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Team Obama Asks for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Voter Fraud

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Posted on Oct 17, 2008
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In light of the coming election, and by way of a response to the McCain camp’s claims about Barack Obama’s ties to ACORN, Obama’s campaign has put in a request to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to “turn over any investigations of voter fraud or voter suppression to Special Prosecutor Nora Dannehy, the same special prosecutor recently appointed to investigate the U.S. attorney firing scandal,” according to CNN.


CNN’s Political Ticker:

It’s the latest salvo in an escalating war over allegations of possible voter irregularities during the upcoming presidential election.

“What they’re actually about is the unprecedented effort to essentially sap the American people of confidence in the voting process,” Bob Bauer, the Obama campaign’s general counsel, said Friday on a conference call.

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By A Lewis, October 19, 2008 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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An “innocent voter” asks Obama a question and gets a 5 minute reply.
The “innocent voter” gets propelled into the public eye by being mentioned on multiple occasions in a nationally televised Presidential debate.
It is absolutely clear that this “innocent voter” would be paying less taxes under Obama’s plans than under McCain’s plan. That is crystal clear.
He would need to move his career not just up a single notch but up ten notches and be running a plumbing business which produced him an income in excess of $250,000 for him to be better off under McCain and less well off under Obama.
The notion that trickle down might work is nearly bankrupt - along with a few banks - or is that every bank.
Back on topic - Obama has merely asked that a serious accusation be referred to the proper authorities. Republicans want to persue their little game of innuendo.
Really MCCain needs to justify why the average plumber on $47,000 would pay more taxes under his plan than under Obama’s. Perhaps he also needs to explain why he is propelling an “innocent voter” to center stage. We have to ask was that with the “innocent voter’s” permission or without. It looks like it is without - as the research into this “innocent voter’s” life circumstances looks shoddy at best. It seems strange/sloppy to mention an individual who would be better off under your opponents plans!

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By PatrickHenry, October 19, 2008 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

By Dave Johnson, October 18 at 8:35 pm #

I guess your OK to continue to give to the Corporate welfare state and military spending.

You also harbor delusions about unions.

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By Dave Johnson, October 18, 2008 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment
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You must of thought that it was really cool for the dems to try and destroy an innocent voter when he asked a question about taxes.  I guess Obama thinks it is cool to go out and bash people of the US that did nothing to him.  If you people want to live in a socialized goverment then move to Europe, I am sure they would be glad to take you.  Amazing how Obama can sit there and talk about helping the American people succeed and then come out and say that Joe the plumber will never own the company.  What a joke of a candidate.  Makes me sick to see that this is the best this countries got for President when he thinks it is funny.  Don’t forget people you are the ones to blamb for voting everyone in.  Maybe you people should get of your own butts and go out there and work because I will be dambed if I give anymore money to the welfare because that is what it is and if you do not think it is then you need to go back to school and get educated because that is the problem with America today.  We have gone backward in education not ahead.  Oh yea lets dump more money in a failing school system while schools are buying millions of dollars of worthless magazines for their libraires instead of educational magazines and raising the pay for teachers that are not doing their jobs in the first place. OH forgot about the teachers, they belong to a teachers union which makes it almot impossible to get rid of them for not doing their jobs.

Wake up America.

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By joy, October 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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I hope the Dem’s continue to stay ahead of all the dirty smears.Damn that’s one smart kid!

OBAMA ‘08!

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By A Lewis, October 18, 2008 at 1:44 pm Link to this comment
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If Republicans want to use the word fraud it is breathtaking that they would want to criticize calling in a special prosecutor to investigate the supposed fraud. They are desperate.
Perhaps a Republican could explain how Joe “the Plumber” was contemplating buying a $250,000 business when he seems to be unable or unwilling to pay $1,000 dollars which he owes in taxes. They are desperate.
Perhaps a Republican wielding the name Ayers would like to explain why a greater equivelent tonnage of bombs were dropped on North Vietnam than were dropped during the second world war. They are desperate.
Perhaps a Republican would like to explain how it could be justified giving pardons to anyone involved in the Iran-Contra affair. On this, perhaps not, it could get messy!
No time for complacency.

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By Purple Girl, October 18, 2008 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

The media keeps entertaining the notion that ACORN could pull of Voter fraud.could You all Please Remind People in these peices that the mere Word ‘Registration’ indicates that there is a PROCESS to go through. Jus tbecasue Your Register for a License Does Not Mean You always Get one!Same goes when Used in conjunciton with ‘Voter Registration’.
In Fact I am Sick of th eMedia giving Credence to these BS tactics while Whistling past the 800lb Gorillas in the Room.
Scheafer Should have Asked McCain about his connection to the Anti communist group which funded AQ in the ‘80’s or His Transition staffers Lobbying activites for Saddam or EVEN KEATING 5 and how it Bears on the Current Meltdown, IF he is going to lend Creditability to the ‘Ayers’ ‘Bridge to Nowhere’.
The mere Fact he Uttered the Question indicates it is a Worthy topic…IT’S NOT!
The “Media’s In the Tank for Obama” BS even Keith fails to give Equal time to these McCain Indictments- and there IS more Validity and Ramifications to the accusations being levied against McCain.
When will the REST of US get OUR questions addressed and Answered!?!
Answer for Your Lobbist Staff Activities and Your nefarious affiliation JOHN!

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By JohnRJ08, October 18, 2008 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

The only way to neutralize the Karl Rove style tactics of disenfranchising voters who might vote for Obama is for EVERYBODY to go out and vote on Nov. 4th. If everyone who is for genuine change votes, then this election will be a landslide no matter what the Republican Party tries to pull. These desperate and despicable tactics only work when an election is close. If it comes down to one state again, as it did in Florida in 2000, then we could very easily be looking at a McCain/Palin presidency. So what we have to do is stop bitching about things we already know that the GOP is going to do and drag ourselves and everybody we know to the polls in two weeks. This election is ours to lose.

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By Continuum, October 18, 2008 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Yet another instance of the Bush DOJ playing politics as an agent of the Republican party.

One need not worry that the American people will confidence in the fairness of the DOJ.  They already have.

The damage that Bush etal have done to the reputation of the DOJ will take years to repair.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, October 18, 2008 at 3:41 am Link to this comment

@middlepath,

A comparison between the management styles of McCain and Obama running their respective campaigns ought to make the choice of the next POTUS a no-brainer. 

My personal opinion is that Obama is thoughtful, thorough, proactive, pre-emptive, on task, efficient and imaginative.

McCain is a bungler.

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By middlepath, October 18, 2008 at 12:13 am Link to this comment

Obama and his campaign rock! Nothing like being pro-active.

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By cyrena, October 17, 2008 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

I’m with you Catherine. I even just wrote nearly the same words in an e-mail that I sent of this piece.

Now, as serious and terrifying as this is, we’re used to it. (the voter suppression from the GOP is very, very, very, well known). It’s been the standard operating procedure in the South for just about ever, but not only there. I’ve been around a while, and we NEVER get away from this voter intimidation from the GOP, but of course it’s been outright blatant since the 2000 elections.

That’s why it was OUTSTANDING to get out in front of this NOW, and in the most transparent and legal way. Oh yeah. Obama is one smart guy, and this is exactly what I expected of him.

Meantime, while I know this is serious, I found myself giggling and laughing out loud at some of the reader comments at the attached link to the CNN full article. Some of them are hysterical. So, if you need a laugh, check some of them out, (including the names).

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By Marc Schlee, October 17, 2008 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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Inspector Mukasey is hot on your trail.


FREE AMERICA

REVOLUTIONARY (DIRECT) DEMOCRACY

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By Catherine, October 17, 2008 at 7:20 pm Link to this comment

Obama and those who he’s “palling” around with (meaning those who are advising him and who he chose to help manage his campaign) continue to make me proud.  To see Democrats actually looking ahead and anticipating the Repubs’ patterned, corrupt behavior is great, but to actually do something about it other than a lot of hand-wringing and whining is very impressive. 

Don’t tell me President Obama won’t be able to protect the country!

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By PatrickHenry, October 17, 2008 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment

Tou-che.

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