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Democrats say McCain can help mediate standoffs

November 6, 2008

Before resting from the grueling presidential race, John McCain began discussing with senior aides what role he will play in the Senate now that he has promised to work with the man who defeated him for president.

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

Democrats, who padded their majorities in the House and Senate, have a suggestion: McCain can mediate solutions to partisan standoffs on key legislation as he did to help avert a constitutional meltdown over judicial confirmations in 2005.

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain gestures during his speech concession speach to Democrat Barack Obama during his election night rally on November 4, 2008 in McCain’s home town of Phoenix, Arizona. McCain, 72, now faces an uncertain future as the shell-shocked Republicans attempt to regroup with an eye on mid-term elections in 2010 and the next White House race in four years’ time.(AFP/File/Robyn Beck)

“There’s a need for the old John McCain, a leader who worked in a bipartisan way,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday.

GOP leaders, never fond McCain’s independent streak or blunt style, nonetheless are reaching out to keep him in the fold and keep Republican ranks as robust as possible during the next Congress, two knowledgeable GOP officials said on condition they not be named because the conversations were private.

One obvious focus will be the war in Iraq. After two years spent more on the campaign than in the Senate, McCain will return as the ranking Republican on the Armed Services Committee. That will put the four-term Arizona senator in a position to influence Democrat Barack Obama’s plan to set a timetable to withdraw U.S. troops from combat in Iraq.

“That would be good,” Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said in a telephone interview. “I would love to see McCain work with President Obama in dealing with Iraq in a way that Republicans and Democrats could agree on.”

During the campaign, McCain staunchly opposed setting such a time frame, even as the Iraqi government began working with the Bush administration to do so.

But in conceding the presidency to Obama Tuesday night at a Phoenix hotel, McCain pledged “to do all in my power to help him lead us through the many challenges we face.”

He allowed that defeat was disappointing but said that starting Wednesday “we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again.”

Aides said they believed McCain would work well with Obama as president because much of his best work in the Senate had been done with Democrats, including a landmark campaign finance law he crafted with Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold and an unsuccessful effort with Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

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Ten Reasons to vote for McCain

November 3, 2008

10) Mr. McCain is much, much funnier than Barack Obama. But then, almost everyone is.

(9) Mr. McCain is a passionate patriot who has always been, and will always be, guided by what he thinks is best for America. He can trace his ancestry back to an officer on Gen. George Washington’s staff and his family has served the nation nobly in war and peace ever since. Mr. McCain believes in winning wars.

(8) Mr. McCain’s intimate familiarity with military matters also makes him less biddable by the armed services. He was able, when most others (most notably his opponent) were not, to see that a change of strategy in Iraq – not a retreat – was needed. He brings an informed skepticism to military procurement requests as well.

(7) As he told Rick Warren, Mr. McCain believes there is evil in the world and that it must be confronted. While Michelle Obama and many others seem to think our enemies will purr like kittens once we inaugurate a black man with an Islamic middle name, that is dangerous fantasy. When asked for an example of evil, Mr. McCain mentioned al Qaeda putting explosive vests on two mentally impaired girls and blowing them up by remote control in an Iraqi marketplace. Mr. Obama, whose turn of mind is different, cautioned that the problem is sometimes us: “a lot of evil has been perpetrated based on the claim that we were trying to confront evil.”

(6) Mr. McCain may not be a Ph.D. economist, but he understands that raising taxes and adopting protectionist trade policies will deepen and prolong this recession. Nor would he permit Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to push through the “card check” law – a union-backed measure that would reverse 73 years of labor law in this country by scuttling the secret ballot in union elections. Even George McGovern has denounced this job-killing, freedom-smothering law supported by Mr. Obama. Greater unionization will translate into lost productivity, inflationary pressure, and fewer jobs.

(5) John McCain will try to protect the unborn. Barack Obama is the most radical pro-abortion candidate ever to win a presidential nomination. Mr. Obama has promised to back the Freedom of Choice Act as his first presidential act, which would invalidate all restrictions on abortion at any stage of gestation – and even in cases where babies are born alive after an attempted abortion.

(4) Mr. McCain will employ diplomacy, not worship it. Mr. Obama is deluded about the power of “talks.” In 2007, he proposed, regarding Iran’s nuclear program: “if we are meeting with them, talking to them, and offering them both carrots and sticks, they are more likely to change their behavior.”

(3) John McCain has said his models for good judicial picks are John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Mr. Obama will pick Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich (just kidding, but his choices won’t be far off).

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Is The Maverick a Closer, or a Loser? Is Obama the Messiah? Tuesday We’ll Know!

November 2, 2008

With 48 hours until Election Day, both McCain and Obama camps predict victory but also prepare for a long night.  Many say Barack Obama seems to be the clear winner.  Is Obama the  Messiah?  The Chosen One?  But wait!  The numbers for John McCain are budging and there are still millions of “undecideds.”  Is McCain a closer or a loser? Mickey Mouse and other nuts collected by ACORN probably won’t vote.  But what will happen?

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From Fox News

With just 48 hours to go before Election Day, both camps for John McCain and Barack Obama are predicting victory but also positioning themselves for a long night on Tuesday by noting the polls are tight and potentially fraudulent voter registration will be closely monitored.

The latest Investor’s Business Daily-TechnoMetrica poll out Sunday showed the race with just a 2-point spread, with Obama at 46.7 percent, McCain with 44.6 percent and 8.7 percent of the 844 likely voters still undecided.

McCain’s team points to several other polls showing the race tightening as the nation comes into the home stretch this election season. Campaign manager Rick Davis told “FOX News Sunday” not to discount McCain, who was the underdog in the primaries and came roaring back. He and other McCain surrogates predicted the same will happen on Tuesday.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a
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“Look, this election is moving very quickly. There is no doubt that John McCain is increasing his margins in almost every state in the country right now. And I think that what we’re in for is a slam-bang finish. I mean, it’s going to be wild. I think that we are able to close this campaign,” Davis said.

“Johns a closer, he always has been,” former McCain rival and Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He’s been given up for dead — literally and politically. People have been wrong about him before. He’s in his element now. And he’s feeling good about it. So I would not count him out in any stretch of the imagination. I think the election is yet to be decided.”

But with the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll showing McCain down by 11 points and RealClearPolitics averages dating back 10 days or more, Davis began cherry-picking which polls are accurate.

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., ... 
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and his wife Cindy McCain addresses while walking into a rally at the John Long Center on the campus of the University of Scranton, Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, in Scranton, Pa.(AP Photo/Jimmy May)

The Gallup poll is the most “out of whack with the rest of the country,” he said. “The bottom line is every legitimate poll that has the structure of this race in where the country has been historically has this race closing. It has John McCain on the uptick. It has Barack Obama on the downtick.”

As for the Obama camp, chief strategist David Axelrod told ABC’s “This Week” that the McCain camp is deluding itself into thinking he can stage an historic comeback.

“Well, I mean, I think that he needs to spin some sort of interpretation to keep his troops up. And I understand that. That’s — you know, when you’re at the end of the campaign and things are tilting against you, that’s what you do. I don’t think any objective look at the polls would suggest that,” Axelrod said.

But Axelrod said he is worried about potential new voters not going to the polls because they believe Obama has it wrapped up. But the camp is still celebrating strong early voting numbers, and touting the millions of new voters Obama is bringing to the polls — young people, African Americans and Hispanics who may have never voted before. 

Campaign manager David Plouffe said the Obama team expects at least 130 million voters this election, particularly from states where Democratic registration has increased this year. Plouffe added that Obama is not running a national campaign, he’s focused only on 16 states.

Obama’s chief aide also discounted Davis’ claim that McCain is closing the gap in Pennsylvania, which John Kerry won in 2004; and in Colorado and other states President Bush won in 2004 but are leaning Democratic this year.

“We think we have a decisive edge right now. So John McCain would have to win Election Day by a huge margin to make up those deficits,” Plouffe told “FOX News Sunday.” 

“We do not see the tightening in Pennsylvania that Rick talked about. We’ve campaigned hard in Pennsylvania. We’ve got a great organization. We have 1.2 million more Democrats registered than Republicans. … All of the prime takeaway targets that we’ve been working on for so long we think are in good shape heading to the election. But obviously, we need great turnout on Tuesday,” he continued.

Both sides are also talking about criticism about the voter registration process and how so many millions more people are on the rolls. Plouffe said that any fraud would be investigated, but obvious fraudulent registrants won’t make it into the booth.

“These people aren’t going to vote on Election Day. Mickey Mouse, Tony Roma, are not going to vote,” he said.

But Davis said if there is anything to be concerned about on Election Day, “it’s the manipulation of these voter rolls before the election that’s caused so many problems.”

“We’re not going to stand for it. We think it’s unfortunate. We think it’s sad that they would take this kind of action right before the eve of an election,” he said.

FOX News’ Shannon Bream contributed to this report.

Politically Incorrect: McCain Says It’s O.K. To Make People Mad

November 19, 2007

RINDGE, N.H. (Nov. 18) (AP) – Making people mad is a good thing, presidential hopeful John McCain said Sunday in a speech aimed at playing up the Arizona senator’s outsider reputation.

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“I didn’t seek public office to go along, to get along,” McCain said, trying to remind voters of the “maverick” label that helped him defeat then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in New Hampshire in 2000. “I went to Washington to get something done for the people who sent me there. And since then, I know I’ve made some people angry.”

McCain said Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has done everything she can to land on the popular side of most issues.

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