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Poll: Obama Up By Four Points Nationally September 30, 2008

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The new ABC/Washington Post poll shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 50%-46%, with a ±3% margin of error.

For now at least, the election is really coming down to the economy. Obama leads 50%-43% on handling the economy, and leads 50%-40% on handling the current financial crisis. McCain wins on foreign policy questions, but security doesn’t seem to be enough to get him into the lead. Source Article

Early voting begins in Ohio as financial crisis deepens September 30, 2008

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by Jon Craig Tue Sep 30, 9:28 PM ET

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AFP) – Early voting began in the key battleground state of Ohio Tuesday as news of the failed Wall Street bailout pushed economic issues to the forefront of the race for the White House.

The souring economy is expected to favor Democrats more than Republicans and could drive more people to the polls early, said Herb Asher, a political science professor at Ohio State University.

“What’s happened in the last couple days has gotten the attention of everyone,” Asher told AFP.

“I think people are more worried than they’ve ever been.”

But Barack Obama will have to fight hard to win Ohio‘s hefty 20 electoral votes from Republican contender John McCain.

Obama lost Ohio to rival Hillary Clinton by eight points in the Democratic primary.

The state handed President George W. Bush his 2004 victory over Democrat John Kerry with a margin of less than 119,000 votes. Source Article

George Will: Palin Is Not Qualified September 30, 2008

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Nico Pitney & Sam Stein

September 30, 2008 06:18 PM

Famed conservative columnist George Will told a gathering of Senate aides on Monday that Gov. Sarah Palin is “obviously” not prepared to assume the presidency if necessary, two event attendees told the Huffington Post.

Appearing at a Senate Press Secretaries Association reception at the Cornerstone Government Affairs office, Will offered a harsh assessment of John McCain’s running mate.

Palin is “obviously not qualified to be President,” he remarked, describing her interview on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric as a “disaster.”

Will did state, according to a second source, that Palin has received rough treatment from the media; arguing that the Alaska Governor would have been “skewered” by the press if she had made some of the same gaffes as Sen. Joe Biden has in recent weeks. But his sympathies only extended so far. Source Article

McCain Denies Blaming Obama And Democrats For Bailout Collapse September 30, 2008

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Here’s a fun postscript to John McCain’s appearance yesterday afternoon — the one where he appeared to blame Obama and the Dems for the bailout implosion and then call for an end to the finger-pointing in the very next sentence.

In a new interview with ABC News’ Ron Claiborne, John McCain is now denying that he ever blamed them:

RC: Senator, you said that now is not the time to fix blame, but to fix the problem, but you said almost in the same breath that the democrats, including Senator Obama are responsible for the, the rescue plan falling apart.JM: No, actually I said yesterday very clearly right before the media [that] it’s time not to fix the blame, but to fix the problem. We need to sit down together republican and democrat. We don’t have inflame the situation today. History will judge who was to blame, and who wasn’t…

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Unearthed Video: McCain Pushed Bush Iraq War Agenda Two Months After 9/11 September 30, 2008

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Jed Lewison

September 30, 2008 04:58 PM

Recently unearthed video shows that just two months after 9/11, John McCain was not only fully aware of the Bush Administration’s Iraq War Agenda, but also that he actively helped make the argument for war.

In an interview broadcast November 28, 2001 on ABC News Nightline, McCain:

* Said that the Bush Administration would build a case for military conflict with Iraq, and expressed his support for such action Source Article

CNN POLL OF POLLS: Debate ‘changed nothing’ September 30, 2008

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September 30, 2008
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(CNN) – Nearly 60 million Americans tuned in to the first presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain last Friday, but national polls released this week suggest the square-off did little to change the dynamics of the race.

The new polls are bad news for McCain, who with only five weeks until Election Day is quickly running out of opportunities to shake up the race for the White House.

In a new CNN poll of polls consisting of surveys conducted entirely after the first presidential debate, Obama holds a 5-point lead over McCain, 48-43 percent. That’s exactly where the race stood immediately before the two candidates kicked off the presidential debate season in Oxford, Mississippi, four days ago.  Source Article

MoveOn Demands Apology From Brokaw For Citing False Polling September 30, 2008

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Jason Linkins

September 30, 2008 11:59 AM

On last Sunday’s Meet The Press, Tom Brokaw closed down the show’s Battle of the Campaign Flacks by deflecting the crux of David Axelrod’s Iraq-judgement argument with poll numbers that he had at the ready:

MR. AXELROD: What has happened is, as Senator Obama predicted from the beginning, that we got distracted in Iraq and now Osama bin Laden, who was the person who attacked the United States, killed 3,000 American citizens, is now resurgent. He is stronger. And that’s the result of the misbegotten decision of John McCain. And he stubbornly wants to continue, even as the Iraqis won’t take responsibility, sitting on $79 billion of their own surplus while we spend $10 billion a month. It doesn’t make sense. We can’t take more of the same, Steve.

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John McCain: Economic Disaster September 30, 2008

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Robert Greenwald

Posted September 30, 2008 | 10:42 AM (EST)

John McCain does not have the ability to fix this economic crisis.  After declaring the fundamentals of the economy strong, he created a political circus in Washington last week by mucking up bailout negotiations; a deplorable stunt, considering he and his political cronies helped cause the current meltdown.

It was McCain and his economic adviser Phil Gramm who pushed for the deregulation that helped lead to the banking crisis, and it was McCain’s crony Rick Davis who had deep lobbyist ties to Freddie Mac.  Don’t let others be fooled by McCain’s economic grandstanding because the reality is his policies and principles will only exacerbate our financial hardships.  That’s why you must spread this video.

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David Letterman vs. John McCain Continues: “McCain Loves Bailouts, He Bailed Out On Me!” September 30, 2008

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Huffington Post | Danny Shea | September 30, 2008 10:22 AM

David Letterman Monday continued to demonstrate to John McCain that lying to the late night host is never a good idea.

In his monologue, Letterman used a joke about the bailout to hit McCain for canceling last week, saying, “Senator John McCain is in favor of the bailout. He loves bailouts — he bailed out on me.”

Later, in an interview with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Letterman continued going after McCain, mentioning that not only did McCain not get on a plane to Washington when he told Letterman he was, but he also stayed the night in New York to speak to the UN the following morning. Source Article

Tom Brokaw Acting As NBC Liaison With McCain Campaign September 30, 2008

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The Huffington Post | Nico Pitney | September 30, 2008 04:05 AM

Tuesday’s New York Times features a profile of Tom Brokaw ahead of the October 7 presidential debate being hosted by the veteran NBC newsman. The Times reveals that Brokaw has “played a pivotal role out of public view, both within NBC and in its dealings with the campaign of John McCain in particular.”

Mr. Brokaw said that over the summer he had “advocated” within the executive suite of NBC News to modify the anchor duties of the MSNBC hosts Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews on election night and on nights when there were presidential debates.

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