I listened to the the so-called debate between the Presidential candidates.
It seems that John McCain has a similar problem, my friends, to Gov. Palin, as regardless of whether or not I am actually his friend, he, my friends, repeated that phrase frequently, my friends, also.
An associate at work said that Sen. Obama had a similar repeated phrase. I do not doubt it. I re-listened to as much of the debate as I can stand but, practically speaking, I did not notice a repeated phrase.