At a town hall meeting Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sen. John McCain repeated a standard line from his stump speech in support of nuclear power, telling voters that it's "clean and it's safe and we can recycle - excuse me - reprocess and we can store. My opponent is against nuclear power. ... "
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BLAINE, Minnesota (CNN) - Sarah Palin made her first public comments about Iran on Friday, accusing “Democrat partisans” of disrupting her planned appearance at a stop-Iran rally in New York next week.
On learning earlier this week that Palin might attend the rally, Hillary Clinton pulled out of the event, which was organized by a coalition of Jewish groups, earlier this week. Palin then had her invitation revoked by the group for fear that she might overshadow the rally.
“You may have heard also that I had planned to speak out on the threat post by Iran and speak in New York,” she told at a large audience in Minnesota. “I was scheduled to appear at a rally with Sen. Clinton, whose commitment to this I appreciate. This is a critical issue, and it should be an issue that unites all Americans. Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons, period.”
“Unfortunately, though, some Democrat partisans put politics first, and now no elected official will be able to appear at that stop Iran rally.”
Palin said “Iran’s pursuit of these weapons should concern all Americans.”
“This is not a matter for partisan politics,” she said.
The vice presidential candidate said she and McCain “will not waver in our commitment” to drawing attention to the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program.
“I will continue to call for sustained action to prevent Iranian President Ahmadinejad from getting these weapons that he wants for a second Holocaust,” Palin said.
Protesters holding posters saying Sen. Barack Obama was endorsed by the KKK are escorted from his speech
(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign rally in Coral Gables, Florida Friday was interrupted by a group of about 10 African-American protesters holding signs that called themselves, "Blacks Against Obama."
The signs said Obama was for gay marriage and abortion, and said his candidacy was "endorsed by the KKK." Another sign said, "Jesse Jackson hates Obama."
Obama originally said the protesters could stay inside the event, but they were escorted out when they would not stop shouting.
(CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama on Friday called for an economic plan for working families, saying, "We cannot only have a plan for Wall Street.
"We must also help Main Street," he said.
While "tough new regulations on financial institutions" are needed, the Illinois senator called for an emergency economic plan for working families.
Obama spoke after meeting with his economic advisers in Coral Gables, Florida.
Obama on Friday also backed administration and congressional leaders' efforts to develop a "a more stable and permanent solution" to the U.S. financial crisis.
Obama's statement came after Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox met with congressional leaders to discuss a plan that would allow banks to get rid of bad mortgage-related assets that have been a drag on their balance sheets.
(CNN) - John McCain's recent comments on the economy aren't just coming under fire from Barack Obama's campaign: arguably the country's most conservative editorial board said Friday the Arizona senator's recent "populist rifting" was downright "un-presidential."
A Friday Wall Street Journal editorial sharply criticized McCain for his recent condemnation of Christopher Cox, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Committee. The Republican presidential nominee told an Iowa crowd Thursday Cox had "betrayed the public trust" and should be fired.
"Mismanagement and greed became the operating standard while regulators were asleep at the switch. The primary regulator of Wall Street, the Securities and Exchange Commission kept in place trading rules that let speculators and hedge funds turn our markets into a casino," McCain said.
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In the bruising editorial, the Journal said those comments an "assault on Mr. Cox is both false and deeply unfair."
"It's also un-Presidential," the Journal said.