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Biden, Muzzle off, Says Of McCain: He Never Gives Up

November 1, 2008

The muzzle is off.

Joe Biden stopped by a local burger joint for late night take-out, but wound up taking 12 minutes of questions from national reporters who haven’t been able to talk to the Delaware Senator since a flight to Kalispell, MT on September 7th.

By Aaron Bruns, Fox News 

So did the gaffe-prone VP nominee feel pressure from the campaign not to talk to the press?

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., ... 
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., scratches his head while speaking during his Road to Change bus tour across Ohio at Lima High School in Lima, Ohio Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.(AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero)

“If I’m muzzled, I don’t know,” Biden said. “I’ve done 200 interviews. I’ve been doing, you know, half a dozen to a dozen satellite feeds everyday. I’m doing shows, I mean, so, no one said anything to me about it.”

Biden told the small media throng inside the classic Lima diner that while he feels good, he expects a tight race.

This election is going to be a lot closer than everybody thinks it is,” Biden said. “I think it’s going to be close in Florida, it’s going to be close here, it’s going to be close in Missouri, I think it’s going to close – I don’t think it will be that close in Pennsylvania, I feel very good about Pennsylvania.”

“I think it’s going to be close in North Carolina, um, you know, Virginia feels really good but, you know, it ain’t till it happens,” he laughed. “We’re going everywhere. Montana, Arizona, I mean we’re everywhere we can be.”

McCain, he said, isn’t going away quietly. “One of the things I’ve admired about John, and I’ve considered him — why I’ve considered him a friend. He does, he never gives up,” said Biden. “I just hope when it’s over, win or lose, you walk up and you shake hands and say John, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The VP nominee said he’s glad to hear that McCain is closing out his TV campaign with a positive ad. “I hope John ends this campaign with his strength,” he said. ” I think it’s just not a good thing to, win or lose it’s not a good thing to end in sort of this tough environment. No matter what.”

As for his relationship with the man he calls a good friend? “I hope it’s intact,” he said.” John and I haven’t had a chance to speak. We have not had a chance to speak.”

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John McCain vows to fight to the finish in Defiance, Ohio

October 31, 2008

The looming prospect of defeat in the US presidential election is bringing out the best in Senator John McCain, who on Thursday chose a town named Defiance to make a spirited vow to fight to the end of the campaign.

By Alex Spillius in Defiance, Ohio
The Telegraoh (UK)
Starting a two-day bus tour of Ohio, which the Republicans must win to have a chance of taking the White House in next week’s election, Mr McCain was given a rousing reception by a crowd of several thousand standing in freezing temperatures outside the town’s high school.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ... 
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., uses finger quotes while speaking about Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during a rally at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008.(AP Photo/David Richard)

“We need to win Ohio on November 4 and with your help we are going to!” roared Mr McCain. “But I need your energy, your enthusiasm. We need you working for the next five days, we need to fight, we need to fight for this country.”

Trailing by an average of six to seven points in the polls, the 72-year-old Arizona senator noted that the last president to win the White House without winning Ohio was John F Kennedy in 1960.

Like Hillary Clinton in the primaries, the Vietnam war veteran is showing his best form under the greatest pressure. And like the former First Lady, whose supporters McCain has had limited success wooing, he came out to the theme tune from Rocky, the ultimate underdog’s song.

Mr McCain lauded the achievements of Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, for succeeding in revealing to the nation that Senator Barack Obama believed in “spreading the wealth around”. In an awkward moment, he asked Joe to stand up and enjoy the audience’s appreciation, only to realise that he wasn’t there.

“Well, you are all Joe the Plumber!” Mr McCain told the laughing crowd, recovering quickly. “Wherever you are, Joe, let’s give him a round of applause for what he has done for America.”

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Bush defiantly defends war in Iraq

March 20, 2008
By BEN FELLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Bush defiantly defended the Iraq war Wednesday as U.S. troops began a sixth year of combat in the long and costly conflict that has dominated his presidency. Bush conceded the war has been harder and more expensive than anticipated but insisted it has all been necessary to keep Americans safe.
President George W. Bush speaks at the Pentagon in Washington ... 

President George W. Bush speaks at the Pentagon in Washington March 19, 2008 on the fifth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion in Iraq.(Jason Reed/Reuters)

Protesters marked the anniversary of the U.S. invasion with demonstrations near the White House and in other cities, though they seemed to lack the fervor of those that preceded the war.

Bush, in a speech at the Pentagon, offered some of his boldest assessments of progress and said the war’s legacy is absolute: “The world is better, and the United States of America is safer.”

A war-weary country isn’t nearly so convinced.

The majority of people think the invasion was a mistake, polls show. However, Americans are more split about how the war is going and when U.S. troops should be pulled home, as reduced violence in Iraq has begun to influence the public view.

Almost 4,000 U.S. military members have died, and more than 29,000 have been wounded. The cost is $500 billion and counting.

“No one would argue that this war has not come at a high cost in lives and treasure,” Bush said. “But those costs are necessary when we consider the cost of a strategic victory for our enemies in Iraq.”

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