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McCain, Palin in Colorado Springs -- "Give 'em Hell John"
The Denver Post ^ | 9/6/2008

Posted on 09/06/2008 12:19:46 PM PDT by GVnana

PhotobucketA large crowd waits to enter the Colorado Jet Center for a John McCain rally in Colorado Springs on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. (Chuck Bigger, Special to The Denver Post)

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — In just the second day out on the campaign trail with running mate Sarah Palin, Republican Presidential candidate John McCain will get a rock star's welcome this morning at the Colorado Jet Center.

Campaign staff say more than 10,000 people are expected to crowd into and overflow out of an airplane hangar at the Colorado Springs airport. They began lining up as early as 5:30 a.m., even though doors for the event didn't open until 9 a.m.

Palin is scheduled to start speaking at 12:30 p.m., followed by McCain.

By the time doors did open, traffic jammed for miles around the airport and the line of people waiting to get in wound for several hundred yards around large hangars.

"We wanted to be here for this memorable day," explained Patricia Strawser, who left her Denver house with her husband, Tom, at 5 a.m.

They arrived at the airport at 6 a.m. and found 50 people already in line ahead of them.

"I've never done anything like this before," said Tom Strawser, who wore a cowboy hat adorned with little American flags. "Nothing."

The crowd was made up of both veterans of political rallies and first-timers. Patricia Strawser said she worked for Democrat Al Gore's campaign in 2000. Tom Strawser said McCain's pick of Palin, the quick-witted, charismatic and conservative Alaska governor, made all the difference.

"Sincerity," Tom Strawser summed it up. "She's very authentic. I've never been inspired by anyone else like this except Bobby Kennedy."

"It has energized the base," added Patricia Strawser, a naturalized citizen from Colombia who said she became a Republican because she feels it's the party of moral values. "And it shows how bright John McCain is. He knows how the game is played. It is game on now."

Other people in the crowd said Palin has brought an enthusiasm level to the McCain campaign that now rivals that of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama's famously devoted supporters.

"Military moms means what they say," Cathi Judy, a 52-year-old woman from Penrose whose husband is serving in the Army in Iraq and who has two children serving in the military, said in reference to Palin and her son, who is also in the military.

Radio show host Dan Caplis stirred up the crowd by pointing out several Republican women who hold elected office in the state.

"It just seems funny to hear Barack Obama say that he's for equal opportunity for women," Caplis said. "Tell that to Hillary Clinton."

He then led the crowd in chants of "Palin power!"

Sitting high up in the bleachers adjacent to the stage, Lorena Mitchell said she thought McCain would have received a rousing reception in Colorado Springs regardless of whom he chose as his running mate.

"This is typical El Paso County," said Mitchell, a Colorado Springs resident who is a lifelong Republican who has served as a party precinct chair for several years.

She said she has attended rallies for five presidents and several presidential candidates but has never seen McCain speak in-person.

"I thought, 'Gosh, if he's this close, I ought to come see him and show people I support him,'" she said.

But sitting down in the crowd, Mitchell's brother, George Mitchell, said he wasn't so sure. Mitchell, a Democrat, said he came with his sister and his girlfriend, who is also a Republican, to the rally. He held a sign reading "Maverick" over his head, but he said that was to block the intense morning sun.

"I'm still undecided," he said. "I came here to see what he looks like. Obama scares me too."

And, as for Palin, he was equally skeptical.

"I have nothing against hockey moms, don't get me wrong," he said invoking Palin's oft-quoted self characterization. "But c'mon, you've got to have a little more experience than that."

Lorena Mitchell was chuckled at her brother's skepticism.

"I think this will change his mind," she said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: co2008; coloradosprings; mccain; mccainpalin; palin
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I watched a streaming video of the rally. McCain was on fire! The crowd was pumped!
1 posted on 09/06/2008 12:19:46 PM PDT by GVnana
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To: GVnana
The most Republican county in the nation!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 09/06/2008 12:21:28 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GVnana
"I have nothing against hockey moms, don't get me wrong," he said invoking Palin's oft-quoted self characterization. "But c'mon, you've got to have a little more experience than that."

Mr. Mitchell, I give you credit for keeping an open mind and showing up to see for yourself. But if you're going to grade harshly on experience (or lack thereof), then you absolutely cannot vote for B. Hussein Obama, a man who's done nothing.

3 posted on 09/06/2008 12:24:01 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (On Free Republic PBD [political bipolar disorder] rules!)
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To: GVnana

Great news! Thanks for posting!


4 posted on 09/06/2008 12:25:07 PM PDT by FreedomProtector
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To: impeachedrapist
His sister is working on changing his mind. I wonder about the girlfriend!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 09/06/2008 12:26:42 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GVnana
Photobucketscreen capture from CNN outside the arena.
6 posted on 09/06/2008 12:27:19 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: goldstategop

Cherokee County, Georgia would give them a good run for their money..(Guess where I live..)


7 posted on 09/06/2008 12:29:13 PM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider. www.patriotguard.org for info. MAVERICK/BARRACUDA '08)
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To: GVnana

What I like is that they said she’d speak at 12:30 (local time)—and she did. Very respectful of all those people crowding together and waiting to support them.


8 posted on 09/06/2008 12:30:10 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: GVnana
"I have nothing against hockey moms, don't get me wrong," he said invoking Palin's oft-quoted self characterization. "But c'mon, you've got to have a little more experience than that."

Uh...how 'bout mayor and governor of Alaska? That work for ya, George? Sheesh...

9 posted on 09/06/2008 12:30:29 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: GVnana

I heard Sarah’s speech and a bit of McCains until Fox had to break away. The both were great, but must say Sarah was awesome! The McCain/Palin ticket will not lose in November!


10 posted on 09/06/2008 12:30:29 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: GVnana

I saw this on Fox News, but the article doesn’t mention anything about the American flags that were handed out to the crowd? Apparently, after the crowds at the DNC dumped their American flags in the trash at Invesco Field, they were “rescued” and handed out at this McCain rally.


11 posted on 09/06/2008 12:30:56 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: tsmith130

Hypocrites. They thought Patti Murray’s “mom in tennis shoes” schtick was just great.


12 posted on 09/06/2008 12:32:40 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: GVnana

Sarah has been compared to Teddy Roosevelt, the Kennedy brothers, Ronald Reagan and Harry Truman.

:).. she is something special.


13 posted on 09/06/2008 12:32:41 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Sarah Palin has brought Reagan conservatism back !)
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To: ponygirl

This is the first report I could find and most of it was written before the rally. There will be more reports coming up soon.


14 posted on 09/06/2008 12:32:51 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: ponygirl

Sounds like this article was written before the rally got started and news of the flags was just coming out.


15 posted on 09/06/2008 12:32:56 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: seekthetruth
They're gonna carry this state!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

16 posted on 09/06/2008 12:33:48 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GVnana
McCain will never “Give them Hell.” He'll compromise and fall on the liberal side of whatever issue is likely to go before him, just as his Senate career has shown.

However, Sarah could truly “Give them Hell” if she was in a position of authority.

That said, I've donated to his campaign in the past week and am thankful for Sarah being on the ticket, if only that she becomes the likely person to clean up the mess he will likely leave.

17 posted on 09/06/2008 12:35:54 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (1 conservative = 5 RINOs. You can expect 4 out of 5 RINOs to bolt to the liberal side on any vote.)
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To: GVnana

I have nothing against messianic self deluded community organizers... don’t get me wrong,” I said invoking Obama’s oft-quoted self characterization. “But c’mon, you’ve got to have a little more experience than that.”


18 posted on 09/06/2008 12:38:21 PM PDT by omega4179 (McCain Palin begin Palinization 3-2-1)
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To: GVnana

I heard some of Sarah. Frankly, she needs some fresh material. The last couple speeches have been almost identical to the one from the RNC. Too many people have already heard that.


19 posted on 09/06/2008 12:39:08 PM PDT by trublu
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To: GVnana
Please, Is there a video of this anywhere, i cant find it on McCain's website
20 posted on 09/06/2008 12:40:39 PM PDT by forYourChildrenVote4Bush (Today, July 16th I no longer donate money for Israel)
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To: trublu

Give her a break, a week ago she was sitting in Alaska.

This is her first “stump speech”. There will be different ones in the future.


21 posted on 09/06/2008 12:40:46 PM PDT by flyfree (Biden is no Palin and Obama is no McCain)
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To: trublu

I agree, they had almost 40 million watch. We have all heard it. SARA DONT LISTEN TO THE AIDS OR CAMPAIGN GURUS
BE YOURSELF.....SPEAK FROM THE HEART. IT IS GOING TO SOUND BAD IF ALL YOU CAN DO IS REPEAT....THAT’S WHAT OBI ONE DOES.....THIS IS NOT YOU


22 posted on 09/06/2008 12:42:13 PM PDT by Texas4ever (Anything off the dollar menu :))
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To: trublu

I heard some of Sarah. Frankly, she needs some fresh material.

We have a Democrat seminar bloogger here.

BE AWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


23 posted on 09/06/2008 12:43:46 PM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER ( “If you're not ready to die for it, put the word ''freedom'' out of your vocabulary.” – Malcolm)
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To: GVnana

I think of Obama’s very recent complaint about 19 months of campaigning, flying (to other countries besides), hotel food etc. and his Greek Temple Nomination set. It made me think of the Fable of the Tortise and the Hare.


24 posted on 09/06/2008 12:45:15 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: ConservativeMind

Many on this forum have vowed no vote for McCain, no way no how. They say they would rather lose the election then put a RINO in office who would further destroy the Party. Fair enough. But what about with palin on the ticket? Surely she has the conservative credentials to get the nod from the McCain naysayers here?

It is far easier to get elected president as a VP then as a challenger from the Party out of power. So what about it all you McCain haters, will you be voting for McCain Palin this time if only to get Palin in the WH in 2012 (maybe) or definitely in 2016?


25 posted on 09/06/2008 12:47:08 PM PDT by 101voodoo
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To: CHICAGOFARMER
"We have a Democrat seminar bloogger here. BE AWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Settle down. I'm 100% behind her and McCain already has my vote. I just want her to go beyond the RNC speech. I have no doubt she can be just as great.

26 posted on 09/06/2008 12:48:52 PM PDT by trublu
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To: GVnana

Bump for later.


27 posted on 09/06/2008 12:49:01 PM PDT by fanfan (SCC:Canadians have constitutional protection to all opinions, as long as they are based on the facts)
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To: CHICAGOFARMER; trublu
Oh put your pitchfork down. I'm sure others here have thought that too.

Maybe it's because we're news junkies and especially attentive to her speeches so we notice repeat lines.

28 posted on 09/06/2008 12:49:27 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: CHICAGOFARMER

I don’t know.

Fresh material is good.


29 posted on 09/06/2008 12:49:42 PM PDT by Eurotwit (WI - CS)
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To: 101voodoo
That's getting me to change my mind... I vowed never to vote for John McCain but his pick is making me reconsider something I never otherwise would have done.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

30 posted on 09/06/2008 12:50:43 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

“They’re gonna carry this state!”

Be sure to spread the news that Sarah will be at the Tampa Convention Center this coming Monday (9/8) at 3:00PM. No tickets required. My husband and I are going and have spread the word among friends. Sure the place will be packed so be plan to be there by at least 2:00, and thinking we perhaps should go earlier. :)


31 posted on 09/06/2008 12:50:44 PM PDT by seekthetruth
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To: 101voodoo

I will vote for him, hoping Sarah becomes president either during or after his term.


32 posted on 09/06/2008 12:51:56 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (1 conservative = 5 RINOs. You can expect 4 out of 5 RINOs to bolt to the liberal side on any vote.)
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To: forYourChildrenVote4Bush

Not yet. The stream that I watched is down. Give it a while and something will appear in a search.


33 posted on 09/06/2008 12:52:38 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: se_ohio_young_conservative

Yes, and she’s self-made! Her resume doesn’t include being married to an ex-president, or the child of a former president or a family with millions in the bank. She did it her way, an amateur in the very best sense. Make no mistake, America loves this woman. She’s without guile, pretense and posturing. She’s not the creation of a servile sycophantic press. In short, she’s everything that Obama and Biden are not. And she’s unflappable and imperturbable to boot. But make no mistake, her enemies will stop at nothing to destroy her. We must all be a repository of strength to her. She deserves nothing less.


34 posted on 09/06/2008 12:53:24 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: trublu

Give her a break. She hasn’t had a day off since before she was announced. Probably very little sleep. And imagine the stress, even for her, of waiting all day on Wednesday with the knives out. OK to repeat her speeches. She will get a day off soon and they will revamp. People want to see her in person and John. He is tired too. They are both doing great.


35 posted on 09/06/2008 12:54:29 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: trublu

Just because you heard it doesn’t mean everyone has heard it.

And advertising research shows that for most people, they have to heard it many times because they internalize something.

That’s why you see corporations run the same ads many many times. Because they also know that to be persuasive, it not enough for people to hear it once.

Political campaigns are no different, the objective is to sell the candidate.


36 posted on 09/06/2008 12:54:42 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: Truthsearcher

Obama talking about fannie mae on cnn now!


37 posted on 09/06/2008 12:56:20 PM PDT by racing fan (This isn't the state of California, it's a state of insanity. (from the movie 1941))
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To: ConservativeMind
McCain will never “Give them Hell.” He'll compromise and fall on the liberal side of whatever issue is likely to go before him, just as his Senate career has shown.

However, Sarah could truly “Give them Hell” if she was in a position of authority.

I've been feeling exactly as you have since McCain clinched the nomination (even before the campaign, to be accurate).

I was also one of those folks who could hardly bring myself to pull the lever for McCain this fall.

But, in picking Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain revealed something about his character that made me re-evaluate him as a Republican, and as a person.

I believe that John McCain has shown me (at least) that he has the ability to change his mind when confronted with facts, logic, and reason.

He would not have picked Gov. Palin if he were stuck in the "maverick" mindset. He would not have picked her if he weren't listening to us. He would not have picked her, knowing full well the kind of reception she'd get from conservatives, if he weren't already shifting his own views about conservatism.

And, understanding that Sarah Palin stands with her principles first, he would never have taken her on if he intended to waver from the straight conservative path. She will "give him hell" if he even thinks of trying that.

In short, McCain has gained a measure of trust from me. I will now vote for him with a clear conscience, and feel good doing so.

38 posted on 09/06/2008 12:57:45 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: racing fan

BWAHAHA! Was the chosen one listening to Palin?


39 posted on 09/06/2008 12:58:53 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: tsmith130

Most candidates do have a “Stump Speech,” where they repeat the same speech in several different towns. Usually it works, because no one publicizes every one.

However, so many heard her convention speech, she will at least need to come up with a fresh stump speech, or just react to Obama’s weekly goofiness on the trail.


40 posted on 09/06/2008 1:00:35 PM PDT by keats5
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To: Hattie

Her son’s also leaving for Iraq on 9/11.


41 posted on 09/06/2008 1:02:46 PM PDT by keats5
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To: Windflier

I also think that in choosing her, he must have had some inkling that she would be the more popular one on the ticket, but he chose her anyway. I think he realized whoever he picked would be thrust into the political arena, possibly for years to come. He didn’t pick a runner up. He pick someone he knew would probably stand on his shoulders someday.

If he did nothing for our country other than give Palin a chance at the next Presidency, he would have already done quite a bit.


42 posted on 09/06/2008 1:08:35 PM PDT by keats5
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To: trublu

Maybe another bombshell, like globull warming died 7 years ago.


43 posted on 09/06/2008 1:08:57 PM PDT by Need4Truth
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To: keats5
I don't see Palin as having been a completely safe bet for McCain. As we know, she came with some baggage that I think, would have freightened off another politician.

McCain was gutsy and shrewed, and had the confidence he could carry the day. Quite remarkable, when you think about it.

44 posted on 09/06/2008 1:13:03 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: GVnana
Video here on YouTube.

She pretty much repeated her RNC speech, almost word-for-word.
45 posted on 09/06/2008 1:13:52 PM PDT by Lusis ("Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.")
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To: GVnana
New reports coming in:

McCain's new cast of thousands, all unknown Boston Globe - Posted by Sasha Issenberg September 6, 2008 02:51 PM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Since setting out from St. Paul Thursday night with his new running mate Sarah Palin, John McCain is for the first time being regularly welcomed by Obama-style crowds.

A midday rally Saturday at an airport hangar here seems to have pulled McCain's third straight showing of over 10,000 attendees; until recently, it was remarkable for McCain to speak to one-tenth of that. Although they long ago booked such large venues, McCain aides claim that they are surprised by the turnout. Staff had projected only 1,000 to show up yesterday for a morning rally in a Milwaukee suburb, they said, while an estimated 12,000 ended up flooding Cedarbury's small-town streets.

But unlike Barack Obama's campaign, McCain's doesn't know who any of them are. From the outset of his candidacy, Obama has required attendees to pre-register for tickets to his events, an innovation in data collection that has given the campaign reams of new information on potential supporters that can be used for later contact and persuasion.

McCain has no immediate plans to require the growing throngs at his events to register, according to adviser Charlie Black, who cited the demands such a program would place on campaign labor and technology.

46 posted on 09/06/2008 1:17:23 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: 101voodoo
They say they would rather lose the election then put a RINO in office who would further destroy the Party.

Obama would show those pesky RINO's wouldn't he?

It sure would feel good to those frustrated conservatives while our country is fed into a shredder however.

47 posted on 09/06/2008 1:18:18 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: GVnana
From the Denver Post: Photobucket Photobucket An overflow crowd turned out for a rally featuring Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
48 posted on 09/06/2008 1:22:04 PM PDT by GVnana ("The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery.")
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To: racing fan
Obama talking about fannie mae on cnn now!

With or without teleprompters?

49 posted on 09/06/2008 1:23:39 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

Bartow County, GA; has it’s share of DemocRats, but nearly all of them bitterly conservative an tote their guns to church.

I predict Zero gets about 150 vote from this county.


50 posted on 09/06/2008 1:24:46 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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