McCain and Cagle: Together again, for the first time

From the AJSizzle: 

Now that Ralph Reed is out of the picture, Georgia is open territory for Republican presidential hopeful John McCain, the Arizona senator.

We’re hearing that he’ll come to Atlanta on Oct. 9. We’re pretty sure it will be McCain’s first visit to the state since the Senate Indian Affairs Committee began looking into the doings of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff — and by extension, Reed.

McCain, of course, is chairman of that committee. The visit is a three-fer:

There’s a fund-raiser for Casey Cagle, the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, who used much of the material dug up by the McCain committee in his TV campaign against Reed.

McCain will also be a speaker at a luncheon for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. And U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson has roped McCain into some sort of golf tournament. We’re not clear on the details of that last event.

110 comments

  1. Romegaguy says:

    Interesting that the “star power” fundraising event will be for the Lt. Gov and not the top of the ticket…

    I heard Casey is comping Debbie a ticket

  2. Cobb County says:

    Why would a man like Casey Cagle, a self professed social conservative with Christian Conservative support have McCain do a fundraiser for him. Not to bring Ralph Reed back up, but he was criticized heavily for having Guiliani down here. I trust that those same people will be as openly critical of Cagle now. In addition to that, not the best move on Cagle’s part to try to win some support back from the many Reed supporters.

  3. Cobb County says:

    For the record I am also very disappointed with Senator Isakson as well. I have already e-mailed him (for what its worth) and voiced my opinion.

  4. Cobb County says:

    I am disappointed with Senator Isakson because he was a leader for securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration (The Isakson Amendment, I believe SB 3961). McCain did not vote on that bill. McCain has been so soft on illegal immigration. Remember when he got into an argument with a reporter saying that Americans wont do the work immigrants will. A man that puts Americans down by calling them lazy is not A man that deserves to be President and Senator Isakson should not help him.

  5. Cobb County says:

    Senator Isakson’s approach to securing our borders, I view I happen to believe in is not consistent with the Kennedy-McCain approach.

  6. The Busdriver says:

    I think it’s great that McCain is coming here. Republicans could learn something about eliminating earmarks and farm welfare from the Senator. He may not be to the right of Dr. Dobson on social issues, but that doesn’t bother me because the future of our economy and our free market place won’t collapse under the threat of gay marriage and Abercrombie and Fitch catalogs.

  7. Cobb County says:

    I understand i am probably overreacting a bit, nonetheless, I think that immigration reform is one of the biggest issues of the day. An issue, by the way, that has not been resolved. I just don’t think that a man leading the charge for securing our borders should be helping a man who opposes stopping illegal immigration. Lets be honest, McCain is coming to Georgia because he is running for President.

  8. Cobb County says:

    I agree, in fact, I was watching Chris Matthews the other night (what was I thinking!) and he was so excited about the possibility of a McCain vs. _______ insert Dem. Presidential match-up. Think about it, liberals win either way. You are exactly right Jeff, we MUST do better.

  9. Bull Moose says:

    McCain is a principled conservative in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan and will serve our country well in the White House. I’m glad to see him getting behind Casey Cagle, another principled conservative.

    Glad to see he’s helping Johnny as well!

    Good people stick together.

  10. The Busdriver says:

    Prescription drug benefit. Food stamps. Government services from cradle to grave. Perhaps it’s the government’s fault, but we are completely conditioned to count on someone else to solve whatever problems may befall us.

    I remember a classic Simpsons episode from years ago, in which Homer runs for Sanitation Commissioner (nice U2 cameo in the same ep). Homer’s campaign slogan was, “Can’t someone else do it?” I think that’s an interesting case of art imitating life.

  11. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Bull Moose, I have to respectfully disagree with your first statement. IMHO, the McCain-Feingold Act and McCain-Kennedy immigration bill are proof positive that he is not a principled conservative.

    I agree with you on Cagle and Isakson — good men, good conservatives.

  12. BB says:

    CC, I am definitely not a McCain supporter for president, but he is unabashedly a social conservative, anti gun control. And where did he ever “oppose stopping illegal immigration”? I know his position is much more pragmatic than the unrealistic House bill, but to my knowledge he has never said “open the borders, let ’em all in.” In fact, here is a quote from McCain’s press release after passage of the Senate bill, “Yes, in this post 9/11 era, America must enforce its borders. There are people who wish to come here to do us harm, and we must vigilantly guard against them, spend whatever it takes, devote as much manpower to the task as necessary.”

  13. Jeff Emanuel says:

    unfortunately, BB, those words do not match his actions. His plan, much like Mike Pence’s, requires illegals who have been here for years to “self-deport” and request re-entry, followed by paying a very small fine (in two increments), and then being able to apply for citizenship.

    I believe that any plan which begins by asking people to leave voluntarily (and abandon their families, their jobs, etc.), but which does not include effective consequences if they do not do so, is inherently unworkable.

  14. BB says:

    Jeff,

    I agree with you. There is no need for new legislation, just use current law to secure the borders now. Then work on a plan to address the 20M+ who have already become an integral part of the workforce. “Self deportation” would be about as successful as self registration for released sexual predators as was the case in GA until this year.

  15. duluthmom says:

    Two quick questions:

    CC- please explain the following: “Think about it, liberals win either way.”

    McCain’s a moderate at best, not a liberal. And if you call working with Dems being a liberal, FTR, bi-partisan support isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Would you rather we revert to the days of government shutdowns due to partisan show downs, like in 1995 and 1996?

    If there is a swing in power to Dems in this election (and it could happen) the only hope for the GOP is to elect someone who can build bi-partisan support to attract the growing number of Moderates and Independents. Finding someone ultra right whose biggest contribution is a Marriage Covenant isn’t going to cut it when the country is clearly stating they want a more centrist approach to government.

    And Jeff-(this is asked as a true question, not a challenge)
    While I certainly understand your concerns over the McCain-Kennedy legislation as not being conservative enough, what makes the McCain-Feingold Act so anti-conservative?

  16. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Duluthmom, two answers, one to a statement, one to a question.

    And if you call working with Dems being a liberal, FTR, bi-partisan support isn’t necessarily a bad thing

    Unfortunately, to the vocal minority in Washington, “bi-partisan” has one meaning: “agreeing wholeheartedly with the Democrats.”

    what makes the McCain-Feingold Act so anti-conservative?

    The problem with McCain-Feingold is that it attacks the heart of free speech — protected, as we all know, by the first amendment — by restricting speech where it is perhaps most basic and important: in the politcal realm.  As radio host Neal Boortz says, “this is where Americans left and right express their views, their concerns and their preferences on matters that will affect their lives and the lives of their children years into the future.”

    Political contributions and ads, which are restricted in both timing and amount, are the expressions of the political thoughts and attitudes of an individual American, or a group of Americans. Federal laws which prevent Americans from voicing their views on political issues, or any other issues, are infringements upon the first amendment to our Constitution. President Bush — before signing this Act into law — expressed similar concerns regarding the consitutionality of the bill, and I, like many others, thought that he was merely signing it in an attempt at overt bipartisanship, and that he fully expected — as we did — that it would be overturned by the Supreme Court. As we all know, the Supreme Court, having the Leftist bent that it did (and does), declined to do so. Conservatives believe in strict interpretation of the Constitution, and do not believe in infringing the rights which are actually in the document; thus, McCain-Feingold is not a conservative piece of legislation.

    I hope that this helps; I didn’t mean to ramble. 🙂

  17. Jeff Emanuel says:

    ***First sentence, last paragraph, should have read: “Political contributions and ads, which are restricted in both timing and amount by McCain-Feingold, are the expressions …..”

  18. Cobb County says:

    What I meant by that is many Dem’s and liberals would definitely prefer to have a Dem President, however, if they cannot, they would most likely hand pick John McCain and be content either way. McCain may not support Gun Control (one up on Guiliani) but simply put, the man is not a conservative. Another reason why I could never support McCain is that I would not trust him to place conservative judges on the bench.

    Oh and you can thank McCain-Feingold for all of the 527 adds during the last election.

  19. Cobb County says:

    sorry, to simplify my explanation I will just say that if lets say John Kerry was the Dem nominee for President and his opponent was John McCain. If Kerry won great for them, but if McCain won many Dems would be content because he is not a conservative, and he will not present a conservative agenda.

  20. Cobb County says:

    BB, I have to respectfully disagree with you. If you are a Senator focused on securing the border and stopping illegal immigration you would support the Isakson Amendment. McCain did not.

  21. Brian from Ellijay says:

    Blazer, now you know I am a conservative. Plus, only Southern Governors can win the Presidency.

  22. debbie0040 says:

    I am not suprised that McCain and Cagle are becoming chummy. Birds of a feather flock together.

    I prefer George Allen but it looks like it will be foot race between McCain and Guiliani. There is no question that I would support Rudy.

    McCain is completly unacceptible.

    Bullmoose, don’t insult Reagan’s memory by comparing him to McCain. McCain is not Reagan by a long shot.

    McCain was one of the sponsors of the Senate Immgration Bill that Isakson and Chambliss fought. McCain is the pro illegal immigration Presidential Candidate.

    If he is nominated in 2008, the GOP will lose the Whitehouse.

  23. debbie0040 says:

    Romega, you will not see me at a Cagle event under any circumstances. I said I would vote for him and urge others to support the GOP ticket but that is it as far as Cagle is concerned. If I were not a GOP activist, Cagle would not get my vote.

  24. Demonbeck says:

    Debbie,

    McCain is more conservative than Rudy by at least a mile, maybe a mile and a half.

  25. debbie0040 says:

    McCain is pro illegal immigration. Rudy is not. I like Rudy’s leadership abilities and Rudy is stable in his beliefs. He does try to get along as McCain does. Rudy will stand his ground McCain will not.

    And then there is McCain-Feingold….. McCain tries to appease liberals and likes to be the darling of the press.

    McCain is unacceptible. The latest gallup poll found McCain unacceptible to 41% of GOP voters. Rudy had a 74% approval rating.

  26. BB says:

    CC,

    I am certainly not going to defend McCain, he has done much harm to the GOP cause with his “gang of 14” and butt boy Lindsey Graham. He should have stepped up and supported Isakson.

    Debbie, for clarity sakes, is that the same poll that had Ralph ahead by 15% as y’all were planning the victory party and road to the White House?

  27. Demonbeck says:

    Don’t forget Abortions Debbie, Rudy believes in those as well…oh and gay marriage too.

  28. debbie0040 says:

    BB, no it was a Gallup poll dealing with 2008 Presidential Primaries.

    Drudge Report carried it and you could read it in it’s entirity when it was first released.

    http://poll.gallup.com/content/default.aspx?ci=23764&pg=1

    Most Democrats would find John Edwards, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Al Gore — and, to a lesser extent — John Kerry to be acceptable presidential nominees for their party in 2008. Roughly 7 in 10 Republicans rate Rudy Giuliani and Secretary of State Condoleezza as acceptable 2008 presidential nominees. While a majority of Republicans view John McCain as acceptable, a substantial proportion (41%) does not.

    Rudy believes it is up to the states in matters such as abortion and gay marriage.

    McCain will not be able to run away from the Senate Ilegal Immigration Bill. McCain is way too flaky and he is arrogant and egotistical. He will implode on the campaign trail. He has uncontrollable temper.

  29. Demonbeck says:

    Debbie,

    You won’t mind if I take your predictions with a grain of salt I hope. Your prediction track record’s not so good from what I hear.

  30. techtrack says:

    actually debbie’s track record isn’t that bad. she picked reed, handel and black. i think 2/3 is a pretty good record.

  31. BB says:

    First it is way too early to take any poll seriously regarding ’08 presidential campaign. With that said, it will be interesting to see how much influence Newt has on defining the message for the GOP whether or not he is chosen as the candidate. He is the only one offering real ideas for reform as opposed to the same old rhetoric that GOPers have failed to deliver after 12 years of control.

    McCain blew it long before immigration with the anti 1st Amendment campaign bill, gang of 14 stopping conservative judges, etc. He would be better off running with Joe Lieberman as independents.

  32. debbie0040 says:

    No it is not. The polls were wrong on the Lt.Governor’s race. But then again they were gauging GOP voters not Democrats crossing over.

    I also predicted that Handel, Black and Eaton would win .

    You don’t have to take my word on McCain. I remember a incident when a reporter asked McCain questions and McCain lost his cool. McCain’s temper is legendary.

  33. MorganCoGOP says:

    “The polls were wrong on the Lt.Governor’s race. But then again they were gauging GOP voters not Democrats crossing over.”

    Debbie, let it go. Dem crossover votes did not account for 12 POINTS. No way in hell.

  34. debbie0040 says:

    BB, I like Newt as well. I would prefer either Newt or Allen but the indications are it will be a foot race between McCain and Giuliani. Things could change before 2008.

    I just find McCain unacceptible.

  35. JasonW says:

    Even though I don’t like McCain, I can still defend him a little. BB, I actually supported the Gang of 14. You know, theres been a lot of talk of what Bipartisanship is on this thread, The Gang of 14 is that. And did they kowtow to the Democrats? I think not. Two of the most Conservative Jurists in the country were put on the bench, and guess what? They are still there. We could have fought this out, used the nuclear option, etc., etc., but what would that accomplish? Sure, they’d become the Judges that President Bush wanted them to become, but it would forever cripple the Republicans Judicial Nominee’s and if a Democrat became president and they took control of the Senate, the precedent would be set for using the nuclear option, and the democrats, too, would get whatever Judge they pleased as a Jurist. The Extreme Circumstances agreement that the Gang of 14 agreed to, also puts limits on the objections they can place on a Possible Supreme Court nominee of Janice Rogers Brown or Priscilla Owens. The Gang of 14 has already agreed that there are no Extreme Circumstances for those judges. The Gang of 14 is perhaps one of the most brilliant things that John McCain has done to bring to strengthen the Republican Party. Don’t get me wrong, i’m not a moderate, i’m a Conservative Republican, but I also understand that if we want to become the political superpower that we once were, were gonna have to change some things. And I also respect the place of Moderates in teh Republican party, and realize that they are what make us more of the People’s Party, then the Democratic Party does.

  36. Riley says:

    McCain and Cagle 08…no no no and not Huckabee either, he can loose the weight but hes still can’t cut it. I suggest George Allen 08

  37. JasonW says:

    IMO, George Allen has lost alot of credibility in his quest for the Republican nomination for President. He is an anti-fair tax, George W. Bush clone. That is not going to win you a GOP nomination, especially when the GOP is trying to move away from the George Bush image. We once saw a major push for Allen at Conservative Events, and the Polls had Allen with huge leads. All of that has dwindled, and Sen. Allen is near the bottom of the recent polls. The end is in sight for Sen. Allen in his presidential journey.

  38. Broty says:

    JasonW,

    I tend to agree with your assessment. I’m not excited about Allen at all. I think he’d be pegged as George W Bush v. 2.0. As much as we all may like the President, I think the party will need to present something different in 2008 that will project the next era for the US.

    Agree with it or not, the electorate will be ready for something different in two years. They’ll be weary from Iraq and the GWOT and tired of the general dynamics in DC.

    The public is poised for change – the Republican party needs to be ready to present a reasonable choice.

  39. Cobb County says:

    I decided not to simply voice me concern with McCain coming to town on this website. I also sent Senator Isakson an e-mail. One of his staffers wrote me back and “informed” me that John McCain has always voted Pro-Life and has publicly stated that Roe should be overturned. Both of his comments are incorrect however. Here is an interesting link to the National Right to Life press release on McCain’s position, or should I say positions on Roe.

    http://www.nrlc.org/news/1999/NRL999/mccain.html

    to summarize he says the following

    “I’d love to see a point where it [Roe v. Wade] is irrelevant, and could be repealed because abortion is no longer necessary. But certainly in the short term, or even the long term, I would not support repeal of Roe vs. Wade, which would then force X number of women in America to (undergo) illegal and dangerous operations.”

    I could be wrong but this does not seem like a strong supporter of the Right to Life.

  40. debbie0040 says:

    I will agree that the electorate will be looking for a change from Bush. That is of course unless something drastic occurs with W’s popularity.

    I do prefer Allen and Gingrich but really think Rudy can beat anyone the Democrats nominate. He is not as conservative as I would like, but he would be better than having Hillary Clinton, Al Bore or Scary Kerry as President. Rudy would look conservative compared to what the Democrats will have so there will be a big philosophical and leadership difference between the GOP nominee and the Dem nominee.

    My parents are right wing christian conservatives and they like Rudy because they think he can beat the Democrats and they like his personality and his leadership . My Dad thinks Falwell is off his rocker for having McCain speak. So Rudy would appeal to conservatives.

  41. Bill Simon says:

    As a side note, I don’t support the Fair Tax either. Why? Because it is a utopian fantasy that our government bureacracy could implement it.

  42. JasonW says:

    My issue with Guliani is that I wonder if he’s experienced enough to move from a Mayor (albeit of the biggest city in America) to President. That being said, I kind of like Guliani, but more for VP candidate then a Presidential Candidate.

  43. Cobb County says:

    Falwell having McCain to speak was all about the A la carte telelvision bill. Christian television channels opposed the bill because it would limit the number of homes they could reach. Believe me, it was not about McCain running for President. It is safe to say that Falwell will not be supporting McCain

  44. debbie0040 says:

    Thanks for the info. Like I said I prefer either Allen or Gingrich but it looks like that are not in the top tier.

    Cobb County, who would you support if your choice was either McCain or Giuliani?

  45. HSC Republican says:

    Debbie,
    Falwell has said he could never support Rudy for President. Rudy also has a ton of skeltons in his closet that would come out in a run. On top he supports gay rights, abortions, and is probally the most liberal person in the party right now. I would be surprised if he even actually ran after what happened to his buddy for Sec of Homeland Security Kerick (sp?)

  46. HSC Republican says:

    I like Mitt but am not sure if Americans will vote for a Mormon….what do yall think?

  47. debbie0040 says:

    Rudy does not support gay marriage. He supports domestic partnerships but not gay marriage. He made that clear.

  48. JasonW says:

    A brief response to Debbie, Newt (although I don’t believe he could ever win a General Election for President) has moved up signifcantly and is often polling 4th or 5th plae among the Republican Elite for the GOP nomination. Allen on the other hand is polling in around 8th or 10th.

  49. MorganCoGOP says:

    I would like to see Newt or Bill Frist get the GOP nomination, however I do not think they could get elected. I like Rudy, even if he is not as conservative as I am, might have the best shot at getting elected in ’08.

    The Dems are going to show well no matter who they put up. The GOP is going to have to nominate someone who is more moderate like Rudy, Pataki or Romney. Someone that could steal away traditional Dem states. I believe Rudy would win NY over Hillary, which might mean the election in ’08.

  50. Demonbeck says:

    “I like Mitt but am not sure if Americans will vote for a Mormon….what do yall think? ”

    Sure they will, a lot of people vote for morons, HSC.

  51. Bull Moose says:

    Finally, something interesting on here… It’s been a lull for a while…

    I think that Republicans need to embrace McCain and his record of conservatism for the Republican nomination in 2008.

    John McCain is a REAL conservative, not a finger in the wind type that some of you seem to fall for every couple of years.

    John McCain, point blank, can win in 2008 and that is what matters. I think a McCain/Sanford ticket isn’t out of the realm of possibilities given Mark Sanford’s early support of the man back in 2000 and continuing still in 2008. As well, the Governor of Utah has come out and endorsed McCain too.

  52. JasonW says:

    Pataki could never win. He’s not a moderate, he’s a liberal. Romney, I doubt could win because of him being a Mormon (although, i’d still vote for him), and Guliani is a good candidate, but it’s never holding state or federal office that could hurt him here. Unfortunately, the Republicans don’t have a powerful Moderate or Conservative that could currently appeal to the masses and then win in a General Election against an experienced politician such as Hillary Clinton.

  53. Cobb County says:

    Sorry Bull Moose, McCain is not a conservative. In fact, you are the only individual I have ever encountered that argues he is a conservative. Debbie, it would take alot of convincing for me to support Guiliani. I have many of the same problems with him as I do with McCain. The only way I would support Guiliani for Pres is if Bush got another Supreme Court nomination on the bench and many of the soical issues have been resolved (good luck with that). The other stipulation is if we are still in need of a strong leader in the War on Terror. I think Guiliani is tough as nails. For an example of that, look at how he took down the mob in NYC. He is also fairly well respected around the world.

  54. Cobb County says:

    To give McCain some credit though, he sould be a strong leader in the war on terror I believe.

  55. Jeff Emanuel says:

    I disagree. Among other things, he was one of the first to speak out for a “ban on torture,” which banned common-sense interrogation practices (which aren’t described by any sensible observer as “torture”), all for a chance to get some media love. The media love addiction really makes me queston whether he would put what is right above what gets him the latest adoring headlines and poll numbers.

  56. debbie0040 says:

    I think Bush will get another appointment on the SC. I think if Giuliani had an appointment he would not appoint a judicial activist since he believes matters should be left up to the states to decide . I think he would appoint an originalist. The bottom line is if they are an originalist, it won’t matter what their views on abortion or anything else are. They will believe it is up to the states to decide not the Federal Courts.

    Cobb County, are you saying you would rather have McCain than Giuliani? I would prefer either Allen or Newt but I think it looks now to be a footrace between McCain and Giuliani. I could not stomach supporting McCain.

    I think Rudy could win and that is one thing I am looking at. Why would any of us support someone we don’t think could win in November? Isn’t that defeating the purpose?

  57. Demonbeck says:

    John McCain knows personally the ravages of torture and can attest to exactly how affective it can be. Frankly, Jeff, I think he’s more of an expert on that subject than anyone here.

  58. Cobb County says:

    Debbie, for the record, I cannot support John McCain under any normal circumstances.

    Normal circumstance can expire if Hillary is the Democratic Nominee.

  59. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Exactly. That’s why his position on it — and what he classified as “torture,” having had up close and personal experience with REAL torture — was so surprising, and disappointing.

  60. Cobb County says:

    I have to say I agree with you there Jeff. I take my earlier statement back.

    Debbie, by the way, I really like Rudy, I think he is smart, effective and very tough. There are just some issues that I have with him at this point in time. If he was more conservative I would jump on the boat.

  61. Riley says:

    Frisk would be nice to see, but right now he can’t run the senate very well, which makes me think… if he can’t run that, he can’t run the country
    but regardless to that and other skeletons, a heart transplant surgeon who makes yearly trips to africa for that cause, and one who supports pro life, pro family, etc. is a good guy in my book.
    speaking of books-healing america: biography on frisk

  62. Cobb County says:

    Jeff you raise a good point with McCain and I think you can draw a contrast between Guiliani and McCain on this issue. I do not think you will ever find Guiliani accusing the US military of torturing the enemy. He seems like a man that would tirelessly fight for our military, not accuse them of violating the Geneva Convention.

  63. Cobb County says:

    I like Frist ok, he is great to watch late at night when you cannot go to sleep. Watching him speak is better than a Tylenol PM

  64. debbie0040 says:

    I agree Jeff. McCain should know what torture is. He just likes being the Republican darling of the media .

    Cobb, things may change and Newt or Allen would move up and have a good chance at being elected which would be great. My choices would be Allen, Gingrich, Giuliani. I just don’t think that Allen or Gingrich will be in the top tier unless things change. I think Allen could be elected in November, but I am not sure Newt could.

    The thing I like about Rudy is that I think he will defeat Hillary or whoever the Dem nominee would be.

    I am just saying presented with the choice of either Rudy or McCain, I would go with Rudy without hesitation.

    As for Frist, I would not support a Senator that voted for the Sell out our country Senate illegal immigration bill.

  65. MountainThinker says:

    If you don’t think we have a mainstream power-house conservative that can win moderates over than you haven’t been reading the columns I have about Mike Huckabee, let alone seen the man in action. He is MASTERFUL!

    Huckabee ’08

  66. duluthmom says:

    Jeff,
    The quote a Red State that he never claimed to be a republican completely contradicts this from the NYPost.

    “July 20, 2006 — THE reverb is still echoing over Dan Quayle’s walkout in the middle of a John Mellencamp concert in Lake Tahoe last weekend. The singer-songwriter introduced his tune “Wall Talk” by announcing, “This next one is for all the poor people who’ve been ignored by the current administration.” As Quayle exited, the former veep explained, “I didn’t appreciate the comment, and besides, I didn’t think the show was very good.” But Mellencamp said he couldn’t care less that Quayle got his knickers in a twist: “I certainly wouldn’t have changed a word.” NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley backed Mellencamp, saying, “He’s right.” While that may sound odd coming from a former conservative, Barkley told a local reporter, “I was a Republican – until they lost their minds.”

  67. Jeff Emanuel says:

    I understand, Duluth Mom. However — and here is the trump card — I am the person who transcribed that quote as I was watching the interview yesterday. Therefore, I can vouch for its complete accuracy. 🙂

    Does it not jive with what he’s said in the past? Nope, it doesn’t. Will he change his mind again before the election? Probably — several times a week, perhaps. It can happen. 🙂

  68. debbie0040 says:

    Barkley first talked of running for Alabama Governor years ago. I think about the time he went to play for Phoenix. He said that he told his grandmaw that he might run as a Republican and she said the Republican Party for for rich people and he said he told that he was rich. It was in the newspapers.

  69. JasonW says:

    Cobb: So is Al Gore, but we don’t want him as president…
    Debbie: I like Newt, and I think he has some of the best ideas out there, but I don’t think his past could withstand a difficult general election.

  70. debbie0040 says:

    I agree Jason with both statements. I really think it looks like it will be Rudy vs. McCain.

    As for Huckabee, I am immediately suspicious of any Governor from Arkansas running for President 🙂

  71. Demonbeck says:

    If it ends up Gingrich v. Clinton in ’08 – does that mean that Super Nintendo, New Kids on the Block and Furby will make a comeback?

  72. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Make it Regular Nintento, and I’m in!

    You’re all correct: Barkley has been saying that he was interested in the governorship of AL for years, and he has said before that he was a Republican. He has also changed his mind on plenty of things, and I see no reason to believe that he won’t in the future as well.

  73. BahamaBoy says:

    Gore v. Gingrich in 2008! Couple of Southern boys on the comeback kid trail. Wouldn’t that be an interesting race?

  74. northside elephant says:

    Gingrich is coy about running for president in order to sell books and stay in circulation. Although I like him there is no way he could generate much support.

  75. stephaniemills21 says:

    I am pretty sure that Barkley did some campaigning for John Edwards in 04, including a rally at the Fox Theater. Just for an FYI.

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