Archive for the ‘Pennsylvania’ Category

Obama’s Plan To “Bankrupt the coal Industry” Costing Some Voters

November 3, 2008

The two presidential candidates stomped into the other party’s territory Sunday, with Sen. Barack Obama making a run for “red” Ohio, while Sen. John McCain battled to put “blue” Pennsylvania in his column with the aid of automated calls using Mr. Obama’s own words to accuse him of planning to bankrupt the coal industry.

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The Washington Times

The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, targeted voters in Pennsylvania, Ohio and other coal-producing states with “robocalls” saying that “coal jobs, which are so important to our community, are in jeopardy. … Listen to Barack Obama’s plans to bankrupt the coal industry.”

Republican US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks ... 
Republican US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio. White House front-runner Barack Obama dueled with John McCain on the penultimate day of the epic 2008 campaign, presenting a tableau of his loving family and vowing to change America.(AFP/Getty Images/Chris Hondros)

The call then plays an excerpt from a January interview that Mr. Obama gave the San Francisco Chronicle in which he defends his proposal for a cap-and-trade system to limit emissions of carbon dioxide by requiring power plants and others to buy the right to emit the harmful gas.

Listen to Obama’s plans for the coal states.

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted,” he said.

The Obama campaign denounced the RNC calls as taking his quote “wildly” out of context, saying that elsewhere in the interview, Mr. Obama calls the idea of banning coal burning “an illusion.”

“The point Obama is making is that we need to transition from coal-burning power plants built with old technology to plants built with advanced technologies – and that is exactly the action that will be incentivized under a cap-and-trade program,” an Obama spokesman told ABC News.

In a town-hall meeting Sunday night in New Hampshire, where environmentalism is a strong force, Mr. McCain was asked whether he would oppose coal-burning plants that don’t have carbon-sequestration technology.

“I want to tell you that I would, but I can’t,” he said, noting that the technology is still in its infancy and raises the cost of power. He also noted that current coal-burning plants, which are mostly old but provide half of the nation’s electricity, would need to be handled differently under any climate-control rules.

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Pennsylvania Republicans highlight Reverend Wright in last-minute ad

November 2, 2008

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania launched a last-minute television ad that calls attention to Barack Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright looked like such a raving nut when he burst on the scene that Barack Obama, who sat in Wright’s Trinity Church for more than 20 years, was forced to disavow the pastor.  Wright had videos made of his many sermons and in one he shouts “God damn America!”  Even so, John McCain considered the pastor off limits and said so….

Now one state Republican organization has chosen to use Wright in a TV ad….

From CNN

“If you think you could ever vote for Barack Obama, consider this: Obama chose as his spiritual leader this man,” the ad’s narrator says before clips of Wright’s controversial statements are shown.

A new ad from Republicans in Pennsylvania highlights Barack Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 
Above:  A new ad from Republicans in Pennsylvania highlights Barack Obama’s relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

“Does that sound like someone who should be president?” the ad asks.

The retired pastor’s ties to Obama became an issue during the primary season after controversial clips of Wright’s sermons were circulated and widely discussed on the Internet and on television.

Obama later condemned Wright’s remarks and said he would have left his church if his pastor had not retired and had not acknowledged making comments that “deeply offended people.”

Sen. John McCain has repeatedly said he does not believe Obama’s relationship to Wright should be an issue — to the ire of some Republicans who feel it raises questions about the Illinois senator’s judgment.

Gov. Sarah Palin appeared to suggest last month that Wright is a fair issue to raise, but said ultimately it is McCain’s decision.

“[Obama] sat in the pews for 20 years and heard Rev. Wright say some things that most people would find a bit concerning. But again that is John McCain’s call,” Palin told reporters.

The state GOP did not release the extent of the ad buy, but defended airing it.

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In this April 28, 2008 file photo, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., ... 
In this April 28, 2008 file photo, Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., pastor of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ and former pastor of Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addresses a breakfast gathering at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

AP Poll: Obama leads or tied in 8 crucial states

October 29, 2008

Barack Obama now leads in four states won by President Bush in 2004 and is essentially tied with John McCain in two other Republican red states, according to new AP-GfK battleground polling.

The results help explain why the Democrat is pressing his money and manpower advantages in a slew of traditionally GOP states, hoping not just for a win but a transcendent victory that remakes the nation’s political map. McCain is scrambling to defend states where he wouldn’t even be campaigning if the race were closer.

BY Ron Fournier And Trevor Tompson, Associated Press Writers

Less than a week before Election Day, the AP-GfK polls show Obama winning among early voters, favored on almost every issue, benefiting from the country’s sour mood and widely viewed as the winning candidate by voters in eight crucial states — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

“If you believe in miracles,” said GOP consultant Joe Gaylord of Arlington, Va., “you still believe in McCain.”

Despite a mounting chorus of Republicans predicting their nominee’s demise, McCain aides insist their internal surveys show victory is still within reach.

Indeed, polls are mere snapshots of highly fluid campaigns, and this race has been unusually volatile. McCain was written off prematurely last year, and Obama seemed poised for victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary just before Hillary Rodham Clinton thumped him.

Even this close to Election Day, racial tensions and….

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Pennsylvania voters feeling ‘neglected’

March 28, 2008
Carrie Budoff Brown 

PITTSBURGH – After envisioning Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama stumping from one end of the state to the other, dipping into diners and delis, all but taking up residence here in the run-up to the state’s critical April 22 primary, Pennsylvania Democrats are teetering on the edge of a letdown.

Carolyn Eligan from Pittsburgh, waves a flag as Democratic presidential ...
Carolyn Eligan from Pittsburgh, waves a flag as Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., speaks at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum and Memorial in Pittsburgh, Pa., Friday, March 28, 2008. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., D-Pa., announced his endorsement of Obama.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Having seen far less of Clinton and Obama than they had expected and nearing the halfway point between the last contest in Mississippi and their big primary day, they want to know: Where’s the love?

“We feel neglected here,” said Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, who has not yet endorsed a candidate. “People just assumed that, because they had such a long period, they would spend a lot of time in the state.”

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