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    For all Lance fans and haters

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    "The Dallas Morning News reports on Lance Armstrong potentially running for office:

    Lance Armstrong, fresh from steering state cancer research bonds to passage, is now ready to press the presidential candidates on how they'll help in fighting the disease.


    Political professionals, however, are more intrigued by what may lie beyond 2008 for the seven-time Tour de France champion.

    Several said the 36-year-old cyclist and cancer survivor has impressive political talent. And, they say, he took noticeable steps this year to make his public appearance more professional and to grow more steeped in public policy. Few find it hard to imagine an Armstrong candidacy. ...

    This week, spokeswoman Katherine McLane explained, "For the coming year, his focus is on making cancer a national priority and a front-burner topic in the presidential election. What happens after that, who can say?"

    Jeff Danzinger, who recently resigned as California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's speechwriter, penned Mr. Armstrong's election night remarks, a polished 10-minute speech.

    "Let us send a message to the federal government," he said to rousing cheers in Austin. "It's time to elevate the priority of cancer in our funding and our national debate on curing life-threatening diseases.

    "Let it also send a message to the federal and state governments ... that the reach of our health-care system will determine the worth of our society."

    Shortly before the bus tour, the Lance Armstrong Foundation hired as its communications director Ms. McLane, who also worked for Mr. Schwarzenegger."

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    hmm, hes setting himself up as more professional by dating an olsen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkizzle View Post
    hmm, hes setting himself up as more professional by dating an olsen?
    Ouch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jkizzle View Post
    hmm, hes setting himself up as more professional by dating an olsen?
    "Why didn't I think of that?"


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    Quote Originally Posted by jkizzle View Post
    hmm, hes setting himself up as more professional by dating an olsen?
    Campaign money has to come from somewhere does'nt it? Last i heard, their net worth makes Lance's look like beer money. Crazy like a fox!
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    I have met Lance on three occasions. He is almost as dumb as our president. If you vote for him, pray for luck. You'll need it.

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    The reports above make it sound like Lance is going to run for Pres. in 2012. Let's see him win the Texas Governorship first, or a Texas seat in the US Senate or House of reps. Also, it is one thing to give a good, polished speech on a topic like making cancer research a national priority - it is difficult to argue against it. I'd like to hear him answer questions about difficult issues like nationalized health care, *** control, the war in Iraq, no child left behind and others before I decide if he is a good politician.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    Also, it is one thing to give a good, polished speech on a topic like making cancer research a national priority - it is difficult to argue against it. I'd like to hear him answer questions about difficult issues like nationalized health care, *** control, the war in Iraq, no child left behind and others before I decide if he is a good politician.
    He He - why should he be able to when so many current elected officials can't?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ri_us View Post
    I have met Lance on three occasions. He is almost as dumb as our president. If you vote for him, pray for luck. You'll need it.
    Since when are intelligence and common sense requirements for holding public office?
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    Will someone please move this thread to foo.
    Putting the Duh in Floriduh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    He He - why should he be able to when so many current elected officials can't?
    Excellent point. Lance for President! Is it too late to get on the ballot for '08?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    Excellent point. Lance for President! Is it too late to get on the ballot for '08?
    Well, I'm not sure I'd go that far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    Well, I'm not sure I'd go that far.
    I think the Olsen twin would make an excellent First Lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    I think the Olsen twin would make an excellent First Lady.

    Then their kids could star in a re-make of "Full House", which could be a reality show set in the White House. This is gold, GOLD!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    I think the Olsen twins would make an excellent First Lady.
    fixed it for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    fixed it for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by ri_us View Post
    I have met Lance on three occasions. He is almost as dumb as our president. If you vote for him, pray for luck. You'll need it.
    And yet he comes across as razor-sharp and highly intelligent in any interview I've seen. He was also the smartest bicycle racer I've watched over a career.

    Go figure.

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    My bet is that he does go into politics; maybe not this election cycle but soon. I'll also bet he is smater than the congressional delegation (combined) from my state (all three of them - whom I'll bet none of you can identify without looking it up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    And yet he comes across as razor-sharp and highly intelligent in any interview I've seen. He was also the smartest bicycle racer I've watched over a career.

    Go figure.
    Everyone that goes through the Nike PR machine sounds like that. And being super-strong makes you look pretty smart on the bike. Don't you thinks that "razor-sharp and highly intelligent" is an overstatement? He talks about bike racing and obvious problems with health care. What would happen if he was asked to take a real position on something that's more subtle? No matter what he said some people (blinded by hero worship) would still think he spoke brilliantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ri_us View Post
    Everyone that goes through the Nike PR machine sounds like that. And being super-strong makes you look pretty smart on the bike. Don't you thinks that "razor-sharp and highly intelligent" is an overstatement? He talks about bike racing and obvious problems with health care. What would happen if he was asked to take a real position on something that's more subtle? No matter what he said some people (blinded by hero worship) would still think he spoke brilliantly.
    See post 8 ^^^^.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ri_us View Post
    I have met Lance on three occasions. He is almost as dumb as our president.
    A little recollection of history would remind you that America voted for Bush, twice, and he had as high as 80% support when he declared war. Now, ...the President is dumb?

    "Shortly before the bus tour, the Lance Armstrong Foundation hired as its communications director Ms. McLane, who also worked for Mr. Schwarzenegger."

    It's good to see foundation charity dollars raised for cancer research spent on furthering the personal career of their paid spokesman. Armstrong will make a successful politician.

    Dating Olsen twins is pretty damned mild compared to spending college years on cocaine and ducking military service, then sending thousands of real soldiers to their deaths to boost his daddy's business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    And yet he comes across as razor-sharp and highly intelligent in any interview I've seen.
    sssssnnnnnnnifffffffff.....ahhhhh.

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    ^. Seems US politics is often based on personality issues, not real issues. Non complexity sells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyMtnMerlin View Post
    My bet is that he does go into politics; maybe not this election cycle but soon. I'll also bet he is smater than the congressional delegation (combined) from my state (all three of them - whom I'll bet none of you can identify without looking it up).
    hey, i was born in laramie. i have no idea who the delegation is though

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    Quote Originally Posted by kudude View Post
    hey, i was born in laramie. i have no idea who the delegation is though
    I was also born here - 1952. My family has been here since 1880.
    Senator Mike Enzi (R)
    Senator John Barasso (R) (who was appointed to fill Sen Craig Thomas' seat when he died earlier this year)
    Representative Barbara Cubin (R)

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