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    McCain defends Obama as "a decent, family man."

    Well, it looks like the attack strategy is backfiring so McCain is backpeddling.

    They (McCain/Palin) stoked this fire. I really think some of these McCain supporters fear for their lives if Obama wins.

    This reversal is going to alienate the right wing talk show hosts that have been reluctantly supporting McCain.

    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i...ig0FgD93NULBO1

    McCain booed after trying to calm anti-Obama crowd
    By PHILIP ELLIOTT and BETH FOUHY – 31 minutes ago

    LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The anger is getting raw at Republican rallies and John McCain is acting to tamp it down. McCain was booed by his own supporters Friday when, in an abrupt switch from raising questions about Barack Obama's character, he described the Democrat as a "decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."

    A sense of grievance spilling into rage has gripped some GOP events this week as McCain supporters see his presidential campaign lag against Obama. Some in the audience are making it personal, against the Democrat. Shouts of "traitor," "terrorist," "treason," "liar," and even "off with his head" have rung from the crowd at McCain and Sarah Palin rallies, and gone unchallenged by them.

    McCain changed his tone Friday when supporters at a town hall pressed him to be rougher on Obama. A voter said, "The people here in Minnesota want to see a real fight." Another said Obama would lead the U.S. into socialism. Another said he did not want his unborn child raised in a country led by Obama.

    "If you want a fight, we will fight," McCain said. "But we will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments." When people booed, he cut them off.

    "I don't mean that has to reduce your ferocity," he said. "I just mean to say you have to be respectful."

    Presidential candidates are accustomed to raucous rallies this close to Election Day and welcome the enthusiasm. But they are also traditionally monitors of sorts from the stage. Part of their job is to leaven proceedings if tempers run ragged and to rein in an out-of-bounds comment from the crowd.

    Not so much this week, at GOP rallies in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida and other states.

    When a visibly angry McCain supporter in Waukesha, Wis., on Thursday told the candidate "I'm really mad" because of "socialists taking over the country," McCain stoked the sentiment. "I think I got the message," he said. "The gentleman is right." He went on to talk about Democrats in control of Congress.

    On Friday, McCain rejected the bait. "I don't trust Obama," a woman said. "I have read about him. He's an Arab."

    McCain shook his head in disagreement, and said:

    "No, ma'am. He's a decent, family man, a citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with (him) on fundamental issues and that's what this campaign is all about."

    He had drawn boos with his comment: "I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."

    The anti-Obama taunts and jeers are noticeably louder when McCain appears with Palin, a big draw for GOP social conservatives. She accused Obama this week of "palling around with terrorists" because of his past, loose association with a 1960s radical. If less directly, McCain, too, has sought to exploit Obama's Chicago neighborhood ties to William Ayers, while trying simultaneously to steer voters' attention to his plans for the financial crisis.

    The Alaska governor did not campaign with McCain on Friday, and his rally in La Crosse, Wis., earlier Friday was much more subdued than those when the two campaigned together. Still, one woman shouted "traitor" when McCain told voters Obama would raise their taxes.
    Volunteers worked up chants from the crowd of "U.S.A." and "John McCain, John McCain," in an apparent attempt to drown out boos and other displays of negative energy.

    The Secret Service confirmed Friday that it had investigated an episode reported in The Washington Post in which someone in Palin's crowd in Clearwater, Fla., shouted "kill him," on Monday, meaning Obama. There was "no indication that there was anything directed at Obama," Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren told AP. "We looked into it because we always operate in an atmosphere of an abundance of caution."

    Palin, at a fundraiser in Ohio on Friday, told supporters "it's not negative and it's not mean-spirited" to scrutinize Obama's iffy associations.

    But Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania an author of 15 books on politics, says the vitriol has been encouraged by inflammatory words from the stage.

    "Red-meat rhetoric elicits emotional responses in those already disposed by ads using words such as 'dangerous' 'dishonorable' and 'risky' to believe that the country would be endangered by election of the opposing candidate," she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC View Post
    I really think some of these McCain supporters fear for their lives if Obama wins.
    Of course because whites will lose the country.

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    It's good to see that McCain didn't resort to such unethical campaign tactics.

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    Hopefully there is more to this than just political strategy. Hopefully a little touch of honesty and reality has crept into things. I'm sure they are both basically decent men who love their families and country.

    Why is it such a shocking thing for them to say as much about each other?

    They have differences of opinion and vision but does it really have to turn people into frothing-at-the-mouth lunatics screaming for death? Maybe it's starting to sink in with McCain that, in between trying to win the election at all cost, there is room for doing what is best for the country, for trying to calm tensions.

    Or maybe I'm naive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treece View Post
    Of course because whites will lose the country.
    They have already lost the country. There are more Latinos, AA and illegals than whiteys in US now.
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    mccains an asshole, always has been
    palin is a white trash alaskan husky. i guarantee you her cunny is worn out. she isnt that hot , she just has fancy spectacles

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    Unfortunately the minorities only dominate the blue states. California, Texas, or New York is pretty much an Hispanic state or will become one 20 years from now.

    Texas has a ton of Hispanic but most of them are not registered voter, once that becomes a blue state, then it will wide open for any future minority or democratic candidate.

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    I might as well move to Kenya. Maybe I can get a hut next to Obama's cousin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboydan View Post
    It's good to see that McCain didn't resort to such unethical campaign tactics.
    Yea they let Palin do that part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by durito View Post
    Yea they let Palin do that part.

    durito, are you going to say JC should be shot? Or do you reserve that for MS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panic View Post
    durito, are you going to say JC should be shot? Or do you reserve that for MS?
    I respect JC more than anyone else on this forum.


    I don't understand the question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by durito View Post
    I respect JC more than anyone else on this forum.


    I don't understand the question.

    You want to kill a republican, but have nothing but love for JC. Is that about right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panic View Post
    You want to kill a republican, but have nothing but love for JC. Is that about right?

    No, just an idiot.

    I am a registered republican.

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    Quote Originally Posted by durito View Post
    No, just an idiot.

    I am a registered republican.

    That makes 2 of us.

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    All that hate would not be flowing from pubs if Obama was white. American racism at its finest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by durito View Post

    I am a registered republican.
    I thought you were voting for Obama though Durito. Did you change your mind?

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    Of course I'm voting for Obama.

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    My take on McCain defending Obama is that both parties are getting scared for Obama's safety. Racial hatred is still very strong in some people. What would happen to this country if Obama is assassinated before or after the election? I'm starting to think that it is a real possibility. I don't think McCain wants that on his conscience.

    I've gained a new respect for McCain after hearing his words defending Obama.

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    They are talking about this over and over on the news now. Some old bag gets on the mic and starts asking about Obama being 'an Arab' lol and forced McCain to give her the truth and inadvertently compliment him.

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    If I was a father,I would want Obama to go to the prom with my daughter and stay in a motel all that night together after the prom.There is no way it would result in a live birth of a baby because Obama passess bills where even if a baby is born alive during a botched abortion,the doc can kill it.Late term too where your daughter could be nearing full term and all you have to tell the doc to get rid of your kid is that you have emotional problems.Obama,what a great guy 666

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    ms61853 was probably the one booing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by durito View Post
    No, just an idiot.

    I am a registered republican.

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