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Obama and McCain Compete For Unlikely Swing State: Arizona

Barack Obama hasn't been directing many resources to Arizona all along, but the campaign still thinks they have a good chance of winning McCain's home state. The last candidate to lose his state was Al Gore; Tennessee didn't go blue for its native son.

This past weekend the Obama camp asked supporters to donate money to help expand efforts in "new battlegrounds" including Georgia, North Dakota, and Arizona. But with surely enough money to get started before new funds came in, Obama began airing ads in Arizona on Saturday. In addition, Howard Dean is spending his last day before the election campaigning in McCain's home turf.

As of now, polling shows McCain ahead in Arizona by anywhere from five points to as close as one point. During the last few days before the election both candidates have been campaigning hard in states their parties lost in 2004. Do you think there could be some surprises tomorrow?


nobama2008 nobama2008 8 years
Barack Hussein Obama has said that he plans the creation of a Civilian National Security Force. B.O has promised a lot of things in the two years and millions upon millions of dollars he has spent campaigning for the Presidency of the United States. One of the things he recently promised is to build up the military. That, of course, is at complete odds with other promises he made and the fact that the democratic Congress is even now planning military cuts for when they think they’ll have a super majority in the House, Senate and Administration. Whatever, right now he says that’s what he’s going to do. Another promise is that he is going to create a ‘Civilian National Security Force’ that will be as well funded and as strong as our military. “We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” he said Wednesday. “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.” As Little Green Footballs points out, that would mean a trillion (TRILLION) dollar budget for our defense. That’s pretty big bucks, even for B.O. The question is, what exactly will the Civilian National Security Force do? Another question is, who will serve in this force? Since B.O doesn’t bother with specifics or detailing his plans, we are left to fill in the blanks for ourselves. Perhaps this will be the public service that he says he expects everyone to participate in who receive public funds to go to college or for any of the innumerable other freebies he’s offering. So, if you get money to live on while sitting on your sofa eating bonbons and watching soap operas, you will have to go to boot camp and learn how to polish a bronze bell repeatedly till it pleases your Drill Sergeant. Will this force take the place of Americorp? Maybe it will take the place of the National Guard or the Border Patrols? Will it become the modern day version of State Militias? Or will it be more on the lines of the Sturmabteilung? Whose security will be protected and what kind of force will be required? So many questions and so few answers. It might come as a surprise to all those who are thrilled at the magnanimous gifts that B.O is offering to virtually everyone that there might not be a string, but a rope attached to those benefits. Even for those who don’t pay taxes. Nothing is free. Someone pays. With all that B.O is offering, he’d have to take virtually all the income of the working class to pay for it. Unless, of course, he made those who receive the benefits work for the government to pay off their debt. So its a two-fer, Socialized America with all the freebies coupled with the Communist doctrine of working for the government - for the common good. Wait a minute! Wouldn’t that be like the government employing all the people and doling out pay as the government sees fit? I thought the government, our government, was created to work FOR the people! Not the people working FOR the government! Under a system like that, all the power would be centralized in one place … B.O’s office. He really should explain all this so we don’t have to fill in the blanks because the blanks aren’t looking so good to this already over taxed American worker.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I remember her calling him BARRY SOETERO a few times, but I might be wrong :ponder:
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
But nobama2008 didn't call him Barry once. Coosa did that all the time if I remember correctly. It was like a signature trademark.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Jude I thought the same thing. Is Auntie Coosa back? lol
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I counted 15 "Barack Hussein Obama"'s in that post.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Auntie Coosa, is that you?
nobama2008 nobama2008 8 years
In speech after speech, Barack Hussein Obama has claimed he would "uphold the Second Amendment." B.O, of course, is a polished speaker who says "words matter." But records matter more. And while Barack Hussein Obama is short on experience on most issues, he's long on anti-gun votes and even longer on rhetoric. Now's a good time to review both. One of B.O's first statements on the issue really said it all. During his first run for the Illinois Senate in 1996, Barack Hussein Obama said on a candidate questionnaire that he supported legislation to "ban the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns." When challenged about the questionnaire earlier this year, Barack Hussein Obama blamed others, saying his campaign staff had filled out the questionnaire incorrectly. (Unfortunately for that story, a version of the questionnaire later appeared bearing B.O's own handwriting.) Questionnaires aside, Barack Hussein Obama has supported handgun bans even when they trap people who defend themselves. In a 2003 case, a resident of Wilmette, Ill., used a handgun to defend himself from a burglar with a drug habit and a long criminal record, breaking into his home for the second day in a row. Though authorities found the shooting justified, the armed citizen was charged with possessing a handgun in violation of Wilmette's handgun ban. Illinois lawmakers proposed legislation that would make self-defense an "affirmative defense" against prosecution for handgun possession in towns like Wilmette. B.O voted four times against the measure, which passed over his opposition, and over a veto by Illinois' anti-gun governor, Rod Blagojevich, a long-time Obama ally. Self-defense at home or outside the home - it's all just as bad to Barack Hussein Obama. In 2004, he said he was "consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry," and that he'd back "federal legislation that would ban citizens from carrying weapons, except for law enforcement." Barack Hussein Obama had already put that anti-self-defense belief into action in 2001, voting against a state Senate bill that would have allowed people who receive protective orders - such as domestic violence victims - to carry firearms. Why? Because, in B.O's world, "authorizing potential victims to carry firearms would potentially lead to a more dangerous rather than less dangerous situation … It was a bad idea and I'm glad it failed," he said. Barack Hussein Obama also claims he's no threat to hunters. But in 2005, he voted for a ban on all but the smallest rifle ammunition used for hunting (or for anything else). If the measure had passed, it would have classified most rifle ammunition beyond the low-powered .22 caliber as "armor piercing ammunition," prohibited for civilian manufacture by federal law. The ammunition ban was hardly B.O's first act against hunters, either. In 1999, Mr. Obama proposed increasing firearm and ammunition excise taxes by 500 percent. Right now, a rifle that a manufacturer sells for $500 carries an excise tax of $55. Under B.O's proposal, that amount would rocket to $330. This would turn a tax willingly paid by sportsmen, which funds many of our wildlife conservation programs, into a tool to punish gun buyers. Also, while Barack Hussein Obama promises hunters, "I will not take your shotgun away," his votes tell a different story. In 2003, while serving on the Illinois state Senate's Judiciary Committee, Barack Hussein Obama voted for a bill that would have banned (as so-called "semi-automatic assault weapons") most single-shot and double-barreled shotguns, along with hundreds of models of rifles and handguns. If the bill had passed, any Illinois resident who possessed one of these guns 90 days after legislation went into effect, would have faced felony charges. What was that about not taking shotguns away? As if voting for anti-gun plans wasn't bad enough, Barack Hussein Obama also helped pay for them. He was a board member from 1994 to 2001 of the anti-gun Joyce Foundation, which is the largest source of funding for radical anti-gun groups in the country. On B.O's watch, Joyce donated $18.6 million to approximately 80 anti-gun efforts, including $1.5 million to the Violence Policy Center, the nation's most aggressive gun-prohibitionist group. Many of the Joyce Foundation's projects were aimed at editing the Second Amendment out of the Constitution. But an Obama Supreme Court could do that more directly. Barack Hussein Obama has said he would not have nominated Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. It was Justice Scalia who wrote the majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller, which declared that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to keep and bear arms, and that D.C.'s handgun ban is unconstitutional. Justice Thomas joined in that opinion. As a member of the U.S. Senate, Mr. Obama also voted against confirming Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, both of whom joined Justice Scalia's majority opinion in Heller. That means four of the five pro-freedom votes on the Supreme Court would not have been there under an Obama presidency. This is the real Barack Hussein Obama. This record matches the attitude Barack Hussein Obama revealed when he said rural Pennsylvanians are "bitter" and "cling to guns." This record matches what you would expect to emerge from a Chicago political machine where an unrepentant terrorist is "respectable" and "mainstream." Finally, with no way to run from his record, B.O resorts to the ultimate political dodge. Does he support gun registration? "I don't think that we can get that done." Banning guns? "I couldn't get it done. I don't have the votes in Congress." These efforts to ease gun owners' fears should make any gun owner ask, "Wait … why is he counting all these votes already?" Instead of this not-so-reassuring rhetoric, gun owners deserve the truth. And the truth is clear: Barack Hussein Obama would be the most anti-gun president in history - bar none.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Another thought.. Did Che love chai? :ponder:
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
:ROTFL: at 31 ... Loooves me some Chai. I remember when my ex-husband's dad used to walk around in his motorcycle leathers and his Che Guevara t-shirt. Which would, as a look, been much more of a statement if he wasn't a 60-year old bigot who bought it because it looked cool. -.- "Oh, I see you have Che Guevara on." "Who?" "Mkay."
lorenashley lorenashley 8 years
i am not doing a damn thing tomorrow but watching coverage. i am finishing up my assignment right now (or at least trying) so that i can have my tv on coverage all day.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I unfortunately have three classes, a test, and a test review. I'm not happy about that. I would skip out on my math class but I don't think that's a good idea.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I have no school work due to interfere with my election day/night obsession that I will have tomorrow. If only I didn't have to work.
sexylibrarian sexylibrarian 8 years
I agree jenintx. If the past two elections have taught us anything it is to expect the worst when it come to elections. Boy do I sound like a cynic or what?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
No class tomorrow, no work tomorrow, so I'm devoted to the news tomorrow and my paper can wait.
jenintx jenintx 8 years
i'm up for a few surprises, as long as it's not a MAJOR surprise (as in a comeback). in all seriousness, i do think there will be a few surprises; though one could argue that at this point, nothing is expected.
indielove indielove 8 years
Yeah. They just wanted to look cool but they're still as clueless as ever.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Well, at least the guy was pro-United Farm Workers, harmony. Er, I'm assuming? ;) indie--"the weed man"? That makes it sound like he was their drug dealer.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I am so excited for tomorrow. I think there will definitely be surprises. My only hope is that it's a clean win on either side. I don't want any drama like 2000. I just cannot wait for this to all be over! I kinda wish we could all magically show up at a big CitizenSugar party tomorrow to drink away our sorrows or our happiness. Ah well.
indielove indielove 8 years
:rotfl: Once when my sis was in high school, she was annoyed when kids would wear Bob Marley shirts and not even know a thing about him. They would just refer to him as 'the weed man'. Dude, wtf?
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Oh dear lord em. That's hilarious.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I once asked someone who was wearing a Che Guevara shirt whether or not he knew the person on his shirt. He actually responded "Yeah, Cesar Chavez". ;)
em1282 em1282 8 years
indielove indielove 8 years
Oh yay, I love Che!!!
tiabia tiabia 8 years
Oh my, I love Chai!!!
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