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McCain officially rejects Hagee endorsement
CNN ^ | May 22, 2008

Posted on 05/22/2008 1:13:07 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

In the face of mounting controversy over headline-grabbing statements from Pastor John Hagee, CNN has learned presumptive Republican nominee John McCain has decided to reject his endorsement.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008endorsement; christianvote; freestuff; hagee; kickthemtothecurb; mccain; mugwhores; pastor; underthebus; whataguy
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1 posted on 05/22/2008 1:13:07 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Norman Bates; Bob J; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Kuksool; Impy; Darren McCarty; neverdem

Soneone needs to get the word to McCain- QUIT PANDERING TO THE LEFT WING!!!!


2 posted on 05/22/2008 1:14:38 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Karl Marx supported free trade. Does that make him a free market conservative?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Democrats will just come up with another talking point.


3 posted on 05/22/2008 1:14:47 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: Clintonfatigued

Perfect. Instead of getting up on his soapbox and making a speech, he nipped it in the bud. Obama should be taking notes.


4 posted on 05/22/2008 1:15:45 PM PDT by contemplator (Capitalism gets no Rock Concerts)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It’s about time.


5 posted on 05/22/2008 1:15:46 PM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: rhombus

I guess this is McCain’s Sister Souljah moment. But a mediocre conservative like McCain doesn’t need one.


6 posted on 05/22/2008 1:16:45 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Karl Marx supported free trade. Does that make him a free market conservative?)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Soneone needs to get the word to McCain- QUIT PANDERING TO THE LEFT WING!!!!

He had pressure from the right too. Specifically Catholics. Hagee's a bigot and McCain had no business soliciting Hagee's endorsement.

7 posted on 05/22/2008 1:17:27 PM PDT by al_c (Avoid the consequences of erudite vernacular utilized irrespective of necessity)
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To: Clintonfatigued

8 posted on 05/22/2008 1:17:50 PM PDT by Petronski (Scripture & Tradition must be accepted & honored w/equal sentiments of devotion & reverence. CCC 82)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Now will he reject Soros’ endorsement?


9 posted on 05/22/2008 1:17:55 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Daily “conservative-thrown-under-the-wheels-of-the-Straight Talk Express” bookmark.

I guess the “Lion of the Senate” wasn’t too sick to get out the marching orders to John Judas.


10 posted on 05/22/2008 1:19:37 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I have a clear record of working with Dems. I will appoint Dems to my administration." -Sen McCain)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

MUGS!


11 posted on 05/22/2008 1:20:40 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Idiot.

Big fighter against the right.

Not so big against the left.


12 posted on 05/22/2008 1:20:54 PM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: Clintonfatigued

Pastor Hagee is a great man and the best friend Israel ever had.


13 posted on 05/22/2008 1:21:14 PM PDT by balch3
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To: balch3

Yes he his, but John Mccain has become somewhat of an invertebrate..


14 posted on 05/22/2008 1:23:41 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
What pastor? None that I am aware of. He is a bigot.
15 posted on 05/22/2008 1:25:24 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the Royal 100 Club)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Soneone needs to get the word to McCain- QUIT PANDERING TO THE LEFT WING!!!!

They need to stop trying to say that anyone who supports, or endorses, the campaign somehow means there is a reverse-endorsement of that persons views or record, in whole.

Unfortunately, to do that and not appear totally hypocritical, they'd have to back off on Wright, Ayers, etc. Then what would Hannity talk about?

16 posted on 05/22/2008 1:25:34 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It really doesn’t matter, ABC is pushing a new story about another pastor that has endorsed McCain, Ron Parsley, that actually had the nerve to condemn Islam as a religion of hatred.

The radio version of the ‘news’ story actually referred to him as a HATE MONGER!


17 posted on 05/22/2008 1:26:16 PM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Clintonfatigued

¡Ole!


18 posted on 05/22/2008 1:26:20 PM PDT by eastsider
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To: Clintonfatigued

Funny that Hagee’s endorsement made the mainstream media as a major story, but Hamas’ endorsement of Obama was just a blip on the MSM radar screen. You know nutty pastor vs. organized terrorist organization—objective journalism at its best!


19 posted on 05/22/2008 1:26:40 PM PDT by Elvina
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To: balch3

He may be a friend of Israel, but what about Jews? Where does he think they end up in the after life?


20 posted on 05/22/2008 1:26:43 PM PDT by stravinskyrules (Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don't like, it's always by Villa-Lobos?)
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To: Bodies
LET THE BODIES HIT THE FLOOR...

21 posted on 05/22/2008 1:26:48 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: Clintonfatigued
The Huffington Post had published a recording of Hagee saying that Adolf Hitler had been fulfilling God’s will by hastening the desire of Jews to return to Israel in accordance with biblical prophecy.

oy

22 posted on 05/22/2008 1:28:09 PM PDT by camerakid400
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To: al_c
He had pressure from the right too. Specifically Catholics. Hagee's a bigot and McCain had no business soliciting Hagee's endorsement.

Oh, no. We Catholics have been assured so many times that Hagee is a great guy and that McCain's pride in his endorsement (McCain stuck it up on his website and everything!) was nothing short of positively wonderful.

And the "Catholic Church is the Great Whore" stuff that Hagee spouts? Complete misunderstanding. Hagee actually called the RCC "The Great Snore" because the bingo games down at the local parish are so doggone boring.

/s

23 posted on 05/22/2008 1:29:28 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: Clintonfatigued

No, I think this was probably the easiest way to deal with it. Hagee was not his “pastor,” anyway, and while I’m sure Hagee has a following, far more voters would be lost by letting the press turn Hagee into a huge deal. It’s much more publicity than Hagee deserves!


24 posted on 05/22/2008 1:30:45 PM PDT by livius
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To: stravinskyrules

“He may be a friend of Israel, but what about Jews? Where does he think they end up in the after life?”

Why would his opinion on that issue matter?


25 posted on 05/22/2008 1:30:57 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: mountainbunny

..and what about LA RAZA ? Are they next..?


26 posted on 05/22/2008 1:31:06 PM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: camerakid400

Not to say Hagee is not a complete nutcase, but God used Pharoah to do just that.

God uses all sorts of disgusting people.


27 posted on 05/22/2008 1:32:39 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Mossad!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
This would be a non issue if we had ignored Wright/Obama.

The MSM needed to try and minimize the damage Wright did to Obama.

Hey, what is 20 years in a pew compared to a public endorsement?

28 posted on 05/22/2008 1:38:52 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: calcowgirl; KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

What is MUGS?

McCain’s Uncle George Soros?


29 posted on 05/22/2008 1:39:55 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Blue Turtle
..and what about LA RAZA ? Are they next..?

Do not hold your breath.

But stranger things have happened. McCain has been cash-poor and last I saw, was not raising the kind of money he needs to.

The question is: does he really convince anyone by dumping La Raza & Hagee that he's worthy of money and support?

My guess is no, which is why he'll go with Romney as a Veep choice. Romney raised money hand over fist, iirc.

30 posted on 05/22/2008 1:40:27 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: camerakid400

Hagee isn’t the only religious fanatic saying nutty things about the Holocaust.

“An eminent rabbi who heads Israel’s third biggest political party sparked an uproar in Israel for saying that 6 million Jews perished in the Holocaust because they were reincarnations of sinners.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, leader of the Shas party, also declared that Prime Minister Ehud Barak has “no sense” because he is trying to make peace with the Palestinians, whom he called “snakes.”

Yosef was speaking in his weekly Saturday night sermon that is broadcast over the party’s radio stations and is beamed overseas by satellite.

He said the 6 million Holocaust victims “were reincarnations of the souls of sinners, people who transgressed and did all sorts of things that should not be done. They had been reincarnated in order to atone.””


31 posted on 05/22/2008 1:46:22 PM PDT by trane250
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To: mountainbunny
Romney raised money hand over fist, iirc.

Uh, no.

"Before abandoning his bid to become president, Mitt Romney put in at least $42.3 million of his own money, a big chunk of the $97 million he spent on the campaign." Boston Globe article

32 posted on 05/22/2008 1:49:21 PM PDT by mngran2
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To: Clintonfatigued

Well, its better to acknowledge a mistake than continue to explain it away. This is a tumor that had to be separated.

That Hagee is a complete fruitcake.

You can’t say asinine things like Hitler was doing God’s work. He also dumped over Catholics and then apologized recently. He would also be a liability regarding foreign policy. You can’t have endorsement from a Pastor who says US was created to destroy Nation of Islam. Then when you declare war on Iran or whoever, questions would arise if you are doing it for foreign policy reasons or religious reasons.

Our long Endorsement Nightmare is finally over!

Lesson for McCain, lunatic fruitcakes like this do more harm then good. Be who you are and you will win. Give in to cretins like this and you will lose.


33 posted on 05/22/2008 1:49:45 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Way to go, Johnnie - make a mountain out of a molehill.


34 posted on 05/22/2008 1:51:24 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: pissant

LOL!


35 posted on 05/22/2008 1:52:40 PM PDT by calcowgirl (Schwarzenegger and McCain are trying to castrate the elephant)
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To: balch3

Pastor Hagee is a great man and the best friend Israel ever had.

BARF!!! I can’t stand him!!! He is a disgusting individual who is a disgrace to America! Have you heard what he says about Catholics???? Obviously you must not know.


36 posted on 05/22/2008 1:53:37 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: calcowgirl
Unfortunately, to do that and not appear totally hypocritical, they'd have to back off on Wright, Ayers, etc.

One big difference between Hagee and Wright. McCain is not nor has he ever been a member of Hagee's church. On the other hand, Obama sat under Jerry's tutelage for 20 years, and called him his spiritual mentor and close friend.

Quite a bit of difference there.

37 posted on 05/22/2008 1:53:52 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: Bob Buchholz
The radio version of the ‘news’ story actually referred to him as a HATE MONGER!

While no news story on Reverend Wright would ever dare call him anything more than "controversial."

38 posted on 05/22/2008 1:54:42 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Let's see, McCain basically told Dr. Dobson to "stuff it," rejects the endorsement of Hagee, whom else in the conservative faith community does the good Senator reject?

Might he accept the "endorsement of say Gene Robinson, gay leader of the Episcopal Church?

How about Rev. Al Sharpton, or Tom Cruise, leader of Scientology?

Whether or not McCain cozys up to more and more leftists will determine whether he has a ghost of a chance.

39 posted on 05/22/2008 2:02:45 PM PDT by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Clintonfatigued

That didn’t take long. LOL!


40 posted on 05/22/2008 2:04:03 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The GOP death march to the gravesite is underway.)
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To: mngran2

This says he was in the lead at one point. As you note, though, Romney spent much more than he took in.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-04-02-gop-fundraising_N.htm
Part of the problem was probably this, too:
Romney Used His Wealth to Enlist Richest Donors
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/06/us/politics/06romney.html
Planning on getting most of your money up front from rich donors was what Hillary Clinton did, too. For a while, the campaign is flush with cash. But the problem is, once they run out, they can’t go back to the same donors because those people have usually reached their donation limits.
See: http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1738331,00.html
The Five Mistakes Clinton Made, item 4.


41 posted on 05/22/2008 2:07:12 PM PDT by mountainbunny
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To: Clintonfatigued

That’s turning into one empty Straight Talk Express bus and the ride has to be bumpy by running over all those ex-stafffers and endorsers.


42 posted on 05/22/2008 2:12:19 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The GOP death march to the gravesite is underway.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I guess the RINO relic can say with a straight face, I was again’ him, before I was with him, before I was again’ him again. Senators are idiots and it looks like one these three is going to be the next POTUS. But McCain looks like he is out there just as much being blown around in the political winds, as the Pickle Princess’s husband was being blown around when he was out there in spandex windsurfing.


43 posted on 05/22/2008 2:18:19 PM PDT by Biblebelter (If the big blue states got to choose the Republican nominee, I say let them elect him in the fall)
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To: TADSLOS
Pastors of churches who publicly endorse should have their tax exempt status taken from them.
44 posted on 05/22/2008 2:19:23 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thank you for shouting how McCain should ....

QUIT PANDERING TO THE LEFT WING!!!!

I’m not sure how McCain’s own version of Pastor-Gate applies to any of his left wing pandering ways, but whatever.

I’m also not even sure why this is newsworthy. Except that the MSM decided this non-story is somhow relevant.

I guess now McCain should renounce his 20 year association with Pator Hagee and turn his back on the church he and Cindy worshipped in.


45 posted on 05/22/2008 2:19:24 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yo prometo lealtad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America, y a la Republica que representa...)
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To: Responsibility2nd

McCain doesn’t even go to Pastor Hagees church, Hagee only endorsed him to let evangelicals know that he was acceptable as conservative choice I believe. McCain’s Pastor is at a Methodist church in AZ, it is more laid back, and not putting forth any publicity.


46 posted on 05/22/2008 2:22:37 PM PDT by Kackikat ((No strong national security, and the rest of issues are mute points; chaos ensues.))
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To: normy

Agreed. That should also apply to churches that provide politicians a microphone in their sanctuaries.


47 posted on 05/22/2008 2:22:44 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The GOP death march to the gravesite is underway.)
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To: TADSLOS
Absolutely.
48 posted on 05/22/2008 2:27:31 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Kackikat

Exactly. So why is one crack-pot pastor’s POV any big deal?

Hagee’s stupidity pales in comparison to Rev. Wright’s but the MSM will always pile on a Republican - even if he is a RINO - as they try to make a mountain out of a molehill.

I’ve read of the few instances where McCain and Hagee interacted, and to infer they hold similar political or religous views is insane.


49 posted on 05/22/2008 2:42:16 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Yo prometo lealtad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de America, y a la Republica que representa...)
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To: calcowgirl

Right you are, but you would think that McCain would have done his research on this nutjob. Instead of just having the Catholics miffed over Hagee, now they’ve got the Jews as well.

I’ll wait to see the usual suspects call Hagee a RINO now.


50 posted on 05/22/2008 3:01:51 PM PDT by Philly Nomad
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