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McCain Doubles Down on Pennsylvania

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Posted on Oct 26, 2008
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The McCain campaign is definitely counting on an upset in Pennsylvania. With the clock running out, the GOP nominee and his running mate will spend much of their remaining campaign days in the Keystone State. McCain said Sunday that the polls are inflating his rival’s lead.


Marc Ambinder via Political Wire:

Pennsylvania will see a lot of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin next week.

The scheduling reflects McCain’s tough electoral math. With some—though by no means all—advisers all but conceding Colorado, McCain would be forced to win a blue state in order to recoup the electoral votes. New Hampshire wouldn’t give him enough, and Pennsylvania, the McCain campaign believes, is the most brittle of the remaining states. Public and private polls give Obama a double digit lead in the state, but McCain advisers believe that Obama is underperforming in the suburbs and exurban counties around Pittsburgh. Tensions between the two campaigns in the state is acute.

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By ocjim, October 27, 2008 at 3:05 pm Link to this comment

Paint me paranoid but the fact that McCain is concentrating on Pennsylvania means he has a fix going there. For eight years we have been Bushed. He stole both of his elections.

If you are taking solace from the most recent polls, think again! Be mindful that the past two elections were won by Republicans tampering with the vote.

It is quite certain that George W. Bush and the Republicans stole the 2000 and 2004 elections. Democrats thought that all they had to do was get more votes and let state voting infrastructures work.

Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris kept 57,000 votes, most of them African-American, from being counted. Florida acknowledge this 2 years too late.

During the 2004 Presidential election, 350,000 voters, all Democrats, were disenfranchised in Ohio alone, enough to give the election to George W. Bush instead of the legitimate winner, John Kerry. Evidence was provided in a Rolling Stone article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., documenting how Bush forces disenfranchised that number of voters through fraud, voting machine manipulation, and rejection of valid voters.

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By rbloom, October 27, 2008 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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The last guy to try and pull out a win by putting everything into Pennsylvania was Robert E. Lee.
Lee ended up retreating to Virginia. Polls suggest that’s not an option for McCain.
But Lee at least got out with his honor intact. I don’t think history will be so kind to McCain.

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By jackpine savage, October 26, 2008 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

Never mind that some analysts now believe that Obama has paths to 270 that do not include Pennsylvania, Ohio, or Florida. It’s like he just drove right around the Maginot Line.

I heard one talking head say that if early voting is any indication, some places in the South might see African American turnout at close to 90%! The McCain campaign has no answer to that, none.

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By gimpdaddy4, October 26, 2008 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

The McCain campaign will have to hope for more imaginary black muggers to beat up McCain workers. But they might want to hirer smarter muggers. You have to remember to get the letter B in the right position, not backwards.

I hope the Pennsylvania voters are smart enough to see through this two idiots.

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By Louise, October 26, 2008 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

Ya know, it’s just plain scary that there’s enough uninformed voters out there, to actually give McCain hope!

What’s it going to take for the pain from republican fiscal irresponsibility to finally set in? A full blown second Great Depression?

Come on folks, I don’t want to see 25% of the population sleeping on the street and begging for food, do you?

Whats that? It’s that way already in some sections of some cities across the land?

Oh my gosh ... lets just get this part of the nightmare over with, so we can try to survive another few weeks of Bush and move on!

Under different leadership it has to get better, ‘cause it can’t possibly get worse ... can it?

Guess that all depends on how many of those repubs stay in office. I for one think a priority, aside from hearings that will lead to convictions that will lead to prison time ... needs to be a return to Constitutional government.

You know, a Congress that acts independent of orders from the pres. And a pres. who respects the Constitution enough to abandon the rediculous “the president as the first arm of government” concept once and for all!

There are THREE, who check and balance one another.
And NONE of them are FIRST! And they are all answerable to the ONE!

WE THE PEOPLE!

A concept as foreign to McCain and Palin as it is to Bush and Cheney!

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By rage, October 26, 2008 at 1:51 pm Link to this comment
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Seeing a lot of McCain has yet to prove to be good for his campaign. Couple that with a Palin gaffe while she’s on this snit of a rogue rampage could put Obama and Biden over the top in the Keystone State.

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