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‘Campaigning Is Not Trying To Get Votes’

From the Chicago Tribune:

Obama beer-averse? ‘Come on, man’

September 1, 2008

by Mark Silva

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Barack Obama, defending his beer-drinking credentials, says his party’s ticket won’t be out-blue-collared by the Republican ticket with the union and hunting family on it.

John McCain runnng-mate Sarah Palin’s husband is a member of the United Steelworkers’ Union, Obama was reminded in an interview aired by CBS’ 60 Minutes. “Blue collar guy. Got a son on the way to Iraq,” interviewer Steve Kroft told Obama. “It seems like just the kind of person who would appeal to voters in states that you absolutely have to win, And they have to win.”

“”Well, look,” Obama replied. “I am happy if this ends up being a referendum on what’s going to be good for blue collar workers. I’ll put my guy, Joe Biden, up against anybody when it comes to fighting on behalf of those families, because he’s been there. He comes out of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He’s been fightin’ for those folks ever since he got into the Senate. And he hasn’t stopped. And he hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from.

“You know, I think we really underestimate people in the neighborhood. In the neighborhoods I came from, you came from. I really think we underestimate them,” said Biden, the Democratic senator from Delaware nominated as Obama’s running mate, joining him in the interview. “People get it. I think they’re looking for more than whether or not Joe Biden’s from Scranton and she hunts. I think that’s you know, ‘What ya gonna do about it?'”

“”But you tried really hard to reach these people,” Kroft pressed. “You went and sipped beer, which I know you don’t particularly like – I mean you even…

“Steve, I had a beer last night,” Obama interjected. “I mean, where do these stories come from, man?”

“I’m the one… [that] doesn’t drink,” Biden added.

“Where does the story come from that…I don’t like beer? ” Obama asked. “C’mon, man,”

“You even tried bowling,” Kroft said.

“Time out there,” Obama said.

“I’ve got to defend my bowling honor here,” Obama said, laughing. “It is true that my bowling score left something to be desired. The reason I bowled though, wasn’t to try to get votes. If I had been tryin’ to get votes, I promise you I would have been avoiding a bowling alley. The reason I was there was to campaign. And we had great fun.

“But here’s the bottom line: I wouldn’t have been elected to the United States Senate out of Illinois, which is 12 percent African American, if I didn’t have some broad appeal. So, the mythology that’s developed that somehow I can’t get those votes is refuted by the very fact that I’m sittin’ in this chair.”

Don’t you like the way Mr. Obama drops his “g”s to sound like a reglar guy?

Oh, and Joe Biden left the blue collar paradise of Scranton, PA when he was ten.

But this is our favorite bit of Obama-logic:

The reason I bowled though, wasn’t to try to get votes. If I had been tryin’ to get votes, I promise you I would have been avoiding a bowling alley. The reason I was there was to campaign.

We want to see his college transcripts.

He seems to be very weak on the whole logic thing.

“But here’s the bottom line: I wouldn’t have been elected to the United States Senate out of Illinois, which is 12 percent African American, if I didn’t have some broad appeal.

The bottom line is that Obama got elected because the Chicago Tribune (for which David Axelrod worked for many years) sued to get his opponents divorce records opened.

Which is also how Mr. Obama had won a previous election.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, September 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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