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McCain to GOP: Embrace ‘bigger tent,’ ‘leave the [abortion] issue alone’ [VIDEO]
The Daily Caller ^ | November 25, 2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 11/25/2012 2:25:20 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

On “Fox News Sunday,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said the GOP has work to do, including embracing “a bigger tent” to attract a bigger constituency.

“I think we have to have a bigger tent. That’s — no doubt about it,” McCain said. “And, obviously we have to do immigration reform. There is no doubt whatsoever that the demographics are not on our side. And, we are going to have to give a much more positive agenda. It can’t be just being against the Democrats and against Harry Reid and against Obama. You got to be for things, and we have to give them something like the Contract with America that we gave them some years ago. We’ve got to give them something to be for.”

McCain also suggested that the Republican Party should strike a softer tone on social issues...

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TOPICS: Arizona; Issues; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: abortion; gop; mccain; republicans
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What does Bob Dole think? And John's Rubenesque daughter?
1 posted on 11/25/2012 2:25:30 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Embrace abortion, gay marriage and leave God out of politics.

No, we will not become the Godless Democratic Party.

Just because the nation is going Godless doesn’t mean we have to. If we become “them” then what have we “won”?


2 posted on 11/25/2012 2:27:58 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Best bet is we dump McCain now. He has no obvious value to the Conservative movement, nor to the Republican party.


3 posted on 11/25/2012 2:30:21 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yeah McCain... howd that work out for ya in 2008??? HMMM???

LOSER!


4 posted on 11/25/2012 2:30:52 PM PST by Safrguns
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To: F15Eagle

All we will have “won” is the wonderful opportunity to share in the same wrath of God that is coming on the liberal Dems. McCain (emphasis on the Cain) and the rest of the RINOs will learn that too late . . .


5 posted on 11/25/2012 2:31:02 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The conservative movement has been the only party of ideas for four three decades, and the last three years, it has never been more true. The idea that weare only against Obama and not presenting reform ideas is absurd and dishonest. The GOP needs to retire fossils like McCain and get our 50 and under leaders on television every day.


6 posted on 11/25/2012 2:31:26 PM PST by ilgipper (Obama supporters are comprised of the uninformed & the ill-informed)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

Great idea Hanoi John....lets get rid of the base to bring in a million ethnic voters. That should give the Dems a 67-33 majority in the Senate

Liberalism is a Loser for the GOP


7 posted on 11/25/2012 2:31:44 PM PST by SeminoleCounty (Marco Rubio is not a Conservative. "Amnesty Liberals" are never Conservative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Norks really did a job on this dude. He never recovered.


8 posted on 11/25/2012 2:31:44 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To GOP: embrace the rat party because you have more in common and you refuse to fight for the people you represent. Conervatives should leave this party in the dust and form the conservative patriot party


9 posted on 11/25/2012 2:32:07 PM PST by ronnie raygun (bb)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Embrace a bigger teat? Thanks but no thanks Juan!
10 posted on 11/25/2012 2:32:50 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: F15Eagle

BUMP

How badly does the GOP want to lose?

If they did this, they would become a third party very quickly


11 posted on 11/25/2012 2:35:03 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why McCain hasn’t switched over to the MARXISTS party is beyond me.

Just where his sorry ass belongs.


12 posted on 11/25/2012 2:35:49 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What the heck, why even have a Republican party. Isn’t easier to change the party from the inside? Since McCain thinks we should be a more moderate wing of the socialist party, why don’t we all become Democrats? It is jackasses like this that are really killing the party, but they still have their power.


13 posted on 11/25/2012 2:36:45 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We’ve got to give them something to be for.

I guess limited government, individual liberty and natural rights are too old-fashioned.
14 posted on 11/25/2012 2:37:29 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Likable and a good communicator that can talk over his detractors and adversaries — that’s what wins for conservatives. It grabs independents and conservative Democrats — the litmus tests don’t matter.

If we have a conservative that meets that, we win. If we don’t we loose. Marginalized candidates, brainiacs, and party hacks are the death of us. We can have a solid and sound candidate but if he comes across as a dead fish they are floundered.


15 posted on 11/25/2012 2:37:47 PM PST by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That insanity is akin to a Christian Pastor/Priest telling their members and parishioners “Look, the Secular Atheists outnumber us as do the Muslims. Therefore, to attract more people to our faith - we must embrace the notions of Atheism and Islam in order to appeal to them. Accept Islam and Atheism now... repent later”.

Oh wait - we already DO HAVE bishops and clergy doing that very thing!

And the Christian church is still not growing, but shrinking.

Same thing the GOP is destined for: oblivion.

Deservedly so, when principles mean nothing, and they are surrendered for the purpose of appealing to the lowest common denominator for a vote.


16 posted on 11/25/2012 2:38:31 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Olog-hai; GeronL

Yep.

We had one here who tried that. Blowed up real good. There are still some who have suggested we give the Godless country the homosexuality, abortion and kick God out even further. No, we say. No, a thousand times over.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2961936/posts?page=141#141

The nation is turning into a pit; still I think fraud stole the election in several counties, including the electronic voting that kept coming up O when folks voted for RR. How many did it happen to that didn’t speak up?


17 posted on 11/25/2012 2:41:56 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So McCain wants the GOP to become the Democrat Party..gee what next John, does the GOP boo God and Israel at the RNC Convention next time too, to bring in a “Larger tent”


18 posted on 11/25/2012 2:42:32 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans need to shrink the tent by kicking out McCain and his fat slut daughter.


19 posted on 11/25/2012 2:42:42 PM PST by y6162
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Becoming “Democrat Lite” is not a winning play, John - you proved that.


20 posted on 11/25/2012 2:46:08 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Happy 10th FR birthday to meeeeeeeeee)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If McCain knew the answer, he’d be president and not Obama. His is not the answer.


21 posted on 11/25/2012 2:56:18 PM PST by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only thing under a big tent is a circus, and this Arizona assclown has got to go.


22 posted on 11/25/2012 2:56:47 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: F15Eagle

In complete agreement with you.

If winning elections requires that we dump social issues, then the Republican party will win them with no more help from me.


23 posted on 11/25/2012 2:56:53 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sometimes, you put up a bigger tent, and all that happens is you get more clowns.


24 posted on 11/25/2012 2:58:25 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BTW, has anyone asked McCain if he STILL thinks it was okay to vote for Obama??


25 posted on 11/25/2012 2:58:47 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: F15Eagle

Even if we did all that, that won’t make people leave the democrats. They want the real thing. And that’s exactly how the libs would play it. “We’ve been here all along, who you gonna trust, the people who have always been liberal or those that came late to the party and are doing it for political reasons? We believe in our liberal worldview, they think it’s an election tactic.”

I mean this just writes itself. And do ya think for one minute the libtards wouldn’t just go harder to the left?

Nope John. Nope RINOtards.


26 posted on 11/25/2012 2:58:57 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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Self-ping. Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


27 posted on 11/25/2012 3:01:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who in their right mind would listen to a twice loser?


28 posted on 11/25/2012 3:04:34 PM PST by Trueblackman (I would rather lose on Conservative principles than vote for a RINO candidate.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No. We won’t win by becoming wronger.


29 posted on 11/25/2012 3:04:47 PM PST by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

McCain is near Godless himself, thus his ego easily outweighs any real usefulness he posesses as a Republican.

The very least he could have offered, if he wants to boot the issue, is to return it to the states where it belongs, and show himself instead in the fight to retain religious liberty.

Years of aimless wondering through congress and his own life has left McCain without a conscience and searching for a TV camera.

PS: Still haven’t watched tv news since the election. FIX News is dead to me.


30 posted on 11/25/2012 3:18:00 PM PST by RitaOK ( VIVA CHRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team for more Marxists coming.)
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31 posted on 11/25/2012 3:20:01 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why don’t we just agree to pay for abortion on demand and then watch as all the Julias who voted for BHO will vote (R) next time. Right?


32 posted on 11/25/2012 3:21:26 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m not going out of my way to vote for abortionists just to get a tax cut.


33 posted on 11/25/2012 3:23:03 PM PST by ari-freedom (Happy Thanksgiving!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wish John McCain would just go away.

Since Election Day he has been on the TV every stinking day—holding forth on every subject as if he actually had core beliefs on them.

You would think we have just one Republican Senator, and he’s it.

Sometimes I wish he had done a little better job of crashing his plane. He is nothing but a Manchurian candidate who should have been thrown to the Dem side of the aisle years ago.


34 posted on 11/25/2012 3:23:53 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain can go perform unnatural acts on himself. the GOP is DEAD as long as fools like him rule the roost.


35 posted on 11/25/2012 3:24:09 PM PST by TADSLOS (LOSING BIG- The GOP legacy.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’d suggest we not wait for the GOP, McLame, or any other politician to do something about abortion. We’re winning the battle to reduce abortions and the acceptance of killing unborn babies.

There are many things which can be done to teach young people the facts and get them to reject abortion.


36 posted on 11/25/2012 3:34:22 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RitaOK

I look at McCain and I wonder what the hell he is still doing there. He’s useless——retire already.

I don’t care about Fox either, Rita. Roger Ailes is into his diversity program, turning out black and Hispanic journalists who will no doubt be unbiased (cough), and inviting Jesse Jackson to speak at his diversity “graduation.”

FR and Mark Levin are all the news I need.


37 posted on 11/25/2012 3:34:47 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (The idiocracy has come home to roost. God help us.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes! Another moderate is the ticket! Because Dole, Romney, and McCain himself were all winners. Bush/Christie 2016 FTW!


38 posted on 11/25/2012 3:38:52 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yet some here will defend McCain because when it comes to voting, he's Mr. Party Line. McCain, like so many other RINOs, needs to go!
39 posted on 11/25/2012 3:40:05 PM PST by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

FUJM!!


40 posted on 11/25/2012 3:47:41 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
McCain represents where the GOP wants to go as a party. Seems to me those Conservatives who are Republicans have a choice to make. Hold their noses and vote for ever more conservative candidates, go independent and only vote for conservatives down ticket, or let the Republican party die on the vine and start over in a couple of election cycles..
41 posted on 11/25/2012 3:49:56 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: F15Eagle

If that were going to work it would have saved Scott Brown who openly called himself a pro choice republican and supporter of gay marriage.


43 posted on 11/25/2012 3:58:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: andyk

The only real difference between our parties is moral. We’re pro-life and pro-marriage. They’re not.

Economic and defense issues are important but get bogged down in numbers and technicalities. Obama uses phony numbers to pretend he is cost-conscious and strong on Defense like Republicans.

Obama says, just like the Republicans, I’m for tax cuts — for the middle class.

He says — I’m for budget cuts — albeit the phony Medicare cuts. I’m for a strong defense (despite his proposed Defense cuts) because I killed Osama bin Laden.

Abortion and marriage are more clear. You have to take a stand, one way or another.


44 posted on 11/25/2012 4:03:40 PM PST by heye2monn (A)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah yes. Continue killing 3.300 unborn and newly born American citizens while allowing thousands of illegal aliens to cross our borders, use up our tax money, and vote for the sock puppet who lives in our White House. Do we live in a great country or what!


45 posted on 11/25/2012 4:07:22 PM PST by laweeks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sara Johnson to McStupid: A tent requires stakes and boundries. You got none.


46 posted on 11/25/2012 4:10:38 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: F15Eagle

The R party has followed McCain’s suggested approach since the 1992 election. It only won with Bush II who had a tough and slightly more conservative image than the other candidates. What McCain is recommending is to double-down on a well-tested and ineffective approach. I don’t think the R party realizes how awful their strategy is. In 2008, they ran against an inexperienced politician who came from the kook wing of academic political philosophies. If the R party hasn’t realized that being meek and vague doesn’t motivate voters, they need only look to the only period in the past 20 years when R voters were enthusiastic and a new American movement burst on the scene. That was with the Tea Party and S Palin. They should take some lessons from that movement—not necessarily run S Palin for Pres., although I think she is remarkable, but take some lessons regarding how to motivate voters without necessarily having to pay them with wages forced from the labors of working people, as does the D party.


47 posted on 11/25/2012 4:19:29 PM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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ex91b10 to McCain: STHU loser.

Impeach the kenyan or secession.


48 posted on 11/25/2012 4:19:47 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If McCain wanted to help the GOP he might consider dropping his instinctive support for involvement in foreign wars that aren’t our problem (like Libya).

I’m not anti war but we aren’t even considering what the people want, American lives unnecessarily lost, cost or anything else these days. If there is a war anywhere in the world, the McCain wing of the GOP is chomping at the bit to get involved.


49 posted on 11/25/2012 4:20:52 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wonder if McCain and other R party leaders realize how his comments and those of others in the days since Nov 6 have cost them in voters? They are weakening their base while chasing at dreams of a multi-culti electorate they can never attract. They are wounding themselves deeply.


50 posted on 11/25/2012 4:22:28 PM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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