September 9th, 2008
10:30 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama education ad: 'John McCain doesn’t understand'

New Obama ad hits McCain on education.
New Obama ad hits McCain on education.

(CNN) - The Obama campaign released a new ad Tuesday linking education policy to economics and painting John McCain as “out of touch and behind the learning curve,” according to the campaign.

The ad, the second negative spot of the week from the Democratic presidential campaign, comes as Barack Obama starts the day with a stop at an Ohio high school and delivers a major education policy address.

Earlier: Obama ad: McCain-Palin team "No Maverick"

“When they grow up, will the economy be strong enough?” asks the announcer in the 30-second spot, titled ‘What Kind.’

“Barack Obama understands what it takes to make America No. 1 in education again. John McCain doesn’t understand.

“John McCain voted to cut education funding. Against accountability standards. He even proposed abolishing the Department of Education. And John McCain’s economic plan gives two hundred billion more to special interests while taking money away from public schools.

“We can’t afford more of the same,” the announcer continues, as the screen fades to the traditional closing image of McCain and President Bush together.

The campaign did not say where the ad buy was airing, or how significant it might be.

UPDATE: The McCain campaign accused the Obama team of making misleading claims in the new ad. “Without a single achievement on education reform, Barack Obama has resorted to a desperate attack with absolutely no basis in fact. John McCain has proposed new education reforms to empower parents and students while reducing the influence of the unions and government bureaucrats that support Barack Obama’s candidacy," said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds.

"Nothing that John McCain has proposed would reduce funding for public schools, but in fact he has pledged additional funds to improve education - and Barack Obama knows it.”

September 9th, 2008
10:20 AM ET
6 years ago

Happening Now: McCain-Palin in Ohio

Watch the Mcain-Palin event on CNN.com/live.
Watch the Mcain-Palin event on CNN.com/live.

(CNN) - John McCain and Sarah Palin are holding a campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio.

The two are also headed to Pennsylvania later Tuesday.

Check out the event on CNN.com/live

Related: Palin stays firm on Bridge to Nowhere claim

UPDATE: This event has ended, but stay with CNN.com/live for all the day's events on the campaign trail.


Filed under: John McCain
September 9th, 2008
10:18 AM ET
6 years ago

Scenes from the trail: Supporters greet McCain-Palin

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At a campaign rally in Lebanon, Ohio, supporters of the Republican presidential ticket express their feelings about John McCain and Sarah Palin. (Photo: Peter Hamby/CNN)


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
September 9th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
6 years ago

Happening Now: Obama talks education

Watch Obama's event on CNN.com/live.
Watch Obama's event on CNN.com/live.

(CNN) – Barack Obama is delivering a speech on education in Riverside, Ohio.

Obama is expected to discuss "his plan to ensure that our children have the skills to compete in a global economy, and how the Obama-Biden ticket will do what’s right for the next generation even if means breaking with tradition," according to the campaign.

Watch the event on CNN.com/live

UPDATE: This event has ended, but stay with CNN.com/live for all the day's events on the campaign trail.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
September 9th, 2008
09:05 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama: These folks are shameless

Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as agents of change.
Obama mocked the McCain-Palin ticket for casting themselves as agents of change.

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan (CNN) - Barack Obama's mocking of John McCain and Sarah Palin casting themselves as the agents of change reached new heights Monday night as he called their message "shameless" and "empty words."

"What are they talking about?" Obama asked incredulously. "How do they have the nerve to say it? When you've been supporting this current president, your party has been in power, you are not offering anything new, how is that you're serious about change? You're not! It's just empty words.

"I mean think about it," Obama continued after saying they were trying to adopt the 'change' label because it has worked so well for him. "It was just like a month ago they were all saying 'experience, experience, experience.' Then they chose Palin and started talking about 'change, change, change.' What happened? What happened?"

He also took aim again at an ad released by the McCain campaign Monday morning claiming that Palin was against the infamous pork barrel project known as "the Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska. The campaign says Palin was a proponent of the project before stopping it as governor.

Watch: McCain-Palin stealing Obama's theme?

"I got to admit these folks are shameless," Obama said to cheers from the audience.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
September 9th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Women and men don't see eye-to-eye on Palin

A new poll shows a gender gap when it comes to Palin.
A new poll shows a gender gap when it comes to Palin.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - When it comes to support for Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin, a new national poll suggests men and women don’t see eye-to-eye.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey out Tuesday morning indicates that 62 percent of men questioned have a favorable opinion of the Alaska governor, nine points higher than women. In the poll, conducted Friday through Sunday - entirely after then end of the Republican convention, 23 percent of men have an unfavorable view of John McCain’s running mate, seven points lower than women.

The gender gap is also apparent when it comes to whether Palin is qualified to serve as president if needed. Fifty-seven percent of male respondents in the poll said Palin was qualified, 14 points higher than women. A majority of females polled, 55 percent, said that Palin is not qualified to serve as president.

Half of all respondents think Palin is qualified to serve as president, twenty points lower than Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Earlier: CNN poll: Convention bounces cancel each other out

Is it fair to raise questions about her experience?

“A majority of women say yes, but it's close; men are slightly less likely to see those questions as fair game,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

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Filed under: Sarah Palin
September 9th, 2008
06:14 AM ET
4 years ago

CNN poll: Convention bounces cancel each other out

The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.
The presidential race remains close with just 57 days left until the election.

(CNN) - Why is the presidential race dead even after both parties have had their conventions? In a nutshell, it's because the conventions have not changed the basic dynamic of the race.

Earlier: CNN poll shows race dead even

New numbers released by CNN Monday explain just how the presidential race remains so close with 57 days to go until voters weigh in at the polls: the conventions were so successful for both parties that that each essentially canceled the other out.

The candidates' favorable ratings are identical (60 percent) - and almost identical to what they were before the conventions began. The GOP convention made Republicans more enthusiastic (an increase of 17 points). But Democrats are more enthusiastic as well (up 14 points), so an 11 point "enthusiasm gap" favoring remains: 71 percent of Democrats say they are enthusiastic about the election, compared to 60 percent of Republicans.

The candidates' strengths and weaknesses on the issues also have not changed over the last month - Obama retains his edge on the economy and health care; McCain's advantage remains on Iraq and terrorism.

Full poll results [PDF]

In fact, the Iraq issue is instructive of just how effectively the conventions molded public opinion. Before the Democratic convention, McCain had a 9-point edge; after the Democratic convention it was a tie, and now McCain has a 14-point lead on Iraq.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
September 9th, 2008
05:59 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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CNN: Palin shoves Biden out of the spotlight
With Gov. Sarah Palin getting so much attention these days, Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, is being elbowed out of the vice presidential spotlight.

Washington Post: Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home; Taxpayers Also Funded Family's Travel
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

WSJ Op-ED: Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin: We'll Protect Taxpayers From More Bailouts
The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is another outrageous, but sadly necessary, step for these two institutions. Given the long-term mismanagement and flawed structure of these two companies, this was the only short-term alternative for ensuring that hard-working Americans have access to affordable mortgages during this difficult economic period.

CNN Radio: The polls have it...the race is a dead-heat
Not a lot of undecideds! Sarah Palin still tethered to John McCain! Obama slipping! Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.


WSJ: In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political; An Aide's Affair May Have Become Grounds for Firing
Sarah Palin and John Bitney go way back. They were in the same junior-high band class. Mr. Bitney was a key aide in Gov. Palin's 2006 gubernatorial campaign. When she took office, she gave Mr. Bitney a job as her legislative director, and a few months later stood beside him at a news conference and praised his work.

AP: A Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown? Don't bet on it
Anyone wanting a Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown might be in for a letdown. First, Sarah Palin launched her Republican vice presidential campaign with praise for the strides Hillary Rodham Clinton made in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Monday, Clinton spoke in kind.

NY Times: Forgoing Subsidy, Obama Team Presses Donors
After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama’s fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign’s decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.
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Filed under: Political Hot Topics
September 9th, 2008
05:47 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin visit the historic Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH for a 10am event.

* Sen. Barack Obama delivers a speech on education at a high school in Riverside, OH.

* Sen. Joe Biden holds a Change We Need town hall in Columbia, MO. He then moves on to a community gathering in St Louis.


Filed under: On the Trail
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