Monday, August 04, 2008

ABC's "The View" features Obama (Monday) and McCain (Tuesday)

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama appeared today (Monday, August 4) on ABC’s “The View”.

Obama “admitted” that we might be in a national emergency when he took office and that he might have to go into some sort of FDR mode for the first days of office, before advancing his own policy initiatives.

Obama denied that he was for higher taxes, but the thought that those who make the most money ought to pay “a little more” and working people scraping by ought to pay “a little less.”

He said that his wife did not have a passion for being involved in policy making 24 x7, and he described himself as “skinny but tough.”

He has been somewhat vague on energy, but indicated that oil drilling cannot solve our supply problems in any time frame, and that American companies control only 3% of reserves. He said that he supported a technological revolution in promoting efficient use of energy. He wants 20% of our energy to come from renewable sources in ten years, and he wants 6 million hybrid vehicles that get 150 miles per gallon or more.

There is some debate as to whether inflating tires will save as much energy as offshore drilling would produce in ten years, but Obama's campaign has been giving away tire pressure gauges.

Republican candidate John McCain will appear on the program Tuesday August 5.

The website for the program is this. Today I had some problems making the links on the site work (the "learn more" for Barack Obama's appearance kept on bringing up a page for ABC's soap operas).

The cohosts for this women’s daily “gabfest” are Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Sherri Shepherd.

Update: August 5:

McCain first talked about Iraq, and said that the we have a way to go before the “rule of law” comes back in Iraq.

He recalled his time as a prisoner of war, of speakers blaring into his cell a the “Hanoi Hilton,” of his learning of the Martin Luther King assassination and subsequent riots, but not of when man walked on the Moon.

He was asked about the shortage of military manpower and said he did not support a draft and did believe that an all “volunteer” military was effective. He did support the idea that people should volunteer for causes “higher than themselves” (something he has said in early 2001). He suggested that more should be done to provide educational incentives to join the military or perhaps other forms of national service.

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