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Old 07-23-2008, 11:08 AM   #106
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Oh Mittens. I've missed him. Remember how mean McCain used to be to him in the debates? Fun times!!


i, for one, am looking forward to see how the Romney boys continue to serve their country, not in Iraq, but by getting their dad elected!

that, and the reintroduction of "gosh" and "golly" back into the political lexicon.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:11 AM   #107
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We really do not need any more Tagg Romney. We've been doing perfectly well without him.

Ditto someone else

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Old 07-23-2008, 01:21 PM   #108
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Most of the things he says seem to come totally out of left field, so I wouldn't put too much stock in this


ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (CNN) – It's VP tea leaf reading season, and a Republican source who attended a small private meeting with John McCain Tuesday in New Hampshire tells CNN that the GOP candidate dropped a serious hint about Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

The Republican source said "out of the blue" McCain told the gathering that he thinks they are "really going to like" Pawlenty.


This GOP source noted that McCain also said nice things about Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani, but those appeared to be standard lines he says about former rivals.

This source said McCain may have been talking about Pawlenty because the meeting was with New Hampshire GOP delegates, and the Republican convention is in Pawlenty's state.

But this source said McCain's praise was effusive, and noteworthy because it appeared to come "totally out of left field."

Pawlenty is a long-time supporter of McCain's. He's from a swing state with considerable support across the Republican Party, including evangelicals, and has always been thought by Republican strategists to be on McCain's short list.

The Minnesota governor, who is visiting Washington, was at McCain headquarters in Virginia today for meetings, according to a McCain aide.
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:50 PM   #109
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Pawlenty is a bad choice. He's a great guy, but McCain winning Minnesota is unlikely even with Pawlenty. Maybe the praise was referring to him hosting the convention.
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Old 07-23-2008, 02:01 PM   #110
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Obama's speech begins 7pm CET, about 1pm New York time.
Off-topic, but how many people are expected to attend the Berlin speech and how do you think it will be received?
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Old 07-24-2008, 07:50 AM   #111
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There are extremely accurate guesses by a newspaper saying there are expected between 10,000 and one million attendees.

I am pretty confident he will be well received, as most people are very hopeful he will bring in some fresh air and good politics when elected President, and they are certain he is more capable of working together with Europeans, and here especially with Germans, as compared to any Republican candidate.
I guess he will ask for more commitment of Germany in Afghanistan which probably won't be answered by great applause, but I doubt too many people attending the speech expect anything different.
I guess he will balance the speech to have a favourable crowd that produces some nice noise for the TV cameras, and at the same time having some great soundbytes for the viewers in the states.

Some people might have too rosy a picture of him and once he assumes office it will be quite an awakening for some, but all in all I guess he will be a much better President when it comes to foreign relations than Bush has ever been and McCain will ever be. And I guess that will come through today.

So, as long as he doesn't ask for German troops to be deployed to Iraq not much harm can be done and it should be well received.
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Old 07-24-2008, 05:39 PM   #112
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I can't help but think that Romney would not be a good choice for McCain. McCain already has a tenuous relationship with the religious right. I don't see Romney doing much to improve that. The silver lining I see if McCain does choose Romney (and Romney doesn't become a born again religious zealot to get the vote, although considering his religion in america speech, that might not be too far a leap) is that it may signal a more clear shift away from the religious right as the key voter base.

But I'm not holding my breath on that.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:38 AM   #113
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WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close associates that he has had "very serious" conversations with Sen. Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background, according to several sources close to Kaine.

Sens. Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) are also being seriously vetted by the campaign staff, according to sources with knowledge of the process.

Democrats who have discussed possible choices with campaign officials and have knowledge of the vetting process said others being considered include Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and former senator Sam Nunn (Ga.). Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) are mentioned as long shots.
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WASHINGTON - Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has told close associates that he has had "very serious" conversations with Sen. Barack Obama about joining the Democratic presidential ticket and has provided documents to the campaign as it combs through his background, according to several sources close to Kaine.

Sens. Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Joseph R. Biden Jr. (Del.) are also being seriously vetted by the campaign staff, according to sources with knowledge of the process.

Democrats who have discussed possible choices with campaign officials and have knowledge of the vetting process said others being considered include Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (Conn.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and former senator Sam Nunn (Ga.). Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel (Neb.) and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) are mentioned as long shots.
I would love him to pick Kaine. A pro-life, anti-gay marriage VP will not sit well among some Democrats. Plus, he's not too well-known and doesn't carry any foreign policy experience which the ticket would benefit from.
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i predict Biden.
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I would love him to pick Kaine. A pro-life, anti-gay marriage VP will not sit well among some Democrats. Plus, he's not too well-known and doesn't carry any foreign policy experience which the ticket would benefit from.
But wouldn't YOU like to have someone like that in office?
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But wouldn't YOU like to have someone like that in office?
Sure, if he were a conservative. Aside from those two issues, Kaine is still a liberal. Just because he's pro-life doesn't mean I would, for even a second, consider voting for Obama. I would guess most conservatives feel that way. Obama needs to pick a VP who would further secure the Democratic base. Polls show that McCain has more support among Republicans than Obama does among Democrats, so I don't see how a pro-life, anti-gay marriage running mate helps him that much, at least as far as that statistic is concerned.
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I would love him to pick Kaine. A pro-life, anti-gay marriage VP will not sit well among some Democrats.
Kaine supports choice and opposed an amendment to the Virginia Constitution that would define marriage as that between one man and one woman, though he has publicly stated that he personally opposes same-sex marriage.

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Kaine supports choice

From where do you gather that he's not pro-life? Everything I've read describes him as such.
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Possible Barack Obama Running Mate Tim Kaine Not Pro-Life, Backs Abortion
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