I've been very active in researching issues which the Democrats are using to keep themselves in the Presidential race. I believe if McCain can address the following issues on a national stage, such as the debates, he will win the race running away.
1) Was the war in Iraq unjustified? There are two elements of this that McCain needs to pound home.
a) The Democrats were adamently in favor of this war. See the video below for a refresher course.
b) Now that the Dems want to appeal to the anti-war crowd they are blaming Bush (and McCain) for lying to the public and to them about the existence of WMDs. There are four sources of information that prove that Hussein actually DID have WMDs.
1- Hussein is known to have used WMDs on his own people at least 10 times.
2- Georges Sada, Hussein's #2 Air Force Officer told the New York Sun, and many others since then, that Hussein had moved his WMDs to Syria in the weeks leading up to the US invasion.
3- Sada's report is confirmed by more than 40 Iraqi prisoners of war who have told US captors the same exact story, without contradicton. Don Bordenkircher – who served two years as national director of prison and jail operations in Iraq - said these prisoners boasted of being part of this transport.
4- An intelligence report, made public in 2006, revealed that coalition forces had, indeed, found WMDs (mustard gas and sarin) in Iraq...upwards of 500 of them. The only one to report of this from any of the major news networks, that I know of, was Sean Hannity of Fox.
2) The Current Financial Crisis. - How Obama is succeeding at lying so blatantly to the public regarding the facts surrounding the causes of this crisis can only be explained by the fact that he feels as though he can make any lie sound like the truth with the majority of the media perpetuating it. However, the facts in this matter are indisputable.
a) The Carter Administration's efforts to redevelop America's urban centers began with the idea of wanting to help lower income communities build affordable housing.
b) Jump to the mid-90s and the Clinton Administration. Clinton, wanting to expand on the Urban Redevelopment Program of Carter, enlisted the help of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Hundreds of billions of dollars began pouring into mortgages for low income applicants. Through Clinton pressure on Fannie Mae, bye the early part of the 21st century, nearly half of all Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac loans were in distressed situations.
c) 2002 - reports come out that Fannie Mae execs have been cooking the books to help them "earn" hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses. In the center of the contraversy is Franklin Raines, an Obama supporter and advisor on mortgage and banking issues.
d) 2003 - Bush and Republican congressmen propose legislation that would regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The proposals are squashed by people like Barney Franks who makes it into racial issue, as though the Republicsns are merely trying to make it harder for low income Americans to buy a home. He says the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in good shape.
e) 2004/2005 - McCain, himself, attempts to get a bill passed that would regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. A similar bill passes the House okay..finally. But Senate Demos do what they have to do to block the McCain bill, which eventually dies.
f) Obama says McCain is just more of the same policies which got us into this mess. However, it was McCain who tried to get us OUT of this mess before it became the mess it is. And it is Obama who has taken nearly as much money from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac in two years of being Senator as the Christopher Dodd has taken since 1989...making Obama, quickly, the second biggest beneficiary of Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac PAC money since 1989. During that same time, McCain has taken NO money from them. So if ANYONE represents more of the same policies which got us into this mess, its Obama.
These points need to be POUNDED home by the Republicans, the RNC, and McCain from now until the rest of the country knows it.