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WASHINGTON--John McCain appearing with Sarah Palin, accuses Barack Obama in harsh terms on Thursday of not doing much to avoid the economic meltdown; called for the firing of the SEC chief and said he would create a new regulatory agency. These specific suggestions come a day after he said a commission may be needed to "study" the problem. Barack Obama waltzed through that door.

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McCain said, "The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president, and in my view has betrayed the public trust. If I were president today, I would fire him. (Cheers, applause.)

We can't wait any longer for more failures in our financial system. Structures like the Resolution Trust Corporation that dealt with the failed savings and loan industry were designed to clean up the system and worked. Today we need a plan that doesn't wait until the system fails.

I'm calling for the creation of the Mortgage and Financial Institutions Trust, the MFI. The priorities of this trust will be to work with the private sector and regulators to identify institutions that are weak and take remedies to strengthen them before they become insolvent. For troubled institutions, this will provide an orderly process through which to identify bad loans and eventually sell them.


McCain excerpt.

You know, Senator Obama talks a tough game on the financial markets, but the facts tell a very different story. He took more money from Fannie and Freddie than any senator except the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them. (Boos.) He put -- he put the chief executive officer of Fannie Mae -- excuse me, of -- yes, of Fannie Mae, who helped create this disaster -- he put that Democratic -- of the -- in charge of the selection process for who he was going to select for vice president of the United States. (Boos.) You know what, former -- Fannie's former general counsel is a senior advisor to his campaign. Whose side do you think he's on?

REMARKS BY ALASKA GOVERNOR SARAH PALIN (R), REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, AND SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE, AT A "ROAD TO VICTORY" RALLY

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(Cheers, applause.)

GOV. PALIN: Wow. Thank you so much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want Sarah! We want John! We want Sarah! We want John! We want Sarah! We want John! We want Sarah! We want John!

GOV. PALIN: Thank you so much, Iowa. It is so good to be here in Grand Rapids! Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. (Cheers, applause.)

Very good to be here with so many good friends, and particularly great to see some old friends here, too. I am glad that the Horvath family, formerly of my hometown in Wasilla, Alaska, they could join us today. And Drew Horvath is an Iraq war veteran, and I know that we have several veterans out there in the audience today. Would you raise our -- your hands. Let us thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you all. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you so much for your service. That's what it's all about. We thank you to our veterans, to our good military personnel.

The Horvaths know that in Alaska, we like to say that we have only two seasons, winter and construction. (Laughter.) So it's a real treat to be here in the city of five seasons, and it is so beautiful here. (Cheers, applause.) And it is beautiful.

And as we were coming down the -- the tarmac, Todd pointed out to me the beautiful flag and all the people here, just such a great representation of what America is: hardworking, unpretentious, just good Iowa folks who are wanting government to be on your side. And that's why John McCain and I are here today. (Cheers, applause.)

And I understand that you have a new hockey team around here, too, the Iowa Chops. And -- (cheers) -- I love that name, the Chops. That's cool. (Laughter.) You guys have your first hockey game here I think it's next month; the inaugural season kicks off. So perhaps I'll get to come back and visit with some more hockey moms for McCain. (Cheers, applause.)

May I introduce to you my husband, Todd Palin. He is Alaska's "first dude." (Cheers, applause.) Alaska's "first dude." He's a commercial fisherman, and he's also a production operator up in the oil fields on Alaska's North Slope. And he's a four-time winner of the Iron Dog Race, the longest snow machine race in the world. (Cheers, applause.) He's a proud member of the United Steelworkers Union and he is a great dad, yes he is. (Cheers, applause.)

Okay, Iowa. In the next 47 days, it's going to be a hard-fought contest here. But John McCain and I, we are ready, and with your help we are going to win. We're going to D.C. to shake things up. (Cheers, applause.)

John McCain is all about putting government back on the side of the people, and we're taking our case for reform to voters of every background in every party, or no party at all. And with your vote, join us in this. Let us get to Washington, D.C. to shake things up. (Cheers, applause.)

Here's how I look at the choice that we face in the election.

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah!

GOV. PALIN: So here's how I look at the choice that we face in this election. In politics, there are candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are real leaders like John McCain -- (cheers, applause) -- who use their careers to promote change. (Cheers, applause.)

All right. (Cheers.) For Iowa and for all of America, this is a moment when principles and political independence mean a heck of a lot more than just a party line. Americans are tired of the old politics as usual.

AUDIENCE: (Continuing to chant.) We want Sarah! We want Sarah! We want Sarah!

GOV. PALIN: Americans are tired of those who just want to run with the Washington herd. And that's why we need to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. (Cheers, applause.)

John McCain, he's going to get our economy and he's going to put it back on track. And the people of Iowa know it's our small businesses, like in my family our commercial fishing business, or my sister's new gas station business, or Todd's folks -- they own a hardware store. It is the small businesses all across America that actually create most of the jobs in this great country. Our family knows -- (cheers, applause) -- our family knows that the best way to help small business is to take less from them and leave more for them so that they can expand and jobs can then be created. (Cheers, applause.) That's exactly what we're going to do in a Palin and McCain administration.

Now, our opponents, they have some strange ideas about raising taxes. To them, raising taxes -- and Joe Biden said it again today -- raising taxes is about patriotism. (Boos.) To the rest of America, that's not patriotism; raising taxes is about killing jobs and hurting small businesses and making things worse. (Cheers, applause.)

This isn't about anyone's patriotism, it's about Barack Obama's poor judgment. (Cheers, applause.) He wants to raise income taxes and raise payroll taxes -- (boos) -- and raise investment income taxes -- (boos) -- and raise the death tax -- (boos) -- and raise business taxes. (Boos.) He wants to raise taxes by hundreds of billions of dollars. And at a time like this, that will make today's bad economy seem like the good old days. (Laughter.)

To grow our economy, to bring new jobs to Iowa and to save the jobs that you have today, John McCain and I will bring tax relief to hardworking taxpayers and small businesses all across America. (Cheers, applause.)

Now, what we need is serious reform on Wall Street. Huge financial institutions are going under because of their own bad practices, and now they're asking the public to bail 'em out. (Boos.) And federal agencies are not defending the public interest in this. Reckless CEOs -- this is -- this is what's happening -- reckless CEOs, they're walking off with multimillion-dollar severance deals through all of this. (Boos.)

If you look at the record, Iowa, you're going to see two years ago there was one man who stood up and warned us about the problems at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And in this race there is one man of action, one proven reformer who will clean up Wall Street and fix our economy, and that man is John McCain. (Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John!

GOV. PALIN: Now, as a mayor and a governor, I always knew that I was accountable to the people who hired me. That was the people of Alaska.

And in a McCain-Palin administration we will never forget we are there to work for you, the people of America. (Cheers, applause.) And that means -- that means always, always and only putting country first, serving your neighbors. (Cheers, applause.) It's going to be about serving you and your neighbors well.

John and I have talked about the great flood of 2008 in these parts. We're going over to look at today some of the damage there. You know -- (cheers, applause) -- it is a testament to the American people that our citizens pull together in a crisis to help their neighbor in need. The response from our government should be just as swift and complete. And Congress has not done enough to help this region recover. (Cheers, applause.)

So this is our pledge: in a McCain-Palin administration we will not forget the victims of this tragedy, and we're going to get government back on the side of the people. Country will come first. (Cheers, applause.)

Now, as we anticipate change, and if we are so blessed and privileged to be able to serve you in a new administration, John and I, we're discussing some new responsibilities that I'm going to have as your vice president. (Cheers, applause.)

First, I'll help lead the mission of energy security. And here in Iowa -- (cheers) -- high gas prices -- they're making a full tank of gas seem like it's a luxury nowadays. The cost of living is going up. The cost of groceries is going up. Everything's going up, but the value of your paycheck is going down, all because of energy costs.

People blame Washington on this one for doing next to nothing, and they've got that right. (Cheers.) As governor, what I do now is oversee a very, very large portion of our domestic production of oil, coming up there from Alaska. Recently, through negotiation, through compromise, and through a heck of a lot of competition being allowed, we got agreements to build a nearly $40 billion natural gas pipeline to bring Alaska's clean, green natural gas to you, to very hungry markets down here. (Cheers, applause.)

And as your vice president, I'll help John McCain expand our use of alternative fuels, and we're going to drill now to make this nation energy independent. (Cheers, applause.) Folks, it is a matter of national security and future prosperity. We need American resources brought to you by American ingenuity and produced by American workers -- and we can do this. (Cheers, applause.)

Second, I'll help lead the mission of reforming government. And we're going to make government more transparent and more accountable and more accessible for those who want to serve. We're going to recruit the best people to run our agencies, regardless of party affiliation even, regardless of whether they have that Washington experience.

And we're going to do a few new things also. For instance, as Alaska's governor, I put the government's checkbook online so that people can see where their money's going. We're going to bring that kind of transparency, that kind. (Cheers, applause.) We'll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility and accountability back. We're going to bring that to D.C

And third, I've told Senator McCain about a few things that I've learned as a governor and as a mom. Ever since I took the chief executive's job up north, I've sought for more funding for students with special needs. (Cheers.) And it's an issue that has touched my heart, beginning about 13 years ago with the addition to our extended family of a nephew with autism.

And now we have been so blessed in our family with a special added perspective with the birth of our beautiful baby boy Trig about four months ago. (Cheers, applause.) We've joined so many American families that know that some of life's greatest joys sometimes come with some unique challenges. We're going to make sure that government is on their side. (Cheers, applause.)

When it comes to the big issues in our campaign, back to our opponent. He likes to point the finger of blame, but has he ever really lifted a finger to help?

AUDIENCE: No!

GOV. PALIN: Has he ever reached out a reformer's hand to the other side of the aisle?

AUDIENCE: No!

GOV. PALIN: Has he ever told his own party no --

AUDIENCE: No!

GOV. PALIN: -- so he could work well with others to get other to say yes?

AUDIENCE: No!

GOV. PALIN: When it comes to reform, has he ever once said "we did" instead of "I will"?

AUDIENCE: No!

GOV. PALIN: John McCain and I, we are optimistic about solving the big problems. And why? It's because we've gotten results. We have the track record, a consistent track record, of being committed to reform and putting government on the side of the people. We brought about change and reform.

And joining the ticket with John McCain, I know that it is a great privilege. To serve beside him as vice president of the United States will be the highest, but also the most humbling, of honors.

You know, our opponents have been going on lately about how they always fight for you, they say. But since my running mate won't say this on his own behalf, I'm going to say it for him: There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you. (Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain!

GOV. PALIN: He is the only great man in the race, the only one ready to serve us as our 44th president. I am honored to get to introduce to you my running mate, my friend, the next president of the United States of America, John McCain. (Cheers, applause.)

SEN. MCCAIN: Thank you. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you, my friends, and thank you for coming out on this beautiful Iowa day. And I'm very pleased, and great to have the opportunity to be back in the heartland of America, and I mean that with all sincerity. (Cheers, applause.) I've spent a lot of time here over the years, and one of the great experiences, frankly, that I will never forget is my visits to the Iowa State Fair. It's one of the great experiences -- (cheers, applause) -- anyone can have. And I look forward to having another pork chop on a stick -- (cheers) -- not to mention those deep- fried Twinkies, right? (Cheers.) But it's a wonderful experience. It's a wonderful experience to be where family values, homes, jobs, the future -- a great educational system -- the future of America lies here. And I and my great running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, are going to compete and we're going to win the state of Iowa and we're going to win the presidency of the United States with your help. (Cheers, applause.) I'm very grateful. (Cheers, applause.)

And before I go much further, I -- I always, as Governor Palin just did -- as Sarah just did -- recognize our veterans, but there's another group -- and I see them here -- and I'd love to honor them also, and that's our Blue Star Moms and Dads, who have -- (cheers, applause) -- who have sons and daughters serving in the military. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.)

Do I see that right? Three -- three in the service? Well, thank you. It's above and beyond.

So I want to say for you I'm very grateful to be here. We intend to campaign hard across the state of Iowa again, and we know we need to earn every vote. But you can help us by getting out the vote, by making the phone calls, getting your neighbors out. I think we're going to be up late on election night, my friends -- (cheers, applause) -- and we're going to need your help.

And you know, I am convinced -- I am convinced that the people of Iowa will make the right decision. We've got 47 more days, and I need you to work. I need you to go out there every day and get the support of your friends and neighbors because times are tough in America, and as you know we need reform in Washington and Wall Street.

And I'm happy to be introduced by Governor Sarah Palin, but I'm going to be happier -- (cheers) -- but I'm going to be happier and I can't wait 'til I introduce her to Washington, D.C. (Cheers, applause.) And let me offer a little advance warning to the big- spending, greedy, do-nothing, me-first, country-second crowd in Washington and on Wall Street: change is coming. Change is coming -- (cheers, applause) -- and frankly, you're not going to like it.

I'd like to give you a little straight talk, a couple of minutes of straight talk. We need reform in Washington and Wall Street. The financial markets are in crisis. Times are tough. Enormous strain is being put on American families and individuals in this country. I know that the events unfolding can be difficult to understand for many Americans. The dominos that we have seen fall this week began with the corruption and manipulation of our home loan system. The reason this crisis started was the abuses that took place within our home loan agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and -- and within our home loan system.

Two years ago I warned this administration and Congress that regulations for our home loan agencies that you know of and barely heard of, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, needed to be fixed. But I'm sorry to stand before you and tell you that nothing was done.

You know, Senator Obama talks a tough game on the financial markets, but the facts tell a very different story. He took more money from Fannie and Freddie than any senator except the Democratic chairman of the committee that regulates them. (Boos.) He put -- he put the chief executive officer of Fannie Mae -- excuse me, of -- yes, of Fannie Mae, who helped create this disaster -- he put that Democratic -- of the -- in charge of the selection process for who he was going to select for vice president of the United States. (Boos.) You know what, former -- Fannie's former general counsel is a senior advisor to his campaign. Whose side do you think he's on?

When I pushed legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Senator Obama was silent. He didn't lift a finger to avert this crisis. While the leaders of Fannie and Freddie were lining the pockets of his campaign, and they were sowing the seeds of the financial crisis we see today, and they also enriched themselves with millions of dollars in payments, that's not change; that's what's broken in Washington today, my friends. (Cheers, applause.)

My friends, I've got to give you a little more straight talk. There was no transparency in the books of the Wall Street banks. Banks and brokers took on huge amounts of debt and they hid the riskiest of all investments. Mismanagement and greed became the operating standard, while regulators were asleep at the switch. The regulators were asleep, my friends; they were not working for you.

The primary regulator of Wall Street is the Securities and Exchange Commission -- we call the SEC -- kept in place trading rules that let speculators and hedge funds turn our markets into a casino. They allowed naked short selling, which simply means you can sell stock without ever owning it. They eliminated last year an important rule called the uptick rule, that has protected investors for 70 years. Speculators pounded the shares of even good companies into the ground.

The chairman of the SEC serves at the appointment of the president, and in my view has betrayed the public trust. If I were president today, I would fire him. (Cheers, applause.)

We can't wait any longer for more failures in our financial system. Structures like the Resolution Trust Corporation that dealt with the failed savings and loan industry were designed to clean up the system and worked. Today we need a plan that doesn't wait until the system fails.

I'm calling for the creation of the Mortgage and Financial Institutions Trust, the MFI. The priorities of this trust will be to work with the private sector and regulators to identify institutions that are weak and take remedies to strengthen them before they become insolvent. For troubled institutions, this will provide an orderly process through which to identify bad loans and eventually sell them.

This will get the Treasury and other financial regulatory authorities in a proactive position instead of reacting in a crisis mode to one situation after the other. The MFI will enhance investor and market confidence, benefit sound financial institutions, assist troubled institutions, and protect our financial system, while minimizing taxpayer exposure. Tomorrow I'll be talking in greater detail about the crisis facing our markets, and what I'll do as president to fix this crisis and get our economy moving again. We have to do it for you and for America. (Cheers, applause.)

Senator Obama has never made the kind tough reform we need today. His idea of reform is what his party leaders in Congress order him to do. You know, we tried for bipartisan ethics reform, and he walked away from it because his bosses didn't want real change. I know how to make the change that Senator Obama and this Congress is afraid of. And I've fought both parties -- I've fought both parties to shake up up Washington, and I'm going to do it as president. (Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! John McCain!

SEN. MCCAIN: You know, my friends, those same congressional leaders who give Senator Obama his marching orders are now saying, incredibly, that this mess isn't their fault and they aren't going to take any action on this crisis until after the election. (Boos.) Senator Obama's own advisers are saying that the crisis will benefit him politically. My friends, that's the kind of me-first, country- second politics that are broken in Washington. (Cheers, applause.) My opponent sees an -- my opponent sees an economic crisis as a political opportunity instead of a time to lead. Senator Obama isn't change, he's part of the problem with Washington. (Cheers, applause.)

When AIG was bailed out, I didn't like it, but I understood it needed to be done to protect hardworking Americans with insurance policies and annuities. Senator Obama didn't take a position. On the biggest issue of the day, he didn't know what to think. He may not realize it, but you don't get to vote present as president of the United States. (Cheers, applause.)

While Senator Obama and congressional leaders don't know what to think about the current crisis, we know what their plans are for the economy. Today, Senator Obama's running mate said that raising taxes is patriotic. (Boos.) Raising taxes in a tough economy isn't patriotic. It's not a badge of honor. It's just plain dumb. (Laughter, cheers, applause.) Billions in tax increases that Senator Obama is proposing would kill even more jobs during tough economic times. I'm not going to let that happen. (Cheers, applause.)

I've seen tough times before and I know how to shake up Wall Street and Washington, and I'll get this economy moving. I'll lead through this crisis by fighting for you. (Cheers, applause.) And when I am president, we'll be stronger than ever before.

And if anybody has concerns about America and the strength of America, come to the state of Iowa. Meet the hardworking, dedicated, wonderful people and families who reside in the great state of Iowa. (Cheers, applause.) And you -- some people have said that I inspire them; you inspire me, my friends -- (cheers) -- because right now -- right now you are hurting, and it's not your fault. It started at the top, and it started in Washington and it started on Wall Street. And we're going to fix it because we owe that to you and the future of America.

And I want to be president because I want to inspire a generation of Americans to serve a cause greater than their self-interest. I've had the great honor -- (cheers, applause) -- I've had the great honor and privilege of serving this country for a long time. And we may disagree on a specific issue, my friends, and that's honest. But I want to tell you again that I will always put my country first.

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John!

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) USA! USA! USA! USA!

SEN. MCCAIN: Please, please.

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want John! We want John! We want John!

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) USA! USA! USA!

SEN. MCCAIN: See --

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want John! We want John! We want John!

SEN. MCCAIN: See, my friends --

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) We want John! We want John! We want John! We want John!

SEN. MCCAIN: It's all right.

You know, you see, my friends -- (cheers) -- listen, my friends, you know -- (cheers, chuckles) -- you know, the one thing -- (cheers, applause) --

AUDIENCE: (Chanting.) USA! USA! USA! USA!

SEN. MCCAIN: Thank you, thank you.

You know what, my friends? The one thing that Americans want us to do is to stop yelling at each other, don't they? (Cheers, applause.)

You know, I've had hundreds of town hall meetings. In fact, Sarah and I had a great one last night, and we'll continue to have town hall meetings all over this nation. And I invite them to come. Come to the town hall meetings. But you know what? You know who has refused to go to a single town hall meeting with me anyplace in America?

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Obama! (Jeers.)

SEN. MCCAIN: People talk a lot about the tenor of this campaign. I have asked Senator Obama to come anywhere, anytime, anyplace, and we'll do town hall meetings together. (Cheers, applause.) Why -- why is it -- why is it, do you think, that Senator Obama wouldn't come here and stand on a stage with me and -- and stand before the people of Iowa and America and respond to your hopes and dreams and aspirations? Urge him to. Urge him to. And the next time one of those people start yelling, tell them to yell at him to come and stand together. (Cheers, applause.) I'll be glad to. (Cheers, applause.) I'll look forward to it.

So, my friends, look, we got tough times, but we're the greatest nation on Earth. (Cheers, applause.) I love this country, I love you. Get out to vote. (Cheers, applause.)

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.)

END.

6 Comments

Now Obama is being uncovered. Thank you Sen McCain.

"accuses Barack Obama in harsh terms on Thursday of not doing much to avoid the economic meltdown"

Wow, yeah I had forgotten that Barack Obama has been President for the last eight years, of course, how silly of me, it's all his fault.

It's the fundamentals, stupid

It's unfortunate that the lies of McCain and Palin this morning weren't bulleted at the end of this article. Some people believe anything, even if it's obviously, patently false.

Gov. Palin needs to shut her ignorant trap. While the McCain camp is exploiting her gender for political gain. She thinks she understands russia cuz Alaska and Russia are I quote "next door neighbors". And makes these bold claims about change in washington...she does not event understand the bush doctrine, as publicly demonstrated via her interview in ABC...and now sudddenly she is an expert on the economy?

Governor Palin...you are the VERY ANTITHESIS of Senator Clinton. Do not try to align yourself with her. You do not even come close.

All this big talk has got to be backed up with some solid new ideas. The big talk is coming from you Palin...have you even read Obama's plans, you soundbite reciting embarrassment to American women?

WHEN YOU UNCOVER OBAMA YOU STILL SEE GREATNESS,
I DON'T WANT TO SEE MCCAIN COVERED OR UNCOVERED,
A LEOPARD DOESN'T CHANGE ITS SPOTS!
MCCAIN IS A GUY REACHING FOR THE DOOR KNOB IN THE
DARK, AT LEAST HE HAS 7 DOOR KNOBS!
MCCAIN AND KARL ROVE ARE OUT OF PLAYS IN THEIR
LITTLE PLAYBOOK, AND FRIDAY WILL EXPOSE THEM FOR
WHAT THEY ARE- LOSERS, LOSERS, LOSERS!
OBAMA AND BIDEN A TEAM WITH HEART FOR AMERICA!

I knew you wouldn't post my conservative comments. You liberals are all the same. On its own, Liberalism doesn't stand a chance in this country, and you know it. That's why you feel the need to filter out comments you disagree with.

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