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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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