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Monday, February 18, 2008

McCain lands in Ohio

John McCain will watch the results from Tuesday's Wisconsin primary from Ohio, the next stop on his increasingly inevitable march to the Republican presidential nomination.

When the Wisconsin results begin rolling in, McCain will be in Columbus, where supporters will gather at the Columbus Renaissance Hotel on N. Third Street.

McCain will stick around Wednesday - he has a stop at Young's Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, a combination ice cream parlor/miniature golf course/picnic grounds that has been a must-stop for Ohio politicians for decades. It's also one of the favorite haunts of McCain's Ohio chairman, former senator Mike DeWine, who lives right down the road in Cedarville.

McCain's campaign plans to open campaign offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo.

No Ohio sightings yet of McCain's two remaining opponents on the March 4 primary ballot - Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul.


at 10:53 AM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm from Ohio and looking forward to seeing Mr. McCain. He doesn't get as much news coverage as Clinton or Obama. Even this article is short and basic. Give us more, I'd like to see more coverage of John McCain.

at 1:28 PM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish John would pick Mitt as his running mate. It would ease my angst about McCain's age.
Additionally, McCain is good on foreign policy and Romney is good with the economy.
Not a dyed in the wool Republican, but I would never vote for the Billary team and Obama too inexperienced at this juncture.

at 4:00 PM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain Embraces Third Bush Term: ‘I’d Be Honored To Be Anywhere With Him’ «

The New York Times writes that Sen. John McCain will ask George W. Bush to fundraise for him, but does not “want the president to appear too often at his side.” U.S. News reports:

President Bush is increasingly confident that John McCain, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, will be an effective defender of the major Bush policies such as cutting taxes, fighting terrorism, and winning the Iraq war, according to White House aides.

Standing at an event this morning with former President George H.W. Bush to receive his and Barbara’s endorsement, McCain was asked whether he “would be in effect carrying out a third Bush term.”

“I’d be honored to have President George Bush’s support, his endorsement,” McCain responded. “And I’d be honored to be anywhere with him under any circumstances.” He added, “I am proud of this president’s strategy in Iraq.” Watch it:

McCain tried to qualify the strength of his ties to Bush. McCain said, “I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to work with him on many issues,” but added, “obviously, as any president who follows one has different views on particularly specific issues.”

One McCain adviser told the NYT that “that while there were risks for Mr. McCain to appear with Mr. Bush, it would be a bad idea to keep Mr. Bush entirely at arm’s length.”


QUESTION: Your Democratic opponents say that you would be in effect carrying out a third Bush term. I’d like to ask you and President Bush, to what degree do you think the current president’s influence will affect your candidacy?

MCCAIN: Well, let me just say that I’d be honored to have President George Bush’s support, his endorsement. And I’d be honored to be anywhere with him under any circumstances.

Having said that, obviously, as any president who follows one has different views on particularly specific issues.

But I am proud of this president’s strategy in Iraq. It is succeeding. The Democrats are the same ones who said it would fail. The Democrats are the same ones that after they said the surge wouldn’t work, and it worked, that politically that it wouldn’t work, they are wrong, they are wrong. And we should start out this presidential debate by the admitting that they were wrong. And if we had done what they wanted to do, then we would have had Al Qaida succeed in Iraq.

So all I can say is that I’m glad to have campaigned hard for President Bush’s election in 2000, his reelection in 2004, and I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to work with him on many issues.

Are there issues we are in disagreement on? Of course. And, again, obviously, the American people will judge who they vote for by the qualities of the candidate and how those qualities and vision and leadership is displayed.


at 7:47 PM, February 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice comment, Anonymous.

Not clever enough to come up with something you thought up yourself?

at 3:14 AM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous John McCain is the Manchurian Candidate said...

Res ipsa loquitur, anon wingnut 7:47.

at 7:14 AM, February 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

regarding Bush's 3rd term...isn't that what Hillary's trying doing to do for Bill? It's more than obvious.

at 9:02 PM, February 20, 2008 Blogger DivineComedy said...

Obama lacks experience? What do you call experience? He's been writing legislation since he was in his 20s and has gotten lots of bills passed. If you think Hillary Clinton has enough experience I suggest you compare their records. I know you didn't say you'd consider Hillary but my point is that if her experience is not an issue you need to see how Obama's record compares to hers.

Also, dunno if you realize this but Bill has FAR less experience than Obama when he was elected and so did JFK, Woodrow Wilson, Lincoln and a host of others who dealt with this country in a time of crisis.

Surrounding yourself with good people is a big part of it as no one can know everything about everything.. and Obama knows how to unite. I would not be the least surprised if he had several Republicans in his cabinet and healed the divisive politics. THAT is something that neither Clinton nor McCain have a hope of doing. McCain will just continue the Bush legacy and Clinton will just continue the Bush-Clinton dynasty. Are things really so good that we can't find someone outside of the Bush-Clinton family to run the country?

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