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100 U.S. Ambassadors Endorse McCain/Palin

Posted by Joanne On October - 19 - 2008

McCain-Palin 2008 announced that more than 100 former U.S. ambassadors are endorsing Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin for president and vice president.

Prominent former U.S. ambassadors endorsing the McCain-Palin ticket include former Ambassador to Japan, Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker; President George H. W. Bush, former Ambassador to the United Nations; former Ambassador to Yugoslavia and former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger; former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton; former Secretary of Defense and former Ambassador to Portugal, Frank Carlucci III; former Ambassador to the Vatican and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson; and Ambassadors Richard Burt (Germany), Bruce Gelb (Belgium), Margaret Heckler (Ireland), John L. Loeb (Denmark), Ed Ney (Canada) and Julia Chang Bloch (Nepal), the first U.S. ambassador of Asian descent.

Democrat Mark W. Erwin, a former Hillary Clinton supporter and an ambassador during the Clinton administration, is co-chair of the group. “I will vote for John McCain because the differences between the two candidates are so vast and profound,” he said.

“Senator Obama does not have sufficient leadership experience, nor has he been tested in difficult times,” Erwin said in his endorsement.

Other co-chairmen of the group called “Former U.S. Ambassadors for McCain/Palin” are former U.S. Ambassador to Sweden Gregory J. Newell and former Ambassador Gilbert A. Robinson, both of whom served in the Reagan administration. Newell also served as an assistant to President Gerald Ford and as Assistant Secretary of State. Robinson was special adviser to Secretary of State George Shultz, Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy and Deputy Director of the United States Information Agency.

“Nobody could ask for a greater show of confidence,” Sen. McCain commented. “These former ambassadors are outstanding men and women who have served their country in foreign lands with great distinction and devotion to the values we all hold dear. They have a deep knowledge of the challenges facing this country abroad as well as at home. I am honored by their endorsement.”

Ambassador Robinson added, “The endorsements from this country’s most experienced foreign affairs experts are still pouring in. This demonstrates the overwhelming admiration and respect they have for John McCain’s leadership and the confidence they have in the historic McCain-Palin ticket.”


Weston Adams, Malawi — Columbia, S.C.

Lenore Annenberg, Chief of Protocol — Radnor, Penn.

Cresencio Arcos, Jr., Honduras; FP/NS — Coral Gables, Fla.

George Argyros, Spain and Andorra — Costa Mesa, Calif.

Catherine Todd Bailey, Latvia — Louisville, Ky.

Howard H. Baker, Jr., Senator (R-TN); Senate Majority Leader; Amb. Japan — Huntsville, Tenn.

Douglas H. Barclay, El Salvador — Pulaski, N.Y.

Stuart A. Bernstein, Denmark — Washington, D.C.

Everett E. Bierman, Papua New Guinea — Oakton, Va.

Julia Chang Bloch, Nepal — Washington, D.C.

John Bolton, United Nations

Stephen F. Brauer, Belgium — Bridgeton, Mo.

Keith Lapham Brown, Lesotho; Denmark — San Antonio, Texas

Donald Burnham, Ensenat, Brunei; Chief of Protocol — New Orleans, La.

Richard R. Burt, Germany — Washington, D.C.

President George H.W. Bush, United Nations — Houston, Texas

William J. Cabaniss, Jr., Czech Republic — Birmingham, Ala.

Richard G. Capen Jr., Spain — Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Richard W. Carlson, Seychelles — Weems, Va.

Frank Carlucci III, Portugal

Bruce Chapman, IAEA; Vienna — Seattle, Wash.

Sue McCourt Cobb, Jamaica — Coral Gables, Fla.

Charles E. Cobb, Jr., Iceland — Coral Gables, Fla.

Walter J.P. Curley, Ireland; France — New York, N.Y.

Peter H. Dailey, Ireland; Special Envoy to NATO Countries — Pasadena, Calif.

Lawrence Eagleburger, Yugoslavia

Mark L. Edelman, Cameroon — Washington, D.C.

Mark Erwin, Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros — Charlotte, N.C.

Richard M. Fairbanks III, Ambassador-at-Large — Washington, D.C.

William S. Farish III, United Kingdom — Versailles, Ky.

Edward R. Finch, Jr., Panama — New York, N.Y.

John R. Gavin, Mexico — Los Angeles, Calif.

Bruce S. Gelb, USIA; Belgium — New York, N.Y.

Joseph B. Gildenhorn, Switzerland — Washington, D.C.

Anthony H. Gioia, Malta — Buffalo, N.Y.

Luis Guinot, Jr., Costa Rica — Falls Church, Va.

Margaret M. Heckler, Ireland — Arlington, Va.

Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., Sweden — Riverside, Conn.

Hans H. Hertell, Dominican Republic — Washington, D.C.

Alfred Hoffman, Jr., Portugal — Fort Meyers, Fla.

Richard Holwill, Ecuador

G. Philip Hughes, Barbados, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines — Falls Church, Va.

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Singapore — Salt Lake City, Utah

Robert S. Ingersoll, Japan — Evanston, Ill.

James C. Kenny, Ireland — Glenview, Ill.

Alfred H. Kingon, European Union — Bronxville, N.Y.

Lester B. Korn, UN Economic and Social Council — Beverly Hills, Calif.

Mary E. Kramer, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean — Clive, IA

Paul C. Lambert, Ecuador — New York, N.Y.

Mark Langdale, Costa Rica — Dallas, Texas

Howard Leach, France — Salinas, Calif.

Melvyn Levinsky, Bulgaria and Brazil — Ann Arbor, Mich.

John L. Loeb, Jr., Denmark — New York, N.Y.

Earle I. Mack, Finland — Fort Lee, N.J.

Susan Rasinski McCaw, Austria — Kirkland, Wash.

Robert C. McFarlane, Special Envoy for the President

Thomas Patrick Melady, Burundi, Uganda, Holy See — Washington, D.C.

J. William Middendorf II, Netherlands, OAS, European Union — Little Compton, R.I.

Steve Minikes, CSCE — Washington, D.C.

George Cranwell Montgomery, Sultanate of Oman

Thomas A. Nassif, Morocco — La Jolla, Calif.

Gregory J. Newell, Sweden — Provo, Utah

Edward N. Ney, Canada — New York, N.Y.

Jim Nicholson, Holy See — McLean, Va.

Herman W. Nickle, South Africa — Tucson, Ariz.

Julian M. Niemczyk, Czechoslovakia — Annandale, Va.

Keith Foote Nyborg, Finland — Sugar City, Idaho

John D. Ong, Norway — Hudson, Ohio

Penne Korth Peacock, Mauritius — Washington, D.C.

Joseph Carlton Petrone, United Nations European Office — Dublin, N.H.

Charles J. Pilliod, Jr., Mexico — Akron, Ohio

John Price Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros — Salt Lake City, Utah

Charles H. Price, II, Belgium, United Kingdom — Kansas City, Mo.

James W. Rawlings, Zimbabwe — Southbury, Conn.

Otto J. Reich, Venezuela — Washington, D.C.

Mercer Reynolds, Switzerland and Liechtenstein — Indian Hill, Ohio

Gilbert A. Robinson, Special Advisor to the Secretary of State — McLean, Va.

Joe M. Rodgers, France — Nashville, Tenn.

Sig Rogich, Iceland — Las Vegas, Nev.

John Rood, Bahamas — Jacksonville, Fla.

Francis L. Rooney III, Holy See — Naples, Fla.

Frank Ruddy, Equatorial Guinea

Bob Royall, Tanzania — South Carolina

Rockwell A. Schnabel, Finland, European Union — Los Angeles, Calif.

Peter F. Secchia, Italy — Grand Rapids, Mich.

Martin J. Silverstein, Uruguay — New York, N.Y.

Ronald J. Sorini, Chief Textile Negotiator, U.S. Trade Representative — Hinsdale, Ill.

Michael G. Sotirhos, Jamaica, Greece — Lauderdale by the Sea, Fla.

Robert D. Stuart, Jr., Norway — Lake Forest, Ill.

Charles J. Swindells, New Zealand, Samoa — Portland, Ore.

Peter Terpeluk, Jr., Luxembourg — Washington, D.C.

Timothy L. Towell, Paraguay — Washington, D.C.

Rodolphe M. Vallee, Slovakia — Shelburne, Vt.

Leon J. Weil, Nepal — New York, N.Y.

John G. Weinmann, Finland, Chief of Protocol — New Orleans, La.

Ronald N. Weiser, Slovakia — Ann Arbor, Mich.

Pamela P. Willeford, Switzerland and Liechtenstein — Austin, Texas

Richard Williamson, Asst. Secy; Amb. IAEA — Chicago, Ill.

Curtin Winsor, Jr., Costa Rica — McLean, Va.

Dr. Aldona Z. Wos, Estonia — Greensboro, N.C.

Joseph Zappala, Spain — Aventura, Fla.

Tampa Tribune Endorses McCain

Posted by Joanne On October - 18 - 2008

From Tampa Bay Online:

Uncertain Times Require McCain‘s Tested Vigilance.

Hard economic times, a disappointing Republican administration and the seductive promises of a master orator are pushing America toward a European-style social democracy.

If you don’t want that to happen, vote for Republican Sen. John McCain.

McCain understands that U.S. companies must compete worldwide and shouldn’t have to pay one of the world’s highest corporate tax rates. He knows that federal spending is out of control. He knows that economic growth only comes from hard work and real investment, not through wholesale redistribution of tax dollars as Obama promises.

Obama became a political celebrity by representing the disaffected. He is generating unprecedented enthusiasm among the young and the poor, and their participation is welcome. Yet mainstream voters need to understand that the change these voters want will have historic consequences. Obama’s future America is largely unrestrained by many of the traditional values long held by Middle America.

Obama promises a tax cut for 95 percent of households, even though only 62 percent of households pay any income tax now. Taxes would increase sharply for households making more than $250,000 a year — a policy that penalizes success.

For president, the Tribune endorses Sen. John McCain.

Read the rest at the link above.

Reform Party Endorses McCain/Palin

Posted by Joanne On October - 14 - 2008

Members of Reform Party USA endorsed Sen. John McCain for president Saturday.

Party Chairman Frank MacKay said representatives from 27 states voted to endorse McCain, the Republican nominee and Arizona senator. None voted for Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama.

MacKay says the group considers Obama to be a traditional liberal Democrat.

Hispanic Democrats For McCain

Posted by Joanne On October - 11 - 2008


HOUSTON, TX, OCTOBER 7, 2008 – Hispanic Democrats for McCain (HDM) announced the launch of their latest grassroots resource,, today. Fellow volunteers across the country will be able to communicate the McCain-Palin message and to encourage Democrats to vote across party lines on November 4, 2008 using the sites tools and resources.

“There is a reason why John McCain has been able to earn more than 70% of the Hispanic vote in his home state of Arizona”, said Ben Mendez, HDM organizer in Texas and lifelong Democrat. “McCain’s Hispanic supporters, both democrat
and republican, know he is independent, courageous, and patriotic. They also know that he is willing to go against his party and stand up for issues that are in the best interest of the community.”

HDM organizer in Nevada, Fernando Romero, a Democrat and president of Hispanics in Politics which endorsed Richardson in the caucus, added, “The Hispanic vote will make the difference in several battleground states. Therefore, it is necessary that we inform our community that McCain has shown leadership on
issues that are of importance to Hispanics, such as the economy, immigration, national security, and health care.”

The site includes links for contacting Hispanic Democrats for McCain coordinators and for volunteering to join the thousands of Democrats that are already members of Team McCain-Palin. Hispanic Democrats for McCain is a grassroots organization dedicated to country first, Party second.

Contact: Mary Jean Duran, Hispanic Democrats for McCain
Phone: 949-433-2015