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 Post subject: Obama meets oilman, funder of '04 'Swift Boat' attacks
PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:32 am 
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Obama meets oilman, funder of '04 'Swift Boat' attacks

White House hopeful Barack Obama talked energy policy on Sunday with T. Boone Pickens, a billionaire oil investor who funded the "Swift Boat" attacks on Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004.

Pickens, a lifelong Republican, has endorsed neither his party's candidate, Arizona Sen. John McCain, nor Democrat Obama in the November 4 election and wants to make energy a top campaign issue.

He has advocated a plan to cut U.S. oil use by converting cars to run on natural gas.

Pickens funded efforts in 2004 by a group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which sought to discredit Kerry's military service in Vietnam. The Massachusetts senator's initially tepid response to the attacks was partially credited for his loss to President George W. Bush.

Obama brushed off Pickens' past at the start of a meeting that the Texas energy tycoon requested on Sunday.


At least Obama is talking to those who would seek to discredit him....

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:09 pm 
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Catherine wrote:
At least Obama is talking to those who would seek to discredit him....


Pickens must now be considered a traitor among fellow oilmen since he is pushing for other forms of energy. I have seen a steady stream of TV ads where he advocates wind power for 20% of domestic electricity, something that would be good for the country but bad for oil company profit levels. He seems savy and has the entire thing laid out at http://www.pickensplan.com/ .

All that said; the Switftboat attacks were unconscionable. They were designed to tip the balance of the election to allow the stealing of 2004 not really the winning.

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