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McCain says he can't remember the last time he pumped gas! Now I guess he thinks of himself as a ROYAL REPUB, far too good and important to do something as lowly and menial as pump gas for himself, but I also think it's one of the most arrogant statements I've heard come from a politician's mouth since Bush drawled "Bring it on!"


McCain: It doesn't matter that I don't know cost of gas


Senator John McCain said he can't remember the last time he pumped gasoline or the cost of a gallon of a gas in an interview with the Orange County Register earlier this week.

The OC Register's Martin Wisckol asked McCain when he had last pumped his own gas, to which McCain replied:

"Oh, I don’t remember. Now there’s Secret Service protection. But I’ve done it for many, many years. I don’t recall and frankly, I don’t see how it matters," McCain said.

The following is an excerpt from his interview with Wisckol:



ONE MORE WAY MCSAME IS OUT OF TOUCH...AS OUT OF TOUCH AS HIS TWIN W.

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this story along with the current dustup over wesley clarks comments about mccains service record are proving more and more why millions of voters are not going to vote for him.

no. 1 he's a frickin repug................that's a bad enough reason for me to vote against him.

yeah, he was a pow. that fact alone does NOT make him qualified to be president. the repugs are trying to use that though as some sort of prerequisite that gives voters a better choice over obama...........they're frickin wrong..........again.

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yeah, he was a pow. that fact alone does NOT make him qualified to be president.


Are you really a hero if you're captured by the enemy?
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When it comes to qualifications to be prez, the American people don't seem to know what they are....or care.

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When it comes to qualifications to be prez, the American people don't seem to know what they are....or care.


The Constitution lists two: 35 years old and American born citizen. It also lists one that can't be used as a qualification; it says no religious test should be applied. How many voters and politicians ignore that?

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McCain jokes about killing Iranians with cigarettes

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who once sang in jest about bombing Iran, on Tuesday reacted to a report of rising U.S. cigarette exports to the country by saying it may be "a way of killing 'em."

McCain, known for acerbic comments and for sometimes firing verbally from the hip, was responding to a report that U.S. exports to Iran rose tenfold during President George W. Bush's term in office despite hostility between the two states.

A rise in cigarette sales was a big part of that, according to an Associated Press analysis of seven years of U.S. trade figures.

"Maybe that's a way of killing 'em," McCain said to reporters during a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. "I meant that as a joke, as a person who hasn't had a cigarette in 28 years, 29 years," he added, laughing.

He declined further comment on the report.

At a campaign meeting in South Carolina last year the Arizona senator, asked if there is a plan to attack Iran, began his answer with a variation on the lyrics of a well-known pop song, Barbara Ann.

"You know that old Beach Boys song, Bomb Iran?" he said, then sang "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran" before discussing what he considered Iran's serious threat to Israel and international security.


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I like the story about McCain calling Obama's Senate voting record weak, especially on some military bills.

Yet Johnny Rotten misses a hell of a lot more vote, and the thing he bitched about Obama missing a vote on was the same thing Johnny No-Nothing missed a vote on.

He should stop writing his own stuff or else pick people who need to do just a tad bit more search. :roll:

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McCain slips: 'Get those offshore reserves exploited'

Republican presidential candidate John McCain let his tongue get the best of him at a town hall meeting Friday, revealing what critics would say is the true effect of opening US coastlines to drilling he now supports after years of opposing.

"I'll do everything in my power to get those offshore reserves exploited ... um, er, explored, discovered and um..." McCain said, drawing some knowing chuckles from the largely Republican audience.


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I'm beginning to wonder...is McSame really that stupid and in the early stages of "old timer's disease," or is he being quite clever and appealing to the general stupidity of the American populace and making them think that he's "one of us...the type of guy we'd like to have a beer with."

It has worked for George W. Bush for 8 years, after all, and McSame isn't called McSame for nothing. :withstupid:

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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20080711_mccains_past_catches_up_in_the_press/]McCain’s Past Catches Up in the Press
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Along with maintaining the hypervigilance necessary to avoid having one’s gaffes caught on camera and replayed endlessly on YouTube, politicians face a vast array of image-maintenance challenges these days. John McCain encountered a PR problem of the lower-tech variety on Friday, in the form of two newspaper articles focusing on details from his private life that could be gleaned from plain ol’ public records.

The first, from The New York Times, deals with a potential legal issue regarding McCain’s American citizenship based on the location of his birth as well as the laws in place at the time. The second, from the Los Angeles Times, looks at the timing of and fallout from the early stages of relationship with his current wife, Cindy, which apparently overlapped with the last months of his marriage to his first wife, Carol—contradicting McCain’s account of those events in his 2002 memoir. Grist for the gossip mill, perhaps, but these stories touch on two key issues that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee will have to grapple with during the run-up to the November election in order to appease his conservative base: immigration and family values.

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The secret hidden within John McCain's campaign schedule

Yesterday morning the presumptive presidential nominee of the Republican Party flew from Omaha to Kansas City, Mo., for a town hall meeting at Union Station in late morning, and a series of local media interviews, of course, and he left Kansas City right after lunch for -- where else? -- Muskegon, Mich.

No, really. Muskegon, Mich.

At dinnertime he arrived near there in Ferrysburg, Mich., for a 105-minute fundraiser before flying to Detroit to sleep.

Today, he'll visit a General Motors technical center there for a tour and another town hall meeting with employees to be captured for eternity on camera, more local media interviews, of course, and a lunchtime fundraiser before flying out to New York to do another media interview.

And then comes the day's publicity moment, the Big Event, the taping of a priceless national TV interview for "Late Night With Conan O'Brien," the next Jay Leno, if there can be such a thing. An opportunity to be good-natured for a lot of younger voters.

Tomorrow, in New York City, McCain will do more media interviews before ...

... attending the real reason for getting up on a summer Saturday, two more fundraisers on Long Island, N.Y.

He'll sleep then in yet another hotel room and move on to somewhere else for, you'll never guess, more local media interviews with the same familiar sets of questions (his VP pick, Iraq, the economy), which he'll professionally act like he never heard before and answer with practiced straight-talk sincerity.

It's a mind-deadening grind for all involved, though all that the mildly attentive July world will see and possibly process for maybe voting on Nov. 4 are snippets of his answers on TV somewhere while it munches chips or veggies.

So what to make of McCain's oh-so-familiar routine?

Yes, good point, he does seem to be hopscotching all over. His campaign days sure don't start at dawn with morning shows. And there are the ubiquitous media interviews, as always.

They're free, after all. And though he can speak to 200 potential voters at a town hall, he can more efficiently reach hundreds of thousands through film of that session and media interviews afterward with slightly-starry-eyed local reporters, some of whom will secretively ask for autographs despite their outward objectivity.

Give you a hint. Follow the money.

Just 3 1/2 months out from the presidential election, McCain's national campaign schedule is being driven by the quest for money, not by the hunt for votes in 50 individual state elections. All right, every campaign says it's gonna compete everywhere. But they don't.


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....McCain's national campaign staff is slightly less than half the size of the 800-plus-person behemoth behind Barack Obama who, some estimate, is burning through more than $40 million a month. That takes some of the shine off the $52 million he reported raising in June.

And remember, Obama's money, while seemingly plentiful every month, must last through to election day. McCain's need only endure until the Republican convention Sept. 1-4, when his $82 million in federal funding gets delivered.

Still, the Republican candidate, of all people, devoting so much time to scrounging money instead of votes this close to Nov. 4, is an ominous sign in the eyes of many professional strategists
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Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post Publishes McCain’s Rejected, Error-Filled Op-Ed

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The New York Times editorial staff recently rejected an op-ed by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), which responded to a one published last week by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). The Times said Obama’s article “worked” because it offered “new information” and that they would be “pleased” to “look at another draft” from McCain.

While the Times wanted something “new” from McCain, the New York Post — owned by Rupert Murdoch — has no problem republishing McCain campaign talking points — even if they’re not totally accurate. Today, the Post published McCain’s rejected article in its entirety. From McCain’s Post op-ed:

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In 2007, he wanted to withdraw because he thought the war was lost. If we’d taken his advice, the war would have been lost. Now he wants to withdraw because he thinks Iraqis no longer need our assistance.

To make this point, he mangles the evidence. He makes it sound as if Maliki has endorsed his timetable - when the Iraqi prime minister has merely said that he’d like a plan for the eventual withdrawal of US troops at some unspecified future point.


The inconvenient truth for McCain’s piece is that Maliki (and more recently his spokesman) did endorse Obama’s timetable in a recent interview with Der Spiegel:

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“US presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.”


But McCain didn’t stop there, offering a baseless attack on Obama, claiming that he “doesn’t want to hear” what “the commanders on the ground” in Iraq “have to say.” Obama heard what they had to say just yesterday.
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So McWarSameBush once again proves why he shouldn't be president.

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DID MCSAME JOKE ABOUT WOMEN WANTING TO BE RAPED?

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AND NOW...MCSAME PICKS SARAH PALIN, THE GOVERNOR OF ALASKA FOR HIS VP RUNNING MATE. SHE'S CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR ABUSE OF OFFICE!


[url=http://rawstory.com/news/2008/CNBC_McCain_picks_Alaska_governor_as_0829.html]Palin currently being investigated for abuse of office
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The Associated Press reports, "More recently, she has come under the scrutiny of an investigation by the Republican-controlled legislature into the possibility that she ordered the dismissal of Alaska's public safety commissioner because he would not fire her former brother-in-law as a state trooper."

The commissioner, Walt Monegan, was fired on July 11, because Palin "wanted to take the department in a new direction," according to Bloomberg. "Monegan than alleged that he had been pressured to fire state trooper Mike Wooten, who was married to Palin's sister and was involved in a contentious divorce, according to the Anchorage Daily News."

The Bloomberg story continues, "Palin has denied any wrongdoing. The state Legislature voted on July 28 to hire an independent investigator to probe whether Palin, her family or members of her administration had pressured Monegan to fire Wooten, according to the Daily News."

"Palin hasn't been implicated in the four-year-old federal corruption investigation, which has resulted in convictions of or guilty pleas from three state legislators, Murkowski's former chief of staff and two executives of an oil-services company, as well as the indictment of Senator Ted Stevens," Bloomberg's report concludes.

Last month a Democratic official told the Wall Street Journal that Palin was facing possible impeachment.

"This is a governor who was almost impervious to error," Hollis French, a Democratic state senator told the Journal. "Now she could face impeachment, in a worst-case scenario
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ONE MORE REASON JOHN MCCAIN SHOULD NOT BE THE NEXT POTUS: SARAH PALIN, HIS RUNNING MATE!

[url=http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20080831_running_a_nobody/?ln]Running a Nobody


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Dan Conley in the Political Wire:

Now that she’s the VP nominee, Palin will just assume all of John McCain’s positions on foreign and domestic policies. It’s what a VP candidate always does. But in this case, when she has never been asked to express her opinions or her thinking behind those views, we’re left with a terrifying national scenario—if John McCain were to die shortly after taking office, we would elevate someone to the Presidency who could be in support of anything ... fill in the blank.

If the McCain campaign is being truthful and did in fact vet Palin fully, then they are guilty of hiding Palin. Unlike other longshot candidates like Bobby Jindal, she was kept off the campaign trail and away from the Sunday talk circuit. What they’ve done is taken the well-developed GOP strategy for Supreme Court justices ... drop them into Circuit Court slots shortly before tapping them for the top job ... to avoid a paper trail which could cause a public backlash.

This strategy is cynical, undemocratic and frankly, unpatriotic. Americans have a right to know who they are elevating to the Presidency. The McCain campaign is using Gov. Palin for tactical political gain with no regard for the voters’ right to select a candidate who they know and trust.



I don't know about that "trust" word when it comes to any politician, but choosing a complete UNKNOWN as a running mate for a 72 year old presidential candidate is incredibly irresponsible, even for a Repub, and shows that McSame is not capable of good judgement.

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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20080902_mccain_wanted_lieberman_but_chose_a_question_mark/?ln]McCain Wanted Lieberman, but Chose a Question Mark
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As little as two days before he made his VP announcement, John McCain wanted to pick friend and Democratic turncoat Joe Lieberman, according to a report in The New York Times. But as in so many other decisions in his campaign, the alleged maverick caved to the far right of his party, which threatened to sink a McCain-Lieberman ticket at the convention. In the end he chose a woman he barely knew.

Although Team McCain insists it did a thorough job of vetting the Alaska governor, the planeloads of Republicans on their way to Wasilla tell a different story, as do the headlines, many more of which are sure to come.

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Sen. McCain’s selection of Gov. Palin as his vice presidential running mate was a defensive ploy to confuse the Russians and others, because Gov. Palin lives close to Russia she understands this necessity, consequently, Republicans will question the patriotism of anyone who mentions this episode again.

In a do-over, happily, Sen. McCain has identified four new vice presidential candidates. Eliot Spitzer and John Edwards are in the running and promise to “use their heads in the future.” Ex-Pakistani President Perez Musharraf would be a good VP who has a lot of free time. There may be a few problems with this selection, vetting will take place after the election sometime in 2009 or 2010. Housing inspector Trailor Trashh who lives in Mouse Burger, ND, pop. 99, really understands the housing problems because the one new house built five years ago is in foreclosure, he lives close to Canada which gives him international experience and he may have been a cook in the ND National Guard.

FLASH: The candidates listed above are just decoys to throw off the media. The person Sen. McCain will announce as his new VP choice will come out of the blue just like Gov. Palin did. Sen. McCain has his eye on a hot Hooter’s girl who he really wants to hug and feels is his soul-mate, Sen. McCain hopes that Cindy understands.
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