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Planas and Llorente weigh in on Palin's Cuban-American appeal

John McCain was able to carry Florida during the primary election, but how will his unconventional VP pick go over with Miami's largely Republican Cuban-American voters?

Weighing in from Miami's famed Versailles restaurant, Republican State Representatives J.C. Planas and Marcelo Llorente say Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will have no problem winning over hardline Cuban-American Republicans. After all, Planas notes-- Alaskans and Cuban-Americans share much in common .

Planas"Cuban Americans share a lot of similarities with Alaskans," Planas said. "We are both rugged individualists who come with whatever we can fit in our back packs in search of a better life."

Llorente, a Cuban-American, said he thought McCain's VP pick would help bring in independent voters, in addition to some Hillary supporters."She's a female, she's a minority, and it shows that the Republican party is an inclusive party that looks for talent from all walks of life," Llorente said.Llorente

He added that McCain picking Palin over Gov. Charlie Crist is not a snub to Florida. "Gov. Crist is doing a great job, I think it was a great boost to Florida that he had been on the short list for a while, but ultimately the choice was up to Senator McCain," Llorente said. "I think it was a brilliant choice, he picked someone outside of Washington who could energize the ticket."

Llorente was fresh off a trip from Minnesota --home of the Republican National Convention. He was there as part of the party's convention platform planning committee.

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Juan

As a Cuban American, I agree we do share much in common with Alaska. Lets review: We are firm believers in the new deal: We all believe in a gov't handout for social secty, even if we only arrived on shores this year (yes, cuban americans immediately get social secty and medicare just for getting off boat). We also beleive in the great plans of Johnson and Medicare since we all receive this handout. When we arrived in this country we all received free food. A number of us benefited from food stamps. And, any of us that went to college, or became cops or fireman or any other gov't job benefited from affirmative action. Our heroes in the Miami community (mas canosa) also benefited from affirmative action in building his business. Therefore, we have a lot in common with Alaska whose citizens receive yearly gov't handouts simply for living in the State. What a great country. And, the best thing is that we receive all these benefits from the gov't and vote republican so we don't have to pay for the benefits, and transfer the costs to our grandchildren.

MiamiMike

McCain can say goodbye to any voter who really thinks experience matters. Palin has six years as mayor of a town of 5000, and a year and a half as Governor of Alaska. That?s it! And she only got the governor?s job at all, because the incumbent governor appointed his own daughter to the U.S. Senate, and tried to do an end-around against the legislature on a shaky gas pipeline deal, which blew his chances for reelection. McCain managed to find the a candidate LESS qualified to be commander-in-chief, than Quayle was! McCain did the one thing guaranteed to make Obama look like Roosevelt by comparison. In her first appearance with McCain, Palin said ?Eye-ran? and ?nuke-ya-lar weapons? just like Bush does. Yeesh. Earlier, she actually said on camera: ?what is it exactly that the VP does every day?"

McCain can wave goodbye to anyone who thinks the VP choice is important. Sending this beauty queen to debate national security and diplomacy with Biden is cruel. Since McCain has THREE medical conditions which could incapacitate him (melanomas, 6 of 10 warning signs of Alzheimers, multiple suicide attempts), there is a serious risk that this Twinkie could become Commander-in-Chief. ...And McCain can wave goodbye to all those national-security voters who think foreign policy and military matters are important.

Goodbye to any voter who cares about ethical government. McCain actually picked a running mate who is RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION, in the state legislature, on abuse-of-power charges! Picking her for VP would be like picking Larry Craig or Tom Delay: THEY would actually be more fit for the job than Palin! The investigation could run all the way through the campaign season: one news cycle after another, clogged up with this story. We?ll hear from the husband and the wife in the ugly divorce/custody case, like a white-trash soap opera. Palin showed she can?t even play the game like a professional at the sandlot level, and McCain just put her in the World Series. And there will also be stories about the rest of the corrupt Alaska Republican machine, to include Ted Stevens and Don Young. There is video of Stevens endorsing Palin. The irony here is that she is campaigning as a reformer!

McCain will LOSE female votes, not gain them. He is insulting women, assuming they will be stupid enough to ignore the fact that Palin opposes a woman?s right to choose (and is ignorant, and unqualified), just because she?s a she. If McCain really had a hard-on to hire a woman, what about Hutchison, or Susan Collins...? Even among the subset of Republican women, he chose Beauty Queen over Competence. The only women this will bring into McCain?s camp are women who are stupid enough to be conned, and McCain has already cornered the Stupid Vote, so it?s a wasted effort. Palin even had the gall to try to hijack Hillary?s ?eighteen million cracks in the glass ceiling? narrative in her first public appearance, so Hillary will speak out on this REAL fast.

McCain can say goodbye to anyone who advocates fiscal responsibility: although Palin claims to be a budget-cutter, she signed into law the biggest budget in state history. McCain can wave goodbye to anyone who supports equality, since Palin opposes same-sex marriage. And for anyone who takes education seriously: Palin, an evangelical, wants creationism taught in public schools.

Goodbye to all those other VP finalists, who he wanted to campaign for him, as surrogates. You think Romney will bust his butt for McCain in Michigan, when McCain just proclaimed to the world that Romney?s less qualified to be commander-in-chief than this prom queen?

Goodbye to all those white men in places like the Rust Belt, who ever lost out on a job because a less-qualified woman scooted in ahead of them. They?re Obama men now.

Environmentalists: it?s not just that she wants to drill in ANWR. She sued BUSH?S Interior Department for putting polar bears on the endangered list. She?s to the RIGHT of BUSH.


The issue isn?t Palin, it?s McCain and his scary, IMPAIRED decision-making. Obama said that he has better judgment than McCain, and McCain proved him right. McCain panicked after Obama?s masterful performance in Denver, and threw a desperate Hail Mary. Why else would he bypass the dozens of candidates who are ALL more qualified for the job than Palin? This is McCain?s first major decision at the presidential level, and he did something rash and stupid, just like Bush always seems to do. Even some Republicans, like Kay Bailey Hutchison and the Maryland governor, are starting to signal their dismay, to the tune of ?who the hell is she??


Evangelicals love her. Rush called her a ?babe?. FOX says Palin has foreign policy credentials because ?...she is right up there in Alaska right next door to Russia.? LOL


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McHorny

From a Trophy Wife to a Trophy Veep. McCain needs to lay off the little blue pills.

dragonslayer

I don´t think it matters cuban´s will vote republican no matter who´s on the ticket. And most people are not really aware of what the details of the issues are. I´m pretty sure this comment wont make this page, because it may have offended some people.Remember freedom of speech it´s my opinion.

Fwakata

The only thin Planas should be allowed to "weigh in on" is a WeightWatchers scale!

Stan The Man

Great comments. I heart Peter

jerry L

Whoa! So many Democrats, so little time. You all are just scared little bunnies that realize McCain just brilliantly out-maneuvered Obama. In one stroke he picked someone who is the most popular govenor in the US (the only one of the four with executive experience) who will appeal to women and conservatives. Obama is toast and you know it! She has been the chief executive of the largest state in the union longer than Obama has been in the Senate. She is know for going after corrupt politicians where Obama has embraced them. She'll be steeped in foreign policy from now until the election and will be as qualified as Obama in that area by November. Looks like we'll win one for the Gipper again.

Glen Hull

Miami Mike, you ignorant DEM, at least get your facts straight. Palin is the former mayor of a town with 9,000 residents. Also, have you no command of the English language? I'm pretty sure the question mark comes at the end of a sentence. And if you think the choice of Palin will cost Mccain votes, you're even more of a jackass than the typical liberal voter

Moosehead

MiamiMike for a change I agree with you!!!

Sarah Palin is not qualified to follow Carlos Alvarez as Miami-Dade mayor never mind be our USA VP. God help us!!!

As a Republican, I am terribly disappointed that McCain has given extra credibility to the far right evangelicals. They do not deserve it and Oh Yes, I'll say it and let God judge me[not the evangelicals as God is more christian that they are]!!!!!!

Ana Gomez-Mallada

The Obama camp would be wise to delete the word "experience" from their groupies' dictionaries, spell-checks, etc. After all, Gov. Palim has had years of executive experience. Not just as Mayor, but almost 2 years as Governor, Commander of her state National guard AND is a respected reformer with an 80% favourable rating in her own state. And she's not even running for President, just Vice-President.

By contrast, the top of the D ticket, is on his first term in the US Senate after a term or two in his state Senate, where the only thing he ran was his mouth. And not very effectively at that, since there is not a single piece of important legislation that bears his name. Before that he was a "community organizer", a job some have described as somebody who runs around with a clipboard getting petitions signed.

The Rs HAVE experience. And where it matters the most, at the top of the ticket, there is just no comparison.

Amazed

Miami Mike: the only ones who are screaming about the choice of Palin are the Ds who realize their rookie-turned-presidential nominee has been out maneuvered once again.

She is bright. She comes off well and she is not an insider like twice-loser Biden.

Heck! The election was decided yesterday at noon in Ohio. And all these rabid liberals are frantic because they know it.

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