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McCain cheered at Missouri rally

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain spoke to about 6,000 people Monday in Belton, Mo., about 60 miles east of Lawrence. McCain supporters and others who attended the rally talked about what they wanted to hear from the candidate.

October 20, 2008

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets supporters as he arrives at a rally at Heartland High School and Academy in Belton, Mo. McCain made a swing across the battleground state of Missouri on Monday.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets supporters as he arrives at a rally at Heartland High School and Academy in Belton, Mo. McCain made a swing across the battleground state of Missouri on Monday.

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— Saying he relished the underdog role, Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain told supporters in suburban Kansas City he could make better decisions than his opponent during tough economic times.

"Senator Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is in growing the pie," McCain told the crowd at a rally as he tried to appeal to small-business owners and stress his foreign policy experience in the Senate.

Supporters said they were still confident McCain would win Missouri and several key states on Nov. 4 against Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama, who has seen polls in several states tip in his favor during the last two weeks.

"The only poll that matters is the one on Nov. 4," said Mike Todd, a rural Baldwin City, Kan., resident.

Todd, a retail operations manager for the Kansas Lottery who is active with the Douglas County Republicans, took his two children, Michaela, 11, and Ryan, 9, to the rally.

The weekday crowd of 6,000 people gathered at the football field of Heartland High School and Academy. It was much smaller than the estimated 75,000 Obama drew for a Saturday speech in Kansas City, Mo.

"Missouri is a swing state, we need you pushing for this election the last two weeks," Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., told the crowd. "You can get it done. We can get it done."

Most of the people who flocked to the rally hustled to try to grab blue and red pompoms before McCain arrived, so they could wave them when they heard a line they liked. The Republican candidate was mostly among supporters, who cheered lines about "keeping your taxes low."

Deborah Williams, of Grandview, who's an independent leaning toward supporting Obama, showed up to compare McCain's appearance with Obama's speech she saw Saturday.

"I want to hear all about" his plans, she said hours before the speech.

She had also heard that McCain "told funny jokes."

As he came in to music from the movie "Rocky," McCain mentioned a plan to freeze government spending except for defense and other essentials and to give every single American family a $5,000 refundable tax credit to help purchase health care insurance.

His crafted speech included a plan to buy bad mortgages and refinance them "so if you neighbor defaults, he doesn't bring down the value of your house with him."

McCain said Obama's economic plans would raise taxes and restrict trade. "The last time America did that in a bad economy it led to the Great Depression," McCain said.

A Rasmussen Reports poll from late last week listed Obama up by 6 points in Missouri - a state President Bush won twice - even though McCain led in early September.

Williams said she could see a huge turnout on Election Day that favored the Democratic ticket.

But Todd, the Douglas County resident and McCain supporter, said he sensed many voters still were trying to make up their minds, and he said the candidates will start to hone in clearly on the messages.

"When they go into that voting booth, they're trying decide who is going to be able to protect them and get us on a better track to being more prosperous," Todd said.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 5 years, 10 months ago

Well Mr. Todd if you really think McCain has any semblence of knowledge of todays economy you are sadly mistaken.The guy could not even tell the public how many homes he owned.That's enough right there to tell me he is so out of touch it is pathetic.

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bad_dog 5 years, 10 months ago

I wonder whether Bill Conti will be the next musician/composer to send a "cease and desist" letter to the McCain campaign.

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bluerose 5 years, 10 months ago

6000 people.ha ha ha ha ha!and 2000 in st. louis (st. charles)ha ha ha ha HA!!!

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KEITHMILES05 5 years, 10 months ago

Saturday Obama had 100,000 in St. Louis and 75,000 in KC.

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Confrontation 5 years, 10 months ago

I can't believe the paper is publicizing a lynch mob.

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Lawrence_is_like_a_cancer 5 years, 10 months ago

obama is nothing more than a fad for all you ignorant, gullible pleebs...........................

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BuffyloGal 5 years, 10 months ago

YAWN - Does McCain have anything new to say? How tiresome!

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Jean1183 5 years, 10 months ago

"Its not about who shows up to rallies, its about who shows up to the polls."Yes, and more of McCain's supporters actually WORK and can't go to rallies.

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Jean1183 5 years, 10 months ago

Some of you have very poor comprehension skills and the comments made give a great picture of what kind of supporter your candidate has. Not once did I mention Obama supporters or even compare McCain supporters to Obama supporters. I said, "more of McCain's supporters actually work and and can't attend rallies". That IS a fact. Or do you, texburgh, believe that McCain has only 6,000 supporters in the area?

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jaywalker 5 years, 10 months ago

Sorry, 1029, but McCain's plan to save those on the brink of foreclosure and simultaneously save the neighborhoods those homes are in is important, smart, and one of the best ideas to come out of this mess. The money comes from the billions we've already coughed up, and they're merely going to re-evaluate the property's worth and re-work the mortgage, not buy them outright. If/when Obama wins I sincerely hope he follows through with the same plan.

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Jean1183 5 years, 10 months ago

LOL at beobachter & duplenty.........exactly what is it you want me to prove? I stated a fact. There ARE more McCain supporters who don't attend rallies due to work. Ha, ha, ha!!!

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ksdivakat 5 years, 10 months ago

laugh if you must, but the fact is that MO has determined every president, but 1 time, since elections started. So whoever wins MO wins the election, historically...........Its not about who shows up to rallies, its about who shows up to the polls.

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1029 5 years, 10 months ago

a) "McCain mentioned a plan to freeze government spending except for defense and other essentials and to give every single American family a $5,000 refundable tax credit to help purchase health care insurance.His crafted speech included a plan to buy bad mortgages and refinance them 'so if you neighbor defaults, he doesn't bring down the value of your house with him.'"Does McCain really believe that anyone who isn't already voting for him will buy into these simplistic ideas? People should be insulted that McCain apparently thinks they are stupid enough not to have been made aware of the glaring flaws in these proposals by now.b) It's going to be a sad day when little Ryan and Michaela are old enough to think back on the day when their dad brought them to a McCain rally and realize that their dad was not a very smart man.

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LiberalDude 5 years, 10 months ago

Trobs- Obama will pay for his proposals by ending the Iraq War. This will save a lot of money. Also he is going to raise taxes on the rich. Pay attention before throwing around ignorant statements.

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texburgh 5 years, 10 months ago

Is Jean in the Bush cabinet?I believe there are WMDs, therefore there are.I believe Iraq had a hand in 9/11, therefore it did.I believe deregulation is economic wisdom, therefore it is.I believe Obama supporters don't work, therefore they don't.Well, I believe Jean has no clue what he/she is thinking about, therefore he/she doesn't.Turnabout is fair play, right Jean?

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Trobs 5 years, 10 months ago

I am not voting for McCain or Obama. They are both Washington insiders, no matter how much they yell Maverick and Change. Obama supporters - If you really think he isn't going to raise taxes, you haven't ever read a history book. He has to pay for all the new things somehow. He also dumped on his promise to take public funding when he suddenly was raking in the dough. McCain supporters - When did he sell his soul? This is not the same man that ran in 2000. He gave up a lot of his principles to be the nominee. Really? Opposing the Veteran's bill due to it being too expensive? Also - Four years ago today John Kerry had a 10 point lead on George W Bush. Ron Paul 2008

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Rex Russell 5 years, 10 months ago

Or maybe planning a rally on a weekend instead of a Tuesday workday had more to do with it. You might reach more people if more people come to see you. You might get more people to see you if you plan it when I don't have to work. Bet the people who showed up at Liberty Memorial had jobs.

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Jean1183 5 years, 10 months ago

logicsound04, did you read my initial comment that was in response to ksdivakat?---------------------------------------------------------------------"Its not about who shows up to rallies, its about who shows up to the polls."Yes, and more of McCain's supporters actually WORK and can't go to rallies. (BUT WE WILL GO TO THE POLLS THAT ARE OPEN BEFORE WORK AND STAY OPEN AFTER WORK---added to clarify for some of you, lol)---------------------------------------------------------------------"More of McCain's supporters than what?" Um...than the 6,000 that did show up. DID YOU READ MY QUESTION TO texburgh??? Maybe people shouldn't assume. Instead of just asking me what I meant, they immediately went on attack and wanted me to "prove" my statement. Then witchfindergeneral and texburgh got even nastier and made personal attacks.

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trinity 5 years, 10 months ago

and today caribou barbie, when asked by a 3rd grader what her job as vp if she gets it would be, told him that she'd be IN CHARGE of the senate! oy. constitutionally the veep is a tie breaker in the senate, not a whole lot more. but then again-she's gonna rearrange that whole doggone senate, you betcha!

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