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McCain's Marine son returns from Iraq
CNN ^ | Feb. 13, 2008 | CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh

Posted on 02/13/2008 7:35:42 PM PST by jdm

**EXCERPT**

WASHINGTON (CNN) —
Republican presidential candidate John McCain, who almost always refuses to speak on the campaign trail about his son serving in the military, got a rousing reception Wednesday when he told a private gathering of House Republican congressman that his son Jimmy — whose Marine unit had been deployed to Iraq — had arrived home from safely.

According to three GOP sources present at the closed meeting of the House Republican Conference, the Arizona senator said that when his son first arrived in the country, he reported seeing IEDs everywhere — but when he recently left, some seven months later, Iraq had become so safe he was handing out soccer balls.

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; jimmymccain; marine; mccain; welcomehome
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1 posted on 02/13/2008 7:35:50 PM PST by jdm
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To: jdm

McCain should be very proud of his so, as I’m sure he is.


2 posted on 02/13/2008 7:38:16 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: jdm

McCain should be very proud of his son, as I’m sure he is.


3 posted on 02/13/2008 7:38:23 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: jdm

That’s one thing you can’t take away from McCain, his family has a military history second to none. Which makes it even more puzzleing that he’s for national offense but against national defense.


4 posted on 02/13/2008 7:39:43 PM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: jdm

Has been my prayer that his children return safely. I want NO Vietnam repeats.


5 posted on 02/13/2008 7:40:16 PM PST by Just mythoughts (Isa.3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.)
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To: jdm

But, but... Pelosi says Iraq is a failure! /s


6 posted on 02/13/2008 7:40:36 PM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi)
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To: jdm
We are all proud of this American Marine! Thank you for your service Jim McCain.
7 posted on 02/13/2008 7:41:22 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: jdm

[. . .Jimmy — whose Marine unit had been deployed to Iraq — had arrived home from safely.]

What is “home from safely”? CNN had two people to write this bad grammar.


8 posted on 02/13/2008 7:41:43 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: jdm
VP Slot?
9 posted on 02/13/2008 7:42:40 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: jdm
We are going to need some of them troops back here if Obama wins.
10 posted on 02/13/2008 7:43:46 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: jdm
What wonderful new for the McCain family. Welcome home, Marine! It’s great having you back home safe and sound!
11 posted on 02/13/2008 7:45:05 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Yes, they should be very proud. The willingness to “walk the walk” in a military sense distinguishes McCain and his family from the other GOP candidates and their families. Maybe that was a factor.


12 posted on 02/13/2008 7:49:22 PM PST by tear gas (Because of the 22nd Amendment, we are losing President. Bush. Can we afford to lose him now?)
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To: BallyBill

I don’t think McCain’s son is 35 or older, so he can’t be VP. He might only be in his early 20s. He’s pretty young, IIRC.


13 posted on 02/13/2008 7:49:27 PM PST by jdm (You must have cookies enabled to log-in.)
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To: jdm

I must give McCain credit for having a son in the Marines in Iraq, and not having made a big deal out of it.


14 posted on 02/13/2008 7:51:16 PM PST by Plutarch
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To: jdm

Well. God Bless Him! THank you for your service, Jim McCain!


15 posted on 02/13/2008 7:53:14 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: jdm

I knoow what John McCain is feeling having his son come home safely. It is a grand feeling indeed.


16 posted on 02/13/2008 7:53:53 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: jdm

I knoow what John McCain is feeling having his son come home safely. It is a grand feeling indeed.


17 posted on 02/13/2008 7:54:19 PM PST by Graybeard58 ( Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: jdm
Awesome.
Associated Press

Senator John McCain and his wife, Cindy, in a 1999 family photograph with, from left, Meghan, Bridget, Jimmy and Jack.

18 posted on 02/13/2008 7:57:16 PM PST by littlehouse36 (I majored in math, not miracles.)
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To: BallyBill
We are going to need some of them troops back here if Obama wins.

No worries. If Obama wins, ALL the troops will be back. Just take a look at his New Jobs proposal
19 posted on 02/13/2008 8:00:05 PM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi)
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To: jdm

Welcome Home Jim!!!!! We honor you!!!

Now time to get out on that campaign trail and tell the truth about Iraq. The place that Obama and Hillary say is an utter failure...


20 posted on 02/13/2008 8:00:43 PM PST by Anti-Hillary (Lest anyone forgot, WE ARE AT WAR!!!!! NOW IS NOT THE TIME IN HISTORY TO TEACH THE PARTY A LESSON!!)
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To: jdm

Welcome home Jimmy,, Love your devotion to the country and please try to talk some sense into your dad.


21 posted on 02/13/2008 8:03:44 PM PST by MrPiper
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To: littlehouse36

I take it all those kids are adopted?


22 posted on 02/13/2008 8:04:13 PM PST by Godebert
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To: gidget7

“Thank you for your service Jim McCain.”

I copy that. Please talk some sense into your old man’s head.


24 posted on 02/13/2008 8:10:02 PM PST by 353FMG (Vote for the Person who will do the least damage to our country.)
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To: jdm

Happy homecoming Jim McCain... wish I could buy you and every Marine, Airman, Soldier and Sailor a beer as they got off the plane or ship.


25 posted on 02/13/2008 8:19:15 PM PST by GlennBeck08
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To: Plutarch

Like that Jerk James Webb. He wore his son’s boots during his Senate campaign. I thought that was pretty selfish because I figured the kid needed them in Iraq more than jerko needed them in Virginia.


26 posted on 02/13/2008 8:34:01 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: jdm

After a well earned rest I hope he goes and heckles chelsea clinton on the stump...


27 posted on 02/13/2008 9:02:41 PM PST by Wil H
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To: jdm

Welcome home, Jim!


28 posted on 02/13/2008 9:06:21 PM PST by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: jdm

A bump for McCain and his son!


29 posted on 02/13/2008 9:11:54 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Rob112586
Which makes it even more puzzleing that he’s for national offense but against national defense.

Would you mind expanding on this?

30 posted on 02/13/2008 9:13:18 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedicaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: jdm

Welcome home Jim.....glad to have you back!


31 posted on 02/13/2008 9:20:03 PM PST by egginanest ( "Never interrupt me when I'm trying to interrupt you." -Winston Churchill-)
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To: CaptRon

National offense: starting wars all over the world to eliminate “bad guys” (usually after we arm them or put them in power) all in the name of keeping us safe. Many times it entails arming and funding an opposition group, who in a decade or so will then become our new enemies and thus we’ll need to spend blood and treasure to eliminate them by funding and arming an opposition group which in a in a decade or so will then become our new enemies and thus we’ll need to spend blood and treasure to eliminate them by funding and arming an opposition group... you get it.

National defense: protecting the land between national borders, protecting individual rights endowed by the creator, upholding national soverignty. Not being afraid to call the enemy by it’s name or face (Religion of peace my ass.) To me, national defense not only entails defending against an enemy from outside (be it real or hyped) but also from the internal enemies trying to subvert the republic which our founders created.


32 posted on 02/13/2008 9:22:40 PM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: Rob112586

Sorry dude... But Ron Paul just ain’t gonna be President.


33 posted on 02/13/2008 9:43:21 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Rob112586

Well it goes like this, there is a great circulation of thought inside the beltway that deportation of illegals would be a disaster for the economy(I disagree), and that the demographic makeup over the next 20 years will make it impossible for conservatives and republicans to win elections. The reason we need a debate and not hyperbole on the issue of immigration is precisely to change the minds of folks that are worried about the economic impact of mass deportation. We all understand that produce is cheaper because of migrant labor, we also understand that paying entitlements and health care expenses offset the savings we enjoy at the supermarket. The biggest worry is about entitlement spending and baby boomer’s. There is some data to suggest that it is unsustainable to continue to provide retirement and Medicare without expanding the workforce age population. Throw in a few million amnesty citizens and you have expanded the tax base. Unfortunately they wont make enough money to actually make an impact, and in my opinion are a net negative when all is said and done. I think this is were McCain is coming from, his other liberal positions make no sense to me whatsoever. Right now the debate sounds like white folks trying to kick out brown folks, the debate needs to focus on the rule of law and the negative economic consequences of not securing our border. McCain is pompous, vain and a typical Washington Senator, but he’s not evil. He needs folks to stop yelling at him and start educating him. He needs to subscribe to Freerepublic.


34 posted on 02/13/2008 9:46:56 PM PST by America-The-Great-1967 (Don't fix the blame, fix the problem.)
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To: Ramius

And that’s a good thing. Paul reminds me of that scene in Spinal Tap. The guitarist has an amp that goes to 11. The interviewer says “but it sounds fine on 10.” The guitarist says “Well yeah, but this one goes to 11!” Paul is right when it comes to unintended consequences, but he takes it too far to be taken seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I respect him and am happy he is still running, but he’d be no better as CIC than a total militant. Another analogy... some people kick a beehive then bitch when they get stung. Paul just says stay out of the forest altogether. I think I’m somewhere in the middle, where conservatives were in the ‘90s.


35 posted on 02/13/2008 9:49:03 PM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: America-The-Great-1967

I’ll tell you what, that’s an excellent analysis. The thing is, I look at the border problem more from a national security standpoint. Not only from the obvious “Arab coming through with a suitcase nuke” scenerio, but also with MS-13, and the terrorists trained at the School of Americas. I hate outsourcing though. Somewhere along the way, free trade lost it’s meaning and we started getting screwed here at home. Like I said though, I agree with most of your sentiments and it is definatly a public perception problem. I had a conversation with a friend of mine who spent almost 20 years with the Round Rock PD in Texas, and he thinks if the illegals get amnesty, there will be a racial war in the southwest by 2011.


36 posted on 02/13/2008 9:55:17 PM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: Rob112586

Yah, but we didn’t kick the beehive. We’re just here to fumigate it. Works for me.


37 posted on 02/13/2008 9:56:13 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

Go read OBL’s 1996 Fatwa, or the conclusions of the 9/11 Commission Report. And it’s not even just the Arab problem, but also in South and Central America. Castro, Posada Carriles, Noriega, Galtieri, D’Aubuisson, Marco Sosa, Torrijas, Montesinos, Alvarado, ect. And in the middle east the Baathists, Operation Cyclone, Ajax, the Taliban, ect. It’s a very, very tight rope to walk across. And don’t get me wrong, it’s not just a US thing. The Soviets did the same thing, shipping Kalishnikovs off to any country who was anti-American. It’s yet another reason domestic security should be more important than anything else.


38 posted on 02/13/2008 10:07:36 PM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: Ramius

And I should add, so people don’t peg me as an isolationist, I supported the Iraq invasion. Hell, I still say we won the war. But with any military action, I believe in going in, kicking ass, and getting out. The global love cop stuff, the Wilson/Clinton-esque nation building always ends badly unless the populace en masse fights for their own freedom. And BTW... screw democracy. This is a republic, or is meant to be.


39 posted on 02/13/2008 10:14:31 PM PST by Rob112586 ("...a decrease in the quantity of legislation generally means an increase in the quality of life.")
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To: Godebert
I take it all those kids are adopted?

You take it wrong - and I hope you leave it there - There has been enough cruel and stupid remarks over the years because of their adoption of Bridget.


40 posted on 02/13/2008 10:48:31 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: America-The-Great-1967
He needs to subscribe to Freerepublic.

The way FR has been going of late - there's plenty of room for 'educating'

41 posted on 02/13/2008 10:50:53 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: Ramius
We’re just here to fumigate it. Works for me.


42 posted on 02/13/2008 10:53:05 PM PST by maine-iac7 (",,,but you can't fool all of the people all the time" LINCOLN)
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To: jdm

You have to give credit to McCain and his family, and particularly his son for this. Something they can all be proud of...and from his son’s report, clearly indicative of the progress and victory we are achieving there.


43 posted on 02/14/2008 6:15:44 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: jdm

I wish his was conservative, then maybe I could vote for him.

Anyway, can a son of a president (ARGH!!!) fight in Iraq, with a Secret Service detail with him?


44 posted on 02/14/2008 6:20:36 AM PST by Sybeck1 (It's truly bad when your Savior in November is Judas Himself.)
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To: Plutarch
"I must give McCain credit for having a son in the Marines in Iraq, and not having made a big deal out of it.:

exactly...I had no idea before I read this.

45 posted on 02/14/2008 6:21:42 AM PST by Katya (Homo Nosce Te Ipsum)
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To: BallyBill; jdm

They probably are both listed as Arizona residents, too.


46 posted on 02/14/2008 6:24:16 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: jdm

Salute! Welcome Home Marine!


47 posted on 02/14/2008 6:26:08 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: littlehouse36

One of these things is not like the others...


48 posted on 02/14/2008 6:29:39 AM PST by NCLaw441
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To: NCLaw441
"Things?"

You mean the kids?

One of those kids is adopted as I understand it and I thank God that there are people like the McCain's, irrespective of whatever other faults (and we all have those), who are willing to show the compassion, love, and care to such an one and take them into their household as their own.

I say God bless them for that.

49 posted on 02/14/2008 7:09:18 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: littlehouse36

best thing about that photo: lacrosse stick! although it looks like that kid is some neighbor who jumped into the photo at the last second.


50 posted on 02/14/2008 7:12:38 AM PST by thefactor (the innocent shall not suffer nor the guilty go free...)
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