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McCain calling Obama a socialist? Make that "communistic tendencies"

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.-- John McCain has been calling Barack Obama a socialist, and Obama is calling his bluff in a new riff in his stump speech in which he ups the ante by cracking a joke about his "communistic tendencies."

He's methodically putting out the fires -- dousing flames as fast as John McCain can set them -- counting the days until Tuesday, while behind the scenes, a semi-cloistered group of lower-profile Obama aides is working on his transition and first wave of appointments.

As time is running out for a turnaround by McCain and Sarah Palin -- remember early voting is taking place in much of the nation. They are pushing the idea that Obama's tax plans amount to redistributing wealth.


Rather than argue whether he is Robin Hood in a suit, Obama tries to make them look silly.

"John McCain and Sarah Palin, they call this socialistic," Obama said at a rally at the Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla.

" . . . You know, the next thing I know, they're going to, you know, find evidence of my communistic tendencies because I shared my toys when I was in kindergarten, because I split my peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my friend in sixth grade."

Team Obama sprinted from Virginia to Florida to Missouri for blockbuster rallies, focusing on red states on the verge of turning blue.

Al and Tipper Gore hit Florida today on Obama's behalf in a sort of revenge tour to make up for the hanging chads and botched butterfly ballots that denied Vice President Gore the White House in 2000.

The biggest worry -- as adviser Robert Gibbs explained to me Thursday -- is the unexpected, which, of course, is hard to plan for.

McCain is bringing back convicted felon Tony Rezko and his association with Obama in robo and conference calls. The Obama team is intent on whipping up a torrent of news, hoping to keep journalists busy with campaign wrap-ups going into the final weekend -- and away from topics like Rezko.

The October surprise came in September -- the meltdown of the U.S. economy. But the financial crisis became a specific defining moment for the Obama campaign, which opened up a lead and has stayed ahead almost from the time McCain said the fundamentals were strong.

The economic calamity touched almost everyone at once, no matter race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or class -- lending validity and urgency to Obama's all-in-this-boat-together post-ideology politics.

Said Obama: "We don't need a bigger government or a smaller government. We need a better government, a smarter government, a more competent government."


18 Comments

I think the attempted "October Surprise" was the Georgia war but it backfired. Badly. Poor Randy Scheunemann.

First of all, for any voters that are really being honest about associations, McCain has the same ones (Rasheedy, ACORN, Annenberg) and another list of very poor long-term associations...G. Gordon Liddy (un-repentent terrorist), Phil Graham (Corporate welfare activist), Hagee (Jew hater), Keating (Govt. defrauder).

For any major politician, there are several questionable characters amongs hundreds of "close" friends. Obama has had an 16 year public career.

Secondly, McCain is not defending democracy against socialism, he is creating facism. Enormous tax cuts go to rich people, while the rest are given a stern lecture by the party bosses about the benefits of hard work and the American dream, which, by the way, is mostly unattainable if you were born poor or cannot stay healthy.

There is a large, and growing, "second-world country" inside the United States that consists of unhealthy, damaged and disenfranchised people imprisoned by a lousy education, poor neighborhoods, little or no medical care or war injuries that are not compensated for properly.

A third-world society has also been created in the form of millions of illegals exploited as nannies, delivery workers,farm laborers and day workers. The serve as a backstop the American economy but have diminished rights and no representation.

The neo-cons have created soaring budget deficits with Corporate welfare, endless war and tax loop holes for CEOs, Wall Street hedge fund pirates and ambulance chasers. The windfalls get mostly reinvested in foreign shores building foreign economies at the expense of our own.

A firm swing back to the left would create a launch pad of Social justice from which all Americans could begin to participate in Capitalism again. Such a movement needs a new generation of leaders that are not wedded to idealogical positions on government's fiscal or milatary role. Every major initiative needs to shaped by the voices of 100M voters actively participating in our democracy.

As someone who considers himself politically leaning a little to the left I'm offended that McCain is saying being left makes you a socialist or being left gives you "communistic tendencies", which is alot like ensinuating I'm anti-American.

"I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the more fortunate among us at the expense of middle-class Americans who need tax relief." - John McCain, 2003, talking about Bush's taxs cuts for the wealthy. I guess he was Socialist then too.

So this means that instead of seriously addressing the issue of his "spreading the wealth around" comments and socialist tendencies, he's going to mock people who called him out on that in a "I know you are but what am I" play ground styled move?

The author of this piece is a disgrace to journalism. If a republican mocked the democrats in a similar manner, they'd be torn to shreds by the biased media.

I hope you get what you deserve, Lynn. Make sure you don't write anything negative about Obama the next 4 years or your newspaper can get shut out of press events and you'll be fired so they can regain access.

Neo-Marxism is coming: Obama style!

John McCain is great about criticizing Obama's plans but he did not once explain to the people the exact structure of his plan. Obama was very detailed, very honest and straightforward.

McCain may have changed his campaign tactics in the few last weeks to talk about economy but unf. it's still negative talking - instead of showing his plans, he is going and giving apphauling claims about Obama.

Increasing some taxes by 3%, taking it back to the old level, is called socialism?? Come one, people are not stupid and throughout this campaign, everything he did and all his tactics have shown that considers people to be stupid, all his shallow talking with no strong arguments to support them.

How does he plan to get out of a recession by cutting costs? I am really intrigued by that. You need to inject cash into an economy to re-establish confidence, increase people's purchasing power so that it can be fixed.

He does not explain anything - I don't understand how can anyone trust him. He's wasting his time fighting Obama, instead of proving his claims to the people.

John McCain has called Barack Obama a rock star, a celebrity, a socialist, a leftist, a terrorist sympathizer, "not an Arab" and "That One." On January 21st, he'll be calling him "Mr. President." "nuff said. Obama/Biden 08

Obama's latest comments are a true exercise in cynicism. He's counting on his audience not understanding what "communistic tendencies" actually are.

A communist does not share his peanut-butter and jelly sandwich... but he makes sure that others do! A communist does not share his toys with others... he makes sure that everyone has the same crappy toys and sees to it that decadent capitalist toys are confiscated.

If you want to see what "communistic tendencies" are, just look at the charitable donations both Democratic Party candidates have filed over the last few years... It seems that "patriotism" means being generous with other people's money. (A communist is happy to "spread the wealth" as long as its not his own!)

why i wonder is obama a socialist for wanting to give tax breaks to the middle class.distrubution of money thru tax breaks.mccain wants to give tax breaks to the rich..When the middle class get breaks its called welfare or socialism.But when the richest get the same it seems to be ok.Mcain says he will help me the middle class by giving more to the upper class.supposedly the oil companys and big buisness need more money.So they can in turn create more jobs.Well considering the amont of money they can afford to give out in corporate bonuses each year .And the money they save by sending work out of this there own country.I think they can well afford to pay more taxes.Its been a long time since ive seen any money trickle down.And every one is well aware you put more money in the pockets of middle class .That money will stimulate the economy positively.

I'm sorry, what is it John McCain is going to do for the country if elected? I cant seem to pint it down, he spends so much time with the negative critisisms based on fiction.

Palin was the one who said Alaskan's "collectively" own the resources and "share the wealth." That sounds awfully communistic to me.

It would be funny except that McCain would continue the same policies that have doubled the national debt to 10 trillion, cut taxes for the ultra-wealthy, weakened our manufacturing base, and somehow hope that credit-card economics will trickle down to the rest of us.

But this is the same guy who makes an unlicensed plumber who lies about his income and his plans into his "role model" and promises to bring him to Washington.

alright, i think that the people who are calling obama a socialist are now just finding any reason to find the bad in this man. mccain will never be able to do the job, and think that it is time for change, and obama will be the only one that can be bring change. bush has already messed up our country, and with his bush tax laws they are just making our nation into more on an econmic crisis, so please do this country a favor and vote obama.

JOHN MCCAIN IS THE BERNIE EPTON OF POLITICS!
HAROLD WASHINGTON SMASHED EPTON!
OBAMA HAS SMASHED MARGINAL THINKING MCCAIN!

It's sad to see our country in a state of such utter confusion that a man like Obama has the chance of becoming president. Neither McCain nor Obama received my vote this year as neither deserved it. I can rag on both for every reason under the sun, it seems. However, the bigger issue here is that Americans no longer know what it means to be an American. Freedom means security to them, which is an oxymoron because the two words have opposite meanings.

Obama will likely become president and my hat's off to him for one of the best shows of "telling it like it is" and coming across as the savior of a people (who DO need saved). They just don't realize that they need to be saved from themselves. His "telling it like it is" is filled with words that make us feel good and it's all such straight talk that you think that you're getting the whole story. We are not. Are we even close?

Moral law has been replaced by do-not-offend policies. No one can understand why homosexuality is wrong. When you ask someone who believes that it is wrong, they'll tell you, "Because the Bible says so". But WHY!?!?!? Figure that out and you'll know what I'm speaking of here. Every group in this country feels the victim and doesn't feel in control of its own destiny and it is due to each one of us giving up our rights by voting in people and laws that have us reliquishing some right to gain another. We are ALL victims in one form or another. Who says that is a bad thing? Peace does not come from all of us getting what we want and NEVER comes from making things 'FAIR'. Just remember when Obama speaks of fairness, that the word fair is HIGHLY objective.

Please see through the guise of political chitter-chatter to the truth behind the words that are said because they are "what you want to hear". Find out what it means for civilizations to adopt the policies that we are adopting as we are FAR from being the first to adopt them.

"There are laws that enslave men and laws that set them free."

Not articulate,

~ Josh W

JOSH YOU SEEM TO HAVE SOME EDUCATION, TO BAD YOU
DIDN'T LEARN ANYTHING!
BARACK OBAMA SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED YOUR VOTE, EITHER YOU ARE A BIGOT OR YOU AREN'T A SAVY PERSON
IN POLITICS, GET OVER IT AND VOTE, PEOPLE DIED
SO YOU CAN VOTE, DON'T EVER FORGET THAT!

"Tuscaloosa Plumbers for Jesus" McCain Robo Calls...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIaIvgmqsSY

MISSOURI, COLORADO, GEORGIA, VIRGINIA, AND NORTH
CAROLINA ARE IN PLAY FOR BARACK OBAMA!
MCCAIN WON'T EVEN WIN HIS OWN STATE OF ARIZONA!
IT'S ELECTION DAY AND IT'S WASH DAY FOR MCCAIN,
AND THERE IS NO SOAP IN THE HOUSE!
STICK A FORK IN MCCAIN HE IS DONE!
ADIOS!
FAREWELL!
GOOD-BYE!
NEXT TIME RUN ON SOMETHING INSTEAD OF SPEWING
VENOM ALL OVER YOURSELF!
KARL ROVE GOT YOU IN BIG TROUBLE, AND SEAN HANNITY
TRIED TO HELP YOU BUT HE END UP HURTING YOUR
CAMPAIGN, AMERICA IS HURTING FINANCIALLLY, JOBS,
BANKS CLOSING, FOOD SHORTAGE, GAS PRICES CRAZY,
PEOPLE LOSING THEIR HOMES, AND MCCAIN HAD NO
PLAN TO HELP THEM, NEITHER DID HANNITY OR ROVE!
BARACK OBAMA HAS A PLAN!


Phill Smith... You are one of MANY people who take it upon themselves to Categorize others.

If you are against Obama in any way then you are a "bigot". Get over yourself!!!!!

This is a free country as you stated.. BUT you forget people died for our freedom to speak to vote to stand out!!! So let others SPEAK what they feel and stop Labeling them because you are to close minded to understand there choices.

It is disgusting, in my opinion, how people walk around denying the fact that they are voting for McCain because they are afraid to be called a bigot? If you are to ignorant, close minded and hypocritical to handle others decision then you my friend are a waste of space.

P.s. Wait wait before you assume you know… I voted Obama.

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