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Appearing Sunday on This Week With George Stephanopoulos is Senator Straight Talk McCain, and now that Stephanopoulos has set the bar for what constitutes tough and relevant questions for a candidate for the presidency:

If you look at the fall campaign, there are some clear signals from Senator Obama's opponents that all of these issues are going to be put together in a general argument.

...we can of course assume that McCain will be held to that same journalistic standard.  After all, according to Stephanopoulas, we're not looking for "who will be the best president, but who has the best chance of winning."   And in that spirit, here are a just a few questions that might help the American people judge McCain's "credibility and honesty."

  • Senator McCain, some have suggested that you take on Mike Huckabee as your running mate to offset the mistrust many Christian voters have of you given your support of stem cell research, which as you know, they consider to be murder.  So my question to you is, will you ask Mr. Huckabee to join your ticket and can you explain why destroying unborn children isn't murder?  After all, this viewpoint can be found on the internet.
  • It has been widely reported that you told Senator John Cornyn to "fuck off."  Given your famous and self-admitted temper, should the American people be concerned that you may use the same sort of language to world leaders?
  • Let's move on to religion.  You have "proudly" accepted the endorsements of Reverend John Hagee and Rod Parsley.  Do believe and accept their belief that the Catholic Church conspired with Hitler to exterminate Jews, that Hurricane Katrina was a righteous punishment from God for the sins of New Orleans, and that a part of our American destiny is to destroy the false religion of Islam?  If not, why haven't you publicly disassociated yourself from these remarks?
  • Keeping on religion for another moment; 20 years ago you began attending a Baptist Church, yet you refused to be baptized into that church.  Why?
  • Do you believe that commiting adultery should disqualify someone to be the President of the United States?  Why or why not?
  • It's been noted that you don't wear an American flag on your lapel.  Do you believe that wearing one proves ones patriotism and conversely, does not wearing one mean that you don't love your country?  In other words, is this an issue that the American people should be concerned about?
Now of course these questions may seen petty and trivial, and there are many real issues that McCain could be asked about, but hey, Stephanopoulos will only have about 44 minutes to uncover who will be the best candidate in November so there won't be time for pesky issues like health care, the economy, gasoline prices, and so on.  But if he can squeeze in 30 seconds to talk about Iraq, maybe George can ask exactly how long McCain is willing to let Americans be attacked and killed in Iraq.  Right now we only know that it's less than 100 years.  Inquiring minds want to know.

Leave your suggestions for other "tough, fair, relevant, and appropriate" questions for George to ask McCain in the comments.  

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:18 PM PDT.

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    •  These question won't do! (3+ / 0-)
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      Brian Bell, rapala, mjd in florida

      They have the taint of fact based inquiry embedded in the text and far too little stupid!

      No matter what happens ... somebody will find a way to take it too seriously." Dave Barry

      by Granny Doc on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:26:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  You confessed that America's actions in Viet Nam (6+ / 0-)

      were criminal, when you were tortured.

      Was that true?  Why do you approve of letting the CIA and other branches of the U.S. use similar torture techniques on suspected terrorists?

      Should the "confessions" to acts of terrorism obtained through torture be used in any court?

      •  The answer to that of course is... (2+ / 0-)
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        gogol, catleigh

        that McCain is a War Hero (tm), and therefore won't give out the truth when tortured. Whereas the terrrrrists tortured enhanced interrogated by the CIA are whimps who will give up all their secrets the moment they are waterboarded have their toenails pulled out are forced to watched Jerry Springer.

        No double standards or American exceptionalism there.

        Hillary Clinton: campaign like it's 1996.

        by Calouste on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:03:29 PM PDT

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      •  Need your help (0+ / 0-)

        You obviously have all the answers, so here is a question for you.

        It has been reported that sometimes during interrogations (post 9/11) the questioner may raise their voice or frown at the individual being questioned. This could obviously cause the victim severe mental anguish and sleepless nights ("I don't think that infidel likes me... oh AGONY!").

        How would YOU get information from someone who does NOT wear a uniform, has recorded his martyrdom video and states flat out that it is okay to kill infidels?

        Please, take a breath, focus, and answer my question.

        •  You can't. (1+ / 0-)
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          And torture won't give you the answer either.

          •  Please address my question. (0+ / 0-)

            Let's hear it - what's the answer?

            What would you do to protect your loved ones and your country?

            Trust me on this - politely asking an Al Qaeda operative to answer your questions will NOT help the situation. I want to know what you would do with one of these guys to obtain useful information.

            Thanks for playing!

        •  the point is that most people (0+ / 0-)

          will say anything to stop being tortured, just like McCain confessed to being a criminal.  A person being tortured doesn't particularly care about the truth, only stopping the torture. When you get the information from the tortured person, it is worthless.

          •  Respectfully, that's NOT the point. (0+ / 0-)

            I understand your comment, however please address the reality of our conflict with Islamic extremists. I am NOT advocating torture but I do believe that we have a legitimate need to extract information from these thugs.

            If the thug knows going in to an interrogation that we can't lay a finger on him, we have zero chance of getting them to talk. At the very least we need to keep them guessing about what may happen to them at some point in the future.

            •  I understand we have a very serious (0+ / 0-)

              conflict with Islamic extremists, and that they killed many Americans, and the Americans have killed many muslims.

              You just don't get reliable information from torture, so what's the point?revenge?

              If the extremists know going into an interrogation that they will be tortured, then the "martyrs" on the street and the leaders that turn them into "martyrs" know it as well.  Don't you think that extremist leaders are using the Abu Graib photos are a great recruiting tool for the Islamic Extremists?  Don't you think the extremist leaders are using torture as another reason to hate America and become a "martyr" to avenge the torture and crimes against muslims?

              •  The point of torture (allow me to try again) (0+ / 0-)

                I apologize for my lack of clarity. Please allow me to try again.

                First off, I am not in favor of torture and believe that anyone who would torture a UNIFORMED member of the armed forces should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  

                To address one of your questions: What's the point of torture?

                In my opinion, when dealing with UN-UNIFORMED combatants (terrorists) we need to have real world interrogation options 'on the table'.

                If we state up front that we will never use coercive interrogation techniques, then we might as well not even waste time and resources talking with obvious terrorism suspects. Just give them their cot and a good book to read and move on.

                How would YOU extract information from an Al Qaeda operative?

                It is very easy to say that torture 'doesn't get reliable information' but that is one heck of a generalization. At the very least, the toughest MF on the planet will listen and may even engage in conversation IF he thinks it will keep his sensitive body parts out of harms way. Once they start talking, it becomes much easier to get information (which of course must be validated).

  •  I can't blame McCain for telling Cornyn to.. (3+ / 0-)
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    zdefender, blueyedace2, Granny Doc know. As someone with the misfortune to be represented by Cornyn in the Senate, I often wish he would fuck off.

    Hopefully we pull an upset and get Rick Noriega in the Senate in the fall.

    "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

    by AustinCynic on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:22:05 PM PDT

  •  If he was taking notes on Hannity's show (11+ / 0-)

    about Ayers, he should be doing the exact same with this blog post. I expect verbatim questions, George.

    "People hate Bush and hate this war. It's that simple, and it's been true for quite some time" - Atrios

    by atrexler on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:22:19 PM PDT

    •  He doesn't even have to take notes. (2+ / 0-)
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      rlteiken, Cobbler

      We've got it all written down for him.

      Here's another list from Perrspectives that I think is fantastic. Plus I added a few of my own:

      10+ Questions John McCain Will Never Be Asked

      • Do you agree with Pastor John Hagee that war with Iran is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy?
      • Doesn’t your legendary temper make you too dangerous to be trusted with the presidency of the United States?
      • Doesn’t your confusion regarding basic facts about the war in Iraq, including repeatedly citing a nonexistent Al Qaeda-Iran alliance, make you unfit for command?
      • Given your past adultery, should Americans consider you a moral exemplar of family values?
      • Doesn’t your flip-flop on Jerry Falwell being an "agent of intolerance" show your opportunistic pandering to the religious right?
      • Given your wealth and privileged upbringing, aren’t you - and not Barack Obama - the elitist?
      • What is your religion, really? And has the answer in the past changed as the South Carolina primary approached?
      • Didn’t President Bush betray you with his signing statement on the Detainee Treatment Act? You claim to be against torture, but aren’t you a hypocrite for voting "no" on the Senate waterboaring ban?
      • Why did you flip-flop on the Bush tax cuts you twice opposed? Why do you now support making them permanent for the wealthiest Americans who need them least?
      • With the economy tanking, shouldn’t Americans be concerned over your past statements that "the issue of economics is not something I’ve understood as well as I should?"

      And my additions:

      • Since the purpose of the surge was to produce political reconciliation in Iraqi and they are no close now than when the surge began, hasn’t the surge failed?
      • As a pro-war candidate who frequently cites his experience as a veteran, why have you declined to support the bipartisan GI Bill now in Congress?
      • You are an advocate of retroactive immunity for telecom companies and an opponent of the Media Ownership Act of 2007. Does your relationship with telecom lobbyist Vicki Iseman have anything to do with this?

      •  A couple more (3+ / 0-)
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        KingOneEye, Cobbler, chicago expat
        1. You spent five years living in Hanoi at the expense of a foreign government, how are you going to convince the voters you aren't a communist?
        1. You lived in very close quarters with a group of men in a place no women were allowed, how are you going to convince the voters you aren't gay?

        These are more in keeping with the "you don't wear a lapel pin" style of "journalism" we've become accustomed to.  They are "tough" questions about the kinds of things americans want to know.

  •  Nah, instead he'll be asking (18+ / 0-)

    if McCain intends to talk about Wright, Ayers, bitterness, etc... and whether the election is likely to turn on those issues.

    I'm not kidding.

    In 2000, a criminal became President. In 2004, we failed to remove him.
    American Democracy, 1787-2004, RIP

    by davewill on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:23:21 PM PDT

  •  You, sir, are very old. (16+ / 0-)

    How can you prove to the American people that you will not die of a heart attack during your presidency?

    God, I miss Paul Wellstone.

    by Naniboujou on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:23:38 PM PDT

  •  My friend (21+ / 0-)

    in your Navy career, you crashed five different planes. How can you convince the American public that you're capable of correctly steering the ship of state?

    Manufactured political distractions, you are officially on notice.

    by David Jarman on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:25:02 PM PDT

  •  Use of the "c" word. n/t (4+ / 0-)
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    gogol, 714day, lgmcp, Cobbler
  •  Taking public money / borrowing on it. n/t (5+ / 0-)
  •  Mr. McCain, on your own website (6+ / 0-)

    you posit that our current environmental woes are somehow the fault of liberals.  

    He believes that ignoring the problem reflects a "liberal live for today" attitude unworthy of our great country, and poses a serious and unacceptable threat to our environment

    How do you square this scurrilous claim with the Republican track record of reckless corporate plundering and polluting,  as well as cynical efforts to discredit reputable climate scientists?  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:25:50 PM PDT

  •  Actually, I'd love to see him squirm with these (3+ / 0-)
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    catleigh, lgmcp, wargolem

    just because McCain's supporters have said they're so overwhelmingly important.  Turnabout would be fair play.  I'll bet, however, that there will be softballs lobbed his way - maybe even pre-cleared with his handlers.  People objected to the questions from the debate, so I predict the questions will be even more innocuous and squishy.  George doesn't understand why those questions were so bad.

    •  crap, they will tee it up for him...... (1+ / 0-)
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      because they are scared of his temper LOL

      thank god that Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, MLK, and every president during the Cold War dared to Hope for a Change. Change and America are synonymous...

      by wargolem on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:25:35 PM PDT

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  •  Lovin this one today (11+ / 0-)

    LOL  ABC: Newz iz hard.

  •  "Given your famous and self-admitted temper" (10+ / 0-)

    Why should the American People trust you with Nuclear Launch codes?

    Saying the Iraq "Surge" worked is like saying Thelma & Louise had a flying car.

    by JML9999 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:27:12 PM PDT

  •  If our country were sick and disfigured... (25+ / 0-)

    Would you divorce us to mary a richer, more beautiful and healthier country?

  •  Senator (7+ / 0-)

    That was some delicious barbeque you served up the other day. Can all us media stars expect that regularly if you're president?

    "People hate Bush and hate this war. It's that simple, and it's been true for quite some time" - Atrios

    by atrexler on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:27:21 PM PDT

  •  "I was against torture before I was for it." n/t (8+ / 0-)
  •  Smoke (0+ / 0-)

    If we have to depend on "tough" journalists like Stephanopoulos to straighten out the American voter, everything should remain as twisted as usual.  Such stinky, hot air he blows around...

  •  Left your disabled wife who waited for you (13+ / 0-)

    To McCain:
    Why did you leave your wife, who waited for you and worried about you while you were a POW, after she became disabled from an accident, to marry a younger woman with family connections in the Arizona Republican party?  Why should any woman vote for you?

  •  not unborn children - fertilized eggs (3+ / 0-)
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    DJ Adequate, catleigh, Fawkes

    "can you explain why destroying unborn children isn't murder?  After all, this viewpoint can be found on the internet."

  •  Thank you! (2+ / 0-)
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    Sam Loomis, lgmcp

    If we have to go into the toilet, well then let's make sure that we hit everbody. McSame is so due.

    Pro-Choice and Proud of It!

    by powwow500 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:27:57 PM PDT

  •  Sen. McCain, you have said that you have... (14+ / 0-)

    "a feeling in your gut" that things are improving in Iraq.

    How can we, the American people, know that you have not simply confused that with an impending bowel movement?

    I will not stop agitating until We have our country back.

    by David Kroning on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:28:04 PM PDT

  •  Here's my question: (8+ / 0-)

    Senator McCain, given that you have difficulty with economics and with remembering which sects of Islam we're fighting in Iraq, is it fair for the American people to assume that you're a dumbass?

    If we continue to accumulate only power and not wisdom, we will surely destroy ourselves. -Carl Sagan

    by LightningMan on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:28:22 PM PDT

  •  Ahi Tuna and Napa Cabbage Slaw... (2+ / 0-)
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    mjd in florida, MoreEvolution

    with Passionfruit Mousse.

    Old family favorites?  Are you related to Rachel Ray or Giada DeLaurentis?

  •  Can I Help? Maybe Just a Few ... (11+ / 0-)

    What is the person on Main Street supposed to make of your "let them eat cake" approach to the housing crisis while you, as one of the richest people in the Senate – a person who (along with your heiress wife) own at least eight homes – feel free to say the solution is for people facing foreclosure to get a "second job" and skip their vacations?

    Is your "Bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran" response at a VFW hall part of your plan to ensure your Hundred Years War in the Mideast?

    Why would learning of the assassination of Martin Luther King while you were in Vietnam have any bearing whatsoever on your willingness to vote against honoring him with a national holiday a full 15 years later?

    What will you do to improve your position of being selected "the worst senator in Congress" by the Children’s Defense Fund?

    And while discussing senators at the bottom rung of the ladder, what of the fact that you scored a 0 — yep, zero, zip, zilch, nada, the null set, a goose egg — on addressing environmental issues from the League of Conservation Voters last year?

    How are you going to address the impact of your pandering economic plan to suspend the federal gas tax which will deprive the Highway Trust Fund of $8-10 billion in much-needed revenue to rebuild the nation’s failing (and falling) bridges and keep the key arteries of commerce open?

    •  Oh now, I think his zero rating in (0+ / 0-)

      on environmental issues from the League of Conservation Voters is a bit misleading.  It's not that he voted AGAINST all those environmental bills, he just DIDN'T FREAKING VOTE!  He missed all 15 votes.  Course, it could have been because he didn't want his votes on record.  Ya think?

      Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. T. Roosevelt

      by jaf49 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:31:35 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  How abt Al-Quida in Iran?? (5+ / 0-)

    Maybe McCain can explain why he repeatedly insists that Iran is supporting Al-Quida.  Or is that too "substantive" a question for a Sunday morning show?

  •  More questions! (2+ / 0-)
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    Timbuk3, wargolem

    STEPHANOPOULOS. It has been widely reported that you told Senator John Cornyn to "fuck off."

    McCAIN. And?

    STEPHANOPOULOS. Let's move on to religion.

  •  Senator McCain, (6+ / 0-)

    How many members of the Iraqi parliament are required to make a quorum?  They have trouble making a quorum.  Explain.  Does that speak well of security in Baghdad?  Why or why not?

    How many times have a simple majority of the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution for the US to leave?  Explain.

    You've said Al Qaeda is a Shiite organization.  Please explain.

    What is the Badr Brigade is?  

    What is the population of Sadr City?

    How many political parties are there in Iraq?  Which ones are in favor of American presence there, and which against?

  •  George Streptococcosis (3+ / 0-)
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    Brian Bell, wargolem, Rick in Oz

    If only there were a vaccination!

  •  Hmmm. here's a few... (4+ / 0-)
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    Timbuk3, catleigh, atrexler, Fawkes
    1. Who's your pastor?  He have anything nutty to say we can string around your neck like an albatross like we did with Obama?
    1. 100 years in Iraq, huh?  Are you out of your fucking mind?  You'd bog us down in a foreign entanglement for that long?
    1. Given today's mortgage crisis and your supposed reputation as a reformer, any reason why we shouldn't revisit your role with the Keating Five?
    1. You have an awful lot of lobbyists on your campaign staff for a guy who rails against lobbyists - explain.
    1.  How will you govern with a Democratic House and Senate?
    1. Considering you're a mainline conservative - why do they call you a "maverick?"
  •  What is your current position on Earmarks (2+ / 0-)
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    Sam Loomis, catleigh

    Saying the Iraq "Surge" worked is like saying Thelma & Louise had a flying car.

    by JML9999 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:30:00 PM PDT

  •  "Fathered an illegitimate black child..." (4+ / 0-)

    Did that make you mad?

  •  He only takes questions from Hannity. (2+ / 0-)
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    atrexler, wargolem

    It'd be nice though.

    "Its a grave digger's song, Praising God and State. So the Nation can live, So we all can remain as cattle. They demand a sacrifice..." -Flipper

    by Skid on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:31:01 PM PDT

  •  The one question no one is asking McCain: (4+ / 0-)
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    Brian Bell, catleigh, wargolem, jaf49

    You've said it'd be fine with you if the US were in Iraq for a hundred years if no Iraqis were shooting at them.

    How long should US troops be in Iraq if Iraqis are shooting at them?

  •  oh oh oh! (5+ / 0-)

    Sen. McCain,

    What is your response to the ABC story about several high ranking White House officals openly discussing a US torture policy, and do you approve with the Bush Administration's allowing of the use of torture?

    "Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." ~Voltaire

    by The BBQ Chicken Madness on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:31:53 PM PDT

  •  Snuffalupagus' questions: (6+ / 0-)

    Senator McCain...may I call you sir?

    Your fragrance is that Old Spice or Aqua Velva?

    May I hug you?

    Senator McCain, sir, I suppose a lap dance is out of the question?

    When you aim for the lowest common denominator, you rarely miss your mark... Remember, it's only a few dollars away from eccentric to insane...

    by wry twinger on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:32:16 PM PDT

  •  Have You Ever... (4+ / 0-)
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    Brian Bell, jazzmaniac, Timbuk3, catleigh

    Fathered a Black Child? Did you take pills and get high with Cindy? How many affairs have you really had?

  •  Can you understand how (5+ / 0-)

    some Iranians might be a little worried when you sing about bombing their country to the tune of a beach boys song?

    "People hate Bush and hate this war. It's that simple, and it's been true for quite some time" - Atrios

    by atrexler on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:32:45 PM PDT

  •  I think the 2nd question above IS (1+ / 0-)
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    a very valid concern.  The rest, not so much.

  •  Seriously. Did Ronald Reagan (5+ / 0-)

    cut and run when he pulled the Marines from Lebanon?

  •  Well, you know what their defense will be? (3+ / 0-)
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    catleigh, wargolem, threesmommy

    They say nobody knows Barack since he's so new to Washington -- and that's why he's the only one who needs to be asked such questions. Everyone already knows good old Johnny McCain!

    Of course it's a totally bogus argument. It's either important for the MSM to pre-swiftboat the candidates, or it's not.

  •  Good questions, in diary and comments. (1+ / 0-)
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    I plan to email them to Boy George.

    The question of baptism, however, may not work.  He was probably baptized as a baby in the Episcopal church.  Most Baptist churches preach against being baptized twice due to some obscure biblical passage.

    •  If Episcopal baptism wasn't immersion, (0+ / 0-)

      would a Baptist church count it? When a member of my family converted to Baptism in the early 60s, he had to be immersed.

      Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

      by textus on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:43:47 PM PDT

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      •  Those who believe in a literal interpretation (0+ / 0-)

        of the Bible quote Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus:

        There is one body and one spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all.

        From there, it becomes a question for denomination or church doctrine, or pastoral interpretation.

  •  O the questions I could ask! (5+ / 0-)
    Senator McCain, you voted against the King holiday in 1983, denied that your baby is the result of your raping a black woman, and are now running against the first black man to be a Presidential candidate from a major party. Do you hate negroes? Would you denounce Abraham Lincoln for freeing the slaves? You really hate both the negroes and the Republican Party, don't you? Let's get back to hating negroes. When's the last time you were at a Klan rally? How about a Nazi party meeting? We all know you were disowned by David Duke. Is it because you hate negroes more than you hate Jews? Why do you hate Jews so much anyway? Is it their noses or the fact that you don't want your sister marrying one?

    So let's talk about abortion. Now, you're pro-life. Is that why you adopted your black mistress's baby after you raped her?

    Hey, hey, come back here! We haven't even gotten to Sheepgate yet!

  •  Where is OBL? (4+ / 0-)

    And, where in DC is this administration hiding him?

    "They say that rather than cursing the darkness, one should light a candle. They don't mention anything about cursing a lack of candles." George Carlin

    by CityLightsLover on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:33:54 PM PDT

  •  When you were a Prisoner of War (5+ / 0-)

    Did you snap? Are you concerned that certain triggers (like Thai food or loud noises) will cause you to snap again?

  •  10 Questions McCain Should - But Won't - Be Asked (8+ / 0-)

    10 Debate Questions John McCain Will Never Be Asked:

    1. Do you agree with Pastor John Hagee that war with Iran is the fulfillment of biblical prophecy?
    1. Doesn't your legendary temper make you too dangerous to be trusted with the presidency of the United States?
    1. Doesn't your confusion regarding basic facts about the war in Iraq, including repeatedly citing a nonexistent Al Qaeda-Iran alliance, make you unfit for command?
    1. Given your past adultery, should Americans consider you a moral exemplar of family values?
    1. Doesn't your flip-flop on Jerry Falwell being an "agent of intolerance" show your opportunistic pandering to the religious right?
    1. Given your wealth and privileged upbringing, aren't you - and not Barack Obama - the elitist?
    1. What is your religion, really? And has the answer in the past changed as the South Carolina primary approached?
    1. Didn't President Bush betray you with his signing statement on the Detainee Treatment Act? You claim to be against torture, but aren't you a hypocrite for voting "no" on the Senate waterboaring ban?
    1. Why did you flip-flop on the Bush tax cuts you twice opposed? Why do you now support making them permanent for the wealthiest Americans who need them least?
    1. With the economy tanking, shouldn't Americans be concerned over your past statements that "the issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should?"

    For the details and background on each, see:
    "10 Debate Questions John McCain Will Never Be Asked."

    •  by far this is the most reasonable (0+ / 0-)

      thread of questions.  All valid and not too over the top.  It would be lighter than the heavy shit they asked Barack, but at least these are all valid points.

      thank god that Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, MLK, and every president during the Cold War dared to Hope for a Change. Change and America are synonymous...

      by wargolem on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:46:18 PM PDT

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  •  Mr. McCain, (4+ / 0-)

    a new book about you claims that you called one of your fellow legislatures a boy, then physically attacked him?  Do you think the American public can trust someone with a violent temperament as the President of the United States?

    1. Mr. McCain, your wife started a charity for wounded veterans, then stole pain medications meant for the injured troops to feed her addiction.  Sir, why does your wife not support our troops?  Tell me why the American people should elect a President who has a spouse that is not supportive of the troops.  
    1. After your wife stole the medication from the troops, no criminal charges were brought against her even though she was reported to the authorities.  Did you intervene to prevent the cops from arresting her?
    1. One of your Republican colleagues told a member of the media that the idea of you having the finger on "the button" sent shivers down his spine.  If members of your own party don't trust you with control as commander in chief, why should the American public trust you?
    1. Mr. McCain, you left your 1st wife after she was seriously injured in a car accident, even though she stood by you while you were a captive in Vietnam.  If you aren't faithful to your own wife when times are hard, why should the American people trust you to keep their safety and interest as a priority instead of pursuing your own personal agenda?
    1. After being held captive in Vietnam for 5 years, it seems you would be a candidate for PTSD.  Do you have PTSD?  Have you been successfully treated?  Would this affect your ability to do your job?
    •  And add in: (1+ / 0-)
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      Given your wife's struggle with drug addiction (which led her to engage in criminal acts for which she was never prosecuted), do you believe that non-violent drug offenders currently incarcerated should be offerred drug treatment instead of prison?  Explain.

      "Going to church does not make us Christians any more than stepping into our garage makes us a car." --Rev R. Neville

      by catleigh on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:51:13 PM PDT

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  •  Three Differences (6+ / 0-)

    Can you give me three differences between Sunni and Shia beliefs and practices?

    Can explain three differences in the history of Arab and Persian cultures?

    Can you explain three differences between your ass and a hole in the ground?

  •  I watched ABC for the first time since September (2+ / 0-)
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    2006 when I watched the "debate."  I don't plan to watch ABC again for a very long time.  Probably will only find out here how it goes with McCain on Sunday.
    I've just finished Free Ride: John McCain and the Media by David Brock and Paul Waldman.  After such an abominable decade by the MSM,  I don't think it will recover anytime soon.  MSM reporters have a serious addiction to McCain. Remember what it takes to cure an addiction?

  •  McCain Should Be Questioned About His Age (3+ / 0-)
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    And mental health.

    •  Like these? (2+ / 0-)
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      1.  Do you wear Depends?
      1.  Would you be willing to live on just your Social Security check for even a month?
      1.  Will Senator Lieberman be whispering into your ear to correct ALL of your erroneous statements?
      1.  If you go senile and have to resign... who's to say your VP pick won't be just as big a nutcase as you are?
      1.  Is it more important for us to win in Iraq or to get energy independent, weaning us off the oil teat? (Sorry, not an age-related question, but it has to be asked).
  •  the Iraq war (1+ / 0-)
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    Will you, as commander in chief, decide to keep troops in Iraq as long as possible, even if your military commanders advise you to remove troops as quickly as safely possible?

  •  Not snark, but please ask about tax cuts: (4+ / 0-)
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    Senator McCain, if the Bush tax cuts have been in effect for 7 years, and we are now in a recession, why do you think making them permanent would cure the recession?

    Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits. Satchel Paige 1906-82

    by threesmommy on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:41:35 PM PDT

  •  OK, who's going to break the boycott of ABC, (2+ / 0-)
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    and tell us all what questions George asked?

  •  Will Mccain denounce George Wallace Jr & the CCC (2+ / 0-)
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    Timbuk3, catleigh

    Washington, DC - Despite criticizing President Bush for campaigning at Bob Jones University in the 2000 Presidential campaign, Arizona Republican Senator and potential 2008 presidential candidate John McCain will begin his Thanksgiving recess today in Alabama endorsing a candidate who has addressed, and even praised, a prominent white supremacist organization.

    McCain is throwing his weight behind Alabama Lt. Governor candidate George Wallace Jr., a man who has given four speeches to the racist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), most recently in June 2005. [Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, Summer 2005]

    The CCC was created from the mailing list of the old White Citizens' Councils set up in the 1950s and 1960s to resist efforts to desegregate southern schools. The late former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once referred to the CCC as the "uptown Klan." According to its website, the CCC's mission is to "oppose all efforts to mix the races."

    Democratic National Committee Press Secretary Josh Earnest today called on Senator McCain to use his appearances in Alabama to condemn the racist beliefs of the CCC:

    "In a sad commentary on the state of Republican presidential politics, Senator McCain has sacrificed his commitment to social justice and equality on the altar of his own political ambition. Senator McCain's endorsement of George Wallace Jr. without specifically denouncing his connection with the Council of Conservative Citizens is as wrong today President Bush's decision to exploit the bigotry and racism of Bob Jones University was during the 2000 Presidential campaign.

    "Americans deserve better than Republican politicians with presidential ambitions who pander to racist organizations and their apologists. Senator McCain should use today's appearances to specifically denounce the racist views of the CCC and join Democrats in fighting to protect the rights and freedoms of all Americans."

    •  OMG THATS IT!!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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       It is definatly as relevant as the Aiyers question and should be phrased as such:

      1. Sen McCain in recent weeks (today on the internet) people have been wanting to know about your connection to George Wallace Jr, and Sr. The latter stood on the steps of the University of Alabama and proudly stated "Segregation now. Segregation tomorrow, and Segregation forever!" the former has given speeches to the White Supremist group the CCC or Council of Conservative Citizens.  you endorsed this man and knew his father; Sen McCain would you say these men are your friends? And if so, why would you endorse outright racists and is that the reason you did not vote for Rev King's national holiday?

      thank god that Washington, Lincoln, FDR, JFK, MLK, and every president during the Cold War dared to Hope for a Change. Change and America are synonymous...

      by wargolem on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:53:08 PM PDT

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  •  Mccain, Lieberman, Kemp, and Farrakhan (1+ / 0-)
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    Mccain chief surrogate Joe Lieberman:

       "Minister Farrakhan has said a few things, including earlier in the campaign, that I thought were just not informed but, you know, I have respect for him and I have respect for the Muslim community generally," Lieberman said

       "I'd be open to sitting and talking to Minister Farrakhan. It hasn't sort of come together yet but I look forward to it," he added. "This is a time to try to knit the country together more and to make us, as (Vice President) Al Gore always says, the more perfect union that our founders dreamed of."

       Lieberman said he admired Farrakhan for his efforts to register voters ahead of the Nov. 7 election, which pits him and Gore against Republican presidential nominee Texas Gov. George W. Bush and his running mate, Dick Cheney.

    Mccain economic advisor Jack Kemp:

       Mr. Kemp, the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, said he wished he had been invited to speak at the ''Million Man March,'' which Mr. Farrakhan and other black leaders organized last fall in Washington.

       ''I'm going to set off rockets if this is taken out of context,'' Mr. Kemp said in an interview published on Sunday in The Boston Globe, ''but I think it's interesting that in America today, in the black community, more and more black church leaders are telling men to be responsible fathers and to be respectful of their wives and women.''

       Mr. Kemp told the newspaper that he did not agree with all of the teachings of Mr. Farrakhan, who has made statements widely viewed as anti-Semitic, but said that his self-help philosophy was ''wonderful.''

       Mr. Kemp is well known for his advocacy of civil rights and for promoting self-help programs in inner-city neighborhoods. In his stump speech he frequently quotes and praises black leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson and Kweisi Mfume, the new leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

  •  Why do you continue to be associated with someone (3+ / 0-)
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    who plagerized recipes for a cook book?

    Do you consider her a liar or a thief? Which one?

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:48:10 PM PDT

  •  Here's my question. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sam Loomis

    Senator McCain, you have 10 apples.  Let's say it takes 7 apples to make a pie.  Four of your apples you give to Susie, 2 apples you give to Sam, and then Alice asks for a pie.  Now, you can take one apple back from Sam, and two apples back from Susie, but you will have to replace the two apples you took from Susie with the one from Sam and two of the ones you still have in your basket, as Susie will be in deep trouble without at least four apples, and five or six will be much better for her, though she doesn't know how long she'll need them.

    How many apples do you have left, and where will you get the ones you need for Alice's pie? Please note: you cannot use substitutions, and this is a timed question.

    (replace apples with troops, add five zeroes, and you've got yourself a question)

    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:48:11 PM PDT

  •  Senator McCain... (5+ / 0-)
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    Your wife stole to support her drug habit.  Should she have been sent to jail like other criminals?  If not, should we free all drug offenders or is that only for members of the rich and connected?  How can we be assured that she won't steal from the public to fund her drug use?

  •  BarbinMd (1+ / 0-)
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    A few typing errors in bullet #3. If you read it over, you will see them, so I won't point each one out. Also, an extra word in first bullet.

  •  14 questions for Senator McNasty (3+ / 0-)
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    1. You have said you would vote against your own immigration plan. What do you believe about immigration policies for US?
    1. You have said you would commit suicide if Democrats won the Senate in 2006. While it might have been in jest, it does show that you cannot work with Democrats, no matter your maverick past. After all, "Maverick is as Maverick does"! Why should the American voter believe you can work with Democrats in Congress?
    1. You have vowed to vote against the Law of the Sea convention even though you at one time championed it. What is your position on this, and why should the public believe you now?
    1. You were a cosponsor on DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants’ kids who graduate from high school. But you voted against it. Why should we believe anything you say on this now?
    1. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007 you have opposed it. Why should we believe you now?
    1. You now oppose McCain-Feingold provisions. Why should we believe your position on campaign finance reform?
    1. Which of your multiple stances on Roe vs. Wade should we believe in?
    1. Which of your multiple positions on gay marriage should we now believe in, and why?
    1. Which of your multiple positions on Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy should we now believe in, and why?
    1. What do you believe constitutes torture, and why should we believe you?
    1. Why should we believe your pro-ethanol position when you opposed it earlier?
    1. What is your position on the Confederate flag, and why should we believe this now when you have taken both positions for and against it?
    1. You called your wife a trollop and a cunt. If you can be that abusive in public, what respect would you show towards women leaders of the world, like Angela Merkel?
    1. What is your position on evolution vs. creationism, and why should we believe it?

    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    by Suvro on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:48:32 PM PDT

  •  Senator McCain (5+ / 0-)

    Do you think it is appropriate to tell incredibly tasteless and offensive jokes about a then teenage Chelsea Clinton?

    Who else are acceptable butts of jokes in your mind?

    "Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." -Mark Twain

    by walter mitty on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:52:51 PM PDT

  •  How will we pay.. (2+ / 0-)
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    How do you plan to pay for 2 wars, tax cuts for rich people and balace the budget.
    P.S. The president does not have line-item veto authority.

  •  What does calling your wife a trollop.. (6+ / 0-)

    ..and a c*nt in front of reporters say about your inability in anger management?
     As a follow-up most well adjusted adults would consider that behavior abusive.  Do you beat your wife as well?

  •  2 Words: Keating Five. 2 Words: Wife Taxes? (2+ / 0-)
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    Obama '08
    Dont Be Fooled. CHANGE Is Real And It Starts In YOU?

    by DFutureIsNow on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:54:25 PM PDT

  •  Is is true that your wife stole drugs from a (5+ / 0-)
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    Obama '08
    Dont Be Fooled. CHANGE Is Real And It Starts In YOU?

    by DFutureIsNow on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 04:58:12 PM PDT

  •  Obama was not "pummeled" in debate. He won it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Obama articulated exactly what was wrong with the "truly awful" ABC debate, a debate that got more coverage for its lack of journalistic integrity than for the debate itself.

    The polls after the debate...Obama now leads Clinton by 20% nationally per the latest Newsweek poll which had them tied 30 days go...Clinton's lead in PA is now down to 5.6%.   The last two polls forIndiana show Obama ahead by 5%.

    Obama has beaten Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president.


  •  question (2+ / 0-)
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    Sen. McCain, are you worried that your wife's riches from selling Bud Light will alienate the Christian right votes you depend on? Do you agree with those in many religions that buying, selling, and drinking alcohol is a sin? Do you wish your wife's money that funded your early political races had come from more Christian means?

  •  What is your bowling average? (3+ / 0-)
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    Sam Loomis, Cobbler, CA Libertarian

    When did you last fire a gun?
    Do you prefer Cheerios or Frosted Flakes?
    And lastly Senator: Boxers, briefs or Depends?

  •  Never gonna happen (1+ / 0-)
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    McCain, the revered maverick, will be pitched softballs fluffier than those pitched to George W. Bush in 2000 or 2004, and we know how that turned out.

    I think the best we can do with this whole situation is to make lemonade from a huge grove of lemon trees.

    Let's put on a show!

    It'll be an old fashioned, rip-roaring, tap-dancing musicale called "George W." about a smartass AWOL drug-addicted alcoholic coward with no brain, no talent, and no drive (but lots of ambition) who ruined a baseball franchise, but was rescued by his daddy's rich oil buddies, who ran the entire state of Texas into the ground, but was rescued by his daddy's rich oil buddies, and who stole two elections (with the help of his daddy's rich oil buddies) right out from under the overpadded asses of addlepated Americans. It'll run for three years and then go on tour across the country, maybe even Europe ... then the screenplay and the film ...

    Aw ... nevermind ... nobody'd ever believe it ...

    McCain: "I think that clearly my fortunes have a lot to do with what's happening in Iraq" ... Buh-bye!

    by RevJoe on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:07:34 PM PDT

  •  Senator McCain, do you believe done enough... (1+ / 0-)
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    abraxas punish the Saudi and UAE governments for their overt support of Al Qaeda and the Taliban before 9/11 - as was documented by the 9/11 commission?  And do you think we've done enough to hold the Saudi and Emirate governments for their ongoing intransigence in curbing government-supported charities which continue to source and launder money destined for militant Islamic charities?

    And finally Senator McCain, do you support advanced weapons sales to administrations who continue to openly support the Iraqi insurgency such as Saudi Arabia?

    We're pro-choice on everything! - Libertarian slogan

    by CA Libertarian on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:13:27 PM PDT

  •  I am amazed and shocked. (0+ / 0-)

    I thought for sure that the debate questions from ABC were from BarbinMD.

  •  "Gooks" (3+ / 0-)
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    "I hated the gooks. I will hate them as long as I live." - John McCain, Febuary, 2000

    McCain has defended these remarks by saying that he was only using the word to refer to his captors, and that gooks was a "polite" term for them.  Well, as an Asian-American, I can tell John McCain to politely fuck off.  There is NO more offensive word to an asian-american besides maybe "chink."  There is nothing "polite" about the word - it is dehumanizing and humiliating, and I will not stand for its use in a country in which my young niece and nephew are growing up. It doesn't matter if he's using it to refer to his captors.  That doesn't excuse the use of the term.  I mean, if Hillary Clinton was abused by some African Americans and she used the N-word to refer to them, do you think she would get away with that?

  •  Don't Get Mad At Me For This... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...I'm just repeating what the man who would be our next President said.

    I'd never use language like this.

    So, George, ask John W. "How often do you call your wife a cunt in public?"

    Perhaps as a follow up, he might ask him if he's willing to throw the cunt under the bus for being so contemptible.

    "Doing My Part to Piss Off the Religious Right" - A sign held by a 10-year old boy on 9-24-05

    by Timbuk3 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:30:56 PM PDT

  •  what a bunch of babies (0+ / 0-)

    Let's face it, the only questions Democrats want to have asked at their debates are something like this:

    1. Which one of you hate Bush more?
    1. Do you think Cheney should be allowed representation at a war crimes trial?

    Lets be honest. After all the complaining about the questioners at the ABC debate, we know that George will vote for the Democrat and since 90% of tbe media votes Democrat the odds are that Gibson will be voting for the Democrat as well.

    Oh.  Suggestion for Obama. Brush up on economics. Despite the fact Gibson made the case for cutting cap gains tax actually increasing revenue - and Obama nodding in agreement - he still says he wants to raise the rates. Imagine, if you will, if Bush had been nodding in agreement like Obama and then said, "yes but I am raising them anyway."

    •  Cut Capital Gain Tax.. Raise Revenue... (0+ / 0-)

      Yup that is why we are Ten TRILLION Dollars in debt.
      Shhhh be vewy vewy quiet. I'm thinking..

      •  a growing economy and low gains tax (0+ / 0-)

        The reason we are in debt is because of spending - the other side of the income statement. Tax revenues have swelled in the Bush years but spending went even higher.

        Lower rates mean earners expose more income to the lower tax. Think of it like this: the govt is having a sale by offering lower rates, so earners take advantage by selling some stocks or the farm or the business.  Hence more is collected albeit at a lower rate.

        Obama nodded along as Gibson gave him the facts and then, submitting to the fools who have no understanding of economics (kids) or do not care because they have all the money they need( SF liberals), ignored reality.

        My friend, don't beleive everything haters like olberman say and do not use Dailykos for a textbook.

  •  not just the bloggers anymore (0+ / 0-)

    If we cannot elect this man, we don't deserve him.

    by lisastar on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:40:21 PM PDT

  •  Olbermann (3+ / 0-)
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    Just bested us all with his list.

  •  Senator McCain, will you ask your wife to (0+ / 0-)

    sell her entire interest in her company so that you may run the country without a bias towards big business.

  •  McCain's response (2+ / 0-)
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    Mcain's response:

    "That reminds me of the time I took the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for my shoe so I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt, which was the style at the time. Now to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on them. Give me five bees for a quarter you'd say. Now where were we, oh ya. The important thing was that I had an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. They didn't have white onions because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones."

  •  If only that were to happen .. (0+ / 0-)

    Hagee and Parsley were courted by the McCain campaign for support. McCain showed up at rallies with them.

    I have yet to hear any corporate media bring up these issues, at all.

    "Change doesn't happen from the top down,
    it happens from the bottom up."

    by shpilk on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 05:59:31 PM PDT

  •  Sir, you have commented that the loss (0+ / 0-)

    of innocent civilian life in is  a sad, but inevitable, fact of war.  Does this statement reflect ambivalence about military action, and should the American people be concerned that you might hesitate to take what ever military means necessary to protect the foreign interests of the United States?  

  •  Open comment to George Stephanopoulos (2+ / 0-)
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    Just in case your minions are watching these threads for you in the wake of that fiasco Wednesday night:

    You don't have the balls to ask McBush any real questions.

    We know who you are trying to help.

    You and your right-wing network aren't fooling anybody.

    You should just resign now, and spare yourself the legal battle ABC will wage to get your sorry little ass off the air after they see what a ratings dip you're about to take.

    We have a very, very long memory around here. And, as you'll find out in August and again in November, we are not the fringe. We just happen to be the most vocal members of a great wave that is about to clean house.

    Electing conservatives is like hiring a carpenter who thinks hammers are evil.

    by bwintx on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 06:28:19 PM PDT

  •  Senator McCain, (1+ / 0-)
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    Purple Priestess

    the President of the United States Of America has to be the President of all the nation's citizens.  Should the women of this country be concerned that you reportedly called your wife a "trollop" and a "cunt?"

    Senator McCain, couldn't it be seen as elitist to own eight homes?

    Senator McCain, you carry with you to this day the aftermath of the injuries you suffered under torture by the North Vietnamese.  Are you still able to rack up a respectable bowling score?

    Today's GOP: More war criminals per capita than any party since the National Socialists.

    by jazzmaniac on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 06:48:49 PM PDT

  •  Health Care (0+ / 0-)

    Senator McCain,

    As a cancer survivor with full health care benefits, what would you tell those citizens diagnosed with cancer who can't afford insurance or who have been denied coverage  who are now facing financial ruin if they get treatment?

  •  How does having been a POW qualify you to be (0+ / 0-)

    Commander in Chief?

    Follow-up: Having once been waterboarded yourself, why did you vote against the Senate resolution that would have made the Army Field Manual the standard by which all intelligence personnel treat all prisoners? Specifically, why did you not vote to outlaw waterboarding and other forms of torture?

    Opting out is not an option. Here's why...

    by 1BQ on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 07:14:34 PM PDT

  •  Ask McCain About His Friendship With Joe Bonanno (2+ / 0-)
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    The guy the Bonanno Crime Family of New York is named for. McCains Arizona friend and neighbor. The one he sent Birthday Greetings to.. Happy Birthday Joe Bananas.. Happy Birthday to you. If Barack Obamas serving on a board with Bill Ayers is an issue then so is John McCains friendship with a Mafia Boss. Weather Underground bad.. Murdering Mafia Boss a Patriot???? Did Joe Bonanno love his country more than you do John McCain?? No double standards now..

  •  when did you stop calling your wife a cunt? (1+ / 0-)
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    choosing a president is a very personal decision, and personally, no man who calls his wife "cunt" in public should be considered presidential material, even if said wife teases him about his thinning hair.

  •  worse grafes in college then W (0+ / 0-)

    At the Academy (undergraduate college) he was fifth from the bottom in class rank, 894th out of 899. Stupider then W.

    •  Gore had the worse grades (0+ / 0-)

      You may recall after all the screaming about Bush and his academic credentials in 2000, we found out that Gore's grades were not as good as Bush's.

      That may explain Gore's fanaticism about global warming.

      PS "Stupider" is not a word. Rather ironic.

  •  lousy pilot (0+ / 0-)

    from wikipedia biography:

    He began as a sub-par flier, with limited patience for studying aviation manuals.

    1. During a practice run in Texas, his engine quit while landing, and his aircraft crashed into Corpus Christi Bay and sank to the bottom. Although momentarily knocked unconscious by the impact, he squeezed out of the cockpit and swam to the surface, escaping without major injuries
    1. he and his plane emerged intact from a collision with power lines after flying too low over Spain.
    1. In late 1965, he had his third close call when a flameout in his trainer jet over Norfolk, Virginia led to his ejecting safely before his plane crashed.
    1. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam, when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi.
  •  did McCain start the Forrestal fire? (1+ / 0-)
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    McCain and Forestal fire... alas only from Wayne Madsen via Portland Indymedia, but hey, if Ayers is a real connection then Madsen is a real source:

    WMR's previous reports on McCain's direct involvement in causing the worst non-combat-related disaster in the history of the Navy has since been verified by a senior Naval officer who was assigned to the Naval War College.

    "January 16, 2006 -- Why is John McCain so supportive of Bush and Cheney after being so viciously attacked by them in the 2000 campaign? The answer to this question may partially rest in Navy records detailing the events that took place on the USS Forrestal in 'Yankee Station' in the Gulf of Tonkin at the end of July 1967. The neo-cons, who have had five years to examine every file within the Department of Defense, have likely accessed documents that could prove embarrassing to McCain, who was on board the USS Forrestal on July 29, 1967, and whose A-4 Skyhawk was struck by an air-to-ground Zuni missile that had misfired from an F-4 Phantom.

    According to an eyewitness to the Navy's worst fire disaster that killed 134 sailors and injured 62, McCain and the Forrestal's skipper, Capt. John K. Beling, were warned about the danger of using M-65 1000-lb. bombs manufactured in 1935, which were deemed too dangerous to use during World War II and, later, on B-52 bombers. The fire from the Zuni misfire resulted in the heavy 1000 pounders being knocked loose from the pylons of McCain's A-4, which were only designed to hold 500-pound bombs.

    During the fighting of the fire and while VF-74 and VF-11 were still counting their dead, McCain was helicoptered off the Forrestal to the USS Oriskany, which suffered a major fire on October 27, 1966, that killed 44 sailors. In that event, thousand pound bombs were jettisoned away from the fire but the lessons of the Oriskany went unheeded by the Forrestal's officers, including McCain, who served with the VA-163 Saints on board the Oriskany when the fire on that vessel occurred. On October 26, 1967, McCain was shot down over North Vietnam during a bombing sortie from the Oriskany.

    The unstable bombs had a 60-second cook-off threshold in a fire situation and this warning was known to both Beling and McCain prior to the disaster. On January 14, 1969, the USS Enterprise, steaming 75 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, suffered a major fire. In that episode, similar unstable 1000-pound bombs detonated, killing 27 sailors and injuring more than 100. At the time of the Enterprise disaster, the Commander-in- Chief of US Pacific Forces was Adm. John S. McCain, Jr.,Sen. McCain's father.

    On January 16, 2006, WMR reported that according to a U.S. Navy sailor who was aboard the Forrestal on the fateful day of the fire, 'McCain and the Forrestal's skipper, Capt. John K. Beling, were warned about the danger of using M-65 1000-lb. bombs manufactured in 1935, which were deemed too dangerous to use during World War II and, later, on B-52 bombers. The fire from the Zuni misfire resulted in the heavy 1000 pounders being knocked loose from the pylons of McCain's A-4, which were only designed to hold 500-pound bombs.' WMR further reported, 'The unstable bombs had a 60-second cook-off threshold in a fire situation and this warning was known to both Beling and McCain prior to the disaster.'

    WMR has been informed that crewmen aboard the Forrestal have provided additional information about the Forrestal incident. It is believed by many crewmen and those who have investigated the case that McCain deliberately 'wet-started' his A-4E to shake up the guy in the plane behind his A-4. 'Wet-starts', done either deliberately or accidentally, shoot a large flame from the tail of the aircraft.

    In McCain's case, the 'wet-start' apparently 'cooked off' and launched the Zuni rocket from the rear F-4 that touched off the explosions and massive fire. The F-4 pilot was reportedly killed in the conflagration.

    'Wet starting' was apparently a common practice among young 'hot-dog' pilots. McCain was quickly transferred to the USS Oriskany (the only Forrestal crewman to be immediately transferred). After the disaster, McCain was shot down over North Vietnam on October 26, 1967.

    WMR has also been informed by knowledgeable sources, including an ex-Navy A-4 pilot, the 'wet-start game' was a common occurrence. However, it is between 'very unlikely' and 'impossible' for the Forrestal 'wet start' to have been accidental. 'Wet starts' were later rendered impossible by automated engine controls."

  •  ABC is hurting? So are the American people! (0+ / 0-)

    ABC wanted ratings real bad as host of the Philadelphia Democratic Debate, but has since received failing grades.  Good!  I hope they suffer as many of us are. This was the worst presidential debate in my lifetime.  Hiliary Clinton threatened Iran (supporting the administration’s faulty logic) and promised a NATO-like umbrella for the Middle East—sounding more far-right than G. W. Bush or John McCain—and there was no follow-up question for her. Yet debate moderators, George Stephanopolous, a former, senior advisor in the Clinton administration, and Charles Gibson, a capital gains tax guru, devoted 40 plus minutes to non-issues and attacks on Barack Obama.  It was unfair, absurd, and an insult to the American people.  I was never a fan of Charles Gibson anyway...he’s always come across as an overpaid elitist.  I WAS a fan of George Stephanopoulos, however, faithfully watching This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sundays, but no more!  He lost all credibility with me when a recording was released proving he took dictation from Fox News’ Shawn Hannity on the Ayers matter then  put the exact same question to Obama during the debate.  Stephanopoulos also repeated the Bus administration and Senator Clinton’s Iran faulty logic claim. ABC deserves to take the heat for the entire industry.  Why were these hosts heckled following the debate? Millions of voters believe the media suck because they just don't get it!  I'm pulling the plug after I say: God bless America and Barack Obama.  

    P.S.  Many of us called 1-212-456-7777 today, the ABC switchboard, to voice our complaints.  

  •  Sen McCain, recently you've confused (0+ / 0-)

    Shi'a and Sunni.  Sen Joe Lieberman (I-CT) stepped forward to whisper the facts into your ear.  If elected president, will you have Joe Lieberman lips attached to your ear?  Which ear?  Why or why not?  If you do not have Joe Lieberman lips attached to your ear so you can learn the facts, any facts, after you have misstated the facts, how will the American public know if you know what the fuck you are talking about?  If Joe Lieberman is attached to your ear, what will his title be?  Will Joe Lieberman attached to your ear be a cabinet post?  Why or why not?  

    Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike. T. Roosevelt

    by jaf49 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 08:55:28 PM PDT

  •  This should be interesting television! (0+ / 0-)

    George has been hammered this week, rightly in my view and many others, for being completely incompetent and apparently biased. Will he respond by:

    1. Attacking McCain in the same idiotic fashion he attacked Obama, thereby proving he isn't biased?
    1. Raising his game to that of a real journalist and asking McCain hard questions about the issues, thereby proving he is a decent human being who can learn from his mistakes?
    1. Making a few remarks in response to his critics and then cozying up to McCain for the usual snuggle-fest?

    I'm going with 3.

    Is all this stuff legal? Sure. In Somalia. -- Swarm of the Snakehead

    by mild7 on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:27:05 PM PDT

  •  Senator, I share your concern (0+ / 0-)

    that there is an elite that is sheltered from the reality of American life through the priviliges they have been afforded to succeed in life, and which for that reason lacks a proper perspective on said reality. As a Harvard graduate, certainly I would ask myself if Senator Obama is a part of such an elite. I would be interested in knowing what breaks in life he got from being his parents' son. My questions:

    1. Do you think the service academies are as elite as Harvard?
    1. Do you think being a third-generation legacy to one such academy is to be a part of the elite?

    Oh, I'd also be interested in what color kettles come in, if it wouldn't be too much trouble.

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:33:55 PM PDT

  •  Mr. McCain. You address crowds of strangers as (1+ / 0-)
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    "my friends."  Don't you honestly believe that is presumptuous?  Consider, for instance, that I could be in that crowd, and I could never be friends with anyone who would treat their saintly wife the way you treated your first wife.

    While you were being tortured in captivity, she shared your pain.  When you cried she tasted salt.  As your days and nights were torturous, so were hers.  And when you returned home she nursed your body and soul.  This, in addition to raising your three children in a noble and righteous fashion.

    When she became disfigured and sick you abandoned her.  On her sickbed.  And then you took up with a trollop a full generation younger than you who was both good looking and filthy rich.  Not to mention a knife in the heart of your wife.  You twisted that knife with relish.  For shame.  And the white trash you took up with ended up stealing class three controlled substances (hard narcotics) from a charity in order to feed her demonic addiction.

    My question is twofold: In light of your atrocious behavior toward your most intimate partner how can the American people trust you?  And second, can I get an invite to the barbecue next year?

    The difference between the right word, and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bugs. M.Twain

    by patarico adamasso on Fri Apr 18, 2008 at 09:35:28 PM PDT

  •  Salient Questions ... (0+ / 0-)

    You know, folks, as much as I appreciate all of the amusing "gotcha" questions, which do serve to illustrate his hypocrisy, and as much as the numerous general party related policy questions are, of course, pertinent and relevant and instructive, .... these following six questions are, as far as I am concerned, the questions that matter .....

    (1.) Do you believe that torture, however it is defined by the International Community, is a crime? And if not, why?

    (2.) And if so, do you believe that anyone who conspires to do such a vile heinous act, (something which you yourself have been scarred for life by,) even one who holds the highest of offices in this nation, should be impeached, prosecuted and imprisoned? And if not, why?

    (3.) And if so, will you vote IMMEDIATELY to have all of the known conspirators, starting with Cheney, et al., Impeached, prosecuted and imprisoned? And if not, why?

    (4.) And if so, when should we expect to hear about this? And if not within the next 10 days, then you are a liar!

    And ....
    (5.) Do you believe that the Writ of Habeas Corpus, the GREAT WRIT, is the single most crucial foundation to a free republic? And if not, why?

    (6.) And if so, then if you become president, will you re-instate it? And if not, DON'T BOTHER RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

    Those are the salient questions that will define this age!

    "We study the old, to understand the new" .... "From one thing, know ten thousand"

    by ArthurPoet on Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 03:36:33 AM PDT

  •  You realize (0+ / 0-)

    with all this democratic 'infighting' McSame looks like a hero who will just ride in on his big, white horse and take the election in November.  Who will we have to thank for that?  Hillary Clinton.  This has got to stop.  It's too much for way too long.

  •  Still Waiting... (0+ / 0-)

    After taking the time to scan the comments associated with this post I wanted to share a couple of observations:

    1. Many posters appear to be upset with ABC News personnel for asking BHO about his 20 year associations with a racist and his "friendly" relationship with a self acknowledged terrorist. Why would simply asking those questions upset anyone? Please don't say that you wanted to hear one more time how BHO is going to launch a government takeover of the US health care system or tax evil rich people into oblivion - we've heard that all before.
    1. We are still waiting for BHO to answer the questions. He was NOT eight years old in 2001 when Bill Ayers indicated he wished had done more to terrorize the nation. As far as the Rev. Wright goes - don’t even try to sweep that under the rug. I believe any objective person has concluded that the good Reverend is a racist - why BHO sat and listened to him for 20 years has yet to be explained. If a candidate had routinely attended lectures given by David Duke or had been to Eric Rudolph's home multiple times, wouldn't you want to hear them explain why they thought that was acceptable?
    •  Still Waiting part 2........ (0+ / 0-)

      You are exactly right but do not expect an answer from the kool aid drinkers.  They are upset because BHO was finally asked questions in which he could not figure out a way to do some Bush bashing in the answer - those questions are viewed as out of bounds or unfair by liberals.

      BHO had a bad night so naturally it had to be someone else's fault. Since Bush was not tbere they had to blame the two democrats that were asking the questions!

      BHO had a bad night because he is a very inexperienced arrogant empty suit that has blinded his discilples with beautiful rhetoric.

      Once he gets drawn away from the chants and the soaring poetry, BHO is lost. The economy, tax policy, foreign affairs and his associations with domestic terrorists and racists are hard to work into a chant so BHO was irritated and in over his head.

  •  Cindy's Recipes (0+ / 0-)

    Has Cindy always been proud of her tuna?

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