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...(AP) - The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters...
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Play Video Video: Does Powell Nod Help? ABC News Play Video Video: Former Secretary of State Powell endorses Obama AP Play Video Video: Print shop busier than ever KING5 Seattle AFP US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama smiles during a rally at the Crown FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina (Reuters) Democrat Barack Obama won the support of former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday and announced he raised a record $150 million last month, dealing a double blow to rival John McCain's U.S. presidential campaign. McCain, despite trailing in opinion polls and fundraising, said he still expects to win the November 4 election and could sense "things are heading our way." Powell, who served several Republican presidents including George W. Bush as his first secretary of state, said either candidate would make a good president but he was critical of McCain's uncertainty on how to deal with the economic crisis. Powell, who in the past was mentioned as possibly the first black U.S. president, told NBC's "Meet the Press" he backed Obama "because of his ability to inspire, because of the inclusive nature of his campaign, because he's reaching out all across America, because of who he is." "I think he is a transformational figure," Powell said of the man who could become the first black president. "His is a new generation coming ... onto the world stage, American stage." Powell's backing of Obama, 47, could give a boost to the foreign policy and national security credentials of the first-term Illinois senator and appeal to moderates and independents. But the impact of endorsements on voters is questionable and Powell's reputation was somewhat tarnished by making the case for invading Iraq to the United Nations on the false claims that it possessed weapons of mass destruction. In the midst of economic turmoil and with just over two weeks to go until the election, Obama leads in national polls and in many battleground states but McCain said he sees some movement in his direction. Obama's lead over McCain has dropped to 3 points, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Sunday. Obama leads McCain 48 to 45 percent among likely U.S. voters, down 1 percentage point from Saturday. "We're very happy with the way the campaign is going," McCain said on the "Fox News Sunday" program. "I've been on enough campaigns, my friend, to sense enthusiasm and momentum, and we've got it." LOVES THE UNDERDOG ROLE McCain, 72, said he did not mind being behind in polls. "And I love being the underdog. You know every time that I've gotten ahead, somehow I've messed it up," he said, referring to the times he has been written off as a candidate. Obama's fundraising announcement highlighted his disproportionate ability to spend money and blanket the air waves with advertisements, sometimes by a margin of 4-to-1 over McCain. By bringing in at least $150 million in September, Obama more than doubled the $66 million he raised in August, which had been a record. McCain has accepted public financing and is limited to spending $84 million for the entire campaign. Unlike McCain, Obama chose not to accept public funding for his campaign, freeing him to raise millions privately. The Obama campaign said it had 632,000 new donors in September to bring its total to 3.1 million. It said the average donation for the month was less than $100. McCain again chided Obama for not living up to his pledge to accept public funds and warned of the damages of unlimited spending.
People's regard for the Republican presidential nominee has deteriorated across-the-board since September, an Associated Press-Yahoo! News poll showed Friday, with McCain losing ground in how favorably he's seen and in a long list of personal qualities voters seek in White House contenders.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/AP_Yahoo_News_Poll_Public_s_Regard_For_McCain_deteriorated
A spate of polls show a large lead for Obama, but some suggest a close and tightening race. The reason for the divergence: Pollsters' new difficulties in gauging changes in the electorate.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Some_Surveys_Indicate_Tighter_Presidential_Race
The AP's Liz Sidoti says the burden was on John McCain to perform well during the final presidential debate. Will his performance help him in the polls? (Oct. 15)
McCain Vows to 'Whip' Obama's 'You Know What' in Final Debate... ARLINGTON, Va: Conceding that his campaign has been slightly down in the polls over the past few weeks, Republican presidential nominee John McCain vowed to 'whip' Democratic nominee Barack Obama's 'you know what' in the final televised presidential debate this Wednesday. In an effort to energize supporters at his campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, John McCain on Sunday may have also whipped up a little controversy with a remark that he'd "whip" Barack Obama's "you know what" at the next debate. The presidential candidates are meeting Wednesday in their final televised debate before the Nov. 4 election. But McCain's pledge -- coming after two days of racial grievances aired by McCain's camp over a comparison made by Rep. John Lewis of McCain to the late Gov. George Wallace -- has sent shivers down the spines of some Republicans who find the racially charged verb may be used against the candidate. Addressing several dozen volunteers at his campaign headquarters outside Washington, McCain promised some of his signature "straight talk" about the state of the race, and went on to acknowledge his drop in the polls. National and many battleground state polls have shown him trailing Obama amid the deepening market crisis. "We're a couple points down, OK, nationally, but we're right in this game," McCain said to cheers. "The economy has hurt us a little bit in the last week or two, but in the last few days we've seen it come back up because they want experience, they want knowledge and they want vision. We'll give that to America." McCain said he and running mate Sarah Palin would continue campaigning hard in the three weeks left before Election Day, in places like Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Colorado. The two planned a joint appearance Monday in Virginia, a Republican stronghold turned battleground this time. "We're going to spend a lot of time and after I whip his you-know-what in this debate, we're going to be going out 24/7," McCain said. The two men will debate Wednesday at Hofstra University on Long Island, N.Y. CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer will moderate the 90-minute forum. Still, McCain promised to run a "respectful" campaign in the weeks to come. "I respect Senator Obama, we will conduct a respectful race and be sure everyone else does too. But there are stark difference between us," McCain said. Meanwhile, top advisers say McCain is weighing new economic proposals to help the nation weather the financial crisis. The Arizona senator refused to answer a reporter's question Sunday about what plans he might be considering Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said McCain was considering policy proposals that would cut taxes on investments. "I think it goes along the lines of now's the time to lower tax rates for investors, capital gains tax, dividend tax rates, to make sure that we can get the economy jump-started," Graham said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "It will be a very comprehensive approach to jump-start the economy by allowing capital to be formed easier in America by lowering taxes." McCain already has laid out proposals to address the crisis, including a $300 billion plan for the federal government to buy distressed mortgages and renegotiate them at a reduced price. The Arizona senator has said his plan is necessary to get thousands of bad mortgages off the books in order to stabilize home values and open up credit. But critics said the plan would do little more than reward financial institutions that made the bad loans to in the first place. On Friday, McCain called for legislation that suspends for one year the requirement that investors age 70 1/2 begin to liquidate their retirement accounts. The Arizona senator said it would be unfair to force seniors to sell their stocks when stock prices have tumbled so severely. Obama aides said the Illinois senator favors a similar effort. Obama also has offered plans to address the fiscal crisis but nothing as sweeping or controversial as McCain's mortgage proposal. On Friday, the Illinois senator announced a $900 million plan to temporarily extend an expiring tax break that lets small businesses write off investments up to $250,000 immediately, rather than over the course of several years. Aides said Obama also wants to extend the Small Business Administration's disaster loan program to help small businesses that cannot access other sources of capital, as well as eliminate fees on SBA loan guarantees and increase the size of loans that could be covered. They put the cost at $5 billion. Both candidates voted for the $700 billion bailout proposal Congress passed and President Bush signed into law earlier this month. FOX News' Major Garrett and The Associated Press contributed to this report. http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/12/mccain-vows-whip-obamas-know-final-debate/ OCTOBER 12, 2008
Sarah Palin's foreign policy experience has been called into question once again after it was revealed that the Alaska governor has not met with Russian delegations and had incorrectly listed Britain's US ambassador among the foreign dignitaries she has met. The Republican vice-presidential nominee's campaign was forced to issue a correction after the British embassy pointed out to the McCain-Palin campaign office that a meeting listed in the governor's records had never taken place. A spokesman for the embassy said Sir Nigel Sheinwald had been listed among the guests at the US National Governor's Association meeting in Washington in February but had withdrawn at the last minute. He said the campaign swiftly amended the record. Mrs Palin on Thursday night faces her greatest public test since her shock nomination five weeks ago, in the live, 90-minute debate with the vastly more experienced Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden. Her knowledge of overseas issues was likely to come under the spotlight. Mrs Palin has raised eyebrows by claiming that her state's proximity to Russia was proof of her foreign policy experience. But her gubernatorial records show that, despite an invitation from Russia's honorary consul in Alaska, she has had no dialogue with Russian officials. In under two years as governor she negotiated with only one country, Canada, over an oil-gas pipeline, and met just one leader, the prime minister of Iceland. She did, however, meet representatives of Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and Israel. State governors who run for the White House often have limited international experience, but Mrs Palin has heightened interest in her own record by her clumsy efforts to explain the relevance of governing a state neighbouring the frozen wastes of Siberia. An AP poll released on Wednesday found that just 25 per cent of likely voters believe Mrs Palin has the right experience to be president, down from 41 per cent just after the Republican convention, when she delivered an explosive speech that delighted the party faithful. Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee, has simultaneously dropped eight to ten points behind Democratic rival Senator Barack Obama in the polls, mainly due to the country's economic woes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A growing proportion of U.S. voters question Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's readiness for the job, according to a national opinion poll reported by The Washington Post on Thursday. The poll results came as...Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Poll_finds_growing_skepticism_of_Palin_experience_7
In the kitchens of the Associated Press, it's almost as if the wire service asked its chief cook -- er, pollster -- GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media, to do the following: Whip up a tasty, representative poll after the Republican Convention. Three weeks later, make the same dish, but this time adjust the mix of ingredients by radically oversamplFull Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Cooking_with_AP_Polls_Radically_Change_Party_Mix_to_Fabrica
The Sooners sit atop the AP Top 25 on Sunday after the first upset-filled weekend of the season gave the media poll a powerful shake. Alabama was both a mover and a shaker, as the Crimson Tide rose to No. 2 after a surprising 41-30 pounding of Georgia.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/football/ESPN_Oklahoma_takes_top_spot_in_AP_poll
Oklahoma, where the No. 1 ranking rests again. The Sooners sit atop the AP Top 25 on Sunday after the first upset-filled weekend of the season gave the media poll a powerful shake. Alabama was both a mover and a shaker, as the Crimson Tide rose to No. 2 after a surprising 41-30 pounding of Georgia...Full Digg post: http://digg.com/football/Sooners_grab_No_1_in_poll_after_stunning_weekend
Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist writing in the National Review Online, says her "cringe reflex is exhausted" after watching the Alaska governor stumble through TV interviews and it's become clear to her that Palin is out of her league.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/AP_Palin_Interviews_Spark_GOP_Concerns_Online_Poll
A summary of the first Obama/McCain Debate....
OXFORD, Miss (AP) — John McCain accused Barack Obama of compiling the most liberal voting record in the United States Senate Friday night as the two rivals clashed over taxes, spending, the war in Iraq and more in an intense first debate of the White House campaign. Mostly that's just me opposing George Bush's wrong-headed policies, shot back the Democrat. Obama said his Republican rival has been a loyal supporter of the unpopular president, adding that the current economic crisis is a final verdict on eight years of failed economic policies promoted by President Bush and supported by Sen. McCain. The two men were polite but pointed as they debated at close quarters for 90 minutes on the University of Mississippi campus. McCain accused his younger rival of an incredible thing of voting to cut off funds for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, a reference to legislation that cleared the Senate more than a year ago. Obama disputed that, saying he had opposed funding in a bill that presented a blank check to the Pentagon while McCain had opposed money in legislation that included a timetable for troop withdrawal. Obama opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2002, before he was a member of Congress, while McCain voted in the Senate to authorize the war. You were wrong on Iraq, Obama repeated three times in succession. John, you like to pretend the war began in 2007. McCain replied that Obama has refused to acknowledge the success of the troop buildup in Iraq that McCain recommended and Bush announced more than a year ago. The two presidential candidates stood behind wooden lecterns on stage at the performing arts center at the University of Mississippi for the first of three scheduled debates with less than six weeks remaining until Election Day. The two vice presidential candidates will meet next week for their only debate, and Obama and McCain each put in a plug for his own running mate. The two men were pointed but polite, although at least once McCain sought to depict his rival as naive on foreign policy. That was in response to Obama's statement that it might become necessary to send U.S. troops across the Pakistani border to pursue terrorists. You don't say that out loud, retorted McCain. If you have to do things, you do things. He also criticized Obama for having said he would sit down without precondition with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So let me get this right, we sit down with Ahmadinejad and he says we're going to wipe Israel off the face of the earth' and we say, no you're not. Oh please, McCain said. McCain jabbed at Obama, who he said has requested millions of dollars in pork barrel spending, including some after he began running for president. As he does frequently while campaigning, the Republican vowed to veto any lawmaker's pork barrel project that reaches his desk in the White House. You will know their names and I will make them famous, he said. [ SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 ]
Gallup Poll Bush job approval ratings 33% Congress job approval ratings 15% Obama 46% - McCain 46% _____________________ Associated Press confirms that McCain has decided to attend the Presidential Debate. McCAIN WILL ATTEND THE DEBATE! AFTER TWO DAYS OF "SUSPENDING" HIS CAMPAIGN, THIS MAN FINALLY RESUMES THE DEBATE! WHEN WILL McCAIN JUST LOSE WITH DIGNITY! NEXT VIDEO: "President Teddy John Roosevelt McCain" Thanks for viewing. Thank all the supporters of my videos. To all critics and those who blindly trust the media! Turn that television, radio and internet smear machine off. Let real media analysis do the work for you. I am not a fact-checker, journalist or media analysis. I am expressing an honest opinion about the general election and the corrupt mainstream media. And as always, if I present any errors in the making of this video, please don't hesitate to send a message and I will correct the record on the next video. For all the critics watching worldwide, "Prove Me Wrong"! I was waiting to see how the candidates handle the presidential debates. Senator John McCain pulls a stunt in order to draw attention away from the debates. Senator John McCain suspended his campaign [ironically right after Rush Limbaugh hung up the microphone]. People are scratching their heads on this one. Senator McCain wants to focus on a compromise our troubled economy. This 72-year old man finally decides that our economy "must" be worked on. Even talk radio tries their best to make this look like he putting "Country First". Even though, Senator Barack Obama spent weeks of preparation for this debate, and stressed constantly about the economy, Senator McCain wants to temporarily halt his campaign and call off the debates. Katie Couric interviews Governor Sarah Palin. Once again, the interview will be given mixed reviews. CNN's Campbell Brown and a Fox News producer were really upset at the way the McCain campaign tries to blanket the coverage of Governor Palin meeting Hamid Karzai. The governor was at the United Nations with President Bush and Senator Joe Lieberman. Brown stated that the McCain campaign is being "sexist" for not allowing Governor Palin to hold her own ground. This is the reason why I cant and probably won't vote for McCain-Palin. They didn't prepare for the debate. They want to buy time, and box in Senator Obama and Senator Joe Biden into working on a situation that Congress strongly regrets doing. Why would you want to waste millions of dollars in preparation? Why would disadvantage the University of Mississippi students' opportunities to witness a monumental event? Why have the press and secret service reorganize their plans? With that said, why risk having Mississippi (a solid red state) go to Senator Obama? Not to mention Senator Roger Wicker could lose his nearly five month senate seat. The senate race in Mississippi is a toss-up and likely to lean Republican, this move by Senator McCain can hurt Republicans massively. President Bush delivers his speech urging people to support his $700 billion dollar budget bail out to Wall Street. How about that? A man who spent trillions of dollars on two wars, revoked the privacy of Americans through NSA, had his vice president claim he doesn't represent the Executive Branch, his top deputy parades himself on Fox News willingly [after leaking the name of spy and framing an Alabama governor] just to spin hypocrisy to the party that is slated to lose up to six senate seats and 30 congressional districts. The media is also mad at the McCain campaign. David Letterman is really angry about the candidates decision to cancel before taping. The University of Mississippi is angry about the McCain campaigns urgency to postpone the debates. Kind of like the Morgan State University debates, huh! I am so mad with Republicans and if you want to do something, I suggest you vote! Send the Democrats and Republicans a message telling them that the games are over. Get this country back on the right track. We the people should advocate term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. These people make thousands of dollars in salary and they screw us everyday. Its time to say: "Enough is enough"! No more games. Update: Thanks for the tip. Some observers claim that the left side of McCain's face was drooping. Some claim that might indicate a possible stroke.
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SARAH Palin's life reads like an Oscar-worthy script:moose-hunting former beauty queen hockey mom who could be a heartbeat away from scoring the US presidency.But Hollywood is having none of it.Hollywood is liberal and right now there is no love for the conservative Alaskan Governor who made history last month by becoming the first woman on the Republican party's US presidential ticket.Governor Palin may have the look of a mum in one of those cheesy US sitcoms,but everyone who's anyone in Tinseltown is barracking for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama.Hollywood is Senator Obama's cash cow.There have been a slew of black-tie functions in his honour.This week Barbra Streisand crooned at a$35,250-a-head Beverly Hills fundraiser,which netted Senator Obama $11.13 million in one night.Stars are lining up to contribute to his campaign and use their profiles to sing his praises.With all the celluloid frenzy,no wonder Senator Obama's wily Republican presidential opponent,John McCain,saw an opening to skewer him in an attack advertisement as the world's biggest celebrity.Enter Ms Palin,44 and mother of five,has re-energised the Republicans' conservative base,as well as Senator McCain,72.Supporters wearing their threads from Target and K mart-not Valentino or Zac Posen-are stampeding to rallies across middle America for a glimpse of the woman who describes herself as a hockey mum and a pit bull with lipstick.If crowd sizes,enthusiasm,momentum and opinion poll numbers are any indicators,the regular mums and dads of the US are turning a deaf ear to actors jumping on their soap boxes. At the Toronto film festival,Matt Damon-who is abox office dickwad-told Associated Press in a video interview that if Senator McCain won the November general election,it could end like"a really bad Disney movie"."You do the actuary tables,there's a one out of three chance,if not more,that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it'll be President Palin,"he warned."Its like a really bad Disney movie,The Hockey Mom,"he said, adding,"Oh,I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska and she's president."She's facing down(Russian leader) Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink.It's absurd."Damon questioned Ms Palin's political experience after leading Alaska for only two years and took issue with her right-wing views."I think the pick was made for political purposes.But in terms of governance,it's a disaster."I need to know if she really believes dinosaurs were here 4000years ago.I want to know,I really do.Because she's gonna have the nuclear codes."Ms Palin's spokeswoman,Maria Comella,brushed it off as name calling.But Damon's full-throttle attack also played into Republican hands and they were able to use it as a political weapon against Senator Obama and his celebrity supporters."It's clear they're threatened by a candidate who actually has a record of achieving reform and change,while Barack Obama just talks about it,"Ms Comella said.That is the rub for Senator Obama.He needs Hollywood cash,but the more celebrities get vocal to support him,the more Republicans can get mileage out of one of their main attack lines against him:he's aloof,elite and doesn't have anything in common with working-class voters.Celebrities these days don't need a microphone to broadcast their political views-they have access to blogs.Saturday Night Live took mocking Ms Palin to a new level when actor Tina Fey gave a pitch-perfect impersonation of the Alaskan Governor on the weekend with comedian Amy Poehler playing Senator Clinton.Poehler said:"I believe diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy.""And I can see Russia from my house!" Fey chimed in with a beauty pageant smile.One of the worlds biggest female celebrities,Oprah Winfrey,understands better than most about the dangers of mixing politics and entertainment. Her ratings plummeted and her inbox was clogged with emails of outrage after she broke two decades of political silence earlier this year to back Senator Obama.She even headlined a couple of campaign events for the political superstar.On the same side of politics,Clinton supporters felt betrayed and turned off their TVs.Now Winfrey is copping it from Republicans,after reportedly banning Ms Palin from her couch.Maybe she wishes she had subscribed to the old adage that silence is golden
WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Obama's support from backers of Hillary Rodham Clinton is stuck smack where it was in June, a poll showed Tuesday, a stunning lack of progress that is weakening him with members of the Democratic Party in the close presidential race. Full Digg post: http://digg.com/politics/Poll_Obama_struggling_to_win_over_Clinton_voters
Six percentage points is the price Barack Obama could pay on election day for being black. That disturbing calculation was found in a groundbreaking new Associated Press-Yahoo News poll conducted with Stanford University which probes the effect of the Democratic presidential candidate's race on his historic campaign for the White House.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Poll_Obama_Could_Lose_6_points_in_Election_for_Being_Black
http://thisweekinblackness.com The Brooklyn Comedy Company is proud to present the 6th installment of the series "This Week in Blackness". With a poll coming from the Associated Press and Yahoo, it seems that in the upcoming presidential race...er..."Race' will matter. Shocking! I know.
Poll: Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama Deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent," responsible for their own troubles. The poll, conducted with Stanford University, suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004 — about two and one-half percentage points. Certainly, Republican John McCain has his own obstacles: He's an ally of an unpopular president and would be the nation's oldest first-term president. But Obama faces this: 40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents. More than a third of all white Democrats and independents — voters Obama can't win the White House without — agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views. The survey also focused on the racial attitudes of independent voters because they are likely to decide the election. Lots of Republicans harbor prejudices, too, but the survey found they weren't voting against Obama because of his race. Most Republicans wouldn't vote for any Democrat for president — white, black or brown. Race is not the biggest factor driving Democrats and independents away from Obama. Doubts about his competency loom even larger, the poll indicates. More than a quarter of all Democrats expressed doubt that Obama can bring about the change they want, and they are likely to vote against him because of that. Three in 10 of those Democrats who don't trust Obama's change-making credentials say they plan to vote for McCain. Still, the effects of whites' racial views are apparent in the polling. http://news.yahoo.com/page/election-2008-political-pulse-obama-race
This AP-Yahoo News poll was designed to dig into one of the most sensitive subjects in American politics: racial attitudes and their effect on how people will vote in an election in which Democrat Barack Obama could become the first black president.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Obama_Losing_6_pts_Because_He_s_Black_Yahoo_Poll_Finds
AP poll suggests we're a bunch of racists. www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/sep/20/racial-views-steer-some-white-dems-away-from-obama/ www.thestate.com/presidential-politics/story/298009.html
A video montage showing the two candidates' response to an AMERICAN crisis. Can you tell who is really serious about guiding America through this?Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/The_Contrast_Barack_Obama_vs_John_McCain
Republican John McCain has taken a slim lead over Barack Obama, according to an Associated Press-Gfk poll. The poll was taken after the party conventions
Republican John McCain has taken a modest lead over Barack Obama entering the final seven weeks of their presidential contest, buoyed by decisive advantages among suburban and working-class whites and a huge edge in how people rate each candidate's experience, a poll showed Friday.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/McCain_takes_slim_lead_over_Obama_in_AP_GfK_poll_2
He was grilled on Sarah Palin, his Obama sex-ed for kids attack ads, his view on Roe v. Wade, the separation of church and state and more.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/McCain_Grilled_On_Roe_v_Wade
Please Dont Sue Me Yall (lol plz) I Thank All Involved in The Makin Of The Game's LAX Album . its Dope u Should Buy It (please no Downloadin It) Also Have To Thank Mr. Justin Nozuka ( U Should Get His Album Also) Support Good Music !! Video From Ong Bak 2 & The Game Ft. Lil Wayne My Life - - - ignore the rest - - Primary Navigation HomeU.S.BusinessWorldEntertainmentSportsTechPoliticsElectionsScienceHealthMost Popular Secondary Navigation Video Photos Opinion Local Odd News Comics Travel News Weather 60 Minutes You Witness News Site Index Search: All News Yahoo! News Only News Photos Video/Audio Advanced -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enlarge Photo APObama: McCain focused on biography over economy AP - 10 minutes ago DURYEA, Pa. - Democrat Barack Obama called Republican rival John McCain's acceptance speech the final piece of an out-of-touch convention that focused on its nominee's biography instead of the struggles of the middle Slideshow: Barack Obama Video: McCain vs. Obama: Got change? AP Full Coverage: 2008 Presidential Election Poll: Palin more popular than Obama or McCain Rasmussen Reports - Fri Sep 5, 12:04 PM ET A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom. Slideshow: Gov. Sarah Palin Speedy Tropical Storm Hanna charges for Carolinas AP - 7 minutes ago MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Tropical Storm Hanna picked up speed Friday as it cruised toward the Carolinas, promising to deliver gusty winds and heavy rain during a dash up the Eastern Seaboard that could wash out the weekend for millions of people. Slideshow: Tropical Storms and Hurricanes Unemployment climbs to 5-year high of 6.1 percent AP - 2 minutes ago How not to rescue the Big Three The Christian Science Monitor - Fri Sep 5, 4:00 AM ET Letters to the Editor The Christian Science Monitor - Fri Sep 5, 4:00 AM ET Sarah Palin can have it all The Christian Science Monitor - Fri Sep 5, 4:00 AM ET Broadway's 'Rent' exits stage left (thank goodness) The Christian Science Monitor - Fri Sep 5, 4:00 AM ET A new social contract for America The Christian Science Monitor - Thu Sep 4, 4:00 AM ET » All Opinion from CSMonitor.com RealClearPolitics » All Opinion from RealClearPolitics HuffingtonPost.com » All Opinion from HuffingtonPost.com The Nation » All Opinion from The Nation The Weekly Standard » All Opinion from The Weekly Standard -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Primary Navigation HomeU.S.BusinessWorldEntertainmentSportsTechPoliticsElectionsScienceHealthMost Popular Secondary Navigation Video Photos Opinion Local Odd News Comics Travel News Weather 60 Minutes You Witness News Site Index Search: All News Yahoo! News Only News Photos Video/Audio Advanced -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enlarge Photo APObama: McCain focused on biography over economy AP - 20 minutes ago DURYEA, Pa. - Democrat Barack Obama called Republican rival John McCain's acceptance speech the final piece of an out-of-touch convention that focused on its nominee's biography instead of the struggles of the middle Slideshow: Barack Obama Video: McCain vs. Obama: Got change? AP Full Coverage: 2008 Presidential Election Poll: Palin more popular than Obama or McCain Rasmussen Reports - Fri Sep 5, 12:04 PM ET A week ago, most Americans had never heard of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Now, following a Vice Presidential acceptance speech viewed live by more than 40 million people, Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% hold an unfavorable view of the self-described hockey mom. Slideshow: Gov. Sarah Palin Speedy Tropical Storm Hanna charges for Carolinas AP - 2 minutes ago MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Tropical Storm Hanna picked up speed Friday as it cruised toward the Carolinas,
Alabama jumps 11 spots and USC overtakes Georgia for the number one spot.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/football/BREAKING_Latest_Associated_Press_College_Football_Poll
John McCain finally picks a running mate and you might be surprise to see who it is.
SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS [ AUGUST 23 2008 ] (AP) — Barack Obama says Joe Biden is ready to step in as president. He's not bad in the role of attack dog, either, wasting no time gnawing at GOP rival John McCain. "He will have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at" when considering his own economic future, Biden said — a blistering reference to McCain's embarrassing admission, particularly during a period of financial turmoil, that he didn't know how many homes he and his ultra-wealthy wife own. Named Obama's running mate before dawn Saturday, a feisty Biden appeared with the top of the ticket at an afternoon rally in Springfield, Ill. He gave a speech filled with subtle jabs and outright punches at McCain, a sharp tone intended to send a message to nervous Democrats: Never fear, the vice presidential attack dog is here — and he's itching for a fight. As polls show the race tightening, Democrats increasingly have been questioning whether Obama can play the game of brass-knuckle politics against McCain. Some are fearing a repeat of 2004 when a Republican-aligned group called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth got the best of slow-to-respond John Kerry and his soft-touch No. 2 John Edwards. Biden, however, left no doubt he's comfortable going for the jugular. In one breath, he called McCain "genuinely a friend of mine" over a 35-year period. In the next, the Democrat skewered his decades-old Republican colleague and linked McCain to the unpopular President Bush at every turn. "The American dream under eight years of Bush and McCain, that American dream is slipping away," Biden said — suggesting that McCain, too, served in the White House during that period and overlooking the times when the Arizona senator broke from his own party's standard-bearer. He jabbed at McCain, a Vietnam prisoner of war who is arguably the county's most vocal supporter of the U.S. mission in Iraq, next to Bush. Said Biden: "These times require more than a good soldier. They require a wise leader. A leader who can deliver." The Delaware senator also used McCain's own words against him to argue that the Republican can't change the country when he offers more of the same, though he left out details and cherry-picked quotes as he sought to make his case. He noted that McCain voted with Bush some 90 percent of the time and read McCain quotes that he said has been "totally in agreement and support of President Bush" on "the most important issues of our day," and that "in the Bush administration we make great progress economically." Biden also quoted McCain saying "no one has supported President Bush in Iraq more than I have." At the same time, Biden charged, without backing up his assertions, that McCain "signed on to Bush's scheme of privatizing Social Security" and said McCain continued to "support tax breaks for companies who ship our jobs overseas" after 3 million manufacturing jobs disappeared. Said Biden: "You can't change America when you know your first four years as president will look exactly like the last eight years of George Bush's presidency." Striking at the heart of what McCain holds most dear, his integrity and honor, Biden accused McCain of pandering to the GOP's conservative base and engaging in negative politics he has shunned before. "I've been disappointed in my friend, John McCain, who gave in to the right wing of his party and yielded to the very 'Swift Boat' politics that he once so deplored," Biden said. "Folks, campaigns for presidents are a test of character and leadership." He insinuated McCain has failed that test. Yet, Biden overlooked moves Obama has made to court the Democratic Party's liberal base and the Illinois senator's own recent flare-ups of hard-hitting politics. Biden's most direct hit came as he raised McCain's housing gaffe, which had caused the campaign to spiral to a low point on Thursday. Obama's campaign seized on the remark and used it to assail McCain as out of touch. McCain's campaign hit back by raising Obama's ties to scandal-scarred Chicago businessman Antoin "Tony" Rezko and his role in Obama's Chicago property. One of the poorest members of the Senate, Biden lamented how people like him sit at the kitchen table at night worrying about how to get by in tough economic times. "That's not a worry John McCain has to worry about. It's a pretty hard experience. He will have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at." McCain spokesman Brian Rogers hit back: "Of course Senator Biden is comfortable on the attack — he spent the entire primary highlighting Barack Obama's inexperience and failed judgment on national security." But that was then. And this, call it Target McCain, is now.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Barack Obama selected Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware late Friday night to be his vice presidential running mate, according to a Democratic official, balancing his ticket with an older congressional veteran well-versed in foreign and defense issues. Biden, who has twice sought the White House, is a Catholic with blue-collar roots, a generally liberal voting record and a reputation as a long-winded orator. Across more than 30 years in the Senate, he has served at various times not only as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, but also as head of the Judiciary Committee, with its jurisdiction over anti-crime legislation and Constitutional issues. The official who spoke did so on condition of anonymity, preferring not to pre-empt a text-message announcement the Obama campaign promised for Saturday morning. Obama's campaign arranged a debut for the newly minted ticket on Saturday outside the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. The Democratic National Convention meets next week in Denver to hand Obama his long-sought presidential nomination, and then confirm Biden. Biden slowly emerged as Obama's choice across a long day and night of political suspense as other contenders gradually fell away. First Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine let it be known that he had been ruled out. Then came word that Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana had also been passed over. Several aides to former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton — who was Obama's closest rival for the presidential nomination — said they believed she also was out of contention. They added the Obama campaign had never requested financial or other records from her. Despite passing over Clinton, Obama has gone to great lengths to gain the confidence of her primary voters, agreeing to allow her name to be placed in nomination and permitting a roll call vote. Other finalists in the veep sweepstakes were Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Texas Rep. Chet Edwards. Among those on the short list, Biden brought the most experience in defense or foreign policy — areas in which Obama is rated relatively poorly in the polls compared with Republican Sen. John McCain. A native of Scranton, Pa., he also has working-class roots that could benefit Obama, who lost the blue-collar vote to Clinton during their competition for the presidential nomination. Biden, 65, was elected to the Senate at the age of 29 in 1973. Biden spent the day at his home in Delaware with friends and family. The normally loquacious lawmaker maintained a low profile as associates said they believed — but did not know — he would be tapped. They added they had been asked to stand by in case their help was needed. Obama picks Biden By Liz Sidoti and Nedra Pickler Associated Press Writers Posted: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008
By the time Georgia was done demolishing Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, it was apparent the Bulldogs were well on their way to being No. 1 -- to start the 2008 college football season.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/football/Georgia_Football_No_1_in_Preseason_AP_Poll_for_1st_Time
Here's the latest from the trail for August 13: Former Gov. Warner to give Democratic keynote speech; Strategist Reed raising money for McCain; Obama 'reverse endangered species proposal' if president; Poll Notebook: 4 in 10 not firmly behind candidate.
The latest Gallup national poll suggests presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's lead actually grew in Europe.Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Poll_Shows_Obama_Gets_European_Bump_Widens_Margin
PlusAP Campaign MinuteAP Campaign MinuteThe Associated PressHere's the latest from the campaign trail for Thursday, July 24th: Obama addresses thousands in Berlin; McCain meets with business leaders in Ohio; Obama leading Hispanics; Minneapolis police prepare for convention.This is AP Campaign Minute Barack Obama is emphasizing the need to break down barriers that divide people. In a speech in Berlin today, he told a huge crowd that walls cannot stand between old allies, between rich and poor countries, between races and tribes, natives and immigrants, Christians and Muslims and Jews. It's the latest stop in an overseas trip meant to bolster his foreign policy credentials. John McCain says while he'd love to give a speech in Germany, he'd rather do it as president than as a candidate. McCain is campaigning in Ohio today. After lunching on bratwurst with local business leaders in Columbus, he told reporters he wants to focus on economic issues such as soaring gas and fuel prices. A new national poll suggests Barack Obama has opened a big lead over John McCain among Hispanic voters. The survey by the Pew Hispanic Center shows 66 percent of registered Hispanic voters polled supported the Democrat compared to 23 percent for his Republican rival. Minneapolis and St. Paul police are hoping to keep the peace during this summer's Republican National Convention. Certain officers have been asked to keep open lines of communication with activist leaders at the convention -- in an attempt to increase understanding, and reduce any possible tensions during the convention. ___ ___, The Associated Press, with AP Campaign Minute.
SelectPlusAP Campaign MinuteAP Campaign MinuteThe Associated PressHere's the latest news from the campaign trail for Friday, July 18th: McCain pledges to help auto industry rebuild; Obama to meet Merkel next Thursday; Poll: McCain backers' excitement lags Obama voters.This is A-P Campaign Minute [Notes:pool] John McCain is pledging to help auto workers rebuild their industry-- and in the process jump-start the entire U-S economy. The Republican presidential candidate traveled to a Detroit suburb for a town hall meeting. There he praised General Motors' plan for a long-range electric car that's due in 2010. Earlier this week, GM announced more cutbacks amid a drop in truck sales. [Notes:pool]Meantime, his rival is gearing up for a tour of the Middle East and Europe to showcase his foreign policy credentials. Barack Obama is expected to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN'-geh-lah MEHR'-kuhl) next Thursday. The Democratic presidential candidate is also expected to deliver a speech in Berlin. Campaign officials have also announced stops in Jordan, Israel, France and England. [Notes:aptn file] Excitement over the presidential race is growing-- especially for Obama supporters. A new poll by The Associated Press and Yahoo News finds Obama backers are a lot more excited about the election than McCain's. As for independents, their support is fairly split right now. I'm ___ ___, with A-P campaign minute.
Pelosi Calls Bush 'a Total Failure' By LAURIE KELLMAN , AP posted: 4 HOURS 10 MINUTES AGO comments: 1798 PrintShare filed under: National News, Political News Text SizeAAA WASHINGTON (July 17) -- President Bush has been a "total failure" in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. In an interview on CNN, the California Democrat was asked to respond to video of the president criticizing the Democratic-led Congress for heading into the final 26 days of the legislative session without having passed a single government spending bill. Pelosi shot back in unusually personal terms. Washington's War of Words House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, July 13AP In an interview with CNN, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, seen July 13, called President Bush "a total failure," saying he had lost "all credibility" with Americans. She made the comments in response to a question about Bush's criticism of the Democratic-controlled Congress. 1 of 4PHOTOS AOL News X | Close "You know, God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States, a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject," Pelosi replied. She then tsk-tsked Bush for "challenging Congress when we are trying to sweep up after his mess over and over and over again." White House spokeswoman Dana Perino defended Bush. "What the president said is a fact -- this is the longest a Congress has gone in 20 years without passing a single spending bill, so it's clear that the speaker is feeling some frustration at their inability to do so." Pelosi's outburst was a departure. Her usual practice in public has been to call Bush's policies a failure -- not his presidency or him, personally. Pelosi's remarks are the latest evidence of the Democrats' throw-caution-to-the-wind approach to Bush in the waning days of a presidency weighed down by an unpopular war and soaring gasoline prices. Election Day, after all, is just over four months away; Bush's successor takes his seat on Jan. 20. Pelosi's counterpart in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid, long ago took off the rhetorical gloves. Last month, he ridiculed Republicans who sided with Bush on a Medicare bill. "Who would be afraid of him?" Reid, D-Nev., said as many senators looked on. "He's got a 29 percent approval rating." The public's view of Congress is even worse. Its approval rating has hit a new low of just 18 percent, down from 23 percent last month, according to a new AP-Ipsos poll. Bush's approval is at 28 percent, about even with the 29 percent rating last month. Only 16 percent of those surveyed thought the country was moving in the right direction, a new low as well, although statistically the same as last month's 17 percent. Last week Reid and other Democrats dropped any pretense of trying to fight the president on battles they were likely to lose _ even on the most important part of their jobs, which is passing spending bills that keep the government running. Of the 12 annual appropriations bills, Congress is likely to pass one or two and send Bush a temporary spending fix for the rest. That would have to suffice until a new president takes office, Reid told reporters.
SelectPlusAP Campaign MinuteAP Campaign MinuteThe Associated PressHere's the latest news from the campaign trail for Tuesday, July 15: Obama: Iraq policy not sound strategy; McCain: Apply troop surge lessons to Afghanistan; Dean starting southern bus tour; Voters want to cookout with Obama.Barack Obama says current US policy in Iraq is not a sound strategy for keeping America safe. Obama says ending the Iraq war will be among his top priorities if elected president.He says the U-S needs to focus on growing threats in Afghanistan and Pakistan.--------------------John McCain says the U-S should apply it's the troop surge strategy from Iraq in Afghanistan. McCain says he would send three more brigades to Afghanistan.------------------------Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean is heading out on a voter registration bus tour through the South. Dean is starting the tour Thursday in Crawford, Texas, the hometown of President Bush.-------------Americans are firing up their grills this summer, and they say it's Barack Obama who they'd rather have at their cookout.An Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests 52 percent of Americans want to barbeque with Obama, compared to 45 percent for McCain. ___ ___, The Associated Press, with A-P Campaign Minute. (****END****)
PlusIs John McCain Too Old to Be President?Is John McCain Too Old to Be President?The Associated PressSome voters say they're concerned about 71-year-old John McCain's advanced age. However, medical experts say age should not be a factor in voters' decisions. (July 14)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] John McCain embraces what he calls his "oldness" SOT"you know friends, i'm past the age when I can claim the word kid, no matter what adjective preceeds it"The Republican presidential candidate turns 72 later this summer. If he wins the general election, he'll be the oldest person to assume the presidency.SOTLeonard Steinhorn/American University "he's getting on the upper end of the comfort zone for americans who wonder if he's going to have the vigor and the health as president"McCain's opponent, Barack Obama, will soon be 47.An Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests that McCain's advanced age is more of an issue for voters than Obama's relative youth. SOTLeonard Steinhorn "mccain is old but he wants to come off youthful, and fears coming off outdated. Obama is young, he wants to come off wise and fears coming off naive"While age is being raised as a campaign issue, medical experts say voters shouldn't be worried, SOTLauran Neergard He's in very good general health at this point. He has issues that are common with everybody who is agingAssociated Press medical writer Lauran Neergard viewed McCain's medical records in 1999, and for a second time earlier this year. One of her main concerns was his history of melanoma, one of the most dangerous types of skin cancer.SOTLauran Neergard"he's doing very well. He has not had a recurrence, and the longer you go without a recurrence, the better your chances of not having a recurrence"A person who reaches 70 can expect to live another 15 years. For a president entering office in their seventies, that could work out to two terms in office, plus time for writing memoirs. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
Comment & let us know what you think about it. Are you being affected? Pinched at the pump? Higher airfare, taxi fare? Higher food costs? Higher heating oil costs, electric costs, inflation affects every purchase? Music is by http://www.youtube.com/user/cheeryvibez Video ends about half way and then song continues with link to channel. Gas prices rap peak oil oil bush gas prices obama gas prices american solutions illusion high gas prices Bush clueless about $4 gas prices! The "rise" in gas prices is just another political illusion. The problem is fake money from the criminals called the Federal Reserve and their partners in crime, the people called the federal government. Get more information at http://adventuresinlegalland.com and tune in every Saturday to the No State Project on the We the People Radio Network http://wtprn.com from 2-4 pm pst I have been working the bugs out of our hydrogen system on the Ford Escort. Just this last Thursday morning I finished making modifications and since then everything has been working well. The system automatically pumps water in and automatically drains water from the water trap while on the road. The car is running smoothly and has a lot of power. We will soon start building kits and will continue to test our designs. Recently, I had to ask myself what is gasoline? Gasoline is a blend of hydrocarbons C11H24 - C7H16. So, gasoline is just hydrogen with molecular bonds to carbon atoms and it produces about an equal amount of water as it burns. Hydrogen is clean burning because it does not have any carbon in it and it only produces water vapor when it burns. I have been concerned about the effects of water vapor on the engine and exhaust system however every hydrocarbon fuel that we burn already produces water vapor and unburned hydrocarbon emissions. So, I have stopped worrying and continue to drive 370 miles each week with the hydrogen generators turned on. I have also discovered that sugar has everything that we need to make gasoline and other hydrocarbons like propane C3H8, Butane C4H10, or hexane C6H12. Vinegar is C2H4O2 but remove the oxygen and you get C2H4 which is highly combustable Ethylene gas. It is all a chemistry problem with fantastic results that can power our cars when oil runs out. Mike Gravel Presidential candidate responds to the question about gas prices by reminding us that we pay an extra $4 per gallon to keep troops around the world and secure oil. Hit Hard by Gas Prices An Associated Press - Yahoo poll suggests 9 in 10 Americans see rising gas prices causing family hardship. Nearly half think that hardship will be serious. (June 30)It's a plague that doesn't discriminate.Rising gas prices are affecting Americans of all ages, race, and economic now is costs me $60 to fill up a car that it used to cost me $35 to fill up"SOT"if I have to run to the store or doing something quick, I just walk"An Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests that nine in ten Americans expect gas prices to squeeze them financially over in the next six months.Experts say that's because rising fuel costs affect more than filling up the tank.SOT "its not just your car, its taking a taxi, it's the cost of delivering goods, surcharges are being put on by almost every freight service, it's the cost of higher transportation of food and other products, so yes, both directly and indirectly its causing major problems."The AP and Yahoo have been tracking two-thousand voters since last fall to see how their views on the candidates and the issues evolve throughout the presidential election.Back in November, half of those polled said gas prices were an extremely important issue.Now, with gas costing a dollar more, two-thirds say gas prices are extremely important.So Americans are finding ways to drive less and cut expenses elsewhere.Pablo Garcia-Ruiz says he and his wife try to combine their errands into one trip instead of using the car multiple times.SOTPablo Garcia-Ruiz"my wife and I will look at and say how many trips are we making to the store? Instead of making one trip to go get a jug of milk, let's combine everything and do it together"The pain at the pump has made gas prices a hot topic in the presidential campaign.Those polled give Barack Obama a slight edge over John McCain when it comes to which candidate would have the best chance of lowering prices.But a third say neither candidate can deal with the problem.
SelectPlusAP Campaign MinuteAP Campaign MinuteThe Associated PressHere's the latest news from the campaign trail for Tuesday, July 8: Obama, McCain court Hispanics; McCain pushes for border security; Obama calls for reforms to bankruptcy laws; Pet owners prefer McCain.[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] This is AP Campaign Minute.John McCain and Barack Obama spoke seperatly before the League of United Latin American Citizens convention in Washington.Both presidential candidates are courting Hispanic voters, a crucial voting bloc in the general election.----------------John McCain says the U-S must secure its borders before the country can embark on comprehensive immigration reform.However, McCain says he won't pursue the enforcement-only approach sought by hard-line Republican conservatives.----------------------Barack Obama is proposing a change in the nation's bankruptcy laws to help people in financial distress.Obama says changes would allow some homeowners to renegotiate the terms of their mortgages.-------------------An AP-Yahoo poll suggests pet owners prefer John McCain to Barack Obama.McCain owns several pets.Obama has no pets, but has promised to buy his daughters a dog when the campaign is over. ___ ___, The Associated Press, with AP Campaign Minute. (****END****)
When an AP-Yahoo poll asked Americans what word comes to mind when they think of the two presidential candidates, the reactions were very different. For John McCain, the most common response was "old," with 19%. In contrast, 20% responded to Barack Obama's name with "change" or "outsider" and another 8% saw him as "inspiring."Full Digg post: http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Poll_19_of_Americans_associate_just_one_word_with_McCain
PlusAP Yahoo Poll: McCain "old;" Obama "outsider"AP Yahoo Poll: McCain "old;" Obama "outsider"The Associated PressAsk people to blurt out their first words about the two presidential candidates and one in five say "change" or "outsider" for Barack Obama and "old" for John McCain, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll. (July 7)When you ask Americans what word comes to mind when they think of John McCain, there's a good chance they'll say this: (SOT: DAN OLSEN/SARASOTA, FL)(13;18:53) OLD. I GOTTA SAY OLD.Ask the same question about Barack Obama and you'll probably hear this:(SOT: VICTOR FORMAN/BALTIMORE, MD)(13;22:04) I THINK OF CHANGEAn AP-Yahoo poll of more than 17-hundred Americans put those two responses about the presidential candidates at the top of the list.19-percent picked "old" for the Republican. 20-percent picked "change" or "outsider" for the Democrat.Nine percent gave this response to McCain.(SOT: TRAVIS CHIPLE /BALTIMORE, MD)(13:11:02) I THINK PRISONER OF WAR. I THINK THAT'S THE ONE THING HE HAS GOT UP ON OBAMA IS THE FACT THAT HE SERVED.While 13-percent cite Obama's lack of experience.(SOT: CINDY HUNT/BALTIMORE, MD)(13:13:43)I THINK HE TALKS THE TALK BUT I DON'T THINK HE CAN WALK THE WALK.Eight percent see Obama as "inspiring."(SOT: HARRIET FISCHEL/ BETHESDA)(13;23:30) I THINK HE'S A NEW FACE AND A NEW VISTA AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED.Nine percent think of Obama as "dishonest." While seven percent associate "Bush" with McCain.Further down the list--six percent rank Obama as "liberal." The same percentage relates McCain to Iraq and terrorism. (SOT: DEBBIE CHIPLE/CHICAGO)(13:15:00) JOHN MCCAIN I THINK OF IRAQ. I THINK OF THE PEOPLE WE LOST. AND A COUNTRY THAT CAN NEVER BE WON NO MATTER WHO IS IN OFFICE.With just four months to election day, the survey also suggests Obama faces a bigger problem than McCain from growing negative impressions. Both are seen favorably by roughly half of those questioned. They are seen unfavorable by about four in ten people. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
SelectPlusAP Campaign StoriesAP Campaign StoriesThe Associated PressHere are the top AP Campaign stories for July 3rd: Obama says he's not softening stance on troop pullout from Iraq; McCain sends message to Hispanic voters; Obama puts the red in red, white and blue; The movable middle.Democrat Barack Obama is defending himself from charges that he's softening his stance on bringing troops home from Iraq. He had said American troops would be home within 16 months of the start of his presidency. He does say he will refine his policy after his upcoming visit to Iraq.Republican John McCain is south of the border. He's in Mexico City on the third day of his Latin American trip. He toured the city's holiest site in a move with clear overtones to Hispanic voters. They are a key voting block in the fall election.Obama will be focusing on the red in the red, white and blue this Independence day weekend. The candidate is taking his campaign to red states--those that traditionally vote Republican for president. Obama is arguing in states like Montana and North Dakota that he can appeal to voters of all stripes. A recent AP-Yahoo News poll finds that 15 percent call themselves moderates and aren't solidly supporting Obama or McCain. More than half of this middle is made up of independents. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
SelectPlusAP Campaign MinuteAP Campaign MinuteThe Associated PressHere are the top AP campaign stories for July 2nd: McCain campaign shakeup; Obama calls for more service: Did McCain rough up aide to Nicaragua's president?; Poll rates candidates' wives.Republican John McCain has shaken up his presidential campaign. Steve Schmidt, who's been an active part of the campaign for six months, will have an expanded role. The move comes amid criticism that McCain hasn't taken advantage of the fact that he locked up the nomination months before Barack Obama did the same on the Democratic side.Obama is calling on people to make the American dream a reality for everyone. He's calling for expanded public service programs. The Democrat wants to double the size of the Peace Corps and add to the size of AmeriCorps.John McCain denies a report that he roughed up an associate of Nicaragua's president during a 1987 diplomatic mission. The allegation comes from a fellow Republican senator. McCain is known to have a hot temper.An A-P Yahoo poll says 30-percent of Americans have a favorable view of Michelle Obama, while 27-percent have a favorable view of Cindy McCain. The same poll of candidates' wives shows that the Mrs. Obama's unfavorable rating is twice that of Mrs. McCain's. More than half of respondents said they knew little about McCain, compared to about a third who said they weren't informed about Obama. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
SelectPlus9 in 10 Americans Hit Hard by Gas Prices9 in 10 Americans Hit Hard by Gas PricesThe Associated PressAn Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests 9 in 10 Americans see rising gas prices causing family hardship. Nearly half think that hardship will be serious. (June 30)It's a plague that doesn't discriminate.Rising gas prices are affecting Americans of all ages, race, and economic now is costs me $60 to fill up a car that it used to cost me $35 to fill up"SOT"if I have to run to the store or doing something quick, I just walk"An Associated Press-Yahoo poll suggests that nine in ten Americans expect gas prices to squeeze them financially over in the next six months.Experts say that's because rising fuel costs affect more than filling up the tank.SOT "its not just your car, its taking a taxi, it's the cost of delivering goods, surcharges are being put on by almost every freight service, it's the cost of higher transportation of food and other products, so yes, both directly and indirectly its causing major problems."The AP and Yahoo have been tracking two-thousand voters since last fall to see how their views on the candidates and the issues evolve throughout the presidential election.Back in November, half of those polled said gas prices were an extremely important issue.Now, with gas costing a dollar more, two-thirds say gas prices are extremely important.So Americans are finding ways to drive less and cut expenses elsewhere.Pablo Garcia-Ruiz says he and his wife try to combine their errands into one trip instead of using the car multiple times.SOTPablo Garcia-Ruiz"my wife and I will look at and say how many trips are we making to the store? Instead of making one trip to go get a jug of milk, let's combine everything and do it together"The pain at the pump has made gas prices a hot topic in the presidential campaign.Those polled give Barack Obama a slight edge over John McCain when it comes to which candidate would have the best chance of lowering prices.But a third say neither candidate can deal with the problem. ___ ___, The Associated Press.
PlusForced to Vote in ZimbabweForced to Vote in ZimbabweThe Associated PressMarshals led voters to polling stations, bands of government supporters harassed people in the street and rural voters faced arson threats as Zimbabwe held an internationally discredited, one-candidate presidential runoff. (June 27)[Notes:vo of voters lined up]Marshals in Zimbabwe have rounded up voters to cast ballots in Friday's much disputed one-candidate presidential run-off.(pause for nat sound) [Notes:mugabe voting]President Robert Mugabe (moo-GAH'-bay) was assured of winning when the opposition leader dropped out after enduring weeks of violence and intimidation. His name, though, is still on the ballot. [Notes:woman voting]There was an obvious lack of excitement as polls opened. Many voters seemed both uninterested and fearful as they were forced to go to the polling stations.MOS "For my... as the right to vote, I'm voting for (inaudible)." "I'm voting for Zanu-PF." (Question: "And why are you voting for Zanu-PF?) "It's my party, It's my party."Opposition party officials say these scenes prove the election is anything but legitimate.SOT Nelson Chamisa, Movement for Democratic Change Spokesman: "The presidential question has not been concluded. We want a free and fair election in this country, under international supervision, with a new constitution in place, with institutions that would guarantee the voice of the people being respected. As it is, it's not the will of the people. It's Mugabe's will." Leaders from around the world have also spoken out against the vote.And there is talk in the U-N of leveling sanctions against Zimbabwe. ___ ___, The Associated Press.