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McCain talks issues as troubles pile up
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/23/8 | Carla Marinucci,John Wildermuth

Posted on 05/23/2008 7:53:47 AM PDT by SmithL

Union City -- Facing a pile of controversial campaign troubles - including incendiary comments by televangelist John Hagee that forced him to reject Hagee's endorsement - Sen. John McCain tried mightily to shift the focus to economic issues and his Democratic opponent Barack Obama on Thursday during a California campaign swing.

McCain, speaking at a Silicon Valley forum on economic issues alongside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, issued a renewed call for "comprehensive immigration reform" as a top agenda item for the next president. He called for a "temporary agricultural program," saying, "We need a way for an ordinary person to apply for citizenship in this country in a way that they can count on and trust."

Later, at an evening rally in Stockton, the Arizona senator and presumptive Republican presidential nominee launched into a slashing attack on Obama. He said the Illinois senator "doesn't have the knowledge, background or judgment to lead this country in these dangerous times," adding sarcastically that "for a young man with very little experience, (Obama) has done well."

But at the start of his Northern California fundraising and campaign trip, the dominant news of the day was not on McCain's official agenda: The controversial Hagee had, in the 1990s, said Adolf Hitler had acted as an agent of God to cause the Holocaust to send more Jews to the Holy Land.

Minutes after the Union City event, McCain issued a statement rejecting the influential Texas pastor's endorsement - one he had eagerly sought in order to win the support of churchgoing conservative voters.

"Obviously, I find these remarks and others deeply offensive and indefensible, and I repudiate them. I did not know of them before Rev. Hagee's endorsement, and I feel I must reject his endorsement as well," McCain said in a statement. Hagee withdrew his endorsement as well.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mccain; mccainsucks; notomccain; nowaymccain; sanfranciscovalues; screwmccain; sfcomicle
The Comicle loved McCain until it became apparent that he would be the nominee. Now, they're back to campaigning for the Generic Democrat.
1 posted on 05/23/2008 7:56:04 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

unless he sat in Hagee’s pew for 20 years, they cannot associate the two situations. Obama had to agree with Wright or he would not have selected the man’s church.


2 posted on 05/23/2008 7:59:02 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: SmithL

Consider the source. The San Freakcisco commie rag. Just more MSM hypocrisy. My dog will not even Pee on a newspaper any more.


3 posted on 05/23/2008 8:00:50 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: SmithL

Divide and conquer.

I would hardly call Hagee a televangelist.


4 posted on 05/23/2008 8:01:32 AM PDT by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: SmithL
"...Facing a pile of controversial campaign troubles..."

Oh brother! These lib-journalists are desperate.

5 posted on 05/23/2008 8:01:32 AM PDT by avacado
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To: ilgipper

Hagee is not McCains pastor. The MSM is trying to pass another lie.


6 posted on 05/23/2008 8:07:10 AM PDT by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: SmithL

Republican presidential candidates have their crushes on California, the girl they can’t get, but they spend fortunes trying. I could care less about where McCain campaigns, whether or not he wins or loses or how his own media party turns on him, but I can’t help wondering why he isn’t campaigning where it might make a difference. Is there internal polling that makes California look like it is in play?


7 posted on 05/23/2008 8:08:48 AM PDT by pallis
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To: SmithL

Controversial campaign troubles? To liberals? I have never heard of such a thing.


8 posted on 05/23/2008 8:10:14 AM PDT by Eagle of Liberty (Ownership, Individuality, Freedom, Responsibility - The Backbone of Conservatism - falconparty.com)
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To: Piquaboy
McCain: ""We need a way for an ordinary person to apply for citizenship in this country in a way that they can count on and trust."

We already have it...its called apply for immigration and wait in line with everybody else.

9 posted on 05/23/2008 8:10:36 AM PDT by spokeshave (Hey GOP...NO money till border closed and criminal illegals deported)
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To: SmithL
Be nice if someone gave McCain an admirals hat, a toy battleship, and a illegal immigrant crew.

Then he could put them all in a big bathtub, grab his little rubber ducky and play his games without threatening the U.S.A..



10 posted on 05/23/2008 8:10:58 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: SmithL

Have these people ever read the transcript of Lincoln’s second inaugural address? Trying to see the hand of God in even the most tragic of circumstances is a long standing Christian tradition and is hardly controversial.


11 posted on 05/23/2008 8:11:36 AM PDT by eclecticEel (You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.)
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To: SmithL

“...McCain issued a statement rejecting the influential Texas pastor’s endorsement - one he had eagerly sought in order to win the support of churchgoing conservative voters.”

I don’t remember McCain “eagerly seeking” crap. Jeez, what a lie-fill rag.


12 posted on 05/23/2008 8:14:14 AM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: SmithL

Hagee is not now nor has he ever been McCain’s pastor.

By this standard should not Barack Obama be accountable for Louis Farrakkhan and a host of jihadist middle eastern imams?


13 posted on 05/23/2008 8:19:28 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: SmithL

It’s always important to remember that these people thought that BJ’s in the Oval Office was perfectly acceptable. Hypocrites all.


14 posted on 05/23/2008 8:20:58 AM PDT by Eurale
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To: SmithL
"We need a way for an ordinary person to apply for citizenship in this country in a way that they can count on and trust."

We already have that. The citzenship process exists and has been working fine for decades. The only problem with it is that so many illegals are allowed to be here that the honest immigrants who wait in line and follow the rules don't get to come in.
15 posted on 05/23/2008 8:21:07 AM PDT by CottonBall (It's time to light the torches and convene on Washington!)
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To: SmithL

Just another example of McCain following the RINO playbook - just hurry to throw anybody under the bus to appease the libs. Of course it never works, because the RINOs just give the libs ammo to continue the beatdown.

I’m still looking for a candidate with backbone and conviction.


16 posted on 05/23/2008 8:23:56 AM PDT by nicola_tesla ("Life is Tough... It's Worse When You're Stupid".... John Wayne)
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To: SmithL
Hey Juan!

Back in the winter, when you were a liberal running against conservatives, your pals in the MSM luuuvvvveeeeddd you!

Now, you're a liberal running against extreme liberals, and whaddya know, the MSM is finding "troubles" that are "piling up"!!!

Surprise, surprise!!!

17 posted on 05/23/2008 8:26:07 AM PDT by Notary Sojac
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To: pallis

He can still raise money there...


18 posted on 05/23/2008 8:36:44 AM PDT by Keith (ANY REPUBLICAN in 2008 -- it's about defeating lefty surrender-monkeys like Obama)
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To: SmithL

My hope is McCain goes home in November a bitter and broken man with conservatives NOT voting for him.


19 posted on 05/23/2008 8:42:22 AM PDT by stockpirate (Typical bitter white person, not voting for McCain, he's socialist.)
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To: stockpirate
My hope is McCain goes home in November a bitter and broken man with conservatives NOT voting for him.

So, President Barack Hussein Obama along with a sympathetic congress is more to your liking??

As in high taxes?

As in Iraq surrender even after the success of the surge?

As in nationalized health care?

Sorry, it's just too high a price to pay for humiliating McCain, IMHO.

20 posted on 05/23/2008 8:48:33 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: stockpirate

“My hope is McCain goes home in November a bitter and broken man with conservatives NOT voting for him.”

We differ somewhat.

My hope is McCain goes TO THE WHITE HOUSE in November a bitter and broken man with conservatives NOT voting for him.

Four years and out.


21 posted on 05/23/2008 8:50:19 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: nicola_tesla
I’m still looking for a candidate with backbone and conviction.

And Diogenes is till looking for an honest man......


22 posted on 05/23/2008 8:53:20 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: SmithL
...one he had eagerly sought in order to win the support of churchgoing conservative voters.

was that ever true ?
23 posted on 05/23/2008 8:54:59 AM PDT by stylin19a
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To: SmithL
Troubles are "piling up" What, exactly are they speaking about? Hagee has no connection to McCain save he endorsed him. No one can control whether another endorses him and all they can do is accept or reject the endorsement. McCain rejected this endorsement after learning more about the Reverend. McCain also never attended services by this reverend unlike Hussein who did so for 20 years.

Hussein has made gaffe after gaffe while McCain as far as I know hasn't made any. Seems like the lib rag is whistling past the graveyard on this one.

24 posted on 05/23/2008 9:23:26 AM PDT by lexusppd
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To: SmithL
"Facing a pile of controversial campaign troubles - including incendiary comments by televangelist John Hagee that forced him to reject Hagee's endorsement - Sen. John McCain tried mightily to shift the focus to economic issues and his Democratic opponent Barack Obama on Thursday during a California campaign swing."

English Translation: Facing a continuing civil war between Hillary and B.O., the MSM wing of the democRat party frantically attempts to manufacture a pile of controversial campaign troubles to use against McCain.

25 posted on 05/23/2008 9:26:28 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy ("I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the tooth fairy." - John Edwards)
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To: bassmaner
"My hope is McCain goes home in November a bitter and broken man with conservatives NOT voting for him."

Amazing isn't how some will put a gun not only to their own head but to everyone else's also, just to make a point.

26 posted on 05/23/2008 9:27:37 AM PDT by lexusppd
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To: SmithL
I hope everyone conveted their opinion of this moral relitavism to Ms. Marinucci and Ms. Wildermuth

Their email link is at the top of the article.

27 posted on 05/23/2008 9:31:17 AM PDT by Beckwith ('Typical White Person')
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To: FastCoyote
My hope is McCain goes TO THE WHITE HOUSE in November a bitter and broken man with conservatives NOT voting for him.

Unfortunately, this year the choice will be: Are we worse off with 4 years of B.O. or 4 years of McCain? I think that we will be worse off with B.O., so I'm voting for McCain. A lot of conservatives that I respect, including many Freepers, think we will be worse off with 4 years of McCain.

What will matter a lot more than which liberal will be President for the next 4 years is whether or not there will be enough conservatives in the Senate who are willing and able to put the brakes on our continuing spiral downward to becoming a socialist Sodom or Gomorrah, at the mercy of every third world lunatic with the money to build chemical and nuclear weapons.

28 posted on 05/23/2008 9:34:35 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy ("I believe in Santa Claus. I believe in the tooth fairy." - John Edwards)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

maybe he should look for an honest woman instead ;)


29 posted on 05/23/2008 9:36:18 AM PDT by nicola_tesla ("Life is Tough... It's Worse When You're Stupid".... John Wayne)
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To: SmithL
McCain, speaking at a Silicon Valley forum on economic issues alongside Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, issued a renewed call for "comprehensive immigration reform" as a top agenda item for the next president. He called for a "temporary agricultural program," saying, "We need a way for an ordinary person to apply for citizenship in this country in a way that they can count on and trust."

"Temporary agricultural program", or Stealth Amnesty as I like to call it...
30 posted on 05/23/2008 9:42:19 AM PDT by af_vet_rr
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To: CottonBall

“A Day in the Life of USCIS”- (Is this any way to protect our nation?)

by Mike Cutler, former INS agent

http://uscis.gov/graphics/publicaffairs/DayinLife_050629.pdf (click here to see orignial document)

Some of the DAILY work of USIS according to their own document:

* Conduct 135,000 national security background checks

* process 30,000 applications for immigrant benefits

* Issue 7,000 permanent resident cards (green cards -PER DAY)(This is what McCain wants to increase....5 days per week x 7,000 x 52 weeks= 1,820,000 PER YEAR)

* Welcome 2100 new citizens.

* Welcome 3500 new permanent residents.(more of what McCain would increase....3500x5x52weeks=910,00 PER YEAR)

Does this look like we are not allowing enough “Legal” entries?


31 posted on 05/23/2008 9:45:39 AM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because ya can't blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: lexusppd

“Amazing isn’t how some will put a gun not only to their own head but to everyone else’s also, just to make a point. “

You’ve just describe John McCain.


32 posted on 05/23/2008 9:47:33 AM PDT by AuntB (Vote Obama! ..........Because ya can't blame 'the man' when you are the 'man'.... Wanda Sikes)
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To: ilgipper
. . . they cannot associate the two situations.

Not logically nor honestly of course. As we know too well, lack of logic and honesty is no impediment to the MSM wing of the democrat party. Osamabama has a reverend problem, therefore McCain must have one. To warped Leftists, that is what passes for fair and balanced.

33 posted on 05/23/2008 10:45:48 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Abortion is legal homicide.)
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To: AuntB
including incendiary comments by televangelist John Hagee that forced him to reject Hagee's endorsement...

That's not a scandal. However, this guy on McCain's staff should be a scandal:


34 posted on 05/23/2008 8:02:43 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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