McCain woos biker vote in Sturgis

Thousands of motorcyclists greeted Republican presidential candidate John McCain with an approving roar Monday as he sought blue-collar and heartland support by visiting a giant motorcycle rally.

"As you may know, not long ago a couple hundred thousand Berliners made a lot of noise for my opponent. I’ll take the roar of 50,000 Harleys any day," McCain said, referring to Democrat Barack Obama’s recent visit to the German capital.

Billed as the largest event of its kind in the world, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has become something of an annual bikers’ Woodstock during the past 70 years. It features nine nights of entertainment, with bands including Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd and REO Speedwagon.

McCain played to a crowd that paused for a veterans salute. He criticized Obama for supporting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq while opposing efforts to reduce record-high energy prices.

"My opponent wants to set a date to come home. I want us to come home with victory and honor so we will never go back again," the Arizona senator said.

McCain also criticized Congress for adjourning for a five-week recess without approving a new energy plan.

"Tell em’ to come back and get to work," McCain said, yelling into the microphone. "When I’m president of the United States, I’m not going to let them go on vacation. They’re gonna become energy independent."

McCain was accompanied by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who has been mentioned as a potential running mate. He had warned the McCain campaign that a politician might receive an unfriendly welcome, but McCain relished the warm embrace.

His wife, Cindy, also paid tribute to the crowd, saying: "I’d like to thank all of you for your support of our troops, and here’s why: I’m many things in my life, and one thing I’d like to be is your first lady. But more importantly, I’m Jack McCain’s mother and Jimmy McCain’s mother, one in the U.S. Navy and another one in the Marine Corps, an Iraqi vet."

Taking back the microphone, McCain joked that he wanted her to enter the beauty contest held at the site, the Buffalo Chip campground on the edge of town.

"I told her with a little luck, she could be the only woman ever to serve as both the first lady and Miss Buffalo Chip," McCain quipped.

Before landing in South Dakota, McCain visited the National Label Co. in Lafayette Hill, Pa. The 97-year-old, family owned business makes labels for products from medicines such as Tylenol to shampoos in the Suave family.

There, McCain focused on energy policy, telling reporters he has outlined an "all-of-the-above" strategy and mocking Obama’s suggestion last week for improving automobile mileage, saying: "We’re not going to achieve energy independence by inflating our tires."

On Tuesday, McCain aims to underscore his call for expanded nuclear power in the U.S. by touring a nuclear power plant in the battleground state of Michigan. That trip comes a day after Obama laid out his energy vision in a speech, also in Michigan.


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  1. UhhhDude

    I’m willing to bet that there are enough decent Americans who don’t like men who pimp out their wives. Or have we forgotten the story of Jack Ryan’s 2004 run for Congress?

    Ryan was forced to withdraw after details of his divorce were released, which showed he had a knack for forcing his ex-wife, actress Jeri Ryan, to perform sex acts in public places and taking her to sex clubs.

    Americans may love their freedoms, or at least the ones they still have left, but watching a husband pimp out his wife still crosses the line for a lot of people.

    And while we’re at it, where is the indignation of the Religious Right?

    Let’s flip the script: McCain gets a pass by the media for suggesting his wife try out for a pageant that involves baring your essentials to a mob of drunken bikers, yet I’d bet if Obama made some offhand remark about Michelle’s beauty, the press would be all “OMG OMG OMG OBAMA PIMPS OUT HIS BABY MAMA FOR SEX SEX SEX!!!1!!!1!!!!”

    And then the Wall Street Journal would ask the question, “Is Obama Too Sexy to Be President?”

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go back to my job hunting.

  2. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    And the point your making S.O.S is…

    You haven’t replied but when did you hear me say I was a cheer leader for Millionaire Neo-Reo-Pubnic-cons…

    When was the last Lexus liberal…(huh!)

    Were swimming in them:

    1) Nancy ‘The Care of our Country is off the Table’ Fancy Pants Pelosi

    2) Harry ‘Retro-Active Immunity for AT&T’ Reed

    3) Sir ‘Selling the 4th Amendment Down the Tubes’ Obama of Camelot

    4) Dianne ‘Never Says No To AIPAC’ Feinstein.

    There are more Lexus Liberals then there are Rats in a Barrel (No Offense Against Rats!)

    The Democrappers are such Harlots they should wear helmets with Red Lights Attached on them. The Democratic Controlled Congress is the ‘Red Light District’

  3. neondog

    No more lexus liberals?…when was the last one?

    liberal millionaires bad…rebuliCON millions really cool…


  4. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    Back in 80′ a lot of Democrappers thought the idea of Ronnie Raygun winning was a joke, so leave it to the Democrappers to Screw the Pooch and ‘Miss-under-Eastimate’ John McNuggets.

    No More Lexus Liberals