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

Happening Now: Ron Paul not backing McCain

Watch Ron Paul address the National Press Club.

Watch Ron Paul address the National Press Club.

(CNN) - Republican Ron Paul is bucking his own party and urging his supporters to vote for third party candidates, at an event at the National Press Club.

Watch Ron Paul's event on

Earlier: Ron Paul to announce presidential endorsement plans

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

Filed under: Ron Paul
September 10th, 2008
09:08 AM ET
10 years ago

Biden starting debate prep

Biden is preparing to Debate Palin.

Biden is preparing to Debate Palin.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has been tapped to help Joe Biden as he prepares to take on GOP rival Sarah Palin in the upcoming vice presidential debate.

Granholm will spend four days helping Biden sharpen his skills before he faces off with Palin October 2.

At a fundraiser Tuesday night, Biden told supporters debating Palin would be tricky.

“Folks look, I know what she’s going to try to do. She’s going to try to make it as personal as she can. She’s going to take a lot of straight lefts and jabs at me, she’s going to try to get me to respond, she’s going to try to get me to respond in a personal way," Biden said. "That’s not my style. I’m not going to do it.”

Instead, Biden said he would "try very hard" to keep the focus on health care, the struggling economy and foreign policy.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Joe Biden
September 10th, 2008
08:25 AM ET
10 years ago

How does Palin balance work and family?


Watch: How does Sarah Palin balance it all?.

(CNN)—How does Sarah Palin balance being a mother of five and running Alaska? CNN’s Jessica Yellin sat down with some of her childhood friends who said the pressure never fazed her.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
September 10th, 2008
06:19 AM ET
8 years ago

Is Palin influencing white women?

More white women support McCain-Palin than Obama-Biden.

More white women support McCain-Palin than Obama-Biden.

(CNN) - Did John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate cause a major shift of white women toward the Republican presidential ticket?

Not according to the latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation polls.

The pick of Palin, the first female Republican VP candidate, was designed in part to lure women voters to the GOP ticket, with McCain aides hoping a significant proportion of that voting bloc would identify with Palin's working-mom credentials.

But in a CNN/ORC survey released Monday, McCain drew 56 percent of support from registered white women - a statistically insignificant 3 points more than his support among that demographic in the week before he picked Palin as his VP.

Read full poll results [PDF]

"In CNN/Opinion Research Corporation polls, Barack Obama was losing white women before the conventions, and he's losing them now," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "His problems with this important voting bloc didn't start when Sarah Palin joined the GOP ticket."

These numbers appear to contradict findings from a recently released Washington Post/ABC News poll that suggested the Arizona senator gained 20 points among white women after Palin joined the ticket and prompted several stories of the Illinois senator's new problem with this key demographic.

But the CNN/ORC poll indicates McCain is even more popular among white women than Palin is (69 vs. 65 percent approval) - evidence his support among that demographic may be attributed to his own appeal, not Palin's. Obama and Joe Biden are also popular with white women, though not to quite the same degree: 58 percent said they held a favorable view of Obama while 55 percent said the same of Biden in the latest poll.


September 10th, 2008
06:14 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008



Chicago Sun-Times: Biden isn't afraid of Palin
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden assured a crowd of donors in Lincoln Park Tuesday night that he would handle himself just fine in his debate with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

CNN: McCain ahead in national polls; Obama up in electoral votes
Sen. John McCain has inched ahead of Sen. Barack Obama in national polls, but the Democratic candidate holds a steady lead in the most recent Electoral College estimates.

Financial Times: Five swing states could hold key to the Oval Office
They said that a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain could redraw the electoral map in the US. However, as polling day draws closer and the campaigns reveal their priorities in where they spend their money and locate field offices, all of a sudden 2008 is starting to look like 2004.

CNN Radio: Open political warfare as troops are withdrawn and Truth Squads deployed
Iraq becomes a campaign issue again, Obama’s not worried about the Palin factor, and remember Ron Paul? Bob Costantini has more in today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

CNN: Fact Check: McCain-lobbyist connections
Republicans say Sen. John McCain and his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, are mavericks. But in a new ad, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign says not so fast - they're no maverick reformers.

USA TODAY: McCain raises cash while limited to public funds
Republican John McCain is asking donors to give far in excess of what they can contribute to him directly, even as he is limited to taking only public funds for the fall campaign.

AP: No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script
John McCain took a risk in picking little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, but now the campaign's playing it safer. She's sticking to a greatest hits version of her convention speech on the campaign trail and steering clear of questions until she's comfortable enough for a hand-picked interviewer later this week.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
September 10th, 2008
06:01 AM ET
10 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008


* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin hold a Road to Victory Rally in Fairfax, VA. Later McCain moves on to a Roundtable in Philadelphia, PA, while Palin travels back to Alaska for Welcome Home Rally Fairbanks.

* Sen. Barack Obama continues his tour of Virginia, holding an early event in Norfolk. He then tapes Letterman in the afternoon before heading to Washington, DC, where he will address the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala.

* Sen. Joe Biden is in New Hampshire holding a Change We Need town hall meeting.

Filed under: On the Trail
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