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McCain speech at VMI... MUST READ.. FINALLY SOMEONE CALLS THE DEMS OUT... NO PUNCHES PULLED.
USA TODAY | 4/12/2007 | John McCain

Posted on 04/12/2007 6:40:52 AM PDT by HamiltonJay

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I have my differences with McCain on many things, but this speech in its entirety is the first to truly evicerate the Democrats for their traitorous behavior, and put a lie to the crap that they have been doing.

I'd definately say this is a MUST READ... This is the sort of things Bush and others should have been out saying in front of cameras for a long time now.

I applaud McCain for falling the liars and traitors out for what they are.

1 posted on 04/12/2007 6:40:56 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay

Agreed. I am certainly no big fan of McCain but credit where credit is due and it’s definately due here.


2 posted on 04/12/2007 6:43:41 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: HamiltonJay

keeper bumper


3 posted on 04/12/2007 6:44:48 AM PDT by Edgerunner (keep your powder dry...)
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To: traderrob6

No a McCain fan here, either.

But, he just went up two points in my book.


4 posted on 04/12/2007 6:45:04 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: HamiltonJay

I am stunned that USA today would print this.


5 posted on 04/12/2007 6:45:43 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Neoliberalnot

Its simply the transcript... I don’t know what if any articles have been published on this.... This speech should be read/heard by everyone... it should be front page news.. he effecitively just called the Democrats traitors, so I suspect this speech will get burried and never heard from again.

Full Text:

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-04-11-mccain-transcript_N.htm


6 posted on 04/12/2007 6:47:34 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: HamiltonJay
I don’t care. Nothing McCain says has any credibility any more. He is a dollar short and a day late. He should have been put out to pasture ten years ago.
7 posted on 04/12/2007 6:47:53 AM PDT by bmwcyle ( Freep Fox they drop the ball on GOE)
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To: griswold3

This is his strategy to get back into our graces.

I’m not biting.


8 posted on 04/12/2007 6:48:10 AM PDT by Nextrush ( Chris Matthews Band: "I get high....I get high.....I get high.....McCain......")
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To: HamiltonJay

Well, the President has been saying these things since 9/11.


9 posted on 04/12/2007 6:49:17 AM PDT by carton253 (Not enough space to express how I truly feel.)
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To: Nextrush

Did you mean “strategery”, Nextrush? :)


10 posted on 04/12/2007 6:49:23 AM PDT by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: HamiltonJay

Bump and Mark!


11 posted on 04/12/2007 6:49:26 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: HamiltonJay

Ya gotta admire his gutsiness, I plan on sending the URL to everyone I know. If the Dem candidates can start on their smear campaign early, I can start to alert my friends early.

Thanks for posting this.


12 posted on 04/12/2007 6:49:33 AM PDT by Monkey Face (One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it.~Ronald Reagan)
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To: Neoliberalnot
I can’t stand McCain, but he is right here. (Of course, he’ll probably be yelling for some liberal cause within a week).

My main questions is.....Where the hell is Bush on this. As the President, he needs to be saying these things. By keeping his mouth shut, it makes him appear weak. Attack the back-stabbers in Congress and destroy their credibility.

13 posted on 04/12/2007 6:49:40 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: HamiltonJay

I too have profound doubts about a lot of what Sen. McCain has done during his time in the Senate, but when it comes to sheer admiration for a man who is real, true hero he is at the top my list!

I regret that he has taken stands that make it impossible to vote for him in the primaries. But let me hasten to add that if he turns out to our candidate then he has my vote in an instant!

I also regret that Bill Bennett has trouble understanding how I feel about Sen. McCain. I love the man, I see him as a true hero, but he is not the person I would support as my nominee for president. Although I must admit it’s fun to entertain thoughts of him in the Oval Office. Imagine what a thorn in the flesh he would be for our enemies, foreign and domestic!


14 posted on 04/12/2007 6:50:51 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
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To: HamiltonJay

Is there a link?


15 posted on 04/12/2007 6:50:52 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Happy Easter!)
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To: traderrob6

McCain has done everything in his power of the years to make himself palpable to the mushy middle and even the left. Now that he’s seeing he will never be in the White House, perhaps he feels free to say what he really thinks. Although he’s been a staunch supporter of the war. Don’t forget his great Convention speech of 2004.


16 posted on 04/12/2007 6:50:55 AM PDT by Hildy ("man's reach exceeds his grasp"? It's a lie: man's grasp exceeds his nerve.)
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To: HamiltonJay
So when are the traitors to be arrested?

Pelosi and co. ought to be in jail.

17 posted on 04/12/2007 6:51:09 AM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: HamiltonJay
The Washington Times, no fan of McCain, mentioned this in today's op-ed:
In Washington, nothing comes easier to some political pundits than mindless cynicism. But some politicians advocate certain policies because they believe them to be the right thing for the country, even if they don't play tremendously well with the focus groups. In his address yesterday to cadets at the Virginia Military Institute, Sen. John McCain demonstrated that kind of genuine statesmanship -- a willingness to tell unpleasant truths regardless of the political consequences.

In many ways, Mr. McCain delivered the speech on the war that President Bush should have given months ago, challenging congressional Democrats to do the right thing and approve adequate funding for the war effort without imposing conditions that will likely result in an American defeat. "Responsible political leaders, statesmen, do not add to the burden our troops carry. That is what Democrats, intentionally or not, have done by failing to provide them with the resources necessary to succeed in their mission," Mr. McCain said. "Every day that passes without the necessary funds appropriated to sustain our troops, our chances of success in Iraq dwindle and our military readiness declines further."

Mr. McCain also said: "What struck me upon my [recent] return from Baghdad is the enormous gulf between the harsh but hopeful realities in Iraq, where politics is for many a matter of life and death, and the fanciful and self-interested debates about Iraq that substitute ... for statesmanship in Washington. In Iraq, American and Iraqi soldiers risk everything to hold the country together, to prevent it from becoming a terrorist sanctuary and the region from descending into the dangerous chaos of a widening war."

The senator watched with regret last month when the House "voted to deny our troops the support necessary to carry out their new mission" in Iraq. He noted that "Democratic leaders smiled and cheered as the last votes were counted. What were they celebrating? Defeat? Surrender?" Politicians of both parties have the responsibility to offer support "when the right strategy is proposed and the right commanders take the field to implement it, or at the least to offer an alternative strategy that has some relationship to reality." But instead of working with Mr. Bush to develop a winning strategy, the Democrats insist on debating whether Iraq is a "sideshow" or part of the "real war on terror," Mr. McCain said. But "whether or not al Qaeda terrorists were a present danger in Iraq before the war, there is no disputing they are there now and their leaders recognize Iraq as the main battleground in the war on terror."

Any voters who think that preventing defeat in Iraq should be a central concern should give Mr. McCain's brave, defiant and wise VMI speech a careful reading.


18 posted on 04/12/2007 6:51:33 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (The most dangerous place in the world is between Hillary and the Oval Office)
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To: HamiltonJay

My opinion of McCainiac just went up some...


19 posted on 04/12/2007 6:53:07 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Norman Bates

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-04-11-mccain-transcript_N.htm

IS the full transcript.... News Searching on “McCain VMI” are bringing up some analysis... but given the absolute unapologetic body blow McCain delivered in this speech to the Dems, coverage has been insanely light. Looks like MSM is going to likely bury it.


20 posted on 04/12/2007 6:53:21 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: traderrob6
Agreed. I am certainly no big fan of McCain but credit where credit is due and it’s definately due here.

Same here. McCain hasn't waivered in his support for the war, even though all his friends in the MSM are claiming that's the reason his campaign isn't gaining traction with the voters. I give him credit for that.

21 posted on 04/12/2007 6:53:24 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: HamiltonJay

McCain has never thrilled me, but I would take him any day over Rudy or Mitt.


22 posted on 04/12/2007 6:53:33 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: HamiltonJay
For my part, I would rather lose a campaign than a war.

The problem is, if the Republicans lose the upcoming (2008) campaign, we will have lost the war. If the Dems take over both Congress and the White House, God help our country.

23 posted on 04/12/2007 6:53:52 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: HamiltonJay

Video here:

http://www.johnmccain.com/

and here:

http://switchboard.real.com/player/email.html?PV=6.0.12&&title=Sen.%20John%20McCain%20%28R%2DAZ%29%20at%20VMI&link=rtsp%3A%2F%2Fvideo.c%2Dspan.org%2Farchive%2Fc08%2Fc08%5F041107%5Fmccain.rm


24 posted on 04/12/2007 6:54:48 AM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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To: HamiltonJay
McCain wiped out whatever respect I had for him because he basically spit on his own service by pushing through the Campaign Finance Reform bill, and was probably instrumental in cornering Bush to sign onto it. I expect such Marxism from the likes of Feingold who is after all a Democrat, but for a man who went around touting himself the answer to Republican prayers and calling himself a conservative, that was not only him p***ing on his own medals, but slapping the rest of us grassroots Americans in the face.

I agree with the other poster : this is a suck-up opportunity. Shame on the people of Arizona voting him back in, shame on those who think he might be a good presidential candidate.

25 posted on 04/12/2007 6:55:11 AM PDT by Alkhin (star dust contemplating star dust)
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To: HamiltonJay
If the terrorists are willing to do this terrible thing to Iraqi children, what are they willing to do to our children?

A BIG bump
26 posted on 04/12/2007 6:55:29 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (I have a big carbon footprint and I'm not afraid to use it.)
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To: bnelson44
YOUR ACTION REQUESTED BY SOME TROOPS IN IRAQ: Please spread the word about an appeal for redress that people in the military can sign to show support for the mission. They are having problems getting the word out:


www.appealforcourage.org

If you haven't seen this yet: A campaign by active-duty troops asking Congress to drop plans for a withdrawal from Iraq. Lt. Jason Nichols, a 33-year-old naval projects officer who has been in Baghdad since mid-January, said the goal is to keep lawmakers focused on letting the military finish its mission in Iraq, and not prematurely declare failure

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7392499685041821301&hl=en

Petitions for civilians:
http://www.townhall.com/ref/surrender
http://www.gopetition.com/online/11574.html

27 posted on 04/12/2007 6:56:20 AM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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To: HamiltonJay

Oh, but wait a minute, to most on FR (especially the Bushbots) “McCai-nuts-insane-queeg-CFR” et al is a “traitor” who would be worse than Hillary, Kerry, Kennedy, Bin Laden, Hitler, Stalin, et al, ever thought of being... NOTHING he says is worth anything < /sarc >


28 posted on 04/12/2007 6:56:40 AM PDT by meandog (If it feels good, don't do it!)
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To: HamiltonJay

McCain is now on my “Maybe” list - still like Fred T and Mitt.


29 posted on 04/12/2007 6:57:10 AM PDT by Scarchin (+)
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To: HamiltonJay

bttt


30 posted on 04/12/2007 6:57:31 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: HamiltonJay

For all of our differences with him, McCain is a true Patriot, and always has been. Those who can’t see that are blind.


31 posted on 04/12/2007 6:57:49 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: All; HamiltonJay; CBart95

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NEVER FORGET

A post-WATERGATE Democrat Congress, led by Sen. TED KENNEDY, cut-off all U.S. Funding for the then Free South Vietnamese to fight for their own Freedom with =

Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Edcuation (SLAVE LABOR) Camp

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1308949/posts

..”JOURNEY from the FALL”.. MoviePremieres = Fall of Saigon CLARITY..

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1806248/posts

What price for US to pay now
in a new time of war
in a new century
with our own Freedom
now directly at stake
right here at home..?

For
...the Enemy is now within
...and always has been..?

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NEVER FORGET

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32 posted on 04/12/2007 6:57:57 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: HamiltonJay

He’s gambling on this line of attack to save his campaign but I’m still glad he said it.


33 posted on 04/12/2007 6:57:59 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: meandog

Yea I know, about 4 of em have shown up on this thread already.... but what can ya do? Cynics will always be among us... and usually they don’t wind up accomplishing much.


34 posted on 04/12/2007 6:58:03 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Nextrush

“This is his strategy to get back into our graces.”

Whatever his motive may (or may not) be, just be glad he said it. It is high time someone did.


35 posted on 04/12/2007 6:58:35 AM PDT by katieanna
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To: All; pgkdan

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http://www.Freerepublic.com/~aloharonnie/

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36 posted on 04/12/2007 7:00:40 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: zook; TitansAFC; therut; zbigreddogz; Laissez-faire capitalist; areafiftyone; PhilCollins; ...
The McCain List.
Common sense conservatism


Links in posts 6, 20, & 24.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
37 posted on 04/12/2007 7:01:15 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Happy Easter!)
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To: HamiltonJay

Thank you.


38 posted on 04/12/2007 7:03:00 AM PDT by Norman Bates (Happy Easter!)
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To: HamiltonJay

RAT answer: “But a U.S. defeat is the only thing that will get us the total power we crave!”


39 posted on 04/12/2007 7:03:26 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TAGLINE virus has been CURED!.)
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To: All; bnelson44

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MEL’s -PASSION- sparked by -WE WERE SOLDIERS-

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1085111/posts

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40 posted on 04/12/2007 7:03:55 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: meandog
Oh, good, I was wondering when you would show up.

If McCain is the nominee, I will support him, albeit with my eyes wide open. He will be vilified by the press as soon as he accepts at the convention.

I don't forget how many things he has done to stab the President in the back. I consider him disloyal to the party and the President on many things, but he has always supported the war and the military, and for that reason alone he would be head and shoulders above ANY democrat who will run.

41 posted on 04/12/2007 7:05:27 AM PDT by Miss Marple (Prayers for Jemian's son,: Lord, please keep him safe and bring him home .)
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To: HamiltonJay
It was one of McCains greatest moments. The MSM asked Reid about McCains statement and at first Reid literally had his mouth hung open in shock that the Rats finally got called on their treasonous acts and then he finally responded with,”McCain should ask the Pope how bad Iraq is”.
42 posted on 04/12/2007 7:05:29 AM PDT by tobyhill (only wimps believe in retreat in defeat)
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To: dinoparty
For all of our differences with him, McCain is a true Patriot, and always has been. Those who can’t see that are blind.

That's right! There have been times in the last 6 years when I'd get so angry at McCain that I'd scream. But he has always been a supporter of the President as far as the war is concerned and he has never backed down in that support.

There are very few men who can really appreciate what McCain suffered at the hands of the North Vietnamese. He never broke. He was a patriot then and is one now. I probably won't vote for him in the primary but if he is our candidate in the general I will support him without hesitation.

43 posted on 04/12/2007 7:09:00 AM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: mainepatsfan
I have had my differences with McCain since he first ran for Congress. I don't like the guy but this is what a Senator does. This is what a great Senator does.

This is what he has said all along, it is nothing new. Any of the other Republican Senators could have and should have given this speech. They did not, they will not. After opposing him for 25 years I may just vote for the son of a birch.

44 posted on 04/12/2007 7:10:05 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: HamiltonJay
This action by McCain proves something that ought to be considered by a lot of folks here on FR.

Most of our candidates say and do a mixture of right and wrong. Of course, we have to form our overall opinion on the sum total of their deeds... good and bad... then and now.

All too often, we don't give credit when credit is due... and we should.

I'd hope that others applied that to me as I work through tough issues.

45 posted on 04/12/2007 7:10:26 AM PDT by nctexan (Top 10 Presidential Reqs. for 2008 - see my homepage)
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To: HamiltonJay

mccain showed something here with this speech. finally someone said what needed to be said. i just cant believe the usa today printed it.


46 posted on 04/12/2007 7:10:40 AM PDT by philsfan24
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To: HamiltonJay

McCain may not be the most loved candidate among conservatives because he stabbed the President so many times in the back on other issues, but on the War he is one of the strongest supporters and because the War on Terror is the most important issue of our time, we should be grateful for Senator McCain and his steadfast support for the War. Only a minority of Patriots is supporting the war and he is one of them.


47 posted on 04/12/2007 7:10:45 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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To: pgkdan

WHAT THE HELL.. what MODERATOR is removing text for a PUBLIC TEXT TRANSCRIPT?????

Jim you need to get your mods under control, this is rediculous.

Doesn’t matter if the TRANSCRIPT is at USA TODAY or CSPAN.. its a PUBLIC SPEECH TRANSCRIPT, not a COPYRIGHTABLE DOCUMENT OWNED BY THE PAPER PUBLISHER!


48 posted on 04/12/2007 7:12:13 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Nextrush

I am not going to support McCain for the nomination, but if he gets it, I can now vote for him without holding my nose.

IMO, it is a day late, but not a dollar short.


49 posted on 04/12/2007 7:14:23 AM PDT by neocon1984 (end the idiocy of post-modernism)
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To: tobyhill

I watched traitor Reid response to McCain speech on Brit Hume show last night. The low life could not come up with any response but invoked the Pope name and asked Senator McCain if he wants to debate the Pope on the War issue. This was one of the dumbest statements I have ever heard in my life.


50 posted on 04/12/2007 7:15:00 AM PDT by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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