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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

John Deeth Blog: McCain in North Liberty

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog
The last place I expected to be on a Monday night was listening to Martina McBride's "Independence Day" waiting for John McCain to show up. But with the new professionalism (and professional status) with the Iowa Independent connection comes a stretching of the boundaries, so I hit my first Republican event in about 15 years in North Liberty Monday. ... Why the GOP lost `06. "I don't believe it was the war." Cites Lieberman. He thinks being in government post-1994 changed the GOP and spending is too high, gets first applause. ... "Chuck Grassley and I have a glass of ethanol every morning" is the funniest line of the night. McCain acknowledges he was not a fan of ethanol when oil was $10 a barrel, but the situation has changed and now energy independence is more important. Climate change is real. "Ethanol and nuclear power - and nuclear power" (repeated for emphasis) are important. ... McCain says we can't deny our prestige has slipped. "I would close Gitmo." (Very scattered applause.) "I'd actively attack climate change." If we are wrong that humans have caused warming, we've made the world cleaner. But if humans have caused change and we do nothing, it's catastrophic.

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