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5 Things in 100 days McCain could do to win...
Townhall ^ | July 28, 2008 | Kevin McCullough

Posted on 07/28/2008 10:04:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

1. Insist extension of the federal tax cuts, expose Obama's plan and the damage that undoing the cuts would have on families making between $40-$100,000 a year...

2. Strongly back the Arizona, Florida, and California marriage amendments - not on religious grounds, but on democratic grounds, "the people shall be self-determined." (Also putting all three states closer to the individual win column. But he needs media on it and the commercial has to point out Obama was for man/woman marriage before he was against it...

3. 50,000 troops at the southern border... (NEW JOBS)

4. A window of time, and a limited number of "forgivenesses" to the first 200,000 illegals to apply for worker ID cards. (All applicants beyond that subject to current immigration law - including deportation. Thus it puts the honus on the illegal to come forward and to COMPETE for a spot to stay.)

5. Expose Obama's flip-floppery on the National Security issue...

These issues should be the core of the McCain campaign and if he would only rally the "'roots" on them - he would win... perhaps big.

I'm not personally all that much in favor of number 4. But I think some of the wrong can be overcome by limiting it to roughly the set number of people that legally migrate to the nation per year, AND by making it a free market - competition, self-responsibility issue, AND a law enforcement assistance issue all three in one.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: drilldrilldrilldrill; drilling; election; electionpresident; elections; immigration; mccain; obama; oil; poorpoorrinos; rino
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1 posted on 07/28/2008 10:04:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
As important an issue it is to me, I've yet to see evidence that immigration is a big issue for the general electorate.

It seems the economy has re-asserted itself as THE issue.

McCain can simply come across as very down-to-earth on this issue. He can show up Obama's double-talk by simply expressing what he actually thinks. Obama will have to maneuver to get across his position, which is "I want welfare for The Poor while The Rich (i.e. anyone with the utter gall to have a job) will have to pay Their Fair Share.

Their Fair Share = whatever my voters need to pay their bills without going to work.

2 posted on 07/28/2008 10:11:43 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (American secret agent in enemy territory (Cambridge, MA))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

All nice, but if McCain wants to win in Nov. the top 5 things should be:

1. Drill
2. Drill
3. Drill
4. Drill
5. Drill

Remember, it’s the economy stupid. Even if your pocket book isn’t hurt too much by high gas and heating oil prices, many, many other voter’s pocketbooks are.

If the Pubs want to win they should talk about nothing but increasing energy supplies to bring down prices. 100s of new nuclear power plants, drill anywhere, new refineries, energy independence, etc.

What makes this issue a sure bet winner for the Pubs is that the Rats will always and forcefully come down on the wrong side of this issue. Just listen to Pelosi with her, “let them eat cake!” The Rats will hang themselves.


3 posted on 07/28/2008 10:22:51 PM PDT by TheDon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One analogy I wish Republicans would use is to compare businesses in the U.S. with stores in a shopping mall. If a mall is having financial difficulty because it's losing tenants, would it be wiser for it to raise rents or lower them?

If the U.S. charges too high a "rent" on businesses (in the form of taxes), they will go elsewhere. If the U.S. reduces the "rents", businesses from elsewhere will move back here.

BTW, I also wish someone would point out that Democrats generally favor raising the taxes that they themselves hardly have to pay. The taxes don't hurt the super-rich because they have enough excess liquidity to avoid them. The taxes instead hurt those who are trying to work their way up, since they need to keep more of their money liquid.

4 posted on 07/28/2008 10:23:02 PM PDT by supercat
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Trash these 5 and go with Hannity's 10.
5 posted on 07/28/2008 10:24:56 PM PDT by DTogo (I haven't left the GOP, the GOP left me.)
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To: TheDon

Amen: DRILL HERE and DRILL NOW, DRILL ALL THE TIME and BUILD NEW REFINERY which means new jobs!!! JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!


6 posted on 07/28/2008 10:25:24 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He could quit and give his delegates to Duncan Hunter.


7 posted on 07/28/2008 10:29:13 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cementjungle

B4DH on that one.


8 posted on 07/28/2008 10:31:14 PM PDT by Kevmo (A person's a person, no matter how small. ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

ENERGY! I saw him in front of oil wells today, good step. He should talk about domestic energy production nonstop. and talk about it from both an economic and national security standpoint. TAXES AND THE ECONOMY - Start telling us how you’re going to get us out of this rut. Be positive. COMPREHENSIVE GOVERNMENT REFORM - propose the biggest overhaul in the federal apparatus in a generation - a massive zero based budget review of the whole damn thing. Make it his signature, landmark challenge. To streamline it, eliminate waste, and give us a working federal government that is responsive to the People.


9 posted on 07/28/2008 10:33:25 PM PDT by americanophile
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Strongly back the Arizona, Florida, and California marriage amendments - not on religious grounds, but on democratic grounds, “the people shall be self-determined.”


I always suspect conservatives who support propositions on democratic grounds. America is Not a democracy. If it was, Gore would be president. Most Americans favor abortion. Do you want a democratic vote on that issue?

There are a ton of issues where conservaties lose if they are settled on democratic grounds.


10 posted on 07/28/2008 10:39:33 PM PDT by FFranco
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To: TheDon

6. Nukes


11 posted on 07/28/2008 10:41:00 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think the single thing McCain could do which would get him more votes is to have a strongly Conservative running mate.

This would position a Conservative for 2012 or 2016.

Pick a liberal like Rudy or Bloomberg and he is toast.

It is that simple.

12 posted on 07/28/2008 10:47:25 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: TheDon

7. No more bailouts


13 posted on 07/28/2008 10:47:47 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

1 and 2 are fine. Modify 3, Drop 4 and 5.

1. Keep Bush tax cuts. Sincerely state he will extend them more.

2. Back state marriage amendments for reason you list.

3. Strongly push for building the wall, AND put 50,000 troops on the border. Drug runners and mexican military that cross over will be good target practice.

4. Relentlessly pound Democrats on their “We Must Do With Less” non-energy policy.

5. Declare ‘global warming’ as the massive international junk science hoax it is. reference 1970s ‘ice age’ doom and gloom predictions.

6. Promise not to have the federal govt keep bailing out people and businesses that make bad personal/business finance decisions. The fed govt is not everyone’s insurance.

7. Declare the SPP/North American Union and the proposed North American Union superhighway concepts dead. Re-affirm the USA as a sovereign nation that will never merge or integrate with Mexico or Canada.

8. Clearly and simply declare that Obama is a SOCIALIST. Use the term, it is accurate.

9. Explain that he would like to debate Obama, but since Obama’s already taken both sides of every major issue...

This would really help people (like me) to start to feel better about having to vote FOR him rather than AGAINST Obama.


14 posted on 07/28/2008 10:49:53 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is McCain even running for president? The way I see things he is trying to be first loser just like most Republican politicians. He needs to get some balls.


15 posted on 07/28/2008 10:51:24 PM PDT by CollegeRepublican
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To: Cementjungle

Duncan Hunter makes Bob Dole look energized. There is a reason he got only slightly more votes than I did in the Presidential primaries.


16 posted on 07/28/2008 10:54:21 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

And a 6th thing McCain could do to win in November:

Call B. Hussein Obama out on:

A. Affirmative Action: Will Obama “repeal” AA? (How can they still blame “the man” when they ARE “the man”?)

B. Reparations for descendants of slavery: (Make him take a stand and alleviate his base or any Blue Collar Democrat who thought about voting for him.)


17 posted on 07/28/2008 10:59:07 PM PDT by no dems (99% of the Politicians give all the others a bad name.)
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To: TheDon

Well said - I couldn’t agree with you more. THIS issue alone could win not only McCain, but many other republican senate/congressional candidates, the election in November (which we REALLY need to see happen).


18 posted on 07/28/2008 11:04:34 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: supercat

so, so true!!! and so simple, but many, if not most, people just don’t get it. they bitch about the big bad corporations, want to penalize and tax them further, then gripe about jobs being outsourced and corporations relocating overseas.

Duh. The U.S. already has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world!!! Lower that, and give them more incentives to keeping (or bringing back) jobs here in the US. Money talks.


19 posted on 07/28/2008 11:11:46 PM PDT by llandres (I'd rather be alive and bankrupt than dead and solvent)
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To: Darkwolf377
"Their Fair Share = whatever my voters need to pay their bills without going to work."

#45

20 posted on 07/28/2008 11:13:05 PM PDT by musicman
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To: Darkwolf377

I dont know, I think it is a big issue. My mom doesnt take many political issues seem liberal at times, early 60’s. Anyway she is voting for Mccain. But I was talking to her on line she mentioned something about the illegals in the area. I said I am going to get a La Migra hat, she said what is that. I said the mexicans call border patrol “la Migra”. She said she wanted one too. Then a few days later she asked if I bought the hat yet, I said, I havent found one but I can probably get it made.


21 posted on 07/29/2008 1:07:58 AM PDT by Liberty2007 (Here's Dr. Savage's analysis on the POTUS race"The Afro-Leninist vs The Sarcophogus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I wont vote for him, but here is what will make me feel better about him being president.
1. denounce man made global warming nonsense
2. Nuclear power plants by executive order
3. any refineries being stalled by lawsuits from environmentalist completed by executive order(can that be done?)
4. block anyplan to give the UN 487 billion dollars
5. revoke the plan to send billions to africa for aids
6.No health care plan.


22 posted on 07/29/2008 1:15:36 AM PDT by Liberty2007 (Here's Dr. Savage's analysis on the POTUS race"The Afro-Leninist vs The Sarcophogus)
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To: Cementjungle
He could quit and give his delegates to Duncan Hunter.

+100

23 posted on 07/29/2008 1:22:05 AM PDT by Liberty2007 (Here's Dr. Savage's analysis on the POTUS race"The Afro-Leninist vs The Sarcophogus)
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To: Clemenza
Duncan Hunter makes Bob Dole look energized. There is a reason he got only slightly more votes than I did in the Presidential primaries.

I dont know how you got the chance to see him during the primaries, which is part of the problem, but I did see a few of his appearencces on youtube, I was impressed. Mccain,Rudy and Romney were in the bag a long time ago, the media foisted these rinos on the GOP and too many republicans like popularity contest OOO cnn says mccain is the only that can beat obama. bah a good conservative would wax the florr with obama. Mccain will probably beat obama in a squeaker and thats with most of the real conservatives not voting for him

24 posted on 07/29/2008 1:27:49 AM PDT by Liberty2007 (Here's Dr. Savage's analysis on the POTUS race"The Afro-Leninist vs The Sarcophogus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I'd love to see an energetic John McCain take the battle to Obama! Image and video hosting by TinyPic

But let's not get our hopes up...

25 posted on 07/29/2008 2:16:46 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
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McCain should lay off "social issues" like gay "marriage", for 3 reasons:

First, it would be transparently phony. He doesn't care about that stuff, and everybody knows it.

Second, it will drive squishy suburban voters with doubts about Obama away.

Third, and most importantly, anybody who cares in the slightest about those issues is already voting for him. It adds nothing, and subtracts a lot.

26 posted on 07/29/2008 2:26:59 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When He rolls up His sleeves, He ain't just puttin' on the Ritz)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Get way out front on drilling and drink a Red Bull (every hour if necessary).


27 posted on 07/29/2008 2:55:38 AM PDT by AdaGray
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To: Liberty2007

As I said, it’s a huge issue for me and others here. But just because WE feel strongly about it doesn’t mean it’s one of the top issues. Polls are in themselves not all that menaingful, but a number of polls can show prevailing attitudes, and I haven’t seen ANY poll of a wide number of Americans showing this as one of the big issues. We have to separate our personal experiences from the wider national view if we want to get a perspective on what’s going to win the election.


28 posted on 07/29/2008 3:00:55 AM PDT by Darkwolf377 (American secret agent in enemy territory (Cambridge, MA))
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To: Smokin' Joe

“I think the single thing McCain could do which would get him more votes is to have a strongly Conservative running mate.” I would insert “electable” after the word Conservative.

Ah, if only Bush would have thought of that.


29 posted on 07/29/2008 3:05:15 AM PDT by David Isaac
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To: David Isaac
Ah, if only Bush would have thought of that.

And look at where we are now....so much for having a conservative vp

30 posted on 07/29/2008 3:43:30 AM PDT by Liberty2007 (Here's Dr. Savage's analysis on the POTUS race"The Afro-Leninist vs The Sarcophogus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

6)Expose Obama as a lunatic marxist empty suit scum bag crack-smoker.


31 posted on 07/29/2008 4:35:48 AM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
4. A window of time, and a limited number of "forgivenesses" to the first 200,000 illegals to apply for worker ID cards. (All applicants beyond that subject to current immigration law - including deportation. Thus it puts the honus on the illegal to come forward and to COMPETE for a spot to stay.)

LOL. One of the nuttiest ideas I have ever heard. There are 12 to 20 million illegals in this country. Allowing 200,000 to stay serves no purpose whatsoever except to infuriate the rest of the illegals and their supporters. And exactly what are the logistics involved in the application process? How do you figure out who the first 200,000 are?

They are all law breakers and should be treated the same, i.e., they must go back to their home countries willingly or be deported. Attrition thru enforcement works. McCain would be better served to renounce any amnesty or legalization of the status of the those here illegally.

McCain should also change his policy on cap and trade legislation that will wreck our economy.

32 posted on 07/29/2008 4:46:28 AM PDT by kabar
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