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McCain seeks to reintroduce self
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/10/08 | Glen Johnson - ap

Posted on 03/10/2008 1:26:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

PHOENIX - Sen. John McCain is finding out what the Republican presidential nomination is worth this week.

Then he plans to buff his foreign policy credentials, remind the nation of his long military history and try to frame the issues for the November election — in three separate tours while his two Democratic opponents continue to struggle for their party's nomination.

"Whenever you're the nominee of your party, I think people will want to re-examine the candidate," the senator said before leaving Arizona following a weekend at home. "I'd like to believe that all 300 million Americans know me, but unfortunately, that's not the case. I'll have to work hard to attract their votes."

But first, he had a full medical screening on Monday.

While McCain has previously been treated for skin cancer, he said there was nothing that precipitated his visit, which included a full medical workup. He said his dermatologist also performed a cancer screening during the past few weeks. Results from all the exams will be released April 15, he said.

"Everything's fine," McCain told reporters during a news conference. "Like most Americans, I go see my doctor fairly frequently."

McCain's next step Monday was fundraising.

McCain has been outraised by both of his potential Democratic opponents, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Clinton has more than doubled McCain's donations; Obama has nearly tripled the Arizona senator's total.

Six days after clinching the GOP nomination, McCain headed Monday to a fundraiser in St. Louis.

He planned to continue Tuesday in New York, Wednesday in Boston, Thursday in Pennsylvania and Friday in Chicago to counter an explosion in giving to the Democratic contenders who each set personal bests in February.

Sen. Obama raised $55 million in February alone, while Sen. Clinton collected $35 million. McCain has not yet released his February totals.

More broadly, while Obama and Clinton fight on, McCain hopes to shore up his campaign financing, public image and political posture.

On Wednesday, for example, McCain will hold his first general-election town hall meeting in a nostalgic locale: New Hampshire. The Exeter event is a nod to the state's pivotal role as host to the first primary McCain won en route to the nomination.

In the coming weeks, McCain also hopes to deepen voters' understanding of his background and policy views.

His first effort comes in foreign policy next week. McCain keeps a previously scheduled commitment to join a congressional visit to European and Middle Eastern capitals. He plans to meet with a series of world leaders.

Upon his return, McCain plans a major foreign policy address.

Then McCain will take off on a biographical tour that will highlight his military service.

Among the expected stops: McCain Field in Mississippi, a Navy facility named for his grandfather, a former admiral; Jacksonville, Fla., where McCain returned from his time as a Vietnam prisoner of war and commanded the largest flight squadron in the Navy; and Alexandria, Va., and Annapolis, Md., where McCain went to high school and then the Naval Academy.

That tour is expected to be followed by a trip aimed at outlining McCain's positions on issues such as the economy and the environment, as well as his concern for less-affluent areas of the country, such as Appalachia.

McCain's most immediate concern, though, is money.

During the current election cycle, Obama and Clinton have not only outraised him, but far exceeded him in cash on hand.

As of Jan. 31, Obama, a senator from Illinois, had raised $141 million, with $25 million cash on hand; Clinton, a senator from New York and former first lady, had raised $138 million and had $29 million cash on hand.

By contrast, McCain has raised $55 million and had $5.2 million cash on hand at the end of January.

An invitation to his event Wednesday night at the Taj Boston hotel is fairly typical of those this week: $2,300 donations — the maximum allowable for each primary and general election campaign — are required for a private reception with McCain. A half-hour later, the tab drops to $1,000 per person for a more widely accessible general reception.

It was uncertain whether former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who had challenged McCain for the Republican nomination, would attend the event.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2008; mccain; myfriends; reintroduce; seeks; self

1 posted on 03/10/2008 1:26:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,
speaks to reporters in Phoenix, Ariz., Monday, March 10, 2008.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


2 posted on 03/10/2008 1:28:50 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

He should. And I don’t care what the crepe-hangers say with all the present hype the filthy socialists are getting, McCain can win in November IF HE RUNS THE RIGHT CAMPAIGN and goes for the throat of the Dim nominee. Both a SO EASY to nail -— their weaknesses far outnumber any strengths (do they have ANY?) -— fight hard McCain, you can do it.


3 posted on 03/10/2008 1:29:08 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain's most immediate concern, though, is money.

I wish him much luck in getting funds from those "independents" and Democrats to whom he keeps reaching across the aisle.

4 posted on 03/10/2008 1:30:38 PM PDT by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Who?


5 posted on 03/10/2008 1:31:04 PM PDT by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Hi, I'm Juan! I'm a Conservative Liberal Republican. "


6 posted on 03/10/2008 1:31:47 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Ingtar

Hi, I’m John McCain. Let’s let bygones be bygones......you nativist piece of crap. LOL


7 posted on 03/10/2008 1:32:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Voting CONSERVATIVE in memory of 5 children killed by illegals 2/17/08 and 2/19/ 08)
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To: EagleUSA

call him Mr. Softie,,

maybe someone just needs to send him a diagram that shows where the jugular vein is... just in case he wants to actually assume an aggressive position against Hil or Obama rather than harangue many in “his own party” .. whatever the heck it has been turned in to off late :-)


8 posted on 03/10/2008 1:34:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sympathy for The Devil


9 posted on 03/10/2008 1:34:49 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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-f


10 posted on 03/10/2008 1:35:07 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

Save your breath for the concession speech, Mac


11 posted on 03/10/2008 1:37:22 PM PDT by wilco200
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To: NormsRevenge

Allow myself to introduce... myself


12 posted on 03/10/2008 1:37:59 PM PDT by AzSteven ("War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." Jean Dutourd)
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To: NormsRevenge

I still can’t get over the fact that he is the Republican nominee!

To think that our great nation, blessed at its founding with some of the brightest intellects and most brilliant statesmen in history, has sunk to the point where the best we can muster is McCain, Hillary and Obama.

How I grieve for my beloved country.

I guess the one bright spot about being stuck in Blue State Hell is that I can afford the luxury of a wasted protest vote. So I will refuse to vote for McCain without feeling guilty about helping the Democrats capture the White House.


13 posted on 03/10/2008 1:43:35 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: NormsRevenge

Hank Hill’s Dad?


14 posted on 03/10/2008 1:44:37 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Hank Hill's Dad, Cruella and Curious George=Loony Toons)
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To: AzSteven

Man, I do hope I get the opportunity to meet the Weasel at some event so I can tell him to his face that he ain’t gettin’ a plugged nickel from me. I’ve already sent back two National Committee “begs” with nothing but a note about my opinion of McVain. They’ll probably go straight to the trash, but if enough of us do it, itmight register.


15 posted on 03/10/2008 1:45:51 PM PDT by Supercharged Merlin
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To: NormsRevenge

The new FR poll says it all.

Only 11% would vote for McCain because they like him.


16 posted on 03/10/2008 1:47:01 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Hank Hill's Dad, Cruella and Curious George=Loony Toons)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dole tried this. Remember, he resigned from the Senate and tried to run as an outsider; his wife gave an Oprah style speech at the convention. His numbers went up for two weeks, then back down again.

It doesn’t work. The man is 71 years old; he’s been in Washington forever, “reaching” out to the Dems.

He should have spent more time “reaching” out to his own party.


17 posted on 03/10/2008 1:47:32 PM PDT by kjo
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To: NormsRevenge

“McCain seeks to reintroduce self”

Hello my friends, I am a backstabbing, lib-loving, global warming myth believing, illegal alien hugging ba*tard.

Won’t you please vote for me? I’ll only f**k you over on the big issues, PROMISE!


18 posted on 03/10/2008 1:48:05 PM PDT by Grunthor (None of the Above 2008!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I am thinking, The Shining, I am thinking Jack Nicholson, I am thinking “Here’s Johnny!”


19 posted on 03/10/2008 1:50:19 PM PDT by Biblebelter (I will NEVER EVER vote for McCain or any other current Senator.)
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To: wilco200

And just whom are you hoping he will be conceding to ?


20 posted on 03/10/2008 1:51:06 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (Michael Steele for VP)
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To: NormsRevenge
Interesting little story on McCain in today's NY Post (for example, he eats Raisin Bran for breakfast):


ON THE TRAIL: Septuagenarian presidential candidate John McCain joins son Jack for a 30-mile, two-day hike in the Grand Canyon last summer.

'LIKE TO HIKE' MCC LOVES UPHILL CLIMB
21 posted on 03/10/2008 1:52:12 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Miss Didi

“he eats Raisin Bran for breakfast”

I would have guessed Grape Nuts.


22 posted on 03/10/2008 1:54:47 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: gathersnomoss
Sympathy for The Devil

That was my first thought too!!
The lyrics are an amazingly good fit:

Please allow me to introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
I've been around for long, long years
Stole many man's soul and faith

And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
Had his moment of doubt and pain
Made damn sure that Pilate
Washed his hands and sealed his fate

Pleased to meet you
Hope you guess my name
But what's puzzling you
Is the nature of my game

I rode a tank
Held a general's rank
When the blitzkrieg raged
And the bodies stank

I watched with glee
While your kings and queens
Fought for ten decades
For the gods they made

I shouted out,
"Who killed the Kennedys?"
When after all
It was you and me

Let me please introduce myself
I'm a man of wealth and taste
And I laid traps for troubadours
Who get killed before they reached Bombay

Just as every cop is a criminal
And all the sinners saints
As heads is tails
Just call me Lucifer
'Cause I'm in need of some restraint

So if you meet me
Have some courtesy
Have some sympathy, and some taste
Use all your well-learned politesse
Or I'll lay your soul to waste

23 posted on 03/10/2008 1:57:39 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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To: Maceman

Like I’ve said. You try to interject a positive story and there’s people like you who trash the man to make your point.

I don’t really understand your thought process. You equate Obama with Hillary and McCain as if there is no difference. I think we have a disconnect here...but that’s just my opinion.


24 posted on 03/10/2008 2:09:45 PM PDT by nikos1121 (I'm voting for McCain...and fixin' to get excited about it.)
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To: nikos1121

We saw some trailers for the new Battlestar Gallactica and decided John McCain needs an eye-patch.


25 posted on 03/10/2008 2:13:17 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Everything's fine," McCain told reporters during a news conference. "Like most Americans, I go see my doctor fairly frequently."

BWahahahahahahahahaha, if THIS doesn't show how out of touch he is, nothing will.

I avoid doctors like the plague and so does everyone else in my family.

26 posted on 03/10/2008 2:18:12 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: NormsRevenge
Personally its going to take a lot to convince me hes worth a fart in a wind storm. I will watch and listen. If he fails to convince me he and the republican party can go spit. They wont collect anything but "bush bucks" from me. Bush Buck
27 posted on 03/10/2008 2:19:36 PM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: Just another Joe

Yeah, you’re right. Americans can’t afford to see their doctor and avoid them like the plague.


28 posted on 03/10/2008 2:21:10 PM PDT by nikos1121 (I'm voting for McCain...and fixin' to get excited about it.)
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To: nikos1121
Americans can’t afford to see their doctor

Your words, not mine.

29 posted on 03/10/2008 2:25:09 PM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: NormsRevenge


Hi, I'm a John, I mean my name is John. I'm a liberal conservative, I mean a conservative liberal. I mean
30 posted on 03/10/2008 2:28:56 PM PDT by deuteronlmy232
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To: Iron Munro
My first thought was:

It was twenty years ago today,
Pilot McCain taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years,
Pilot McCain's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

31 posted on 03/10/2008 3:41:18 PM PDT by ImpBill (Hi, My name is Greg and I am a recovering "r"epublican!)
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To: NormsRevenge
McCain is still an active member of the US Senate. If he truly wants to “frame the issues for the November election”, he could do it on the Senate floor with legislation he authors that present his positions.
32 posted on 03/10/2008 3:47:29 PM PDT by backtothestreets (My bologna has a first name, it's J-O-R-G-E)
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To: EagleUSA
Yeah, as a Senate leader on global warming legislation and carbon credit scams, he is going to challenge the Democratic candidate for one of their constituencies. Al Gore will be comfortable with any of the three leading candidates. Most of America will not.

From McCain's speech on Energy Policy: "I have proposed a bipartisan plan to address the problem of climate change and stimulate the development and use of advanced technologies. It is a market-based approach that would set reasonable caps on carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions, and provide industries with tradable credits."
33 posted on 03/10/2008 3:56:47 PM PDT by backtothestreets (My bologna has a first name, it's J-O-R-G-E)
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To: Iron Munro
He is going to Clinton along and hope that the liberals “stand behind him” and back him 100%. This only about sex. Sex and corruption, abuse of public trust, and possibly funds.

If I were a New Yorker I would demand his resignation.

34 posted on 03/10/2008 3:59:51 PM PDT by gathersnomoss (General George Patton had it right.)
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To: nikos1121
I don’t really understand your thought process. You equate Obama with Hillary and McCain as if there is no difference. I think we have a disconnect here...but that’s just my opinion.

You're right. We do have a disconnect. Can you think of one positive reason to vote for John McCain, other than that he MAY be (marginally) not quite as bad as Hillary or Obama?

The guy is wrong on practically every issue that matters, has no understanding of economics, has jumped on the global warming bandwagon, doesn't even remotely understand the issue of illegal immigration, is completely unable to grasp, let alone argue, a principled position on any issue, has basically made clear that he is not going to appoint strict constructionist judges, and would rather die than directly criticize a mainstream Democrat position.

Oh, did I mention that he really hasn't demonstrated that he's all that bright, or that he has any strength as a strategic thinker. Not to mention that he has ZERO executive experience and is therefore by definition unqualified to hold, let alone carry out the responsibilies of, the highest executive office in the US government.

Other than that he's swell.

So OK, maybe he wouldn't quite be the disaster that Hillary or Obama will be. But please don't try to persuade me that he has any serious qualities to recommend him for the office of the Presidency.

35 posted on 03/10/2008 4:13:25 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: NormsRevenge

Every American family will pay another $2,000 annually thanks to McCain and his dopey carbon credit scam. Just what this country needs - billions stolen to redistribute to european socialists and third world dictators.

Now we will see a recession.


36 posted on 03/10/2008 5:00:11 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Governments hate armed citizens more than armed criminals)
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To: sergeantdave

Those $5000 tax credits for healthcare are also gonna hit the pocketbook—and not of those receiving the benefit.


37 posted on 03/10/2008 5:25:48 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: Maceman

What if the ticket is McCain/Romney?


38 posted on 03/10/2008 7:21:45 PM PDT by nikos1121 (I'm voting for McCain...and fixin' to get excited about it.)
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To: cripplecreek
Hi, I’m John McCain. Let’s let bygones be bygones......you nativist piece of crap. LOL

Now, that was funny!

39 posted on 03/11/2008 4:53:50 AM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: nikos1121
What if the ticket is McCain/Romney?

If I lived in an important state like Florida, I'd hold my nose and vote for him.

But since I live in Massachusetts, which will go Democrat anyway, it really doesn't matter who I vote for, or even whether I vote at all, in the presidential race.

So I while I will definitely vote for whoever ends up running against John Kerry in the Senate race, I won't be voting for McCain no matter who he runs with.

And by the way, he won't be running with Romney, bet on that.

40 posted on 03/11/2008 5:21:31 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: NormsRevenge

McCain will be on Bill Bennett’s show after the newsbreak at the bottom of this hour. (6:30 a.m. MDT)


41 posted on 03/11/2008 5:23:44 AM PDT by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: calcowgirl

McCain says he hates wasteful government spending.

A donation to McCain, Hillary, or Obama, would be considered wasteful spending on government.

LOL


42 posted on 03/11/2008 5:24:09 AM PDT by dforest
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To: NormsRevenge

Now the lying begins.


43 posted on 03/11/2008 5:24:51 AM PDT by sport
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To: NormsRevenge

McCain seeks to reintroduce self:

“Hi there, conservative type person. Never mind about me, say hi to my new running mate Duncan Hunter!”


44 posted on 03/11/2008 6:57:33 AM PDT by Outership
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To: AzSteven
Allow myself to introduce... myself

I believe the line actually goes like this:

"Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth and taste..."

45 posted on 03/11/2008 7:00:03 AM PDT by Content Provider
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To: EagleUSA

McCain treats his (and the nation’s) enemies better than he treats his friends (or conservatives, anyway). Don’t look for him to go for Hillary!’s throat (it would be sexist) or Obama’s (...racist).


46 posted on 03/11/2008 7:05:12 AM PDT by Little Ray (It is time to drink the KoolAid: McCain for President!)
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To: Maceman
To think that our great nation, blessed at its founding with some of the brightest intellects and most brilliant statesmen in history, has sunk to the point where the best we can muster is McCain, Hillary and Obama.

You are 100% correct.

All of the whining and crying about McCain not being as bad as Hillary or Obama is the reason we end up with such terrible candidates time after time.

If we keep voting for republican candidates because they are not quite the worst of two horrible choices we will never see the republican party field a quality candidate.
As long as they can scare us with a democrat boogey man worse than the republican boogey man they are happy to run standard party hacks for office.

We should demand the best America can offer - not settle for someone who isn't quite as repulsive as the worst the democrats can offer.

Look at all of the dynamic movers and shakers in the country; self made men of ability, wisdom and great accomplishments, men that can inspire and lead.
And the best the republican party can offer is a hack like John McCain?P> Disgusting.

The Scum Also Rises - Is This Really The Best That America Can Do?


47 posted on 03/11/2008 10:59:42 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.)
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