McCain campaigns in Defiance

McCain campaigns in Defiance

There are 16 comments on the WANE Fort Wayne story from Oct 30, 2008, titled McCain campaigns in Defiance. In it, WANE Fort Wayne reports that:

The Presidential campaign trail rolled through our area again; this time in Defiance, Ohio on Thursday morning.

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Mike

United States

#1 Oct 30, 2008
I notice they didn't mention that McCain was calling out for Joe "The Plumber", and he didn't show up. McCain's Assistants knew he wasn't there but failed to tell him.

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/30/joe-the...
Debbie

Sherwood, OH

#2 Oct 31, 2008
It was a privilege to have Senator John McCain in Defiance Ohio today. I believe John McCain is a man of honor, integrity, and courage. He has taken the road less traveled throughout his life. John McCain bravely and sacrificially upheld his military service to our Country. He is a man who shows his leadership by taking a stand to uphold Biblical principles rather than taking the politically correct choice. John McCain has the fortitude to fight for what is right, the moxie to challene us to put our Country first, and the encouragement to believe that America still offers opportunity to those who don't quit, work hard, and keep the faith. This is the most important election in our Country's history. The choice is clear that the Republican Party platform and candidates uphold the honorable principles America was founded upon. Voters take the opportunity to elect John McCain as our 44th President and Sarah Palin as Vice President. John McCain is deserving of the honor of the presidency.
Bill -Toledo

United States

#3 Oct 31, 2008
To read this you'd think there were 10,000 voters out to see McCain when other put the crowd at 6,000 -- 4,000 of whom were schoolchildren who were bused in. I guess this explains why McCutcheon was reduced to quoting a high school junior in this misleading piece of very lousy reporting.

Shame on you!
Bill -Toledo

United States

#4 Oct 31, 2008
I should have written "other reports put the crowd at 6,000." Apologies.
Sharon

Fort Wayne, IN

#5 Oct 31, 2008
Did all these children HAVE to go to this rally? If we lived in that school district and my children's entire school was forced to participate, I know I'd be questioning the objectivity of a 'public' school system being so blatantly partisan. My cheerleader or band member would NOT be forced to make a candidate look like he actually has a cheering crowd of voters in attendance, when in reality they were using the children as extras! Did you even bother to ask if all the students were required to attend? Seems like the type of question a reporter would want to know...thinking people - whether Republicans, Democrats, Independents or whatever, should question the judgement of a school superintendent making this partisan decision!
xxx

Glouster, OH

#6 Oct 31, 2008
Public school system being blatantly partisan...That would suggest that they wouldn't have bussed them in to see Obama...Fact is, what an honor it should have been for them to be in the presence of a Senator, War Hero and possible future President. I don't think this is partisan politics in the least...It's the chance for these children to see history in the making...In 20 years they will be able to say I saw Senator John McCain live...I shook his hand...I'm so sick of everyone playing Democrat/Republican...This is the greatest country in the world and the reason it's going to pot is becuase to many people have fogotten it!
Debbie

Sherwood, OH

#7 Oct 31, 2008
None of the students were forced to attend the Defiance McCain Rally. The schools that participated in the event sent home permission slips to the parents to allow their child's participation. This is a historical event and may be onetime real life and educational experience. I live in the Defiance County community, and our schools here are not as sizable as Ft Wayne, since we are a more rural area. The crowd that attended was not made up of two-thirds students. Approximately 600 students were from my local school district in addition to the Defiance City Schools. The event was held downtown at the Defiance Middle School, so of course the students should have had every right to be there especially since their hometown was given the privilege to hold this event. Three area school bands were graciously invited to provide the music prior to the rally. Sharon, you are not a member of my community, and there is no need for you to be raising any issue when you didn't have the facts. I feel our communiy was proud to have been selected, and we just are thankful for all of the people who worked together to coordinate this event in such a short time period. Our community is the heartland of America, and in my own opinion proud to represent patriotic values of God and country.
Sharon wrote:
Did all these children HAVE to go to this rally? If we lived in that school district and my children's entire school was forced to participate, I know I'd be questioning the objectivity of a 'public' school system being so blatantly partisan. My cheerleader or band member would NOT be forced to make a candidate look like he actually has a cheering crowd of voters in attendance, when in reality they were using the children as extras! Did you even bother to ask if all the students were required to attend? Seems like the type of question a reporter would want to know...thinking people - whether Republicans, Democrats, Independents or whatever, should question the judgement of a school superintendent making this partisan decision!
Gabi

Portland, OR

#8 Nov 1, 2008
Yesterday on the radio I heard a news item which said that 2/3rds of the crowd were schoolchildren - that the schools in town were closed and schools there and a couple others nearby bussed schoolchildren in to fill up the crowd. Is that true?! What is that?
Uroboros

Severna Park, MD

#9 Nov 3, 2008
Should any of you more true-believing sub-rhetoricians find it okie-dokie to bus other people's kids to a McCain rally with or without their permission, what would you say if the shoe were on-the-other-foot http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/22/obam... ?

Rest assured if any school administrative flack had the temerity to ship my son to such a rally without my knowledge, they would get slapped with a lawsuit sop fast their heads would spin, Otherwise I'd put a foot where the sun-don't shine...

What presumption and out-and-out disrespect for the welfare of other people's children to allow this to happen. Its just astounding! Then to have the obtuse rubes above tea-bag McInsane in such a confused and hyperbolic manner is beyond disgusting...
andrew of california

Santa Rosa, CA

#10 Nov 3, 2008
Wow, people say that California is wierd. 2/3 of the attendees were school children. What a progressive school district that would take children to an event where such an important event occurred. I would have encouraged my children to go. And, if Obama was in the area, I would have demanded the school district bus them to that. What a personal link such events could have been for each of those children to reflect on as they went through life. This election will be history making no matter what way it goes tomorrow.
Mavericks - Sidekick

Stamford, CT

#11 Nov 3, 2008
McCain Lose's Arizona.

The "Phoney maverick" Just got Super "Side Kicked" Out By His Own State. OuchhhH!!.

NOW!-That Saids alot Right There.

OBAMA /BIDEN 2008 BABY!......

Since: Oct 08

United States

#12 Nov 8, 2008
Have we explained to these children that McCain became our hero by many bombings / killings of many innocent people? They should be told the entire story.
Tobacco Stinks

Bellingham, MA

#13 Nov 12, 2008
McCain spent the entire day bashing Obama, even the kids heard this. What a sick man that is.
bryan parent

Bryan, OH

#14 Nov 18, 2008
Our parents of the Bryan Ohio band weren't ask by the school system, we were told the kids were going and not even ASKED....I was not happy!
Here's an article out of our local paper, The Bryan Times, that ran today:
bryan parent

Bryan, OH

#15 Nov 18, 2008
Was band supporting McCain?
By TAMI BRIGLE - Times Reporter
Did Bryan City Schools inadvertently support a political candidate by allowing the band to perform at the John McCain rally in Defiance recently?
Or were officials just allowing students to experience the political process?
That was the concern that school board members addressed Monday night.
"I've gotten word from maybe a couple dozen parents who were concerned about the fact that the Bryan band went to the McCain rally," said board member Scott Acus. "Some of the concerns that I've heard are ... we spent school money to go support a political candidate."
bryan parent

Bryan, OH

#16 Nov 18, 2008
"ThatŐs tax money that's coming from people with a wide range of political beliefs."
At the end of the board meeting, Acus said he and others wanted more information on why the decision was made to send the band to the rally.
Superintendent Diana Savage said she was responsible for making the decision.
"I felt being there in person at such a historic event and having the national coverage that was going to be there, I thought it was truly an honor for us to go, and I gave the permission for us to set up the trip," Savage said. She added that she got feedback from board members before making her decision, and she also checked with the district's attorney on the board policy. Acus acknowledged he was the only board member who did not give his approval.
Savage read from board policy 9700, which concerns relations with special interest groups.
The policy states, "Any request from civic institutions, charitable organizations, or special interest groups which involve such activities as patriotic functions, contests, exhibits, sales of products to and by students, sending promotional materials home with students, graduation prizes, fund raising, and free teaching materials must be carefully reviewed to ensure that such activities promote student interests."
The policy continues, "... any such approval, granted for whatever cause or group, shall not be construed as an endorsement of said cause or group by this Board. Board President Glen Newcomer supported Savage.
"It is not an endorsement," he said. "... It is showing responsible citizenship and it also shows respect for the political process. She followed the procedures, and I believe she made the right call."
Acus still was concerned about mixing politics with education.
"There's a reason that school board members are not partisan," Acus said, explaining that political affiliations should not come into play when dealing with school issues.
Bryan High School Principal Stephen Alspaugh said he also was involved in making the decision to send the students to the rally, and he believed the day was historic and important for students to see, no matter what political affiliations there were.
"In my 43 years of life, I have never seen anything like what I saw that day. The fact that our students had a chance to be there, the fact that they had a chance to experience and see it, to me, it wouldn't have mattered whether it was a McCain or Obama rally. It was unbelievable," said Alspaugh. "In my opinion, it was an unbelievable honor for our students to be there, and I would seriously believe that it wasn't dependent upon a candidate"
"I was seriously looking at it from the educational aspect for our students," he added.
The next step towards completely evaluating the facilities of the Bryan City Schools is under way.
Superintendent Diana Savage told board members Monday night that the state inspection was recently completed, and results should be back in just a few months. Savage explained that officials from the Ohio School Facilities Commission and the architectural firm ADA came to the district Nov. 10 and 11 to tour the facilities. The results of the tour and inspection will be a possible building plan with the district and the OSFC.
"Ned Ruffer took them through all of our buildings, and they completed their inspections and reviews and have went to compile our reports, which we expect sometime and January and February," Savage said.
She reminded board members that they were scheduled to tour the district's facilities as a group on Nov. 24 beginning at 8 a.m. "I think we're all looking forward to it," said Board President Glen Newcomer.
http://www.bryantimes.com/topstory/top_story_...

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