Sen. Joe Biden said at the October 2 vice presidential debate that the United States spends "more money in three weeks on combat in Iraq than we spent on the entirety of the last seven years that we have been in Afghanistan building that country ... or six-and-a-half years in Afghanistan."
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ABOARD THE CNN ELECTION EXPRESS (CNN) - On the surface, at least, the civility at Thursday's vice presidential debate started the moment Joe Biden and Sarah Palin warmly greeted each other on the stage at the outset.
The cordiality lingered - you could see it in the apparently friendly conversations between the candidates, and between the candidates' families, after the debate was over.
Policy differences aside, here in St. Louis, Missouri, all feelings were good feelings, if you believed what you were seeing.
And the question becomes, as the presidential campaign moves on today:
Does this signal an end to the escalating campaign nastiness the country has observed in recent weeks? Will the attack ads stop, will the ruthless thrusts by the opposing organizations come to an end?
You already know the answer. If past is prologue, the meanest days on the path to the presidency lie ahead.
(CNN) - The McCain-Palin campaign released Sarah and Todd Palin's 2006 and 2007 tax returns Friday afternoon. The campaign says the Palins paid $36,682 in federal taxes for those years, and contributed $8,205 to charity. The campaign also released a financial disclosure report for Todd Palin.
At a campaign stop Friday, October 3, in Abington, Pennsylvania, Sen. Barack Obama argued his opponent, Sen. John McCain, is "out of touch." Obama asked, "How else could he come up with an economic plan that leaves out more than 100 million middle-class taxpayers from any relief whatsoever?"
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(CNN) - Sarah Palin said Friday several of Barack Obama's comments about the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have been "reckless" and disqualify the Illinois senator for consideration as the next commander-in-chief.
The comments are among the Alaska governor's most pointed to date regarding the Democratic presidential candidate's readiness to serve and come one day after she aggressively jousted with Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden.
"Some of his comments that he has made about the war…I think, in my world, disqualifies someone from consideration as the next commander-in-chief," Palin told Fox News Friday. "Some of the comments he's made about Afghanistan, what we are doing there, supposedly just air-raiding villages and killing civilians - that's reckless."
Palin was referring to an answer Barack Obama gave at a August 2007 town hall meeting with New Hampshire voters, during which the Illinois senator was asked whether he had plans to shift U.S. troops out of Iraq to other terrorist hotspots like Afghanistan.
"We've got to get the job done there and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there," Obama said of the U.S.'s mission in Afghanistan.
Those comments were immediately seized by GOP critics. The Republican National Committee sent out a press release shortly after calling them "offensive," and demanding he apologize. The McCain campaign has also highlighted the comments several times this campaign season. An AP Fact Check later reported Western forces had been killing civilians at a higher rate than insurgents.
Palin also commented Friday on her widely-panned series of interviews with Katie Couric, telling Fox interviewer she did not think the CBS News anchor asked enough issue-based questions.
“I did feel there were a lot of things she was missing in terms of an opportunity to ask what a VP candidate stands for, what the values are that are represented in our ticket," Palin said. "I guess I have to apologize for being a bit annoyed, but that’s also an indication about being outside that Washington elite, outside that media elite also, and just wanting to talk to Americans without the filter and let them know what we stand for."
(CNN) – As Congress and the White House acted quickly Friday to try to rescue the nation’s stalled credit markets, the McCain and Obama campaigns released the latest in a string of recent television ads focused on the economy, taxes and governmental spending.
Barack Obama’s campaign hits McCain on health care in a new 30-second spot, “Prescription.” The ad focuses on John McCain’s proposal to grant a $5000 tax credit to help cover health care costs. The spot suggests that McCain’s proposal would ultimately shortchange taxpayers because McCain’s proposal also involves levying taxes on employer-provided health insurance benefits which are currently not taxed.
“Taxing healthcare instead of fixing it,” says the announcer says as the advertisement ends.
McCain’s new ad, “Tax Cutter,” takes up a traditional GOP line of attack on Democratic candidates, repeating the McCain camp’s frequent claim that Obama has voted to raise taxes 94 times. “He's not truthful on taxes,” an announcer says during the 30-second spot.
A CNN Fact Check found this charge to be misleading.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush plans to sign a massive bailout bill before leaving Washington on Friday, a senior administration official told CNN.
Bush is scheduled to leave the White House at 3:15 p.m. Friday.
The House approved the historic bailout legislation by a vote of 263-171.
(CNN) – A day after the McCain campaign announced that it is shifting resources out of Michigan and into other battleground states, CNN’s latest polls of polls in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania suggest that Sen. John McCain may face an uphill battle in both states between now and Election Day.
Sen. Barack Obama is now ahead in New Hampshire by 6 percentage points. Obama has the support of 48 percent of likely voters in New Hampshire while McCain’s support stands at 42 percent and 10 percent are unsure about their choice for president.
In CNN’s previous New Hampshire poll of polls released on September 26, Obama was up by two points – 46 percent to McCain’s 44 percent.
During the Democratic primaries, Obama lost Pennsylvania to Sen. Hillary Clinton. In CNN’s latest poll of polls, however, Obama leads McCain by 10 percentage points with likely Pennsylvania voters – 51 percent versus 41 percent, with 8 percent unsure. In CNN’s previous Pennsylvania poll of polls released on October 1, Obama also led McCain by 10 points – 49 percent to 39 percent.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) – The House on Friday passed a far-reaching and historic plan to bail out the nation's financial system.
The vote for passage of the Senate-amended bill – 263 to 171 – was the result of strong lobbying on the part of the White House and other supporters of the bill all week, following the House defeat of a similar measure on Monday – a defeat that shocked the markets and congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle.
According to preliminary numbers, 172 Democrats voted in favor of the bill while 62 opposed it; and 91 Republicans voted for it and 108 voted against it.
(CNN)– Sen. Joe Biden and Gov. Sarah Palin covered it all in their first and only vice presidential debate, from the economy to the war in Iraq. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley takes a look at how well Biden and Palin made the case for their tickets, while CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux gives you an inside look at the ‘spin room’– where the campaigns worked post-debate to sway public opinion.
Plus: The $700 billion bailout bill is expected to head back to the House Friday, where lawmakers will make a second try at passing the emergency legislation. CNN’s Jim Acosta has the details on the bailout proposal, and how likely it is to pass.
Finally: Biden and Palin outlined what their roles would be in an Obama or McCain administration Friday night. CNN Special Correspondent Frank Sesno takes a look at what the role of VP has been in the past - and what it could be for whomever gets the job.
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