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What Do You Want From McCain?

Workers ready the stage for John McCain.

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The RNC wraps up tonight with a speech from the Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain. As a way of previewing the speech, we want to know what you're looking to hear from McCain. Do you want to hear him elaborate on his economic plan? Do you want him to attack Obama? Do you want him to explain his Palin pick? When we ask a question like "What do you want to hear from John McCain tonight," we often get a lot of shoot-from-the-hip, reactionary responses like "So-and-so's a liar, doesn't matter what he/she says, it's all lies," or "I hope he/she says everyone should vote for Obama." Well, OK. It's cool if that's how you really feel, but isn't there something deeper? If there's any way, I hope you can push yourself beyond a quick quip like that, and really think: Maybe you're a dyed-in-the-wool liberal on social issues, but you prefer less governmental involvement in daily life. So, maybe, you'd like to hear him speak to you on that topic. I'm not asking for what would make you change your vote, but rather, what would really catch your ear and make you think.



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John Fund should be held to account for his babbling allegations against Acorn.

"There are new developments in the scandal over the Bush administration's firing of eight U.S. Attorneys. One of the dismissed prosecutors has revealed that he was pressured by Republican officials to target the advocacy group ACORN for voter fraud."

Sent by Erich Riesenberg | 3:17 PM | 9-4-2008

I would like him to speak for himself, his own visions and plans, rather than putting words in the other guys mouth and condemning his opponent and all who think differently.

Sent by robert | 3:36 PM | 9-4-2008

I want to hear John McCain give a speech without bringing up his POW experience. His repeated use/abuse of that time is turning his ordeal into an episode of cheap political hackery.

Sent by Jim Martin | 3:38 PM | 9-4-2008

John will most likely talk about his military experience as a qualifier for the job and how he has been a Maverick in government. He will boost Sara Pallin for being visionary, bash Obama and of course talk about how he will improve America. John will give the people what they want to hear with lots of theatrics but in spite of what he is more of the same of the George Bush administration.

Sent by emmy | 4:02 PM | 9-4-2008

Senator McCain has made "drilling here & drilling now" the rallying cry of his campaign. I want to know what he intends to follow this action up with & how that will wean us off of finite sources of energy in favor of more peaceful, plentiful & clean energy sources. "Drilling here & drilling now" is pathetic if it only means putting off till my children's generation the decisions that are our responsibility to make now.

Sent by Whitney Boykin | 4:15 PM | 9-4-2008

After hearing some of what Sarah Palin said last night, I am not going to listen to Senator McCain. This election is my chance to hold the Republicans accountable for all the divisiveness, deceit,incompetence, corruption, abuse,and death they have caused over the last 8 years. There is nothing that can be said or done to convince me Republicans should have another 4 years in the White House.

Sent by DJ | 4:38 PM | 9-4-2008

I would like McCain to discuss what are his long term goals for the country and how his short term campaign promises will address those goals. If we adopt 'Drill, Drill, Drill" what happens when there is no more oil? How does a smaller government policy help repair the infrastructure of the country? What is his current policy with regard to immigration issues? If not diplomacy, what do we do with Russia?

Sent by Fred | 5:12 PM | 9-4-2008

I would like to hear his vision of where the RNC is going. Listening to speakers this week you hear Joe Lieberman telling moderates and independents to come on over and you hear Mitt Romney saying the John Roberts court isn't conservative enough and if you don't agree you should stay home. So who would John McCain invite under the big tent?

Sent by chel | 6:45 PM | 9-4-2008

Things I'd like to hear from McCain:
1. An approach to health care and education that makes it a part of the American life not the American dream.

2. Not one single word about his POW experience, and many, many words on why he selected Palin after one interview.

3. Anything that addresses the lives of people who make less than $5 million.

4. An explanation of why he won't be a 3rd Bush term.

5. Something genuinely revealing about how he'll acknowledge in the next 4 years - that our country and our world isn't as monochromatic as the group he'll be speaking with tonight, on the campaign trail, or in any of the homes he doesn't realize he has.

Sent by Aimee A Laramore | 7:53 PM | 9-4-2008

I find it facinating the "spin" and/or misrepresentation by Gov Palin about her past and both Gov Palin's and Senator McCain's insistence that the Obama tax proposals will hit everyone, when the proprosed tax increases are structured to apply to those making more than $250,000 per year. Gov Palin also spun a few yarns about her past. What is next? And what about the selective scrutiny of candidates... Does anyone recall Cindy marrying John one month after his divorce. Or Cindy's famed drug addiction? I hope the press will continue to provide the facts and that the voters will be informed voters rather than sound bite voters.

Sent by Wendy B | 11:37 PM | 9-4-2008

McCain has to get it right in regard to immigration. We need secure borders, lower immigration rates, and an end to illegal immigration. He needs to send the American people the message that he will enforce our immigration laws as chief executive, and not pander to foreign special interests.

Sent by Billy Hawthorne | 12:56 AM | 9-5-2008

First of all, I wish John McCain would use his own words -- throw out the script written for him by someone else and shoot from his OWN hip.

Further, I would be interested in what he DOESN'T say: quit harping on your military record. ease off on the petty sniping of the democrats. lay off the knee-jerk american-pride business. instead, it would be lovely if he could actually provide a plan, something specific, with examples that would show us how he might leave the country better off than when he got it. "Maverick" and "change" have become meaningless words: if you really are such a reformer, give us something that is different from all the speeches already given this week. Let's see you stand up to the horror of conformity with something fresh and original.

(I know I'm writing this at 1 am, but I haven't gotten to listen to him talk yet! Possibly he did do all of the above...but I doubt it.)

Sent by Christina Galunas | 1:12 AM | 9-5-2008

John McCain's speech last night was more republican rhetoric. He mentions change when he's been a part of the same old thing.

He's sided with special interest groups in the Senate Commerce Committee and was instrumental in shutting down the Jack Abramoff investigation when it began to hit on republican senior officials.

I am offended when republicans were cutting and slashing democrats with impunity then McCain saying he'll reach across the aisle to create unity of America.

Can't be both ways, McCain's statements are contradicting.

Sent by Lyle K. Deere | 9:04 AM | 9-5-2008

I've noticed that Obama reads strictly from the teleprompters. It will be interesting to see him speak in an speak atmosphere. This will prove that his lack of experience will get him nowhere.

Sent by Greg Danko | 6:20 AM | 9-6-2008

John McCain should establish a framework for dismantling these Free Trade Treaties, which are unconstitutional. Treaties require a 2/3 majority of the Senate, which none of these Free Trade Treaties have met. This is the key to getting them overturned.

Sent by Data Bone | 8:40 PM | 9-8-2008

What do I want from McCain? A concession speach,before 8:30 P.M. central time on Nov. 4th!

Sent by P Miller | 10:49 PM | 9-8-2008