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Wall St woes help Obama overtake McCain express September 21, 2008

Posted by trouble97018 in Economy, McCain, News, Obama, Politics.
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Paul Harris in Iowa
The Observer,
Sunday September 21 2008

The opening was superbly choreographed. To the sound of thundering rock music blaring from speakers, several thousand people watched as John McCain’s campaign plane swooped out of the sparkling blue Iowa skies.

The plane taxied to a halt only 100 metres away from the crowd gathered at an airport outside the city of Cedar Rapids. They cheered wildly as McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, descended from the aircraft and trooped through the throng, smiling and shaking hands.

Then things started to go wrong. ‘Thank you so much, Iowa. It’s great to be here in Grand Rapids,’ Palin said as she took the stage, naming a completely different city in the far-off state of Michigan. ‘CEDAR Rapids!’ came shouts from the crowd. Palin ignored her gaffe and ploughed on with a speech that was quickly interrupted by anti-war protesters. For several minutes the hangar was filled with shouts and chants, drowning out the Alaska governor’s words. Then McCain took the stage, and the same thing happened to him, forcing him off his script to address an unruly scrimmage as security hauled out the shouting demonstrators. ‘The one thing Americans want us to do is stop yelling at each other,’ McCain said in exasperation.

Suddenly, after hauling his campaign back into contention for the White House, the wheels are starting to come off McCain’s fabled Straight Talk Express. The gaffe-ridden rally in Cedar Rapids was only one indication. In a week of almost unprecedented economic crisis, when Wall Street seemed on the brink of meltdown, McCain’s presidential bid was hit by mistake after mistake, varying from the serious to the surreal. Source Article

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