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John McCain to change course again

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October 13, 2008

John McCain's faltering campaign is forced to change course again

Tom Baldwin, Washington

John McCain is signalling another abrupt change of course for the final three weeks of the campaign since his haphazard response to the financial crisis and faltering attacks on Barack Obama's character have given the Republican the appearance of being desperate, in disarray, or even dangerous.

Yesterday he was locked in talks with economic advisers trying to come up with a coherent package of proposals for stabilising markets to present in this week's final debate against his Democratic rival.

Last week's campaign effort — largely led by his running mate Sarah Palin — to switch focus away from the economy by highlighting Mr Obama's Chicago links with Bill Ayers, a former domestic terrorist, is seen as having backfired with independent voters.

Video clips show crowds at McCain-Palin rallies taking up the theme to scream “treason!” or “terrorist!” at the mention of Mr Obama's name, or still more sinisterly, “kill him!” and “off with his head!”. Mr McCain has been forced to appeal for calm, rebuking a man who said he was afraid of raising his child under Mr Obama. The Republican nominee said to boos from a crowd on Friday: “I have to tell you he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president.” He snatched the microphone later from a woman who suggested Mr Obama was an Arab.

On Saturday the civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis likened the atmosphere at Republican rallies to those of George Wallace, the segregationist former presidential candidate, saying: “Senator McCain and Governor Palin are sowing the seeds of hatred and division.” Mr McCain responded by expressing sadness that “a man I've always admired would make such a brazen and baseless attack”.

At a weekend event in Iowa, Mr McCain's campaign swiftly repudiated a pastor who introduced him with the claim that millions of foreigners were praying to “Hindu, Buddha, Allah — that his opponent wins”.

Many Republicans now openly acknowledge that his campaign has been adrift in recent weeks, ill-suited to deal with the economic storms or carry the increasingly heavy baggage of Mrs Palin. An inquiry on Friday concluded that she had abused her powers as Alaska Governor by trying to orchestrate the sacking of a state trooper who was her former brother-in-law.

Some suggest the problems began when — under pressure from conservatives — he picked her as vice-presidential nominee ahead of Joe Lieberman, an independent Democratic senator who would have reinforced Mr McCain's claim that his rival was too inexperienced for the White House.

Full story, source: The Times

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I am thinking that he should just go for the three ring circus effect.

He cant win by dealing with the economy...or politics in general...and mud slinging seems to have back fired, so I think perhaps a new tactic...

Townhalls with Mccain as a lion tamer...he can stick his head in the lions mouth after getting it to do a few tricks...He could name the cat Maverick...

Palin could walk a tightrope above the crowd and avoid questions altogether...

Maybe spinning plates...an elephant to crush people...

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If he is such a great leader, why did the bailout have so many earmarks attached to it after the first vote?

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