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Did Obama Play the Age Card Against McCain?
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Posted on 02/11/2008 8:52:59 PM PST by bshomoic

Did Obama Play the Age Card Against McCain?

February 11, 2008 8:51 PM

In Baltimore, Md., today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said the following about presumptive GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.:

"Listen," Obama said, "I respect John McCain for his half century of service to this country. He is a genuine war hero, and we need to honor him for that. He has gone through things that most of us cannot even imagine. He deserves applause, he deserve our respect. But he is on the wrong side of history right now. He wants to perpetuate the Bush economic agenda that has failed working Americans ... I am happy to have a debate with John McCain, because we are the party of tomorrow, he’s the party of yesterday. He’s the past, we’re the future."

ABC News producer Andy Fies has covered Obama a great deal, and says that, while Obama has used this construction about John McCain before -- "I respect John McCain for his half century of service to this country" -- it didn't really stand out before.

Today, however, Obama, 46, punched the "half century" line just a little more at both of his rallies, Fies says -- and the crowd noticed and reacted with some laughter.

Fies adds that, in past speeches, this line slipped by. But today, it stood out, and the audience clearly seemed to think Obama was joking that McCain is too old ... even though the dig (if intended) was encased in words of praise.

The comment, Fies says, seemed designed to portray the 71-year-old McCain as a museum exhibit, a relic.

What do you think? We'll post the video as soon as we can.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; bo; mccain; nobama; obama; rino

1 posted on 02/11/2008 8:53:03 PM PST by bshomoic
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To: bshomoic
I want you to know that also I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience. If I still have time, I might add, Mr. Trewhitt, I might add that it was Seneca or it was Cicero, I don't know which, that said if it was not for the elders correcting the mistakes of the young, there would be no state. -- Ronald Wilson Reagan
2 posted on 02/11/2008 8:55:22 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: bshomoic
In this case, McCain needs to say, "To quote a favorite President of Mr. Obama and myself, I'm not going to speak against my opponents youth and inexperience...."

That's a bad paraphrase of the Reagan quote, but you get the idea.

3 posted on 02/11/2008 8:55:40 PM PST by Corin Stormhands (New and Improved! Now with 4 less lbs.)
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To: bshomoic

Yes, he did. I noticed that as soon as Obama said it and told my husband that it was a dig.


4 posted on 02/11/2008 8:56:20 PM PST by JustaDumbBlonde
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Maybe McCain should start referring to Obama as a “credit to his race” out on his stump speeches.

Oh wait, I think Joe Biden already did that.


5 posted on 02/11/2008 8:59:04 PM PST by bshomoic (Waiting for the Second Coming of Reagan will instead give us the Second Coming of Billary)
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To: bshomoic

Well, since Obama is raising the issue, maybe McCain can respond with this, “Barack Hussein Obama has spent 40% of his life worshiping in a mosque. Isn’t it nice that the USA is so tolerant of his Muslim background?”


6 posted on 02/11/2008 9:01:27 PM PST by Gumdrop
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To: bshomoic

I really don’t want to give control of my country to the next generation. Socialist propaganda and indoctrination through the public education system has wreaked havoc on America.

Message to those younger than me: Get married, have kids (lots), and keep them the heck away from the NEA.


7 posted on 02/11/2008 9:01:50 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: scrabblehack
Good way to point out that little old mclame is no REAGAN.
8 posted on 02/11/2008 9:04:01 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: bshomoic
John S. McCain, III was serving his country as a naval officer, before Mr. Obama was even born conceived.
9 posted on 02/11/2008 9:05:17 PM PST by reg45
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To: Gumdrop
maybe McCain can respond with this, “Barack Hussein Obama has spent 40% of his life worshiping in a mosque. Isn’t it nice that the USA is so tolerant of his Muslim background?”

You are correct McLame should do that. Then his friends in the MSM would laugh his tired worn-out old ass out of the country.

10 posted on 02/11/2008 9:07:03 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: bshomoic

“We’re (the Democrats) are the party of tomorrow.”

They’ve been saying this for the last 40 years. Their ideas are the same too: socialism and surrender. But maybe this new generation is dumb enough to buy it. God help us all.


11 posted on 02/11/2008 9:10:12 PM PST by Jaguarmike
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To: bshomoic
It is very heartening to see us all going FOR McCain ....
12 posted on 02/11/2008 9:12:48 PM PST by Seajay (Ordem e Progresso)
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To: bshomoic

watch this Obama you little jerk!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2zx3-0zOPs


13 posted on 02/11/2008 9:14:57 PM PST by ari-freedom (Pragmatism: the 4th leg of conservatism.)
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To: bshomoic
yhea...he did...sounds like Sinister Juan "Keating Five" McCranky, has been "pegged"....too old/tired/corrupt...etc..etc by the DBM.
btw, Jimmah "the peanut/malaise" carTurd, once "complimented": Hubert H. Humphrey, as an Elderly, (as in very old/decrepit/worn-0ut; not Elder, meaning respected/reveled) statesmen of the "August" Democratic Party in the 1976 Campaign.
14 posted on 02/11/2008 9:15:10 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (just b/c your paranoid, doesn't mean "they" aren't out to get you...our hopes were dashed by CINOs :)
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To: Seajay

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1968912/posts?page=2#2


15 posted on 02/11/2008 9:15:14 PM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: reg45

And McCain was a resident of the Hanoi Hilton while Barack was attending that so-called “secular madrassah” in Indonesia.


16 posted on 02/11/2008 9:16:34 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: bshomoic

Well we knew this was coming . It worked with GB1 and Dole.


17 posted on 02/11/2008 9:17:58 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: bshomoic
He’s the past, we’re the future."

Thats what he thinks.

Marxist thinks hes going to waltz into the White House.

He's got another thing coming.

18 posted on 02/11/2008 9:19:14 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Verginius Rufus
NOW...THAT would be a COMEBACK from McCain..... "Well...my friend, Barack Obama, you were a student studying in a madrassah in Indonesia when I was a prisoner of war in the Hanoi Hilton. Seems as though you still have not learned much of our ways here in the U.S. either, i.e. about freedom, and how to expand it, not obliterate it!"
19 posted on 02/11/2008 9:21:47 PM PST by goodnesswins (We are not going to let McCain go all the way, when we’ve just had a FIRST date!)
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To: Seajay
It is very heartening to see us all going FOR McCain ....

Not me. The 'age card' is not a card, it's a real consideration, especially with the senility McCain has already shown (..."the President of Germany, Putin"...) combined with his horrible judgment on the issues, and whatever psychological damage is now innate due to his torture in captivity.

McCain up against Obama is going to be a real route. Unfortunately, it won't be the last of McCain. Either Obama will appoint him to some cabinet position or McCain will lead the effort to 'cross party lines' in Congress, and author major 'compromise' legislation for Obama to sign.

20 posted on 02/11/2008 9:25:26 PM PST by Swordfished
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To: reg45

Hatched!


21 posted on 02/11/2008 9:27:45 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: bshomoic

Obama will continue attacking McCain’s age until we get smart at the convention and nominate someone else.


22 posted on 02/11/2008 9:28:20 PM PST by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they’re really after folding money.)
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To: Seajay

“It is very heartening to see us all going FOR McCain ....”

Rather have a rino in the oval office then a prayer rug.


23 posted on 02/11/2008 9:29:19 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Rome2000

Sadly, there are many so-called conservatives who are saying they’ll vote for Hillary or Obama over McCain!


24 posted on 02/11/2008 9:29:46 PM PST by bshomoic (Waiting for the Second Coming of Reagan will instead give us the Second Coming of Billary)
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To: scrabblehack
Great post! I remember that 84 debate with Mondale. The Gipper clobbered him.
25 posted on 02/11/2008 9:31:18 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: bshomoic
Its bizarre to see these posts that actually support a radical socialist Dem that would shut this web site down as soon as possible indoctrinate our kids into this left wing , pot smoking, military hating , Louis Farrakhan hate mongering , .
The same sleazy Osama who was losing in the Senate race until he got a fellow Chicago Daley hack judge to OPEN HIS REPUBLICAN RIVAL’S DIVORCE PAPERS !!!!!
Osama will smear, smear, and smear , that is how the radical left operates.
But , the Dem left tried the OLD MAN attack on Reagan and it did not work and actually hurt them !~
26 posted on 02/11/2008 9:32:25 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: bshomoic; All
When are we going to demand McCain’s health records. I’d rather know now than get blind sided. You know Obama/Hillary will bring it up soon.
27 posted on 02/11/2008 9:34:25 PM PST by Chgogal (When you vote Democrat, you vote Al Qaeda! Ari Emanuel, Rahm's brother was agent to Moore's F9/11.)
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To: bshomoic
Most of these so called Repub are just Osama or Clinton Pests trying to keep the dissent stirred on the right .
They did the same thing in 2006 and it worked so there bacccccccK.
It is odd to see these sadly obvious Osama Pest supporters give FReeper’s advice such as “ Why don’t you vote get back at Hillary and McCain by voting for Osama in the primary “ !!! I see the same post over and over again. You would people would catch on to the real reason for such stupid advice !
28 posted on 02/11/2008 9:38:00 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: Names Ash Housewares

You mean posters and flags of Fidel and Che Guevara


29 posted on 02/11/2008 9:39:25 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: Chgogal
I would like to see the paperwork on Osama Passport background check
30 posted on 02/11/2008 9:41:26 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: sageb1

“Socialist propaganda and indoctrination through the public education system has wreaked havoc on America.”

LOL! Look at what its done to the UK...


31 posted on 02/12/2008 12:18:09 AM PST by Mac1
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To: Names Ash Housewares

And I’m gonna have a helluva time driving a Harley while wearing a burkha.


32 posted on 02/12/2008 12:26:06 AM PST by Salamander (And don't forget my Dog; fixed and consequent......)
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To: Jaguarmike

The Dems will use the age card, the Party of the future stuff (they been doing that since FDR) and doing all they can to turn McCain into a stumbling old fool and an unstable one at that. Its just starting now and in the end it will come down to a landslide for the Democrats/Liberals.


33 posted on 02/12/2008 12:50:57 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: bshomoic
Did Obama Play the Age Card Against McCain?

If McCain does get the nomination, some ads will write themselves.

For example:

It is called the Grand Old Party for a good reason.

John McCain is the best the GOP could find. The GOP stands for Grand Old Party.

Ronald Reagan may have put the C in Conservative, but John McCain will put the O in Grand Old Party.

[If Obama is the nominee]
The Grand Old Party has nominated a candidate from the past; the Democratic Party has nominated a candidate who looks to the future.

The O in Obama stands for Optimism. The O in GOP stands for Grand Old Party.


34 posted on 02/12/2008 3:40:14 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: bshomoic

Good way to alienate the largest voting block in the country - 60 and older.

Obama is an idiot.

He’ll discover that 18-year-old kids don’t vote much.


35 posted on 02/12/2008 5:08:56 AM PST by sergeantdave (Governments hate armed citizens more than armed criminals)
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To: ncalburt
Tacitus said, comparing Pompey and Caesar, that Pompey was occultior, non melio--more hidden but not better. Obama seems to be a better person than Hillary, not nasty through and through, but it's good to remember how he got into the Senate. His message is just as far to the left as Hillary's and he's just as determined to undo anything good President Bush has accomplished. Still, I think that allowing Hillary back into power would be even worse.
36 posted on 02/12/2008 6:21:52 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
That should have read melior, not melio.
37 posted on 02/12/2008 6:23:17 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: sergeantdave
He’ll discover that 18-year-old kids don’t vote much.

So far, they've kept him either up with, or ahead of the Witch. The polls only report "likely voters" which are people who voted for President four years ago. That certainly doesn't include anybody of traditional college age.

Can John McCain be the man who somehow gets them dispirited between now and November? I'd like to see how that's going to work, he's already discouraged the hell out of middle aged guys like me who haven't lost members of my generation over in Iraq.

38 posted on 02/12/2008 6:29:32 AM PST by hunter112 (Our best hope is for a compromise candidate from a brokered convention.)
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To: Mac1

Right. I’m not laughing.


39 posted on 02/12/2008 7:05:26 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: bshomoic

Been saying for weeks that Obama v McCain TV debates will highlight the multi-generation difference and make McCain look like a grumpy grandpa overdue for a good dump.


40 posted on 02/12/2008 7:08:38 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get back down that hill?")
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To: bshomoic

McOldman is going to be pummeled on the age issue.

Get used to it, it ain’t going away. It’s also a negtive for McCain as it chould, can and will get people focused on his old age and he will lose votes for it.

The mind starts going after 23 years of age, at 72-80 you should be golfing, not the leader of the free world.


41 posted on 02/12/2008 7:10:10 AM PST by 1Old Pro (I feel sooo calm, that I'll probably forget to vote for McLame.)
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