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Barack Obama was not prohibited from visiting U.S. troops at military facilities in Germany, but it would have been awkward.That was the suggestion from both the Obama campaign and the military Friday, after the Illinois senator drew criticism from Republicans for canceling his scheduled visits while in Europe.Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday the campaign was initially given clearance to land at Ramstein Air Base, but were told by the Pentagon Wednesday that the trip “would be viewed as a campaign stop.”Obama also had plans to visit the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Gibbs said on the flight from Tel Aviv to Germany, Obama made the call not to go.“Senator Obama made the decision that we were not going to have wounded men and women become involved in a campaign event or what would be perceived as a campaign event,” Gibbs said.Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told FOX News the Pentagon did not tell Obama he couldn’t visit, but explained that he would be under specific restrictions.“We do have certain policy guidelines for political campaigns and elections and what is appropriate and what is not appropriate in those situations,” he said. “The issue here is that if you are both a sitting senator and a political candidate … you need to do it in your capacity as a sitting senator or you have to do it with the restrictions that apply to any other candidate out there that might be running for office that is not a sitting senator.”A memo sent out Wednesday from Undersecretary of Defense David Chu explained that Obama’s visit to such a military facility would be limited under these circumstances. Obama would not have been able to bring any of his campaign staff — only one Senate staffer and security. He also would not have been able to address the media or make any campaign-related statements.The Obama campaign said Thursday it would be “inappropriate” to make such a stop on the campaign-funded leg of his trip, after the German magazine Der Spiegel reported on the cancellations.John McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said, “Barack Obama is wrong. It is never inappropriate to visit our men and women in the military.”McCain’s Senate colleague Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., also took a shot at Obama.“I noticed that Obama had plenty of time to shoot hoops … but he didn’t have the time to stop by (the Ramstein base),” he told FOX News.FOX News’ Justin Fishel and Bonney Kapp contributed to this report.
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If you listened to any of his speeches in europe his ideas are strait out of the writings of Carl Marx. Pretty scary.
It seemed extemely presumptuous to me to make a "campaign" speech in Germany to begin with, I don't know a lot about past politics, is this normal?
Its not just him.. look at the "democratic" party as a whole.... Its infested the party.
Eitherway thank God its not Hitlery.
But I guess they both picked who they are targeting for votes, Obama for people in college like me.
I'm guessing you haven't been a democrat for long, cause that's generally how they roll!
The thought that we may disagree with you because of your age is a shallow presumption, but that may be twisting your words a bit.
This is an off-roading based forum, and democrats typically don't feel public land should be public to everybody, so it only makes sense that the majority of members here lean more heavily toward the right MOST of us probably agree that government is the problem, not the solution, and that the more they delve into our personal lives the worse off we are.
x2 with nate, keep in mind i'm only 20 (turn 21 in 3 weeks ) but active duty military. i'll put it this way and every other soldier i've talked to has agreed with this statement. hillary would be like getting nuked, obama like taking a sidewinder missile, and mccain like stepping on a toe popper landmine. they are all bad options but in this case (as with most elections) you have to go with whats the least messed up for this country. from a strickly military standpoint mccain would be wonderful in a sense. pay raise, better funding for the stuff we need such as armor, weapons, tools, etc. yes he has no problem staying in the middle east but obama doesnt care about leaving either and obama wont visit the troops unless he can bring his support staff with him. obama wants to cut some military funding, not near as bad as hillary but still a really bad idea because when money goes away the equipment we use to protect ourselves and make our lives less dangerous goes away.
Nate, good post!Red, I chaps my ass to no end that we "pay" farmers not to grow some crops, we "pay" people NOT to work and we pay our part time Congress kick-ass money to hose the country...yet, y'all are using rifles that won't kill people and you can't get armor. Everyone out there should have at least the 6.8 round instead of the 5.56 and have every technological advance in armor, weapons and optics as soon as they can be produced. You men and women are our soldiers, our defenders...not pawns in a political chess game.COToy91, Not very diplomatic in your description of McCain supporters...since anyone, at anytime can just keel over.
I still don't know if I can pull the lever for McCain...if I do, it will not be in support of him. It will be against the socialist ideology that Obama represents. The effects of his policies would be particularly odious if the Dems keep control of both houses of Congress.
Dang Mikey why ya gotta listen to hannity? That whiny, sniveling, snot bag annoys the crap out of me... Yes he knows his stuff but the way he presents it is terrible IMO. Get sirius and you'll find people that know their stuff that don't need to whine. Mike Church is a helluva constitutionalist and Andrew Wilkow is an unapologetic guy that knows his stuff as well.But yes you're right, the unemwelfare rate is much higher and will be MUCH higher at the end of the summer when all the temp jobs are over..
meh the only person on sirius worth listening to is bubba the love sponge =P
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