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McCain Rides to Kerry's Rescue: "John Kerry is Not Weak on Defense" (Today Show alert)
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Posted on 03/18/2004 4:31:09 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Just when the Bush campaign had wrestled John Kerry to to the mat on his weak and waffling record on national security and defense, who leaps over the ropes and into the ring to revive him? Why, none other than the egomaniacal, sore-losing Senator from Arizona, John McCain.

In a just-concluded interview, the Today Show's Matt Lauer posed the question in the clearest possible terms: "is John Kerry weak on defense?"

On the first go-round, rather than answering the question at all, holier-than-thou McCain chose to decry the "negativism" of the campaign. He fretted that all the mean stuff will turn off young voters, and admonished the candidates to start talking about Social Security, health care and overspending (i.e., issues less favorable to Pres. Bush).

But Lauer would not be put off, and repeated his question squarely: "Is John Kerry weak on defense?"

Now, consider McCain's options in answering. He could of course told the truth: "of COURSE John Kerry is weak on defense!"

If he wanted to show some comity toward a fellow Senator, he could have gone for the middle ground: "however you want to characterize Kerry, it's clear that President Bush is much stronger on defense."

But instead, McCain chose option three - ignoring the truth and flatly defending Kerry. His answer "No, I don't think Kerry is weak on defense." He "nuanced" the rest of his answer "well, of course every Senator has to defend his votes, and I disagree with him on some things." But the headline quote remains - "McCain: Kerry not Weak on Defense."

Lauer then raised the question of whether McCain would accept an offer from Kerry to run as VP. He gave a classic Washington non-denial denial. He "wasn't running for VP." Yeah, not yet, you haven't been asked. He stopped far short of saying he wouldn't accept Kerry's invitation. "Have you had serious discussions with the Kerry campaign? "Not serious ones." Not serious? Has McCain had un-serious discussions with the Kerry people?

McCain went on to describe his GOP affiliation in this most curious way. "I'm a member of the party of Lincoln, of the party of Teddy Roosevelt." It seemed that he was about to add someone else. The obvious name would have been Ronald Reagan. But no, the most recent Republican with whom McCain was willing to associate himself was in office 100 years ago.

Thanks for nothin', John.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2004; kerry; mccain; rino
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1 posted on 03/18/2004 4:31:10 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...
Today Show/John McCain-gag-me-with-a-saguaro-cactus ping.
2 posted on 03/18/2004 4:33:02 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
IF Kerry's people are courting McCain, it goes to show just how weak the Democrats think their party is, to chose a RINO over a Communist for the VP slot.
3 posted on 03/18/2004 4:34:26 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Much of your pain is self-chosen. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Can our AZ freepers PLEASE get this disgusting man out of office????
4 posted on 03/18/2004 4:35:13 AM PST by Elkiejg (Clintons and Democrats have ruined America)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
why do you watch this tripe...
5 posted on 03/18/2004 4:35:48 AM PST by The Wizard
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Maybe this is the "leader" Kerry was referring to.
6 posted on 03/18/2004 4:35:54 AM PST by The G Man (John Kerry? America just can't afford a 9/10 President in a 9/11 world. Vote Bush-Cheney '04.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Now I am convinced that McCain was shot down over Vietnam by someone in his own squadron.
7 posted on 03/18/2004 4:37:03 AM PST by Bluntpoint
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
I don't really expect Kerry to actually offer the VP slot to McCain, but it still remains very helpful to Kerry to have McCain's name out there, helping to moderate Kerry's image and sow dissension amongst Republicans.

McCain had a good opportunity this morning to clear the air. He could have simply said "I will not accept an offer to run as Kerry's VP, wouldn't run if nominated, wouldn't serve if elected." He did anything but.
8 posted on 03/18/2004 4:37:44 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
So what is Sen. McKeating...er, McCain up to?
9 posted on 03/18/2004 4:38:35 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
A Senator covets power, over conviction?

You're joking!
10 posted on 03/18/2004 4:38:48 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Much of your pain is self-chosen. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
May another cancer pop up on McCain's tongue.
11 posted on 03/18/2004 4:39:06 AM PST by demkicker
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
John McCain would be well advised to watch what happens in the Pennsylvania primary race between Specter and Toomey.
12 posted on 03/18/2004 4:39:28 AM PST by eeriegeno
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To: The Wizard
why do you watch this tripe?

Good question. I draw the line at watching Carville or Begala on CNN's Crossfire. But I watch Today out of a combo of masochism, the fact that the show continues to attract top guests, and the belief that it's useful to keep track of what the opposition is up to.

Taking this morning's show as an example. I think it's useful for people to be aware of the latest example of McCain's ego-driven disloyalty.

13 posted on 03/18/2004 4:40:39 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: The G Man
Maybe this is the "leader" Kerry was referring to.

LOL!

14 posted on 03/18/2004 4:41:03 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
bump
15 posted on 03/18/2004 4:41:10 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Well, it's official now.

John McCain has h***-on for the Vice Precidency.

16 posted on 03/18/2004 4:41:45 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Ooooooo.....I think I over-medicated,,`,,`)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Top Ten Tag Line Nominee!
17 posted on 03/18/2004 4:43:24 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Bluntpoint
Now I am convinced that McCain was shot down over Vietnam by someone in his own squadron.

I now have doubts as well. He may have even been the one that released his ordnance on the deck of the Forestal. I'm kidding. Aren't I?

18 posted on 03/18/2004 4:44:40 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Ooooooo.....I think I over-medicated,,`,,`)
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To: The G Man
Maybe this is the "leader" Kerry was referring to..

My first thought exactly.

and..
the manchurian candidate could qualify as foreign, as in foreign to any values of this country.

19 posted on 03/18/2004 4:46:41 AM PST by evad (Such an enemy cannot be deterred, detained, appeased, or negotiated with. It can only be destroyed)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
If McCain wants to make a bigger fool of himself than he already has, it's fine with me.

If Kerry wants to choose Mc Cain for his running mate, it's fine with me.

Mc Cain is a loose cannon. Period!

20 posted on 03/18/2004 4:47:46 AM PST by lonestar (Don't mess with Texans)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
McCain is still trying to be "the noble statesman". For some reason, he has a very hard time understanding that the other side doesn't play the game that way - they'll happily accept his kind words then stab him in the back when it suits them (like on CFR).
21 posted on 03/18/2004 4:48:25 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
If these two clowns did run together they could be a match set of flip-flops.
22 posted on 03/18/2004 4:49:08 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: Bluntpoint
Now I am convinced that McCain was shot down over Vietnam by someone in his own squadron.

Considering how it was McCain's plane that helped set off the USS Forrestal conflagration - there would be a lot of suspects.

More seriously, John McCain has a long history of firing on his own side. John Friggin' Kerry should keep that in mind.

23 posted on 03/18/2004 4:49:14 AM PST by guitfiddlist
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Why are so many Naval Academy grads such a-holes and rinos?
24 posted on 03/18/2004 4:49:28 AM PST by rabidralph (Fear the Turtle.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Did Matt Lauer show McCain one of these?

Why don't you pass the time with a game of solitaire, Senator McCain?

25 posted on 03/18/2004 4:50:22 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Bill Clinton is the Neville Chamberlain of the War on Terror.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
From what I read on McCain he crashed two fighters in the US in training before going to Viet Nam and crashing on his first mission. Obviously he wasnt any better as a pilot than he is as a Senator.
26 posted on 03/18/2004 4:50:42 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (I aint wrong, I aint sorry , and I am probably going to do it again.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
You vote "R" blindly, you get Jeffords and McCains. Show some taste when you pull the voting lever. Please.
27 posted on 03/18/2004 4:52:24 AM PST by KantianBurke (Arguments that got Arnold elected in 02, will get a "moderate" RINO elected to the White House in 08)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
There were a lot of McCain supporters here on FR in 2000. I hope they enjoy "ketchup with crow"...
28 posted on 03/18/2004 4:53:15 AM PST by cynicom
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To: rabidralph
Why are so many Naval Academy grads such a-holes and rinos?

"Hey, I resent that remark. No one ever called me a RINO!"

29 posted on 03/18/2004 4:53:28 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Elkiejg

Why AZ Republicans continue to choose Benedict Arnold McCain to represent them is a total mystery to me. He looks for new ways to destroy the Republican Party on liberal media outlets every election cycle. I suspect it's so they will always invite him back when they need Benedict to do their dirty work for them.
30 posted on 03/18/2004 4:53:29 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Please put me on your ping list. Thanks!

And now a question to the good people of Arizona:

When are you going to dump this egomanical little nutcase and get a REAL senator???

< /end of tantrum>

31 posted on 03/18/2004 4:54:14 AM PST by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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To: cynicom
There were a lot of McCain supporters here on FR in 2000. I hope they enjoy "ketchup with crow"...

Bingo.

32 posted on 03/18/2004 4:54:30 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: eeriegeno
I'll guarantee you those dumb dutchmen will re-elect Specter. Look who they elected for Gov. So far all he did was raise taxes and, he didn't even get started yet. There at least 10 other tax proposals on the table yet.

And, by the way, the PA republicans who are "pretending" to be fighting for the average Pennsylvanian "are all RINO's".

33 posted on 03/18/2004 4:54:36 AM PST by chachacha
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I guess Kerry uttered the trigger word given to him by the North Vietnamese to activate their asset?
34 posted on 03/18/2004 4:55:44 AM PST by chilepepper (The map is not the territory -- Alfred Korzybski)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
John McCain has no soul.
35 posted on 03/18/2004 4:56:20 AM PST by mass55th
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
LOL. Thanks, for the chuckle. I was reading the Jan/Feb issue of Shipmate and there was a picture of Chuck Larson, Wes Clark (USMA) and John Dalton, yukking it up at some alumni party.
36 posted on 03/18/2004 4:57:11 AM PST by rabidralph (Fear the Turtle.)
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To: chilepepper; KarlInOhio
Manchurian Candidate was one of my favorite movies ever, but I admit I had forgotten about the trigger word and the Queen of Diamonds. Great stuff! So THAT's why Lauer had the deck of cards out!
37 posted on 03/18/2004 4:58:54 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Is there a stolen FBI file on McCain?
38 posted on 03/18/2004 4:59:45 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Diogenesis
Is there a stolen FBI file on McCain?

Hillary, dangling file, to McCain: "You will obey!"

Actually, if there were such a file it might provide some shred of justification for McCain's perfidy. But I'm convinced he is entirely self-motivated.

39 posted on 03/18/2004 5:01:13 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
McCain cannot be trusted, and this is nothing new. A few days ago is was "John Kerry is a good friend" and "I would consider being Kerry's running mate". The running mate bit lasted a few hours until his staff stepped in to say it wouldn't happen. The man is a complete lunatic!
40 posted on 03/18/2004 5:02:12 AM PST by conservativecorner
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To: Diogenesis
Is there a stolen FBI file on McCain?

I think the trigger word is "lockbox" - which everyone but McCain interpreted as relating to Social Security.

41 posted on 03/18/2004 5:03:40 AM PST by guitfiddlist
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To: lonestar
Mc Cain is a loose cannon. Period!

McCain is Dean with a military record!

42 posted on 03/18/2004 5:03:53 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (I don't believe anything a Democrat says. Bill Clinton set the standard!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
On cue, the AP picked up McCain's comments:

[snip] Bush's chief Republican rival in 2000, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday he does not believe Kerry is weak on defense even though they disagree on some issues. McCain, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee and is a friend of the Massachusetts senator, said a discussion of Medicare and other issues should replace negative campaigning.

"He's responsible for his voting record, as we all are responsible for our records, and he'll have to explain it," McCain said of Kerry on "Today" on NBC. "But, no, I do not believe that he is necessarily weak on defense. I don't agree with him on some issues, clearly. But I decry this negativism that's going on on both sides. The American people don't need it, and the end result will be lower voter turnout, particularly amongst younger Americans."  [snip]

 

-Olde-

43 posted on 03/18/2004 5:03:59 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
McCain is weak in the head.
44 posted on 03/18/2004 5:06:19 AM PST by dalebert
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Neocons like Krauthammer, Podhoretz and Kristol just adore McVain.
45 posted on 03/18/2004 5:06:39 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The trouble with Kerry's potential foreign policy was demonstrated with recent events in Spain.

Kerry wants the UN to provide national and international security.

If we turn over security to the UN, we have the precarious situation of the UN turning against the US interests. Spain did that by pulling out its troop support in Iraq.

Our national security is essential. We cannot afford, as a nation, place our dependency on any other organization or country. The US must take care of itself.

Kerry's policy in this world of corruption in the UN is just too precarious, too dangerous.
46 posted on 03/18/2004 5:08:17 AM PST by TomGuy ( Kerry has imaginary friends. Carter was attacked by a killer rabbit. Dems can be fun to watch.)
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To: cynicom
I sent you an e yesterday.
47 posted on 03/18/2004 5:08:43 AM PST by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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To: chachacha
The dutchmen didn't elect Rendell. The cities did that.
48 posted on 03/18/2004 5:08:51 AM PST by wewillnotfail (I am not a socialist but I play one on DU.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
On cue, the AP picked up McCain's comments:

Thanks very much for posting this. It illustrates the thrust of this thread perfectly. McCain knew darn well that his comments in support of Kerry would be very newsworthy. How long before we hear the Kerry campaign itself exploiting them?

49 posted on 03/18/2004 5:09:06 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I was watching the "CBS Morning Show" and saw clips of their interview with McCain. Here's exactly what he said on CBS:

I do not want to be vice president.

I do not want to leave the Republican party.

I will not run as vice president on either ticket.

Could McCain "nuance" himself out of these statements - of course! IMHO, McCain always gets more arrogant and contrary the longer an interview goes on. The other day on Imus, he started strong, then grew more bitter as Imus flattered.
50 posted on 03/18/2004 5:09:51 AM PST by EllaMinnow (Within fewer hours the "Freepern" succeed in tilting the tuning.)
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