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Can't McCain do better than Tucker Bounds for a spokesman?

 
 
Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:33 pm
Seriously, this guy is pretty weak. I don't support McCain's campaign and I could have done a better job. They should have come prepared and made the reporter try to belittle the information they had to bring rather than coming with a blank slate and looking stupid on their own.

 
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:37 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I've seen that video several places now but haven't come across a summary (other than "Cameron Brown filleted him" et al) or a transcript yet. Can anyone do a brief summary?

(Thanks!)
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:40 pm
@sozobe,
Tucker was completely unable to answer direct questions pertaining to the experience level of Palin. He kept trying to pivot back to Obama. He was asked to name a single decision she made as head of the Alaskan Nt'l guard; she was unable to do so. It gets pretty bad by the end, as the interviewer is clearly calling him on his bullshit and he just keeps spinning the same stuff out over and over again. Really pathetic.

Cycloptichorn
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:41 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Cool, thanks.
Cycloptichorn
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:47 pm
@sozobe,
No prob.

And in a lovely development, McCain is now refusing to do interviews with CNN based on their 'treatment' of Tucker Bounds. Apparently asking him to name a single decision she's made was 'going too far.' His scheduled interview with Larry King today was cancelled.

Laughing

Cycloptichorn
Debra Law
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:53 pm
As with all those have made obligatory attempts to defend McCain's selection, Tucker could not answer the question as posed so he did what everyone else has done. He repeatedly and ineptly danced around the question. Again, McCain himself claimed that his primary responsibility was to name a VP who was qualified to immediately take his place as the Commander in Chief of our armed forces during a time of war. Tucker could not identify one decision that Palin allegedly might have made as the CIC of the Alaskan National Guard that exemplifies her readiness to be our nation's CIC. All he could stammer out was that ANY [unidentified] decision that she might have made in that capacity makes her more qualified than Obama.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:54 pm
Most of us knew it was pathetic as soon as McCain announced his VP choice. "We" also knew that the war in Iraq was wrong - before the news about WMDs and Saddam's connection to al Qaeda was revealed to be false.

So, what's the surprise here?
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:56 pm
@Debra Law,
The republicans are saying "it's because Alaska is the neighbor to Russia, and that's close enough!"
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Debra Law
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 02:58 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
Cycloptichorn wrote: "And in a lovely development, McCain is now refusing to do interviews with CNN based on their 'treatment' of Tucker Bounds. Apparently asking him to name a single decision she's made was 'going too far.' His scheduled interview with Larry King today was cancelled."

I also watched Anderson Cooper's coverage last night. Obama appeared on his show. Anderson stated that McCain declined his invitation. McCain is joining the evaders and dancers. How can he continue to avoid all appearances where he might have to face the tough questions?
sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 03:16 pm
@sozobe,
(Campbell Brown, not Cameron...)
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JTT
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 07:31 pm
"Can't McCain do better than Tucker Bounds for a spokesman?"

Apparently not! Isn't Davis his top dog?

Quote:
ORIGINAL POST
McCain Manager: 'This Election is Not About Issues'

Rick Davis, campaign manager for John McCain's presidential bid, insisted that the presidential race will be decided more over personalities than issues during an interview with Post editors this morning.

"This election is not about issues," said Davis. "This election is about a composite view of what people take away from these candidates."

Davis added that issues will no doubt play a major role in the decisions undecided voters will make but that they won't ultimately be conclusive. He added that the campaign has "ultimate faith" in the idea that the more voters get to know McCain and Barack Obama, the better the Republican nominee will do.


UPDATE, 6:18 pm: In reaction to Rick Davis' comments about the election not being about issues, Barack Obama campaign manager David Plouffe released the following statement: "We appreciate Senator McCain's campaign manager finally admitting that his campaign is not in fact about the issues the American people care about, which is exactly the kind of cynical old politics people are ready to change."


A good analysis:

Quote:
Scorned on Issues, GOP Tries to Manufacture “Character Gap”

by Jon Perr

A flood of recent polls suggests the 2008 election will once again display the “Iron Law” of 21st century Republican presidential politics. That is, with Americans showing an overwhelming preference for Democratic positions across virtually the entire spectrum of issues, the GOP has to make the race about something else. This year as in 2000 and 2004, the Republicans will try to turn the race into a presidential personality contest. And to win it, they need to manufacture a “character gap” between John McCain and Barack Obama.

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/05/20/scorned-on-issues-gop-tries-to-manufacture-character-gap/



This must be why the panderer, John McCain, hired the scumbucket, Tucker Askew.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 07:34 pm
@Debra Law,
Actually, they should be asking McCain why he chose an unknown, with no national experience, to be his running "mate?" They should also question McCain's judgement in his selection of somebody with no experience in foreign relations? (Except that Russia is Alaska's neighbor.)
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 09:58 pm
@Robert Gentel,
That was just painful to watch.

"Tell me one decision Palin made as commander of the Alaska National Guard."

"Don't belittle the decision's she has made!"

Er... WTF? Would you, I don't know, expect and prepare for this line of questioning?
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 2 Sep, 2008 10:18 pm
@Cycloptichorn,
McCain may be overreacting but the reporter was pretty aggressive even before Bounds started mumbling.
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nimh
 
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Reply Sat 13 Sep, 2008 09:49 pm
@sozobe,
sozobe wrote:

I've seen that video several places now but haven't come across a summary (other than "Cameron Brown filleted him" et al) or a transcript yet. Can anyone do a brief summary?

Hi Soz, here's the transcript (below Brown's response to the kerfluffle):

http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/05/brown.bounds/
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