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Overflow crowd turns out to hear McCain in suburban KC

GOP nominee, running mate attack Obama on earmarks

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain addresses an overflow crowd of supporters outside a campaign rally in Lee's Summit, Mo., Monday.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain addresses an overflow crowd of supporters outside a campaign rally in Lee's Summit, Mo., Monday.

September 8, 2008, 3:00 p.m. Updated September 8, 2008, 5:55 p.m.

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Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, introduces Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Monday  during a rally in Kansas City, Mo.

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, center, introduces Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Monday during a rally in Kansas City, Mo.

Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

— Several thousand people turned out to greet GOP presidential candidate John McCain and his vice presidential pick Sarah Palin on Monday in the Kansas City area.

"This state, we must win, and we will win," McCain said at the Pavilion in John Knox Village, where a capacity crowd of 3,000 people stood inside and a roughly equal number listened over speakers outside.

They offered some of the same rhetoric against Democratic candidate Barack Obama and his vice presidential candidate, Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. that they presented during last week's GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.

McCain attacked Obama for being soft on defense and national security and promised to oppose "pork barrel" legislation.

"We're going to work for you and we're going to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.," McCain said, repeating a phrase he used at the convention.

McCain and Palin criticized Obama over the amount of money he has requested for his home state of Illinois, even though Alaska, under Palin's leadership, has asked Washington for 10 times more money per citizen for pet projects. They said Obama requested nearly $1 billion in earmarks for his state during his time as a senator. That line of attack came after Obama made his first direct criticism of Palin over the weekend, using the topic of earmarks, which are special projects that lawmakers try to get for their districts and constituents.

"Just the other day our opponent brought up earmarks - and frankly, I was surprised that he would even raise the subject at all," Palin said. "I thought he wouldn't go there."

World War II Marine veteran Don Sypkens, of Kearney, Mo., and his son, Steve Sypkens, of Columbia, Mo., liked what they heard during the short speeches.

"I think he's a good man for the job," Don Sypkens said.

Steve Sypkens said he just wanted to show support for McCain and Palin "so people aren't saying that Obama has all the people."

Steve Sypkens wife, Linda, listened outside the building to the speeches. "I think there was a great energy," she said. "I'm going to do whatever I can do to help get them elected."

Souvenirs were plentiful. At a table covered with campaign buttons, vendor Sharon Young said the best-selling button was one that read: "Read My Lipstick; Vote McCain/Palin."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month ago

AP said after the allegation that Obama sought 1 billioni in earmarks for Ilinios that in fact he sought NOTHING! McCain is nothing but an outright liar and he is being labeled that as I speak.

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Marion is calling others "insane" and calling me a "racist." Too funny. Too sad.I wonder what the spammer Nick Danger say about all of this?

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Since Palin has taken so much money from Washington to spend in Wasilla and has sought pork as governor of Alaska, does that mean we can now call her "Miss Swamp Thing"?

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

soupnazi, "Palin has taken so much money from Washington? Whatever are you talking about?!?That's what I love about the demorats, they make a great hue and cry about crap that has no basis in truth!"First off, shove your "demorats" garbage. The real nazis used to call the jews "rats," and I find it repugnant for people to continue in this in our day and age. (Is this the face of the real religious right in America?) But to the facts, while Mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and received $26.9 million in earmarks for her small town. Then left the town with a $20 million debt. As governor, she has sought $589 million in pork barrell projects! Palin is the Queen of Earmarks, the very thing McCain stands against. http://www.zimbio.com/Sarah+Palin/articles/676/Sarah+Palin+Asked+853+623+Earmark+Money+PerFrom a resident in Wasilla: "For starters, Palin "turned Wasilla into a wasteland of big box stores and disconnected parking lots" while lowering taxes for businesses and increasing the sales tax burden on residents. Far from being a fiscal conservative, she "oversaw the greatest expansion of city government in Wasilla's history." Palin borrowed taxpayers' money to fund an unprofitable sports complex "in a city without a sewage treatment plant or storm drainage system," and "built streets to early 20th century standards."" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erik-ose/the-view-from-wasilla---g_b_124255.htmlThe facts are coming out about Palin, and they ain't pretty. She might have been Miss Congeniality once upon a time, but she is far from it now. The McCain ticket is far from the ticket of "change." It is just more of the McSame. Obama / Biden! Where lies don't count as the truth.

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S0uPnAzi 6 years, 1 month ago

tumbilweed: I don't hear Obama speaking out about pork barrel spending, and it just so happens he has almost $1 bil. in earmarks right now! Sounds downright "swampy" to me!beatrice: Palin has taken so much money from Washington? Whatever are you talking about?!?That's what I love about the demorats, they make a great hue and cry about crap that has no basis in truth!

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Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

screedposter (Anonymous) says: Maybe someone should remind the Senator, (I know he doesn't have a lot of experience in these matters, only requesting a billion in federal funds,) that Senators like him request earmarks, not Governors. Maybe someone should remind him that a Alaska is a state, and the governor of a state has no Constitutional authority to make Federal Law, that Mr. Obama does, and voted on Federal Law (see Bridge to Nowhere, below.) Maybe Kieth should calm down and get back to his homework, because, as I pointed out:~~~Eh, you can always hire a lobbyist on your behalf just as then- Wasilla Sarah Palin did."Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.""As mayor of Wasilla, however, Palin oversaw the hiring of Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh, an Anchorage-based law firm with close ties to Alaska's most senior Republicans: Rep. Don Young and Sen. Ted Stevens, who was indicted in July on charges of accepting illegal gifts. The Wasilla account was handled by the former chief of staff to Stevens, Steven W. Silver, who is a partner in the firm.Palin was elected mayor of Wasilla in 1996 on a campaign theme of "a time for change." According to a review of congressional spending by Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan watchdog group in Washington, Wasilla did not receive any federal earmarks in the first few years of Palin's tenure.Senate records show that Silver's firm began working for Palin in early 2000, just as federal money began flowing.In fiscal 2000, Wasilla received a $1 million earmark, tucked into a transportation appropriations bill, for a rail and bus project in the town. And in the winter of 2000, Palin appeared before congressional appropriations committees to seek earmarks, according to a report in the Anchorage Daily News.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090103148_pf.htmlSo a Governor can't request earmarks but a simple mayor can go to Congress to help request them. I had not idea that a mayor had more power than a Governor. From the same article..."Maria Comella, Palin's campaign spokeswoman, said Palin sought the Wasilla earmarks because she was "working in the best interests of Alaska, working within the confines of the current system."Her campaign spokeswoman acknowledges that Palin sought earmarks. This is something that Palin denies doing."Thanks, but no thanks"? Yeah, that's the ticket.Strangely enough, Palin has distanced herself from Stevens & Young. I wonder why? They brought her so much money.

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Steve Jacob 6 years, 1 month ago

Palin now attends the Wasilla Bible Church. She was there on August 17, just days before entering the national spotlight. David Brickner, the founder of Jews for Jesus, was a speaker. He told congregants that terrorist attacks on Israel were God's "judgment" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

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dandelion 6 years, 1 month ago

S0uPnAzWhy do you think Palin doesn't want to do interviews? She doesn't want any mean old reporters to ask her why she lied about accepting plenty of pork. She got more pork from the Federal government than I think Lawrence did for her little town. Then she still left it with a multimillion dollar debt. Reporters are waiting to get a chance to ask why she lied. Why aren't you asking that same question?

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

Trouble in Nobama land?"After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama's fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign's decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.Senator Barack Obama, who spoke Monday in Flint, Mich., has bypassed federal financing, giving him more freedom but requiring continuing fund-raising. Pushing a fund-raiser later this month, a finance staff member sent a sharply worded note last week to Illinois members of its national finance committee, calling their recent efforts "extremely anemic." "http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/09/us/politics/09donate.html?_r=2&hp=&oref=slogin&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

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zenmon 6 years, 1 month ago

I keep hearing/seeing the quote that McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time. The last time I checked the President doesn't get to vote. He can veto a bill but can't vote. One might say if it wasn't vetoed then McCain did vote with Bush, however since Congress has been controlled by the democrats since 2006 wouldn't that mean that Obama has voted with Bush more than 90% of time as Bush hasn't vetoed ANYTHING? Obama has a record of voting with his party over 95% of the time, McCain's stats on voting with his party are high but not that damn high. Everyone pays lip service to bipartisan politics, I think they really mean we'll pass everything BY partisan politics.

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Snap, So Obama sought $25 for every Illinois resident, and Palin sought $295 for every Alaska citizen. How is that eating crow? Palin hired a laywer and received $27 million for Wasilla while she is mayor -- a town of 6,500. How is that eating crow?Remember, it is the McCain / Palin ticket that is billing itself as the anti-spending team. Palin just doesn't fit that description, no matter how much you hate Obama. The only way to spin it is to deny the truth. You can tell us the facts about Obama, and that is fine if he doesn't measure up in your estimation, but the truth about Palin is that she is anything but a cut-spending type of politician. When you consider her government-spending history with her radical religious views, possible abuse of power and her husband who supports breaking from the nation!, it is all rather eye-opening. If that is truly who you hope to win, I would just wish John McCain good health. Obama / Biden! America simply can't afford the cost of McCain / Palin's "change."

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more_cowbell 6 years, 1 month ago

"McCain and Palin criticized Obama over the amount of money he has requested for his home state of Illinois, even though Alaska, under Palin's leadership, has asked Washington for 10 times more money per citizen for pet projects."Mr. Kettle... Mr. Kettle... there's a Mrs. Pot on line 1... she said she's going there...What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?The pit bull doesn't receive earmarks.X-D

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coltrane 6 years, 1 month ago

McCain voted since 2000 -- 90% for BUSH, enuf said.just call him wrong way McCain.

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marcdeveraux 6 years, 1 month ago

Hard to imagine that after 8 years of born again christian( "my way or the highway bush), people think mcbush is going to do anything different than continue to to enrich the few at the expense of the many. Mccain has voted 90 % of the time with bush. Palin is more far right than even bush is. People like madmike are asleep or just willing to go along as long as a republican is in office.Or is it racism plain and simple?After what the african people have done since slavery, thru the civil war and all wars untill present, in the arts, entertainment, sports, and every other field,it is time to give a black man a chance. I do not care what party he or she belongs to.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 1 month ago

and in more interesting reading the wheels on the bus are still going round and round.

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commuter 6 years, 1 month ago

Beatrice- Palin as a mayor and Governor can only influence senators to put earmarks for their state in a bill. Obama has put in over $740 million in earmarks while a Senator.How much has McCain? A heck of a lot less than Obama.

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Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

screedposter (Anonymous) says:"how does this demonstrate her claims of reform being true?"She's the Veep nominee, Obama is at the top of his "change" ticket. Speaking of which, what do you get when you google Obama Biden Hunter Earmark? Change Katara can believe in, even if Obama and Biden don't.~~~That was a disappointing non-answer. I'll repeat the question again just in case you misunderstood it.McCain/Palin are running on a platform of reform and anti-pork. Palin's past actions, both as Governor of Alaska and Mayor of Wasilla, show that she actively pursues earmarks. How does demonstrate her claims of reform being true?

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designerscott 6 years, 1 month ago

"What he and Palin said makes sense, especially about Obama NOT being the one this country needs right now."But that's all they have said from the start. They haven't given us any factual reasons why they ARE.They say they are going to cut pork, but the facts have been shown that they are some of the worst.They say that they are going to attack big oil companies, but the facts have shown that they have done nothing but support oil.They say that they support the troops, but have voted against G.I. Bills more often than not.And the list goes on, of lie after lie.

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Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says:keith, are your pants on fire now?"Senator Barack Obama on Thursday released a list of $740 million in earmarked spending requests that he had made over the last three years, and his campaign challenged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to do the same.~~~And the requests were not all granted. Including the one for the hospital- even though her being his husband was not the reason for the request. From your link..."But as the Senate debated a bill to restrict the controversial method of paying for home-state projects - a measure defeated Thursday evening - Mr. Obama's presidential campaign also said that only about $220 million worth of his requests had been approved by Congress. And among those that had been killed were his request in 2006 for $1 million for an expansion of the University of Chicago Medical Center, where Mr. Obama's wife, Michelle, is a vice president."and"The request for $1 million for the University of Chicago Medical Center was to help pay for construction of a pavilion that could increase its capacity for treating patients by one-third."Out of the nearly $200 million in earmarks that Palin requested in 2008 alone (not over a period of 3 years but a period of less than 1 year), Alaska got $154 million out of what Palin requested.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ snap_pop_no_crackle (Anonymous) says:The list included $1 million for a hospital where Mr. Obama's wife works, money for several projects linked to campaign donors and support for more than 200 towns, civic institutions and universities in Illinois."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/14/us/pol:~~~How many other hospitals were also on that list? It is not uncommon to request that for medical facilities in a town. Also note that the requests were linked to more than 200 towns, civic institutions & institutions. Where else did the money that Palin request go to besides Wasilla? And what were they for?~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As a side note, this was an interesting tidbit from your article."The release comes as both Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, have joined the presumptive Republican nominee, Senator John McCain of Arizona, in supporting a proposal to ban spending earmarked for home-state projects for one year."Why pick a VP who comes from a state whose leaders are antithetical to this line of thinking? Their very actions show this to be true (i.e. Ted Stevens & Sarah Palin).

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christie 6 years, 1 month ago

Look closely at the picture. All old white people. Zero color. Not the picture of America.

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S0uPnAzi 6 years, 1 month ago

I would like to have attended (unfortunately, I have to work for a living ;) ), and I strongly support the idea of "draining the swamp" in Washington. I surely hope McCain and Palin can do that, but I know those alligators (on both sides of the aisles) guard that swamp very religiously! My personal opinion is that when pork barrel spending is identified, we constituents, have to be willing to get involved, and get the word out to vote out the big spenders, but moreover, my belief is that the entitlement mentality is so deeply entrenched, that we as a people will have to re-orient our thinking to not expect something for nothing. As we all know, there is no free lunch. But kudos to McCain and Palin and let's hope they get that chance!

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KEITHMILES05 6 years, 1 month ago

Sep 8, 6:17 PM EDTMcCain, Palin criticize Obama on earmarksBy SARA KUGLERAssociated Press WriterLEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) -- John McCain and Sarah Palin criticized Democrat Barack Obama over the amount of money he has requested for his home state of Illinois, even though Alaska under Palin's leadership has asked Washington for 10 times more money per citizen for pet projects.At a rally in swing state Missouri, the Republican presidential nominee and his running mate accused Obama of requesting nearly $1 billion in earmarks for his state during his time as a senator. The new line of attack came after Obama made his first direct criticism of Palin over the weekend, using the topic of earmarks, which are special projects that lawmakers try to get for their districts and constituents."Just the other day our opponent brought up earmarks - and frankly I was surprised that he would even raise the subject at all," Palin said. "I thought he wouldn't want to go there."Obama hasn't asked for any earmarks this year. Last year, he asked for $311 million worth, about $25 for every Illinois resident. Alaska asked this year for earmarks totaling $198 million, about $295 for every Alaska citizen.Palin has cut back on pork project requests, but under her administration, Alaska is still and by far the largest per-capita consumer of federal pet-project spending.The governor did reject plans to build the notorious "Bridge to Nowhere" after Congress had cut off its financing.IWhile speaking to voters in Indiana over the weekend, Obama ridiculed the idea of McCain and Palin presenting themselves as reformers, and suggested Palin was distorting her own record on earmarks."I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she's change, and that's great," Obama said Saturday. "She's a skillful politician. But, you know, when you've been taking all these earmarks when it's convenient, and then suddenly you're the champion anti-earmark person, that's not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can't just make stuff up."

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Steve Jacob 6 years, 1 month ago

A new issue now. What to do with Freddie/Fanny? Even the current Treasury Sec. says he is just saving it for now, and let Obama or McCain decide what to do next. I find it hard to trust either one on the issue. Switching channels today to see both plans for lowering taxes when we added 5-6 TRILLION in debt to our government today. Think whoever is President will have sticker shock when they look at the books.But I do find it ironic the the federal government is getting bigger with a republican in the White House.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

keith, are your pants on fire now?"Senator Barack Obama on Thursday released a list of $740 million in earmarked spending requests that he had made over the last three years, and his campaign challenged Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to do the same.The list included $1 million for a hospital where Mr. Obama's wife works, money for several projects linked to campaign donors and support for more than 200 towns, civic institutions and universities in Illinois."http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/14/us/politics/14campaign.html?fta=yHere, have some crow. You can enjoy it while watching Nobama get beat like a cheap rug in November.

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George_Braziller 6 years, 1 month ago

The thought alone of Palin being President if McCain croaks should be enough to run away from this duo. Yikes!!!

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Ward 6 years, 1 month ago

all those supporters look the same. some male. some female. a lot of salt and peppered silver foxes running behind their guy. this man represents a white middle class aging population that's refusing to let go of its sinking ship.

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

If McCain/ Palin are elected I am moving to Alaska and joining the Seccession Party. Anyone else in?(not original, but funny)

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 1 month ago

XD40: "So much flop sweat/flop verbage from the left.",;-DLooks to me like McCain was just in town to check out the retirement community... with nurse in tow.

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BuffyloGal 6 years, 1 month ago

Overheard, emanating from the depths of despair:"There's no way in Hades we're gonna win the election. Let's toss a woman on the ticket and at least get a reading on the pulse of the conservative electorate, regarding this whole Hillary thang:."_____But let's make sure she appeals to the religious fanatics who want to run this country their way while we're at it. That should bring in a few more votes!So transparent.

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Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

Anonymous userscreedposter (Anonymous) says:"Out of the nearly $200 million in earmarks that Palin requested in 2008 alone (not over a period of 3 years but a period of less than 1 year), Alaska got $154 million out of what Palin requested."I'm trying to educate you here, so listen. Obama is a Senator, he requests earmark spending proposals in the Budget. Palin was not a Senator. Alaska's Senators, you know, the people who actually requested the funds, were Murkowski and Stevens. That, by the way, is two people. Obama's billion dollar figure is for one person. the 300 million is one senator, in one year.~~~You miss the point here. $740 million is over a 3 year period. $198 million is in less than a 1 year period. Let's break the figures down for comparision...$740 million divided by 3 = 246 million/year requested vs. Alaska's $198 millionor if you prefer...$198 million x 3 = $594 millionThere is a difference of $146 million over a 3 year period or if you prefer a difference of $48.6 million/year.When you consider the populations that were served by these requests, earmark requests for Alaska are much higher than those for Illinois. How does this demonstrate that Palin is anti-pork/earmark as she claims to be?On top of that you most certainly acknowledge that a Governor (and a mayor) can influence the Senators (both of which she had very close ties to as she hired their lobbying firm as mayor) but how does this demonstrate her claims of reform being true?

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Christie, that isn't fair. In the upper left, I think I spot an elderly Hispanic male. No doubt Palin has given energy to the ticket. Too bad we know so little about her outside of the far-far-right religious views and the contradictions on spending between what she says and what she does. The person we do know plenty about, Senator McCain, makes decisions that are very much like George W. Bush's, but without the religion - hence Palin. It truly will be four more years of the same. Obama / Biden! Change that isn't just in name only.

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dandelion 6 years, 1 month ago

If governors can't ask for earmarks, then they can't turn them down. She lied about the bridge to nowhere. She supported it when she was running for governor. She didn't turn it down, because congress was blocking it already. She kept the money. She could have been the fiscally responsible person and sent it back to help pay for Bush's "holy" war, but she kept it. She is more full of it than most politicians.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 1 month ago

Overheard, emanating from the depths of despair..."There's no way in Hades we're gonna win the election. Let's toss a woman on the ticket and at least get a reading on the pulse of the conservative electorate, regarding this whole Hillary thang...."

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not_dolph 6 years, 1 month ago

coltrane - are you registered to vote in as many states you are registered as an architect?

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Bob Forer 6 years, 1 month ago

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jonas_opines 6 years, 1 month ago

"Beatrice, I did not know that given names were an indication of the ethnicity of the recipient."Then you're an idiot. Zhang Tianming. Ishida Takeda. Beto Riverez. Tom Chaplain. You should know by now that you're being obtuse, not clever. My guess, you've known all along.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 1 month ago

I've been guzzlin' the Pale Ale since Sarah's nomination... gonna ride this wave right on through November.Sad, now, that I missed McCain, though. I'm guessing that "overflow" crowd was spurred by a real likelihood that it might just be John's final gig.

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TacoBob 6 years, 1 month ago

In today's "Better Late Than Never" moment, MSNBC has just announced that Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann will no longer act as anchors of the network's election coverage.About time his own network gave him (O) the hook. Nice 'off air' comments and sniping at Matthews.I can take bias from both sides, and expect it, but someone needs their rabies and distemper shots.

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local_support 6 years, 1 month ago

If you make less than 200K a year you should be voting for Obama. If you've had a great past 8 years then go for McCain. I think you will find most people make less than 200K a year and very few have had what you could consider a prosperous decade.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 1 month ago

"... they were greeted by an overflow crowd at the John Knox Village....",;-D( No, I won't go there... but I just can't stop laughing. )

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Steve Jacob 6 years, 1 month ago

Hate to say this, but who votes? Old White People.

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Mkh 6 years, 1 month ago

McBomba '08Both parties are criminals. You people are truly Sheep and will get what you deserve.Have a nice day while your nation dies.

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Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

screedposter (Anonymous) says:"McCain/Palin are running on a platform of reform and anti-pork."Really? What is the Obama / Biden platform?Seriously, keep talking earmarks. Please. And also, keep this up;"repubs nominated : a mindless lying bimbo."~~~Yet another disappointing non-answer. Although I can appreciate your powers of deflection, I don't appreciate your attempt to put words in my mouth. This has nothing to do with her gender.Can you even answer the question?I'll copy & paste it for you just in case you missed it.Palin are running on a platform of reform and anti-pork. Palin's past actions, both as Governor of Alaska and Mayor of Wasilla, show that she actively pursues earmarks. How does that demonstrate her claims of reform being true?

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jonas_opines 6 years, 1 month ago

"Republicans nominated a reformer"Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahacoughcoughcough. . . . pant. . . heeheehehehehehahahahahahahahahahahaha. . . . .

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Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

commuter (Anonymous) says:Beatrice- Palin as a mayor and Governor can only influence senators to put earmarks for their state in a bill.Obama has put in over $740 million in earmarks while a Senator.How much has McCain? A heck of a lot less than Obama.~~~Then why pick a VP candidate who has benefited greatly from earmarks? And has hired a lobbying firm as early on as mayor to get them?This is interesting as well..."All told, Wasilla benefited from $26.9 million in earmarks in Palin's final four years in office."http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/01/AR2008090103148_pf.htmlThat's a lot of money for a town of Wasilla's size.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

Keep it up beo & you won't be invited to the victory party. You'll be left eating the bitter kibble of defeat with the other running dogs of international socialism.

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beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Marion points out that Obama's middle name is Hussein. Good thing too. For a second there, when I just read Barack Obama, I thought he might be a White guy. Now that I know his middle name, I get it. Thanks Marion.

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