McCain on "The View"

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  1. dingdong

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    Im British, but I have been trying to keep up with the elections through youtube! :tongue::redface:

    I love "The View" (and preety much all american tv :tongue:), and I saw the recent McCain interview.

    I still don't know the nitty gritty details of each party's beliefs etc, but I was just wondering what an american view of the interview was?

    I thought the interview itself was conducted very professionally, eventhough Whoopi and Joy are publically in support of Obama.

    However, when Whoopi asked McCain about the seperation of the church and the state, I felt that McCain didn't directly address the question, and chose to diverge and speak about religious values as a whole? :confused:

    any thoughts? :confused:
     
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    The GOP Platform (McCain)
    The DNC Platform (Obama)

    Generally speaking, the Grand Ole Party (Republican) are for small government, pro-life, strong military, low taxation, fiscal responsibility, pro-capitalism, conservative views on social issues. They are viewed as the more "conservative" of the two parties.

    It should also be noted that neither George H.W. Bush nor George W. Bush have followed their party platform and thus it has wreaked havoc in their party and caused the organization of the Libertarian party which holds the platform of Ronald Reagan as their moral and governmental compass.​

    The Democratic party historically has represented the "back bone" of America; the lower and middle class with an array of social programs to level the playing field in their eyes. They tend to be pro-choice, higher on taxation (to fund programs), light on military, their own form of fiscal responsibility that transcends lower income earners. They are considered the more "liberal" of the two parties.

    The DNC has its own problems too. While they are a party of inclusion, they are often at war with each other because of such differing points of views. The DNC has members that are staunch liberals, governmental and social conservatives and the highest number of moderates of either party. As I said, because of this the party gets fragmented at times and usually at a time when they need the most unity (e.g. elections)​
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    I tried to give an objective 50,000 foot view of the parties although I'm a Democrat. I see the higher good and value propositions of both parties. Because of that, I consider myself a "liberal" leaning moderate. I don't agree with Obama on everything, but I have a handful of issues that are game changers for me and for that reason, I vote with democrats.
     
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    For those who are unfamiliar with this TV program, it features Barbara Walters and 4 other women (including Whoopie Goldberg), who sit around a table discussing some of the most obscure topics and the most prominent current events. It's supposes to be daytime entertainment and NOT news or journalism in the classical sense. Barbara Walters presence should not infer journalistic integrity, although she has the most credentials within the group. It's merely entertaining, in my opinion.

    That said. Most of the talk was meant to be in jest.... I hope.
    I usually like Whoopie and the questions she asks, but was concerned when she asked John McCain if she had to worry about being put back into slavery if he were elected President. I was left with the feeling this was meant as some sort of "dig" at John McCain, and not something thoughtless coming out of her mouth.

    As far as separation of Church and State, either John McCain or Barack Obama will swear to uphold the Constitution, which clearly states this separation. Unlike abortion, this is not up for interpretation. It boggles my mind why Whoopie would waste precious airtime on this particular topic.

    At the beginning of the interview, I felt Barbara was unlike her typical self. Usually she is very gracious to her guests but this time she interrupted profusely. I was surprised by this.

    Joy Behar, who is a fervent Barack supporter, left her most abrasive side at home that day and had some "cute" banter with McCain.

    All in all, I think the producers of the "View" did not further productive thought and conversation on this particular candidate.
     
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    Barbara did get her zingers in and that impressed me. Walters is one of the best interviewers in the world and I think The View format was frustrating for her.

    If I were the producer, I would have put Walters out there alone with McCain and just let her do her stuff. Walters needs to have her subjects all alone because she'll ask various questions and then tie them together to create a real zinger that puts the subject on the spot all the while being disarming and charming. I think that McCain was such an important guest that the others should have taken a back seat in this instance and let the person most suited for this interview do her job.
     
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    Man, I felt kinda bad for him getting it from all angles from those harpies...even his fangirl Hasselbeck was no help..lol.
     
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    Barbara was almost randomly harsh. She's never asked a tough question ever and she decides to do it now? LOL.
     
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    They gave Ron Paul quite a ribbing when he was on.
     
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    What's worst is when cornered he lied (he had no choice of course) about lying. But as long as the public believes it does it really matter?
     
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    Whoopsie!! No, it does not!

    The First Amendment of the Constitution does say:

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;"

    They meant that there was to be no Church Of America and the government would not be able to tell its citizens which religion to belong to.
     
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    I think that line, while not saying it exactly, implies it. If they would pass a law that would "respect" a religion over the others, that would be unfair (and in my opinion unconstitutional). Especially considering the tendency of religious groups to not get along when they have political clout.

    That's just my interpretation and observations though, so take it how you want it.
     
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    Pecker's right, the constitution does not say there shall be a seperation between church and state. That phrase comes from a PRIVATE letter from Thomas Jefferson, in which he stated "there should be a wall of separation between church and state."

    ...i'd still like to see McCain do an interview with Bill Maher
     
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    I think Barbara is very frustrated with the fact that the media has not been asking Mccain the kind of tough questions after the Palin thing that they should have. You can see it in her face. Walters is also an old school journalist and has pretty good history of being neutral.

    Mccain freaked out after the Campbell Brown interview with Tucker Bownes and the media has been scared to question him on legitimate questions since. Walters questions to Mccain were perfectly valid and legitimate. Mccain ducked and dodged a lot though...
     
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