Posts Tagged ‘Biden’

Alice Pate and Josh McKoon on McCain’s Choice for VP

August 30, 2008

 Alice Pate, chair of the Muscogee County Democratic Party:

 There were no surprises in Sen. McCain’s pick for VP. Gov. Palin is a radical right wing candidate. She was energy adviser for Sen. McCain and she supports drilling in Alaska — a policy which will not solve our energy crisis.

 She opposes a woman’s right to choose and if she were to become president would nominate extremists who would overturn Roe vs. Wade.

She is a card carrying life long member of the National Rifle Association an organization which opposes limits to automatic weapons which endanger the lives of law enforcement officials and threaten the safety of all citizens.

Her selection is designed to attract the extreme right to support this ticket. With no experience in Washington, if McCain were elected, we would have a woman who is just a heart beat away from the presidency serving as vice president.

 She will not attract independents, moderates and progressives to the party. Gov. Palin is the traditional candidate. We want a ticket which offers a better future not just for our daughters and granddaughters but for our sons and grandsons and for all Americans. As Sen. Barack Obama stated in his historic acceptance speech from Denver, “This election is not about me – it’s about you.” The Promise of America will not be realized by the McCain-Palin ticket. Gov. Palin is the not the right woman. Obama-Biden is the ticket of change.

John McKoon, chair of Muscogee County Republican Party

  What a great day for America!  Gov. Palin is a tough executive who has demonstrated during her time in office that she is ready to be President. She has brought Republicans and Democrats together within her administration and has seen approval ratings of over 80 percent.
 
·         She has challenged the influence of the big oil companies while fighting for the development of new energy resources.
 
·         She leads a state that matters to every one of us. Alaska has significant energy resources and she has been a leader in the fight to make America energy independent.
 
·         She has actually used her veto and cut budgetary spending.  And she put a stop to the bridge to nowhere that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.
 
·         In Alaska, she challenged a corrupt system and passed a landmark ethics reform bill.
 
·         As the head of Alaska’s National Guard and as the mother of a soldier herself, Gov. Palin understands what it takes to lead our nation and she understands the importance of supporting our troops.
 
Her experience in shaking up the status quo is exactly what is needed in Washington.
 
In choosing Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain put Washington on notice that he is serious about shaking up the status quo.
 
What we’re seeing is a maverick who has shaken up Washington picking as his teammate a maverick governor who has shaken up her own state.
 
What it’s going to take to change Washington is a team of Mavericks who have a record of accomplishment in shaking up the status quo.

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Muscogee Dems Hold Sendoff for National Convention Delegates

August 23, 2008

  Barack Obama’s famous chant, “yes we can…yes we can,” rang out as some Muscogee County Democrats cheered three local delegates that are going to the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The local Democrats gathered at campaign headquarters in Midtown Shopping Center for a sendoff for three Columbus area delegates to the National Democratic Convention that opens in Denver Monday. State Rep. Calvin Smyre, U.S. 2nd District Representative Sanford Bishop and Columbus Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Creighton Bishop, who is married to Rep. Bishop head for Denver this weekend.

State Rep. Calvin Smyre, Muscogee Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Creighton Bishop, GA 2nd Congressional District Rep. Sanford Bishop at Muscogee County Democratic Party / Obama Cmapaign Headquarters in Columbus, GA
State Rep. Calvin Smyre, Muscogee Municipal Court Clerk Vivian Creighton Bishop, GA 2nd Congressional District Rep. Sanford Bishop at Muscogee County Democratic Party / Obama Cmapaign Headquarters in Columbus, GA 
                                                  "Yes we can!"

  Bishop, though unpledged because he is an elected official, had said he would vote for Sen. Obama, and Vivian Creighton Bishop is a pledged delegate for Sen. Hillary Clinton. Rep. Calvin Smyre had stated that he was supporting Sen. Clinton, also. The question I asked them was,  “Who will you vote for on the first ballot?” That’s easy for Rep. Bishop because he has already said he will vote for Obama. Vivian Creighton Bishop says she will probably vote for Sen. Clinton on the first ballot, but will switch to Obama after that. She says she probably should do that because she is a pledged delegate, and because Georgia law says pldged delgates have to vote for the candidate to which they are pledged, but Rep. Smyre said he will vote for Senator Obama on the first ballot. He said, “It’s time for us to come together.”

  Guess we’ll have to watch the balloting to see what happens.

  As far as Obama’s picking Sen. Joe Biden as his V.P. running mate, all three agreed it was a good choice.