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The closer: McCain's 'Foreign Policy Alert'

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Posted January 2, 2008 1:36 PM
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By Jim Tankersley

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) isn't playing heavily in Iowa, though he'll make a cameo caucus-eve appearance tonight. He's spent the week in New Hampshire, where he's increasingly framing the presidential race in national security terms and questioning opponent Mitt Romney's foreign policy fitness.

McCain's central argument is that his military service and Senate tenure qualify him uniquely in the presidential field to handle the global terrorism threat. In town hall meetings he often punctuates his remarks with references to a foiled terror plot in Great Britain and the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan last week.

McCain is a Vietnam veteran who was held as a prison of war after his plane was shot down. In the Senate, he's been one of the most consistent champions of the Iraq war. He advocated a so-called troop "surge" strategy long before President Bush adopted it, a strategy he tells crowds is now bringing down violence in Iraq and putting al Qaeda "on the run."

In a pair of Web videos this week, McCain has contrasted his foreign policy background with Romney, a former Massachusetts governor whom polls show neck and neck with McCain in New Hampshire. He's mocked Romney's recent statements that when it comes to the White House "if we want somebody who has a lot of experience in foreign policy we can simply go to the State Department."

"Is he serious?" the latest Web ad, released today, asks. " We live in a dangerous world. And these are serious times. America needs a President who is serious about foreign policy. John McCain is he one man prepared to lead America in a time of crisis."

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Why would anyone in their right mind vote for this creepy old man?

McCain committed the worst political sin possible, he got trashed by the Bush/Rove slime machine in 2000 and instead of sticking to his guns he cut and ran to the Bush teams side.

George W Bush = John McCain


"IT'S LATE NIGHT MR. FLIP FLOPPER LIVE ON DAVID LETTERMAN"

Yes, John Absentee Senator from Arizona confirms again that he is RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY.

YES, HE HAS FLIPPED FLOPPED ON IMMIGRATION. YES HE HAS FLIPPED FLOPPED ON IMMIGRATION REFORM. YES, HE HAS FLIPPED FLOPPED ON TORTURE, AND MOST OF ALL hE HAS STOOD FOR NO OVERSIGHT OF HIS OWN PARTY. HE ALLOWED A STRANGER TO CALL ONE OF HIS COLLEAGUES A BITCH AND GO UNCHECKED. NOT EVEN A BUM ON THE STREET ALLOWS ANOTHER BUM ON THE STREET TO CALL HIS FRIEND A BITCH.

THAT'S NOT A MAN, THAT IS A REAL B IN MY POLITICAL SATIRE BOOK.

JOHN MCCAIN IS TOO OLD TO LEAD THIS NATION IN A PRESIDENTIAL CAPACITY. PLUS HE DIDN'T ADOPT, HE FATHERED AND IF A MAN CANNOT OWN UP TO HIS OWN CHILD, HOW CAN HE STAND BEFORE THE CHILDREN OF THIS WORLD AS A MAN OF DIGNITY LET A LONE STATEMENSHIP. JOKE!


I can not reconcile the 2008 McCain with the gutsy 2000 McCain who stood up to the Shrub/Rove slime machiene. The only answer I have - as he remained silent about this flip-flop - is that he treasures power over service. He sold out.


Remember when McCain "used" to be a maverick?

I'm sick of voting for corporate puppets!

Ron Paul is the clear choice


I didn't realize he was still running.Ever since that one guy who used to post here split,nary a word about McCain.

John M.Krumm,very well said.He was one Republican that I used to respect.Yes,he sold out.


I wonder why McCain isn't preaching his immigration bill anymore?....come on John tell us how right you were to insist on giving illegals amnesty!....we're waiting...

McCain couldn't begin to solve our economic problems or trade deficit which are both tied to our national security.

Romney has it right, you want a president who knows how to bring the best minds together to solve problems. Romney has done that throughout his career.


John McCain is the Real Deal. Ron Paul has support from cupcakes who ask,

'Why would anyone in their right mind vote for this creepy old man?'

I imagine an army of Comic Book Guys - right out of the Simpsons - staring blankly up at the Blimp and then hitting the old keyboards on every site in America!

Trouble is most of those 40 Watt activists fail to -
1. Register to Vote
2. Remember the Polling
Dates and Places anyway



pssst, hey, psst hey, roger morris,

CAP KEY!!!!


McCain is head and shoulders the best candidate from either side. He has the experience and inegrity I'm looking for in our next president. I don't always agree with him, but I trust that he's doing what he thinks is right for America. The same cannot be said for the rest of the candidates except for Ron Paul, but his foreign policy would have us headed for the apocalypse.


You all need to look past the primaries to the general election. Which Republican has any chance of beating the Democrats in November? Romney is a phony and is looked upon unfavorably by over 50% of voters. Huckabee and Thompson are too far right and have no applicable experience. Ron Paul doesn't have the support of any well-respected people who are in the know in Washington. The only candidate left standing is John McCcain.

Though you may not agree with him on every issue, he has strength, integrity, and foreign policy experience that is critical in this day and age. Plus, when was the last time you agreed with 100% of a candidate's positions?


John McCain is a man of principle -- yes, straight talk. Also backbone, courage, high energy, good humor, deep compassion, a willingness to listen and an excellent open mind that draws on miles of experience to reconcile for the common good.

That this man is willing and able to continue serving our country adds hope to these difficult times. Look carefully -- the record stands for all to see.

John McCain is America at its best -- there is no one like him in politics anywhere. Do not miss this opportunity -- vote McCain.


while im reading diff posting on diff website on all candidates,i feel like im reading some hate mail.
america is abt positivity and hope.may b usa losing its edge.


Whenever the questioning gets tough, McCain falls back on his crutch of bringing up "his Vietnam experience". Yet, when John Kerry was running for President in 2004 McCain criticized Kerry for bringing up HIS Vietnam experience. That in the real world, is called "hypocrisy".


As an independent, McCain is the only Republican I'd vote for. Otherwise I'll have to look to Mike Bloomberg...


McCain's and Kerry's Vietnam experience are not comparable. Nor is their record after the war. Unlike Kerry, McCain has nothing to be ashamed about. McCain would be a fine President.


Like all Americans are not tired of this Iraq war. I can't understand how some can still go on and say McCain has the best foreign policy, he is another Bush. McCain said " I will go to the gate of hell to bring Osama if I have to" and isn't that what Bush did and look at what happened? What if Osama is in Iran next time? and then China and then Russia? Are we just going to keep fighting because you don't like some specific guy hating you? Isn't Osama trained by CIA in Afghanistan in the 1970s to fight Russians but left the country in chaos? What we really want to do is to elect a president who will call off American troops from Iraq, get help from International Peace organizations and UN to build the country and support financially to make that possible. Americans have lost the trust of the world and Iraqis. Not one believes Americans came to liberate them frm Saddam anymore,we were there so that we could get hold of the Oil..yet what happened to the gas price? Shoot up high, inflation has hit high and yet you want McCain who will keep doing what Bush has done?

People think tax cut is good, tax cut is good for people who have money cause they have to pay less but not good for anyone who earn less than 75,000. CEO is the company and his secretary pays the same amount of tax under tax cut. Is that what we want? We don't want to have rich become richer and poor become poorer, we want to bridge that gap.

And fuckkkk foreign policy, start development our own infrastructure first, make America the best country and then we poke our nose elsewhere ! America is in debt and half of it is owned by China, are you surprised when you buy something and everything is MADE IN CHINA? We bought those on credit and someday we have to pay if they ask..and then America will go bankrupt!

VOTE WISELY CAUSE IT`S GONNA AFFECT YOU DIRECTLY SOMEDAY...IF NOT TODAY.


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