(CNN) – John McCain held a campaign event in Pueblo, Colorado earlier Friday, during which he praised Sarah Palin's performance at the VP debate.
"I am so proud of her performance last night but I am most proud that she has been such a great role model and inspiration to millions and millions of Americans," he said. "You can have a big great family, you can have a great profession, you can have a great husband, you can have wonderful children, and you can serve starting with the PTA to being on the city council to being a mayor and a governor to cleaning up the corruption in your state - and we’ll clean up the corruption in Washington together and it is a team of two mavericks."
(CNN) – Only hours after the year’s sole vice presidential debate ended, the Obama campaign released a television ad highlighting one of Joe Biden's more memorable lines of the night.
The 30-second spot, called 'Can't Explain,' shows Biden's exchange with Sarah Palin over John McCain's healthcare plan. Biden noted McCain will pay for his proposed $5,000 tax credit to families with taxes on every individual with an employer sponsored healthcare plan.
"I call that the ultimate Bridge to Nowhere," Biden said of the plan to laughter from the crowd in what was a clear reference to the infamous pork-barrel project. (It's a line Biden has repeatedly used on the trail)
The moment was among the more memorable ones in a debate that featured few knock-out jabs. Palin, a one-time supporter of the bridge project, did not respond to the line but was seen smiling.
UPDATE: Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for the McCain campaign, called Biden's contention an "outright lie."
"Oddly, instead of shying away from an outright lie told by Joe Biden last night, the Obama campaign appears willing to double-down on his reckless dishonestly. It’s a lie for the Obama campaign to say John McCain’s health care plan taxes health care, when the McCain plan clearly provides the equivalent tax break for every American," he said. "Whether Barack Obama and his running mate are voting in favor of higher taxes on Americans making just $42,000 or telling bald faced lies, Americans know failed leadership when they see it."
(CNN) - Barack Obama held a campaign rally in Abington, Pennsylvania earlier Friday during which he commented on the lasted jobs report showing employers slashed over 150,000 jobs last month.
Watch: Obama stumps in PA
"Just since January, we’ve lost more than 750,000 jobs across America, 7,000 in Pennsylvania alone," he said. "This is the economy that John McCain said – just two weeks ago – was fundamentally strong. This is the economy that my opponent said made great progress under the policies of George W. Bush. And those are the economic policies that he proposes to continue for another four years." (Related: Obama, McCain issue statements on job report)
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DOVER, Delaware (CNN) – Joe Biden spoke briefly but emotionally Friday morning at the deployment ceremony for his son Beau’s Iraq-bound National Guard unit.
“I’ve come here many times before,” Biden told the 261st Signal Brigade as they stood in formation. “As a Delawarean, as a United States senator. But today I come as you prepare to deploy as a father. A father who got some sage advice from his son this morning. “Dad, keep it short, we’re in formation.
Watch: Biden sends off son, troops
“I always listen to my general,” he continued. “So let me simply say, like all of the family members that are here today gathered on this green, my heart is full of love and pride.”
Biden didn’t get as choked up as he has in the past when talking about his family, but did show the emotion often seen on the campaign trail; his two-and-a-half minute remarks were filled with pregnant pauses, and delivered with a shaky voice. Biden wore his trademark aviator sunglasses during the entire event, except when speaking.
Related: Biden addresses ceremony
Thirty-nine-year-old Beau - a captain in the National Guard, and Delaware’s attorney general — is not immediately leaving for Iraq. He spends Friday and Saturday at home with his family before heading to Fort Bliss, Texas for additional training with his unit that will ship out for a year-long tour of duty in six to eight weeks.
(CNN) – John McCain’s decision to pull out of Michigan prompted the state Republican Party chairman to issue a desperate plea Friday for donations to help fund political activities the presidential campaign would likely have shouldered.
“I won’t sugar coat it; the McCain Campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan is a tough blow,” Saul Anuzis, chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, wrote in an email fundraising solicitation to Republicans. “But we cannot let it deter us.”
The latest CNN poll of Michigan voters, released late last month, suggested Obama was holding on to his edge over McCain in the fight for the state’s 17 electoral votes. Among likely voters, Obama held a 5 point lead, 51 percent to 46 percent; among the larger sample of registered voters, the lead was 7 points. Obama had a 4 point advantage in the previous CNN poll in Michigan, conducted at the beginning of September.
Michigan has voted for the Democratic candidate in the last four presidential contests, though John Kerry's winning margin there over President Bush in 2004 was just 3 points.
(CNN) – Both John McCain and Barack Obama released statements Friday morning reacting to the lasts jobs report showing employers cut 159,000 jobs in September - the biggest decline in five years.
"Our nation's economy is on the wrong track," McCain said. "It is imperative that Congress act to address the financial crisis while protecting taxpayers and being good stewards of their dollars. But we must do more. "
“With three-quarters of a million jobs lost this year, and millions of families struggling to pay the bills and stay in their homes, this country can’t afford Senator McCain’s plan to give America four more years of the same policies that have devastated our middle-class and our economy for the last eight," Obama said in his statement.
Full statements from both candidates after the jump
Gov. Sarah Palin said at the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate that Sen. Barack Obama has "pretty much only voted along his party lines. In fact, 96 percent of his votes have been solely along party line."
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(CNN) - Hillary Clinton issued a statement shortly after the debate praising Joe Biden's performance:
“Tonight's debate underscored the stark choice American families face in this election," she said. “I've known Senator Biden a long time – as Americans saw tonight, he is a strong, passionate and experienced leader. Like Barack Obama, Joe Biden understands both the economic stresses here at home and the strategic challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world.
“We saw yet again that Senator McCain and Sarah Palin will offer only more of the same failed policies of the Bush Administration. America's hardworking Middle Class families deserve better.”
(CNN) - The House of Representatives has yet to officially pass the economic bailout bill, but one member of Congress is already hitting the airwaves to explain to wary voters why he is supporting it.
Related: GOP leaders 'optimistic' about bill
The ad is the first from a member of Congress this cycle to mention the controversial bailout bill, and is a sign of just how politically thorny an issue the legislation is for vulnerable congressmen.
Georgia Rep. Jim Marshall, a Democrat whose re-election bid is among the most competitive House races this election cycle, released a 30-second campaign ad Thursday during which he says, "I don't like this rescue plan any better than you do."
"Warren Buffet calls this financial crisis the worst in the nation’s history," Marshall says in the ad. "I don't like this rescue plan any better than you do, and I'm not interested in bailing out the irresponsible people who dragged us into this credit mess. But I am not going to stand by and let this crisis undermine our economy, and damage the financial future of everyone in America - their jobs, their savings, their dreams."
Marshall is one of the few House Democrats who faces a competitive re-election bid in a year that is clearly favoring his party; his district leans Republican, and like many congressmen his office has been flooded with calls from constituents urging him to vote against the bill.
The Statement: Gov. Sarah Palin said at the October 2 vice presidential debate that Sen. Barack Obama "would be willing to meet with" Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "without preconditions being met first."
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