Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Mac is Back - The McCain/Lieberman Straight Talk toVictory Express!

Another Great AP Photo of the Straight Talkers on the Road for America!

Two guys who have no problem telling the truth to the American People are on the Road in New Hampshire where independent voters have great influence.

More Democrats, who feel left behind with the DNC canned agenda, will gravitate to straight talk:

On the first day of a two-day Straight Talk Express tour through New Hampshire — McCain's second bus tour of the state in two weeks, he said "I do" when asked if he senses upward momentum. His crowds are bigger and more enthusiastic, his Internet hits more frequent and his poll numbers are rising, McCain said.

"But I am not an unbiased observer," he said, adding some realism.

"We have a long way to go," McCain said, aware that opinion polls still show him trailing far behind fellow Republican Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.

Roberta Adams and George Merrill, both undecided voters who drove from nearby Antrim to check out McCain, came away impressed but uncommitted. Merrill, a registered Republican, said New Hampshire's independent spirit means the endorsement by Lieberman not only doesn't hurt McCain with Republicans but helps.

"We're not voting for the party, we're voting for the man," Merrill said.

McCain said the support from an "independent Democrat," as the Connecticut senator calls himself, will answer the people who invariably ask him in town hall meetings, "Why can't you all work together?"

Lieberman reinforced the message. He said he chose his longtime Senate colleague as the best candidate of either party because of his national security credentials and because McCain has the best shot of breaking through partisan gridlock.

"You may not agree with John McCain on everything — I don't," Lieberman told those gathered in the American Legion hall. "But you can always count on him to be honest with you about where he stands and to stand where he honestly thinks it's best for our country."

Lieberman said he had planned to wait until after the primaries to make a 2008 pick, but changed his mind when McCain called — the only candidate, including fellow Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd who is running for president on the Democratic side, to do so.

Lieberman won re-election to the Senate in 2006 as an independent, after losing the Democratic primary to upstart Ned Lamont, largely because of Lieberman's support for the war.

Lamont said Monday, "It is now clear that Joe Lieberman is the one working to defeat our hopes."

Said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "I have the greatest respect for Joe, but I simply have to disagree with his decision to endorse Senator McCain."


Click on my Post title for AP's Jennifer Loven great story on the Road Trip to a Stronger America!

5 comments:

Bridget said...

You know, a year ago the idea of McCain as the GOP's candidate would have had me shaking in my boots.

However, after his misstep with the escalation of the war, I say bring him on.

How's life, Pat?

pathickey said...

Bridgey,

. . . Not for the Squeamish!

Busier than a one-legged dog at a paw-shaking contest.

Happy Holidays, Kiddo and keep you baby sister's foot on base - I'd take the strap to that child!

Johnny Mac is doing well and will exceed all expectations.

Last month a good pal of mine, a Springfield lobby dweeb, told me that McCain was toast. 'He's announcing this week, Hick. He's tosing it in. I have it on great authority that . . .'

Like Mayor Daley putting his arms around your shoulders and saying 'there won't be a Bus ( for you to fit under) for hours - relax. We're still tight. Honest. Hey your my BEST PAL! Wait.'

Bridget said...

Ha, yes, my sister is pretty funny.

Have yourself a Merry Cristmas and Happy New Year, Pat.

pathickey said...

You Too Sweetums! Tell that little Doxie to lay off the Jaeger!

John Ruberry said...

McCain has had a few good days. And now Tancredo's exit will help, since he was McCain's toughest critic among the GOP candidates.