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McCain to revise Chicago speech to slam Obama over suggestion Iran is not a threat to U.S.

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WASHINGTON--Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) is revising the speech he is delivering Monday morning in Chicago to slam Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) over what he considers the "absurd" nature of playing down the threat of Iran, previewing the tough nature of the upcoming presidential contest of the two likely rivals.

Triggering the last minute addition to the speech to the National Restaurant Association were remarks Obama gave in Oregon late Sunday night, suggesting if Iran ever threatened the U.S., they wouldn't "stand a chance."

from the McCain campaign....


Senator Barack Obama Calls The Threat Posed By Iran, Cuba And Venezuela "Tiny" And Not A "Serious Threat." "Strong countries and strong Presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the soviet union at the time when they were saying we're going to wipe you off the planet. And ultimately that direct engagement led to a series of measures that helped prevent nuclear war, and over time allowed the kind of opening that brought down the Berlin Wall. Now, that has to be the kind of approach that we take.


You know, Iran they spend one-one hundredth of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance. And we should use that position of strength that we have to be bold enough to go ahead and listen. That doesn't mean we agree with them on everything. We might not compromise on any issues, but at least, we should find out other areas of potential common interest, and we can reduce some of the tensions that has caused us so many problems around the world." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks, Pendleton, OR, 5/19/08)

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Dear Fellow Americans,

Our Great-grand Nation, the United States of America
is facing and will face very critical and substantial
"Challenges" in coming, months, years, and decades to
come.

It is very essential that we pick out our next
President keeping in mind the following criteria.


1. A candidate who has a clear and candid " Vision
and Mission" for our Nation.

2. A candidate with " Strong Character and Stable
Integrity" in-spite of adversity during primary
election process.

3. A candidate with sound and sustained
"Presidential Temperament" and
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4. A candidate with little "Washington exposure"
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generation".

5. A candidate who "Inspires us up" rather than
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the only candidate who meets the all above
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coolness, calmness, and connectedness { PRESIDENTIAL
TEMPERAMENT } is Senator Barrack Obama.

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for Carter, voted for Reagan, voted for First Bush,
and second Bush in 2000 and In the process last
interest in Washington politics and I
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present circumstances.

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to set the agenda for our future.

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this time.

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to deny us better future and continue focus our
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thru
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Forensic Psychiatrist.
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The kid's getting ahead of himself. The superdelegates will vote in August--Howard Dean was stupid stupid stupid to fall for the republican ploy re: michigan and florida--probably sacked John Edwards' chances right there big time. (Not to diminish Dean's brilliant strategy that won us what we did in 06, but, still==c'mon!)
Obama is not the candidate yet.
He needs to debate Hillary first before he can take on McSame and Shrub.
Should a veep candidate be addressing the Republican candidate?
I'll ask Miss Manners.

Despite the headline to this blogpost, where in his speech did Sen. Obama say "Iran is not a threat to U.S."?

He said "They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us" and "If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance."

Please correct your headline to accurately reflect what Sen. Obama actually said.

And no matter how much McCain wishes to twist his words, that's all it is -- twisted words. (Little different than the Republican Congressional leaders' lies about Israel last week.)

Republican Wizards (as in Oz --illusionary figures behind a curtain of Deceit!) The Republican Magicians are at it again -- all smoke & mirrors and huff and puff. We are tired of thier trickeries based on illusions and not fact, and like the Wizard in Oz, they have been exposed as fakers, loud, scary voice with no Real Power. This massed negativity has been a real detriment to American economic progress and peace in Iraq. Such people are like a millstone around the neck of humanity, crippling true effort, murmuring Family Values, yet do nothing but impede true progress while humanity is dying.

They cry out in unison: I'll huff and puff and blow your house down if you disagree with me, say the Big, Bad Wolves in hopes of inciting fear and getting the opposing party to back down! Only this time, we will not be fooled again by these "fakers" and our House will withstand the onslaught of this False, Fleeting Wind that has devasted the American way of life no more!

BARACK OBAMA IS THE CANDIDATE, LET'S WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!
BARACK OBAMA WILL DEFEAT MCCAIN EASILY IF WE AS AMERICANS WILL
STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND RETIRE THE MAN, HE IS TO OLD, AND TO SLOW
MENTALLY FOR THE TASK!
DO YOU REALLY WANT A THIRD TERM OF GEORGE BUSH POLICIES?
THE ANSWER IS NO, SO OBAMA IS THE MAN WITH THE PLAN, HE IS THE
BEST CANDIDATE TO TAKE AMERICA FORWARD!
80,000 PEOPLE AT RALLIES, HE IS A BEACON OF LIGHT FOR THE FUTURE!

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