FINDLAY, Ohio (CNN) –- In an interview posted online Wednesday, Sarah Palin told Dr. James Dobson of “Focus on the Family” that she is confident God will do “the right thing for America” on Nov. 4.
Dobson asked the vice presidential hopeful if she is concerned about John McCain’s sagging poll numbers, but Palin stressed that she was “not discouraged at all.”
“To me, it motivates us, makes us work that much harder,” she told the influential Christian leader, whose radio show reaches millions of listeners daily. “And it also strengthens my faith because I know at the end of the day putting this in God’s hands, the right thing for America will be done, at the end of the day on Nov. 4.”
Dobson praised Palin's opposition to abortion rights, to which the governor affirmed that she is “hardcore pro-life.”
She said giving birth to her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, has given her the opportunity “to be walking the walk and not just talking the talk” in her long-standing opposition to abortion.
Dobson - who has never been warm to McCain - asked Palin if her “private conversations” with the GOP nominee had revealed a true commitment to the Republican party’s pro-life platform, which calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortions.
"I do, from the bottom of my heart," Palin assured Dobson. “John McCain is solidly there on those solid planks in our platform that build the right agenda for America.”
She also thanked her supporters - including Dobson, who said he and his wife were asking “for God’s intervention” on election day - for their prayers of support.
“It is that intercession that is so needed,” she said. “And so greatly appreciated. And I can feel it too, Dr. Dobson. I can feel the power of prayer, and that strength that is provided through our prayer warriors across this nation. And I so appreciate it.”
The interview was taped on Monday by phone while Palin was campaigning in Colorado Springs, where “Focus on the Family” is headquartered.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - In his Democratic convention acceptance speech sixteen years ago, Bill Clinton declared that as one of the first initiatives of his administration, he would "take on the health care profiteers and make health care affordable for every family."
Two years later, his "Health Security Act" was dead, never having gotten even as far as a vote in Congress.
Nearly two decades of soaring premiums and reduced coverage later, health care is again at the top of the reform agenda in Washington. Barack Obama and John McCain have each issued their own plans for sweeping reform: Obama's would rely on a new National Health Insurance Exchange to allow more businesses and individuals to access cheaper pool coverage, while McCain's would replace the tax deductibility of employer-sponsored coverage with a flat-rate $2,500 per person, per year tax break to be used toward health insurance.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - A majority of Americans aren't happy with the way Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is handling his job or with the financial rescue package he and Congress created, according to a poll released Wednesday.
Of 1,058 people surveyed in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 64% said they disapproved of Paulson's performance and 28% said they approved. The poll was conducted on Oct. 17-19 and the margin of error was plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The Treasury secretary, however, fared better than the president has recently. In an earlier poll, 72% of Americans said they disapproved of the way President Bush is handling his job.\
(CNN) - A North Carolina congressman locked in a tight re-election race admitted Tuesday to recently telling a crowd of John McCain supporters that "liberals hate real Americans," the latest in a string of comments from Republicans that appear to question Democrats' patriotism.
Rep. Robin Hayes, a five-term Republican who has been heavily targeted by Democrats this election cycle, first denied making the remarks, but conceded Monday afternoon that he was accurately quoted.
"After reading it, there is no doubt that it came out completely the wrong way," Hayes said. “I actually was trying to work to keep the crowd as respectful as possible, so this is definitely not what I intended."
The comments came at a McCain rally in Concord, North Carolina Saturday before the Arizona senator or members of his staff had arrived at the event. As first reported by the New York Observer, Hayes said, "Liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God."
Hayes also told the raucous crowd to make sure "we don't say something stupid, make sure we don't say something we don't mean," warning the news media would likely distort such remarks.
In his statement Tuesday, Hayes suggested he meant to differentiate between the liberal and conservative philosophies rather than directly impugn the patriotism of his opponents.
"Liberals are advocating higher taxes, which I believe punish success - and they are advocating policies like gay marriage that I feel undermine strong families," he said. "We have a strong difference of opinion about the future of our nation, but obviously this was the wrong way to get that difference of opinion across."
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Track the candidates as they crisscross the country.
CNN) - Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama pays a visit to Virginia Wednesday and the Republican presidential ticket plans to campaign in Ohio.
Obama is scheduled to appear at rallies in Richmond and Leesburg, Virginia, where early voting began a week ago.
Penny Gross, a supervisor of Mason District, located in the northern Virginia county of Fairfax, said she was taken back by the turnout. "I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd, surprised at the variety and quite frankly, the numbers," she said.
A recent CNN/Time/Opinion Research poll in Virginia showed Obama leading McCain by 10 points, 53 percent to 43 percent. The poll, conducted October 11 through October 14, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
Joe Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, continues his bus tour through Colorado, a critical battleground state. He's scheduled to hold rallies in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. On Tuesday, Biden visited Greeley in the northeastern part of the state and Commerce City, located near Denver.
McCain is scheduled to begin his day meeting voters in Manchester, New Hampshire. A CNN Poll of Polls released Tuesday showed Obama leading McCain 52 percent to 44 percent in the state. The polls were conducted October 3 through October 19.
He then heads to Ohio, where's he's scheduled to appear at rallies in Green and Cincinnati.
Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is expected to join him at those rallies after campaigning in Findlay, Ohio, earlier in the day.
The most recent CNN Poll of Polls in Ohio showed Obama with a three-point edge over McCain, 48 percent to 45 percent. The polls were conducted October 4 through October 19.