Republican Leaders' Concern for McCain Grows after Rough Week - Report
Party leaders said in interviews, one after another, that while they still believed that McCain could win over voters in the several weeks before the election, they were concerned that the Senator and his advisers seemed lost in their attempts to deal with an extraordinarily challenging political situation and the Wall Street crisis.
Republican leaders appealed to McCain again and again to reinstate stability in his presidential candidacy and settle on a clear message to counter Senator Barack Obama.
The past week has been particularly difficult for the Republican campaign due to the disclosures about McCain's running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's abuse of power in trying to orchestrate the firing of her former brother-in-law, a state trooper, and signs that McCain himself was struggling to find the right direction.
The top Republican leaders cited by New York Times include Saul Anuzis, the Republican chairman in Michigan, a state where McCain has decided to stop campaigning, Tommy Thompson, a Republican who is a former governor of Wisconsin, Robert A. Gleason Jr., the state Republican chairman in Pennsylvania, John C. Danforth, a retired Republican senator from Missouri.
As McCain's advisers said they remained confident of victory, McCain himself acknowledged the challenge Saturday while campaigning in Iowa. Iowa, where President Bush won narrowly in 2004, is crucial for McCain since polls now show Obama with a healthy lead.
The New York Times article further talks about continued signs of confusion and turmoil in the McCain campaign and his aides struggling with conflicting advice, daunting poll numbers and criticism from state party leaders, who say that McCain has been damaged by several rallies last week in which supporters shouted insults and threats about Obama. The insults even prompted McCain to reproach audience members on Friday night.
However, the subject that has divided Republicans the most and created the worst disagreements became Obama's connection to William Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground with some insisting that McCain hits the issue hard and others saying it would be a mistake to go down that road.
McCain's campaign did bring up Ayers through accusations of Obama's connections with terrorists, coming from McCain's running made Sarah Palin, but now the campaign appears to step back a bit in raising that relationship, according to the New York Times.
In the meantime, McCain suffered another blow when Democratic Congressman John Lewis, considered one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, accused McCain's campaign of "sowing hatred" against opponent Barack Obama. Lewis said the "sowing of seeds of hatred and division" reminded him of Alabama Governor Wallace's rhetoric in 1963 that was blamed for a church bomb attack that killed four young girls.
McCain, who recently said Lewis was one of his most admired Americans, called the reference "beyond the pale".
"I am saddened that John Lewis, a man I've always admired, would make such a brazen and baseless attack on my character," he said.
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Mombasa seems like a gorgeous place, by the way!
Ever since I first watched 'Out Of Africa' back in the day I have longed to travel there and savour its magic.
Ethiopia is another country that beckons me to explore it! I love Ethiopian cuisine!
Obama was hatched and reared in the USA (not abroad) therefore he is an American. As far as I am aware one has to have been given birth to in the US (irrespective of parentage) in order to qualify for the White House hot-seat.
McCain was hatched in Panama but at that time it was US territory, therefore, he qualifies for the post.
Hawaii was annexed by the US three years prior to Obama's birth. All this trivia will someday lead to a few memorable public house quiz questions.
Devil, I understand you are, currently, distracted by REAL events in your life, but you, probably because you are a woman, are missing the BIG PICTURE. (are you additionally blond?)
The choice between Obama and (what's his first name?) McCain is criticle to our children's future!
Damn, I don't have any children. Whatever.
Oh yes, I found them, in the US, two of them, I forgot. Both young adults, with dreams, like you.
ROFLOL! OMG Bored, you are soooo stupid and gullible. Blogs are your sources- that is all hearsay and propaganda. Obviously you are stupid enough to believe EVERYTHING you read.
I do have some ocean front property in AZ I want to sell you. I will sell it to you for cheap.
BTW, the RNC is now considering borrowing $5 million to try to salvage some Senate campaigns that are heading south. While the RNC denies that it is abandoning McCain and in order to keep enough Senate seats to give it leverage with a possible President Obama, actions speak louder than words. Normally, three weeks before the election the national committees do everything they possibly can to boost their presidential candidate. This year the onus is definitely on the RNC since McCain is counting on it to make up for the fact that Obama opted out of the public financing system and has raised money by the boatload.
Your parties boat is sinking.... I just hope it takes you and your rants along with the "voices in your head" and gossip down with it!
Obama's mother was American, but not of legal age. She was 17 - a minor. His only adult parent was his father, who was Kenyan. His step-father was also not American. Obama was adopted by a Malaysian man. Obama was never a legitimate US citizen. Your children are more like John McCain who was born in Panama to two US citizens.
Obama never got his US citizenship when he returned to Hawaii to live with his grandparents. Technically, Obama is not even a US citizen according to the gossip mill.
Mr Obama is a U.S. Citizen born abroad of an American mother.
3 of my 4 children were born in Germany, does that make them German ???
No, they were all issued Certificates indicating they were U.S. Citizens born abroad
of an American parent.
Can they run for President ??? Of course they can...
Obama's mother is American, therefore he is a citizen, stop believing the rumor mill will ya ?
Nellie, there has traditionally been an 'October surprise" just before the election. I thought it would be an attack on Iran by Israel that we would get pulled into, but maybe it will be the Obama bomb those web sites are talking about.
But if Obama's qualification for Pres was in real doubt I think it would have come out by now.