully. Why would I say this...because the next day, John McCain choose a running mate that is under investigation, and HAD to be at the bottom of his short list.  Sarah Palin, needs a PARDON, and John McCain needs to lose (because he’s tired), and have a patsy to take the fall..  He needed a Patsy, She needed a Pardon!!!! Great Deal For a Pardon, don’t you think?

 

Just Happy!!!! (:)

August 29, 2008
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McCain's choice is a shock.  The Democrats owe him greatly for this favor.  McCain has turned this election into a farce.  God help our country if something happens to him and his choice for vice president becomes president.

 

After not knowing how many houses he owns, this choice  certainly won't add to his luster.  Perhaps he had a "senior moment."

August 29, 2008
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To all Americans the choice is yours do your homework.  Obama gave a very inclusive speech and likewise all the other speakers.  To McCain on your choice of running mate you just insulted the intellect of all forward thinking human beings who want to be inclusive and move forward.  Alaska is a very small state with a high income.  Most of the USA like many Canadians is living on the edge. I was not impressed with the way McCain kept staring at his running mate scary stuff.   The USA needs to look at the big picture this time and put the future on the line.

August 29, 2008
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Palin has done a great job in Alaska!!

Not to worry Alaska! Your dear Palin will be back home soon!

August 29, 2008
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I am absolutely, astoundingly appalled by McCain's choice for his vice president. Pallin's qualifications should absolutely be debated - presferably with Hillary Clinton. I can only think what would happen in McCain passes away and then Pallin is President of this great country. Somebody please help me. I'm truly scared. Would it be possible for impeachment of a new president who won a beauty contest - and that, my friends, is one of her accomplishments!

August 29, 2008
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Seriously? I am insulted. Does McCain and his crew really believe that we women who were disappointed that Hillary was not chosen as Barack's VP running mate - would vote for him simply because he has chosen a female VP running mate?

 

Does he really think that American women are that superficial? He's got another thing coming. We vote on the issues NOT on gender! We actually use our BRAINS and are not driven strictly by our hormones!

 

I am not "dismissing" Palin's potential. I am dismissing the defunct Republican party. No way, no how, NO McCain or Palin or any other Republican!

 

UN-believable ~ the Republican's never cease to amaze me (in all the wrong ways!)

August 29, 2008
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I simply can not believe this.  I thought I was the big "R" but this is beyond "R"idiculous.  What are they possibly thinking?  Apparently, only cheezy polcitcs because there is no way, Pardon me, Madame, that you could possibly run this country (world). I apologize as I no not of this "candidate", but it certainly appears you need to get back to living for/with your children; I'm a bit speechless past that.  Please be the first in history to simply bow out.

August 29, 2008
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I'm totally convinced that the republicans have already conceded this election. McCain and Palin are simply being thrown up as sacrificial lambs so they can preserve any real talent they have for 2012. I listen to McCain talk about fixing the wrongs in Washington, when he is responsible for these wrongs. It's like a big practical joke, I'm waiting for Ashton Kutchar to show up and say you've been Punk'd. As far as anyone saying his VP has more experience than Barack!! Barack could run the state of Alaska on a volunteer basis dedicating just 4-hrs a month to the cause. There is a serious Dumb-ing Down of america going on, mainly due to Fox news and Limbaugh, electing McCain will only make this worse.

August 29, 2008
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John McCain is the biggest panderer of all.  I remember him accusing Obama of willing to put his interests ahead of his country, and here is is doing that vary thing, by pandering the Vice Presidency to women (and obvious Hillary supporters) in a pathetic attempt to grab their vote.  He dangles the idea of "Hey, I'm 73...this woman could be your very next President..."  No offense to Gov. Palin, but she is NO Hillary Clinton, and it is a downright insult to Hillary Clinton and her supporters, who I believe have a bit more integrity to see through this disingenuous choice.  I hope the convention demands a roll call and picks Mitt Romney instead, who showed absolute loyalty to McCain after he used his "Swiftboat" attacks to derail Romney's candidacy, and his far superior to John McCain in every way, shape or form.  Obama gave one of the most magnificent speeches of our time, and showed his true charisma, and wisdom, and inspiration that will pull us all together for the higher purpose of saving our country.  McCain is exactly the type of person who would not seek the wisdom of the people around him, who in most cases, would be far more knowledgeable and lend a fresh perspective.  What a totally irrational decision!  Thank you Hillary and Bill for finally getting behind our nominee, and I know that in 8 years, Hillary will carry on the torch, as a future President, after Barrack Obama hopefully lays the groudwork for putting this country back on the right track.

August 29, 2008
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Who will be raising her children?

August 29, 2008
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Why is Gov Palin shown to be a fighter and willing to do all we need, Yet barama is shown as a no experience and to young for president canidate to the excluses white reports of the republican party, Whos God is themselves, and no shame to show of.  I know that some may say because i am black i write these things but, I know (you)dont even believe that. Things are changing but not fast but changing.  and It has been that way since slavery.  Some whites believed in a God (and did that which was right) even to dying for it.   But some that says they believe is just their words, not truth just words.  If you believe in God then why dont you believe what he says........ LOVE one another NOT TO JUDGE...........The Bible can be what you want it to be for the good or the bad....... But his word says study to show yourself approve or did you miss that.  Moses told the people to choose they still have that right.  But, we want to dicate what to believe as if we are perfect ourselves.  This is not brain surgery its a fact.  Is it better for a mom to find out her daughter had an abortions without her knowledge after she is dead or sick, or for them to tell the parents shes with child and let them make a decision from their love, or a family member that has been rape and dont want to tell that her family member or friend raped her because she feels ashame( As if anyone of us is so pure.)  I dont believe in abortions! but i do believe in chose.  I dont believe in guns, but i do believe in chose! if you are in harms way what do you do.  we are so, one sided. SO holier than thou. Shame on us as a people or do i even count being black.  what does we the people mean to you? what does UNITED mean to you.  Racism ............... yes is still alive and well. But I still believe in us that do really seek God face and not our own. Some says a race card has not been played...........(ya right) but look at CNN and get back to me, and look at Glen Beck I think thats his name and get back with me (YA RIGHT)

August 29, 2008
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I want sentor McCain supports to stop prentending this VP pick has not blown there minds.  If in fact you are pleased with this choice, this means you have been lying the entire time when you down Sentor Obama for lack of experience.  If Gov. Palin is fit to be president, than your argument Sentor Obama is not fit to be president is null and void.

August 30, 2008
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I have to wonder what McCain's thought process was in selecting Palin?  It gives me the impression that his goal was to pick a woman as quickly as possible to vacuum up all the Hillary supporters that he assumes are just waiting to jump on the "female power" bandwagon. It comes off as more than a little offensive that he would assume women will vote for a woman just for that reason alone, nevermind her credentials...give us some credit you blockhead! I just read a blog from a woman who stated that by choosing Palin, McCain has "locked in Hillary's supporters"...I am just dumbfounded by that statement, all I can say is I wish McCain was smarter than to underestimate women voters of ANY party. As for his age, that doesn't bother me as much as his health. While I am glad he has beaten every bout with cancer, what happens if it returns while in office? I'm just not comfortable with the idea of someone that I've never even heard of, MAN OR WOMAN, taking over the Oval Office. For someone who has has given me the impression of being level-headed, whether I agree with him or not, his choice of VP seems so far out of left field and erratic, almost desperate, that it worries me. Had I been intending to vote for McCain wholeheartedly before today, I would definitely not do so now.

August 30, 2008
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When I heard about McCain’s choice for a VP I could not believe my ears… it’s still hard for me to describe the dismay, disappointment and shock I felt when I found out that he selected a former beauty queen to be his running mate… someone who is so totally unqualified and lacking experience in basic national and international politics. This shows a profound lack of judgment and a frightening thought process that is simply irreconcilable with common sense. I will not vote for someone who has made such an important decision so recklessly.

August 30, 2008
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i don't get it. her experiance is as good as obama. she is truely a washington outsider.  and you condemn her before you even really know what she is all about. i  watch cnn msnbc and fox..i have watched every primary debate ..both parties..and i will watch the every future debate.  what i have learned so far is that obama  has promised us the world...and lower your taxes... are you all that stupid to buy that????

both parties stink but they are all we have.  they refuse to close the borders. any idiot has to know that a terrorist with a dirty bomb can just stroll across and  you are still alive you will not be able to get into your homes for 70+years???? obama wants you to pay for your healcare and give it free to illegals.   he wants you to pay for your college but give it free to children of illegals...because this guy says change   none of you seem to ask what change   how do we pay for it? why do we give it free to people who break the law and work in this country and do not pay taxes do not pay for healthcare do not pay for education...wake up america watch the debates make an informed decision.

no candidate is perfect,,but beware of the guy that just tells you what you want to hear.

 

bob p    pompano beach florida

August 30, 2008
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Mr. OBAMA  If you will not put your hand over your heart during the National Anthem,  if you refuse to wear the American Flag pin on your lepal,  and if you refuse to take the oath of office on the Bible, than this message is for you:'

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.'  ~Author Unknown

 

Off with your hat, as the flag goes by!

And let the heart have its say;

you're man enough for a tear in your eye

that you will not wipe away.~Henry Cuyler Bunner

August 30, 2008
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Whoever the "Author Unknown" is, why don't you man-up or be a real woman and put your name by your comment.  What, are you afraid?  Anyone out there who thinks McCain is going to change this country..think again.  The reason why he wanted "Town Hall" meetings was because he wanted Obama's crowds.  Is everyone stupid out there?  Doesn' everyone know that oil drilling isn't going to solve anything now?  What is everyone's problem? Anyone who doesn't vote for Obama is racist, or an extremist evangelical, or pro-life.  McCain is for the rich people.  Do you all know that?  He doesn't care about sitting at the kitchen table with you, just like Bush doesn't care.  He's all about the "Haves and the Have Nots."  How could you not vote for Obama after seeing his wonderful family, see Joe Biden, and know what they want to do with our country?  Again, it seems that everyone is so dumb out there, or again, you are all racist people.  Remember.....Obama is half white.  Just remember that, all of you ....haters.  He will be great for this country, and you know it.  Do you want an old man, who's going to croak in a year and we are going to be stuck with a woman running this country with no experience at all?  You make the choice.

August 30, 2008
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OMG!  I am with you, you said it all MOLV74.  Have any of you Sara fans listened to yourselves?  Using such adjectives to descrive McCain's choice, as a wonderful mom, a daily runner, in really good shape, a Governor, a member of the NRA?  Yeah sounds like a pretty decent person from what I have seen and heard. However; the qualifications you brag about that you are so very proud that she has, makes her to qualify for the brownies leader or a cubscout, or PTA vice president. NOT to be the next in charge of the UNITED STATES of AMERICA. This is an extemely important role, and for those of you who sincerely think its okay to place her there, then you really need to do your homework. Seriously, does her ability to look good make her the next in charge?  The next commander and chief of our great country?  Fight back and say we are picking on you, and her, say what you must but, think about her qualifications not how she will look on the cover of People's Magazine. And by the way the women doesn't even possess common manners. I watched her stand there with McCaine today coughing into the crowd without even covering her mouth.  Impressive?  And the Republicans made fun of Al Gore's tone, omg, she sounds like Edith Bunker.  Not someone who you republicans have obviously tried to replace Hilary with .  NO way could she hold a candle to Hilary or Joe BIden.  Get real!  Gotta give you kudos for the humorous way your party is making a fool of themselves.

August 30, 2008
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p.s. not that any of your republicans may care. I was just wondering what Sarah Palin is doing in her state to counteract the effects that the melting of the ice caps has done?  Has she done anything to help support that effort, and God forbid those poor hungry polars get any thinner and plan on eating her.  She may be safer in Washington, D.C. But clearly, a nice set of ta tas and a pretty face doesnt stop the terrorist.  This woman doesn't belong in the White House, for the safety and sake of all America.  And if you pig headed people who insist this is jealousy, wake up to reality.  She has been put into a position that she is unable to fill. GOD SAVE OUR COUNTRY and bring down those who are obsessed with a pretty face and give us what we need. A real leader, someone to save us from destruction. Not a future playboy centerfold. GO OBama!

August 30, 2008
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Give me a break!  This isn't a joke so what is up with the VP choice, a woman from a state with a population of less than 1m people, a governor for less than two years and a 'hocky mom'.  What we need in Washington???  What IS this?  A throwing-in of the proverbial frigging hat???  I am suspicious!!  Have the Republicans just decided to throw in the towel on this?  True, everyone knows, its no glamorous position to fix whats wrong in this country tomorrow.  I  hope the poker move turns on them!  I am an Independent by the way for a long time and don't feel like changing anytime soon!!

August 30, 2008
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Mccain's VP pick is an insult to women.  There were other well qualified Republican women that he could have picked to be his VP and he chose a woman with very little experience. Palin does not impress me. I was a hard working single mother for many years (struggling) until I met my husband.  As a middle class family that saw our house value drop while trying to build for our children's future, I have no faith in the Mccain's policies and definitely don't believe that Palin is up to the VP job.  Alaska is not a very large state and she has only been in office as governer for 18 months. Before that she was a mayor of a town of about 8,000.00 people. I believe that Mccain not only gambled in his campaign but he is gambling on America's future. I thought that he puts his country first?  What happened to that? Mccain would rather pick a VP to win an election and gamble our families future away. How can Mccain explain how he knows that she would be a good VP when he has only met her once before offering her the position. Mccain displayed poor judgement.

August 30, 2008
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McCain’s first executive decision and it was Palin for VP, a little questionable. Mayor of 9,000 and Governor for 2yrs. There were better Republicans that could have been picked for the VP nominee. What was the reason Palin was picked? For drilling of oil and executive experience. She could have been a consultant. The real reason was to gain women voters, that’s insulting to women. If Hillary were on the Democratic ticket, McCain would not have picked Palin. McCain will be one of the oldest President’s if elected. Is she ready to step in and be Commander in Chief if needed? If you answer yes to that, then Obama is ready to be President. This pick changed my out look about McCain. Not the best decision, this pick was a BUST!!!

August 30, 2008
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I just hope that Obama's camp points out how the Republicans could not let that he was just a "celebrity"  go by and  that as a supporter of Obama I just can't let their "beauty queen" VP choice go by. John McCain and  the Rebublicans claim they are for their country first and party second but this move affirms my belief that they would do anything just so their party will win because as a citizen of this great nation this choice is nothing but a move that has to be in question.

August 30, 2008
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mns

I use to be a republican. When 911 happened I found myself backing the president-saying that he was doing all he could. After 8 years I've found myself disgusted with the way things have turned out with this great country.I was a single Mom with diabetes, insulin dependant. I have been turned away from hospitals a time or two. Which has seriously made me think about how I would do in a country that has one healthcare..After watching the DNC, and seeing how Obama has reacted to hits leading up to the convention ( Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react ) I now see myself as a Democrat. For the republican party to say that we are wyners has made me see even more that the republican party has worried about nothing but filling their pockets. With gas prices high..the stock market contenues to fall and housing forclosures at a all-time high. Alot of longtime repblicans I have talked too want no more of this. Obama is definetly ready to make the changes that are needed to pull this country out of the deep hole we are in.

August 30, 2008
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It looks like McCain couldn't get Angelina Jolie, so he got Sarah Palin, he closest approximation in politics  :))

August 30, 2008
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McCain couldn't get Angelina Jolie, so he got Sarah Palin, her closest approximation in politics  :))!

August 30, 2008

This guy is truly a joke.  This whole election is a game to him.  As a woman, I have never been so offended by a political ploy.  He spends months accusing Obama of being young and inexeperienced.  Then he chooses the ex-Mayor of Mayberry as his running mate.  Does he think women are that stupid?  It's really time for this guy to retire.  He has completely lost his mind!

August 30, 2008
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The GOP choice of VP is almost as bad as the choice of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. Is this the best the country can do?

August 30, 2008
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Critics. Those who weigh in with their own opinion and belief on what is right and wrong.

 

Many are defending Senator McCain's decision.

Many are attacking it.

 

Continue dividing yourselves. All you do, is widen the seperation that has plagued the politics of our country. So what? So what about the Alaskan Governor's inexperience?

 

She is there. Give her a chance. Give this election a chance. Quit the whining. Knock off the crying.

 

Besides. Her oldest son enlisted into the United States Army last year. That should speak multitudes of that family alone.

August 30, 2008
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I HOPE THAT EVERYONE IS CAREFUL WHEN IT COMES TO DOING QUESTIONAIRES AND TAKING PART IN THE DIFFERENT POLLS ON LINE. I TOOK PART IN A POLL YESTERDAY, AND I SENT A VOTE IN FOR OBAMA AND THIS MORNING, THEY SENT ME BACK A CONFIRMATION VOTE STATING THAT I VOTED FOR MCCAIN, IF I WAS AN ELDERLY PERSON OR SOMEONE WHO WASN'T PAYING CLOSE ATTENTION I WOULD HAVE BEEN TRICKED. BUT THAT GOES TO SHOW THE DESPIRATION AND THE DO ANY THING TO WIN ATTITUDE THAT MCCAIN'S PEOPLE HAS. IF MCCAIN WOULD HAVE HAD A DOG NAMED SPOT AS V.P. HE STILL WOULD HAVE PEOPLE SAYING THAT THE DOG HAS MORE EXPERIENCE, THEY WOULD RATHER SEE ANYONE OR ANYTHING OTHER THAN A BLACK MAN IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

August 30, 2008
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For those who can't or won't believe that Sarah Palin is just another in a long line of corrupt Republican politicians, please read the entire transcript from this Anchorage blogger, a 43 year resident of AK, a 4yr AK public servant & an Anchorage Business professional willing to risk his career for what is right! THIS should be National News...  THIS is what our sons, daughters, ancesters and founding fathers fought & died for?

 

http://www.andrewhalcro.com/why_walt_monegan_got_fired?from=150&comments_per_page=30

 

...and in the word(s) of Barack:

 

ENOUGH!

August 30, 2008
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ATTN:  Ron Paul campaign.  Now is your time.

August 30, 2008
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O.k.  Senator McCain.  You've proven you have a sense of humor.  Now, what infinitely wise choice did you make for your v.p. pick to ensure Americans that we will be in strong hands should (God forbid) something happen to you?

August 30, 2008
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The future of our country and the world is at stake both free and communist.  Our country has been under dire straights the last 8 years as the Republican Party morphed into the corporate socialist party. Embracing fear and religion as a means of obtaining and retaining power. Wealthiest citizens get the least amount of tax burden on a percentage scale.  This so called trickle down economics is exactly that nothing more than a trickle that seldom reaches beyond the tax loopholes and out sourcing of US Jobs here at home.  Trickle down economics does not work in a capitalized system whose main goal is the bottom line.  As with any governments system there must be fair and just rules without loopholes.  Some regulation of the market is required to keep the playing field level.  Let the individual to make the most of them selves. 

 

Our political system is one of how much money can a lobbyist throw to a party or politician that the average citizens have lost any clout as far as being abused by various industries.  Insurance is a big one in particular, Of course Big Energy (Oil) another fine example.  There is no lobbyist for us the citizens.  Even though our politicians are supposed look after our best interest.  The system itself has shown us that one party or another cannot do what is required when given an extended stay in office. 

 

I did like Barrack Obama’s speech in particular about the creation of 5 million jobs here at home in the development of Oil alternative energy.  If you think about it our current economy is as close to the depression as you can get teetering on the edge. During that time in history it took a massive government policy that created the modern highway system, Hydro electric dams putting Americans to work in America to take us out of it. 

 

Our country has limited supplies of oil as we all know.  Most of which is threatened every time there is a Hurricane in the Gulf.  Other sources in Alaska do nothing for our oil supplies here in the states as most is exported for corporate profits. 

By building a new energy infrastructure as Barrack Obama has proposed would indeed provide the millions of jobs needed to bring our economy to thriving once again.  Wind farms as a start indicated by Boom Pickens Plan generating 20% of our countries electrical power, Natural Gas reserves in this country are proven to sustain the country for at least 118 years.  Drilling for gas is far less impact on the environment burning natural gas is 100% cleaner than oil and it can be used to power motor vehicles both gas and diesel with minor conversions, can be easily sold at service stations for far less then a gallon of gas.  This phase of the plan will provide jobs in every sector from machinist, to heavy equipment operators, laborers, sales, and service persons electronics manufacturing, trucking and transport industries, an infinite number of industries would thrive.  As this is being established other alternative can be fine tuned such as Hydrogen with no need for storage tanks but create the gas on board the vehicle as needed directly from water.  Nuclear power is another example of power that will provide an ever growing number of jobs to complete the transfer from oil to new energy. 

 

This initiative is as great as going to the moon and more important as our country will have no wealth if we give it to the middle east to power our country if we continue this road of oil for energy and not take the lead in a new energy source our country is destine to fail. 

 

Everyone likes hope not many recognize it when it is present; opportunities show themselves most people procrastinate and miss the opportunity.  This is an investors saying opportunity waits for no one. 

 

So before you right off hope and stay on a course that is proven a misguided course really think long and hard about it especially if you have children and care about their future. 

 

V-MAN

August 30, 2008
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it is  the same liberal dems who wouldn't let us drill for oil 10 years ago.  if they had just taken their spotted owl to a zoo we all would have been better off now.   if we do not drill now,  do you know what oil will cost 10 years from now? they stop nuclear power plants...  why?  the navy has been using them for over 40 years...can someone tell me the justification..  they say the ice caps are melting...wrong!!!!!  the north is gettig smaller   the south polar cap is getting larger.  don't you people realize that the coastal areas would be flooding if the ice caps were melting?  when i listen to obama i want to vote for him too.  that is until i really think about what he is saying. my father was a hard working man. he worked 2 jobs. he was a saver as most of the people who lived through the great depression were. he paid taxes on his earnings. he paid taxes on the interest and dividends on his savings.  when he died the government wanted half.  please tell me this is justice.....is this right?  well this is what obama wants..  do you really think he is only taxing the rich?   what does a family of 2 make in nyc?  a family that didn't fool around. a family that studied hard and got good jobs..  a family that is trying to live the american dream..   the problem is what does obama think rich is. and why is it that i work hard and obama wants my money to give to some bum oe lazy good for nothing who is bright enough to use the system and too lazy to work....

August 30, 2008
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CINDY AND SARAH ARE NOT GOING TO GET ALONG.  You can look at Ms Cindy and tell she is very jealous of her beloved John.  Cindy is not going to want John working side by side with this woman.  I predict that this selection will cause much grief in the McCain camp because Ms Cindy is not going to want John out galavanting around with this young fine woman.  Cindy and Sarah ain't gonna work for Pimp Daddy McCain.  There can only be one queen bee in the McCain camp and it is going to be the one with the money, Cindy.   Vivienne, Dallas TX

August 30, 2008
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AWESOME MOVE John McCain!  A display of the difference between a seasoned individual & one who is green.  While the DNC was going on McCain was making plans & he executed it beautifully!  That's the wisdom we need. Although the speeches were very charismatic at the DNC remember so was Jim Jones.

August 30, 2008
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Still Waiting, for someone to send me any kine of an answer>> Does anyone know about the lawsuit in Pa. where

Obama is the Defendant, and it is questioning his qualifications to take the Oath of Office, under the

constitution?????  Is everyone asleep???

August 30, 2008
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While Sarah Palin's acheivements as a woman, a mother and a Governor must be lauded, it is obvious that she is in no way ready to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

 

Some might argue that her experience is comparable to Barack Obama and while I disagree with this even if it was true, BHO has had almost two years to get himself up to scratch on issues of the economy, national security and foreign policy; Palin has three months.

 

Sarah Palin's views in many ways mirror Obama's bipartisan, change the status-quo mantra. Such that the decision to put her on the ticket can be viewed as a tacit endorsement of the Democrats' Presidential nominee's ideology. She was clearly picked to serve as an alternative to Barack Obama for those die-hard "Hilly-Billies" and ardent feminists who just want to see a woman on the ticket.

 

McCain picked a running mate that would give him the best chance of winning the election rather than a running mate that would be the next best commander-in-chief of the most powerful nation in the world should -God forbid- the worst happen. At 72, McCain has already used up his "fourscore and ten years" therefore to carry out such a gamble on the nation's economy, security and foreign standing makes me greatly question his judgement.

 

Sarah Palin appears to be a good woman and in the future she could develop into great leader of America but she does not have enough time to get prepared to fill in the big shoes that she has been offered what with a campaign trail and a newborn!

 

She can be likened to a half-baked bread taken from the oven to be put into the microwave! I only hope she doesn't burn irredeemably...

August 30, 2008
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give me a break   what has obama ever been commander in chief of?  oh wait i know.. the neighborhood soup kitchen

August 30, 2008
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I am outraged to say the least! How dare McCain pick this woman? Is this a sign of his decision making in the future, the hell with what the country wants, this is what I want? 72 years old with health problems like his, 4-8 years is a long time to gamble, but to line her up to take over this country and the horrendous problems we have is beyond belief! To say she is capable, is like saying the Twin Towers only sustained minor damage. This is what we waited to hear all these months? And let's not forget, she's under investigation for Abuse of Power, holy -


! There still hasn't been a finding and if she's found guilty of the charges, she stands to be IMPEACHED! I guess this is how he thanks you people for all your support. Republicans, you better wake up, stop defending every dumb move your party makes, stop being puppets, look at where it has gotten you so far. Obama is inexperienced? At least the man picked someone who he knew could run this country if he had to, someone he thought would make the American people feel comfortable,  but McCain, you better check your meds for side effects. In Rush Limbaugh's infinite wisdom to all you "ditto heads", his comment was, "Now we have a BABE on the ticket". How profound. I never realized that the answer to the USA's problems was so simple, out with the BOOB and in with the BABE. This man should be ashamed of himself, I for one will be embarrassed to ever have to say he is my President.

 

God help us all if this comes to pass.

August 30, 2008
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got this in an email... does anyone know if it is really what he said   lol

 

Idiot Quote of the Century!

 

"My friends, we live in the greatest

Nation in the history of the world.

I hope you'll join with me

as we try to change it."

- Barack Obama

August 30, 2008
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Check snopes.com, you'll see it isn't true.

August 30, 2008
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Idiot Quote of the Century

 

Quote we have lost our standing in the world over the last 8 years of corporate socialism.  Our honor and dignity was thrown aside for person and economic gain for a few. 

 

The change must come or we will be a has been. 

 

Nations that become conqueors have all disappeared. 

 

Its no rocket science Amercia is not what it used to be.

August 30, 2008
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I want to have a hand in rebuilding our men, women, and children, our institutions, our culture, our lives. I believe I can be part of changing the direction of the world.

We must recapture the black male identity, redesign the black female identity, put the black family back together, expose how the american ecomany is fueled by drug dealing and drug money.

August 30, 2008
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Obama can deliver a good speech, but it stops there. What's unfortunate is that his followers believe the change he talks about is reform because they are desperate. I'm not happy with the last eight years, but Obama is not the answer. Obama is even left of Bill Clinton in his views of socialism and that would would be the worst thing for our Country right now.

August 30, 2008
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Don't be fooled,the only reason why mccain picked palin is because he could try to get the hillarys fans,but he knows that woman doesn't have no experiences,vote for obama,the past 8 years have been bad,by voting for mccain is another third bush term,vote for obama-biden,for a real change

August 30, 2008
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OK, all this is actually reassuring news to me.

Think about it: the Party that reminded me year after year that we are at WAR, that this is America's moment of truth (oh my, will we defeat the TERRORISTS?), the same Party is now picking as potential Commander in Chief, a young mother of five with her latest still in diapers, and with no military or antiterrorist experience whatsoever. That pick tells me (and tells the world) two things:

- THE WAR ON TERROR IS OVER (but don't tell the terrorists yet).

- WE WON (or maybe not).

Great. With this off the table, lets look at each presidential ticket with fresh eyes. Soooo...whats the strength of this McCain again ?

August 30, 2008
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BUSH didn't need to ask anyone else's opinion when he thought he was right (and he often wasn't)...McCAIN doesn't need to ask anyone else's opinion when he thinks he's right (and he often isn't).

 

Is that what FAR RIGHT really means ????????

Eight years of this kind 'o "far right" is MORE THAN ENOUGH !!!!!!!!!!!!

NO MORE !!!!

August 30, 2008
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We've had (8) years of Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches (all three) run by the Republican party. They had control. I am honestly asking someone out there if they can tell me what accomplishements took place during those years.  What did they change regarding major conservative issues?  Abortion?  Gay Marriage?  Anything?  Does anyone else not find it odd that they don't have list after list of accomplishments after so many years while controlling all three branches of government. They should be ashamed of themselves.

August 30, 2008
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OBAMA & BIDEN ARE THE STRONGEST TICKET!! ALONG WITH THEM THEY HAVE A STRONG TEAM TO SUPPORT THEM.

 

McCain has who? Sarah. a hcckey mom from where?  No thanks.

 

Obama was right when he said it's not that McCain doesn't care it's that he DOESN'T get it. 

 

WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD HE PUT SARAH? TO GET THE WOMAN'S VOTE?? THE EVANGELICALS??

 

SO IF HE DIES WE'RE STUCK WITH SARAH. 

 

Can you imagine Sarah facing up to Bin Laden?  Too MUCH is at stake here.  we've given them 8 years.  NO MORE!! NOT THIS TIME.  Is that the best you came up with?  Do you not understand where America is today? 

 

You will die and pass away while my children will be left with the idiology of you sir.  No thanks. 

 

Voting OBAMA & Biden!!!

 

LET'S MOVE AMERICA FORWARD!!1

August 30, 2008
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Republican's want the evangelical vote by saying they are prolife.  YET we still have abortions today.  ALL TALK!!!

 

Republican's want to get the woman vote by putting a young inexperienced Sarah on the ticket EVEN if it means putting AMERICA in HARMS WAY!!

 

NO THANKS.  I VOTED REPUBLICAN THE LAST 8 YEARS. 

 

I'M A WOMAN AND PRO LIFE AND I WILL BE VOTING FOR THE STRONGEST TEAM FOR OUR COUNTRY AND THAT IS OBAMA & BIDEN.

August 30, 2008
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SARAH WILL BE AN EMBARRASEMENT TO OUR COUNTRY. 

 

WE PUT OUR STRONGEST LEADERS OUT THERE TO DEAL WITH OTHER COUNTRIES CAN YOU IMAGINE SARAH?

 

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

IS THAT THE BEST YOU HAVE MCCAIN?????

 

WOMAN DON'T WANT JUST "ANY" WOMAN WE WANTED A STRONG, TUFF, EXPERIENCED WOMAN.  SHE IS NO MATCH FOR HILLARY OR JOE BIDEN.  She is just a hockey mom who is from a 5000 population government.  geesh!!!!!!

 

I pray people don't fall for this tactic that is soley for political gain.  no other reason. not to move this country forward. 

 

It is a CRYSTAL CLEAR that Obama & Biden ARE the STRONGEST TEAM!!!

August 30, 2008
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Sarah Palin's bio keeps changing in different media sources. Her husband was a Commerical Fisherman not an oil rig worker, according to AOL, then then was an oilrig worker, and then a union member in the metals industry?  Really odd!  No mention of her college education, nor major was made originally. Later it was reported she has a BA from U or Idaho in Communications. Let's see her transcript!  Somehow I believe she  didn't graduate, but claimed to graduate via correspendence or arrangement later.  She seems like a mental light-weight. She didn't even win the beauty pagent. She doesn't believe the polar bear should be on the endangered species list, is an avid hunter and claims to be "ProLife"?!  What a hateful, poor White Trailer Park Trash pick the feeble minded and desperately out of touch John McCain selected!  What a loser, both are losers. She does not represent modern women and definitely not Hillary Clinton's supporters.

August 30, 2008
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Get McCain a brainscan immediately. The guy has dementia!  The woman is unqualified Poor White Trailer Park Trash and has a shrill irritating and unintelligent communication style and voice. What losers!!!!

August 30, 2008
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AFTER SENATOR OBAMA'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH THE CHOICE SHOULD BE QUITE CLEAR THAT OBAMA HAS STOOD THE TESTS OF TIMES AND IS IN DEED READY TO TAKE ON THE LEADERSHIP OF PRESIDENT.JOE BIDEN WAS AN EXCELLENT CHOICE. Choosing Biden as his VP was a show of great judgment.

The VP pick for Mccain was obviously political and that's is a shame. The VP pick is just as important in todays world as the President. I am very curious why she accepted this high position after stating that she did not know what a VP does. My 14 year old learned the role of VP in 6th grade.I am also curious about the type of juggling she did with her kids and career. I don't think it is fair to compromise the raising of your children with a demanding position as Vice President.How would she handle a 3am call in the middle of caring for her children during the same time? Obviously,not only did Mccain not consider that, but she seriously did not care place that as a priority. Her infant child need MOM not a substitute.Dad will be tested a great deal especially once all the excitement has died down.

August 30, 2008
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It is divine intervention that the Hurricane Gustav rain on the Republican Convention!  God doesn't approve of McCain and Palin, nor of the massive destruction the Bush-Cheney Administration with McCain a proud member, did to the US People, and to the world.  It is time to dump the Republican ticket altogether and give up to the winning Obama-Biden ticket.  The media should be tearing into McCain's failed judgements and his age and obvious plastic surgery and makeup and body doubles.  He should be tested for senility on public television and Palin's crimes of pressuring the state trooper to fire her former brother in law should be enough to bury her. Her lies about her education and background and about the fact she approved the bridges to no where before it was discovered to be what it was and then backtracked and took credit for rejecting it. She's a liar and a manipulator and should not be permitted to stand for VP.  She is evil incarnate as a killer of men/soldiers and of animal and fishlife and of the environment. Yet another oil connected woman without a brain in her head.  Worse than Dan Quale, because he went to better schools and his wife was a lawyer. This bozo is trailer park trash and her husband is a drinking uneducated thug.

August 30, 2008
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Hopefully, Hurricane Gustav will wipe the Republican Convention  off the map and the earth will swallow up the evil doers - McCain, Bush, Cheney, Palin, et al.  God is not happy with their hateful and warmongering, environment destroying, and animal life killing ways!  The wrath of God is being brought to the Republican Party's Convention, to wipe the criminal sinners off the face of the earth.  Down with the bastards!

August 30, 2008
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John Mccain's VP pick is not a show of his putting country first. This is an insult to woman. Quite naturally the Republicians will not speak negative on her to the public.This is a show of where their best interest lie.

Anyone who is in agreement with Mccain's pick should indeed vote for Mccain. They too don't get it. Jump to the first thing that sound or look good. THINK PEOPLE and learn to ASK QUESTIONS.

August 30, 2008
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The recent announcement by sen.John Mckain should have all well thinking Americans wondering what is going on.If I recall mr.McKain is the one who has called into question mr.Obama's experience.Now to have brought in a beautiful but inexperienced young lady as his running mate seriously calls into question mr.McKain's judment.I would want to think that he did not select her because of good looks,it takes a whole lot more than looks to take control should he becomes ill.It takes more than her son being in the armed forces,as ,although it is praise worthy her son's military service cannot be the main criteria.As a nation we must begin to start talking a whole lot more about constructive engagement and less of military solutions.So what could be the possible motivating factor? Right now I can only think of one. It is to garner the votes of those disgruntled Hillary loyalist.Whilst on the surface there seem to be nothing wrong.I dare say that it is a very distasteful thing to have done,It shows no class and a total lack of respect to the young V.P nominee.Worst yet it a very poor reflection on those inside the GOP who were suppose to guide him.NOw it is a reality that the people responsible for advising a presidential candidate most times end up on that candidate's advisory panel/board should he be elected president.THINK AMERICA and THINK hard what we are about to end up with should McKain's team be elected.Truth is it is indeed frightening.Expediency should never serve as the rule in decision making because as expediency takes control common sense makes it's  exit.LinM

August 31, 2008
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Why is it when we were in Afghanistan we did not destory the poppy fields that are used to make opium?  We know that drug money is filtered to the Taliban.  While we were there we could have taken some of the drug problem off of the streets of America and slowed the financial support to the Taliban through drug money. 

 

Also, for the evangelical right.  What is wrong with Sen. Obama's suggestion to help STOP unwanted pregnancy all together?  Doesn't that make more sense than continuing to fight about abortion and divide this country more than it already is. You don't have to stop fighting for what you believe in but how about using a different approach as Senator Obama is suggesting. If we follow what Sen. Obama is suggesting most of the arguments are resolved aren't they?  You no longer are dealing with abortion, unwed uneducated mothers that are living off of welfare, Childen born into a single parent families that may likely continue the cycle. etc. etc. etc.  We wouldn't have to worry about killing an unborn baby.  What an ingenious way to stop abortion and satisfy both sides. Then the church could concentrate on the few remaining who did get pregnant and need a help up not a hand out and later tackle the abortion thing once again.   I think that is brilliant.

 

Obama doesn't want your guns. He almost had to hold back a laugh at the convention because the idea is so silly. He wants you to be able to enjoy your right to bear arms.  (remember, he studies constitutional law) however, wants to take the ak47s out of the hands of drug dealers pointed at our youth.

 

He always has stood by the fact that he believed that marriage was between a man and a woman. Though you can tell he recognizes gay individuals as still human beings and should be treated as such.  That should make the Republicans happy with all the gay ones revealed within the last year of Bush's administration.  don't forget about President Bush's closest religeous mentor.  The guy was married and head of one of the largest evangelical churches in america and caught with a gay man.  Have we forgotten that one? 

 

What about the guy who was caught soliciting children on the internet?  Does anyone remember his name?  That one was covered up quickly.  I think he was to have something to do with homeland security.  I saw about one day of coverage with the feds confiscating his computer and that was it.

 

 

I've never heard Obama talk about "give away" programs without mentioning that you would have to contribute back to this country by either working, getting an education, or volunteering in some capacity.  That way the people who truly deserve them, receive them and the people who need it for a little while do not lose their diginity and become a part of the system, and the ones who do not need it not longer receive it.

 

We all talk about how our education system is so far behind in world standards yet, Republicans have a problem with giving a little to get much more back. Senator Obama obviously feels strongly about our children receiving a quality education to strengthen our place in the world.  His record speaks for itself.

 

I think Senator Obama has a ton of wonderful ideas and he not only talks the talk he has already walked the walk.

 

And also for you Evangelical Christians. Did you happen to notice when he emphatically stated how important it is that we need to protect Israel?

 

All this hatred you Republicans have for Senator Obama is just out of plain ole FEAR..  Karl Rove was the genius behind that.  Instill fear into people and they will follow you George!!!  And it worked beautifully.  George Bush had America so terrified of 9/11 happening again people were willing to do anything, then fear of being pinned as "unpatriotic" if you should happen to disagree with the war.  Even subtly now, the Evangelicals are starting to insinuate that he is the Anti-Christ.  More fear.  Even if you believed that.  check your Bibles.  The time is not right.  If I was a Evangelical Christian I would be infuriated that George Bush used the same words as my Lord and Savior when he said, if you're not with me, you're against me.  How dare he have the audacity to copy the words of Christ and speak them as if they were his own.

 

Anyway people, put aside your fears about Senator Obama, think clearly, without fear.  Really take a look and listen to what the man is saying.  Then you can respond and not react.  We reacted after 9/11 after George Bush cowboyed up and look where we are now.

 

One of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  If you, your family and your friends have benefitted from the last eight years then great!  Mc Cain is your man.  But if you didn't.  Don't cut off your nose despite your face.  At least listen to the man.

August 31, 2008
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OH YEAH, I'm also a mother of a little girl that is nonambulatory with cerebral palsy.

August 31, 2008
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I am a registered Democrat, however I think it is important to vote for a candidate that fits the bill.  Touche to John McCain and his staff for posturing by placing a woman in a VP role in order to obtain woman voters, while also attempting to difuse the awesome Democratic speech that Obama made just the night before.  It amazes me that Mr. McCain could be so irresponsible to nominate a VP with such little experience.  We need people in the highest office in this country to make sound logical judgements, especially when it affects the health and safety of the nation.  Putting this woman in the VP position brings a lot of anxiousness and fear into this race and throughout the country.  This has been a normal mindset within the republican party for the last eight years and in order for this country to grow and be prosperous, we must have change and the courage to follow the quotation by John Kennedy, which was, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your contry."  Even considering putting this woman in such a sensitive position is very irresponsible, regardless of your political beliefs; shame on you John McCain.  I respect you, and you have earned that respect from all Americans, however, I really do believe you are out of touch with the needs of this country today.

Respectfully,

Tony Vitale

Simi Valley, CA

August 31, 2008
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This is directed to all you brothers and sisters that are of the evangelical belief.  I have a question for you.  If your mother, sister, cousin, step-sister, half-sister, neighbor, best friend or a best friend was raped by a scummy rapist, how could you in good faith think that it is not appropriate to abort an egg when it would bring nothing but hardship and misery to those individuals that would be involved in such a tragedy.  Our constituion is written to divide and separate religious beliefs from the state.  Where is the common sense of my fellow Americans?  You need to unbutton your buttondown shirts and get real.  Vote for Obama and let your hair down.  It's okay, everything will be okay.  You'll see.

August 31, 2008
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August 31, 2008
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HEY MS BACKTOBASICS......I think your emotionality is getting in the way of your logical thinking to put this country in harms way with an inexperienced person who has done nothing more than govern 8,000 people with the smallest population of all states.  Oh, by the way, I think Puerto Rico has more people living there.  Can't you see that this was political posturing in order for Republicans to capture the woman's vote?  I think it's insulting to woman to think that Sarah is qualified for such a high position.  I don't know about you, however, if John McCain was to win, to think that she would be the next in line, scares me as much as me being on a moose hunt with an inexperienced hunter standing behind me.  The whole notion that she is ready is absolutely ridiculous and extremely irresponsible.  I'm all for the rights of woman, but not for whining ladies who are on a campaign just to put someone in office just because they are a female.  I always thought that the vice

president was a very important postion. Perhaps we are losing touch of that role.I think Mr. McCain's judgement is very irresponsible, desperate and defintely reactionary to the awesome speech Barack Obama made the night before.  NO, I VOTE FOR THE PERSON WHO IS MOST QUALIFIED, EVEN THOUGH I AM REGISTERED DEMOCRAT; IN FACT, I THOUGHT REAGAN, KENNEDY AND CLINTON WERE BONAFIDE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEFS.  SARAH WOULD NEVER BE YOUR COMMANDER OR CHIEF.  SHE IS A HOCKEY MOM AND A PRETTY FACE ON TELEVISION.  You really neeed to think this over and think logically and not with your heart.

 

Tony V

August 31, 2008
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Mr. David in Chandler Texas,

 

Talk about being brain dead. Do you think for one minute a woman with anti-everything views has the right temprament to eventually lead our country? Look, she is as ready to be vp as Charles Barkley is ready to learn how to hit a golf ball.

 

Your are obviously voting for your party with no regard to logic. I am a registered Democrat who has always voted my conscience, as I voted for Reagan and Bush Sr. because I felt they were the best candidates. You must be smoking something if you feel she has what it takes to replace McCain. Brother, you need to sober up.

 

Tony V

August 31, 2008
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Don't worry my fellow smart people.  Barack Obama is no dummy, I'm sure you all recall the comments of Hillary Clinton, she said "I will do whatever Barack asks me and Bill to do, we are determined to make certain that Barck is elected President of the USA".  Now whom do you think has been given the task of pointing out that Palin is no Hillary Clinton?  Hillary Clinton herself, she's the best suited for the task!  Stay tuned because I'm sure it's going to be hysterical when Hillary takes her apart.  McCain won't get Hillary voters, Palin is pro-life, she's against equal pay for women, she's against animal rights, against health care, she's stated that health care is a priviledge, not a right, she feels that you should get medical attention only in the event of an emergency.  Hillary's policies are DIRECTLY OPPOSITE, they couldn't be more different.  Also, when Palin mentions Hillary Clinton and Republicans boo, she says nothing; Barack has always defended Hillary Clinton, especially during the Primaries, he has always respected her, that's why she's going above and beyond what the party expects of her to help Obama, he never lets anyone boo or make negative comments about her, he puts a stop to it immediately and she appreciates it.  Hillary Clinton voters will vote for Obama, and in case you don't know, she didn't want to be Vice President, and even if she did, his hands were tied because Bill Clinton would have been forced to release all the documentation on the donations to the Clinton library, and Bill Clinton didn't want to do that because apparently some people want donations to be private.  Obama did consider her for VP, Hillary's biographer Carl Bernstein has talked extensively about this on CNN, he's confirmed that Obama's hands were tied.  If anyone is angry with Obama, that anger is misplaced, they need to be angry with Bill Clinton, it's his fault Hillary isn't the VP.  Hillary is fine with it though, even though she's probably disappointed in her husband; Obama is going to give her the position in Government that she wants, if she so chooses.

August 31, 2008
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I'm wondering if what I've been hearing aobut Palin's 16 year old daughter Bristol is true.  Is the down syndrome baby boy Bristol or Palin's?  If it is her daughter Bristol, how could anyone trust this woman as a VP possibly President?  She would be very decitful.  Not only that, what about this investigation she is under in Alaska?  I hope the Dems expose these stories and show her for who she really is.  It was very insulting to Hillary for McCain to suggest we would vote for just any woman.  It was not about a WOMAN! It was the woman herself HILLARY! Sarah Palin is no HILLARY! She don't come no where close, at all.

August 31, 2008
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After reading many blogs I see many people who really care about this election.  You all care about what matters the issues, but some tend to go off the path and let personal feeling come out.  First to make an informed opinion of a person you have to study your opponent.  For example, read her official biography on the Alaska's Governor's website, then see if her ideals match your own.  I think we should concentrate on attacking her neo-conservative ideas and policies, not if she is the right person for the job.  If you don't want McCain and Palin in the White House (which would be the same as the last 8) then read and expose them for what they are.  In my humble opinion I don't want a President that is ok with the Status Quo, and a VP who is even more extreme right.  We as a nation need to get past ROE vs Wade, Religion in Government (this by the way is Unconstitutional) and focus what matters.  The economy, the way we deal with the wars, how to deal with immigration (responsibly), and many far more pressing problems than what the Republicians like to focus on.  A word of caution though do not discount Gov. Palin as a puppet, she and the Republicians may surprise many people.

       As far as the Hillary Clinton supportors, I understand the reasons why you feel cheated or left out.  However, there are other areas that I think Hillary can serve and be in a better position to make an impact on policy than as the VP.  Remember the VP just cast a vote in the Senate in case there is a tie, and above that really not much else.  The real power positions in the Administration are as follows:  Sec. of Defense, Sec of State, and National Security Advisor.  If I were Obama, I for one would have told Hillary, look you are not going to be my VP because I want you to be Sec. of Defense.  This position is critical to the success of our global posture around the world.  Not just for our military, but in our political posture as well.  Assuming Obama is elected and then if he decides not to choose Hillary as the Sec. of Defense then he may need to re-visit that idea.  So all of the Hillary supportors trust me she will be very important to the Presidents cabinet.  Be patient our first goal is to elect Obama, then he will decide who is best suited for Cabinet positions, and Hillary is definately my choice as Sec. of Defense.

August 31, 2008
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well put Manga.

 

Al Gore did far more to bring global warming to the attention of the world than having his hands tied if he presided as President.  Ironic isn't it?

 

Hillary will be able to accomplish far more in another position than she ever would have as v.p. and ironically again, will have much more power to make important decisions that will affect the majority of us in the middle beit Democrat or Republican.

August 31, 2008
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My Fellow Americans: : Its said McCain is a Maverick. What exactly is a Maverick? Sounds as if He is a loose cannon, unpredictable, and would bring more uncertainity and thats what we dont need for sure. Out of the Blue way way out of the box McCain pick Palin over Romney. As we all hear all the Republicans are very satisified with McCains pick of Palin over everyone else.It seems to me no matter who McCain did pick the Republican party would all agree that His pick no matter who is very good and no republican would find any fault in his choice. He could of pick the CEO of Ebay and they would respond the same way excellent choice we all agree on his pick and she is ready to become president if something goes wrong with McCain for any reason. Its rediculas,a shame ,to hear there response, So they would give Palins vote over Romney,When they are asked is Palin qualified they answer that she is just as much qualified or more than Obama. They wont give a solid yes or no answer thats creditable.When asked if Palins is the best most qualified out of all the ones McCain had to pick from they wont answer but say she is just or more qualified as Obama.You see what I mean. Cant get a straight anser from the republican party members thats creditable. So much for there national security issues.They keep compareing Palin with Obama but thats besides the point isnt it. just shows they the repub;lican party are not being completly honest with us on there views. If they were some would say they would of pick Romney or someone else more qualified and more well known by the American people.To instill more confidense.But with McCain picking the mostly unkown Palin from Alaska mostly because she is a Female and will make history and perhaps get Hiom more votes bit not be the best for homeland and national security and out foreign relatiuions. Seems to me McCain has really let down the republican party with his VP pick of Palin but they wont complain.It seems to me McCain will loose votes from the Palin pick instead of gaining votes.Mostly do to lack of confidence in McCainsbeing a Maverick , judgement and decision making begining with Palin over Romney etc.

Lets just keep it simple shall we? Iam a Independant  voter,meaning not a republican or democrat,some stay with there party even when they know they are wrong, no matter what they still give them there vote. meaning I will vote for who ever I believe who is best for America and the American people and our homeland and national security no matter what party they belong to.On who to vote for. Its simple: If you want more of the same 90%of Bushs ways then vote for McCain He has agreed with Bush 90% of the time and only disagreed 10 % of the time. So maybe we could get 10% of change with the McCain/Palin plan. If you want real meaningful positive change then you should give Obama/Biden your Vote in the Nov 4th election no matter what party you belong to.The last 8 years have been bad ones for me since Bush became President and also for many other of my fellow Americans and Iam so in need of change as so many are and Obama/Biden are really the only ones offering the Promise of the real change we need.  So if you want real positive Change that will make thing better not worse vote for Obama/Biden if you want just More of the Same with maybe a 10% chance of getting some change vote for McCain/Palin. Its just that simple. P.S. I would of Picked Mitt Romney as  the VP because I believe He is the best most qualified to be President if something happened to McCain: I wonder what Romney has to say about Palin as the VP pick.He might also say She is a excellenct choice, and would make a good President if McCain steps asdide.I hope Romney will be honest with us on the Palin Pick as VP.Do you all see the problem. If something happens to Obama at least we have Biden to take command and we all know He is well qualified  to lead America. My Fellow Americans we dont want or need more of the same.We want and need change:Let us demand change my fellow Americans no more of the same.America First. American homeland and National Security First over Foreign Security,American Families Fist over Foreign Families. American workers First over foreign workers. American Health Care First over Foreign Health Care. American Education First over Foreign Education.Put Americans First in all areas, etc., Do you all Understand? Its Positive change that we the American people need and deserve.Because we the American People have not been getting it especially in the last 8 years of the Bush Administration , So you all must agree with me that we need Change very seriously as soon as possible. Let us vote for real change not more of the same.And help to turn America around, Useing a Air Craft Carieer as example of America  and we all on the same big ship,  The USA America, Air Craft Carieer needs to turn around for the  betterment of America before its too late.Our Ship needs to be squared away, organized, ship put in order, made ship shape,so it can pass inspection as soon as possible at least start to make positive changes for the betterment of America and the American People:Because if our ship went through inspection now it would notpass inspection.If you know what I mean.God Bless America.Red Black or White we are all equal in our Constitutions site. Land of the Free Home of the Brave, Freedom' Liberty and Justice for all Americans and the Prusuit of the American Dream. Sincerely: Thomas W. Baird 8-31-08

August 31, 2008
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My heart goes out to Biden when having to face Mrs. Beauty Queen during the debates.  He is going to have to expend too much energy into to thinking "how" he says something instead of "what" he is saying.  Let's not insult the little princess. Let's tip toe around her so we don't hurt her feelings.  Go Lord, we're heading backwards with this one.  Hillary could have taken it.  If you want to get in the arena with the big boys, then fight like the big boys.  Too bad the debates will no longer be message but now we will be side tracked by the messenger.

August 31, 2008
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I agree with you its a huge mistake and clear sign he is wavering in his decision making ability. I tried to give McCain the benifit of the doubt and did some research on the points they are bringing up to validate the pick. They say she is the gov of a town of 9000, that number is now down to 5400, She is chief of national gaurd in Alaska. I learned the Alaskan National Guard has only 1850 Soldiers in it which are only 15-45 percent deployed at one time they call this commander and chief experience for 1.1-1.2 million troops of our US forces this is a joke.

 

Executive experience for 18-24 months and already under investigation ?Typical GOP, how much reform can you accomplish in 24 mos as Gov ? really lets be Honest. She made an obvious decision that any one with common sense could have made and that is to not build a bridge that goes no where this saved tax payers 200 million, wow she is really  putting a dent in our deficit now. Give me a break she can not rally and organize people to change their community and circumstance also make them realize they are empowered. Barrack did this in chicago and he is doing it naton wide now. They should put her in a housing project or ghetto and see how much change she makes she would buckle in fear of her life and no one would listen to her. 

 

They also say she has an 80 percent approval rating with those 5400 people, that is only 4300 people. Obama addressed 17-18 times that amount of people with most likely a 40-50 percent approval rating not considering the 30 million watching at home,lets say he only had a 50% approval rating of that number that would be 15 million possible people, versus the population of Alaska which may be included in that number some 700,000 people her approval rating would be held by 560,000 people, the pick makes no sense and neither does the math. This just sounds like she is capable of running a major city not co running a country and its military for that matter.

 

This is really bad they tried to use credentials like she is a union memebr

on the PTA was a basketball coach and is a lifetime member of the NRA , how is that resume going to curb russian and iranian aggression ? we can challenge them to a shoot out with guns and basketballs. I am thinking about calling my High School Principle to run I think he will have a shot.

 

I know Your low on votes John Mccain but to gamble like this with the future of the American people and the military is unacceptable if you "have experience". I also am not a fan of how the GOP political analysts get all defensive and aggressive when cnn mentions her in experience like they should be ashamed of bringing it up, they are just digging a deeper hole that John McCain will have no hope of climbing out of considering they used the argument against Obama.

 

The only reason why this is so critical is because it is an actual possibility that a president almost a century year old that has had bouts with cancer can pass away at any time, and if he does, we got a hockey mom with to much on her plate in over her head that will most likely melt down, or if not that neglect her special needs children and become biter and take that aggression out on a democratic congress, or worse make ill tempered decisions.

 

We live in critical times I just hope we all weigh the facts accurately and choose who will be best for middle class Americans. I personally think even god has stepped in at this point with hurricane gustav to remind the american people no to make the same mistake twice.

August 31, 2008
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Seriously, anyone who says with a straight face that they don't believe climate change is man-made is not smart.  Thinking something doesn't make it so...check the studies Sarah.  A person who makes a statement like that is so caught up in their own closed views that they would never be able to make an informed decision as President. Sounds like our current President doesn't it--He believed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, he still believes it...It follows then that she should never be in a positiion where she might be President.  I can't believe anyone is praising this choice.  Thankfully, this makes the race easy for Barack!

August 31, 2008
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The most loved man in the world, next to Jesus Christ, is

Pope Benedict XVI, and he is in his 80's. He drew over 400,000 at World Youth Day Mass in Sydney, Australia, most of whom are in that 17-35 age demographic.

Age is no barrier, old or young- it's what you bring to the table.The decision is whether you feel the Obama/Biden ticket or the McCain/Palin ticket does that.

August 31, 2008
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McCain/Palin is still Bush/Chaney.  This is McCain's 3rd beauty queen.  She makes Rush Limbaugh look liberal.   You can't fix all of the problems with the same old mind set.  The only change this will bring is that McCain is acting like a teenager.  McCain is so disgusting.  The thought of Palin being one heart beat away from the Oval Office is terrifying.  All of the Sunday morning talk shows talked about this.  They were not convincing.  They can't believe he chose her either.  Palin is no Hillary Clinton or Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Mrs. Doyle, and the list goes on.

August 31, 2008
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I hope all of you read about the abuse at the bob stump va hospital right out john mccains back yard in prescott az, if he wasnt a millonaire he would be treated there you can read all about it at WWW.dCourier.com, its on the local front page today ,teribble abuse of our veterans

August 31, 2008

What was  Obama and the DNC doing when Faye historically made landfall on Florida  5 times and 11 people died in the floods? The DNC kept their party going , media ate it up , and Obama and Biden kept slinging the mud while citizens of the FORGOTTEN state of Florida suffered in silence. Such a double standard.

August 31, 2008
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No one is talking about the spirituality of what we are seeing. The word Gustav mean "the staff of gods". Why isn't CNN or the RNC reporting on the possiblity of "Maybe God is trying to tell us something"

by chasing the RNC show out of town where they have not done enough to help the poor, but now wanted to put a show of unity on for the world to see. The bible say "bless are the poor in the spirit".

What should also be discuss after this hurriance is where is the money for those still living in those FEMLA trailers. We as a nation that say we believe in and trust

God ought to seek God for the answer to what is truly going on.

August 31, 2008
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Because it's a battle between principalities and we have not brought it up because there is only one who is out to steal, kill and destroy and it is not God.  Now what God does with whatever happens afterwards is really what we need to pay attention to.

September 1, 2008
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Palin reminds me of a Texas cheer mom, the only thing she is missing, are the "spirit fingers".  Is anyone concerned about her five babies?  One of which, is a special needs child.  If McCain is unable to finish out the term, I guess she will have lots of staff doing her motherly duties.  I'd hate to have a problem arise for the U.S. and one of her kids is ill or in need of something at the same time we ALL know what will come first.  All I can say is all nannies out there get your resumes ready.

September 1, 2008
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The anti-Palin crowd has taken the bait. Palin has become the focus right after one of Obama's best speeches- but nobody is talking about that speech anymore. Instead we get non-sensical arguments about Palin's capacity to hold executive office. The Palin narrative will stick because

it portrays the successful American woman, balancing the needs of family and work, along with a supportive husband

who belongs to a union and with Eskimo background (for those who care about "diversity" that may be a factor),

and they are a pro-life family who do the "walk" as well as the "talk" as they care for a developmentally disabled child. To top it off the picture of Palin handling a semi-automatic is not your average "hockey mom." She comes off as quite capable and one who can hold her own in a debate, and she will have the advantage of being the underdog, thanks to the arguments being put forward by Democrats. Of course she will make some mistakes but she will surprise Biden. For "middle and moderate" America

she may be a refreshing political figure- one that can

(and already has) rival Obama's charisma.

September 1, 2008
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kreitton; 

 

You couldn't have said it better.  If this woman in prounion she will have my vote.  I have a disabled child.  Union worker.  Believe in a right to have a gun to protect my family.  and she seems as much in the middle as Obama.  She definitely rivals Obama in the charisma category.  After hearing her talk about Hillary whining, she's got my respect.  She knows she in the arena with the big dogs.  I may be voting Republican for the first time in my life.

September 1, 2008
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I am a firt time voter and so confused about John McCain.

First of all, I feel that it is an outrageous insult to all women to feel that he will get the women's votes simply because he chose a woman (and any woman) as his V.P. candidate.  And I surely hope that the women of america are intelligent enough not to fall for this, but will put the country & its pitfalls before this.  And the same goes for the Evangelicals, only because she's a christian woman.  I am a christian too, but through prayer I can see the the perils that lie ahead for the country & they should do moe praying too.  One more thing that I am confused about.  I have read and am wondering if it is true that McCain spent only 20 days in actual combat before his plane was downed and that he gave away military information to get medical attention.  So why does the news keep calling him a war hero? Apparently he got more medals than he had missions.  The report goes on to say that "there were no witnesses" to this torture. It also says that " if he's lying about it, he's unfit to be president, & if he's not, then he's still unfit because of the deep-seated permanent psychological damage due to PTSD."  One last comment, apparently he earned the name of "Songbird" in the prison camp.  Could this be the reason that he's had all of his military records sealed & won't really talk about his military career. As a voter, any truths concerning this would be greatly appreciated.

September 4, 2008
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d06

This election has nothing to do with whether Gov Palin is a good mother... She has a Alaska agenda and state goverment experience not even a whole 2 years....She has no washington experience, international diplomatic experience, she has no idea what the rest of the US needs...Alaska is a very rich state because of its natural resources of gas and oil..That is why they were purchased from Russia. She wants to be connected with small town America but she has yet to do that...This country is more than the state of Alaska...McCain is not well...If something happen to him she will be president...NO!!! They think that women are stupid...If the republicans expect to win they need to start talking issues and stop all the mud slinging..the only good thing about Palin so far is that she is an advocate for special needs children and there parents. What else????.Her views on underage sex alone is crazy.. ok be pro- life or be pro choice..But to be aginst birth control....The biggest problem we are having today is the abundance of underage children having children.....And in order for pro- life and pro-choice americans to come together they need that middle ground, which is birth control.Birth control is just not used to prevent preg it is also used to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted disease..Which would explain why Alaska has a high percentage.....So is Palin for teens just running around having unprotected sex....We needed to teach these kids to protect there bodies...This can save their life>>>>Vote NO on McCain/ Palin ticket...They really have lack of judgement..These are serious times that call for serious political figures....

September 4, 2008
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Gov Palin did a marvelous job last night giving her speech. I think she proved one thing for certain, that she can read from a teleprompter. However, on a more positive note, she is very high on enthusiasm but low on substance. I believe that she will be a formidable opponent once she get past the whining about unfair treatment because I'm a "MOM". She wants to be a pitbull but be treated like a puddle. Your talking about "double standard?", what's up with that. Make up your mind Gov Palin.

September 4, 2008
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As I sit each evening watching the news I am increasingly discomforted and angered by Republican rhetoric against the Obama Campaign.  One particular issue seems to be the bone the Republicans love to chew on endlessly-- that of "experience."  The constant pounding on this particular issue makes me particularly upset and more sure than ever that McCain as President would be an unmitigated disaster (Palin or no Palin -- but nice Hail Mary pass in trying to steal Hillary's votes).  You see, pounding on "experience" upsets me not for the reason one might think (that it is true that Obama lacks "experience").  It upsets me because the very truth of it is what I pray for and inexperience Washington Style is the best thing that could happen for and to America today.

 

Having Washington "experience" means the following to me:

 

-  Experience means an inherent belief in "Nobless Oblige" -- the "I'm entitled." Individuals elected to office are sent to Washington to do the work of the people.  Those same entrusted and duly elected officials quickly learn that they need to effectively turn that trust into a license to line their own pockets (and those of friends) through manipulations, lies, exaggerations and obsfucations.  The "tow the Big Business line" means steering lucrative contracts to friends while ignoring, skirting or bending of rules and regulations to get the business campaign donations they need to live well and get re-elected.  In doing so, elected officials become "bought and paid for" across the backs of the very people who have elected them.  A great example is that of all the political appointees who have lined their pockets through lucrative defense contracts working in support of war fighting that was not ever necessary and entered into under false pretenses.

 

-  Experience means "Business as usual" in going to Washington, Republicans quickly learn that what the electorate wants or needs must largely come after what the corporations want.  After all, corporate support is what is necessary to get re-elected.  Never mind that corporate support comes from the very corporations directly responsible for much of the misery the American people are experiencing today.  How many families suffer from the effects of high oil and gas prices, predatory lending and predatory credit practices (a shoe falling in the millions of bankrupcies each year that no one seems to be talkling about), and high health care costs that prevent getting the best care, any care or contribute to the bankrupcies.  How can ANYONE justify the high personal and family taxes (with pittance rebates to buy votes) when contrasted with endless tax breaks for corporate America and giant holes through existing laws that allow corporations to pollute and continue to do business as usual even if it is WRONG for America.  We were warned in the 1960s that dependence on foreign oil was a bad idea for America -- why do we still not have alternative cars?  Ask Ford, GM and Chrysler executives who LOVE Republicans and John McCain's corporate support)

 

-  Experience means that a great back story fully "spun" is more important than the real story.  While his survival in the many years as a prisoner of war is remarkably heroic, it is not that kind of survival that leads to great leadership.  It shows great resolve and PERSONAL survival skills.  It is very telling that McCain's his early life biography during his run has been totally focused on his years as POW and not on those years following his return.  Those are the years in which he managed to survive his adversity and return to being the typical swaggering Navy Officer aviator who cheated on the very wife and family who waited for his return, loved him, prayed for his safe return and no doubt sustained him throughout his imprisonment.  The lack of self control and complete ignorance of appearance and propriety he showed during those years following his imprisonment are inexcusable and they show who he is - I have no problem pointing out that turn in the punch bowl.  Not coincidentally, McCain shares those traits with someone he now wants to distance himself from -- George Bush -- same swagger, same ignorance of the needs of the people he governs.  Logic shows it will be the same type of leader which will mean the  same problems for America. EXPERIENCE INDEED!

 

-  Experience means that those elected can easily forget those they were elected to represent.  No need to understand or identify with those people --who cares?.  John McCain clearly doesn't understand a thing about the people he represents -- it is both disgusting and surprising that the people who elect him don't seem to care about that part of the "checks and balances" in American government.  It is also disgusting that with all the media we have, our education system is so bad that we cannot drum up the people's interest in getting rid of "status quo."   That we cannot impress upon the American people just how badly we have been  served for so long by the "status quo" or "EXPERIENCE" is just one more reason "Experience Washinton Style" is a nightmare.

 

-  Experience means that after 8 long years, an economy in the toilet (and the plunger pulled), with a war no one wants or needs and another that is largely ineffective in it's express purpose of closing down terrorist business as usual in Afghanistan -- we THE PEOPLE have had enough of "EXPERIENCE." 

 

No President is a power unto himself (a power unto himself is called "King").  The American President is both a figurehead and a "Solomon" in the well structured section of the federal government called the "Executive Branch" of the United States Government.  The President, to be effective, will surround himself with the best and the brightest experts willing to serve (Cheney is the magic the Old school "Experience" gives us - UGH).  From critical appointments and critical expertise he appoints our next president will add to the expertise of those civil servants who carry the daily business of government through storm and crisis year after year.  THAT will produce true leadership.  An intelligent, committed President (especially one without the above mentioned experience) will serve well and effectively (rather than  poorly and defensively as Bush has with the help of Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc.).

 

So, Republicans -- SHUT UP ABOUT EXPERIENCE and tell us what you will really do about the predatory industries that are killing this nation, guided each day with your winks, handshakes and mise3rable back door deals sellingt my nation to the highest bidders across my back!!

September 11, 2008
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IT is very strange that the mass media along with both presidential candidates are ignoring  major technolgy  issues in campaign 2008.IF the United States being far behind in the extreme advancement in atomic and space studies is of no interest,then this election is no beacon

for free-thought.Remember Sputnik.

September 13, 2008
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I have something different.  State of Ohio is the first to get this bill passed.  If you live in Ohio please go to www.ohiobmv.com and put in your emergency contacts so law enforcement agencies can find loved ones much easier when they have been in an accident.

I dont want anyone to ever hear the way we did over the phone about my son being killed in an auto accident. The chaplain told when I called the hospital.

Thanks all.

September 22, 2008
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As an individual, I think that John McCain Made a wise decision. He, as well, went out of the box and chose a woman from Alaska. A governer that I might add. I know that this is late but honestly, Obama's speech did not appeal to me. Didn't feel that his "experience" was talking as a senator point of view. It feels that he is promising to much and feels that it cannot get accomplished. People will speak words not the actions that will follow it. I want you to understand of what I am saying. I know that you do not want to read this if you are Democrat. I am sorry but it is the truth. I am a Republican, obviously, and with Governer Sarah Palin in the place of the nominee of Vice President it seems that she put her all into what she is today. A mother AND a political figure for women in the United States. Whatever the media is saying on either side, discern what they are trying to put out.

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