Archive for ‘Pennsylvania’

August 13, 2008

All-American Maverick

Reporting for the American Spectator:

YORK, Pa. — Grand Funk Railroad’s “American Band” blared from the speakers as Sen. John McCain shook hands with supporters following his town hall meeting here yesterday.
The song’s lyrics — celebrating a rock band’s hedonistic depredations with groupies like “Sweet Connie” — don’t quite match the staid image of the GOP, but like the ’70s rockers, the presidential candidate was here to help Pennsylvania Republicans “party down.”
“I think we’re going to be up late on election night, and I’m the underdog,” McCain told a crowd of more than 3,000 at the Toyota Arena, and made a prediction: “I think you’re going to hear the commentators say, ‘Well, we’re waiting for Pennsylvania.'”
That the result on Nov. 4 could hinge on Pennsylvania’s 21 electoral votes is an optimistic forecast for a candidate who continues to trail his Democratic rival inrecent national polls. No Republican presidential candidate has carried Pennsylvania since 1988, and recent statewide polls show Sen. Barack Obama leading by more than 7 points. . . .

Read the whole thing.

August 12, 2008

Maverick in York, Pa.

YORK, Pa. — Sen. John McCain will have a town hall meeting here today at 11:45 a.m. A crowd of about 5,000 is expected at the Toyota Arena at the York Expo Center. I’m covering the event for the American Spectator.

11:45 a.m. — Arlen Specter just spoke in support of McCain. The national press corps just arrived, meaning that the candidate should be here soon.
Will update further . . .
August 12, 2008

On the road again

John McCain will hold a town hall Tuesday morning in York, Pa., and I’ll be there to cover it. It’s about an hour-and-a-half drive time, and I’ll leave early. I’ll try to live blog as much of the event as possible, here and at AmSpecBlog, but other than that, blogging activity will be light Tuesday.

July 23, 2008

McCain’s new press pass

Some Maverick humor:

John McCain’s campaign had a little fun at Barack Obama’s expense tonight, issuing a fake press pass to the McCain traveling press on the bus as we landed at the airport here. The front of the pass identifies the McCain press corps as the “JV Squad” and has the caption “Left Behind to Report in America.” The reverse side features a Frenchman pouring a glass of wine with the same caption en francaise (“Laisse en arriere pour faire un rapport en Amerique”). The fake press pass satirizes the preferential treatment that the McCain campaign suggests the media has given Barack Obama.

That story, BTW, is datelined from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where John McCain will speak today at a town hall event. I’ll be there. It’s a three-hour drive. Blogging will be light today.

UPDATE: I’m now live-blogging the event in Wilkes-Barre.