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Former McCain aide speaks out on Times report
cnn.com ^ | 02/21/08 | cnn

Posted on 02/21/2008 7:30:50 AM PST by TornadoAlley3

(CNN) — Former McCain political adviser John Weaver confirms to CNN that he did approach lobbyist Vicki Iseman about eight years ago, during McCain’s first presidential run, and told her she was threatening to undermine the heart of McCain’s campaign – that he is a reformer.

Weaver says he arranged the meeting with Iseman — first reported by the New York Times — out of concern that she was “telling people around town” she was getting access to, and had influence with, McCain that Weaver says she did not have.

But Weaver insists he never talked to or asked Iseman about any romantic relationship with McCain because “there was no reason to.”

(Excerpt) Read more at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bimboeruption; iseman; johnweaver; mccain; nyt; weaver

1 posted on 02/21/2008 7:30:51 AM PST by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

In other words, the Times’ own source is saying that the Times is lying.


2 posted on 02/21/2008 7:33:12 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

This is just a taste of how the media will bring McCain down once Hillary gets the nomination w/ Obama as her VP.

They did the same thing when Dole ran against Clintoon.

Get ready for it.


3 posted on 02/21/2008 7:33:59 AM PST by GourmetDan
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To: GourmetDan

They did the same thing when Dole ran against Clintoon.

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Forgetting something? They did the same thing to Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 in every election cycle. Win some, lose some. What is a given is the NYT will back the democrat.


4 posted on 02/21/2008 7:35:40 AM PST by Tulane
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To: TornadoAlley3

This is quite a blow to the already foundering NY Times...


5 posted on 02/21/2008 7:36:10 AM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: TornadoAlley3

The attack monkeys of the left are hard at work shuffling around their cages....


6 posted on 02/21/2008 7:37:30 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: GourmetDan
Dole was far too weak and wasn't being "himself" (talking ideas, being lighthearted, espousing the conservative viewpoints). He was trying to be someone he wasn't, and his appeal to people was like ashes in a windstorm.

The rank and file just don't like McCain. He sells out the Republicans every chance he gets.

And yes, the Times will stick it to him for the rest of the year.

7 posted on 02/21/2008 7:38:15 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: wideawake

Imagine that? The NY SLimes lying?


8 posted on 02/21/2008 7:38:37 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: TornadoAlley3
The NY Slimes: Marxism’s voice in Soviet Amerika. They are waiting for the Marxist’s to seize power on January 20, 2009. Then they will officially change their name to Pravda, so they can be the only voice of news for the new Amerikan Soviet styled government in Stalin, D.C.
9 posted on 02/21/2008 7:38:58 AM PST by RetiredArmy (It is time for Conservatives to think about forming our own party. NO MORE RINOs!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I am sure the Times has a type-written memo that proves everything.


10 posted on 02/21/2008 7:39:25 AM PST by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
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To: GourmetDan
I was wondering about the timing...

Takes Hillary's implosion off of the front pages, doesn't it?

11 posted on 02/21/2008 7:39:47 AM PST by frankenMonkey (101st Airborne Army Dad)
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To: KC_Conspirator
Imagine that? The NY SLimes lying?

In itself, unsurprising. What is surprising is that the person they had depended upon to back up their lies is not playing along.

Rather and Mapes at least had Bill Burkett and an old bat of secretary willing to lie on their behalf.

12 posted on 02/21/2008 7:40:23 AM PST by wideawake (Why is it that those who call themselves Constitutionalists know the least about the Constitution?)
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To: TornadoAlley3

MSNBC is doing an interview with a senior staffer for MCCain- his contention is that it’s all about the New Republic piece coming out this afternoon- that exposes the dysfunction at the NYT’s...


13 posted on 02/21/2008 7:40:55 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Sounds like the Times story has a few holes in it.


14 posted on 02/21/2008 7:42:13 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: TornadoAlley3

McCain’s guy Weaver switched from Republican to Democrat a few years ago.


15 posted on 02/21/2008 7:43:32 AM PST by roses of sharon (Who will be McCain's maverick?)
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To: KC_Conspirator
If you read the NYT article, both parties denied they were engaged in a romantic relationship.

"A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity."

"Mr. McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee Mr. McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity."

"But the concerns about Mr. McCain’s relationship with Ms. Iseman underscored an enduring paradox of his post-Keating career. Even as he has vowed to hold himself to the highest ethical standards, his confidence in his own integrity has sometimes seemed to blind him to potentially embarrassing conflicts of interest."

16 posted on 02/21/2008 7:45:58 AM PST by kabar
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Does someone in the DBM want to ask the Times why, if they’ve had this story for months and it is so important, they endorsed McCain the the Republican primary in NY om Super Tuesday? We KNOW why, but doesn’t the rest of America deserve a response?


17 posted on 02/21/2008 7:47:02 AM PST by xkaydet65
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To: TornadoAlley3
Reaching across the aisle and the admiration of the MSM..

I suppose Senator McCain can be excused for he knew the war not the "war" that his enemies carried on here in the U.S.

By now though I'd hope that he'd realize that the "war" prolonged the war, caused millions more victims in the war, kept him and his fellow POWs imprisoned longer than was necessary, and lost the war.

The war is over but the "war" continues. Look already, Senator!

18 posted on 02/21/2008 7:51:53 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: SE Mom

Aha! That’s what I said earlier.


19 posted on 02/21/2008 7:53:58 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

This will make a few Freepers sad.

There are some here who were already convicting him on the word of the NY Times!


20 posted on 02/21/2008 7:56:19 AM PST by airborne (For ENGLISH, press '1' . For SPANISH, hang up and learn ENGLISH!)
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To: frankenMonkey
Takes Hillary's implosion off of the front pages, doesn't it?

BINGO!!

21 posted on 02/21/2008 7:58:15 AM PST by CAluvdubya (A good man has come home to San Diego! Thank you Congressman Hunter)
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To: TornadoAlley3

If there were no difference in the liberalism of John McCain, Hillary, and Barak, why is the NYT smearing McCain to help the Democrats?


22 posted on 02/21/2008 7:59:06 AM PST by elhombrelibre (Obama: voted a more liberal record than Ted Kennedy.)
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To: wideawake

Give the NYT a break... They only falsified a few little details—like whether they had sex.

Everyone lies about sex.


23 posted on 02/21/2008 7:59:23 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Always Right
I am sure the Times has a type-written memo that proves everything.

Really? When did Dan RaTHer get a job at the NYT/National Enquirer? Was it faxed from the Kinkos in Abilene too?

24 posted on 02/21/2008 8:01:51 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("It may take another Jimmy Carter to get another Ronald Reagan". Rush Limbaugh Jan. 14, 2008)
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To: theDentist
Idiots dismissed Dole as "too old" 12 years ago, I saw him on tv recently and I would still rather have Dole as president today than either Clinton, and possibly rather than W.

When are people going to realize we have an economic/military superpower of over 3oo million here, and it's the big things that count in selecting an administration? Not "too old" or "boring" or playing a saxophone.

25 posted on 02/21/2008 8:05:34 AM PST by Williams
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To: Arrowhead1952
http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/02/21/688130.aspx

NYTimes defends McCain piece.

26 posted on 02/21/2008 8:06:37 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Everytime McCain reaches out to conservatives, conservatives get poked in the eye.)
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To: frankenMonkey

“Takes Hillary’s implosion off of the front pages, doesn’t it?”

And Michelle Obama’s statements about not being proud of America. A twofer for the NYT.


27 posted on 02/21/2008 8:10:08 AM PST by LadyNavyVet (I will offer a choice, not an echo. Barry Goldwater)
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To: sageb1

Right striking against NYTPosted: Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:51 AM by Domenico Montanaro
Filed Under: 2008, McCain
From NBC’s Chuck Todd and Domenico Montanaro
The right appears to be coming down on McCain’s side and striking out against the New York Times. From Politico:

Talk radio host Rush “Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail to Politico: ‘The story is not the story. The story is the Drive By media turning on its favorite maverick and trying to take him out. The media picked the GOP’s candidate, the NYT endorsed him while they sat on this story, and is now, with utter predictability, trying to destroy him.’

“Limbaugh added: ‘This is what you get when you walk across the aisle and try to make these people your friends. I’m not surprised in the least that the NYT would try to take out John McCain. Predicted this, in fact, way back in the early 2000s. Sen. McCain courted the media, cultivated them, even bragged that the media was his ‘base.’ I cringed when I heard it because the media turning on McCain was as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.’”

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/


28 posted on 02/21/2008 8:15:56 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: TornadoAlley3
What will the new your slimes report next week? Water is wet or the sun will continue to rise in the east?

They have been in a hole, and now keep digging.


29 posted on 02/21/2008 8:16:20 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 ("It may take another Jimmy Carter to get another Ronald Reagan". Rush Limbaugh Jan. 14, 2008)
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To: SE Mom

Talk radio host Rush “Limbaugh wrote in an e-mail to Politico: ‘The story is not the story. The story is the Drive By media turning on its favorite maverick and trying to take him out. The media picked the GOP’s candidate, the NYT endorsed him while they sat on this story, and is now, with utter predictability, trying to destroy him.’

“Limbaugh added: ‘This is what you get when you walk across the aisle and try to make these people your friends. I’m not surprised in the least that the NYT would try to take out John McCain. Predicted this, in fact, way back in the early 2000s. Sen. McCain courted the media, cultivated them, even bragged that the media was his ‘base.’ I cringed when I heard it because the media turning on McCain was as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.’”

Rush is right.


30 posted on 02/21/2008 8:17:37 AM PST by commonguymd (Now What. No real conservative in the race.)
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To: TornadoAlley3


"I'm Dan Rather.
I live with the poo.
Here's The New York Times.
Look for it in here too."

.


31 posted on 02/21/2008 8:20:16 AM PST by OESY
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To: commonguymd

Yep, I agree. And I can’t stand McCain. But this (unless there’s more we don’t know yet) is really dirty. The NYT’s is on thin, thin ice...


32 posted on 02/21/2008 8:20:26 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Maybe. But there’s a little more to it, I think. TNR v NYT. TNR/Beauchamp/Rush.

I’m actually rooting for McCain here.


33 posted on 02/21/2008 8:22:18 AM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

But but...McCain knows how to work with these people to get things done.


34 posted on 02/21/2008 8:22:26 AM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Check out the first comment in that story.

Since John McCain is no longer a viable candidate, It's important that we Republicans get behind Ron Paul now.

LOL, those paulistas are fools.

35 posted on 02/21/2008 8:23:35 AM PST by JRochelle (The cult of Obama is real.)
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To: kabar

Thats not even close to how its being portrayed in the liberal MSM. If you listened to ABC radio, they are insinuating that McCain’s been hitting it at their hourly belch.


36 posted on 02/21/2008 8:24:10 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: SE Mom

I am so sick and tired of hearing that the media picked out candidate.

What bunk. We did it, all on our own. In fact the media declared McCain dead months ago.


37 posted on 02/21/2008 8:25:46 AM PST by JRochelle (The cult of Obama is real.)
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To: wideawake

John Weaver has changed sides more times than the French Army. He is a real weasel


38 posted on 02/21/2008 8:26:00 AM PST by We Dare Defend Our Rights
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To: KC_Conspirator

Sex sells.


39 posted on 02/21/2008 8:27:36 AM PST by kabar
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To: kabar

Sex sells unless it involves a candidate with a (D) next to his name, an alley, a man, a “Lewinsky”, and crack.


40 posted on 02/21/2008 8:36:44 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Brilliant

“Give the NYT a break”

As much as I detest the NYT, I am going to give them a break. They had to spill all these allegations NOW before the free speech deadlines of McCain-Feingold went into effect.

Touche as in . . . Hoist by me own petard


41 posted on 02/21/2008 8:37:22 AM PST by A'elian' nation (Not all anthuriums are created equal)
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To: Tulane
Forgetting something? They did the same thing to Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43 in every election cycle. Win some, lose some. What is a given is the NYT will back the democrat.

And lie unabashedly about the opponent if it helps.

I'm no McCain fan, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the NYT.

42 posted on 02/21/2008 9:01:27 AM PST by Allegra (Posting without being logged on since 2001)
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To: airborne

That has happened before w/other candidates. They renounced the liberal rags UNTIL it suits them. They, themselves, are not honest either while pointing the finger - that’s some lowlife principle to stand on, IMO.


43 posted on 02/21/2008 9:08:26 AM PST by presently no screen name
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To: theDentist
“The rank and file just don’t like McCain. He sells out the Republicans every chance he gets”.

Right! Well I am pretty damned rank, and John McCain just might be rough around the edges for a Republican. But his track record indicated he is an honorable man and a true American. I would rather have McCain as my president that Hillary and Bill, or Obama.

45 posted on 02/21/2008 10:30:17 AM PST by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: TornadoAlley3

46 posted on 02/21/2008 10:32:35 AM PST by cartoonistx
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To: TornadoAlley3

Could this by the NYT’s Rathergate?


47 posted on 02/21/2008 10:33:39 AM PST by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: ANGGAPO

Then get ready for another round of higher taxes, open borders and amnesty, socialized medicine etc. Becuase he’s in the DNC’s pocket.


48 posted on 02/21/2008 10:41:54 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Notice, almost without exception, the MSM endorses McCain in the primaries and now that the nomination is virtually locked up they come out with a hit piece on the guy. The NYT is a despicable rag.


49 posted on 02/21/2008 11:01:27 AM PST by Uncle Hal
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