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Friday, February 22, 2008

New poll: Clinton cruises over McCain in Ohio

Howard Wilkinson reports:

Hillary Clinton might have an easier time than Barack Obama in beating John McCain in Ohio this fall, according to a Survey USA poll released Friday morning.

The poll, conducted between last Friday and Sunday surveyed 542 registered Ohio voters and found that Clinton had 52 percent support compared to 42 percent for McCain and seven percent undecided.

The same poll included a match-up between McCain and Obama. Obama had a lead over McCain, but only of three percentage points – within the poll’s 4.3 percent margin of error.

Obama had the support of 47 percent of those polled, compared to 44 percent for McCain and eight percent who said they were undecided.

The poll was conducted for four Ohio television stations – WCPO in Cincinnati, WHIO in Dayton, WKYC in Cleveland and WCMH in Columbus.


at 1:15 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's only because McCain isn't runing a full force campaign here yet. These numbers are skewed.

at 1:18 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poll Schmoll...

at 2:15 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read this story and tell me why no one is covering it. McCain story ran all day yesterday yet no one mention this story. http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56958

at 2:19 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous McCain the Hypocrite said...

The Washington Post has come out with another damning story on Senator John McCain, just two days after The New York Times alleged he was having an "inappropriate" relationship with a female lobbyist.

[W]hen McCain huddled with his closest advisers at his rustic Arizona cabin last weekend to map out his presidential campaign, virtually every one was part of the Washington lobbying culture he has long decried. His campaign manager, Rick Davis, co-founded a lobbying firm whose clients have included Verizon and SBC Telecommunications. His chief political adviser, Charles R. Black Jr., is chairman of one of Washington's lobbying powerhouses, BKSH and Associates, which has represented AT&T, Alcoa, JP Morgan and U.S. Airways.

Senior advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark McKinnon work for firms that have lobbied for Land O Lakes, the UST Public Affairs, Dell and Fannie Mae. [...]

In McCain's case, the fact that lobbyists are essentially running his presidential campaign -- most of them as volunteers -- seems to some people to be at odds with his anti-lobbying rhetoric. "He has a closer relationship with lobbyists than he lets on," said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "The problem for McCain being so closely associated with lobbyists is that he's the candidate most closely associated with attacking lobbyists."

Public Citizen, a group that monitors campaign fundraising, has found that McCain had more bundlers -- people who gather checks from networks of friends and associates -- from the lobbying community than any other presidential candidate from either party.

at 2:24 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stop the polling! Just stop! I am so sick of polls, polls, polls.... They are a curse upon our culture. Leave us alone.

at 2:52 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

After the financial and military messes the Repugnicants have gotten us into, even a credible and sane candidate would be hard-pressed to get 45% of the vote and carry even some of the most conservative southern and western states.

Then the Greedy Oily Pedophiles nominate a mentally unbalanced, senile hypocrite who is even more of a warmongerer than the current occupant of the Oval Office.

Obama carries all 50 states.

at 2:53 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

bin laden supports obama.

at 3:24 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The personal attacks on Obama seen on this thread and others are despicable.

If people want 'status quo' politics, then all they have to do is look at the swipes Clinton and McCain supporters send Obama's way.

"bin laden supports obama"?
"obama is my savior"?

The Clinton machine has obviously arrived.

I predict we will see more of this ho-hum good-old boy club mentality from Slick-Willy and Crew. Dont be fooled.

Obama brings true Hope and THAT is why he is attacked in such nonsensical ways.

Be the Change!
Vote Obama 2008.

at 4:27 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

McCain’s Cronies: Ya Gotta Have Friends

McCain is Not Who He Seems. Verizon. SBC Communications. At&T. Alcoa. JPMorgan. U.S.Airways. Land O'Lakes. UST Public Affairs. Dell. Fannie Mae. General Motors. United Technologies. eBay. Goldman Sachs. Cablevision. Tenneco. Novartis Pharmaceuticals. The Saudis. Southwest Airlines. Toyota. Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America. John McCain has FIFTY-NINE federal lobbyists, representing these and other companies, raising money for and working on his campaign.

If political fixer Charlie Black were the only big name lobbyist surrounding John McCain, you could almost see it as an abberation -- Black having been the political director at the RNC and having successfully helped Jim Baker run any number of GOP Presidential and Senatorial bids through the years. As if Charlie Black weren't bad enough.

Except...he's not the only one. Not even close. McCain defended his many corporate lobby campaign cronies today (via AP):

“Sen. John McCain said Friday that while lobbyists serve as close advisers to his presidential campaign, they are honorable and he is not influenced by corruption in the system.

McCain, who has styled himself as an enemy of special interests, defended having lobbyists working for his campaign....

McCain was asked how he squares his image as a fighter of special interests with the fact that his senior campaign team is largely made up with lobbyists. McCain has battled to reform the system of influence in Washington through campaign finance restrictions, new ethics rules and opposition to the use of earmarks by members of Congress to fund pet projects. “

While McCain is correct that there are lobbyists who work for laudable causes, including for education, poverty, environmental and other issues which lift up the less powerful against strong, corrupting monied influences inside the Beltway, I wouldn't exactly call this collection of GOP insider crony caravan that is the Straight Talk Lobby Express a bunch of civic-minded, power-shy, do-gooders. Would you?

at 4:31 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

John McCain’s co-chair of his AZ Leadership Team, Representstive Richard Renzi Indicted

Republican Rep. Richard Renzi of Arizona was indicted on 35 criminal counts, including conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering and official extortion stemming from land deals in his state, Justice Department officials said on Friday.

The indictment stemmed from plans by Renzi and an associate, a real estate investor, to benefit from a land-exchange deal in Arizona in return for Renzi’s support for necessary federal legislation, court documents said.

Renzi is a close ally of McCain’s, of course– birds of a feather– and is part of the McCain campaign leadership team. As soon as the long-anticipated indictment was handed down, McCain immediately took down the website page that mentions Renzi being on the team. Renzi is member of Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) National Leadership Team as well as a co-chair of his Arizona Leadership Team.

What a damaging week for the McCain campaign, huh? His most “attractive” selling points — campaign finance reform and fierce anti-lobbyist stance — are crumbling around him. First we learned he was positioning himself to game the FEC by using taxpayer money to bail out his campaign, then we learned about his ethically dubious relationship with a young, attractive female lobbyist. McCain’s not even the nominee yet and his two strongest legs have been taken out in a matter of 72 hours. Should make for a fun 8 months.

at 4:37 PM, February 22, 2008 Blogger Quim said...

"Be the Change" ?
Listen to yourself.

at 4:57 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

OBAMA is the man!--- "Gay Rights of Cincinnati" will support him all the way to victory in November!

at 8:11 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey "Vote Obama 2008" - good articulate posts! - put your name on them and go for it. Course the Clintonistas will attack you but WTH.

at 11:03 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Young Atheart said...

Like Ronald Reagan, Obama is pushing to meet with our adversaries with preparation but not pre-conditions.

Ronald Reagan recognized the change in the direction of the Soviet leadership with Gorbachev, and shifted to diplomacy, with a view to encourage the Soviet Leader to go further with his reforms. Gorbachev agreed to meet Reagan in four summit conferences around the world: the first in Geneva, Switzerland, the second in Reykjavík, Iceland, the third held in Washington, D.C., along with the fourth summit in Moscow, Russia. Reagan believed that if he could persuade the Soviets to allow for more democracy and free speech, this would lead to reform and the end of Communism."

Demanding another country does what we tell them to before we'll even talk to them is a rediculous policy that hasn't worked for decades.  Reagan knew that.  He went and TALKED to Gorbachev. They got to know each other.  They learned to respect each other, even though they differed on many things.  That opened the way to actual change.  

Obama is a candidate of great depth and substance - not just high level stuff:
1. His speech on war in 2002 - shockingly prophetic
Once the war started, he did vote to support the troops but in no way is this a support for the war
2. De-escalation speech 2007
3. Detailed ECONOMY speech to Wisconsin auto-workers
4. Policy approaches to SF Chronicle

at 12:17 AM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"... Quim said..."Be the Change" ? Listen to yourself. 4:37 PM, February 22, 2008"

We b the change !

So sterotypical !

Better tell the brother he needs a license to pan-handle in sin-sin ati !



at 9:21 AM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the R's will let Deters run McCains campaign in Hamilton County. He wiil not do anything and think by his sheer brilliance things will be ok. Please, please Joe run his campaign just like you did the jail campaigns!!

at 5:44 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the abc video in which Barack Hussein Obama did NOT have his hand over his heart while the National anthem played. You can do a google search to see the video for yourself, it's not a hoax. I can't see someone who blatantly disregards/disrepects this country running for President, unless there's an ulterior motive.

Furthermore, I just watched and listened to another promise by Obama to eliminate nuclear power of the US; which astounds me during a time of war in which other countries may have weapons of mass destruction & possibly intentions of using them. We can't afford to have the leader of this country let down our arms in a time of world turmoil. I don't like war any more than the next person, but the Commander in Chief still has an obligation to protect this country and its citizens. I'm not professing use of nuclear power, in which there would be no winner, but it is definitely a deterrent.

at 7:56 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:21 >> "Deters running McCain's campaign" is a scary thought but reality is even scarier >> Mike DeWine. If that's the best McCain can do, Mac is toast in Ohio.

at 8:59 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want either Senator Obama or Senator Clinton to tell us how and when they plan to ask for their Attorney General or a special prosecutor invgestigate the Repugnicant party as a a corrupt organization. If so, do they believe a RICO prosecution is justified, given the illegal war and the ever-growing number of its officials at all levels coast to coast who have been convicted of various fraud and corruption crimes and sex offenses against children.

at 10:42 AM, February 24, 2008 Blogger greeneyedstone said...

Dear God... Please don't let Obama be the Antichrist that destroys our nation... amen

at 11:44 AM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll tell you how we can stop the Democrats in Ohio. John McCain should tap Rob Portman as his running mate! That's right.
ROB PORTMAN FOR VICE PRESIDENT. Do you agree? I want to hear your thoughts.

at 7:54 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd vote for Rob Portman for anything he chose to run for and think he'd make an excellent Vice President. He's a walking oxymoron - an honest politician!
However, I'm thinking he needs a higher profile - maybe as a former Ohio Governor in 2016?

at 11:03 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"walking oxymoron (Portman)..an honest politician" I like that! So true. VP would not be chanallanging for Rob Portman but it could help the Republicans take Ohio. Whatever it takes at this point. Personally, I see Rob Portman as our President one day. For now, we have to ensure a McCain victory. An Obama or Clinton victory would be nothing short of disaster for America.

at 11:03 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"walking oxymoron (Portman)..an honest politician" I like that! So true. VP would not be chanallanging for Rob Portman but it could help the Republicans take Ohio. Whatever it takes at this point. Personally, I see Rob Portman as our President one day. For now, we have to ensure a McCain victory. An Obama or Clinton victory would be nothing short of disaster for America.

at 11:09 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


at 11:36 PM, February 24, 2008 Blogger martin said...

The truth is that Hillary did supported NAFTA. She said it was a bad idea after the fact. Borack Obama was telling the American people nothing but the plain truth. In regards to her health plan she was the one who said that her health plan will be a mandate..when pressed on how she will do that she said by going after wages, garnsh wages. Barack Obama is being straight with the American people. I just dont understand why Hillary continues her lies one after another. She has proven something very disturbing that we Americans have seen in the last couple of weeks. She has been over dramatic and very defensive. Im sorry that is not presidential. I hope we all democrats united and support Borack Obama. In Ohio Nafta was responsible for closing over 50,000 JOBS. HOW can we as decent Americans over look this and vote for Hillary…No way…I have lots of family in OHIO and the last thing I want is for them to loose thier jobs..Shame on you Hillary. She said the samthing about the Iraq war..she voted for it and now she said maybe it was a bas idea, yet she refuses to come clean. Hillary and bill are nothing but scandalous people.

at 11:39 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Billary Clinton: megalomaniac, ethically bankrupt, morally reprehensible. She is the Dick Cheney of the Democratic Party.

at 3:40 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like Obama. He's slick, cultured and a great orator. If he becomes the dems candidate, he needs to prove to me why he should be President. I don't like McCain either - but right now - even though I despise what the Republicans have and haven't done over the past 8 years, I would tolerate McCain as President with a demo controlled Congress. So who are you Obama? Kennedy, King, Regan? Someone else? Let's see your true colors and who you really are...

at 8:50 PM, February 25, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

On Sep 9, 2004 Mr. Obama, said to the Herald & Review of Decatur, Illinois - "Obama said the United States benefits enormously from exports under the WTO and NAFTA."

So his position is the same as he alleges of Mrs. Clinton, right?


They both think NAFTA is necessary, it just needs some fine-tuning.

Mr. Obama's exploitation of the issue IS the issue. He acts like a Boy Scout on-stage, yet off stage, the same old political games that have been going on for years in Washington.

Obama is nothing new. He just hopes to fool us until he's elected.

at 3:14 AM, February 26, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, earlier anonymous, I frequently don't have my hand over my heart when the Anthem is played. I'm a retired GI, too. One stands, and removes one's cover (Army for "hat"). That is what's required.

And really, do you think something like that is a good reason to base your decision on when you are choosing to vote for the most important office in the world?

at 3:38 PM, February 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total BS -

McCain would crush Queen Hitlery. Not going to happen now, of course.

at 11:36 PM, April 27, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


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