GOP unity. Mitt Romney Mike Huckabee tour Missouri with McCain/Palin

                             

Presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., front, waves to the crowd as he arrives for a campaign rally followed by his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, in O’Fallon, Mo. Following Gov. Palin are, from front to back, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, McCain’s wife Cindy and daughter Meghan, Huckabee’s wife Janet and Gov. Palin’s husband Todd. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — They jammed to country music, munched on hot dogs and popcorn, sweated through their red-shirts in the summer sun and erupted in applause as a bus drove straight into the ballpark.

The River City Rascals minor league baseball season was over. But the political season was in high heat Sunday as thousands of people filled their stadium to rally behind Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The event was one of first in which McCain shared the stage both with Palin and his past GOP presidential opponents — Mitt Rommey and Mike Huckabee. It also was one of the final stops as the GOP ticket makes its way to the Republican National Convention this week in Minnesota.

McCain spotlighted Palin at the suburban St. Louis rally — giving her the clean-up speaking spot on a stage erected over the ballfield’s home plate. She got an enthusiastic reception from the crowd that filled the infield bleachers and spread from the dirt base paths into the outfield grass. At various times, they chanted, “Sarah, Sarah.”

The ball team’s president said the stadium holds about 15,000 for such concert-style events. Republican consultant John Hancock, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, estimated there were about 20,000 people.

The rally was held on important political ground for McCain in his November matchup against Democrat Barack Obama. O’Fallon is located in St. Charles County, a traditional Republican base.

In each of the past two elections, President Bush was spurred to victory in Missouri partly because his combined votes from St. Charles County and from the southwest Missouri Republican stronghold of Greene County more than made up for his deficit in the state’s most populous area of St. Louis County.

Palin, a 44-year-old mother of five and a first-term governor, carries strong social conservative credentials that often prove important in those areas. She was raised in a Pentecostal church, is a member of the National Rifle Association and has called herself “as pro-life as any candidate can be.”

“She’s fantastic!” exclaimed Jody Garcia, 48, of nearby Belleville, Ill. “She’s smart, she’s young, she’s energetic, she’s has all the right stances on issues.”

“I would have been supporting McCain anyway, but now I’m excited,” Garcia added.

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder proclaimed that McCain has “supercharged” his campaign with the selection of Palin.

“Before, the attitude of folks on our side was, ‘Well, we’re going to vote for McCain, but we’re not enthusiastic,’ and the question of how much we’re going to go out and work was in doubt,” Kinder said in an interview. Now, “our coalition is reassembled as a fighting army

Obama/Wright 2008 and 20 years

Repost of this video but timely considering all the attacks on Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin. Hockey Mom even up to the night she was nominated for governor

Fred Thompson “Sarah Palin is a Renaissance woman who will grab Washington DC by the scuff of the neck”

Fred talks mostly about the hurricane at the start but gets to Sarah latter on

Guliani and Liebermann

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more about “Guliani and Liebermann“, posted with vodpod

 

 

John Kerry “We are doomed Al Qaeda is winning and only Obama can save the world”

John Kerry reporting for White Flag

Joe Biden used 5 deferments to keep out of Vietnam

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Deferments, asthma kept Biden out of Vietnam

By RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press Writer

DOVER

DOVER, Del. – Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden received five student draft deferments during the Vietnam War, the same number of deferments received by Vice President Dick Cheney, and later was disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager.

Officials with Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama‘s campaign released Biden’s Selective Service records at the request of The Associated Press. Less detailed records were available from a National Archives facility in Philadelphia.

According to the documents, Biden, 65, received several deferments while he was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware and later as a law student at Syracuse University. A month after undergoing a physical exam in April 1968, Biden received a Selective Service classification of 1-Y, meaning he was available for service only in the event of national emergency.

“As a result of a physical exam on April 5, 1968, Joe Biden was classified 1-Y and disqualified from service because of asthma as a teenager,” said David Wade, a campaign spokesman.

In “Promises to Keep,” a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama’s running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school.

The Obama campaign pointed to media interviews from 1987, when Biden was making his first bid for the presidency, that mention his asthma.

Military service and questions about which presidential ticket would be stronger on national security are intertwined in the presidential race. Republican John McCain, a former Navy pilot who spent 5 1/2 years in a Vietnamese prison, has argued that he has stronger background to be commander in chief. Democratic nominee Barack Obama counters that McCain would continue a wrong-headed foreign policy from the Bush administration.

Biden has had extensive experience with national security issues in the Senate. McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, has been Alaska governor for two years and before that was a small-town mayor.

Biden’s five student deferments equal the number given to Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been quoted as saying he had “other priorities” than military service in the 1960s.

According to records AP obtained from the National Archives, Biden registered Feb. 15, 1961, with the Selective Service, when he was an 18-year-old student at Archmere Academy in Wilmington. The archives documents do not include any information about his classification or physical exam.

Documents provided by the Obama campaign indicate Biden received a classification questionnaire in October 1963, when he was enrolled at the University of Delaware, and received his first 2-S student deferment a month later. Additional deferments were granted in roughly 12-month intervals, the last coming in January 1968, shortly before he graduated from law school at Syracuse University.

Then in April 1968, when he was 25, Biden was disqualified from service due to asthma.