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So much for Crist endorsing McCain?

Republican presidential candidate John McCain campaigned for Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2006 Republican primary and would welcome him returning the favor. But unlike rival Rudy Giuliani, he's not taking up Crist's call for a national catastrophic insurance fund.

McCain seemed to suggest that the government needs to improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency instead.

"I do not support a national catastrophic insurance policy,'' McCain said in Coral Gables. "That insurance policy is there and it's called FEMA and it's called national disaster preparedness...I still do not have confidence that FEMA is capable of handling those responsibilities.''

Brace yourself for Giuliani picking up on this disagreement over a national insurance pool. (He's already attacking McCain's self-description as a "fiscal conservative.") The former New York City mayor may also take issue with McCain's reference to one poll that showed him gaining ground in New York.

"Maybe we're going to win in New York,'' McCain said, adding, "I think the next eight days and how you campaign and how you get your message to the people of Florida will make the difference."

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Steve Dudelzach

McCain is for responsible conservative spending limits, so much so that the "On the Issues" Washington vote watcher rated him as more conservative in his actual voting record than the Republican average - near 88%. He slashed earmarks and pork-barrel corruption right left and centre. THerefore, the Eisenhower Institute selected him the Eisenhower Prize for 2005 "For Integrity & Leadership." Wheras Giuliani got car rides for his affairs, and Romeny placated the liberal state of massachusetts, making out how liberal he was. McCain was Pro-life for 24 years. He is a Commander-in-Chief that will defend our safety - Kissinger, Schlesinger, Schultz, Eagleberger & McFarlane all came out to support McCain. John McCain has been swift-boated and survived, like when he was tortored in thr Hanoi Hilton - the only canadidate with Military Service; a real man and not a phoney like Romney. McCain has balls and you can trust him to fight for you. A friend of Israel too against the hateful jihadists. Go Mac Go!

rudy iacono

McCain is as liberal as they come. Fact is that McCain is banking on the independent voters of Florida and I just can't believe that the polls in Florida are backing a Senator who has done absolutely nothing other than his military record.

McCain is not loved by Republicans and he is not a fiscal conservative and believes in huge goverment just as the Democrats.

Tell me what McCain has done other than being a prisoner of war and a military leader that would make the US a better country.

Rudy acted in time of crisis and demonstarted his leadership, Rudy made the largest city in the US the safest big city in America, Rudy reformed welfare and gave people the opportunity to have self confidence, Rudy cut taxes 23 times and generated more tax revenue than any of his opponents. Rudy also managed illegal aliens better than any of his opponents and in doing so helped reduce crime by making sure that they were in a class room instaed of hanging out on a street corner.

Your argument about McCain is weak and I assure you that these polls are very bogus especially of late as indicated by Hilary's win in NH which gave Obama a double digit win.

I truly sense a media bias simply because Rudy spurned the NH and Iowa primaries simply because he viewed Florida as a better battleground to convey his message and appeal to Republican voters.

The polls are also heavily discounting the Cuban American vote and it is the reason why Bush won the election in Florida and will be the reason why Rudy will win Florida handidly.

The people of Florida will also vote for Rudy simply because taxes have been increasing almost twofold for homeowners and in addition to the tax increases Floridians are having a hard time with attaining Insurance in a state where most of the largest Insurance carriers have abandoned the residents of Florida.

What is McCains message? Rudy dealt with a real American crisis and although McCain dealt with a personal crisis as a POW Rudy effectively managed the greatest act of terror on American soil.

McCain is going down from here and he was fortunate that he appealed to the independent voters in NH and Iowa but now its high time that everyone sees McCain for what he realy is and that is of being a patriotic American who fought for his country but with no real message as to how to make the US a better place to live other than his keep Americac strong pledge by way of a strong military of which by the way Rudy also supports.

In the end and on 01/29/08 it will be clear as to who the real winner will be in this primary race and I see McCain finishing 3rd with Huckabee on his coatails which will be the telling signs as to the end of the Mccain love affair.

Jon

Fact is that you are an idiot. Independents don't vote in the FL Rep. primaries. That's why they're called closed primaries.
Steve articulated cogently and concisely the reasons that McCain is the right man to lead this country, and you come back by refuting poll numbers. How about the recent NY polls? I bet both of them are off by 20 pts as well.
Come on now, get real. Give me a break.

Jeff Fuller

Let Rudy and McCain fight it out for the moderate Republican vote. Those two have the same base in FL (with the closed primary McCain can't count on Indy's and Dems to win again) that they'll fight over . . . while Mitt will pick up the conservative votes as Fred drops out and Huck continues to fall.

Poetry in motion.

Jimmy Crackcorn

9iu11ani likely won't get Crist's vote either.

Celestina

End bickering and bashing the most qualified person, Mitt and look around you... economy is tanking globally. people are scared... we need someone who knows economy from heart. He understand what is needed to level the field or else America will be for sale! Mitt knows how to choose the right people for various jobs like national security, and other vital issues. He is able to get his agenda through the ultra-liberal Mass. Congress during his governorship and made a lot of changes.

We do not need a hero but an economy expert leading America.

Look, be realistic McCain does not understand economy. We must have strong economy in order to have a strong America. Mitt is the Man!

GO MITT!

Celestina

End bickering and bashing the most qualified person, Mitt and look around you... economy is tanking globally. people are scared... we need someone who knows economy from heart. He understand what is needed to level the field or else America will be for sale! Mitt knows how to choose the right people for various jobs like national security, and other vital issues. He is able to get his agenda through the ultra-liberal Mass. Congress during his governorship and made a lot of changes.

We do not need a hero but an economy expert leading America.

Look, be realistic McCain does not understand economy. We must have strong economy in order to have a strong America. Mitt is the Man!

GO MITT!

Realistic Republican

Rudy and McCain are the GOP's only chance to keep the WH in 08'. Mitt brings a very strong business acumen but frankly polls weakest against the "fatally flawed" Hillary Clinton. Rudy and McCain both draw from Independants and Rudy puts states in play that have Dems have not had to spend dime one to defend in decades. Let Rudy and McCain fight it out in FLA and let's rally behind the winner.

Celestina

For Heaven's Sake!

Ignore polls... they do not tell the truth. Ignore the liberal media... they are in it for McCain because he is a liberal... do your research! Don't be gullible donot believe everything you hear on tv, radio, internet etc...

The one that is most bashed, is the true conservative... so go figure!

GO MITT!

Realistic Republican

Again, Mitt has some strong qualities, I wish he did not re-cast himself on key issues:abortion, gun control, illegal aliens. Focus group driven calculation is something we want to be able to hit HRC with in the fall. Mitt will not be able to do that.
Giuliani is the most bashed by liberal media. N.Y Times, Moveon.org. And the presidential contest is about electoral college calculus. Mitt will not beat Hillary in FL, PA or Ohio. He will not put any new states in play for the Republicans. In the case of Rudy, N.J, CT, PA, are all very possible. If he takes one, game over, Republican WH.

Dan

Mitt is tied with McCain in California now! Mitt is on the rise. If he wins Florida, he will continue to rise nationally. Once people get to know him, they like him and hop on board. That has been his strategy from the beginning since he didn't start with the name recognition that McCain and Guiliani did.

Florida voters - pick the true conservative in the race. Don't ever forget the many many times McCain has stabbed his own party in the back. The Bush tax cuts would have been even greater had he not had opposition from McCain. McCain was one of only 2 republicans to vote against them. Now he says he wants to make them permanent? Don't be fooled. His amnesty bill, opposition to the marriage ammendment, etc, etc all show that he's too liberal on all the important issues. A liberal on the republican ticket can't beat a liberal on the democratic ticket! Most importantly, we need a leader with economic know-how and vast executive experience, not a career politician! Choose Mitt!!

michael

crist endorsement of mccain is due mainly to the perception that mccain will likely win based on the poll and momentum. Florida need to speak up and not vote due to momentum or polls but due to the one person who's got real reliable experience in turning things around. That person is Rudy Giuliani. My vote is for Rudy...though if Mccain is nominated, I will give my hesitant nod.

the dman

i have always had uneasy feelings about mccain.he has never really been vetted..that is his earlier life before going to washington. i am doing my own vetting. i am not happy reading about his party animal persona at annapolis and his cheating on his crippled first wife and finally his adultery with his present wealthy wife. his life demonstrates innate anger and carelessness. he is not presidential material and will never be president when the media decides they need to vet his personal life so Dems. will win.

don aaron goldsmith

I cannot support McCain. He should have joined the democratic party.
He is not a Republican.

Kheimar

Interesting post, keep up the good work!

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