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October 9, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Race for the White House

McCain patronized viewers

Sen. John McCain, don’t patronize me by calling me your friend [“Tension, but little venom,” page one, Oct. 8].

The 80-plus lobbyists in your campaign, including many who work for the financial and insurance industries that are responsible for the meltdown of the economy, are your friends. George Bush, whom you voted with more than 90 percent of the time, is your friend. The war profiteers, who are cashing in on Iraq, are your friends. The mega-rich and corporations, who are the only real beneficiaries of your tax cuts, are certainly your friends. I am definitely not your friend.

By the way, you kept repeating, “I’ll get Osama bin Laden, my friends. I’ll get him. I know how to get him. I’ll get him no matter what, and I know how to do it,” Sen. McCain, my friend, either you have kept this knowledge on exactly how to capture bin Laden to yourself these last seven years (which borders on treason), or more likely you are making another empty promise to try to swing voters.

Since the “Straight Talk Express” obviously ran off a cliff long ago, maybe you could get around in a rusty, smoke-belching, 1972 Maverick.

— Rick Kalamar, Shoreline

Obama doesn’t rely on past

Presidential candidates have been defining themselves in terms of successful past presidents since the birth of our nation. Political pundits and the media are quick to make this connection and spew the likenesses as well.

Sen. Barack Obama’s message of change, and his courage to take on the challenges of the 21st century, not based on the past, reinforce my confidence in the future of this country.

His is a new message that does not seek to identify with the past or with past presidents’ successes. His vision of change and grasp of all the issues that face Americans in the 21st century can’t be denied. He has looked at the failures and is willing to lead this country in a new direction based on lessons learned.

If Obama is elected, I believe he will become one of those presidents that future presidential candidates will strive to emulate. So when I hear pundits, like Jeff Greenfield on CBS, after the Oct. 8 debate, say Obama is channeling Bill Clinton, I am amazed. Obama channels no one, except perhaps the hopes of all Americans.

— Nanette Palo, Puyallup

Follow-up questions

Following Tuesday’s presidential debate, I have just a few questions and/or comments for Sen. John McCain:

You claim you know how to get Osama bin Laden. Then, what the heck have you been waiting for?

You said we need to say “no” to another Rwanda or Holocaust. Then what, may I ask, would you call the situation in Darfur?

You said, “We have to give people choice in America.” Then why do you propose to deny women the right to choose?

— Allison Wegg, Seattle

McCain unqualified

It wasn’t until Tuesday night’s debate that I realized Sen. John McCain is not qualified to be president.

He appears to be incapable of the simultaneous intricate analysis that is required to juggle and resolve multiple complex problems. Instead, he can only beat the drum of simplistic reasoning.

He says, referring to Sen. Barack Obama, that we cannot afford time for on-the-job training. McCain’s problem, I fear, is that he is incapable of on-the-job learning.

— Mark Miller, Seattle

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