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McCain taking ads down
The Politico (excerpt) ^ | September 24, 2008 | Jonathan Martin

Posted on 09/24/2008 1:16:19 PM PDT by HAL9000

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Aiming to prove how serious he is about addressing the financial crisis, John McCain has instructed his staff to take all his campaign commercials off the air, a spokesman tells Politico.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008; ads; advertising; countryfirst; electionads; electionpresident; financialcrisis; mccain; mccainpalin
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1 posted on 09/24/2008 1:16:19 PM PDT by HAL9000
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To: HAL9000

Huh? Okay I can understand his suspension of stops to do his job in this time of crisis. But to stop the ads? That I can’t figure.


2 posted on 09/24/2008 1:19:26 PM PDT by stentorian conservative
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To: HAL9000

This is just dumb! Or am I missing something?

OK - so the idea is if Obama keeps running ads it makes him look bad. However, the sheeple that are still undecided probably haven’t even paid enough attention to realize McCain has done this, so if Obama does run an ad they’ll just say their “wow” and move on, not helping McCain and in fact helping Obama. If Obama follows suit, I guess it could make it look like he’s just following McCain’s lead.

Also - is there a timeframe here?


3 posted on 09/24/2008 1:19:26 PM PDT by RockinRight (Obama who?)
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To: HAL9000

Oh come on.
What not just trow in the towel now and forget about the election.
Good grief, go to Washington do your stuff but keep the ads on and get ready for the debate.
JM is an idiot if he thinks Barry would suspend his campaign.
Is JM going to let Palin be Palin and keep with these rallies?


4 posted on 09/24/2008 1:19:33 PM PDT by svcw (Great selection of gift baskets: http://baskettastic.com/)
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To: HAL9000

The 527s should turn up the heat during this time.

I’m still not sure if this is a good idea on McCain’s part. I suppose the political goal will be to change the conversation, and inoculate himself against economic attacks.


5 posted on 09/24/2008 1:19:44 PM PDT by KoRn (Barack Obama Must Be Stopped!!!)
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To: HAL9000

He really means he’s suspending his campaign.


6 posted on 09/24/2008 1:20:34 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: All

Here’s what I think is going on: Rick Davis is toast.


7 posted on 09/24/2008 1:21:54 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: HAL9000
McWuss is trying his hardest to be “nice”...but he should turn Sarah loose
8 posted on 09/24/2008 1:22:29 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: HAL9000

McCain should craft and run a single, 1-minute ad to run the rest of the week. The ad should state that he is taking his ads off the air, and profess that this is the time for us to come together as Americans, and not Democrats and Republicans. Then call for “my opponent” to join him in Washington to do “the people’s business”. “This cannot wait” for the next President, but must “be solved now” so our nation and economy can be put on a solid footing.


9 posted on 09/24/2008 1:22:52 PM PDT by montag813
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To: HAL9000

This just makes me think there has got to be something more behind this. Very drastic sudden moves like this are a pretty big deal, especially this close to the election. Anyone have any thoughts whether something else could be going on?


10 posted on 09/24/2008 1:23:08 PM PDT by AUJenn
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To: Red Steel
And he's forcing Obama to follow suit. He really means it when he says "Country First." This just reinforces his campaign's theme. We just saw how Obama reacted to a full blown crisis.

"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

11 posted on 09/24/2008 1:23:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: HAL9000

This could really make odumbo look bad


12 posted on 09/24/2008 1:23:12 PM PDT by italianquaker (Great choice Mccain in Governor Sarah Palin)
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To: RockinRight

I agree.
Running ads has no impact on working on senate legislation.
Just like Sarah Palin can still be out there doing campaign events while Senator McCain is doing his job in Washington.

Lets see both 0bama and Biden go back to Washington while Sarah is out there drawing tens out thousands of people at rallies.

These kinds of self-defeating unilateral decisions from McCain have never made sense.


13 posted on 09/24/2008 1:23:20 PM PDT by counterpunch (Jim Jones was a Community Organizer)
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To: svcw
One thing I have noticed is that this guy Schmidt is one hell of an advisor, way way better than Rove ever pretended to be. He knows how to fight back, and hit at the right vulnerabilities. He has been right on target with all he has done, and, given the shortcomings of his candidate, has done as well as can be imagined.

If this is McCain being McCain, it may be a blunder. But if it is undertaken with the agreement of Schmidt that this will not hurt the campaign, then I would trust that judgment.

14 posted on 09/24/2008 1:23:54 PM PDT by Defiant (Pacifism and Socialism: Death and Taxes, just lots more of it.)
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To: HAL9000

It all just keeps getting curiouser and curiouse, doesn’t it?


15 posted on 09/24/2008 1:24:05 PM PDT by Paperdoll ( on the cutting edge)
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To: HAL9000

In a “damage control for McCain” sense or a McCain-throwing-Davis-Under-The-Bus sense?


16 posted on 09/24/2008 1:24:08 PM PDT by RockinRight (Obama who?)
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To: RockinRight

Well as I see it, the alphabet media and their cohorts have to bring us the news (snicker) so McCain will be seen and heard in Washington while O is buying McNuggets and kissing babies. Maybe this will work? McCain is a different kinda guy. He by no means is a lock step Consevative/Republican which the Indy’s dont want. We’ll see.


17 posted on 09/24/2008 1:24:30 PM PDT by GoCards
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To: RockinRight

Well as I see it, the alphabet media and their cohorts have to bring us the news (snicker) so McCain will be seen and heard in Washington while O is buying McNuggets and kissing babies. Maybe this will work? McCain is a different kinda guy. He by no means is a lock step Consevative/Republican which the Indy’s dont want. We’ll see.


18 posted on 09/24/2008 1:25:53 PM PDT by GoCards
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To: RockinRight

Well as I see it, the alphabet media and their cohorts have to bring us the news (snicker) so McCain will be seen and heard in Washington while O is buying McNuggets and kissing babies. Maybe this will work? McCain is a different kinda guy. He by no means is a lock step Consevative/Republican which the Indy’s dont want. We’ll see.


19 posted on 09/24/2008 1:25:53 PM PDT by GoCards
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To: HAL9000

Davis suspended getting money from his consulting business at the beginning of 2006 when he went to work for McCain so don’t see why he would be toast unless there is something we don’t know.

This is Sen McCain’s way of saying — I am putting My Country First.


20 posted on 09/24/2008 1:25:54 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: HAL9000

Obama is not going to jump ahead in the polls if McCain takes his ads down for a couple of days. Honestly. This is a great “reset” button he just pushed. Obama is hidden away practicing his schpiel for the debates on Friday, McCain is seen being a leader instead of a politician. That speaks much louder than an ad. For people in the PR/Marketing business, they know that someone saying something good about you is much more valuable than you saying it about yourself. That is what is happening here. Obama is going to talk about himself and bad-mouth McCain during a crisis. McCain is going to lead. Bravo, McCain. This guy is one smart cookie, and he stands by his convictions (regardless of who he pisses off).


21 posted on 09/24/2008 1:25:56 PM PDT by DRey
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To: montag813

Yep.

That would be brilliant. And it would work.


22 posted on 09/24/2008 1:26:06 PM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: HAL9000

Despite supporting him eight years ago, I had a hard time warming up to John McCain this time around until added Governor Sarah Palin to the ticket. He has been a grumpy old hot head who has used colorful language and offended me on many previous occasions. At this point though I believe Rush is completely correct calling him Senator McBrilliant. I had predicted in several posts that the Democrats would do everything possible to torpedo the economy to help Obama win. McCain has out maneuvered them again. By sticking to his theme of America first and politics second; he may just pull this thing off.


23 posted on 09/24/2008 1:27:03 PM PDT by fireman15
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To: HAL9000
Here’s what I think is going on: Rick Davis is toast.

The Rick Davis-Fannie Mae issue is easy to refute in a debate. Davis' firm did in fact receive $15,000 in lobbying fees from Fannie Mae. But he was not alone. Dozens of firms with bipartisan connex got money. He also was not working in any capacity for McCain at the time.

Most importantly, whether or not he was paid, what did it get them? John McCain still sponsored the toughest reform of Fannie Mae in 2006, which was derailed by Democrats, including DIRECT Fannie Mae cash recipient Barack Obama. End of story. This burns Obama much more than it burns McCain.

24 posted on 09/24/2008 1:27:03 PM PDT by montag813
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To: HAL9000

McCain is attempting to make himself look Presidential and “above-the-fray” here, and it just might be effective if Obama refuses to go along. Because his character and experience are areas of considerable doubt for many voters, Obama could suffer by appearing to be more concerned about winning than about America’s financial future. The “moonbats” won’t care, but Independents and values-oriented Midwestern Democrats will.


25 posted on 09/24/2008 1:27:03 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Somewhere in Illinois, a community is missing its organizer.)
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To: HAL9000

Huge gamble on McCain’s part. He’s got Brass One’s.


26 posted on 09/24/2008 1:27:07 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Doogle

Obama is not ready to lead.

That is the message the McCain campaign has been trying to pound for a month. That’s what they are doing now. We have the worst economic crisis in a quarter century. McCain is trying to show that he puts country first, and Obama puts Obama first.

A risky strategy I agree, but so is a squeeze play in baseball, but when executed correctly there is no defense against it.


27 posted on 09/24/2008 1:27:35 PM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: HAL9000

Okay that is just nuts and dumb. One thing to suspend active campaign and go back to DC another to remove your ads. Thats just shooting yourself in the foot.


28 posted on 09/24/2008 1:28:05 PM PDT by jbwbubba
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To: Doogle

Let Sarah debate Obama!!! She’d slap him silly!!!


29 posted on 09/24/2008 1:28:27 PM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: montag813

That would be great!

I can see suspending campaigning but dropping tv ads. What does that hurt?


30 posted on 09/24/2008 1:29:01 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: DRey
This is a great “reset” button he just pushed. Obama is hidden away practicing his schpiel for the debates on Friday, McCain is seen being a leader instead of a politician.

IOW's McCain is trying to "Freeze the Kicker"?

31 posted on 09/24/2008 1:29:01 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: goldstategop

I totally agree - John McCain is serious about this.

He always says country first; now he is proving it.


32 posted on 09/24/2008 1:29:01 PM PDT by merry10
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To: stentorian conservative

Weird.


33 posted on 09/24/2008 1:29:12 PM PDT by Silly (www.QuestionOthority.com)
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To: goldstategop

I totally agree - John McCain is serious about this.

He always says country first; now he is proving it.


34 posted on 09/24/2008 1:29:12 PM PDT by merry10
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To: Defiant

Putting country before partisanship is NEVER a blunder, and that’s why McCain is going to win this thing.

Here we are facing the biggest economic crisis since 1929, and one candidate is taking it seriously and is heading back to Washington, the other is demanding the debates still take place.

Fauxbama is not in the position of having to defend not doing the job he’s already been elected for... Fauxbama either returns to washington, or loses the election by a blowout.


35 posted on 09/24/2008 1:30:35 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: counterpunch

I think Sarah is part of the campaign. She’ll probably go back to Alaska and get more executive experience.


36 posted on 09/24/2008 1:30:50 PM PDT by Mashood
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To: HAL9000

To state the obvious, this is a high stakes gambit. But, it looks as though he has forced Nobama’s hand, who apparently has agreed to also suspend his campaign.

This is unbelievable.


37 posted on 09/24/2008 1:31:12 PM PDT by dashing doofus (Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber)
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To: PhiKapMom

Apparently Davis didn’t tell McCain about the retainer. I suspect that there are some people inside the campaign who are absolutely furious about that.


38 posted on 09/24/2008 1:31:24 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("No one made you run for president, girl."- Bill Clinton)
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To: HAL9000

Yep, taking ads down IS dumb. Is he quitting?


39 posted on 09/24/2008 1:31:56 PM PDT by blondee123 (Vote for the HERO, not the ZERO! Is PRESENT a vote???)
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To: HAL9000

Obama is not going to jump ahead in the polls if McCain takes his ads down for a couple of days. Honestly. This is a great “reset” button he just pushed. Obama is hidden away practicing his schpiel for the debates on Friday, McCain is seen being a leader instead of a politician. That speaks much louder than an ad. For people in the PR/Marketing business, they know that someone saying something good about you is much more valuable than you saying it about yourself. That is what is happening here. Obama is going to talk about himself and bad-mouth McCain during a crisis. McCain is going to lead. Bravo, McCain. This guy is one smart cookie, and he stands by his convictions (regardless of who he pisses off).


40 posted on 09/24/2008 1:32:02 PM PDT by DRey
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To: goldstategop
Obama cannot make decisions on his feet. He take 10 minutes to answers simple questions. He votes 'present' all the time because the dingbat cannot come to reconciliation.

Mr. Nuance is Mr. Indecision is Mr. Obama.

41 posted on 09/24/2008 1:32:23 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: HAL9000

*sigh* Why can’t somebody remind McCain how the Gipper used to handle situations like this? When Congress was tying itself up in knots, Reagan would say what he had to say and then he’d head to his ranch and ride his horse. It calmed the public and reminded them that the real business of the country manages to go just fine without Congress.


42 posted on 09/24/2008 1:32:24 PM PDT by MittFan08
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To: merry10
Here's the theme: Obama wants the campaign to go on because he's temporarily ahead.

McCain wants to go back to DC. Notice that he is not going back until he has spoken at the Clinton Global Initiative function.

He doesn't want to diss Bill. McCain knows who his friends are.

Best,

Chris

43 posted on 09/24/2008 1:32:36 PM PDT by section9 (Major Motoko Kusanagi says, "Jesus is Coming. Everybody look busy...")
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To: HAL9000

Can this week get any stranger?


44 posted on 09/24/2008 1:33:15 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: HAL9000

Put out ads to tell people why he took down the ads 0_o


45 posted on 09/24/2008 1:33:46 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: Tallguy; Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Huge gamble on McCain’s part. He’s got Brass One’s.

I'm beginning to have a clearer understanding of that last fact. I hope this is a gamble pays off for him half as well as his VP appointment did.

46 posted on 09/24/2008 1:34:22 PM PDT by lonevoice (John McCain was a Kinoki foot pad in the Reagan Revolution)
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To: HAL9000

This is BAD news.
Obama will not follow suit.
It will be spun negatively by the MSM ... McCain will be pilloried for this.
He will lose.


47 posted on 09/24/2008 1:34:36 PM PDT by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: andy58-in-nh

McCain just won the election by a landslide if Fauxbama doesn’t return to Washington. You’re right the moonbats won’t care, but the 20% of the electorate that are moonbats are going to vote for Fauxbama no matter what.

McCain was already winning independents and moderates, if Fauxbama is out there campaigning while McCain is taking this crisis on, McCain blows Fauxbama OUT OF THE WATER, Goldwater will have a higher vote percentage at the end of the day.

Fauxbama either has to go to washington, or get absolutely pasted.

Lets see his spokespeople and media twist themselves in knots trying to defend him being out on the campaign trail while this is going on and his opponent is putting the nation first.


48 posted on 09/24/2008 1:34:58 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: MrLee
...that ain't gonna happen...ell, Obambi wouldn't even consider a town hall type debate where people would ask questions not some MSM liberal hack....and even then didn't want any more than three. (all ran and moderated by liberal hacks). The fake would be destroyed by a high schooler
49 posted on 09/24/2008 1:34:58 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: stentorian conservative

No this is brilliant-

1) he will get MORE media play out of STOPPING his ads then he would ever have gotten running them

2) he saves money

and 3) it keeps Obamara on his heels

Boy ‘The One’ is having a bad day today... it starts with Bill clintoon giving helpful advice to his opponent, and just kept getting worse...


50 posted on 09/24/2008 1:35:50 PM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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