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USA PRESIDENCY CANDIDATE. - McCain
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20.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 01 Apr 2008 Tue 12:57 am

CLINTON UNDER FIRE
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/dan_kennedy/2008/03/clinton_under_fire.html

21.       girleegirl
5065 posts
 01 Apr 2008 Tue 02:46 am

Quoting Roswitha:

CLINTON UNDER FIRE
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/dan_kennedy/2008/03/clinton_under_fire.html


Deja vu. You already posted this Ros....on the Obama thread.

22.       catwoman
8933 posts
 01 Apr 2008 Tue 03:01 am

Quoting girleegirl:

Quoting Roswitha:

CLINTON UNDER FIRE
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/dan_kennedy/2008/03/clinton_under_fire.html


Deja vu. You already posted this Ros....on the Obama thread.


lol lol lol lol lol

23.       KeithL
1455 posts
 01 Apr 2008 Tue 04:13 am

Quoting Elisabeth:

I must have missed it....but I am so confused about who to vote for...all my favorites are gone and the Texas primaries are Tuesday! I guess I will get out the old dart board...and just hope for the best!



I think that all 3 candidates left will be much better at crossing party lines to do the right thing. McCain certainly has and he has a long history of doing it. I know who I will be voting for but any of the 3 are a much better step back into the World Community for the US.

24.       Roswitha
4132 posts
 14 Oct 2008 Tue 10:35 pm

How the West could be won

How could the Republicans boast about their liberal values and their record in government when public funds are currently being used to fill the black hole created by US banks? Most Americans are in sour mood, as rising energy prices reduce their purchasing power, already affected by the credit crunch and the wage freeze.

 

 

So the Republicans have decided to change the subject and talk about patriotism, authenticity and attachment to “traditional values”. Faced with Barack Obama’s life story and the prospect of a historic breakthrough, they came up with their own stories: Sarah Palin, mother of five, governor of Alaska, wife of a champion snow-machine racer; and John McCain, American hero, who bombed Vietnam and spent five years in captivity there. And a new slogan, “Country first”. (Does that mean the Democrats put country last?)

Four years ago, despite a poor economic and diplomatic performance (a recession and the disastrous war in Iraq), President Bush won a second term stressing his religious faith and playing on fears of terrorism, abortion and homosexual marriage. And he could always rely on the abiding – and frequently justified – public resentment of the intellectual, artistic and technocratic elite who generally support the Democrats.

This year, McCain may be acting the gentleman but his supporters on the National Review added an old spice to the Republican recipe which, they hope, has lost none of its sting: “After college, Obama has an affluent white girlfriend who loves and wants to marry him. She brings him to visit her family, who warmly accepts him. Obama is attached to the girl and respects the family’s deep cultural heritage, but he eventually dumps her because she is not black. He feels that if he marries her he will ultimately be assimilated into a foreign white culture, a fate that is unacceptable to him” (1). Such a ploy may work, even at a time of economic meltdown. Speaking about Obama at the Democratic convention in Denver in August, the AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer confessed to delegates from Michigan: “A lot of white voters… and quite frankly a lot of union voters believe he’s the wrong race”.

The senator for Illinois is said to be too cold, too intellectual, too foreign (and too popular with foreigners), too leftwing, too inexperienced, too black. Asked by a journalist why he isn’t further ahead in the polls given the unpopularity of Bush and his party, Obama responded: “The Republicans don’t govern very well but sure know how to campaign”. ( He seems to have decided not to complain but fight back. The financial crisis offers a good line of attack: McCain openly supports deregulation and just a short while ago the Republicans advocated that federal pension schemes should be privatised and quoted on the stock exchange.

The Democratic response is more tactical, more carefully targeted. The presidential election is being won state by state. Many, including some key states – California, New York, Illinois, Texas, etc – are already in one camp or the other. But the Republican West seems to be wavering. That is where Obama has chosen to fight.

It will not be an easy ride. Driving from Kansas to Colorado, you see an array of hoardings such as “Abortion stops a beating heart” or “Accept Jesus Christ as your saviour and you shall be saved, or regret it forever”. Kansas is of course famous for religious fundamentalists campaigning against Darwin being taught in schools – but you can argue that Kansas isn’t yet the true West. When you reach Bozeman, Montana, however, a baby on a blue background is still exhorting drivers to “Take my hand, not my life”.

 http://mondediplo.com/2008/10/01howthewest

 

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