Anyone wish that McCain hadn't been chosen as the Republican candidate?

Tami - posted on 01/24/2009 ( 79 moms have responded )

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I'm sure there are some of you that weren't fans of McCain but voted for him because he was the better of the two.... Just curious who you wished would have been running under the Republican party this year. Or who you hope will be the candidate for 2012..??

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Barbara - posted on 04/03/2009

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Quoting Brittni:



Quoting Carla:




Hi!  I was really hoping that Mitt Romney would have won the party's nomination.  I didn't know who Sarah Palin was until after McCain picked her.  So Mitt Romney would have been the one I felt had the excitement and also Huckabee and Palin would be tied for second.  I'd like to see Romney in 2012 with either two Huckabee or Palin as VP.  I respect McCain for the courage he had as a prisoner of war, but he didn't seem to have the gift of "presence" when he spoke.










There is no way that Romney and Huckabee will run together as Pres and VP... Huckabee can't stand Romney... I would like to see Romney and Palin as VP






I agree, it was actually Huckabee teaming up with McCain to assure that McCain would win the primary that caused Romney to bow out of the election. It still upsets me today. I wouldn't even have voted for McCain except for the fact that he was a hundred times better of a choice than Obama.

Stacey - posted on 01/27/2009

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None of the Republicans in the primary could have possibly won in 2008.  The Republicans at the national level are totally lost.  We need to get back to basics - limited government, fiscal conservatism, strong national defense and supporting the Judeo-Christian values on which this country was founded.  The problem is that we are so morally bankrupt in this country and don't take responsibility for our actions.  Most parents don't let their kids take responsibility for their mistakes lest it "ruin" their life.  Give me a break.  Capitalism without a moral foundation of the people participating in the market has given us the economic problems that we are now enduring - housing, banks, auto companies.  Despite the Repubs best efforts, you can't legislate morality.  I don't know how we change but NO MORE BAILOUTS TO ANYONE would be a good start and not confirming a guy who is tax cheat to be the head of the Treasury would also have been a good start. 

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Quoting Barbara:



I was all for Mitt Romney until McCain and Huckabee teamed together to knock him out of the competition. But I still voted for McCain only because I didn't want Obama.





Ditto!  Romney has the financial experience we could really use right now.

Shelly - posted on 04/09/2009

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I was for Fred Thompson and when he dropped out and then the economy started it slide I really wish that Mitt would have made it.  And the reason I say that is because he is a numbers man he has ran a buisness and he's the one that pulled the Salt Lake Olymics butt out of the fire...We really need a buisness man in the White house right now we need someone that knows how to save a commpany because like it or not the way this Goverment has been shaped over the last 20 years it is a buisness...I would love to see Bobby and Sara

Kristina - posted on 04/09/2009

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I respect McCain tremendously, but he is not cut out to be President. I do think he would never have sold our country down the river the way Obama is. The Republican party needs to figure out what they truly stand for and not try to appease the independents that tend to lean left anyway. It should be someone that has a guiding vision and prinicples that they do not deviate from. I think Ron Paul and Huckabee would be great choices. They are both stand up guys that believe what the believe with no apologies.

Brittni - posted on 04/03/2009

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Quoting Carla:



Hi!  I was really hoping that Mitt Romney would have won the party's nomination.  I didn't know who Sarah Palin was until after McCain picked her.  So Mitt Romney would have been the one I felt had the excitement and also Huckabee and Palin would be tied for second.  I'd like to see Romney in 2012 with either two Huckabee or Palin as VP.  I respect McCain for the courage he had as a prisoner of war, but he didn't seem to have the gift of "presence" when he spoke.






There is no way that Romney and Huckabee will run together as Pres and VP... Huckabee can't stand Romney... I would like to see Romney and Palin as VP

Jeannine - posted on 04/03/2009

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I voted for Mitt Romney in the CA Primary. Like many of you, I wasn’t thrilled with McCain but voted for him anyway. Voting for a democrat was out of the question. I actually saw a glimpse of hope when McCain selected Palin as his running mate.



I believe that in order for us to take our country back in 2012, we need someone who has the ability to articulate our position well to the general pubic so we can beat Obama at his own game. Palin would have been a great candidate, but unfortunately I think she is too damaged. Our party needs someone like Winston Churchill or Ronald Regan.



Carla - posted on 04/02/2009

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Hi!  I was really hoping that Mitt Romney would have won the party's nomination.  I didn't know who Sarah Palin was until after McCain picked her.  So Mitt Romney would have been the one I felt had the excitement and also Huckabee and Palin would be tied for second.  I'd like to see Romney in 2012 with either two Huckabee or Palin as VP.  I respect McCain for the courage he had as a prisoner of war, but he didn't seem to have the gift of "presence" when he spoke.

Elizabeth - posted on 02/24/2009

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I was not a McCain fan, but I LOVED Sarah Palin - that choice said alot about McCain! Huckabee was my first choice - can u see Huckabee and Palin tellin' em how it is! LOL!

Peg - posted on 02/23/2009

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Then again, maybe Sean Hannity will run???  :)  I've been listening to Rush Limbaugh lately, but I really like Hannity better.  He actually brings guests on and debates with them, and in the process, I learn things from him.  Rush mostly just rants & raves...

Peg - posted on 02/23/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:



Huckabee doesn't stand a chance in 2012 since he chose to have a talk show, people won't take him seriously and he's not exciting enough.  The GOP needs to run a woman or a minority.  The democrats get the minority,  young and woman vote because the GOP hasn't done anything to court them.  We need to get away from the old white rich man stereotype. 






I totally see where you are coming from Lindsay, but I actually think Huckabee will have a better chance in 2012  because of the talk show.  In 2008 no one had ever heard of this guy with the funny name.  Now he's putting himself out there, people are getting to know him and what he stands for.  Now if he were doing an Oprah type show, full of fluff, then yeah, he just wrote himself out of politics, but he's doing an intelligent show on political topics of the day.



Also, I agree with the old white rich man comment, but you just never know, maybe by the end of 4 years of Obamanation, people may see the wisdom in electing an older more experienced person.  Maybe with a female/minority running mate?  I say this in part because we really don't have any young female/minority potential candidates at this point, but who knows what 4 years will bring..... 

Lindsay - posted on 02/23/2009

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Huckabee doesn't stand a chance in 2012 since he chose to have a talk show, people won't take him seriously and he's not exciting enough.  The GOP needs to run a woman or a minority.  The democrats get the minority,  young and woman vote because the GOP hasn't done anything to court them.  We need to get away from the old white rich man stereotype. 

Tara - posted on 02/23/2009

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Mike Huckabee all the way! I loved how he took a Godly stand at the debates (the evolution question in particular). He was not afraid to say what he believed and that is exactly what this Country needs!

Kristie - posted on 02/19/2009

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I love Mike Huckabee! I hope he runs again. He certainly has more of a platform now with his books and his show on FOX.

Marsha - posted on 02/19/2009

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voted for Fred Thompson in the Primary.  Sadly disappointed that he entered the race so late.



 



Rice/Palin would be an interesting ticket.

Brittni - posted on 02/18/2009

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Mitt Romney for sure... he is so strong when it comes to economics and thats what we needed!!!

Paula - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Peg:



McCain was the worst choice to go up against Obama!  This old, crotchety 70 year old who has been in DC for decades against a young, AA outsider?  Obama was an easy bet on that score! 






But McCain didn't even conduct a good campaign anyway.  Why didn't he come out early in a press conference with his doctors, to re-assure the American people that he was healthy enough to be president?  Everyone was talking about how he'd croak in office then we'd be left with Palin as president!! 






(My mom is 75, and healthy as a horse, so I took offense at the assumption that a 75 year old is not healthy enough to be president.)






And although I love Sarah Palin, why didn't her handlers prepare her better for those interviews?  She came across as an idiot and I know she's not.






I'm actually a little mad at McCain, to me it's almost like he "threw" the election. 





 



I totally agree.  McCain was too middle of the road and they kept Sarah under a censor.  She could have taught him how to debate better than he did as she mopped the floor with Biden, hehe.  I think the interviews were just a set up from the MSM.  I'd like to see them uncut.

Kristen - posted on 02/17/2009

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I was really hoping for Thompson. He had a hard time selling himself to the media, which should have been easy for him considering his acting background. I think that America as a hole does not have an appreciation for the laid-back Southern gentility that he embodied.

Peg - posted on 02/06/2009

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McCain was the worst choice to go up against Obama!  This old, crotchety 70 year old who has been in DC for decades against a young, AA outsider?  Obama was an easy bet on that score! 



But McCain didn't even conduct a good campaign anyway.  Why didn't he come out early in a press conference with his doctors, to re-assure the American people that he was healthy enough to be president?  Everyone was talking about how he'd croak in office then we'd be left with Palin as president!! 



(My mom is 75, and healthy as a horse, so I took offense at the assumption that a 75 year old is not healthy enough to be president.)



And although I love Sarah Palin, why didn't her handlers prepare her better for those interviews?  She came across as an idiot and I know she's not.



I'm actually a little mad at McCain, to me it's almost like he "threw" the election. 

LeeAnn - posted on 02/06/2009

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I was hoping for Mike Huckabee. Tim Walberg from our area would be a wonderful
President for 2012. Huckabee/Walberg? Huckabee/Palin? Walberg/Palin? McCain was
too liberal for the average Republican/Conservative. He really was.

Patricia - posted on 02/06/2009

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I was just having this conversation today. He is a nice man but not one to go up against someone charasmatic like Obama. Forget qualifications..just from a marketing stand point McCain was a ho hum "product".

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I really liked Mitt Romney as well. McCain got desperate after Wall Street tanked & the enconomy started to go downhill. I really liked Palin & hopes she runs in 2012! It was sickening to watch how the media treated her & how Katie Couric tried to make a name for herself w/ that interview!

Crystal - posted on 02/06/2009

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I voted for Ron Paul in the primaries. I think he would have been a damn good president, and upheld our rights as citizens to live our lives they way we want to.

Kathi - posted on 02/06/2009

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Anyone seem Obama's approval rating lately? Over the last three weeks or so, it has dropped to something like 37%. I can't wait until all the leftie nutjobs start realizing that maybe he is not what they imagined him to be...

Whitney - posted on 02/05/2009

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Proving to be the best President??? PUL-eeze, he's only been in the White House for a few weeks.  There is absolutely no way you can tell if anyone is going to be a good president in that amount of time.  Its just more liberal spin to make everyone complascent.

Branka - posted on 02/05/2009

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I did not care for Mccain at all I do not think he put up fair fight against Obama, remember all the bad adds about him and what he did? Not much!  I like Mitt Romney and I hope he will run again.



 

Elizabeth - posted on 02/05/2009

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Huckabee.  I guarentee he would have be in the white house right now had he been nominated. 

Jenny - posted on 02/05/2009

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I was a fan of Mitt Romney.  I voted McCain because there was no way I was voting for Obama! Now the Liberals are all talking like their vote was great because Obama is proving he is the best president...WHAT?? I would like to know what they are reading and watching.  He is sending us into even more debt, I am not convinced America is as safe from terrorism as it was.  And not only are we in crazy debt but lets give fundng for abortions overseas! Give me a break!  I wonder if the Media wasn't a part of the elections if it would have turned out the same way?? All I can do the next 4 years is Pray! 

Shannon Cassidy- - posted on 02/05/2009

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Mitt Romney -- He got Mass. back after Dukakis was Govener, now we have another jerk for Govener

Kelly - posted on 02/05/2009

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Mitt Romney was my guy!! I like Mike Huckabee as well but I think he is TOO conservative for today's Republicans!

Kathi - posted on 02/04/2009

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I was a Fred Thompson fan from the get-go. I loved listening to him speak on the issues. Seemed like he had a good clear view of what needed to be done. However, he was labeled by the media early-on as "unelectable", which i think went a long way towards ruining his chances. Stupid media! I too, thought that McCain was middle of the road enough to get in, but I guess not. It will be interesting to see what we are up against this next 4 years. I, for one, am a little frightened.

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I was hoping that McCain would step down and do like they do in beauty pageants. When the winner cannot fulfill her duties, the 1st runner-up wins the crown.  Mitt and Sarah would have been unstoppable especially since the economy became a HUGE issue.  I voted for McCain, but he was a pathetic candidate.  Since looks & image do matter, Mitt and Sarah would have been knocked that one out of the park.  Mitt may not be as conservative as I would like, but I would definitely like to see him and Sarah in 2012.

Donna - posted on 02/03/2009

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Quoting Stacey:



None of the Republicans in the primary could have possibly won in 2008.  The Republicans at the national level are totally lost.  We need to get back to basics - limited government, fiscal conservatism, strong national defense and supporting the Judeo-Christian values on which this country was founded.  The problem is that we are so morally bankrupt in this country and don't take responsibility for our actions.  Most parents don't let their kids take responsibility for their mistakes lest it "ruin" their life.  Give me a break.  Capitalism without a moral foundation of the people participating in the market has given us the economic problems that we are now enduring - housing, banks, auto companies.  Despite the Repubs best efforts, you can't legislate morality.  I don't know how we change but NO MORE BAILOUTS TO ANYONE would be a good start and not confirming a guy who is tax cheat to be the head of the Treasury would also have been a good start. 





Great, great points!




The GOP ran a moderate, not a conservative.  I'm starting to think I'm the RINO, not McCain and Graham and Burr and all the other Repubs that will just go along with whatever the Dems dish out.  The GOP has moved so far to the center-left, it's no wonder we got steamrolled in 2008. 



I was a Fred Thompson supporter until he got knocked out of the primary.  I'm eyeballing Bobby Jindal and Jim DeMint for 2012.  I do like Palin - A LOT - but I don't see her as viable Presidential material right now.  The MSM has done so much damage to that poor lady that the masses do not see her as someone who could lead our country, though many of us on the right do. 

Barbara - posted on 02/01/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

I think the quote Paula wrote from Rush about people choosing conservativism when faced with a clear choice, is spot on. This past election was filled with McCain trying to appeal to people across the board, trying to be everything to everybody. You know what they say about trying to please everyone? You end up pleasing no one. I felt he should have been true to the roots of the Republican party, conservatism, no matter how loud the liberal media howled. He was afraid of being too conservative and losing his appeal to those without moral compass. Standing with his party instead of acting apologetic for being of the same party as Bush, would have at least sent the message he was proud of what we believe. Conservatives have been silent and afraid to speak truth for too long, silenced by threats of being labeled 'intolerant' or a 'bigot' or worse 'judgemental'. When did knowing the difference between right and wrong become intolerance? We can not remain a silent majority. We must stand up for what's right or evil will win. So keep fighting the good fight ladies. We're not alone.



I really appreciate what you said. And I, for one, will continue to stand with you and all other republicans!

Stephanie - posted on 01/31/2009

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I think the quote Paula wrote from Rush about people choosing conservativism when faced with a clear choice, is spot on. This past election was filled with McCain trying to appeal to people across the board, trying to be everything to everybody. You know what they say about trying to please everyone? You end up pleasing no one. I felt he should have been true to the roots of the Republican party, conservatism, no matter how loud the liberal media howled. He was afraid of being too conservative and losing his appeal to those without moral compass. Standing with his party instead of acting apologetic for being of the same party as Bush, would have at least sent the message he was proud of what we believe. Conservatives have been silent and afraid to speak truth for too long, silenced by threats of being labeled 'intolerant' or a 'bigot' or worse 'judgemental'. When did knowing the difference between right and wrong become intolerance? We can not remain a silent majority. We must stand up for what's right or evil will win. So keep fighting the good fight ladies. We're not alone.

Krissy - posted on 01/28/2009

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I have ALWAYS loved John McCain. But he was not himself during the election. He really disappointed me.

Laynette - posted on 01/27/2009

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Thank-you for the book request, Joy.  I have been reading alot lately and would also recommend "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity" which is an enjoyable read along with giving a little history and understanding of why Bill thinks what he thinks and does what he does.  I am going to get Huckabee's book next after I finish Sean Hannity's "Deliver us from Evil"  This has been a hard one because of how much it is revealing about how we are falling into a bad course of events without even realizing it.  His accounts of the Holocaust are horrifying-many are taking their freedom for granted in this country.  and this was written around 2004 I believe-so before any of this happening in 2008.



I am going to look for the quote I saw Bobby Jindal make that made me say "Now this is the attitude adn leadership we need in our country"  I will post it and let you all know.

Paula - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Christa:

I think there are many people out there who are in the middle and they wanted a change. The republicans did have control of the white house, and congress for much of the 8 years so they are the easy ones to blame. The problem the republican party faced is we didn't try and replace some of the bad apples in the primaries. So those in the middle that decide our elections had no other choice but to pick the democrat. We need to find good moral republicans to "change" Washington. Until we do that the liberals are going to run a muck. The party didn't really see how badly the american public wanted change until it was too late. Now we know and now we have to come up with an answer.


 



I think that is the big difference between Democrat and Republican voters.  When the Repubs are sucking at their jobs, we vote them out.  When the Dems are doing a sucky job, they get chance after chance (Kucinich in Cleveland/Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of Detroit) and still suck at their jobs.



 



We need a recharge of the Republican party.  We need to get rid of the RINOs and bring back true conservatism.  Like Rush Limbaugh said, people, when given the chance, will vote for conservatism if it's in black and white.  Look at Prop 8 in Cali!  McCain was not black and white and I think had it not been for Sarah, Obama would have had a landslide win.



I'm hoping/thinking Jindal/Palin '12!  I'm also praying that we get back the house and senate in '10. . .

Christa - posted on 01/27/2009

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I think there are many people out there who are in the middle and they wanted a change. The republicans did have control of the white house, and congress for much of the 8 years so they are the easy ones to blame. The problem the republican party faced is we didn't try and replace some of the bad apples in the primaries. So those in the middle that decide our elections had no other choice but to pick the democrat. We need to find good moral republicans to "change" Washington. Until we do that the liberals are going to run a muck. The party didn't really see how badly the american public wanted change until it was too late. Now we know and now we have to come up with an answer.

Joy - posted on 01/27/2009

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Stacey and Laynette - you are so right about standing up for morals and values.  I have started reading Huckabee's recent book "Do the Right Thing" and he talks a lot about how character is the most important issue facing our society today.  He says it is the breakdown of good character that causes our taxes to be so high and government so big.   The way he explains it makes so much sense.  I didn't know as much about Huckabee during the primary, but like him more and more as I read his book.  I would like to find out more about Jindal (sp?) too, and I like Michael Steele from what I know about him.  He probably doesn't have enough experience though to be taken seriously.  Although Obama got elected...so who knows? 



Tami - I think you are right.  It didn't matter who we put up there in the end.  People knew they didn't like what was going on and just wanted a change.  Republicans were viewed as the status quo, so they got the boot! 

Laynette - posted on 01/27/2009

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Boy there are so many good comments so far.  I esp. like Stacy's last comment.  We do need to stand up for morals and values.  Responsibility for actions and fighting against evil.  I was thinking earlier this week that I wanted to hide in the mountains until 2010 to get away but now that I have found this group I have hope that if we know that we are not alone in the various parts of America, we are better able to continue on.  As Glen Beck said this morning-we can not run we must keep on because we will make adifference.  Thank-you to all who are sharing.

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