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For now, the numbers favor Obama: 38 percent of his supporters say the election is exciting compared with 9 percent of McCain's. Sixty-five percent of Obama's backers say they are hopeful about the campaign, double McCain's, and the Democrat's supporters are three times likelier to express pride.
By 2-to-1 or more, McCain backers are likelier than Obama's to say the campaign makes them bored, angry and helpless.
McCain took a swipe at his rival in his weekly radio address on Saturday.
"With all the breathless coverage form abroad, and with Senator Obama now addressing his speeches to the people of the world, I'm starting to feel a little left out. Maybe you are too," he said.
But Obama sought to turn that back on his critics. He said McCain had earlier been "telling me I was supposed to take this trip. He suggested it and thought it was a good idea."
"John McCain has visited every one of these countries post-primary that I have," he said in London. "So it doesn't strike me that we have done anything different than the McCain campaign has done, which is to recognize that part of the job of the next president, commander in chief, is to forge effective relationships with our allies."
21. Regardless of how you plan to vote, who do you really believe will win the 2008 presidential election -- Barack Obama or John McCain?
Obama McCain (Too soon to say) (Don’t know)
22-23 Jul 08 51% 27 13 9
Democrats 71% 13 9 7
Republicans 25% 51 13 11
Independents 53% 18 22 7
source (page 6)
Chuck Hagel (R), who also was on the overseas trip, said on CBS this morning that the McCain ad "was inappropriate." He said, "I think it would be totally inappropriate for [Obama], on a campaign trip, to go to a military hospital and use those soldiers as props... We saw troops everywhere we went on the congressional delegation. We went out of our way to see those troops. We wanted to see those troops."
And as one Obama aide points out to First Read, the footage the McCain TV ad uses when saying Obama went "to the gym but cancelled a visit with wounded troops" is when Obama was playing basketball with US troops in Kuwait. "It undermines the credibility of the ad" and proves that the ad is "nothing more than a political attack," the aide says.
But more importantly, in March, McCain ALSO visited Israel, Iraq, Britain, and France, but he skipped over the wounded troops in Germany and apparently forgot completely about the NOW all important Afghanistan.
Originally posted by vor78
He could have avoided this whole mess if he'd just left the entourage behind and made the visit. There would have been charges that he was politicizing it, but when the act was fundamentally the right thing to do, those charges would have faded quickly.
What exactly has he got to be jealous of? They're both two sides of the same coin in my opinion. they're politicians, and anyone would be foolish to believe a word that came out of either of their mouths.
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
John McCain, like a young man courting, is jealous of Barack Obama and the attention he's getting. And he has pretty good reason to be, in my opinion. But his jealousy, anger and negativity are showing and they are ugly.
People are desperate for something different, that's why their excited even though they have no clue as to what type of change Barack Obama is proposing to make. Will they be happy with communism or a dictatorship? That would definitely be a change!
There's the Excitement Deficit. People are excited about voting for Obama and while there will be people who vote for McCain, they're not excited about it and many times they're only doing it so Obama won't win (for various reasons).
So, he "feels left out"? Well, boo-hoo... What is wrong with McCain? That he would jealously criticize Obama for doing the very same thing he himself did just a few months ago? Does he think that people are as forgetful and daft as he, himself is? He must. And judging by all the negative comments about Obama's trip on this board, I think he might be right...
How dare McCain attack Obama for making this trip and skipping over a visit to wounded soldiers when he did the exact same thing?! Is he 2?
Grow up, Mr. McCain. You're 72 years old. Stop acting like a pouting, whining, desperate, jealous high school boy. Take responsibility for your own actions.
Barack obama has done more than his fair share of whining as well about his poor wife being attacked in the media, less educated Americans don't like him as well as the more educated do, etc..
You'll get the attention you crave when you do something that warrants it. Whining, pouting and attacking Mr. Obama will get you attention, but not the kind you want...
I'm surprised that you any faith at all in the American public.. Barack is embarrased of how ignorant we all are compared to Europeans.
On second thought, go ahead and cry. I'm going to hope that the people are smarter than you give them credit for.
Thanks for reading. Any comments welcome.
[edit on 27-7-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]