GOP consultant says McCain still has a chance
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10/29/08 Mitch E. Perry
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In a memo released last night, the pollster for John McCain's campaign, Bill McInturf wrote that 'as other polls begin to show Sen. Obama dropping below 50 percent and the margin over McCain beginning to approach the margin of error with a week left, all signs say we are headed to an election that may easily be too close to call by next Tuesday.”

A series of polls nationally and in key battleground states show Barack Obama to be in good shape six days from Election Day, but as the Washington Post reported today, there appears to be an undercurrent of worry among some polling professionals and academics. One reason is the wide variation in Obama leads. Just yesterday, an array of polls showed the Democrat leading by as little as two points and as much as 15 points. The latest Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll showed the race holding steady, with Obama enjoying a lead of 52 percent to 45 percent among likely voters.

Some in the McCain camp also argue that the polls showing the largest leads for Obama mistakenly assume that turnout among young voters and African-Americans will be disproportionately high. The campaign is banking on a good turnout among GOP partisans, whom McCain officials say they are working hard to attract to the polls.

And in an article entitled, “”Why Obama has to stay above 50 Percent”, Republican political consultant Bill Greener wrote in Salon.com earlier this week that “if history is any guide, Barack Obama, as an African-American candidate for political office, needs to be polling consistently above 50 percent to win. And in crucial battleground states, he isn't.”

WMNF spoke with Greener late last night and asked the longtime GOP operative what he’s talking about.

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WMNF says McCain has a chance

Mitch Perry, It is amazing that you reach the conclusion that the Obama campaign is stalling out because polls are all over the map. Could the polls possibly be in error? Who is not having fun telling polsters anything off the wall these days? Maybe Bill Green will send you some $$ to keep singing the worried song. But your piece did motivate me to send Obama another $100 just in case! Shalom, Ed

Thoughts for Voters

Looking for Presidential material in Mr Obama. Mr. Barack Obama's has opinions on many subjects, has been in very few positions in government where his ideas have been put to the test. This gentleman, whom I regard in high esteem, and who has a Moslem father, is an intellectual, who does not have the practical experience to be Commander in chief or CEO of the United States of America. This person has one qualification, he can talk, and discuss in a charming manner. Let him continue his Senate role, in future years, run for top job in America. Talking and promising, is all very well, it has it’s place certainly, but the President of the United States has to consider Congress and the Senate, the golden voice of Senator Barack Obama does not qualify him to move into the White house with disregard for practical experience, not yet attained. I wish him well in his future endeavors. Advise him to sit out this particular endeavor. Thoughts for the Voters…. Has he got what it takes ..it will be too late after he is elected, and you desire to change your mind. He is a Lawyer… How many years has he practiced law, that career is now at an end. He appears as a honest person, he has not been in any position as such to be a proven honest He obtained some experience in State legislature, but for how long. He can talk that is true, a great communicator, most lawyers are, and he promises much. But these are just promises, none of which may come to pass. He appears friendly that also is true, politicians are always friendly till they get elected. Where is all his political experience, that I do not see. How many years has he had in the Senate. Where does his experience come from to be knowledgeable about our the economy and our country.. Where does his experience come from to be Commander in Chief of all the Military in USA. Where has all his campaign money come from. However he knows some people who to say the least, have a reputation that is soiled and associated with people of ill repute.. He is a religious man, but the church he attended appears he should have rejected many years ago, because of his minister. Been involved with the Weather man a group who attacked America, started his career in this mans living room. Mr Obama simply puts it down to dirty politics, he was associated with those people, Please an investigation before he is elected. Mr. Colin Powell has highly recommended Obama , great but what has Mr. Obama done to deserve that recommendation, his efforts in the Senate certainly do not.. His promises, he has made many, and fulfilled none, nothing there to deserve a recommendation, His military career of which he has none. Be honest, praise from the General does not give Mr Obama experience, he requires to be Commander in Chief of all the Military in the USA. General Powell and Mr Obama are from the same race. General is an honest man, race would not influence his judgment.