Posts Tagged ‘McCain’
AT&T cell tower truck
Verizon and AT&T have both located temporary cell sites near presidential-candidate John McCain’s Arizona ranch, to better connect the good Senator, his supporters and security staff.
The news comes from the Washington Post, which established that Cindy McCain, the senator’s wife, offered some land on the ranch to Verizon early last year in the hope that it would put a cell there. Verizon got pretty far with that request, but ended up deciding the planning requirements were too onerous, and the return on investment too nebulous.
But come June the operator was wheeling in a temporary base station to provide coverage, apparently responding to a request from the security services.
In July AT&T noticed, and figured it’d better get in there too, so brought in its own temporary base station. So both networks now provide superb coverage to the McCain ranch…
None of this would matter if McCain wasn’t so closely involved with both Verizon, AT&T, and US regulator the FCC. Five of his campaign officials have worked as lobbyists for Verizon, and Verizon employees have stumped up $155K to help fund the campaign as well as $1.3m raised by the chief executive and company lobbyists. AT&T is even more McCain-centric, with the executive vice president raising $2.3m with the help of AT&T lobbyists, and staff chucking $325K of their own money into the pot.
McCain himself is member of the Senate commerce committee, which oversees the FCC.
But, then – since John McCain is a “maverick” I guess we can trust that he’s not influenced in the least by the butt-kissing treatment he’s getting from AT&T and Verizon. Eh?
C’mon, now. All you McCain voters. Y’all sing along!
Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain is slated to make an appearance on David Letterman’s show Thursday, three weeks after he raised the ire of the generally mild-mannered host by canceling his scheduled appearance at the last minute, citing his decision to suspend his presidential campaign because of the financial crisis.
“This doesn’t smell right,” Letterman said then, during a routine that only half appeared to be a joke. “This is not the way a tested hero behaves. Somebody’s putting something in his Metamucil.”
Letterman didn’t appear to buy the Arizona senator’s explanation for the cancellation, showing the audience a live feed of McCain preparing for an interview with CBS anchor Katie Couric.
What Letterman said at the time was – “Here’s what you do if you are running a campaign in the middle of an economic crisis and it’s about to crater.”
That was probably true and McCain’s tactical analysis flopped as badly as everything tried by the nutballs in charge of the RNC and his campaign.
Thing is, it’s probably just as true – now – about going hat in hand back to the Letterman Show.
The veterans group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America has released a “scorecard” which gives letter grades to members of congress based on their voting record for veterans issues. Senator John McCain received a D, while Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden both received a B.
According to the group’s Website, the grades were based off of how many times a member of Congress voted along the same line as the IAVA’s own position on 22 key votes affecting veterans (nine in the Senate and 13 in the House).
I’ve seen the director of the IAVA, Paul Rieckhoff, on TV a few times in recent months – saw him mention this study in passing, last week, and looked up this story about it.
The IAVA doesn’t especially endorse political candidates; but, is willing to confront a hypocrite like McCain who prattles about his war stories as if he’s speaking for all veterans when, in fact his record on veterans’ needs sucks.
Is he being honest or just trying to cover his butt?
A Portuguese online bank has unveiled a novel interest rate deal by letting clients bet on the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
Banco Best’s customers will be awarded interest on their 60-day deposits on the basis of whether they bet correctly on the winner of the November 4 U.S. election between Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain.
If they pick the winner, they will be rewarded with interest of 8 percent, applied retroactively from November 4 to the day they opened the account. If their bet is wrong, they will get just 2 percent interest.
Banco Best will offer up to 10 million euros of the so-called McCain/Obama Deposit, which can be subscribed to online at any time until November 3.
American banking chains just say, “Show me the money.”
Campaigners for Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain have switched from playing swing-state “offense” to “defense” of GOP strongholds, sources say.
The McCain campaign had long sought to win the election by gaining the support of swing-state voters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, appealing to culturally conservative Democrats there who may have been backers of former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. But those plans have been shelved, ABC News reported Monday.
Instead, with Democratic opponent Sen. Barak Obama of Illinois surging ahead in many swing-state polls, the McCain team shut its Michigan campaign and is devoting more resources to defending against Obama in such traditional Republican stronghold states as Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico, the broadcaster said.
I can say, personally, he’s in further decline in New Mexico. The Republican Party has given up on supporting their neocon candidate for the seat of retiring Republican Senator Pete Domenici, as well. They stopped providing funds a while back for Steve Pearce vs. Tom Udall, the Democrat congressman from the 3rd District.
I think McCain is playing it out for a shot at leading the Republican Party back to being a traditional American Conservative party rather than the New American Reich envisioned by the Bush brothers and their button-down Brown Shirt MBA’s.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain is withdrawing staff and resources from Michigan in order to concentrate on other states where his prospects are stronger.
McCain had harbored hopes of winning the state, but three polls in the last week has had Democrat Barack Obama with a double-digit lead in the Midwestern state, which has gone to the Democratic candidate the last two elections.
“Certainly, Michigan was going to be a challenge for any Republican in this climate,” said the McCain campaign official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the McCain camp was happy to have spent enough time and money there to force Obama to defend the state.
McCain got himself into trouble for saying the fundamentals of the U.S. economy were strong, a statement that was proved wrong by the Wall Street financial crisis. He also was perceived by many Americans as having lost his first debate with Obama last week.
AP Photo by Alex Brandon
It often happens that the pundit “scoring” of a presidential debate ends up quite at odds from the polls of viewers that soon follow.
We’ve seen it again with Friday night’s debate, which most pundits (on TV and in print) scored very or fairly even, with perhaps some recognition that Obama made some small gains because he pretty much held his own on McCain’s turf. Of course, as we now know, virtually every poll taken by the networks and outside sources gave Obama an edge — and not a small one. He easily swept surveys of undecideds, even carried a Fox focus group. At least in the polls, it was no contest.
Hitherto hidden away in a records vault – saved for posterity and the McCain Presidential Library, this video clip has recently been smuggled from hiding in East Overshoe, Arizona: