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My first campaign rally

By Brandi Williams (Contact)

Published October 24, 2008

Thursday I chose to drive to PA to see Sarah Palin speak.  I figured I would like to hear direct from the horse's mouth (not that I'm calling her a horse) why I should vote for McCain/Palin.  It was a long drive, a long walk and a cold night waiting for her to step out and "WOW" me. 

When Palin stepped out I was impressed with how she carried herself.  She looked people in the eyes, she took time to shake hands and wave.  I was excited, this being my first rally in person, but that quickly changed to being rather disappointed.  Myself, not being one for politics as they bore me, didn't really hear anything new.  I don't know if I really expected to, but I could have sat home warm with a cup of hot tea and heard the same thing in past speaches with my DVR.  Aside from way over using "Joe the Plumber" and "Tito the Builder" situations to rile the crowd, I heard nothing about what the McCain/Palin team would do for me.  

I could see myself hanging out with Palin, she seems to be an awesome person but I'm not sure how ready she is to assist in running our country.  She seemed more a cheerleader for McCain then his running mate.  I don't want to see a rah rah girl.  I want to see an empowered, intellectual person standing beside our President ready to step in if needed.  

I still haven't decided if seeing her speak in person has really changed my views on either party yet.  That will come in it's time.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Here is my view of both candidates. Obama and McCain will both have on the job training as neither one hase ever been President. Right now we have Bush fatigue which favors Obama. Barack has youth on his side but McCain has the savy that only years bring. Can Barack be savy enough in an attack against us to do what has to be done. Years ago JFK did well in confronting the Russians over missiles in Cuba. What would Barack have done?

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2brandi_williams(1 comment)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I totally agree with you. Right now defending our country is high on my list. I want to make sure that we don't rush into anything but at the same time, we need to have someone who is ready to hit that button if needed. I am honestly looking for someone who is ready to bring our men and women home; maybe not all of them right now but soon. We need to have units placed strategically for a long time, but we are wearing away our forces so when something else happens (and it will) we're not going to have the strength to defend ourselves. Who is willing to step up and take the reigns on this?

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3retireduaw(6 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I agree with Brandi that I want our leaders to be people who are smarter than me. Both McCain and Palin only have bachelors degrees, and both barely graduated. Education counts with me. If that makes me an elitist,so be it.

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4frustrateddem(5 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I think Obama has the better judgment on defending America and supporting veterans. Here's why I think so ---
Senator McCain backed Bush’s invasion of Iraq even though Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Osama bin Laden has not been caught after 7 long years. We continue to spend over $10 billion per month in Iraq while they take their oil revenues and deposit them in foreign banks. This $10 billion in spending comes to about $100 per month for your household and over $6 million a month just for the households in Mahoning County. Senator Obama opposed the Iraq invasion before it began because he knew we needed those troops to capture or kill bin Laden and the terrorists in Afghanistan. He knows our troops did the job in Iraq they were asked to do and now its time to leave and focus on Afghanistan to finish off Al Qaeda once and for.
Senator McCain did not support the new GI Bill that passed the Senate in June. He thought the proposed benefits to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were too generous. Senator Obama voted for it. The Disabled Veterans of America gave Senator McCain a dismal 20% voting record on veterans issues while Senator Obama scored 80%. In a list of key votes, the Vietnam Veterans of America says that McCain “voted against us” 15 times while he only “voted for us” 8 times. On the other hand, Senator Obama “voted for us” (VVA) 12 times and only “voted against us” once.

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