(CNN) - John McCain's campaign said Wednesday it has contacted "appropriate authorities" over a report that Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin's personal e-mail had been hacked.
"This is a shocking invasion of the Governor's privacy and a violation of law," campaign manager Rick Davis said in a statement. "The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment."
The statement came hours after a user on the Web site WikiLeaks said he had gained access to Palin's Yahoo e-mail account and gained access. Screenshots of the e-mail messages and photos of the Alaska governor's family were published on that Web site and later on gossip Web site gawker.com.
FBI Spokesman Eric Gonzalez in Anchorage, Alaska confirms to CNN an investigation is underway.
"We are aware of the allegations and we are coordinating with Secret Service as far as the allegation that someone has hacked into Governor Palin's personal e-mail account," he said. "We are going to be working a joint investigation with Secret Service on this."
WOOSTER, Ohio (CNN) – A day after saying the federal government should not come to the rescue of insurance giant AIG, Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden shifted his position Wednesday, saying he needs to get more details on the terms of the $85 billion bailout.
"The truth is I don't know what the bailout is yet," Biden said Wednesday afternoon in Maysfield, Ohio. "It looks like they're lending them a little bit of money. I don't know what they've done, I haven't had a brief on it. I haven't spoken to the Secretary of the Treasury."
Biden's answer struck a different tone than his Tuesday reaction. "No, I don't think they should be bailed out by the federal government, I'll tell you what we should do," he said on NBC's Today Show. "We should try to correct the problems that caused this. And what's caused this? The profligate tax cuts to the very, very wealthy that John [McCain] wants to continue. What has caused this is the failure to have regulation...It's this government's policies that have caused [the middle class] to get in great trouble."
(CNN)—As news of the most recent corporate bailout reaches Americans, both John McCain and Barack Obama are stressing their economic credentials. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Dana Bash reports on McCain’s softening opposition to the AIG bailout, while CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux has the details on Obama’s continuing campaign to paint his opposition as out of touch.
Meanwhile: CNN has new battleground polls showing a much closer presidential race than in 2004. Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider breaks down the latest poll findings.
Finally: Does Barack Obama have a shot at winning over Florida’s Jewish voters? Chief National Correspondent John King talks to supporters on both sides of the race.
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(CNN) - Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin said Wednesday it was unfair of Barack Obama to attack John McCain after the Arizona senator said the fundamentals of the economy remain strong hours after a major investment bank filed for bankruptcy protection.
“Well, it was an unfair attack on the verbiage that Senator McCain chose to use because the fundamentals, as he was having to explain afterwards, he means our workforce, he means the ingenuity of the American people. And of course, that is strong and that is the foundation of our economy," Palin said in an interview with Fox News, her second sit-down with a reporter since being named to the Republican presidential ticket nearly three weeks ago.
“Certainly it is a mess though, the economy is a mess," Palin also said. "And there have been abuses on Wall Street and that adversely effects Main Street."
Less than 12 hours after the announcements banking giant Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and Merrill Lynch was being sold, John McCain told a Florida crowd, "People are frightened by these events - our economy, I think, still, the fundamentals of our economy are strong."
The Obama campaign immediately pounced on the comment. McCain said later in the day the strength he was referring to was that of the "American worker."
A now somewhat ironic advertisement for AIG is among those lining the Las Vegas baseball stadium where Barack Obama is set to hold a political rally Wednesday evening. (Photo Credit: Mike Roselli/CNN)
Florida: Obama 48, McCain 48
Indiana: McCain 51, Obama 45
North Carolina: McCain 48, Obama 47
Ohio: Obama 49, McCain 47
Wisconsin: Obama 50, McCain 47
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New polls in five battleground states that could decide the presidency suggest the battle for the White House between Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama remains a dead heat.
The CNN/Time Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. polls, out Wednesday, indicate that the race for Florida, and its 27 electoral votes, is tied up.
Florida ultimately decided the 2000 election between then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush and then-Vice President Al Gore. Four years ago President Bush won the Sunshine State by 5 points over Sen. John Kerry.
(CNN) – In another sign of how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s VP nomination has changed the dynamics of the presidential race, the Obama campaign has rolled out a new ad as part of a larger effort to woo women voters.
The new ad, entitled “Burden,” focuses on the issue of equal pay and targets Sen. John McCain for not supporting legislation that would have made it easier for women to sue for pay discrimination. McCain called the law “too a great a burden on business,” a female announcer says during the 30-second ad that will air in 10 battleground states. “McCain explains away the wage gap by saying women just need more education and training,” the woman’s voice also says.
The proposed bill was a congressional reaction to a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Ledbetter v. Goodyear, that made it more difficult for women to sue over unequal pay in certain circumstances. As part of the Obama campaign’s increased outreach efforts to women, Lilly Ledbetter, the woman at the center of the case, also endorsed Obama Wednesday. "There is only one candidate who has stood up for women like me. Who has consistently fought to help women who are working hard every day for our families and aren’t being paid fairly,” Ledbetter said in a statement released by the Obama campaign.
Led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, several Democratic women in the House of Representatives also held a press conference Wednesday to showcase their support for Obama. “These people who are saying that they’re not supporting Barack Obama, I suspect that many of them never were supporting Barack Obama and they’re just fronts,” Colorado Rep. Diana Degette, who formerly supported Sen. Hillary Clinton, said in response to a question about whether Clinton supporters will back Obama now that the Republican ticket has a woman on it.
The Obama campaign’s stepped up women’s outreach comes as Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter, announced that she is endorsing McCain and as Sen. Clinton announced she would not attend a pro-Israel rally after learning that Palin would also be at the event.
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation polling earlier this month indicated that a majority of white women supported McCain over Obama both before and after McCain’s selection of Palin. The survey also found that Palin is actually more popular with men than with women.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CNN) - Aides to Gov. Sarah Palin won't comply with subpoenas issued by state lawmakers investigating the firing of Alaska's former public safety commissioner, since Palin "has declined to participate" in the probe, her attorney general says.
"As state employees, our clients have taken an oath to uphold the Alaska Constitution, and for that reason, they respect the legislature's desire to carry out an investigation in support of its law-making powers," Attorney General Talis Colberg, a Palin appointee, told the investigation's manager in a letter released Wednesday. "However, our clients are also loyal employees subject to the supervision of the governor."
Palin once pledged to cooperate with the state Legislature's investigation into the July firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. After his dismissal, Monegan accused Palin of trying to pressure him into firing her ex-brother-in-law, a state trooper who had been involved in an
acrimonious divorce from the governor's sister.
Palin has denied any wrongdoing, and her advisers said this week that Monegan was fired for insubordination after he continued to press for funding for projects the governor opposed.
Her allies argue the investigation has become a "partisan circus" since she became Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain's running mate, and they argue that any investigation should be handled by the state Personnel Board.
"Moreover, two lawsuits have been filed challenging the legitimacy of the investigation," Colberg wrote. "On behalf of our clients, we respectfully ask that you withdraw the subpoenas directed to our clients and thereby relieve them from the circumstance of having to choose where their loyalties lie."
It was unclear whether the letter covered Palin's husband, Todd, who was among those subpoenaed by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Colberg's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The letter was sent to Sen. Hollis French, the Democratic chairman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved the subpoenas last week. Palin's allies have blasted French over comments he made to ABC News in early September, warning that the investigation into Monegan's firing could yield an "October surprise" for the GOP ticket in the form of criminal charges.