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McCain Wraps It Up (Mike Huckabee Drops Out!)
CBS News ^ | March 4, 2008

Posted on 03/04/2008 7:56:00 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

CBS News projects Republican Sen. John McCain has clinched the Republican nomination for president. Click here for the state-by-state tally.

McCain will win Republican primaries Tuesday in Ohio, Texas, Vermont and Rhode Island, CBS News projects. McCain's last Republican rival, Mike Huckabee, dropped out of the race after the results came in.

"The most important race begins," McCain said. "It's a very humbling thing, and I say that with all sincerity."

McCain will travel to the White House tomorrow where he will receive the endorsement of President Bush. The president and McCain will have lunch and then appear together in the Rose Garden.

CBS News reports that Barack Obama called McCain from his San Antonio hotel room. The chat was cordial and brief.

"This clears the path for McCain to begin his general election process in earnest," said CBSNews.com Senior Political Editor Vaughn Ververs. "With a possible protracted battle on the Democratic side that could continue for weeks, it's a luxury Republicans need as they enter into a difficult road towards November."

In the Democratic contest, Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are battling it out in the crucial states of Ohio and Texas.

CBS News projects that the two Democratic contenders will split the New England states voting today -- Obama will win in Vermont and Clinton will win in Rhode Island.

In all there were 370 Democratic delegates at stake in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio and Texas, which uses an unusual primary-caucus system.

According to CBS News early exit polls, the economy was the top issue for Democratic voters in all four states voting today. Large majorities of Democrats in all four states think the economy is in bad shape.

The economy was of most concern to Ohio Democratic voters. In Vermont, however, the economy nearly tied with Iraq as the most important issue.

Ohio Democratic voters hold mostly negative views on U.S. trade with other countries, according to the early exit polls. Eight in ten say trade takes jobs away from their state. In Texas, however, a lower number -- 58 percent -- say trade takes jobs away. In fact, in Texas, a quarter say U.S. trade with other countries creates jobs.

According to the exit polls, 32 percent of Texas Democratic primary voters are Hispanic -- up from the 24 percent in 2004. In Ohio, 20 percent are African American, compared to 14 percent in 2004. Eighteen percent of Texas primary voters today are black, compared to 21 percent in 2004.

After 11 straight victories, Obama had the momentum and the lead in the delegate chase. Going into tonight, Obama had a 1,390-1,276 lead in the CBS News count. See the latest CBS News state-by-state delegate tally.

Clinton in desperate need of a comeback with time running out - if it hadn't already.

"Hillary Clinton, if you believe the polls, and that's always a danger, seems to have made her move in the last couple of days," CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield said. "I think part of that may have to do with her pounding away on the fact that Barack Obama doesn't have the experience - that so-called 3:00 a.m. ad." Read more about the ad.

CBS News anchor Katie Couric spoke Tuesday with Clinton in Columbus, asking her about the near-impossibility she faces in catching up to Obama in elected delegates.

"We're just working hard today to get all the votes that we possibly can get," Clinton said. "And, remember, this is a long journey. My husband didn't get the nomination until June of 1992 and I have every confidence that we're going to continue to pick up delegates as we go."

"So you're counting on super delegates?" Couric asked. "Are you concerned they'll be under considerable pressure to reflect the views of voters nationwide?"

"Well, you know, I think that superdelegates have a purpose in the process, which is to exercise independent judgment: who they think would be the best president and who they believe would have the best chance of winning. If you look at the states that I've won, these are the states a Democrat has to win," Clinton said. "You know, with all due respect, a number of the states that Sen. Obama has won, which are part of the process and therefore certainly their delegates will count, but these are not likely to be states that a Democrat will win unless there is a tidal wave in our favor."

Some of her supporters, her husband, the former president among them, said she needed to outpoll Obama in both Texas and Ohio to sustain her candidacy.

Without conceding anything, Obama's allies said even that wouldn't be enough, given his lead in the delegate count and party rules that virtually assure primary losers a significant share of the spoils.

Couric asked Obama Tuesday if he would personally ask Clinton to get out of the race if it is, in fact, mathematically impossible for her to catch up in elected delegates.

"No. I mean, obviously this is going to be Sen. Clinton's decision to make," Obama told CBS News. "She is a tough competitor, she has been tenacious and is continuing to raise boat loads of money and I'm happy to continue to compete state by state until we get to the convention."

In appearances Tuesday, Clinton sounded like she might continue her campaign if she only won Ohio, and Obama sounded almost resigned to an extension of the nomination battle.

"You don't get to the White House as a Democrat without winning Ohio," Clinton said in Houston.

In San Antonio, Obama called Clinton "a tenacious and determined candidate" and predicted little shift in his delegate lead no matter who won Texas and Ohio, "which means that either way, we'll go on through Mississippi and Wyoming next week." Pennsylvania, the biggest single prize left, follows on April 22.

"All those states coming up are going to make a difference," he said. "What we want to do is make sure we're competing in every single state."

It takes 2,025 delegates to win the Democratic nomination, and slightly more than 600 remained to be picked in the 10 states that vote after Tuesday.

The Democratic marathon was in contrast to a Republican race that was fierce while it lasted, but long since settled.

McCain, the Arizona senator, began the night with 991 delegates, out of 1,191 needed for the nomination at the party convention next summer in St. Paul, Minn. There were 256 Republican delegates at stake in the four states on the night's ballot.

McCain's sole major remaining rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee had 215 delegates, and posed no threat.

It was McCain's second run at the nomination, after his loss to George W. Bush in 2000. Once the front-runner, his campaign nearly imploded last summer. But he regrouped, reassuming the underdog role that he relishes, and methodically dispatched one rival after another in a string of primaries in January and early February.

In the other half of the most wide-open presidential campaign in a half-century, Obama looked for the knockout blow, while Clinton sought a revival.

As before, he outspent her in television commercials, an advantage padded by unions working in his behalf.

Rhode Island and Vermont received little attention from either of the candidates, who devoted most of their time to Ohio and Texas. They debated once in each big state, and stressed issues that varied from one to the other.

In Ohio, a new powerful voting bloc may be asserting its dominance: blue-collar white males. Couric reports that men who work industrial jobs - on assembly lines and steel mills - make up 20 percent of the voting population.

One Cleveland blue-collar worker, John Myers, told CBS News: "I am not ready to back a lady president; I just can't go there."

NAFTA was a focus of the Ohio race.

Obama sent out mass mailings that said Clinton had supported the free trade agreement when it was passed during her husband's administration, and that he had opposed it. She angrily accused him of distorting her record.

But roles were reversed in the campaign's final hours after a memo surfaced in which a Canadian official described a meeting in which Obama's senior economic adviser said the Illinois senator's criticisms of the trade agreement were political positioning. Clinton said Obama had given a "wink-wink" to Canada on the issue.

Obama said, "Nobody reached out to the Canadians to try to assure them of anything."

The Texas campaign revolved more around readiness to serve as commander in chief.

Clinton aired a television commercial that showed children asleep in their beds. "It's 3 a.m. and your children are safely asleep. Who do you want answering the phone?" the announcer said.

Obama wasn't mentioned, but responded quickly.

He told reporters that Clinton had already had her "red phone moment" -- and voted for the Iraq war.

He launched his own ad, with sleeping children and a telephone ringing ominously.

"In a dangerous world, it's judgment that matters," the announcer said.

Couric asked Obama if he's now having trouble countering attacks by Clinton on his national security experience - and how he would handle similar attacks by McCain come fall.

"I don't think we've had difficulty countering them. That's why we won 11 contests straight. Sen. Clinton's has been making this argument since the beginning of this campaign and the American people, I think, have recognized that what we need in national security is judgment, a judgment that Senator Clinton and John McCain both failed to show."


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Whither Ron Paul?
1 posted on 03/04/2008 7:56:01 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brush up on your Spanish


2 posted on 03/04/2008 8:01:01 PM PST by Crazieman (The Democrat Party: Culture of Treason)
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To: the808bass; Kurt Evans; iowamark; dano1; Dane; All

Huckabee dropped out ping!


3 posted on 03/04/2008 8:02:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whither is a good word for his campaign.


4 posted on 03/04/2008 8:03:05 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a sad excuse for a Republican Candidate. I am honestly sick. Not sure what is happening next for us here!!


5 posted on 03/04/2008 8:03:10 PM PST by pollywog
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Should I leave the Republican Party tomorrow or wait until it is official? He doesn’t have enough pledged delegates yet to overcome a blow up in the next six months. However, with Huckabee out, he is the only one left.


6 posted on 03/04/2008 8:08:42 PM PST by Ingtar (Haley Barbour 2012, Because he has experience in Disaster Recovery. - ejonesie22)
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To: pollywog
I've never really been a conspiracy kook, but I'm seriously considering it. How the Republican party could have opted for the anti-gun, pro-embryo-harvesting, anti-1st Amendment McCain is beyond me.

I'm starting to feel like one of the Jews who refuses to be a ghetto-guard.
7 posted on 03/04/2008 8:10:29 PM PST by farmer18th (Conservatives who vote McCain are like abused dogs who keep licking their master's hand...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mike Huckabee was a strong candidate and would have served well in the White House. He’s a little too easy to poke fun at but, on the serious side, I don’t think anyone altered the course of the campaign as much as he has. I salute a worthy opponent and a Great American. God Bless, Mike Huckabee. Fair winds and following seas.


8 posted on 03/04/2008 8:11:19 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: pollywog

“This is a sad excuse for a Republican Candidate. I am honestly sick. Not sure what is happening next for us here!!”

True, but he is the only show in town and he knows it. A third party vote would be a waste and would just ensure that Obama or Clinton would win. With all his warts, I would take McCain over Clinton and most definitely over Obama. At the end of the day, pragmatism rules. McCain knows most will see things this way (although I would have preferred a social conservative)....it’s the old lesser of two evils situation again.

I trust McCain on military and foreign policy over either democrat...so what else is one to do?


9 posted on 03/04/2008 8:11:31 PM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: SoldierDad; 2ndDivisionVet
Whither is a good word for his campaign.

I hope he whithers on the vine.

10 posted on 03/04/2008 8:13:57 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: MARTIAL MONK

I agree. His speech was a good one. I would prefer him to McCain any day of the week.


11 posted on 03/04/2008 8:15:38 PM PST by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL.)
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To: Sola Veritas
Pragmatism rules...

As Tevya in Fiddler on the Roof put it, "If I bend that far I will break!"

Sell your own soul to the devil. If you want to vote for someone who hates the constitution, do so, but don't try to convince rational people that John McCain would be any better than Derek Obama.
12 posted on 03/04/2008 8:15:47 PM PST by farmer18th (Conservatives who vote McCain are like abused dogs who keep licking their master's hand...)
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To: Crazieman
Brush up on your Spanish

And kiss another 30% of your paycheck goodbye to pay for McCain's amnesty!

13 posted on 03/04/2008 8:16:23 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Sola Veritas

With three members of my family currently serving in the Armed Forces (one in Iraq right now, one will be going for a second tour - my son, and one we don’t yet know about) there is only one choice IMHO. I’m voting for McCain.


14 posted on 03/04/2008 8:16:58 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: farmer18th
I've never really been a conspiracy kook, but I'm seriously considering it. How the Republican party could have opted for the anti-gun, pro-embryo-harvesting, anti-1st Amendment McCain is beyond me.

I'm starting to feel like one of the Jews who refuses to be a ghetto-guard.

You're not alone, man...you're not alone.

15 posted on 03/04/2008 8:17:43 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Constitution Day

Pretty sure he already has re the GOP. Next, his turd party candidacy announcement.


16 posted on 03/04/2008 8:18:11 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wow. I thought after reading the headline that this article was about McCain. I guess the MSM’s obsession with the Demos is all encompassing.

McCain had an absolutely wonderful speech. I liked the nod to homeschooling. I wish I could trust that he would vote like his speech. But his track record says otherwise.


17 posted on 03/04/2008 8:19:10 PM PST by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well at least Huckabee's gone, and good riddance. Of course, McCain isn't much better, but at least he has some clue on the war, and actually has a chance in hell of winning an election.

We'd better be prepared, though. When he gets into office and tries to shove amnesty down our throats again, the same schmucks that voted for him in the primary will come crying to those of us who actually pay attention and killed it last time, begging us to stop the damn thing again.

18 posted on 03/04/2008 8:19:30 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a sad day for America.


19 posted on 03/04/2008 8:21:10 PM PST by dfwddr (McCain is the new Coke. I want the Classic -- Duncan Hunter)
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To: Ingtar
Should I leave the Republican Party tomorrow or wait until it is official?

I'm biding my time on that one. For my own part, I'm interested in seeing how many "independent activists" donate their time and money to push McRINO through. My guess is that it'll be none. And I know that no self-respecting conservatives will be shilling for that liberal Democrat who's going to be running on the Republican ticket. All told, I suspect it's going to be a large no-show for McCain in November.

And then we'll be seeing those liberals and RINOs purged en masse with their "big tent" poles shoved up where the sun never shines. Roundabout that time we'll see the GOP rediscover its moral compass in time to retake Congress in 2010.

20 posted on 03/04/2008 8:21:28 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: dfwddr
This is a sad day for America.

Indeed. We have two Democrats running for the Office of the President. The only difference between the two is that one has an 'R' by his name...as if that's supposed to make it all better or something.

21 posted on 03/04/2008 8:22:20 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Sola Veritas

Well said. In the end times false prophets will arise, leading many astray. obama is HITLER, wooing the crowd, leading them to destruction; ask the germans what it’s like...


22 posted on 03/04/2008 8:25:38 PM PST by timer (n/0=n=nx0)
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To: Sola Veritas

True, but he is the only show in town and he knows it. A third party vote would be a waste and would just ensure that Obama or Clinton would win. With all his warts, I would take McCain over Clinton and most definitely over Obama. At the end of the day, pragmatism rules. McCain knows most will see things this way (although I would have preferred a social conservative)....it’s the old lesser of two evils situation again.

I trust McCain on military and foreign policy over either democrat...so what else is one to do?


This is why we get RINOs.

A vote for McCain is like voting for Obama or Hillary


23 posted on 03/04/2008 8:27:48 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Anyone Notice....But It Is Only The Low-Rated Talk Radio Hosts That Support McCain)
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To: Digital Sniper
And kiss another 30% of your paycheck goodbye to pay for McCain's amnesty!

And say Goodbye to any thought of ever seeing your Social security benefits. And so long to the two party system.

This sucks hard.

24 posted on 03/04/2008 8:28:48 PM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".)
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To: Ingtar

I left on Super Tuesday. See my tagline.


25 posted on 03/04/2008 8:31:43 PM PST by packrat35 (If mccain is the answer-it must have been a REALLY stupid question)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
While the Huckster was WAY LATE, at least he FINALLY did the right thing.

What the HELL was he thinking these last 6 weeks?

26 posted on 03/04/2008 8:35:59 PM PST by Mariner
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To: Digital Sniper
The only difference between the two is that one has an 'R' by his name.

Yeah,but the "R" stands for "Real betrayal".

27 posted on 03/04/2008 8:36:39 PM PST by dfwddr (McCain is the new Coke. I want the Classic -- Duncan Hunter)
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To: tutstar; WKB; Salvation; stainlessbanner; Jim Robinson

Ping!


28 posted on 03/04/2008 8:37:06 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: UCFRoadWarrior
A vote for McCain is like voting for Obama or Hillary

Actually, it's worse. The Hillobama plans for amnesty would actually compel congressional republicans to act like Americans and reject it outright. But the McCain amnesty would get enough fence-sitting republicans to "go maverick" and sell America out to the illegal invaders. And this would only further cement the leftward swing of the GOP to the point that we'd never again have a conservative running on our ticket for the next 20 elections.

Sad, but true.

29 posted on 03/04/2008 8:37:45 PM PST by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: Mariner

I think he wants to be Vice President.


30 posted on 03/04/2008 8:37:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: ARE SOLE
It's Republicrats and Democrats uniting together under power-hungry, dictatorial socialism while America the Beautiful burns. There's no more viable conservative party - there needs to be a viable conservative third party.
31 posted on 03/04/2008 8:38:23 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: SoldierDad

Third party? Oh, bank on it.


32 posted on 03/04/2008 8:38:37 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Crazieman
Brush up on your Spanish

An amnesty bill could very well be signed before the next election.

...if GWB had his druthers.

33 posted on 03/04/2008 8:39:44 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Constitution Day

Well, thanks for abandoning my son and his fellow soldiers to either B. Hussein or Hitlery.


34 posted on 03/04/2008 8:39:50 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What this article failed to mention is that Sen. McCain “wrapped it up” by getting about 53% of the GOP vote in Texas. Hardly a ringing endorsement for a race that has been over for all effects and purposes for a few weeks now.


35 posted on 03/04/2008 8:40:36 PM PST by RKBA Democrat (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!)
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To: farmer18th
How the Republican party could have opted for the anti-gun, pro-embryo-harvesting, anti-1st Amendment McCain is beyond me.

Invest in carbon credits now...I suppose.
36 posted on 03/04/2008 8:41:23 PM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: SoldierDad

Huh? I’m saying I think Paul will go third party.

Not that *I* will vote third party.

Don’t misread me, please.


37 posted on 03/04/2008 8:42:50 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: mmichaels1970
Invest in carbon credits now...I suppose.

Right. Forgot that one.
38 posted on 03/04/2008 8:43:58 PM PST by farmer18th (Conservatives who vote McCain are like abused dogs who keep licking their master's hand...)
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To: SoldierDad

Don’t worry, McCain will pick up 5 independents for every hyperpartisan he loses.


39 posted on 03/04/2008 8:53:22 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (If you don't vote, you don't matter.)
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To: Constitution Day

Time to vote for the Constitution Party. That sends a much clearer message to the Republican leadership about why they are losing votes than if we just stay home and don’t vote. Doing the latter lets them rationalize and claim anything they want about why they did so poorly. But going with a real conservative party forces them to move rightward again if they want to remain a major party and not be the Whigs of the 21st century.


40 posted on 03/04/2008 8:54:34 PM PST by Liberty1970
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To: Liberty1970

Good luck with that.


41 posted on 03/04/2008 8:56:05 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Crazieman
si se puede. queremos un gran naccion para todos, sin fronteras, con libertad y justicia y benefitos out the ass de social, si! vamamos, esse!

America goes down either way. It was nice while it lasted though. Oops, sorry, have to switch back to para en espanol solamente, jefe....

42 posted on 03/04/2008 8:56:27 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (The GOP serves a huge cr*p sandwich every 4 years to Conservatives, & sez "shut up!, no choice!")
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To: SaxxonWoods
See my #37
43 posted on 03/04/2008 8:56:43 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bump for now. Will read this in the morning.


44 posted on 03/04/2008 8:57:28 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Constitution Day

Sorry. My mistake.


45 posted on 03/04/2008 9:04:24 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: Liberty1970

I will not abandon my son and his fellow soldiers by voting for some turd party candidate who has a snowball’s chance to win, and thereby giving the Dims the win by default. If that happens, our military will be gutted. We will lose this war. And the lives lost to this point will have been for naught. And, we will eventually have to do it all over again - only next time it will be much harder with huge casualty loses. No thanks. McCain has earned my vote.


46 posted on 03/04/2008 9:07:31 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: SoldierDad

McCain next President of The United States!
God Bless John!


47 posted on 03/04/2008 9:16:05 PM PST by OPS4 (Ops4 God Bless America!)
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To: SoldierDad

It’s okay.

You and I posted back and forth last year on FR about a 2nd BCT, 10th Mtn Div soldier I knew who died 4/1/07, but you may not recall that.

My family and I still remember him.

See ya-
CD


48 posted on 03/04/2008 9:17:57 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: OPS4

Praying that you’re correct.


49 posted on 03/04/2008 9:18:15 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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To: Constitution Day

I remember that. I think of all the 52 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldiers who lost their lives during the 15 month deployment my son was a part of.


50 posted on 03/04/2008 9:19:52 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a 2nd BCT 10th Mountain Soldier home after 15 months in the Triangle of death)
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