September 8, 2008 |
Three of the politicians seeking the nation's highest offices appeared in lengthy broadcast interviews Sunday, but the hottest topic for all of them was the missing fourth candidate -- Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Palin, the Alaska governor whom Arizona Sen. John McCain selected as his running mate more than a week ago, has yet to make an unscripted public appearance. Instead, she has used her public events to deliver speeches, not to answer questions directly from voters or reporters.
October 27, 2008
Re "The 'real' America, really," Opinion, Oct. 23 Sarah Palin and John McCain have finally set me straight: I am not a "real" American because I live in Southern California. Apparently, I am not hardworking, although I have held responsible jobs since the age of 16. Patriotic? Not me -- although I have voted in every election for which I was eligible, fly my flag on every holiday and still shed tears on Veterans Day and 9/11. Pro-America? Not me -- although I proudly served in the Peace Corps in Niger, hopefully demonstrating that Americans were pretty neat people willing to get their hands dirty.
September 8, 2008
Re "McCain vows own kind of change," Sept. 5 My head is spinning from having just watched John McCain's Republican nomination acceptance speech. He says the Republicans lost their way when they had total control of the government as they became corrupt and managed government poorly these last eight years. McCain's logic is that the answer is to elect him so he can bring back the same Republican crowd for a do-over. Now that is really the ultimate in political spin. Bob Didlock Cerritos McCain and Palin are running against the GOP and the failed policies of George W. Bush.
September 9, 2008
Re "Palin to be MIA on Sunday shows," Sept. 7 Rick Davis, an aide to John McCain, states that he and other Republican strategists would determine if or when it would serve their purpose to allow vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to go on any televised news programs. He goes on to say that "if we think going on TV news shows are in our best interests, we'll do it. If we don't, we won't." Both parties have made their selections for their candidates. Supposedly, these four individuals are the brightest and best.
September 16, 2008 |
Barack Obama accused Republicans on Monday of using "false advertisements, lies and spin" to distract voters from the major issues in the election. The Democratic presidential candidate also sought to reclaim his image as a Washington outsider, saying he had upset leaders of his own party by pushing to stop favor-trading between lobbyists and lawmakers. Obama's renewed emphasis on reform comes as Republicans John McCain and Sarah Palin are casting themselves as mavericks bent on changing Washington's insular culture.
September 13, 2008 |
With Republican John McCain edging ahead of Democrat Barack Obama in the latest polls, the two candidates are now locked in a bitter political fight over a core issue: who can best claim the mantle of change. Obama, who founded his campaign on a pledge to reform Washington, on Friday unleashed new TV advertisements, revised his stump speech and released a strategy memo that all challenge McCain's efforts to cast himself as a maverick and reformer who can bring change. McCain vowed in a TV interview to appoint Democrats and independents to his administration if elected.