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McCain: Keep 2008 spotlight off gossip
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/07 | Mike Baker - ap

Posted on 03/09/2007 5:19:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain (news, bio, voting record), who remarried one month after his 1980 divorce, said Friday that the personal lives of White House hopefuls shouldn't become an issue in the 2008 campaign.

"I would like to see this campaign conducted on past record and ambition for the future," McCain told reporters after a fundraising luncheon in Charlotte, N.C. "I would hope that gossip — or, quote, 'family issues' — would not enter into this campaign."

McCain's call to keep personal lives private came the same week that chief rival Rudy Giuliani asked for privacy as he deals with strained relationships within his family, including estrangement from his children.

The Arizona senator's remarks also came as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a potential candidate for the GOP nomination, admitted to having an affair at the same time he was leading the effort to impeach President Clinton for allegations of perjury connected with the president's affair with Monica Lewinsky.

Another Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has emphasized his 38-year marriage.

Richard Land, head of public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention, has said religious voters may have deep doubts about Giuliani, who has been married three times. Land told The Associated Press that evangelicals believe the former New York City mayor showed a lack of character during his divorce from second wife, television personality Donna Hanover.

"I mean, this is divorce on steroids," Land said. "To publicly humiliate your wife in that way, and your children. That's rough. I think that's going to be an awfully hard sell, even if he weren't pro-choice and pro-gun control."

McCain, who divorced and remarried, said evangelical conservatives are "free to make whatever judgments they want to make." He noted his improved ties with conservative Christian leaders, including the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

In the 2000 campaign, McCain called Falwell and others "agents of intolerance." Last year, McCain spoke at Falwell's Liberty University.

"I am a great believer in redemption — given my life," said McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam. "People's family difficulties should be kept private as much as possible."

McCain also received the endorsement of North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr (news, bio, voting record).


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; gossip; mccain; spotlight

1 posted on 03/09/2007 5:19:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., left, looks on during a new conference where he announced his support of the presidential bid of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Friday, March 9, 2007, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek).


2 posted on 03/09/2007 5:20:08 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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Cindy McCain, wife of presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks during a fund raising event, Thursday, March 8, 2007 in New York. According to a recent poll, McCain is trailing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by more than 20 points, triggering doubts about his stance on the war in Iraq and his age. (AP Photo/Stephen Chernin)


3 posted on 03/09/2007 5:20:40 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: NormsRevenge

Who is this McCain guy? Isn't he the one who lost many of his staffers after he appeared on Letterman? LOL!


4 posted on 03/09/2007 5:21:29 PM PST by TommyDale (What will Rudy do in the War on Terror? Implement gun control on insurgents and Al Qaeda?)
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To: NormsRevenge

It is time to take the focus off of personal lives. I never felt comfortable with the gossip about Clinton or any of the others. People in public life have flaws and mistakes just like everyone else, and we should stay out of them.


5 posted on 03/09/2007 5:22:13 PM PST by BonnieJ
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To: TommyDale

I think I remember something about that. It's odd that I really did not pay too much attention to the story.


6 posted on 03/09/2007 5:22:41 PM PST by MamaB
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To: TommyDale

He had Al D'Amato's support before he lost it. That's pretty sad if Al won't be caught cheering for you.


7 posted on 03/09/2007 5:23:23 PM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain: Keep 2008 spotlight off gossip

You're right, John. Let's keep it focused on reality:

McCain-Feingold

McCain-Kennedy

Good luck with that, you RINO sonofabitch.

8 posted on 03/09/2007 5:23:29 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: saveliberty

But but but McC has Kissinger in his corner.


9 posted on 03/09/2007 5:24:23 PM PST by OldFriend (KNOWLEDGE FOREVER GOVERNS IGNORANCE)
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To: NormsRevenge

Much as I have no use for McC, it is nice to see his wife looking well. She had a stroke and that must have been very difficult for her.


10 posted on 03/09/2007 5:25:26 PM PST by OldFriend (KNOWLEDGE FOREVER GOVERNS IGNORANCE)
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To: BonnieJ

It is time to take the focus off of personal lives. I never felt comfortable with the gossip about Clinton or any of the others. People in public life have flaws and mistakes just like everyone else, and we should stay out of them.

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Now if only the media would be so kind as to do the same..


11 posted on 03/09/2007 5:26:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Forgot to mention McCain's gun-grabbing track record ("F-" rating from GOA).
12 posted on 03/09/2007 5:27:23 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: OldFriend

How can we miss him if he won't go away?


13 posted on 03/09/2007 5:29:34 PM PST by saveliberty (Liberalism (called Middle of the Road by MSM) = You are free to do as you are told.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I thoroughly disagree with McCain. Everything depends on the circumstances.

Giuliani is not opposed to divorcing those to whom he has sworn fidelity, and he'll do it publicly, brutally, and without prior notification.

In that regard, his marriages says a lot about how he might treat those to whom he makes promises (conservatives.)


14 posted on 03/09/2007 5:34:50 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: NormsRevenge
In the 2000 campaign, McCain called Falwell and others "agents of intolerance."

I believe this what McCain really thinks about the religious right in this country.

It discloses a deep prejudice and disdain and makes him unfit to be POTUS.

I'm sure if McCain become POTUS we would need a person like in the ancient Roman times to whisper in the emperor ear, "you are not god"

15 posted on 03/09/2007 5:36:19 PM PST by Popman ("What I was doing wasn't living, it was dying. I really think God had better plans for me.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Too bad, John. Hillary research is all over your troubles. She will use it if and when it becomes necessary.


16 posted on 03/09/2007 5:37:03 PM PST by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: BonnieJ
It is time to take the focus off of personal lives. I never felt comfortable with the gossip about Clinton or any of the others. People in public life have flaws and mistakes just like everyone else, and we should stay out of them.

Whatever. Of course I don't know anything about you, but every other person I have heard say that cheated on their spouse, and that's why they don't think it is a mark of character.

17 posted on 03/09/2007 6:19:15 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Ah, the following is too personal!

McCain/Kerry F the POWS/MIAS
McCain/Feingold F free speech
McCain/Kennedy F American Sovereignty
McCain/Gang of 14
McCain/Keating 5
McCain/Terrorist Bill of Rights
McCain/Gun Grabber

More?


18 posted on 03/09/2007 6:22:41 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (!yaw gnorw eht su ekat lliw noitartsinimdA inailuiG A)
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To: Rodney King

That's quite an insult. I don't judge people for their mistakes, it doesn't mean I've made the same ones. And when it comes to character, it seems we have put the standards too high for national leaders. Many past ones regarded as great would not have passed the test.


19 posted on 03/09/2007 6:23:15 PM PST by BonnieJ
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To: xzins

Like Newt?


20 posted on 03/09/2007 6:23:34 PM PST by misterrob (Jack Bauer/Chuck Norris 2008)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well, I guess mentioning he is hot tempered and maybe crazy is out of bounds as well?


21 posted on 03/09/2007 6:26:31 PM PST by don-o (Fight, fight. fight to drive the GOP to the right!!!!)
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To: BonnieJ
That's quite an insult.

It wasn't meant to be, although I can see how you would take it as an insult. My observation is in fact my observation. Everyone else I know who has taken that view was a cheater. As I said, I know nothing about you, and of course personal observations are not very scientific.

22 posted on 03/09/2007 6:28:48 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: MamaB

http://www.rawstory.com/showarticle.php?src=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.radaronline.com%2Fexclusives%2F2007%2F03%2Fmccain-staffers-bail-off-his-crazy-train.php


23 posted on 03/09/2007 6:32:08 PM PST by TommyDale (What will Rudy do in the War on Terror? Implement gun control on insurgents and Al Qaeda?)
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To: Rodney King

Fidelity is a high priority in my own life and marriage. But that doesn't mean I judge others (esp. those I don't even know) by that standard. And leaders so often seem to fall victim to those sins...Like it or not, many of our previous Presidents don't have a very good record in terms of marital fidelity.


24 posted on 03/09/2007 6:33:33 PM PST by BonnieJ
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To: OldFriend

"She had a stroke"

Perhaps it was not a stroke at all... Could have been something more sinister. McCain did spend a lot of time with the V.C. you know.


25 posted on 03/09/2007 6:35:11 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Mr. Mojo
You forgot McCain and 13 other knuckleheads who undermine the Constitution and radicalize the appointment of Justices to the Supreme Court.

It is hard to keep up with the Straight-talk Express.
26 posted on 03/09/2007 6:35:47 PM PST by incredulous joe ("Silence is golden,...but duct tape is silver." -- anon)
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To: BonnieJ

I understand that, and I wouldn't judge most people if they had one divorce. But, for example, it is worth noting that Romney has zero divorces while Giuliani has two (or is it three?). And, the circumstnaces surrounding Giuliani's are not that flattering.


27 posted on 03/09/2007 6:39:28 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gossip no, but politicians personal lives could reveal a lot about one's character.


28 posted on 03/09/2007 6:42:18 PM PST by freekitty
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To: NormsRevenge

As far as I am concerned, North Carolina Senator Richard Burr can have him.


29 posted on 03/09/2007 6:47:29 PM PST by sport
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To: NormsRevenge

I tend to get a little suspicious when politicians light in with high-minded bromides about leaving their personal lives out of it. It makes me wonder why they don't want anyone paying attention.


30 posted on 03/09/2007 7:05:55 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: freekitty

Exactly.


31 posted on 03/09/2007 7:06:29 PM PST by Irish Rose (Will work for chocolate.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Let's keep the spotlight off of liberals in general, such as McCain.


32 posted on 03/09/2007 7:27:24 PM PST by The_Eaglet
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To: NormsRevenge
["Republican presidential candidate John McCain...who remarried one month after his 1980 divorce...said Friday that the personal lives of White House hopefuls shouldn't become an issue in the 2008 campaign."]

Not that I'm a McCain fan, but how often would we have seen this headline:

"Bill Clinton, who masturbated into presidential aide George Stephanopolois's sink, and who received blow jobs from intern Monika Lewenski, while still married to his wife Hillary Clinton...

33 posted on 03/09/2007 9:44:05 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Veritas. Gravitas. Ohmygas.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I would like to see this campaign conducted on past record and ambition for the future," McCain told reporters ...

I agree.

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34 posted on 03/09/2007 11:05:36 PM PST by TigersEye (For Democrats; victory in Iraq is not an option!)
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To: NormsRevenge
said Friday that the personal lives of White House hopefuls shouldn't become an issue in the 2008 campaign. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

What a control freak, trying to limit his exposure to what the MSM solid propaganda is about him. All the RINOs have this problem, Romney, Giuliani and McPain:

GOSSIP WILL DESTROY THEIR RUN!( too many skeletons in their closets!)

Get behing Hunter and /or Thompson: They are real men.

35 posted on 03/09/2007 11:18:05 PM PST by Candor7
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To: babygene

She is great eye candy, why would he want to harm her. She's the good little wife, staying in Arizona while he leads a nomad's life. Everywhere but home.


36 posted on 03/10/2007 6:09:02 AM PST by OldFriend (KNOWLEDGE FOREVER GOVERNS IGNORANCE)
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To: xzins

I had forgotten about HOW he divorced his second wife - publicly and without notification. Of course, she sounded like a peach too but still inappropriate.


37 posted on 03/10/2007 8:31:15 AM PST by GOPPachyderm
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To: NormsRevenge

Let us see. Hypothetical candidate Melbow loves to sodomize twelve year old boys in his 'private time.' It does not matter.


38 posted on 03/10/2007 8:39:12 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: misterrob

Those guilty of the same thing should be treated the same.


39 posted on 03/10/2007 3:32:46 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: BonnieJ
I never felt comfortable with the gossip about Clinton

What planet have you been living on?

40 posted on 03/11/2007 12:35:35 AM PST by AwesomePossum
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