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McCain wraps up 7-state day to tears, cheers in Arizona

November 4, 2008

PRESCOTT, Az. – Republican John McCain ended a seven-state cross country sprint in the wee hours of Tuesday morning with an appeal to his home state to send him to the White House.

The 72-year-old senator, whose partially hoarse voice was the only visible sign of the long day he had behind him, expressed confidence in his chances of victory despite polls that show him behind Democratic rival Barack Obama.

“I’m confident because I’ve seen the momentum, my friends,” he told the cheering crowd, roughly 1,500 strong. “All we’ve got to do is get out the vote.”

The enormity of the moment, however, after a nearly 2-year campaign was not lost on his wife, Cindy, who choked up as she introduced her husband.

Obama recently started television advertising in Arizona, sensing weakness in his opponent’s position at home. Several hundred Obama supporters held a counter-rally of their own across the street.

McCain urged the crowd to make sure he carried his stage “in a big way” and promised to end a history of bad luck that previous White House hopefuls from Arizona — Barry Goldwater, Mo Udall and Bruce Babbitt — have experienced.

“Tomorrow, we’re going to reverse that unhappy tradition and I’m going to be the president of the United States,” he said.

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Delusional.Thumbs up for positive thinking.But hands down ridiculous.He might be hoping for an act of God.

 

WE BETTER HOPE McCAIN WINS, I REALLY DON’T BELIEVE A LOT OF PEOPLE REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF OBAMA WINS. I HAVE NO QUESTION THE “CHANGE” HE OFFERS WILL HAPPEN, BUT WITH MUCH REGRET. THOSE THAT VOTED FOR HIM WILL THEN QUESTION WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO THIS COUNTRY.

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This is the man who would serve our nation best as president at this time. It is unfortuneate that events have conspired against him. Should he prevail, there will be another four years of idiotic rancor and hatred, but at least our nation will be well led.

 

John McCain, Obama needs you in the senate. This is a mandate to end the trickle-down theory, because it trickles down elsewhere. It’s a mandate to stop the plunge in quality of life of most of us and the aggrandizement of the few accumulating wealth at our expense. They ran the corporations into bankruptcy and expect millions in bonuses? Of course. They didn’t overextend credit. The American consumer did. Buy, buy, buy, you have to have this. ‘Everybody knows’ anyone who doesn’t isn’t really… It’s time to end the practice of equating a person’s value to society with their ‘net worth.’ (Quote a sixteen-year-old, “If teachers weren’t just babysitters, they’d get paid like they’re important.”) It’s time to make selling us things they know will kill some of us a crime. It’s time to remind the marketers, no human is an insignificant digit. My car gets 78 mpg. The HHO kit to split water and feed hydrogen and oxygen to the fuel mix is $300 on the web.

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Mccain should have stayed home. There is no way he will win this election unless it’s rigged. The republicans should have chosen DR. Paul. I would have voted for him rather than Barr.

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