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Voters Reject McCain's Ayers and ACORN Smears

A new poll shows voters are rejecting the McCain/Palin arguments that William Ayers and ACORN are legitimate concerns regarding Obama's suitability to serve as President.

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More challenges for John McCain: Likely voters overwhelmingly reject his effort to make an issue of Barack Obama's association with 1960s radical William Ayers. Fallout continues from McCain's pick of Sarah Palin for vice president, with 52 percent saying it weakens their confidence in his judgment. And on optimism, it's Obama by 2-1.

Skepticism about the Ayers issue was one of the factors cited by Colin Powell in his endorsement of Obama yesterday, and in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, likely voters broadly agree: 60 percent say Obama's relationship with Ayers is not a legitimate issue in the presidential campaign; 37 percent say it is.

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McCain picked Palin to appease the ultra-conservative evangelicals in the Republican base.

McCain's campaign motto has been "Country First" but the pick of Palin put "My Election First" ahead of giving the country a viable, qualified candidate, and as is demonstrated by Colin Powell's endorsement of Obama, which specifically mentioned McCain's poor choice in selecting Palin, McCain made a monumental blunder, potential fatal to his election bid. Harping on Ayers and ACORN are more "bad choices" for which McCain will continue pay a price.

Colin Powell on MEET THE PRESS:

"She's a very distinguished woman and she's to be admired, but at the same time now that we have had a chance to watch her for some seven weeks, I don't believe she's ready to be President of the United States, which is the job of the Vice President," Powell said. "And so, that raised some question in my mind as to the judgment that Senator McCain made."

In the end, we may find that John McCain and Sarah Palin defeated John McCain and Sarah Palin to a greater extent than anyone could have predicted.


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