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McCain casts himself as middle-class guardian

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 28 mins ago

    TOLEDO, Ohio – Evoking "Joe the Plumber" near his hometown in this pivotal state, Republican John McCain on Sunday cast himself as the guardian of middle-class workers and small-business owners who fuel the economy.

    "If I'm elected president, I won't raise taxes on small businesses, as Sen. (Barack) Obama proposes, and force them to cut jobs," McCain said of his Democratic opponent during a rally at the convention center. "I will keep small business taxes where they are, help them keep their costs low and let them spend their earnings to create more jobs, not send to Washington."

    McCain flew to Toledo, near where "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher lives, from the state capital of Columbus amid the GOP's push for this swing state and its 20 electoral votes.

    The Holland, Ohio, plumber was in New York making the media rounds with his family, but McCain has been evoking his spirit after making him the focal point the final presidential debate between McCain and Obama. McCain also mentions Wurzelbacher at his rallies after the plumber was videotaped questioning Obama about whether his tax plan would keep him from buying the two-man plumbing shop where he works.

    While some analyses showed Wurzelbacher faring better under Obama's plan than McCain's, McCain has lashed out at Obama for saying that while his policies may force some to pay higher taxes, they were designed to "spread the wealth around" by targeting only families making over $250,000 annually.

    "Sen. Obama is more interested in controlling who gets your piece of the pie than he is growing the pie," McCain told a crowd of several thousand.

    During an earlier rally at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, McCain drew cheers when he proclaimed that he was campaigning "on behalf of Joe the Plumber and Rose the Teacher and Phil the Bricklayer and Wendy the Waitress."

    Obama, in North Carolina, said he is the one worried about "the cops and firefighters who keep us safe, ... the waitresses who work double shifts, the cashiers at Wal-Mart, the plumbers fighting for the American Dream."

    He added: "John McCain thinks that giving these Americans a break is socialism. Well I call it opportunity, and there is nothing more American than that."

    McCain complained during a nationally televised interview that the vast sums of money Obama is raising risk the post-Watergate financing reforms.

    Speaking on "Fox News Sunday" hours after Obama's campaign reported raising a record $150 million in September, McCain said the overall sum his Democratic rival has raised — $605 million — showed the "dam has broken" for future White House races.

    McCain also complained that the identities of people who contributed more than $200 million of Obama's total take have not been reported, although that is allowable under federal law because the individual donations fall under the $200 reporting limit.

    "I'm saying it's laying a predicate for the future that can be very dangerous," McCain said. "History shows us where unlimited amounts of money are in political campaigns, it leads to scandal."

    The Arizona senator has been limited to spending $84 million for the general election campaign after he accepted federal funds under a program created after the Watergate scandal. Obama initially indicated he would adhere to the same limit, but reversed course and became the first post-Watergate candidate to finance a general-election campaign with private funding.

    McCain, a former Vietnam prisoner of war, also sloughed off Obama's endorsement by one of the country's best known black Republicans and former military leaders, Colin Powell, who was President Bush's first secretary of state.

    Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," Powell expressed personal affection for McCain but chided his friend of 25 years for the type of campaign he has run against Obama, who is black.

    McCain said: "I've always admired and respected Gen. Powell," before noting his endorsement by four other former secretaries of state. Asked whether Powell's endorsement undercut McCain's stance that Obama, a freshman senator from Illinois, is not ready to lead, McCain said of Powell: "We have a respectful disagreement."

    On other topics, McCain:

    _Distinguished between anti-Obama automated calls he is making in battleground states and similar calls made against him by George W. Bush during the 2000 Republican primary in South Carolina. Those calls suggested McCain was mentally unstable and had fathered a black daughter out of wedlock. The senator had adopted an orphan from Bangladesh.

    McCain is now employing someone who made those calls against him to highlight Obama's association with a Vietnam War radical.

    "These are legitimate and truthful, and they are far different than the phone calls that were made about my family," McCain said.

    _Defended his selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate and cast her in a fresh ideological role.

    "She is a direct counterpoint to the liberal feminist agenda for America," he said.

    McCain also held a conference call with Jewish leaders and was endorsed by The Columbus Dispatch.
  2. WoodysGirl

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    VP candidate Palin introduces 'Ed the Dairyman'

    ROSWELL, N.M. – Joe the Plumber, meet Ed the Dairyman.

    Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke to a crowd of about 10,000 supporters Sunday in a Roswell airplane hangar, not only making a reference to Joe the Plumber, but alluding several times to "Ed the Dairyman" after seeing someone in the crowd holding a sign identifying himself that way.

    She warned voters about Democratic plans to raise taxes "on America's hard-working families and our small businesses and a lot of folks just like Joe the Plumber and Ed the Dairyman out there."

    Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio, became a media sensation last week when Republican presidential candidate John McCain referred to "Joe the Plumber" several times during a debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

    Palin, appearing before a big American flag and a large sign that read "Victory in New Mexico," hammered on energy policy, saying New Mexico shares a lot with Alaska when it comes to energy.

    She called for drilling in the United States to reduce dependence on foreign oil and said all energy possibilities should be considered, including solar, wind, clean coal and offshore oil and gas drilling.

    "Our opponents keep saying, 'No, no, no,' to sound and responsible energy solutions," she said. "Drilling in New Mexico and elsewhere can be an economic engine to provide jobs."

    She drew cheers from the crowd when she said, "We'll drill here, we'll drill now."

    McCain, she said, would cut business taxes, double child tax deductions for families and cut capital gains taxes.

    Palin said McCain wants her to take the lead on helping families with special needs children. She was carrying her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, when she landed in Roswell to cheers from the crowd.

    She began her remarks with a reference to her appearance on "Saturday Night Live" hours earlier, saying there was no place she would rather be than live from Roswell on Sunday afternoon.

    Palin's visit to Roswell came two days after Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden appeared at a rally at the Mesilla plaza near Las Cruces, also in southern New Mexico.
  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    McCain
    Joe the Plumber, Ed the Dairyman, Rose the Teacher, Phil the Bricklayer and Wendy the Waitress."

    Obama
    "the cops and firefighters who keep us safe, ... the waitresses who work double shifts, the cashiers at Wal-Mart, the plumbers fighting for the American Dream

    Please somebody agree with me that this nonsense is getting out of hand...
  4. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    I agree it is...

    How about Tammy the single mom... I wanna be important :laugh1:
  5. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Shut up and play! Staff Member

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    Thank you, Prin! I didn't want to feel alone.
  6. CowboyPrincess

    CowboyPrincess Priceless

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    Believe me girl... you are not alone. I am sooo sick of the individual examples and shoving them down my throat. Tell me your policy in depth. Spell it out.. I want to know caps, percentages, long range goal, etc
  7. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I want to be known as "trickblue the great" from now on... :D
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    :tongue: :lmao2:

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