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My favorite Palin debate excerpts October 3, 2008

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“One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let’s commit ourselves just every day American people, Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again.”

“….we have an opportunity to learn a heck of a lot of good lessons through this and say never again will we be taken advantage of.”

“I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also.”

Well, the nice thing about running with John McCain is I can assure you he doesn’t tell one thing to one group and then turns around and tells something else to another group, including his plans that will make this bailout plan, this rescue plan, even better.”

“….how long have I been at this, like five weeks? So there hasn’t been a whole lot that I’ve promised, except to do what is right for the American people, put government back on the side of the American people, stop the greed and corruption on Wall Street.”

“Barack Obama and Senator Biden, you’ve said no to everything in trying to find a domestic solution to the energy crisis that we’re in. You even called drilling — safe, environmentally-friendly drilling offshore as raping the outer continental shelf. There — with new technology, with tiny footprints even on land, it is safe to drill and we need to do more of that. But also in that “all of the above” approach that Senator McCain supports, the alternative fuels will be tapped into: the nuclear, the clean coal.”

“But I also want to clarify, if there’s any kind of suggestion at all from my answer that I would be anything but tolerant of adults in America choosing their partners, choosing relationships that they deem best for themselves, you know, I am tolerant and I have a very diverse family and group of friends and even within that group you would see some who may not agree with me on this issue, some very dear friends who don’t agree with me on this issue. But in that tolerance also, no one would ever propose, not in a McCain-Palin administration, to do anything to prohibit, say, visitations in a hospital or contracts being signed, negotiated between parties.”

“Your question to him was whether he supported gay marriage and my answer is the same as his and it is that I do not.”

“We do have a plan for withdrawal. We don’t need early withdrawal out of Iraq. We cannot afford to lose there or we’re going to be no better off in the war in Afghanistan either. We have got to win in Iraq. And with the surge that has worked we’re now down to presurge numbers in Iraq. That’s where we can be. We can start putting more troops in Afghanistan as we also work with our NATO allies who are there strengthening us and we need to grow our military. We cannot afford to lose against al Qaeda and the Shia extremists who are still there, still fighting us, but we’re getting closer and closer to victory. And it would be a travesty if we quit now in Iraq.”

“No and Dr. Henry Kissinger especially. I had a good conversation with him recently. And he shared with me his passion for diplomacy. And that’s what John McCain and I would engage in also. But again, with some of these dictators who hate America and hate what we stand for, with our freedoms, our democracy, our tolerance, our respect for women’s rights, those who would try to destroy what we stand for cannot be met with just sitting down on a presidential level as Barack Obama had said he would be willing to do. That is beyond bad judgment. That is dangerous.”

“But I’m so encouraged to know that we both love Israel, and I think that is a good thing to get to agree on, Senator Biden. I respect your position on that.”

“Oh, yeah, it’s so obvious I’m a Washington outsider. And someone just not used to the way you guys operate. Because here you voted for the war and now you oppose the war. You’re one who says, as so many politicians do, I was for it before I was against it or vice- versa. Americans are craving that straight talk and just want to know, hey, if you voted for it, tell us why you voted for it and it was a war resolution.”

“Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education and I’m glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving. Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. My grandma was, my dad who is in the audience today, he’s a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here’s a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate.
In my comment there, it was a lame attempt at a joke and yours was a lame attempt at a joke, too, I guess, because nobody got it. Of course we know what a vice president does.”

See the whole transcript from the VP debate here


Obama, Clinton, and Edwards, Oh My! October 30, 2007

Ever since comedian Stephen Colbert announced his candidacy for President, I’m having this internal struggle.  There seem to be quite a few “high-profile” Democrats making that decision (no confusion as to why, of course), and I’ve been trying to decide which one I would be happiest having in the White House next year.

 I just happened to turn on MTV last night, and they were having a special with Barack Obama as a guest at Iowa’s Coe College, answering live and “live” online questions from students and virtual voters.  This was the first time I had seen any of the candidates speak on the issues that they have on their platforms, and I must say, I was very impressed with Obama’s answers and views.  You can see a summary, and some videos, of that question and answer session here.  I was most impressed by this segment.

MTV had a similar question and answer session with John Edwards.  I haven’t watched any of the footage or read the summaries yet–let me know what you think if you do.

 Then I read in the paper this morning Drexel University  will be hosting a Democratic debate tonight and it will be shown live on MSNBC from 9-11.  You can also watch it live on or  Candidates include Obama, Clinton, Edwards, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Dennis Kucinich, and Bill Richardson.  I’m pretty excited to watch this.  

You can take this fun quiz to see how the candidates rank compared to your own views.  These were my results:

Your Results:             

1.  Theoretical Ideal Candidate   (100%)
2.  Joseph Biden   (85%)  Information link
3.  Barack Obama   (84%)  Information link
4.  Dennis Kucinich   (84%)  Information link
5.  Hillary Clinton   (83%)  Information link
6.  John Edwards   (82%)  Information link
7.  Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton)   (77%)  Information link
8.  Al Gore (not announced)   (76%)  Information link
9.  Christopher Dodd   (75%)  Information link
10.  Alan Augustson (campaign suspended)   (75%)  Information link
11.  Mike Gravel   (67%)  Information link
12.  Bill Richardson   (66%)  Information link
13.  Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run)   (65%)  Information link
14.  Ron Paul   (42%)  Information link
15.  Elaine Brown   (41%)  Information link
16.  Kent McManigal (campaign suspended)   (41%)  Information link
17.  Rudolph Giuliani   (31%)  Information link
18.  Mike Huckabee   (28%)  Information link
19.  John McCain   (27%)  Information link
20.  Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani)   (23%)  Information link
21.  Mitt Romney   (22%)  Information link
22.  Chuck Hagel (not running)   (21%)  Information link
23.  Newt Gingrich (says he will not run)   (17%)  Information link
24.  Sam Brownback (withdrawn)   (15%)  Information link
25.  Alan Keyes   (12%)  Information link
26.  Tom Tancredo   (12%)  Information link
27.  Duncan Hunter   (10%)  Information link
28.  Fred Thompson   (9%)  Information link
29.  Jim Gilmore (withdrawn)   (7%)  Information link
30.  Stephen Colbert   (4%)  Information link