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Today, right here in our backyard... McCain talks about ACORN and voter fraud.





More highlights from today's Waukesha visit here.

Waukesha, Wisconsin -- One of the highlights of the McCain-Palin rally here today came when Scott Southworth, an Iraq War veteran from Mauston, Wisconsin, stood and told McCain that he was personally offended by Barack Obama's suggestion, recently amplified by the McCain campaign, that the US military was just bombing civilians in Afghanistan. The most important issue, Southworth said to loud applause, remained winning the war on terror. Southworth then introduced his son, A'laa, who was sitting in his wheelchair next to his father and who, he said, had been brought to the US from Iraq.

McCain asked Southworth to tell the story of the adoption and Southworth explained that he adopted A'laa from the Mother Theresa orphanage in Baghdad after he learned that A'laa was to be transferred to a state-run facility, which Southworth believed would be unsafe. As he told the story, several women in the audience wiped away tears. It was, for the audience at least, a powerful moment.

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UPDATE: The next question came from a black McCain supporter, who reminded McCain of the candidate's plea at the convention for his supporters to do everything possible to ensure a victory. The supporter said: "I doubt that anyone has taken, pardon me, the ass-whoopin' I have taken for doing that." He then implored McCain to go after Barack Obama at the next debate and asked him to raise ACORN and Reverend Wright. "I am begging you, sir," he said, as the crowd stood and applauded.



Hi Charlie,


You know that “black supporter” you mentioned in your blog post was James T. Harris, right?  OMG, he brought down the house.  Someone should give that man a talk show!  The man I was sitting with during the event said when James fills in for Wagner, he can’t turn it off.  He’s just. That. Good.








NBC takes note:


A local African-American conservative talk radio host named James T. Harris also brought up what he called Obama’s “soft spot,” which he said included “ACORN,” “the good Rev.Wright,” and other “shady characters that have surrounded him.”

“I am begging you, sir," Harris said. "I am begging you. Take it to him.”

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