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John McCain aims to steal Barack Obama's ( 'Obamopolis')thunder by announcing running mate
Telegraph ^ | August 28, 2008 | Toby Harnden in Denver

Posted on 08/28/2008 1:23:23 PM PDT by Red Steel

John McCain is poised to announce his vice-presidential running mate, hoping to steal the thunder of his rival Barack Obama, whom Republicans are mocking as an 'emperor' speaking on Thursday night at an 'Obamopolis'.

The Republican candidate was due to appear with his vice-presidential pick at a rally in Dayton, Ohio on Friday morning, his 72nd birthday.

But Republican officials intimated that a name might even be leaked just before Mr Obama accepts the Democratic nomination before some 80,000 people at Denver's Invesco stadium on Thursday.

Senior aides to Mr McCain said that three people were on his shortlist - Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. But they were not ruling out a "dark horse" choice such as Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas.

Announcing a vice-presidential selection to coincide with Mr Obama's speech would be a break with the tradition of allowing one's opponent a clear run on the night they accept their party's nomination.

Mr Pawlenty and Mr Romney were the favourites to be Mr McCain's running mate. Nervousness about Mr Romney's personal wealth and his fraught relationship with Mr McCain during the Republican primaries meant that some Republicans believed his star was waning.

But at just 47 and a newcomer to the national stage, some strategists viewed Mr Pawlenty as a risk, particularly because he would be up against the vastly-experienced Senator Joe Biden, Mr Obama's running mate, in the vice-presidential debate.

The pro-Romney faction cited the former governor's expertise on the economy - a weak point for Mr McCain. Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, sought to intervene to stop Mr McCain choosing Mr Lieberman, an independent former Democrat who is Jewish and favours abortion rights.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; 2008veep; electionpresident; hutchinson; jindal; lieberman; mccain; obama; palin; pawlenty; ridge; romney
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1 posted on 08/28/2008 1:23:23 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

As in every comedic routine, timing in everything.


2 posted on 08/28/2008 1:27:18 PM PDT by griswold3 (Al qaeda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: Red Steel

I’ve been predicting it all day!


3 posted on 08/28/2008 1:27:31 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Steel

McCain should rethink this. Does he really wan to steal the thunder from the lead zeppelin that is the Obamapalooza


4 posted on 08/28/2008 1:27:47 PM PDT by wilco200 (Typical White Person)
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To: Red Steel
Tim Pawlenty:

"The American people can smell hypocrisy"

Hot quote, good solid B-slapping of the Obama/Biden ticket...
5 posted on 08/28/2008 1:28:27 PM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: wilco200
would be a horrible move, I doubt they will do it, so far they have been doing everything right....an announcement tonight would be a boneheaded move. Let Obamanation have his spotlight tonight so all can see he is just a celebrity and not POTUS material.

They just announced that McCain is putting out a congratulatory ad tonight praising obambi for his achievement. They said it is pretty classy.
6 posted on 08/28/2008 1:31:36 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Fred

I liked were Pawlenty compared Barama to the greek pillars.

“They are pretty but there is nothing behind them”


7 posted on 08/28/2008 1:31:40 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: wilco200

McCain will get ZERO press if Gustav rips through the Southeast as a CAT 3 hurricane...Me thinks he is moving early because of Gustav


8 posted on 08/28/2008 1:33:38 PM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nihilism)
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To: Red Steel

...I like Mitt....he’s got more energy than Biden, plus he looks good in a suit.


9 posted on 08/28/2008 1:34:55 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Red Steel
Bad idea. Silly and, frankly, classless. Announcing tomorrow would be just fine. Yeesh.
10 posted on 08/28/2008 1:35:03 PM PDT by AnnaZ (I keep 2 magnums in my desk.One's a gun and I keep it loaded.Other's a bottle and it keeps me loaded)
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To: Red Steel

I really hope he doesn’t announce his VP today- leaks are fine..but no real announcement. Sometimes it pays to show class- regardless of what the other side is doing..


11 posted on 08/28/2008 1:35:26 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Red Steel

I think the timing leads me to believe that this might be an earthshaking/dark horse VP.

I mean, Romney or Pawlenty would hardly steal any headlines away from Obama’s speech with the MSM.


12 posted on 08/28/2008 1:35:37 PM PDT by Onerom99
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To: Fred

Screw Gustav

The media loves to hype every storm as the next Katrina — like many before it, this one will probably fizzle into a tropical storm before it makes land fall in bayous on the Texas/Louisiana border. The Chocolate City will have to wait a little longer for another round of $200 FEMA cards


13 posted on 08/28/2008 1:37:16 PM PDT by wilco200 (Typical White Person)
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To: Red Steel

Maybe he could text message his VP announcement to O’Bama in the middle of his speech.


14 posted on 08/28/2008 1:37:35 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (Join FR / Yahoo ProFootball Pick'em at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2064038/posts)
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To: Red Steel

McCain needs to announce this about 5 minutes into Obamessiah’s speech.

The news stations will have to announce it, though they’re all aglow over Obama. ABC’s World News Now overnight was basically just an almost 30-minute Obama love-fest commercial. Even CBS’s Up-to-the-Minute had the decency to run other news.

The cult can chant to drown out McCain’s announcement since it will probably freak them out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO_eE21r8r4


15 posted on 08/28/2008 1:37:59 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: wilco200
McCain should rethink this. Does he really wan to steal the thunder from the lead zeppelin that is the Obamapalooza

McCain doesn't need to do anything. For things to be ready for tomorrow schedules need to be changed, signs need to be printed. There will be plenty of activity that will "tip" the press off without an official announcement.

16 posted on 08/28/2008 1:38:32 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: wilco200

pardon me two THOUSAND dollar cards


17 posted on 08/28/2008 1:38:50 PM PDT by wilco200 (Typical White Person)
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To: Fred
McCain will get ZERO press if Gustav rips through the Southeast as a CAT 3 hurricane...Me thinks he is moving early because of Gustav

That is a good point, but if he announces on this night it will be lost because the MSM will be covering Obambi.
18 posted on 08/28/2008 1:38:58 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Red Steel

If the VP pick is Pawlenty, then it truly won’t take the general public that long to see Pawlenty as being BORING! Why would McCain do this, if his final VP pick is Pawlenty who is SO BORING? This would be a stupid move by McCain, IMHO. The MSM will truly be all over Pawlenty just for being so dull! Eric Cantor would truly be a much better VP pick, IMHO.


19 posted on 08/28/2008 1:39:37 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Vote for conservatives AT ALL POLITICAL LEVELS! Encourage all others to do the same on November 4!)
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To: SE Mom

I agree, he should allow the other side their moment, and I don’t think anyone is going to steal the thunder from this night. It’s going to get full press from the drive by’s. Announce tomorrow, or it just looks tacky.

Plus it’s not good for the vp choice, he wants his full spotlight I imagine.


20 posted on 08/28/2008 1:40:06 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Onerom99

I thought the same thing a few days ago when it said he may do it before the speech...it would have to be someone that would make the RATS really shake in their boots. But who?


21 posted on 08/28/2008 1:40:24 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

McCain **should** use a text message too. Announced in the early evening, it would steal some thunder from Obama’s incredibly lame text message of the already known.


22 posted on 08/28/2008 1:40:45 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Red Steel

Kewl!


23 posted on 08/28/2008 1:40:55 PM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: STONEWALLS

“...I like Mitt....he’s got more energy than Biden, plus he looks good in a suit.”:

And he has his own hair (at least I think it is really his).


24 posted on 08/28/2008 1:41:02 PM PDT by LottieDah (Democrats and liberals never fail to disappoint.)
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To: SE Mom
I really hope he doesn’t announce his VP today- leaks are fine..but no real announcement. Sometimes it pays to show class- regardless of what the other side is doing.

well said. im sure a lot of people agree with you

25 posted on 08/28/2008 1:41:28 PM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: LegalEagle61

I agree, it would be a bad move, but I think McCain is just messing with the media a little bit. I don’t think he has any intention of releasing the name of the VP tonight.


26 posted on 08/28/2008 1:42:08 PM PDT by VOR78
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To: LegalEagle61


(lol - just kidding)
27 posted on 08/28/2008 1:42:14 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: LegalEagle61

Maybe McCain camp has leaked the possibility so that reporters start camping out at the homes of the candidates like they did for Obambi’s pick, lets see if that happens. The media is always looking for that scoop. That would create something without McCain actually announcing tonight


28 posted on 08/28/2008 1:43:34 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: F15Eagle

LOL!!! If THAT were the pick, IT WOULD STEAL Obambi’s thunder BUT really piss US off...lol


29 posted on 08/28/2008 1:46:17 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: F15Eagle
The cult can chant to drown out McCain’s announcement

The DNC is scared to death that the crowd may break out with the TOGA!, TOGA!, TOGA! chant.

Man, that would be priceless, because then the producers would have to try to drown that out by potting up the volume on the PA system, or limiting the TV feed to just pick up Obama's mike. I'm certain they have Toga!, Toga!, Toga! contingency plans - which is funny in it's own right.

30 posted on 08/28/2008 1:46:37 PM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

I think that’ll happen if its either Pawlenty OR Cantor. Upon hearing either name as his VP choice, the average voter is going to say: WHO!? The average voter doesn’t have a clue who either of them are.

That’s not to say I think either is a bad candidate, but neither will generate any immediate excitement among the general public at all.


31 posted on 08/28/2008 1:48:16 PM PDT by VOR78
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To: All

Will alcoholic beverages be served at this RAT FEST? Anyone know? If so, hehehe we may have a better show than even imagined...I am sure the pot will be smuggled in...oh wait, it is free marijuana week in Denver isn’t it?


32 posted on 08/28/2008 1:48:54 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: LegalEagle61

Yes, heads would be exploding all over, lol.

One thing for sure, a bunch of Hillary supporters would find even more reasons to vote for McCain but the conservatives would leave him too.


33 posted on 08/28/2008 1:48:57 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: Red Steel

What time is Osama’s coronation to take place? I may just record this.


34 posted on 08/28/2008 1:50:01 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (A kid at McDonalds has more real-world work experience than Barack Hussein.)
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To: Fred
To steal from the Rock (WWE wrestler): "Can you smell what Obama is cocking?"

I guess it might be 'obamacide'?
35 posted on 08/28/2008 1:51:51 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: Fred
To steal from the Rock (WWE wrestler): "Can you smell what Obama is cooking?"

I guess it might be 'obamacide'?
36 posted on 08/28/2008 1:52:06 PM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: InvisibleChurch

That’s actually a funny idea.


37 posted on 08/28/2008 1:53:32 PM PDT by RockinRight (I just paid $63 for gas. An icefield in Alaska is NOT the Grand Canyon. F--- the caribou.)
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To: Sax

Hopefully they will. Then it will shown the sheer absurdity that this farce truly is. You could tell it was killing Clinton to support Obama. He was actually right: Obama is a campaign built on nothing. He said it and he was right when he said it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLDx4NZr2u4


38 posted on 08/28/2008 1:53:52 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: All


I am Obama, King of Barackopolis...welcome to my Temple...like my clothes? My Pal Brittany designed them....
39 posted on 08/28/2008 1:53:56 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Red Steel
would be a break with the tradition

But aren't liberals ALL ABOUT tearing down American tradition? Screw every last one of them, I hope he does announce it tonight - JUST AS osama takes the stage.

40 posted on 08/28/2008 1:54:13 PM PDT by SwankyC
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To: F15Eagle

typo s/b “show”


41 posted on 08/28/2008 1:54:48 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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Hear me out folks... If his pick leaks out tonight, it will be an act of sabotage... Why??? The message will be drowned out by H's speech... If it is leaked, he needs to announce the plan B candidate, and say... Your sources were wrong... THAT would create media buzz... He needs to hold off on the announcement until tomorrow!!!
42 posted on 08/28/2008 1:56:34 PM PDT by NYC Republican (Infuriate the MSM- vote for John McCain)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Iran could bomb Israel during Obama’s speech and we probably would hear anything from the MSM until next week.
43 posted on 08/28/2008 2:00:12 PM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: NYC Republican

I think this is just a ploy...I doubt he will announce, it is just buzz...let them speculate...as long as it isn’t actually leaked that is ok, but they are pissed (Obambi camp) and very concerned it will be leaked, just announced on Fox


44 posted on 08/28/2008 2:03:32 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: F15Eagle

It was equally telling on Michelle Obama’s face every time they panned to her during Willy’s speech - her facial muscles were extremely taunt in an obviously uncomfortable way. There’s definitely no love between the Obamas and Clintons. The Clintons made good on their obligations, but also made it obvious in a read-between-the-lines way that they think this is all a big mistake.


45 posted on 08/28/2008 2:03:56 PM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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To: NYC Republican

Don’t forget tonight is the last chance to riot.
They are probably worn out, buzzed out and fed up.


46 posted on 08/28/2008 2:05:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: LegalEagle61

I think many continue to miss that McCain is running an incredibly aggressive campaign. The Britney ad and others popped the Obama celebrity bubble.


47 posted on 08/28/2008 2:06:08 PM PDT by Williams
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They leaked only this: McCain has picked a VP. Now the media is trying to figure it out, so it won’t be a leak if they figure it out themselves. It creates some news and speculation for McCain when all eyes are on Obambi.


48 posted on 08/28/2008 2:08:11 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Williams

I have a feeling that the McCain camp has this all totally figured out, they are probably laughing over it all...while Obambi is worried there will be a leak during his speech. After all McCain had his war room going during the DNC, so I am sure this may be something to stir the fires a bit...lol


49 posted on 08/28/2008 2:10:36 PM PDT by LegalEagle61 (If you are going to burn our flag, please make sure you are wearing it when you do!)
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To: Sax
but also made it obvious in a read-between-the-lines way that they think this is all a big mistake

That's how I read it too. They didn't really believe what they were saying and may have been winking to the PUMA's. It simply was not genuinely felt; that was obvious.
50 posted on 08/28/2008 2:17:54 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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