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Sebelius blasts McCain’s “country club economics”

Kansas governor speaks at Democratic National Convention

Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius takes center stage tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

August 26, 2008, 8:00 p.m. Updated August 26, 2008, 9:38 p.m.

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Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius waves as she gets ready to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Sebelius used her time on the national stage Tuesday to attack Republican candidate John McCain's "country club economics."

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius waves as she gets ready to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Sebelius used her time on the national stage Tuesday to attack Republican candidate John McCain's "country club economics."

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— Speaking on a national stage, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday invoked the Kansas motto of rewarding hard work and criticized Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain for embracing "country club economics."

Sebelius, co-chairwoman of the Democratic National Convention, praised Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as someone who embodies "ad astra per aspera," or "to the stars through difficulties."

She said Obama has a plan to help the record number of homeowners facing foreclosures and to revitalize rural America by creating "green jobs."

"Barack Obama knows it's time for tax breaks for America's main streets, not Wall Street," she said to thousands of cheering delegates at the Pepsi Center.

On the other hand, Sebelius said McCain wants to give more tax cuts to big corporations, supports privatizing Social Security and has voted numerous times against renewable energy.

The only thing McCain wants to renew, she said, is "the failed Bush agenda for another four years."

Sebelius added: "He believes in country club economics." The "country club" tag has also been used in an ad by Obama.

Kansas Republican Party executive director Christian Morgan said he was surprised that Sebelius went on the attack, and said it would backfire.

"She took some pretty serious hacks at Senator McCain," Morgan said. But, he said, he doesn't believe Sebelius was effective, and said the attack undermined her message of bipartisanship. And, he said, Sebelius should focus on improving the Kansas economy.

Sebelius was considered a possible vice presidential candidate, but Obama went with Washington, D.C., veteran U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del. Even so, Sebelius' ability to win elections in an overwhelmingly Republican state has promoted her up the ladder in Democratic Party politics.

In her seven-minute speech, Sebelius poked fun at the recent dust-up over McCain not knowing how many homes he owned. He owns seven.

"I'm sure you remember a girl from Kansas who said there's no place like home," Sebelius said. "Well, in John McCain's version, there's no place like home. Or a home. Or a home. Or a home," she said.

Sebelius said she had experience in working with Republicans to try to "bring about positive change." She said Obama has done the same and will "turn the page on the politics and policies of the past."

Sebelius was one of several governors who spoke Tuesday evening. Her speech was indicative of a strategy by Democrats to step up criticism of McCain as the convention continues.

Kansas delegates to the convention said they thought Sebelius did a great job.

"She showed why Kansans of all stripes approve of her leadership," said state Rep. Raj Goyle, D-Wichita.

Jan McConnell, of Overland Park, said, "She always makes me proud to be a Kansan."

Stan Adams, of Overland Park, said Sebelius was able to draw the economic policy distinctions between Obama and McCain. "She did a great job of articulating Obama's plan for the middle class," he said.

State Sen. Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, said of Sebelius, "She has definitely arrived on the national scene." He said when she came on the stage, delegates were directed to wave signs that said, "New energy for America." He said he believed that was a tribute to Sebelius.

Comments

Bobby1 6 years, 8 months ago

She was upset that no one was paying attention to her.

areyouserious 6 years, 8 months ago

Did anybody else notice that absolutely nobody on the floor of the DNC, and few in the seats were even listening to Sebelius? CNN didnt even show her speech, but had the cameras running on the commentators.... Freaking hilarious...............and Barack was seriously considering this "clown for a Governnor" from Kansas???? She better just enjoy her rides to the final four and the orange bowls, because she is about to be toast!

christie 6 years, 8 months ago

As a die-hard Democrat I fail to be inspired by these wimpy speeches - where's the beef - These people sound tired and wore out -

KEITHMILES05 6 years, 8 months ago

Sebelius has done nothing positive for the state.

Godot 6 years, 8 months ago

The Democrats have an opportunity to call for the criminal investigation and prosecution of the many criminals and fraudsters who contributed to the problems with mortgages and the credit markets. Instead, they are wasting it by pulling out the old class envy card, and blaming this on "Wallstreet tax breaks." That is completely irresponsible on their part.

RonBurgandy 6 years, 8 months ago

Way to go Sebelius. You are a great Governor and I am proud to say you are Gov. of my state.

staff04 6 years, 8 months ago

On the other hand, if you keep calling Democrats "elite" (it's the new "liberal') it will lose its meaning just like liberal did...have you noticed that the liberal boogeyman didn't work in '06 and it doesn't look like it is going to work in '08...when they will figure out that the people are smarter than that is anyone's guess.Regardless of the outcome, Democrats are projected to have the 2nd strongest Congressional majority in modern history.

TheOriginalCA 6 years, 8 months ago

Sebelius needs to quit her 365 day a year campaigning and get back to her job. This is nothing but the democrat "get the red out" propaganda, although she IS wearing red LOL. Her wishiwashiness in regards to the coal fired power plants and her Greensburg Tornado comments are proof of the type of politician she is. That coupled with her non-handling of my insurance complaint years ago are proof of just why she is in politics. it is all about HER...

staff04 6 years, 8 months ago

That last sentence should read "Regardless of the outcome of the Presidential election..."

Confrontation 6 years, 8 months ago

"Did anybody else notice that absolutely nobody on the floor of the DNC, and few in the seats were even listening to Sebelius? CNN didnt even show her speech, but had the cameras running on the commentators."Perhaps you need to pay a little more attention. Why would CNN show her speech, when they didn't show most of the speeches? CNN commentators like to hear themselves speak and no one else. PBS showed her speech, and there was a large amount of applause when she was introduced. Maybe if you opened your eyes and shut your mouth, you could learn something:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMaGVB...

DeckDoctors 6 years, 8 months ago

dingle, since the Republicans are not as interested in being 'politically correct' as the Dems, they are not going to parade unpopular Governors from small populated states who happen to be female on stage so they can appear PC. We may hear from men of significant positions, real experience and with character, such as Senators Dole, Roberts or Brownback.

frazzled 6 years, 8 months ago

Being accused of non-bipartisanship by Christian Morgan is like being called ugly by a warthog.

Shardwurm 6 years, 8 months ago

Beatrice...no one is going to do anything to help the middle class.The middle class is what supports both of the other classes. We cannot catch a break because it is upon our backs that this country lurches ahead. We're like the horses on a stagecoach - we're dragging the wagon (the poor) and being whipped by the driver (upper class.)If you think the middle class is going to get any help any time soon you're living in a dream world. Just look at KU as an example - the poor get a free ride...the rich don't care...and the middle class borrows $80,000 each to attend. Who loses?Kate is a catastrophic failure...and to see so many posts here recognizing that is interesting, especially given the liberal slant of the town and the LJW.

jaywalker 6 years, 8 months ago

"She said Obama has a plan to help the record number of homeowners facing foreclosures"Yes, by all means, let's have government create more welfare programs. What's that? Too stupid and/or irresponsible by taking out an interest only mortgage or 100% financing on a home you couldn't afford in the first place? No sweat! Here comes Big Daddy to bail you out by taxing everyone else. "Sebelius said McCain wants to give more tax cuts to big corporations, supports privatizing Social Security"Tax cuts for those that create the jobs? Sacrilege! Tax the crap out of them so they have to cut the work force, or better yet, move overseas altogether, that's the winner.Privatize Social Security? Why, that's ludicrous! We need to keep it the way it is, on the verge of bankruptcy and nowhere to be found in ten to 20 years.

janeyb 6 years, 8 months ago

In the end CNN didn't want to show Mark Warner and he was the keynote speaker. The Democrats moved Warner's time to a earlier slot because he didn't want to slam McCain. He likes McCain. Hillary likes McCain. Hillary called McCain a colleague and a friend. Did she say that about Obama? Obama places wealth at $250,000/year. Wonder how the $250,000 crowd feel about that? McCain said 5 million. Did he say a week, a year, invested over a lifetime? I didn't get what he meant. How did Obama arrive at $250,000? Is it just an arbitrary number different to everyone? As a student I feel rich if Dad hands me a $50 bill once in while. This might make a good question on the street.

marcdeveraux 6 years, 8 months ago

After reading the negative comments it is easy to see why kansas is considered a cultural backwater.Out of 99 countries in a study ,the u.s. high schoolers rank 94. No wonder people continue to support the republicans.

Tony Kisner 6 years, 8 months ago

Are any of the candidates hurting for cash? I would guess that 95% to 99% of all Representatives and Senators come back from office much better off than when they went in. Did Kathy buy that suit she is wearing at Sears?, or did she go all uptown on us and get it at Kohls? Nice hair cut, must have been at great clips with a coupon.They are all rich and only feel your pain when they need your vote.

M. Lindeman 6 years, 8 months ago

I think she knows her political future here in Kansas is coming to an end. Maybe she is interviewing for a position in the federal goverment. Maybe the state dept, she would fit in well with the rest of the worthless people there.

KsTwister 6 years, 8 months ago

Stupid hurts. Just vote Republican again and see what I mean.

Godot 6 years, 8 months ago

Either Sebelius is stupid, or she assumes everyone else is.

TheRob 6 years, 8 months ago

Blasted is not the right word. It's more like "gently scolded." Sebelius is not an authoritative speaker.

dirkleisure 6 years, 8 months ago

Godot (Anonymous) says:Either Sebelius is stupid, or she assumes everyone else is.--------------------------Now that's irony.Godot, I believe you were her target audience!

PapaB 6 years, 8 months ago

She didn't get Obama's VP spot, but she's still working on a cabinet spot.

igby 6 years, 8 months ago

In case anyone doesn't know it there's no turning back now for our current financial situation. Reaganomics wouldn't even help us now. Obama's plans will be even worse. You really have to factor out the bad positions that we are in both at home and abroad and really deduct every position clear back past 911 to the NAFTA- plight. Two wars, tax hungered governments locally, financial bank failures, high fuel cost with inflation-(for any of you who were born after 1982, inflation means things cost more and your money buys less), lol. ...and all the illegals.But all the liberal universities have offered a free study to the next administration so that all these problems can be corrected. LOL......and many new problems will be thought through but not acted upon.

Godot 6 years, 8 months ago

Sebelius brings more negative attention to Kansas. She began her governorship by heaping negative upon negative upon Kansas in order to build up her standing in the party of the Democrats; she made a fool of herself and and Kansas again tonight.

dinglesmith 6 years, 8 months ago

So which Kansas Republican will be a featured speaker at the Republican National Convention?

justthefacts 6 years, 8 months ago

Anyone who thinks that the same government who is roundly criticized for its failed FEMA, EPA, Taxation and other programs, CAN be trusted to succesfully run a national health care program (or other similar big government will take care of all your problems ideas), please sign up for the Logic 101 classes offered at your local university or community college. Like it or not, the wealthy (wealth is power) run this country and most of the world. They generally take a cut of the profits for doing so. Hurting them in any way will - eventually and always - hurt everyone else a whole lot more. It may not be pretty. But it's the way the real world works. Deal with it.

staff04 6 years, 8 months ago

"unpopular Governors"HAHAHA! What a sad, sad commentary on the political awareness of the right...68% of the state voted for her. By ANY political standard, that is considered wildly popular.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

John McCain thinks you need to make $5 million a year before you can be considered "rich." He also supports Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. Do you really think he will do anything to help the middle class?Vote Obama!

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

When asked how many homes he owned, why didn't McCain just count the number of housekeys on his keychain? jane, I have a lot of friends -- not too many would I think qualified to be President. We got into trouble last time when Americans voted for the guy who seemed like a "buddy," the "Norm" of the local bar. Look where that got us. McCain said that $5 million a year would qualify people as rich, but I agree that asking the rich question might be a good on the street question. It would likely bring much more entertaining answers than asking folks on the street how many houses they own. Tom, got proof on the gov being an "elitist"? I've never heard of her claiming the only way to get around Kansas is by private plane. Have you?

jafs 6 years, 8 months ago

jaywalker,I agree that people should be responsible for their own decisions.However, there was clearly a great deal of fraud and corruption involved in the housing mess, including appraisers who routinely "hit" a number for banks and mortgage lenders.If greed were not such a motivating force in our society, then corporations could pay taxes and still do just fine. Of course, they might need to cut back on CEO compensation a bit, or eliminate guaranteed severance packages. Did you know that many CEO's are guaranteed generous severance packages even if they're fired, or run the company into the ground? That doesn't make a lot of sense to me.Finally, Social Security is and has been in trouble largely due to the raiding of the SS trust fund for other expenses, which should of course be illegal.PS - Out of the last 35 years, our government has run at a deficit in all but 4 of them - all 4 were under Clinton. The worst deficit by far was under Reagan in the 80's.

staff04 6 years, 8 months ago

I think it is kind of funny when Republicans (especially filthy rich ones) talk about the liberal elite. The elite in this country are the ones who think they are too good to pay their share for what they have earned on the back of our system--it isn't the other way around, as Republicans would have you believe.

Corey Williams 6 years, 8 months ago

"Since the Republicans are not as interested in being 'politically correct' as the Dems, they are not going to parade unpopular Governors from small populated states who happen to be female on stage so they can appear PC. "No, they'll just make sure to give their token blacks some camera time to make it seem like they're more "inclusive" than they really are."Yes, by all means, let's have government create more welfare programs. What's that? Too stupid and/or irresponsible by taking out an interest only mortgage or 100% financing on a home you couldn't afford in the first place? No sweat! Here comes Big Daddy to bail you out by taxing everyone else."Or if you have a bank that was stupid enough to make those loans, here's a big government hand out so that you don't have to cut those seven figure salaries.

staff04 6 years, 8 months ago

" since the Republicans are not as interested in being 'politically correct' as the Dems, they are not going to parade unpopular Governors from small populated states who happen to be female on stage so they can appear PC"HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! HAAAAAHAHAHAHAHA!

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