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John McCain Calls For a Return to Respect in the Campaign

After a solid couple of weeks of increasingly fervent campaign rallies, ever more scathing ads, and time spent in what some are calling the "dark side" of campaigning, it seemed like the campaign had nowhere to go but from tough to brutal. That may have changed yesterday.

At a rally in Minnesota yesterday, McCain acknowledged the "enthusastic" turn the rallies had taken, but firmly and often called for a return to respect. Cue: choir of angels. In the clip above, he said:

I want everyone to be respectful, and lets make sure we are. Because that’s the way politics should be conducted in America.

When one supporter said she wanted McCain to tell the truth about Obama, seeming to be angling for actually something quite different, McCain said there's a, "difference between record and rhetoric, and I plan to talk about his record, respectfully . . .I don't mean that has to reduce your ferocity, I just mean it has to be respectful." To see the strongest line of the event,


The kicker of the event was when one questioner began her question, "I'm scared of Barack Obama . . . he's an Arab terrorist . . . " McCain swiftly interrupted, "No, no ma'am. He's a decent family man with whom I happen to have some disagreements." Obama has thanked McCain for his stand against the hostility.

Where has the hostility McCain doused come from? Has it been bred by the ferocity of the campaign or fostered among supporters — is it even all that bad? With three weeks and a scootch until we vote, is it possible or even prudent to see ugliness leave and respect reign?

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Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
If it be Your Will Lord..please keep our troops safe If it be Your Will let them meet their objectives If it be Your Will bring them home soon safe and sound To presume that our country lying to us about weapons of mass destruction and attacking a country illegally and causing the death of 100,000 civilian deaths (men, women and children) and 4,494 US and coalition soldiers killed was a mission from God makes me queasy.. I am not sure God would approve.. going back to look at the 10 Commandments was there an astrick that said unless you are invading a county to satisfy your father issues and if they have oil or if you are the biggest kid on the block and have labeled them an axis of evil..then kill away?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Dave: Yes.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Would it have been better if she simply had said: "...and I hope that what we do is both right and in the best interest of our country", without invoking a deity at all?
Imabeliever Imabeliever 8 years
I cringe when anyone asks or thinks God is only on "our side". I believe that we all pray to the same God and he hears us. Who is to say that God is only on our side vs Iraqi's that are being killed and injured? I always think about that film clip of the injured Iraq mother in the ambulance who was at her home with her family when a US bomb hit it killing her 5 year old son, her brother, her uncle and other family members.. and she was screaming to God..WHY WHY have you forsaken us and allowed these evil people to slaughter us? Please hear me!! Oh Lord please avenge my child. Please strike down these evil people? Where are you God?? Help US!! I think about that before I pray..I ask for him to watch over all who know him..not just our side.
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
Haus, assuming you know ANYTHING about my spiritual leanings is VERY presumptious. You seem to be implying that, IF i were religious, I would see things the way YOU do? I understand fully the power of prayer.. I just dont believe that Spirituality is a TEAM SPORT. I dont believe that God, CAN or SHOULD ,be USED to achieve our own political or financial agenda's. Are you under the assumption that God is the God of Americans only? Specifically Republican Americans? I am not directing this at you in particular, but it does seem as though Christianity is sullied, when it becomes so hatefilled and divisive.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I am glad he said something, because there are some very passionate angry people out there who need someone to lead by example and McCain is that person.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
McCain seems to not understand that he was the "leader" when it came to negative campaigning. His supporters are just following his lead! When you throw your integrity out the window, is it possible to get it back?
kelsen kelsen 8 years
War is horrible and divisive. Mistakes have been made. But I'm praying that God is with our troops, among them my friends and family, and that they are safe and guided to do the right thing. Sorry, stephley, but I "bought" the Lincoln claim. Guess I'm nobody then, at least in your book. Cannot wait for this election to be over.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
ljaw - you've never started something with the intent of accomplishing something else and then ended up in a good situation anyway? We could go on and on about the begining of the war, but a world without Saddam Hussein is a SAFER one. So lets not think the outcome is all bad. And I'm glad that according to some of the latest polling, the majority of this country thinks we are winning that war. It just seems to be some well placed mouthpeices who think differently. I'm assuming you aren't religious, not an attack, just that I think if you were religious you would understand how people who are use prayer as way to help others, as a way to feel like they are contributing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with prayer or what she was asking for in her prayer.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
:notworthy: @ Imabeliever
gidigirl gidigirl 8 years
Well Haus, given that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11.. Its a little late to "HOPE" that what the military is doing is right and that they have God on their side.. And then to suggest that all Americans should feel this way.. If the premise is wrong, how can the outcome be right?
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
Haus I agree with you on a couple points here: 1) The "associations" stuff has been beaten to death. 2) That Palin quote was definitely taken out of context.
em1282 em1282 8 years
...g'nite y'all. I'm out.
em1282 em1282 8 years
:rotfl: UD. Can you tell I've had a long day???
em1282 em1282 8 years
Also, this is kind of off-topic, but in regards to the whole war and God thing...this is just my personal opinion but although I believe in God and am Catholic and know no less that three people who are overseas right now in the military, I never really put God in the equation there. I mean, I obviously pray to God and ask him to keep them safe, but I never go the route of asking that He be on their side, because I really think wars are such a human creation, and if God could come down to earth he'd tell us to knock off the whole violent killing each other thing...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'd set it the other direction em, and then you would know those lotto numbers. ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Gah. Amen, Jude. Seriously, I'm ready to build a friggin' time machine and set it to Nov 4, 2008. Then I'd use it to win the lotto. ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I'm not calling you unpatriotic but what Palin said and what Lincoln said are the same basic sentiment. Thats what Palin meant for, thats what she SAID she was aiming for. She wasn't directly quoting him or she would have said "As Lincoln said..." If you choose not to believe her, thats your choice but its important that you be informed about the ACTUAL quote and what it really means.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
No, I called your reply dumb. I know you aren't.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
No, I called your reply dumb. I know you aren't.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
UnDave -- I would like for you to go back to NOT talking to me -- I think I liked that WAY better.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
Great way to summarize it and with that -- see ya!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think the point here is that both of them have had questionable associations, and, as I've said before, people who live in glass houses probably shouldn't hurl boulders.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
I'm not insulted -- a little annoyed that this thread is going in one big circle -- but insulted by haus -- no.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
You just called me dumb?
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