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Are you interested to see who John McCain picks as his vice presidential running mate?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on August 29, 2008

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“Yeah. It probably won’t change the way I vote, but I am interested. I think if he chooses Mitt Romney, he’ll gain more of the conservative vote that he lacks right now.”

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“No. I wouldn’t vote for him no matter what.”

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“I am, because it might make the difference in who I vote for.”

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“I’m interested. I’m not going to vote for him. I’m interested because I’m interested in the election. That’s about as far as it goes.”

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jimincountry 5 years, 7 months ago

Bea, sorry bout that. I plagerized from poster who commented on an earlier post of mine w/o checking its authenticity.

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

jimincountry, exactly when was McCain governor of Arizona? And yes, Palin was a member of the PTA. So is my next door neighbor. I guess she is qualified to be Vice President.

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jimincountry 5 years, 7 months ago

Obama=U S senator from Chicago, Illinois> state senator from Chicago > community organizer in Chicago(what was he organizing? along with Bill Atyers and his female "partner" who'd thrown bombs at the pentagon et al)> Harvard graduate( why'd he go to Chicago? to organize a political career...not unlike Hillary did in NY)= not who he's been made out to be by the media and by our entertainers?!?!Biden> U S senator>who talks and campaigns no matter when, no matter where( loves senate hearings with Sen Kennedy) and who cares most it appears about completing his career by becoming " The Vice-President of the U S A)= a better candidate for president than Obama, at least he'll stand between Obama and PelosiMcCain>U S senator> Gov Arizona> U S military officer> pow> military maverick= shoulda been president rather than Bush in 2000Palin> Gov Alaska> Mayor of small town> iconoclast> pta> NOT WASHINGTON, D C politician== Palin is better representative of ordinary people than the the politicians with whom she's running! A kick*ss woman whom we should admire!!Finally someone to admire in DC would be worth my vote.

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 7 months ago

Palin's experience = Obama's experience. If one isn't an issue, then the other isn't.

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rantor 5 years, 7 months ago

dminear60,You're right about Palin's experience; she's a regular barrack obama

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dminear60 5 years, 7 months ago

I think McCain's choice of Palin calls into question his judgment regarding what is best for the country. He could have selected Mitt Romney, or Joe Lieberman, or a dozen other candidates all with more experience in their little finger than she has in her whole body. I smell a gimmick.

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

To put the population of the city of Wasilla and the state of Alaska in perspective, consider this:Alaska has fewer people in the entire state than there are currently living in Austin, Texas. There are at least 15 U.S. cities with a populatin greater than all of Alaska. The town in which she served as city council and mayor currently has a population of roughly 6,700. That is the size of Andover, Kansas, the suburb of Wichita. I'd say, this pick makes Bush's appointment of Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court almost seem rational in comparrison.

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dminear60 5 years, 7 months ago

Solomon: My point was Ms. Palin's inexperience could be an issue if McCain's health comes into play.

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Eybea Opiner 5 years, 7 months ago

29 August 2008 at 3:13 p.m.Suggest removal Permalinkdminear60 (Anonymous) says: "Ironic that the republicans have said Obama does not have the experience to be president but yet McCain, who is 72 years old and has a history of cancer, picks for his running mate a first-term governor from a state with one of the smallest populations in the country."Not ironic at all. The vote is for President, not VP. Palin has more executive experience than Obama. She is at least as well qualified as he is. Democrats don't seem to be concerned that BO has only spent like 400 - 500 days as a U.S. Senator, many of which he missed. BO is the very definition of an empty suit. Clean and articulate, though. (According to Joe Biden.)

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dminear60 5 years, 7 months ago

She may be a strong speaker but she is woefully underqualified and inexperienced.

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dminear60 5 years, 7 months ago

Ironic that the republicans have said Obama does not have the experience to be president but yet McCain, who is 72 years old and has a history of cancer, picks for his running mate a first-term governor from a state with one of the smallest populations in the country.

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jayhawkjg 5 years, 7 months ago

Obama change, McCain just showed the country what change is, This makes the ticket priceless. I can not wait to see her stand up in the debate. She was a very strong speaker this morning, I was very impreressed with the strength of her voice. She is bringing a new look to the party. I am looking forward to the rest of the election cycle, At least whe does not want to spend all our childrens money, and preach social dependency to the people. NRA member for life, don't mess with this women.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 7 months ago

For a Klondike Bar, I may just tell you how many houses I have!

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

Presidential candidate John McCain, what would you do for a Klondike bar?

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 7 months ago

"unless you are really talking about Biden all along." BeaNope. Biden would be a VPiwmhabw. (i wouldn't mind having a beer with)

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

Heck, she is so fertile you might start with one cigar, and end up with six. You pigs are awful ... awfully funny. VPilf. Pigs I tell ya! You had better trademark that one, although you only have two months to capitalize on it -- unless you are really talking about Biden all along.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 7 months ago

Bea -Noted. Also, I think John is always grumpy. Maybe a little Alaska Sunshine will cheer him up.R_I -What the potential VPilf and you do with your cigar is none of my business.

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dminear60 5 years, 7 months ago

I hear people close to him call him McNasty because he has such a nasty temperment.

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dminear60 5 years, 7 months ago

beatrice drew first blood! Well said.

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

TOB writes, "R-I, I got us unpaid intern positions at a McCain/Palin campaign center in downtown Gary, Indiana."Just remember guys, if you don't massage his tired feet just right, John gets might grumpy.

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beatrice 5 years, 7 months ago

TOB, Be careful, that is one fertile "milf." - you pig ; )Gov of the third lowest populated state, and former mayor of a town one-sixth the size of Leawood, Kansas. That would be the person one heart beat away from the presidency behind the 72 year old McCain. OMG!Well, McCain does like young beauty queens, now doesn't he.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 7 months ago

T_O_B,Yes, I have been talking about her for months... Just a feeling I guess. ;)The intern thing... I'm packed.Been saving a couple of Double Corona Perdomo Edicion De Silvios just for this occasion.Think she'll smoke my cigar?

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slappedyomomma 5 years, 7 months ago

"If Obama doesn't win it will be for one reason: America will show itself to be the most racist country on earth."...........................wow, that isn't presumptuous, is it? i have a better one for you Spacehog...if McCain/Palin don't win, America is the most SEXIST country on earth. because if you don't vote for them, then you hate women. and there are more women in America than African-Americans.what a completely skewed and idiotic statement you made. because it wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that BHO/Biden are the 1st and 3rd most liberal senators based on their voting record. while the Repub. party nominates a senator that has been known to vote against his party and a woman VP nominee that does the same, all while exposing corruption in her own party.who do you think more accurately reflects the views of this country? the extreme leftists or those that are closer to the middle (even if they are on the right)?McCain/Palin will win in Nov. as more people realize that BHO hasn't even taken a solid position on most of the important issues.BTW, who would have thought that it would be the Repub. party that will nominate the first WOMAN to be VP? i bet that Hillary is p*ssed off!!! BHO should have picked HRC, as he would have run away with the election...

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Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Two Real Men vs. G.I. Joe and The Barbie Doll (and their clearly indicated slogan, "Insane and Pain, and then pray for rain).

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The_Original_Bob 5 years, 7 months ago

R-II got us unpaid intern positions at a McCain/Palin campaign center in downtown Gary, Indiana. I'll pick you up after work. We have to start somewhere.Sidenote - You've been talking about her for months. Do you know something the rest of us don't?

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

Ag makes this stunning announcement at 9:49 this morning:"- Sen. John McCain picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate on GOP ticket for White House, CNN learns."Ummm, Ag, that was out when I got out of bed about 3 hours earlier. Wean yourself off of CNN.

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outdoor55 5 years, 7 months ago

2002,I'm not sure why everyone is afraid of higher taxes with Obama. How much have we spent on Iraq. I'm pretty sure America would be better off with the talented men and women that were killed in Iraq if they were still alive. Higher taxes and Govt. involvement already happened. Obama would actaully help the middle class which is what most of us are anyway.

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artwhore 5 years, 7 months ago

actually president obama does write many of his own speachesthis is a very well known fact.

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2002 5 years, 7 months ago

So, America is racist if it doesn't want to vote for massive tax increases, increased spending and increased government involvement in every part of our lives? It isn't about skin color at all! It's about the most liberal ticket the Democrats have put up since Jimmy Carter or maybe ever and take it from me moderate Democrats hate it.

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Gootsie 5 years, 7 months ago

I love that we think alike! I'm in good (sick) company! I never thought about what I was getting into when I signed up for short term disability at work! OH NO!

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sgtwolverine 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm interested in tuning out as much of the obnoxious politics as I can until a couple days before the election.

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blue73harley 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey Gootsie, me and the wife were just talking about the DNC/D&C thing last night. Here at work, we talk about STD...which is now a corporate acronym for Short Term Disability. Go figure.

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Gootsie 5 years, 7 months ago

Good grief - now I understand what you are saying. No, it doesn't remind me of it! When someone SAYS (speaks) DNC, it sounds like....oh never mind. I am sick, you are right.

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jonas 5 years, 7 months ago

duplenty: You might consider the possibility that you're somewhat overreacting, though.

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duplenty 5 years, 7 months ago

Um, gootise, nobody. But saying that the DNC reminds you of a D&C is not only stupid, it's kinda sick.

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autie 5 years, 7 months ago

Sarah Palin? she is kind of cute. but how could grandpa pick someone who has filed a lawsuit against the federal government? That might take a really good bit of spin. Oh, just forget about those silly old polar bears..they can take care of themselves just fine.

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Gootsie 5 years, 7 months ago

"Please, please pick Lieberman or Romney, please! Do it!" - duplentyOh never mind. I see now. He didn't pick your people. You are forgiven.

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Gootsie 5 years, 7 months ago

"Does anyone else find it awful that they call it the DNC? Makes me think of D&C every time:."Uh, that says a hell of a lot more about you than it does the DNC:."Wow - who peed in your flakes this morning, duplenty?

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

-- Sen. John McCain picks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate on GOP ticket for White House, CNN learns.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 7 months ago

Palin it is......looks like someone's trying to get the female vote! Just think, Hilary's not going to get to be the first female President. That honor will go to Palin when McCain passes in office.

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PapaB 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm interested, because I care about who will lead our country, dem or rep. It'll most likely be Palin because she's young & attractive, filling some major voids in McCain's campaign. It'll also spark interest in his campaign as people look at what she has done.Honestly, Romney would be the best choice for America, since McCain could spontaneously combust any minute and Romney is the most qualified to run a country. He's just not young enough in comparison to McCain and too many people still misunderstand mormonism.

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schula 5 years, 7 months ago

R.I. -- get your plane ticket!

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ChristmasCarol 5 years, 7 months ago

Not really, they all believe the same thing no matter what. Strange. I read of cloning and things in Isaac Asimov Books like Foundation series but I never imagined there were a bunch of people that could recite all the same things.

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kansas778 5 years, 7 months ago

Scott, whether he writes his own speeches or not, I'm sure Obama could write them. Where though, is the praise of his substance? What policies are really wowing people? Paris Hilton still has a better energy policy than Obama does...

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duplenty 5 years, 7 months ago

"Does anyone else find it awful that they call it the DNC? Makes me think of D&C every time:."Uh, that says a hell of a lot more about you than it does the DNC....

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Gootsie 5 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone else find it awful that they call it the DNC? Makes me think of D&C every time....

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Agnostick 5 years, 7 months ago

Watching the news this morning as I was getting ready for the day, the following PVs (potential veeps) are out: Joe Lieberman Tim Pawlenty Mitt RomneyThe two names that are supposedly still in the running: Sarah Palin* Tom RidgeI could vote for McCain-Ridge a lot sooner than I could vote for McCain-PalinI fear with Palin on the ticket, the campaign would quickly morph into the "Track & Trig Show."Agnostickagnostick@excite.comhttp://www.uscentrist.orghttp://marciaford.blogspot.com

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autie 5 years, 7 months ago

mustbhiorlo, good one. the brain runs faster than the fingers..Al Gore, Al Kapp, Al a carte, aljeezra...pick one.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years, 7 months ago

This is the way I see it.McCain/Palin ticket wins, McCain croaks in office, Palin is sworn in,...I'm on the first plane to D.C. as the 40 year old intern.

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scott3460 5 years, 7 months ago

"Clearly this man's ability to read a teleprompter full of someone else's writing means he will be the greatest president ever"Except it's been widely reported that he wrote it himself. Even so, typical republican nonsense, if you cannot attack the substance, make a big deal of some small detail. Obama handed Grampy his lunch last night. Those who watched it last night know that. But you keep clinging to your thought that he's just a teleprompter reader.

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75x55 5 years, 7 months ago

"I think the hope of this nation is on Obama, last time we had this good of a leader was JFK."My, people must be flyin' today. You mean "JFK", the social and economic conservative, noted philanderer, who firmly entrenched us in Vietnam (via assassination approval), and nearly got us into a nuclear war?Now THAT's great leadership!

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Eybea Opiner 5 years, 7 months ago

whatupdown wrote: "Obama could be the greatest leader we've had in decades."The man has been in the U.S. Senate for approximately 400 - 500 days; about two years of work in the private sector. He has no particular qualifications for President, other than he's clean and articulate (thanks, Joe Biden). His own VP candidate said, then affirmed, that he was unready to be President.He is the most liberal of all Senators, which puts him, in his voting and his philosophy, nearly as far away from the vast majority of Americans that one can be. He is a man who entered into a land scheme with a crook for who knows what kind of pay-back. He is a man who, for 25 years, attended, and apparently ascribed to the tenets, of a church which preached the most hateful, racist drivel imaginable. When he came in the public eye, however, he threw his former compadres under the bus.No way is this guy anywhere close to being even a marginal leader, let alone a great leader.

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mustbhiorlo 5 years, 7 months ago

autie when you say "they will al support" you were referring to Al Gore right?

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autie 5 years, 7 months ago

Jonas, I believe the wingnut contingent is secured no matter who the choice is. They will al support the Republican conservative simply because of the name, Republican conservative. Since it appears that some are convinced that McCain would die of natural causes if elected, I hope his choice is not Ronald McDonald. That'd be great though, the new technology would focus on running our cars on hamburgers.

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woodenfleaeater 5 years, 7 months ago

kansas778all presidents have speech writers. That is why George W. can't pronounce some of the words in his speeches.....they are too long and have to many syllables

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duplenty 5 years, 7 months ago

"I just don't know what do to about Obama's weakness on morality issues."I pretty sure that you can't legislate morality."I used to vote exclusively pro-life"Anyone who votes exclusively on one issue is, well, none too bright.

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invictus 5 years, 7 months ago

It's important McCain could die during his Presidency. I think Mitt would be a good pick. It would be a historic moment for the Mormons and our country. These people have been marginalized and demonized throughout our nations history. Or maybe Condi Rice. She is an African-American with substance as opposed to the stuffed suit Obama.

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monkeyspunk 5 years, 7 months ago

Good job spacehog on breaking out "racism" only three posts into the thread.So, if we elect Obama, he got elected in spite of how racist a country we are. If he doesn't get elected then we are the most racist country in the world? Are you sh__ting me?If you think the US is the most racist country in the world, black president or not, you should probably either get out more or travel abroad to places other than Western Europe.The fact is, if Obama doesn't get elected, it won't be about how racist the country is, it will be about how racist a very large segment of the DEMOCRATIC party is. Think Dixie.Personally I think Obama will win, mostly because what OldEnough described as the "feel good" vote.

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Tom Shewmon 5 years, 7 months ago

I think Obama needs to fire some staffers and maybe even his campaign manager with the news of Gov. of Alaska, Sarah Palin---hottie and a great governor. Obama, whatcha think now? Change? Looks like you need to be making some quick. Too bad the past four days hoopla and excitement just disappeared like a f*rt in a windstorm.This is a game changer.....will be watching those polls.

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Bob Forer 5 years, 7 months ago

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

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whatupdown 5 years, 7 months ago

I think the hope of this nation is on Obama, last time we had this good of a leader was JFK. Obama is pres leader type and McCain; not a bit, we need an investagation to see which one of Obama's kids paid this McCain guy to run (crawl) aganist Daddy. By the way I've always leaned Rep in the past but I'm not brain dead, my only fear is the Secert Service keeping Obama safe. Obama could be the greatest leader we've had in decades.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 7 months ago

I'm likely voting McCain, but truly doubt that he has a chance. He seems to be following the old model: secure the religious vote and win; which I don't think will work this time around. Too many of us religious voters are being influenced by the scars left behind by W. While I am able to differentiate between McCain and W (brain vs. brainless), I think a lot will buy into Obama's "more of the same" mantra and vote Obama.I have to admit... part of me just wants to say "I voted for our first black president when I had the chance". It just seems it would feel good to do that. I just don't know what do to about Obama's weakness on morality issues. He wants to put porn on autopilot, which is a major issue for me.I used to vote exclusively pro-life, but that's beginning to feel like a wasted vote. The most conservative justices have indicated very little desire to reverse the 35 year old ruling.

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terrapin2 5 years, 7 months ago

kansas778-At least he can read and speak, unlike our current president .

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mustbhiorlo 5 years, 7 months ago

Whoever he picks will be young and have a good memory, to equal out McCain's old age and lack of a memory.

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hawkperchedatriverfront 5 years, 7 months ago

Bring on a woman , McCAin, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard.

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spacehog 5 years, 7 months ago

They say in your Father's house there's many mansions. Each one of 'em got a fire-proof floor.-Bob Dylan

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kansas778 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, didn't you all see Obama's speech? Or any of his speeches for that matter. Clearly this man's ability to read a teleprompter full of someone else's writing means he will be the greatest president ever. And anyone that disagrees is a racist.

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 7 months ago

There may be greater concerns than his vice president choice.McCain need to bring on someone who remembers how many house John McCain has.John McCain needs to bring on someone who can remind John McCain what his positions on sex education have been instead of saying whatever GW Bush supports.John McCain has been exhibiting memory problems of late which is not uncommon for people of his age in which Reagan had problems. Pres Reagan would fall asleep in meetings.But McCain's age is no joke. He will turn 72 on Friday and would be halfway to 73 if elected and sworn in on January 20. That would make him the oldest first-term President ever, two years older than Ronald Reagan. He has survived four skin cancers (melanomas), including one in 2000 that was classified as Stage IIa.McCain is two years older than his father was when he died suddenly of a heart attack at 70. He is 11 years older than his grandfather was when he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 61.The United States cannot afford the risk that McCain would die suddenly in the middle of an international crisis.Nor can we afford the risk of dementia. 22% of Americans over 70 are affected by mild cognitive impairment, while 13% of Americans over 65 have Alzheimer's. Ronald Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's at age 83, but early signs were evident during his first term. Britain's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher developed dementia at age 75.McCain has never had an Alzheimer's test, even though he has 6 of the 10 warning signs , including his inability to remember recent facts like the number of homes he owns, the $1M lawsuit he filed in 1990, or the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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blue73harley 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes. After Obama's choice of Biden and a nearly flawless acceptance speech (IMHO), McCain is going to have a hard time winning this. His choice of VP better be good. And he better start talking about the issues rather than running the scare ads about Obama. It ain't working.

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spacehog 5 years, 7 months ago

Good luck, labmonkey. If Obama doesn't win it will be for one reason: America will show itself to be the most racist country on earth. Evidently you didn't watch the DNC. Nothing can top that and no one is a better man to try and repair all the damage that Dick Cheney and his puppet George have done.

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jonas 5 years, 7 months ago

I just hope that he's not a choice in order to properly secure the wingnut contingent. I doubt I'd be able to vote for him, then.

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labmonkey 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, I would like to see who is going to be our vice president come January.

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