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2 new polls: Obama-McCain tied, but McCain-Palin surge among women

Suddenly, it's Poll City around here today.

As The Ticket reported earlier, the new Gallup/USA Today poll found a significant post-convention bounce for the John McCain-Sarah Palin ticket, a turnaround of 8 points to give the M-S ticket a 4-point lead over Barack Obama-Joe Biden.

A new political button for the Republican presidential ticket of Senator John McCain of Arizona and Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska

But now this afternoon come two more national polls essentially confirming the same trends with some significant subterranean changes:

-- the ABC News/Washington Post national poll of registered voters, which shows Obama's 6-point August lead has evaporated to produce a 47-46 Obama-McCain statistical tie,

-- and a CNN/Opinion Research poll, which shows the race still tied at 48% apiece but McCain making significant gains in how voters view his handling of the economy, Iraq and healthcare.

The most surprising results -- and surely the most disturbing for the freshman Illinois senator's camp -- are the immense gains McCain has made among white women following the Republican National Convention and the well-received prime-time speech by Palin.

In barely three weeks since before the Democratic convention last month, that crucial group of female voters has moved from 50-42 in Obama's favor to 53-41 for McCain now.

That's a huge 20-point shift in almost as many days, no doubt attributed in large part to the addition of a woman to the Republican ticket, Alaskan Gov. Palin, for the first time in the party's 164-year history.

The same poll also revealed a large shift toward McCain in Midwest battleground states from a 19-point deficit to a 7-point edge. The same numbers also indicated Obama making little or no progress in the areas of having sufficient experience and wooing to his side former supporters of Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Obama still leads slightly among those who think he represents their values (48-44) and those who think he will bring change (51-39).

But McCain-Palin have pulled ahead among independents (50-43), among married women (48-44) and especially among white Catholics (59-36).

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Hillary Clinton supporters wanted Hillary in the White House because they believed she was the most qualified person for the job. McCain selected Palin not because she was the most qualified, but because she is a woman.

This race is not about race or gender, yet McCain has obviously made this race about that issue by selecting a poorly qualified woman. Have the American people lost their mind? Isn't it clear to anyone that McCain's pick is a gimmick? What is wrong with America? It only makes sense now why Bush was selected a second time, and now maybe a third.

Wow, what a difference a week makes. I was ready to vote for Obama but after hearing Palin I find myself embarrased that I even considered voting for Obama who has no history whatsoever. How could the Democratic party have appointed him? Who vetted him (and they ask who vetted Palin?) Me and all of my friends are McCain voters this time around

So are women really this stupid? What do they like about Palin? Her ability to lie successfully, or her ability to mock community organizers in a snarky, screechy voice? Women, I am ashamed of my own gender. If women are going to vote for McCain because of Palin, this country deserves the country they will get. And remember you are not voting for her as Pres, unless...Fear, be very, very fearful...

Like it or not, women have finally found a way to "reward" Obama for his treatment of Hillary.

For those who wonder why anyone who preferred Hillary could vote for McCain... understand this, inasmuch as Obama claims to have the same policies as Hillary's, Obama started out with NO policies to speak of! All he did was pretty much plagiarize Hillary's policies with a token difference here and there. So really, no one knows what Obama really stands for.

McCain is a moderate Republican, and while I don't agree with everything he believes in, he is more palatable than Obama. And Palin is such a babe! And she's articulate, smart, she has courage and principles. Not that far off from Hillary really.

Bottom line... I don't trust Obama.

Wow. Truly a disappointment in my opinion, Obama's lack of self-advertisement I mean, and now he's going to feel the full blast of that.

Lets make history--- Lets put a woman in the whitehouse. MaCain/Palin are what this country needs. Nobama is like a shiney christmas present that is empty inside. Looks good under the tree but no substance to him. WE NEED McCain/Palin --- Go John and Go Sarah

If you voted for Bush twice, you are loving Sarah Palin. She is the ultimate moron mobilizer.

I especially like how, as governor of Alaska, she sued the Bush administration to keep them from protecting the polar bear. Plus how she lobbied to allow shooting Alaska's wildlife from aircraft. You can't get any more American than that!

McCain and Palin will do almost EXACTLY what GWB has been doing for eight years. McCain has bragged about his more than 90% agreement with GWB. He agrees with George W. Bush. Until it seemed like a bad political idea, he used to BRAG about it! Do you think you'll get a different result from a guy who thinks the same way as the last guy, the one who failed us so miserably? Just because he got shot down in a plane 30 years ago and is a forever hero? Let me repeat the basic concept one more time: John McCain has BRAGGED that he thinks the same way as George W. Bush, on a wide variety of issues. That includes war, the economy, schools, veterans, choice for women, social security, Medicare. All of it. Same as George W Bush.

Is this what bad schooling has done to us? Is critical thinking dead in our society? Have we fallen to such a low mental state that even when a guy BRAGS that he thinks the same as the loser before him, we STILL want to hire that guy to lead us?

God save us.

Go McCain. Go Palin -- we need your leadership. We need you two in the whitehouse. Noboma Noway Nohow.

And still no mention of RON PAUL. tsk, tsk, when will you recognize the only REAL candidate for PRESIDENT?


Once they finish tutoring her and let her start talking that will change...

Obama: Change we used to believe in

I am utterly disgusted at how stupid the American public is, especially women...I can say that because I am a woman. I am ashamed at my own kind. How can anyone look at the speech that that smarmy b***h made, which was packed full of lies and think that this ticket is what is going to bring us in the right direction. All the GOP did was lie and deceive and this is exactly what they are going to keep doing. If you really want to keep getting the shaft for the next 4 years, go ahead, vote for these fools, but you are an idiot.

The human heart never changes; and what was true yesterday is just as true today; "nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

Obama really turned over his potential to become the first black president when he couldn't come to terms with Hillary and pick her as his VP. He maid a serious strategic error and John beat him like a close game of chess. I'm glad he made his error before he became president unlike G.B.Jr. Obama hopefully learned a valuable lesson, the Peter Principal apply to all.

I'm so upset at him for not choosing Hillary as his VP I'm going to vote for John because if your going to go down, go down in flames.

"huge 20-point shift "

so apparently sexism is ok if it's perpetrated by women...

(relax, i'm a woman, but i wouldn't vote for just any woman on the ballot!)

Obama really turned over his potential to become the first black president when he couldn't come to terms with Hillary and pick her as his VP. He maid a serious strategic error and John beat him like a close game of chess. I'm glad he made his error before he became president unlike G.B.Jr. Obama hopefully learned a valuable lesson, the Peter Principal apply to all.

I'm so upset at him for not choosing Hillary as his VP I'm going to vote for John because if your going to go down, go down in flames.

As a VET, I can not see voting for Obama as he has never served this country in uniform nor as he ever been in a situation where he had to make the choice of how much he loves his country. McCAin has served his country and suffered for his country and still feels the affects of that period of time in his life.

Obama speaks of change, so does McCain. Both want to cross party lines to get America back on track. Well to me the best way to do that is to rid the two party system TODAY and have a McCain/Obama ticket.

But those in power in DC will never let that happen. So my vote is for the VET who has been servingHIS country for how many years now compared to say 3 years.

Obama would have gotten my vote if he had Hilly, but now he has a no body.

does anyone remember what GWB said in his campaign speeches back in 1999? isn't there anyone who can write better so call "promising" speeches?

i think the best coverage of these campaigns has been
covered by The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. maybe
the staffs on both sides should watch the shows from
now on until one gets elected into the "big" office.

is there some way to do away with electoral votes
and just leave it to the people to really elect the person
needed to sit behind the desk of the oval office and
help run the country?

I likely will vote for Obama. I'm an independent. Sizing up the whole situation, however, Obama is now...well...done. He has shown he does not know how to rumble with the big boys and girl. I am so disappointed how poorly he reads the electorate, and how poorly he campaigns. If he can't lead McCain by at least 6 points by now, with 80% disapproval rating of Bush, he is, well, incompetent. I'm very disappointed. Well, if McCain wins, at least I will pay less taxes...forever...what a terrible thought...My heart bleeds for America and our sons and daughters...

I don't know WHY you guys aren't gettin' this, but this isn't about women, it is about religion. It isn't about facts, it's largely about abortion issues.

The God code in the GOP convention so was deep anyone looking for hit had their hip-waders flooded.

The right has embraced a candidate because of her religious values. Put a woman with brains in there (e.g. Olypiia Snow for instance) who wasn't referred to as a "babe" by many men, McCain would be back on the cold rock.

Why is it you guys are not getting this or are you just to write about it?

Oh. Then there's that little matter about racism.

Are you guys reporting from a bubble? You're assessments are about as useful as dirt.

McCain-Palin are calling for American Unity, not party unity as the Obama-Biden ticket is struggling with. I predict McCain-Palin will win by a landslide.

The only reason Obama did not pick Clinton as his VP is because Cook County wanted to wrest control of the Democratic party back from the Clintons. Having her on the Ticket would not accomplish that for Mayor Daley, the boss of "community organizers". I just wish some 'investigative reporter' would do a story on that bit, but I guess he is still too powerfull for any News Media to investigate.

God bless America

Once again, the DNC has "out slicked" themselves.

It's literally amazing how they've continually done this. In 28 years the only Democrat that has been elected as President is Bill Clinton (twice). How could they have thrown Hillary to the curb? What were they thinking? MAN-O-MAN!


Furthermore, Hillary has got to be "peeved" at this situation as well as many other Democrats... I hope Barack "pays off" her debt at least, Geeez!

The DNC only has "two strategic maneuvers" available with the space and time constrants until election day. Well, maybe three. Three out of the Three involve a player or players by the name of ... "Clinton". LOL!

President Clinton is the "key" ... For some reason, I don't see Bill "working for free"... DO YOU? I wouldn't!

The GOP however has at least "5 counter maneuvers" at it's disposable. And with the majority of the electorate either Independent or Republican this is not looking good for Obama-Biden08.

McCain and the RNC's decision to select Sarah Palin is much more about alienating the DNC from the American voter. Sarah Palin is a direct reflection of the public's view of "merging progressive" movements all in one.

Sarah Palin "may not be perfect". But, she never claimed or exhibited messanic behavior. She communicates as a "public servant" that won't allow "anyone or any corporation" the opportunity to take advantage of citizens on "her watch".

McCain Palin08 .... "Made of the Right Stuff".

PS - I really feel sorry for the DNC. It's just unbelievable! But, they did it to themselves, again.

McCain and Palin's campaign is based on lies and manipulation. Palin has been missrepresenting her past. Read this from an Alaskan:
As an Alaskan, I am writing to give all of you some information on Sarah Palin, Senator McCain's choice for VP. As an Alaska voter, I know more than most of you about her and, frankly, I am horrified that he picked her. The most accurate description of her is red neck. Her husband works in the oil fields of Prudhoe Bay and races snow mobiles. She is a life time member of the NRA and has worked tirelessly to allow indiscriminate hunting of wildlife in Alaska, particularly wolves and bears. She has spent millions of Alaska state dollars on aerial hunting of these predators from helicopters and airplanes, dollars that should have been spent, for example, on Alaska's failing school system.

We have the lowest rate of high school graduation in the country. Not all of you may think aerial predator hunting is so bad, but how anyone (other than Alaska wolf-haters, of which there are many, most without
teeth), could think this use of funds is appropriate is beyond me. If you want to know more about the aerial hunting travesty, let me know and I will send some links to informative web sites. She has been a strong supporter of increased use of fossil fuels, yet the McCain campaign has the nerve to say she has "green" policies. The only thing green about Sarah Palin is her lack of experience. She has consistently supported drilling in ANWR, use of coal-burning power
plants (as I write this, a new coal plant is being built in her home town of Wasilla), strip mining, and almost anything else that will unnecessarily exploit the diminishing resources of Alaska and destroy its environment.

Prior to her one year as governor of Alaska, she was mayor of Wasilla, a small red neck town outside Anchorage.The average maximum education
level of parents of junior high school kids in Wasilla is 10th grade. Unfortunately, I have to go to Wasilla every week to get groceries and other supplies, so I have continual contact with the people who put
Palin in office in the first place. I know what I'm talking about. These people don't have a concept of the world around them or of the serious issues facing the US. Furthermore, they don't care. So long as
they can go out and hunt their moose every fall, kill wolves and bears and drive their snow mobiles and ATVs through every corner of the wilderness, they're happy.

I wish I were exaggerating. Sarah Palin is currently involved in a political corruption scandal. She fired an individual in law enforcement here because she didn't like how he treated one of her relatives during a divorce. The man's performance and ability weren't
considered; it was a totally personal firing and is currently under investigation. While the issue isn't close to the scandal of Ted Steven's corruption, it shows that Palin isn't "squeaky clean" and causes me to think there ay be more issues that could come to light. Clearly McCain doesn't care.

When you line Palin up with Biden, the comparison would be laughable if it weren't so serious. Sarah Palin knows nothing of economics (admittedly a weak area for McCain), or of international affairs, knows nothing of national government, Social Security, unemployment, health care systems - you name it.

The idea of her meeting with heads of foreign governments around the world truly frightens me. In an increasingly dangerous world, with the economy in shambles in the US, Sarah Palin is uniquely UNqualified to be vice president. John McCain is not a young man. Should something happen to him such that the vice president had to step in, it would
destroy our country and possibly the world to have someone as inexperienced and inappropriate as Sarah Palin. The choice of Palin is a cheap shot by McCain to try to get Hillary supporters to vote for him. when McCain introduced her today, Palin had the nerve to compare herself with Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro. Sarah Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton.

To those of you who, like me, supported Hilary and were upset that she did not get the nomination, please don't think that Sarah Palin is a worthy substitute. If you supported Hillary, regardless of what you think the media and the democratic party may have done to undermine her campaign, the person to support now is Obama, not Sarah Palin.

To those of you who are independent or undecided, don't let the choice of Palin sway you in favor of McCain. Choosing her shows how unqualified McCain is to be president. To those of you who are conservative, I guess you have no choice for president. But please try to see how the poor choice of Palin tells us a great deal about McCain's judgment. To read full article, please click on:

That John McCain will most likely win this election.
That makes me sad.
And it's not so much that I think it is because Obama is the better man for the job, because he is.
And it's not because because I think Obama's ideas are the better ones, because they are.

No, what's happened in this campaign is this the voters have drawn a line between the past and the future and have decided to go back to the past.
Let me explain.

What I see is the voters looking at the past 8 years as a period of American insecurity. They've gone along with it trusting Bush to get them out so that they can go forward. That hasn't happened. When faced with this election, they are at a fork in the road. Do they want to go with Obama on his quest to reshape America into what it could be. Or, do they want McCain, who offers them a mirage of return to the seemingly safe possibility of starting over at the location of the Clinton era prosperity .

That's what McCain is selling. A mulligan to the US people that lets them have another shot at getting it right if they could only get back to where they started from. In a video game it comes with unlimited lives to explore different scenarios.

Americans; life does not work like a video game.

To stand still now is folly, to try to get back to a memory and start over is impossible.

McCain's maverick clean up of Washington plays to what all Americans want to say: "The last 8 years were not really our fault. we were hijacked by bad people in Washington. If we get them out we can get back on track. It want us, it was them. Lets get them out."

Yes the last 8 years have been hell. But can a nation really, collectively, think that they can forgive themselves by trying to ignore what has happened in those 8 years?

The man who claims to have the power of absolution is a man who lived through the last hellish failure of America. He's managed to find some peace from his own war and now wants to offer the same sort of peace to the rest of America. I think that is what makes him so attractive to voters more than anything else. I think this need for absolution for the last 8 years really clouds the judgement of voters and has become the unspoken issue. Is it so strong a need that the future can be ignore?

Unfortunately for Americans, the world will not slow down and wait for the USA to catch up. That makes world events far more dangerous. As America goes through the McCain healing process, every act buy every other nation asserting its own destiny will be seen as an attack on America and a slight to US pride.

I wish you were a brave nation and took the other path, reaching past your own pain, to look far into the future as part of a better world.

John McCain has sold himself as a healer, and he may be that in the minds of many Americans.

So as brilliant and as statesmanlike Obama is, he may not have a chance against the placebo that McCain is offering.

It just looks too good to Americans not to have a taste of it.

Women shifted from an eight-point pre-convention edge for Obama to a 12-point McCain advantage now.

Senators should never run for offce. All these senators running for president had a approval rating of around 40% last year and now the american people are going to put one in office. Wheres the governors ? American people must be lacking half a brain. Concern american from Texas


Though John McCain might be a moderate, Sarah Palin is not!!!

Though John McCain is a moderate who is pro-choice and supports embryonic stem cell research he picks a women for V.P. whose views put us back into the 1800's.

Sarah Palin is a right wing extremist. She wants Creationism (the belief that all humanity, life, the Earth and the universe as a whole was created by a supreme being) taught in all U.S. schools.

Ms. Palin is says that she's strongly "Pro-life" and wants to overturn "Roe Vs. Wade" outlawing abortions even in the case of rape or incest. Despite claiming to be a caring person who cares so much about other women's unborn fetuses, she legalized the incredibly cruel practice of aerial hunting of wolves and moose which most Alaskans didn't agree with because of the inhumane and cruel aspects of this form of hunting. Ms. Palin is also fighting to take the Beluga Whale and the Polar Bear off the endangered species list so that they can be hunted and won't get in the way of any extra arctic oil drilling. She's legalized the hunting of grizzly bears in Alaska and even supports the groups that club baby seals to death for fur. All this cruelty to arctic animals who have a hard enough time just surviving in the harsh frigid regions of Alaska.

Ms. Palin also opposes embryonic stem cell research (which uses 6-10 cell embryos that are about to be discarded after Invitro-fertilization cycles) which holds extreme promise for most aging and fatal diseases such as Alzheimes, cancer and Parkinson's.

I won’t even go into all the controversies such as the Troopergate incident and the Bridge to Nowhere lies and cover-up.

John McCain is a 72 year old man who's had four bouts of Melanoma in the very recent past. If McCain actually wins this election there's a good chance that American citizens will very soon have Sarah Palin as their President! What a disastor that will be! We can say goodbye to the 21th century and our wildlife, environment, medical technology and so much more.

I'm a young woman and there is no way that I'm voting for Sarah Palin. I want to have a good future.

Honestly, I can't believe that a Hillary Clinton supporter would support Ms. Palin. You're probably a Republican in disguise.

Listen and think. Go for McCain ticket. and of course Hillary for 1012!

Only people bitter about 2000 could hate the McCain ticket.

When will the dems wake up and foot a real team that's not based on their rhetorical view through extreme liberal glasses?

You can try to blame everything on bush, but the fact remains:

1) The Iraq war is 17% of the deficit and the deficit is not hurting the economy.

2) The blame for the housing bust rests with stupid americans who paid more for houses than they could afford. Too bad but the economic fallout from that is not Bush's fault.

3) Losing jobs to Asia is not Bush's fault either. You want cheap goods, you buy cheap foreign made goods, then US jobs are going to leave. Jobs have been leaving for decades.

4) High oil prices are not a result of the Iraq war. Iraq is producing more oil now than before the war. Limited supply and the rise of chinese and indian demand are driving some googling.

The dems are way over correcting with the ticket they put up. Obama is the most liberal senator and Biden is 3rd. Sorry, but americans don't want an opportunist playing to their unfounded social fears and introducing more socialist entitelments.

Also, the comments about Palin being "against womens rights" because she is against abortion only makes sense if you see abortion as a womens rights issue. For millions it's a right to life in which obama wouldn't even vote to require assistance be given to babies who survive abortion. Pathetic.

Obama has got to win this election or we are all in
big trouble.
It is clear that Palin only thinks of herself,
she lies, and she doesn't know a thing she is doing.
McCain doesn't know anything either.
They just lie and lie and the Republicans believe
all their big lies.
I will be ashamed if McCain and Palin are the ones
who are representing America.
We will be the laughing stock of the world with
these two in the White House.
Ugly inside, Ugly on the outside.
They have no class whatsover.
Take a real good look at both of them and then honestly
tell yourself this is what you want America to be
about. These two are so shameful!!!

Palin, the hope of America; she will do a fantastic job leading McCain!

it is now obvious that Most American women do not care or want womens rights. They do not care for equal pay. They do not care if Roe vs wade is turned. Theey do not care if creationism is tought in schhol to their children. They do not care if stay in Iraq for long or bomb Iran. They do not care about universal health care. All they care is not to elect a white womaan's son from a black father. or a woman like them. The women of American have spoken. I have two girls and I feel sorry for them.

I am now resigned for McCain to be predient. Under Busth my savings already down by half and assets are worthless.Unde rMacCain, the social security will be privatised and invested infalling stock marke. Only option left for me is to go to Mexico or some other Latin American country with low cost of living and free health care and spend what ever savings remain.

Enjoy my fellow americans you deserve it. You will have a women president within two to three years.

don't lose your underwear. relax. chill. step back. two more months. haven't even seen the bimbo answer any questions on her own yet. let's see if she meets the hype of her 1 year 9 mo "executive" and "national security" experience "leading the alaskan national guard".

yeah idiots outnumber brains in this country now but then we've not educated americans for a decade plus now so this was bound to happen. if we falter as nation, the chinese will eat us for lunch. and we'll be paying them back and begging them for more imports like fat lazy debt addicts we are.

eod until more of us live in poverty and figure out politics is actually not a reality tv show, then things will be more serious, including media coverage of elections which have turned patently tabloid.

enough already

Just a couple of comments:
1. The Democratic nomination process -- IT'S BROKEN. How the hell do you get a FRESHMAN senator with no significant legislation to his credit, a trivial amount of time in the Illinois (part-time) state legislature (and that as part of the Daley machine) a person universally acknowledged to be the most liberal Senator in the Senate, as presidential nominee? Until the dem party does something about their practice of giving the most liberal venues first primaries, they'll be doomed to nominating guys totally out of touch with the US which -- in case you haven't noticed, is NOT a LIBERAL nation.
2. Where the hell was Howard Dean during the sexist attacks on Hillary? Did you really expect that after Obama's people ran around with T-shirts that said, "Bro's not Hoe's," the Hillary supporters would just kiss and make up when the primaries were over?
3. The dem party has been playing identity politics against the Republicans for a long time. This time they played it against themselves, with divisive results -- and once McCain gave the disaffected feminists the smallest chance to vote for him, many of them took it.
4. Whose idiot idea was it to have Obama go toe to toe defending himself against Palin's assertion that she was more qualified than him? It only made him look small. And when he used the fact that the budget of his campaign was more than the budget of Wasilla, it made him look tiny.

The Alaska state budget is $11.2 Billion annually, There are 15,000 state employees and another 8000 or so in the Alaska National Guard who call the woman their commander-in-chief. If you are going to suffer in the comparison, you don't try to refute it, you ignore it!

Best option now? Elect McCain, hope he's too old to run again in 2012, and then run Hillary.

Ok - the 20 point shift in women is a worry - I guess picking a woman as VP has had a large impact on that basis alone. They are still in bounce mode, riding the momentum and it is hard to know how it will settle. Obama needs to create new political time now and I am sure they are working on something.

Looking from the outside in I know that a McCain/Palin pick will be as much as a disaster as re-electing Bush in 2004 and there will be ramifications throughout the world. It is going to be hard to not feel rejected, like America has chosen to go insular, that they didn't re-elect Bush due to fear but due to nature. What can you do with that except turn around and walk away?

I’m mad at the Republican Party. Corruption, greed, government spending that is totally out of control, rapid inflation, the war in Iraq, earmarking, jobs disappearing overseas, an aloof President, it just seems like the system is broken and the country is going to hell. And it’s not just the Republicans, the do nothing Democratically controlled Congress has the lowest approval rating in US history.

What does excite me, for the first time in American history, a black man has a real chance at becoming our President. Not just any black man but one who wins you over when you listen to him talk. He’s got charisma. He talks up a good plan, even if he doesn’t always have the facts right. And he promises to bring change to Washington. He sounds like he MAY make a damn good President.

But I struggle with his supporters and some of the people he associates with. When I listen to his supporters, I don’t associate with them. They don’t resonate with me and I can’t identify with them. Some are so anti-American that it makes my stomach turn. Some just want handouts. Some just seem stupid and uninformed. Is this the type of America that he represents? It makes me afraid to support him.

I haven’t been that strong on John McCain either. I like the fact he’s a maverick within his party and that he’s never resorted to earmarking a bill for some special interest purpose, unlike Obama. And I think the Iraq war would be long over had he been President, although I don’t agree with the war in the first place. But his age and position on some major issues have me concerned.

The decision changer for me was when McCain selected Sarah Palin for his Vice Presidential running mate. Not some good ol’ boy from Washington, but someone who would bring change to Washington. Here is a person I can identify with and really respect. She’s one of us, not born into royalty or wealth. She’s cleaned up corruption within her own party in Alaska, got rid of the holier than tho perks from her office, reduced taxes, addressed the energy crisis correctly, in fact, just what we need for change in Washington. I wish she was the Presidential candidate.

I know, she’s not the Presidential candidate. But the fact that she would be Vice President makes me feel very confident that change is on McCain’s agenda. And judging from what she has accomplished in Alaska, it’s change for the better. With Obama, I’m not sure the change he would bring to Washington, if any, is for the better, especially after reviewing his record. So, that’s why I’m supporting McCain.

Note: Obama has personally earmarked Senate bills at the rate of a million dollars a day since he’s been in the Senate. McCain, not one dollar. I’d say Obama is a thief.
Two of my favorite (just kidding) people, Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright, are supporters and friends of Obama.

I would say, I am moderate conservative. I was not excited by the vote for Obama. I would say he, Obama, most stands for justice. I want more though, I want us to profit. Their is not a stand for an ideal or sacrafice for others.

Yes gov't needs to enable the people to take care of the less fortunate, but the act of giving has a different feel when one is involved in the day to day caring for others. Giving of one-self can not be replaced with dollars. So the gov't should enable and ask of it citizens to do the hard work of caring of the less fortunate, the debilitated, mil vets, aging grand-parents. I don't believe this is what Obama is asking, when he talks about taxing the rich to give to the poor.

McCain has the qualities of a strong leader. He shows the quality that we most need right now. That is, selfless service for the betterment of the people. His spirit of service is evident in how he talks and how he leads.

We all know that taxing and spending is not a solution. The answer to America's problems are Americans.

Wow! Not a whole lot of indecisiveness in LA. From these comments it sounds pretty black and white out there. No pun intended.

About the aerial sounds pretty cruel to me, too, but I don't have wolves or grizzlies in my backyard. I concede that my outlook may be different if my children or pets were in danger because of these critters. Suburban armchair environmentalists might not see it that way.

And just because she's a social conservative doesn't mean she'll be able to force her beliefs on the American public. JFK was a Catholic. Was he able to enact a Catholic agenda? Nixon was a Quaker. Did we have an explosion of Quaker centric legislation?

Just because Gov Palin is not middle of the road is no reason to run around waving our arms in the air, much like Chicken Little, screaming "The world is coming to an end!!!"

What are her positions on NATO? Russia/Georgia? Term limits? Social Security? (Personally, I think Social Security has got to go. Let's not wait until it's completely broke.) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Defense spending?

Instead of spending time debating Roe vs. Wade, which she'll have almost no power over, let's find out how she stands on things she will have power over.

I think she's gotten more voters interested again. And that's good.

my wife and i make 260k a year. i work in computer software in redmond wa. i've an economics degree and have broken down the plan in detail. you are wrong, and are making up the numbers.

here are the facts that folks can see for themselves that you can see the entire schedule and compare yourself. it is done by the respected bi-partisan tax policy center. i've included original source links below.

the majority of 95% of americans are getting up to 3 times the tax breaks with obama's plan versus mccains. wrt your critique, at the top 5 of income earners which is at $226,918, the tax rate goes up 0.3% (yes point 4 percent). the top 1% get taxed at 6.4%. if you make $603,402 than you qualify but be clear you are still paying at lower rate than what was paid under clinton.

we have a 4 trillion debt right now. when w has borrowed from china to give the top 5 folks like me and folks way richer than me (understand that mccain gives 25% of his tax cuts to folks who are the top 0.1% income earners, which means you earn more than $2.8 million), i didn't spend it. it's obvious to rich folks which doesn't get said because most want to keep it a secret - rich people get rich by saving and investing, not saving. doh right. obvious when you say it. but republican spin reverses reality to wool everybody from that fact. and we invest it overseas to emerging markets like china for higher returns.

which means tax cuts to the top 5% actually leave the u.s. to back to china for higher returns which the government paid interest to borrow the tax cut monies in the first place. perverted ain't it. rich folks like me aren't asking for tax cuts. we don't want it nor need it. regular folks folks do and would actually spend it mccain just leaves out - thus the oft cited and true stat that he just leaves 101 million people out. pathetic.

now most folks don't make 200 or 260k much less $2.8 million. if not, what i just said should have pissed you off. unless you worked too hard and are too tired to care. or have low self estemm and just want rich ppl to deal with the money for you because trump brainwashed you already in the 1st season of you're fired.

in all deadly seriousness, here's the bottom line for the middle class - what the economists call the "middle quintile", families making $66,354. obama boosts your income by 2.6% and cuts your taxes to 14.7%. you'd get a $1,118 tax refund. mccain gives you a pittance $282, an extra *0.6%* more, leaving your tax rate at 16.7%. that's what obama means when he says republicans are lying to you, rednecks. he's making you root for the rich folk, saying he'll give you 'tax cuts', amount unspecified. in reality, he's giving yall the shaft.

enough already.

updated tax analysis @
obama's tax proposal @
mccain's tax proposals @

Experience and the willingness to fight have been the two issues that people are for Hillary. Palin now gives the people the same thing.

Palin launched her political career by taking down people from her own corrupted party while Obama launched his career at Bill Ayers, a terrorist, and makes friends with extremist such as Rev Wright. Duh! Palin wins hand down over Obama!

It also shows that Obama's first big decision, picking a VP, is a total failure. If he had picked Clinton then Palin may not even be picked, or at least, McCain can't claim 'historic move'!

Obama heading for a landslide defeat.
This is good for USA.
Based on his treatment of Clinton requiring her to campaign after denying her of VP ticket.
A wote for Obama's "change" now means a vote for
"more Women work for less women pay".
Just ask Clinton.

Actions speaks louder than words

McCain-Palin for genuine equality.

Honestly Sarah Palin and Mc "wheel-chair" Cain don't have the brains or talent to do a damn thing. Just because this OLD FART was a POW does it mean he got the skills to be Pres. Palin qualify to be a fresh stripper rather than a VEEP. I know that republicans are dumb as hell starting from Reagan. Didn't realize that they would reach a point of no return dumbness. America is ready only for dumb presidents after the new millennium. They are not ready for OBAMA. No administration can save the ECONOMY. God bless Obama's thoughts and intentions. No one can improve the economy because it is sinking like TITANIC

Warren Lee -

You seem thoughtful and smart, and all I would ask before casting your vote is that you get the facts on McCain and Palin!

John McCain WAS a maverick within his party... BEFORE he started this second run for president. A short list of things he has fallen into Republican party line on:
- torture
- wiretaps
- roe v. wade
- repealing tax cuts for the rich
- immigration reform
- the list goes on. Yes, he does not use earmarks, whereas Obama uses earmarks for public institutions only (schools, hospitals, etc) - and Obama is in the bottom 25% of senators who use earmarks.

The war may NEVER end if McCain is president - he threw his full support behind this trillion dollar war, and continues to believe we should stay in Iraq. "Maybe for a hundred years," in his own words!

Sarah Palin may be "one of us," but she hasn't cleaned up any corruption in Alaska. What she did when she got rid of the "old boys network" was create a new "old boys network" by hiring inexperienced and obscure people, creating a staff totally dependent on her for their jobs and eternally grateful and fiercely loyal - loyal to the point of abusing their power to further her personal agenda. She reduced taxes, but ONLY for businesses, increasing tax burden on residents. She didn't make ANY financial investments in addressing the energy crisis, despite (or perhaps BECAUSE of) Alaska's $50million oil revenue.

Change can't be on John McCain's agenda - he voted with Bush 90% of the time in 2007. And he chose a running mate whose policies and personality prove she's George Bush in lipstick! That is not the change we need - god, it's not even change at all! These guys are going to make the last 8 years look like a kindergartener's tea party!!!

Please, people, please get the facts and vote for the ticket that will start to get us out of this mess!

I'm not worried about McCain and Palin winning. These polls are not always the best indicators of what is happening, will happen. It is not uncommon, from what I have read, for folks to get a bounce after their conventions. The comedians will be having a field day with Palin and more and more folks will soon see that the idea of her being qualified for VP is completely idiotic, a joke. Just chill folks for a few and Obama will start looking like the clear winner again. I don't know, but from what I have read, there are record numbers of new voters who have signed up to vote for the Democrats, Obama, and I am wondering if these polls are really reflecting the opinions of these folks-- students, Latinos. I doubt tons of pro-choice women who were Hillary supporters are really interested in voting for a woman who does not support a woman's right to choose. I'm just going to wait a few days or week and think that the polls will come back around for Obama, or I am not going to worry about what the polls say as I am not sure that they are accurate at all perhaps.

Finally! One of "us" in the White House and not someone who is far removed from the everyday plight of everyday people.

How refreshing.

McCain/Palin 2008!

This just shows why women's suffrage needs to be revisited. Obama's politics are so much more in line with Hillary Clinton's however Sarah Palin has a vagina. Is this really the sole criteria on which women cast their vote? Genital similarity? Palin is pro-gun, anti-abortion, pro-creationism in schools, pro-war, pro-everything that women typically vote against. That said, you throw a good looking well dressed "hockey mom" in front of them and all of a sudden their political beliefs go out the window. Susan B. Anthony is turning in her grave.

I dont see why white women in America are trying to compare themselves to Palin. If YOUR daughter was pregnant in high school, she would still be labeled a whore! Remember, SHE is a Politician AND an actress. All of America will not be judged as "lightly" as Palin has been. When her glamour wears off, and more people die in Iraq, gas prices go to $6.00/gal., Milk $6.00/gal.YOUR kid gets pregnant at 16, you lose your job and you cant afford to go to the dr., Palin wont be your hero anymore.REMEMBER: The Republicans got us in the financial state we are in today! How many people do you know who have lost theyre homes? Dont let superstardom, clever speeches, and fancy magazine covers influence your decision about government! Sound familiar? When the smoke clears, McCain and Palin are still Republicans. Republicans just do not deserve another 4 years in office, period. I wish there was a law against any Political Party running for President after ruining the economy!

I am very disappointed with the Obama campaign. They should NOT be surprised by the recent polls. I can now understand why people labled his campaign as arrogant. He was unwilling and insensitive to not only the woman voters but all who supported Hillary Clinton.

I was never a Hillary Clinton supporter but given her tremendous support why would a savvy skilled leader ever ignore and belittle such support. Could it be that woman may just finally decide that the Democrats need to be sent a BIG LOUD MESSAGE ----- they were unable or unwilling to listen before ---- but maybe, just maybe they will start to listen now.

The woman vote matters and we are sick and tired of the Democratic party patting us on the head and telling us you are going to take care of us. Wake up before it is too late. And please quit blaming Hillary or telling us that it is her job to get woman back on board. I want to hear from Obama why he deserves my vote ---- why do you think so little of women that you could not give serious consideration to woman running mate?

People are not saying they disagree with Obama's views..... They are saying he scares me to death!

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