McCain's pastor?

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McCain should say "Let me say at the outset that I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it's on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue." Insert Parsley where it says Wright. Then go on with something like this "The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. " He should appear contrite, and genuinly concerned that someone would think that he also believed these things. McCain should finish stong with this "I believe that Americans will judge me not on the basis of what someone else said, but on the basis of who I am and what I believe in; on my values, judgment and experience to be President of the United States."
I think that would work and much of the voting public would believe it I think.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

Fred the campaign manager. LOL, you'd make a decent Karl Rove-type, Fred. Go for it.

Let's be clear: neither the Rev. Wright issue, nor this stuff about McCain's pastor, should have any real bearing whatsoever of how anyone votes in Nov. This is mud-slinging and smokescreens, and tearing away at the other side's 'positives' while shoring up the 'negatives.'

If we buy into that, well, I guess we have only ourselves to blame. Of course, we've twice elected a guy who now has a 20-something approval rating after eight years.

Maybe we do deserve it after all.

Firstly, Parsley is not McCain's pastor in the traditional sense. He does not attend the Vineyard in Columbus, OH where Parsley is the pastor. So, firstly, this bears no resemblance to the Obama/Wright situation and those wishing to draw parallels are grasping at straws to make a morally upright man look otherwise.

Secondly, McCaskey, I have to ask you whether you seriously believe that what the next President is taught in his place of worship has no bearing on the election? The place where one worships and holds membership says something about what they think and believe. And if that place of worship openly holds the values that Rev. Wright has been preaching, I see that as a problem. I don't think that the next president should be exposing himself or his family to the negative, hateful kind of preaching that goes on in an allegedly Christian church (they are certainly not teaching anything from the God that I know).

As far as Parsley's claims about Islam: McCain is not his parishoner. He has not claimed to have believed these things, and therefore this is different from Obama's situation. Wright is a lunatic, and the Obama family have chosen him as their pastor and spiritual leader. McCain accepted an endorsement from a fellow Christian. Completely different stories.

If you think that what the spiritual beliefs of the next president are have no bearing on the election, I hope you're one of few, because I certainly don't want ignorance leading the way people vote this time.

There is a tide in the affairs of men...

McCain actively sought out support from religious wackos like Parsley and Hagee. The question is, will the corporate media call on him to renounce their support like they did with Obama.

Pink Slip

Your sarcasm is indeed warranted. This pastor thing is silly. However this video wouldn't even exist, if the right-wing media didn't go batshit over the Rev Wright incident. So apparently, pastors are fair game. The question is, will the media (or as Chris Matthews says, "John McCain's base") hold the saintly old man to the same standards as Obama? I doubt it....

Pink Slip

that the standards are different. If the race was between Clinton and Edwards or anybody else, the nomination would have been decided a long time ago.

Are we to believe (Pinkslip) that if a pastor of a Republican candidate made the same exact comments as Rev. Wright...that democrats and liberals wouldn't jump all over it? Give me a break.

If it were a church Obama attended a couple times it would be a different story. He went there for 20 years, called the Rev. one of his best friends and mentors. You cannot attend a church and listen to 20 years of sermons from one man not know these were his views of America or white people. Obama is lying....and showed a disturbing lack of ability to judge character. That's the issue.

Hillary remembered running from sniper fire.

unless it rises again from the dead. The pastors are not running for president.

That was funny BrianinFlorida.

Purnhrt...if McCain's pastor said these things....would it still be a dead issue to you? Just curious? I'm not some big McCain fan....just wondering if you would feel this way toward McCain's pastor.

I find it interesting that Obama appeared on CNN and they had a "Reverend Wright Free Zone" so that he didnt have to address the issue. I'm really sure CNN would have done the same for a republican candidate.

I would have to know exactly which part you are talking about to know how I would feel about it. If he (McCain's pastor) said the part about the "chickens coming home to roost" which Rev. Wright did not say but was repeating what an ambassador said, then yes it would be a dead issue. But I doubt if McCain's pastor would ever say anything like that.

I really would have to know what you are referring to before I can answer.

Why would there not be a Rev Wright Free Zone? Rev Wright is not running for an office. I would be more concerned about the 3:00 phone call if at 3:00 in the morning when I am safe in my bed and the phone rings and Hilary gets up to answer it and discovers that her husband Bill is not in bed with her but discovers that he is engaged with another woman in another part of the White House with a cigar, at that point I would feel every concerned.

Why would he be called McCain's Pastor if he's not a parishioner there? Isn't it kind of early for plain old lying?

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