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John McCain just became the first candidate of the season to turn me off with an automated political telemarketing call just as we were succeeding in getting all the children to bed. Couldn’t McCain-Feingold at least have done the good deed of preventing that?

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Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Called me during dinner. Is it me or did that call just go on and on and on and on?

Will
13 years ago

Gee, as a politically involved person, I’m slightly offended that I wasn’t also bothered by an untimely robocall during dinner. They must still have me on the Anti-RINO phone list. 😉
Was the content of the call related to the ad hoc McCain rally in Warwick tomorrow or just a generic support call?
PS In order to do anything about it, you would have to enact a blanket ban of the use of robocalls. Simply banning it for political purposes would almost certainly be unconstitutional, since it would be seen as restricting free speech, not just a mechanism.

Monique
Editor
13 years ago

Regardless of the campaign, robocalls are quite annoying and, as of the last election, quite passe.
My very amateur opinion is that they do have a narrow role:
1.) A short message on the day before or the day (emphasize day) of an election;
2.) Ideally, reaching an answering machine;
3.) In order to remind a likely supporter to get out and vote.

Justin Katz
13 years ago

Will.
Yeah, the message was (approximately):
“Good evening, yaddayaddayadda, John McCain yadda rally. Yaddayadda president yaddadda da da, keep your two-year old awake yadda yadda. Can still yadda for yadda Romney, yadda yadda.”

George
George
13 years ago

Looks like only the Chafee supporters are getting the calls.

Justin Katz
13 years ago

Well, that most definitely does not include me.

George
George
13 years ago

Well then, you sure had me fooled during the ’06 Senate race.

Pseu
Pseu
13 years ago

I got one, too. It was an invitation to go to the McCain event tomorrow at the Crown Plaza in Warwick. If I weren’t already busy at that time, it might have convinced me to check it out, so I guess it almost worked.

Justin Katz
13 years ago

George,
You mean the race in which I voted for Laffey in the primaries and then voted for Whitehouse just to get rid of Chafee?
You must be easily fooled.

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

“Looks like only the Chafee supporters are getting the calls.”
Certainly not me. I was near violently opposed to Chafee. Almost as opposed as I am to the crazy old coot getting elected to the White House.

George
George
13 years ago

Justin, I wouldn’t know how you voted in the primary or the general. But, I’m glad to hear your votes were the same as mine.
But judging by the nature of your posts in ’06 I would have thought you were, at the very least, rooting for the other team.

joe
joe
13 years ago

is this any worse than the remedies for diarrhea,constipation,gas,excess mucous,arthritis,and migraine headaches hawked non stop on tv/radio during the dinner hour?

Greg
Greg
13 years ago

Joe, my recommendation for resolving that is to turn the damned TV off during dinner and pay attention to your family.

joe
joe
13 years ago

greg-my family is just my wife and myself-my “kids” are adults and long married and moved out-i have taken to turning off the tv during dinner,and not answering calls(that’s what caller id is for)

rhody
rhody
13 years ago

I’ve been fortunate enough not to get these calls (one reason why I’m nonaffiliated).
I have vowed never to vote for Patrick Kennedy again after the massive robocalls he put out for Ralph Mollis in the ’06 primary.

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