McCain lands at Columbia Regional Airport

Monday, October 20, 2008 | 10:01 a.m. CDT; updated 11:02 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sen. John McCain stopped in Columbia on Monday afternoon.

The Republican presidential nominee from Arizona landed at the Columbia Regional Airport around 12:30 p.m. As McCain disembarked from the plane, a man yelled, "Go get 'em, John."

McCain shook a few hands and embraced Christine Ellinger, the campaign's fourth congressional district co-chair.

Ellinger said McCain is going to tour Columbia businesses "and get to know people and what they're doing and daily life."

A crowd of about 15 people assembled outside the airport's fence to see him descend from the plane.

Florence Phillips was dropping off her daughter at the airport when another of her daughters, Cheryl Daubin, told her McCain was landing.

"Your man is coming," Daubin told her.

Phillips, who also saw John F. Kennedy at the Joplin Airport in 1962, said she was upset at the small size of the crowd gathered to see McCain.

McCain campaign volunteer Jane Stuart agreed. In 2000, when then-Republican presidential nominee George W. Bush visited the airport there was a much larger crowd, Stuart said.

News of McCain's plan to stop in Columbia surfaced on Thursday but remained unconfirmed by the campaign until Monday morning.

McCain stopped at Buckingham Smokehouse Bar-B-Q after leaving the airport in a motorcade.

McCain's stop in Columbia is between a pair of rallies in Missouri — in St. Charles at 9 a.m. and in Belton at 3:45 p.m.

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Ayn Rand October 20, 2008 | 12:24 p.m.

Of the people who show up, I wonder for how many it will be the first time they've ever set foot at Columbia Regional Airport.

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Robert Stinnett October 20, 2008 | 3:21 p.m.

I liked the quote from the lady who was "upset" so few people turned out. Well, maybe that should tell you something. I'm a small business owner (who is licensed and pays his taxes unless McCain's friend Joe) who 100% supports Obama. I realize that I can't sell my product unless people can afford to buy them. I've sat by and watch my 401K get drained, the rich get richer thanks my tax dollars bailing them out, and 8 years of this country turn its back on hardworking folks in favor of get-rich-quick schemes. So no, I'm not gathering at the airport to wave to McCain -- I'm more worried about my families well-being and how we are going to survive. I don't have time to listen to McCain tell me this is a "mental recession" and how Obama wants to turn us into socialists. I don't have time for the lies, McCain, and many other people don't have time for them either. If you have nothing better to do than to lie to us, just stay home. I drove 140 miles to see Obama on Saturday; I wouldn't waste gas driving 5 miles to see McCain.

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Deb Nelson October 20, 2008 | 9:49 p.m.

McCain, man of the people or another Bush whose real base are the wealthy?

Too bad McCain is a maverick against Wall Street regulations that would have protected all of us from the current financial crisis. Too bad for McCain that most of us know he spent years shifting wealth away from the middle class and up to the wealthy, even voting 19 times against increasing the minimum wage, against equal pay for equal work, and for those budget-smashing Bush tax cuts for the wealthy. Too bad for McCain that many citizens believe him when he says that he wants to continue Bush's economic policies and the Iraq occupation (even when they want us to leave), which is a debt being passed onto future generations. Too bad for McCain that many women know he voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Too bad for McCain that black people know he voted against the Martin Luther King holiday repeatedly. Too bad for McCain that he chose to put his own ambitions ahead of the country when he chose the shockingly ill-prepared and seemingly anti-American/AIP-supporting Palin as his running mate. Too bad McCain has chosen slimy gutter politics and lies, even to the point of endangering people, instead of running an honorable campaign.

But it will be too bad for us if we elect these two because we don't have the courage to think and seek out the facts but instead listen to bogus and hateful claims!

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Elizabeth Watson October 21, 2008 | 8:07 a.m.

To Deb Nelson,
You are absolutely right on!
I could not agree more.
Thank you for saying what I have been thinking!

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Joe Smart October 21, 2008 | 8:59 a.m.

Not even McDonalds would hire someone to manage their stores with less two years experience. Yet you hill people want to let Obama run the country. With that kind of foresight and intelligence it is not surprising people like Deb object to not raising the minimum wage. I dont blame her since that is the only way she will ever get a raise. And she says "to bad black people already know...." What happened to African American you bleeding heart liberal? Why don’t you stop posting on blogs like this and spend some time with your kids on their school work so THEY don’t have to worry about the minimum wage. It kills me that nearly all black people will vote for Obama because he is BLACK. Talk about racist. The funny thing... he is only doing what his WHITE advisors are telling him to do. And he is not going to deliver blacks to the promise land. We will still have to work for it. Maybe even harder if he becomes president.

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Joe Smart October 21, 2008 | 9:32 a.m.

Oh and the only reason there weren't hundreds or thousands of people at the airport is because the press did an EXCELLENT job of not letting us know he was coming. Good job media people.

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Saint Wendeler October 21, 2008 | 10:07 a.m.

Such uniformed comments.... where to begin?

MCCAIN OPPOSED REGULATIONS ON WALL STREET - ummm, McCain urged regulation of Fannie/Freddie and the bill was stopped by the Dems. If the Dems push to stop any new regulation and a few weak Republicans (which doesn't include McCain) join the Dems, is it the Republicans' fault? I suppose in your world, it is. Chris Dodd accepted sweetheart deals from companies he regulated. Charles Schumer publicly doomed IndyMac right after his contributors were looking at the company's balance sheet. The list goes on, ad infinitum.

INCREASED TAXES WILL BENEFIT THE POOR AND BRING INCREASED REVENUES TO THE GOVERNMENT - In one of the primary debates, Charlie Gibson noted that an increase in the Capital Gains Tax rate would result in LESS revenues for the government. Obama agreed and said he was proposing it out of fairness, not to increase revenues. And where does money sent to Washington end up? In the pockets of special interest and the well connected. And no doubt the Chicago Way of politics will fit in nicely in D.C.

THE VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN'S ACT - There were plenty of criticisms against that bill and it should be noted that much of it was ruled unconstitutional (because it's reliance on the Commerce Clause was ridiculous), so I'm not sure you should use a vote against the VAWA as some indication of McCain's judgment (as it would seem he was somewhat vindicated).

THE MINIMUM WAGE HELPS THE POOR AND UNSKILLED WORKERS - It hurts them and/or results in inflation. Think beyond stage 1 (the wage increase) and you cannot argue this point. It was recently pointed out that the increase in unemployment came shortly after the most recent passage of the minimum wage increase and the unemployment rate skyrocketed for those who made minimum wage (a disproportionate number of whom are teenagers).

FINALLY, if you think the US economy is a free market economy, you're deluding yourself. We are a hybrid between socialism and capitalism and with Obama, we will be moving more along the continuum towards socialism. From health care to airlines to education to subprime mortgages - anytime you think you see an industry which needs more oversight or government regulation, look closer and you'll see that the government is already strangling the industries with idiotic laws that have unintended consequences. If you think your HMO is unresponsive and not acting in your best interests as a patient, wait until the distant federal government increases their role.

Don't look to the government to help you or your fellow citizen. Help yourself, help your family, help your neighbor, and help your community. Shirking those responsibilities by accepting increased taxes on a few may be easy, but it won't produce any of the results that you think it will.

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Rick Smith October 21, 2008 | 11:08 a.m.

There, Joe, someone with some thought actually chimed in to rescue your opinions. Well said, Saint, though I disagree with you on almost every point and can find just as many facts and bills voted for or against by both candidates to support my own arguments. At least you're grounding your arguments based on issues and facts (though cherrypicked) rather than counterproductive insults. History shows that Republicans tend to favor deregulation while Democrats tend not to. However, since politicians in general are "in the tank" with corporations & have conflicts of interest (Paulson & Cheney, Gore & Biden, anyone?), it's hardly accurate to pin the blame for *anything* on just one party.

Trickle down economics doesn't work the way we're told it does. The 80s and this portion of the 21st century shows that remarkably.

The US is already socialist. Socializing loss & privatizing profits isn't a flag waved *only* by Democrats, unless you're just a partisan. Both parties share blame on that one. But if socialized services are de riguer, I'd rather have $700B going into universal health care than into Paulson's pal's pockets.

The greatest economic expansion in US history occurred during the 90s when nearly everyone paid higher taxes, but not many people went without (comparatively). We saw the greatest decline in welfare dependance in 40-something years, and abortions went down year-after-year for 8 straight. Contrast that with the last 8 years. Abortions went up for the first 3 of the Bush administration, then they stopped releasing statistics and reworked the formula so it looked as if they were declining. A current 6-9% unemployment rate means *more* people living off our taxes, not less, and the $10-trillion debt with billions in interest being paid to China for their loans to us (beautiful Beijing Olympics brought to you by US taxpayers!), and a majority of Americans willing to be honest with themselves would not say they're better off after the last 8 years than they were before.

Instead their inability to see their own party or candidate's flaws makes them just cheerleaders for their team, regardless of the candidate or issues. If I disagree with my spouse from time to time, that's just marriage. But if I disagree with my government, I'm a socialist, terrorist, unpatriotic, and should leave? Huh? It's BECAUSE I love my country that I want it to be all it can be. Mere flagwaving and chanting USA USA and shouting down anyone who disagrees isn't patriotic - it's nationalistic.

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Rick Smith October 21, 2008 | 11:09 a.m.

And to Joe, Deb said "too bad for us if we elect these two because we DON'T HAVE THE COURAGE TO THINK AND SEEK OUT THE FACTS but instead listen to bogus and hateful claims."

Perpetuated by people like you, it would seem.

As for spending time blogging and not raising her kids... You are assuming an awful lot aren't you, for someone who is also spending time blogging. How do you know she even has kids? How do you know she's African-American, and how do you know she has a minimum wage paying job? You can't argue based on facts so instead you turn to personal insults? Not exactly a winning formula now, is it? To say nothing of the role model you must be for your own children, if you have any (see? Giving you the benefit of the doubt rather than just assuming).

Attack Obama and his policies with thought out arguments, as Deb did to McCain, and Saint did against Obama, instead of spewing the hateful rhetoric that your party is becoming known for. I'm ashamed of people like you, and you make me ashamed for ever having respected people like John McCain.

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Ayn Rand October 21, 2008 | 11:18 a.m.

Why should I put in more hours at work if it means I'll take home less because of Obama's increased taxes?

You Obama backers are naive to assume that raising taxes means more tax revenue. HIgh wage earners can simply work less in order to stay under the limit and still have a comfortable life. Ha ha.

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Ayn Rand October 21, 2008 | 11:32 a.m.

Joe Dumb wrote: "Oh and the only reason there weren't hundreds or thousands of people at the airport is because the press did an EXCELLENT job of not letting us know he was coming. Good job media people."

For one, the media had been reporting since at least Sunday morning that McCain would appear. For another, they couldn't report the location until a few hours before because candidates don't release that information until the last moment.

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Saint Wendeler October 21, 2008 | 11:50 a.m.

Ayn - First, I'm a big fan. Second, the actual effects of these policies is not their concerns - it's that they're "fair" (in someone's eyes).

As demonstrated with Obama's response to Charlie Gibson on an increase in the CapGains tax rate, he doesn't care if it results in reduced government revenue - just as long as it's done for the right reasons.

Many Americans fail to think beyond Stage One of any problem's solution.

But, I would submit that an increased reliance on the Federal government is that last thing that this country needs, especially given the ineffectiveness and inefficiency that comes inherent with any government solution (see the rebuilding of the 9th ward in New Orleans by local, state, and federal government vs. the private sector - as represented by charity organizations).

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Saint Wendeler October 21, 2008 | 11:51 a.m.

IN RESPONSE TO RICK - "Instead their inability to see their own party or candidate's flaws makes them just cheerleaders for their team, regardless of the candidate or issues."

I am not a fan of McCain, or anyone who ran on the GOP ticket. There are few in Washington who, when asked a question about a problem, offered something other than some government solution. I wonder why that is? I suppose that when you've only got a hammer (taxpayer money and bureaucracies), everything looks like a nail (problems that the American people can solve on their own through ingenuity and drive coupled with compassion and regard for their fellow citizen).

"But if I disagree with my government, I'm a socialist, terrorist, unpatriotic, and should leave? Huh? It's BECAUSE I love my country that I want it to be all it can be. Mere flagwaving and chanting USA USA and shouting down anyone who disagrees isn't patriotic - it's nationalistic."

Rick, I agree... although I would submit that there are those on either side of the partisan divide who engage in that tactic. If you think I'm crazy for saying that, you're just as blind.

No one has called Obama a terrorist - they've calle Bill Ayers a terrorist (because he was one and is still unrepentant).

With regard to socialism, I find it interesting that we're moving closer to that line on the continuum, while the rest of the world is moving away from it. Canada has just re-elected it's Conservative Party PM (and increased his party's seat count), Sarkozy in France, Cameron likely to win in the UK, Merkel in Germany, Berlusconi in Italy, the former communist states all moving towards free markets, etc. And, as most systems are considering free market reforms of their health care systems, we're in the current hybrid model and pushing to take up what they're leaving behind. While other countries have introduced choice in public education, we shackle children to failing schools.

Also, I would suggest that loving your country is great... but you should understand that your government isn't your country. While it's a large part (>$3 trillion of our GDP is federal government spending and it has 2 million employees (not including the USPS), America is not its government.

People don't come here because of program xyz... they come here because of the fact that they can better themselves and realize the American dream. Their lot in life isn't determined by who their parents are, where they live, or even how much money they bring to the table.

Unfortunately, we're losing that concept and, to borrow a phrase from Ms. Rand, "the Aristocracy of Pull" is what we've become.

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Saint Wendeler October 21, 2008 | 11:52 a.m.

factcheck - the total number of federal employees is 14.6 million...

just super!!! Let's give them more to do and see if we can double the number of employees!

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Mark Taylor II October 21, 2008 | 1:27 p.m.

George Wallace said it best, "there's not a dime's worth of difference between" Republicans and Democrats. The Democrats willingly went along with the War in Iraq, suspension of Habeas Corpus, Patriot Act, banning books like "America Deceived' from Amazon, Wikipedia and Facebook, warrant-less wiretapping and opening private mail. They are both guilty of treason.
Clean them all out and save this great nation.
Last link (before Google Books bends to gov't Will and drops the title):

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Hayley Tsukayama October 21, 2008 | 1:37 p.m.

In response to Mr. Smart:
We didn't have confirmation when Mr. McCain would be landing until that morning and put that information on the Web site. We had posted information that we believed he would be coming, but the details of the day were put together in about 24 hours. We are working very hard on confirming this kind of information earlier to get the news out as quickly and accurately as possible.
If anybody would like to read more about McCain's visit yesterday, please go to the follow-up story at

Hayley Tsukayama

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Saint Wendeler October 21, 2008 | 1:40 p.m.

Mark - There is a difference, but you probably aren't interested...

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Brian Roach October 21, 2008 | 3:37 p.m.

10/18/08 - Barack Obama visits St. Louis, Missouri. Population: about 300,000
Number attending the Obama rally: 100,000
30% of St. Louis's population came to see Barack Obama!

10/20/08 - John McCain visits Columbia, Missouri.
Population: 100,000
Number attending the McCain rally: 150
<1% of Columbia's population came to see John McCain

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Amber Hanneken October 21, 2008 | 6:21 p.m.

Brian, that's quite the logical fallacy you've got there.
First of all, Obama's visit on the 18th was an actual rally while McCain's visit to Columbia was just a stop in for some lunch. It wasn't really a public event of any kind.
Secondly, I doubt all 100,000 of those people at the Obama rally came from St. Louis. So to say that 30% of the population of St. Louis came out is silly.

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Jeff Tanzer October 21, 2008 | 7:55 p.m.

McCain is bad news no doubt but please beware of Obama. A suit by Attny Phil Berg of Philadelphia has made Obama and the DNC admit Obama was born in Kenya, he therefore is ineligible to run for president! Who is he and where does he come from should have people asking many questions.
Do not trust what is going on, this game has been set up a long time ago. You have no say in who will be president.
You must research the CFR,Bilderbergers, TriLateral commission. You must face the awful truth that a group of criminal elites are pulling the strings and have steered the course of history for many,many years.
You have been kept enslaved by a corrupt financial system called the Federal Reserve which is machination of international fraudsters that trick countries and their citizens into Ponzi schemes.
If you must vote look at Cynthia McKinney, or Nader, these people are the only 'clean' candidates. God help us all, we are in bigger trouble than you realize.

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Ray Shapiro October 21, 2008 | 8:30 p.m.

Jeff Tanzer, Don't accuse a man's birth place is not as documented, unless you can prove it. You wouldn't like it if I implied you'll be marching on the Jefferson City steps with our "friendly" out of town visitors, would you?
Also, please don't use lies and scare tactics, unless you're a Republican. "W" is proof enough for me to vote for Obama. If Obama is good enough for General Colin Powell, Obama is good enough for me!

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Amber Hanneken October 21, 2008 | 9:16 p.m.

Obama was born in Hawaii. Where did you get that Kenya "fact"?

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Saint Wendeler October 22, 2008 | 9:33 a.m.

"10/18/08 - Barack Obama visits St. Louis, Missouri. Population: about 300,000
Number attending the Obama rally: 100,000
30% of St. Louis's population came to see Barack Obama!"

A couple of points:
1) Barry's event was advertised for days (weeks?) in advance. McCain's arrival at Columbia regional airport (not close to Columbia, MO, btw) was announced on Sunday AM a few hours before the arrival.

2) St Louis City limits may have population of 300k, but if you think that's all that lives in St Louis, you've clearly never been there. Metropolitan area has ~3 million people, so Obama's 30k at the Arch represents ~1%.

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