The Statement: During a campaign speech Wednesday, October 8, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama criticized Republican opponent Sen. John McCain's health care plan. "Senator McCain didn't tell us about the studies that say his plan would cause 20 million Americans to lose their health insurance from their employer," Obama said.
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ST. JOSEPH, Missouri (CNN) – Joe Biden railed against the McCain camp’s recent character attacks on Barack Obama Wednesday, saying, “when you've got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him!”
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The Delaware senator on Wednesday called the strategy “the lowest road to the highest office in the land” and asked a small crowd at Missouri Western State University, “beyond these attacks, what’s John McCain really offering?”
“Every single false charge, every baseless accusation is an attempt to get you to stop paying attention to what's going on in this country and what's going on in your lives,” said Biden, telling supporters to not be distracted by the Republican tone.
“John McCain could not bring himself to look Barack Obama in the eye and say the same things to him,” he added. “Well in my neighborhood, when you've got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him!”
(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign is launching a new television ad that takes aim at John McCain's recently announced proposal to have the treasury buy Americans' bad mortgages.
"McCain would shift the burden from lenders to taxpayers, guaranteeing a loss of taxpayer money," the ad's narrator says.
"Who wins? The same lenders that caused the crisis in the first place."
Putting bad actors ahead of taxpayers? We can’t afford more of the same," the narrator also says.
McCain's original plan called for lenders to write down the value of the bad mortgages and take those losses. But the Republican presidential candidate unveiled a new $300 billion plan in response to the first question of Tuesday's presidential debate.
He said, "I would order the Secretary of Treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes, at the diminished values of those homes, and let people make those – be able to make those payments and stay in their homes."
The government would convert failing mortgages into low-interest, FHA-insured loans.
CNNMoney.com breaks down McCain's new plan
(CNN) – John McCain and Sarah Palin are holding a campaign event in Wisconsin this hour.
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(CNN) – Barack Obama is holding a campaign event in Dayton, Ohio this hour.
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(CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Thursday it plans to endorse Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, citing Sen. Barack Obama's "anti-gun record."
"We will encourage gun owners, hunters and anyone who values freedom to vote McCain-Palin on November 4," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's Executive Vice President, said in the statement.
Obama has been on poor terms with gun rights advocates, especially since his controversial remarks about rural residents of Pennsylvania were disclosed before the Pennsylvania Democratic primary. Obama lost to Sen. Hillary Clinton in that race despite investing substantial time campaigning in the battleground state.
The U.S. Supreme Court held for the first time in June of this year that the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects an individual right to own and carry a gun.
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The Statement: At a Tuesday, October 7, campaign stop in Indianapolis, Indiana, Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama compared his tax proposal to that of his opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain. "You've heard a lot about taxes in this campaign. Well, here's the truth - John McCain and I are both offering tax cuts," Obama said. "The difference is, he wants to give the average Fortune 500 CEO a $700,000 tax cut ... ."
(CNN) - Cindy McCain, wife of Republican presidential candidate John McCain, appears to have sharpened her attacks against Barack Obama on the campaign trail in the final stretch of the race for the White House.
One day after she told a Tennessee newspaper Obama is running the "dirtiest campaign in American history," Mrs. McCain criticized the Illinois senator for voting against a bill to fund troops in Iraq, a regular line of attack from her husband’s campaign.
“The day that Senator Obama cast a vote not to fund my son when he was serving sent a cold chill through my body, let me tell you,” she told a Pennsylvania crowd before introducing her husband and Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin.
“I would suggest Senator Obama change shoes with me for just one day. I suggest he take a day and go watch our men and women deploying," she also said, to boisterous cheers from the campaign.
The vote Mrs. McCain is referencing came in May of 2007, when Obama was one of 14 senators who voted against a war-spending plan that would have provided emergency funds for American troops overseas.
He, like many Democrats, was pushing for an end to the war in Iraq, and the legislation included no provisions for that. Before that vote, Obama did support and vote for a funding proposal that included a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq - a troop funding bill McCain opposed.
A CNN fact check deemed the charge that Obama voted against troop funding "misleading."
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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tennessee (CNN)– Certainly there must be people in Tennessee who watched this week's Nashville presidential debate, felt inspired and exhilarated by what they saw on the stage, and came away newly energized about the campaign.
We’ll let you know when we find them.
Until then. . . .
“As of right now, I’m not going to vote for either one of them,” said Robert Duncan, 56.
He knew when the debate started that he was not going to vote for Barack Obama.
“There’s not a chance,” he said. “Too liberal.”
He thought the debate might persuade him to vote for John McCain.
“He could have convinced me," Duncan said.
But he said that he found McCain’s performance to be “arrogant and deceptive,” and that, with the choice on November 4 being between McCain and Obama, “at this point I’d rather not vote.”
He was having lunch with his ex-wife, Robin, 35, at a Cracker Barrrel when we spoke with them on our way north to the next debate in Hempstead, New York. Robin Duncan said that she is an Obama supporter, but that the performance of both Obama and McCain in the Tennessee debate left her cold.
“I would have been happy if Obama had taken the opportunity to show that he really stands for something, with real conviction,” she said. “But so often he just seems to sway about things. I would have loved for the country to have seen him and to have been completely sure that he should be president. But I don’t know that the country saw that."
Both Robert and Robin Duncan said that, as they looked at the stage in Nashville during the televised debate, they had an uneasy feeling that they didn’t see the next president of the United States standing there.
Of course, they almost certainly did.
“I know," Robert Duncan said. “I’ll vote in my local elections in November. But from what I saw, I just don’t have a desire to vote for president.”
CNN: Palin's husband testifies he never pressured official
The investigation into Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's dismissal of a state official moved forward on two fronts Wednesday. Palin's husband, Todd, said in a sworn affidavit released Wednesday night that he never pressured the state's public safety commissioner to fire Palin's former brother-in-law, a state trooper who had divorced the governor's sister.
Washington Post: McCain Campaign Tries To See Glass as Half Full
It was a late night for John McCain's campaign - a post-debate repast of karaoke until the wee hours of the rain-soaked morning. They sang neither in celebration nor to drown their sorrows. Tuesday's presidential debate did not fundamentally alter the race.
Washington Post: McCain Plan Draws Doubts From Experts On Mortgages
Sen. John McCain's proposal to have the federal government directly buy and refinance troubled home loans would cost about $300 billion, his campaign said yesterday.
That money would come from the new $700 billion Wall Street bailout and a $300 billion refinancing program enacted as part of a housing bill adopted this summer.
USA TODAY: Different styles, same goal: How the candidates made it work
They're both senators, but that's pretty much where the similarities end.
From their first jobs to the financial crisis, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain have revealed themselves as polar opposites, forged by their personalities and biographies into potential presidents with vastly different leadership and management styles.
CNN Radio: Candidates and surrogates thrust and parry down the home stretch
Flip-flop accusations and town hall ducking. Also, Michelle Obama defends her husband. Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.
USA TODAY: McCain: 'Bare-knuckled fighter' won't take no for answer
John McCain had been home from a Vietnam prison less than three years when he was assigned to command the Navy's Replacement Air Group 174 in Jacksonville. The way he went about the job is similar to the way he's running his campaign and reacting to events on Wall Street 32 years later.