Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

November 1, 2008 -

Wired reports that the McCain campaign bailed on a technology debate scheduled for Thursday just hours before it was to begin.

According to Wired's Nicholas Thompson, a debate on tech issues had been arranged between an Obama rep and McCain adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Tickets to the event sold out quickly. Thompson writes:

Then, oops, yesterday morning, a couple hours before the event began, the McCain camp emailed to say that, actually, no, sorry, Holtz-Eakin can't make it for the 12:30 debate. Apparently he had very important meetings to attend. Right. Apparently, though, he stepped out in the middle. At 1pm he was on MSNBC attacking Obama, trying to tie him to George Bush's economic policies...

 

In short: the McCain camp chickened out. Spinning is easy; debating is hard. And defending John McCain’s record on broadband deployment, spectrum issues, and net neutrality is particularly hard...


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Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

Am I the only one who briefly experienced a shudder of revulsion upon reading the words "Thompson writes:"?

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

I know, that's just... Weird...

Thompson for Obama? That possibility makes me scared... He usually doesn't diss what he supports easily, so it sounds like he's not for McCain...

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

Damnit, I wanted to at LEAST have SOME sort of reassurance to voting for mccain. Obama just seems to be spouting off crap and seems to want to drive the country into the ground, mccain seems to be promising more of the same, which is crap, but not anything near as bad as what obama is saying.

"But obama's promising to blah blah blah and that's good!"

I can promise that pouring lice down your pants will cure the common cold, but it's just gonna make your butt itch.

Then we have mccain, who quite frankly just doesn't impress me in any aspect other than his resolve to finish up in the middle east, and his determination to stop socialized institutions.

However, if obama promised to abolish the DMCA and other IP bills, he'd get my vote, maybe.

My other thoughts are:Obama's gonna get us attacked and WWIII will start on U.S. soil, With Mccain it'll be somewhere else and I'll have enough warning to move to some remote location in alaska.

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

Actually, the rest of the world LOVE Obama. Pretty much, anyways. Obama's not an idiotm they realize that, and he actually GIVES A DAMN ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES. We're not a solitary force in the world, we haven't been since the Cold War. When the Soviet Union disappeared from the face of the earth, so did the force that balanced us out, the force that kept us in check.

McCain is too old to see that. A lot of people are too old to see that. They're all, "Commies are bad! Commies are evil!" Well, Communists weren't the best bunch of folks (they didn't exactly invite their citizens over for parties, that's for certain), but they were a balancing force.

Also, if McCain kicks the bucket, we'll have Palin to worry about. She's not afraid of open war with Russia... Because, you know, forces invading Russia always do so well...

Hint: The "Build from the Bottom" economic philosophy that Obama supports works better that the Trickle Down theory that McCain supports... And Obama offers lower taxes pretty much across the entire fboard than McCain.

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

I think you have you candidates mixed up.  McCain hasn't made commitments to finish up in the middle east, in fact he has critisized Obama for saying he would.  As for socialized institutions.. Im afraid I am English and we happen to believe the NHS should be a human right and think it absolutely ludicrous a huge country like the US cannot do the same thing, though I appreciate this is the culture clash;  Obama is still more rightwing than our Tory party ever was, even though he is your most left wing candidate.

As for the pathetic WWIII comment, we live in the nuclear age.  Do you really think a GENUINE world war would see you unscathed?  At least with Obama there is likely to be better relations with the rest of the world and the US.  Right now it couldn't be much worse, but I can count on John "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran" McCain to find a way...

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

So I'm wondering something. Neither of these potential presidents look worth the gas I'll have to spend getting to the voting place. What is so great about Obama that most of my generation and apprently gamers want to go his way? All he seems to do is make long winded plans about what he intends to do with my taxes. McCain isn't really any better... Gah! What's going on in this country?! I shouldn't have to choose between the lesser of two evils!

/rant

Oh, and that Wired thing looks a little jaded....

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

Why vote for a lesser evil?

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Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

McCain lost anyways, but every needs to make sure and vote still.

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Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

The tubes must have been clogged.

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

...Is he holding one of the first cell phones in his hand? Or does he actually still use that? (refering to McCain picture).

Re: Wired: McCain Campaign Backs Out on Tech Debate

I'm impressed that they actually used email. I would have expected them to use carrier pidgeon or telegraph :D

But seriously I'm not surprised that he checkened out. To paraphrase the report "Spinning is easy, polishing a turd is hard".

 
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