In a news release Thursday, October 30, responding to news that the U.S. gross domestic product fell in the third quarter of this year, the campaign for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain criticized Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama's tax proposals. "According to the independent Center for Data Analysis, Barack Obama's new policies will destroy nearly 6 million jobs over the next decade," the release said.
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(CNN) – A federal appeals court has agreed with a lower court and ordered the state of Michigan to add the names of 5,500 voters back onto the voters rolls.
Click here to read the appeals court's opinion
The names were purged when mail sent to the voters by local election officials was returned as undeliverable. Purging the names was permitted under Michigan law but violated the federal National Voter Registration Act which limits the circumstances under which a state may remove a voter from the rolls.
The appeals court explained that Michigan’s practice caused affected voters to “face wrongful disenfranchisement.”
(CNN) - Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, has become an integral part of John McCain's presidential bid, but it appears the Arizona senator's campaign and the now-famous Toledo plumber need to work on their communication skills.
McCain aides told CNN's Dana Bash Wurzelbacher would appear with the Republican presidential candidate at his first campaign event in Defiance, Ohio. But in what was a slightly awkward moment for McCain, Wurzelbacher was nowhere to be seen when the Arizona senator called out for him.
Read Dana Bash's first person account of the mix up on AC360 blog
A campaign aide later said Wurzelbacher had "decided not to come" and may join McCain later in the day.
But reached at his home by CNN's Mary Snow, Wurzelbacher said it was "news to him" that he was supposed to be at the McCain rally. Wurzelbacher said nobody from the McCain campaign confirmed he was attending the event and called the incident a "miscommunication."
Wurzelbacher also said he is headed to Philadelphia for a charity event unrelated to the campaign and has no plans to meet up with McCain today.
UPDATE: Contacted by CNN a second time, Wurzelbacher said the campaign only called him to confirm after the event in question already took place. He will now try to meet up with McCain later in the day.
Wurzelbacher also said he had gotten an initial call about coming to the morning rally, "but no one called back to confirm," and was "not happy" that McCain had called out his name and he wasn't there.
(CNN) – The Virginia NAACP’s lawsuit alleging lack of sufficient preparation for Tuesday’s election is on hold, CNN has learned.
The civil rights group has withdrawn its request for a preliminary injunction that would have required the federal government to step in and take over administration of next week’s election - including extending voting hours and reallocating voting machines.
The request for federal intervention was withdrawn after Virginia state officials provided new information about its preparations for what is expected to be record turnout across the state next Tuesday.
In a press release issued Thursday, the Virginia State Board of Elections detailed significant increases in resources since the last presidential election.
“Since 2004, nearly 300 additional polling places have been added or changed” to help alleviate long lines, the statement said. The state is also set to deploy 30,000 people to act as poll workers or alternates and, since 2004, Virginia has increased the number of voting machines by 77 percent – from 5,989 to 10,600.
Virginia has already received more than 310,000 absentee ballots for next week’s election, a figure that represents more than the total number of absentee ballots cast in 2004, according to the state board’s release.
The Virginia NAACP has not formally dismissed its lawsuit but the group tells CNN it has no plans to pursue the case. The group filed the lawsuit earlier this week out of concern that areas in the state with significant African-American populations had not been allocated sufficient resources to have a smooth voting process next Tuesday.
(CNN) – Al Gore is back on the presidential campaign trail in Florida, stumping for Barack Obama Friday in the state that cost him the White House in 2000. The former vice president and his wife Tipper are making stops in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the areas at the center of the recount.
"Nobody knows better that every single vote counts –- especially in Florida - than Vice President Al Gore, who will be encouraging Florida voters to Early Vote in record numbers so no amount of chads, butterflies, or undervotes can stand between Floridians and the change we need," said Obama State Director Steve Schale.
President Bush won Florida in 2004.
Barack Obama has made a major play for the state in the race’s closing days, holding several Florida rallies this week, including an event with former President Bill Clinton — their first joint appearance of the campaign - in Kissimmee Wednesday night. The race in Florida remains neck and neck: Obama holds a 4 point edge over McCain, 51 to 47 percent, in the CNN/Time/Opinion Research Corporation poll released this week, with 2 percent of the state’s voters undecided.
ARNOLD, Missouri (CNN) – Thursday’s news of a shrinking GDP and record quarterly profits for ExxonMobil have added fuel to Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s attacks on John McCain’s economic proposals in the election’s closing days. The developments are evidence, Biden says, that the Republican ticket has their economic priorities “upside down.”
“Here the entire economy of America is shrinking, and the oil companies are, this one in fact, made the largest profit in its history in a quarter,” said Biden. It was reported Thursday morning that Exxon Mobil made $14.83 billion in this year's third quarter.
“Ladies and gentlemen, what more evidence do we need that the Exxon Mobils of the world don't need a tax break?” he asked, speaking to supporters in a half-empty high school gym. “That $4 billion should go to middle class taxpayers, people who need the money. John and Governor Palin have this upside down. They literally have it upside down.”
As he regularly does, the Delaware senator said the election is ultimately about jobs and pointed to a closing Chrysler plant in nearby Fenton where production has halted indefinitely and 1,700 workers lost their jobs after rolling out the last 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - A number of states try to make voting a little easier by allowing voters to choose all the candidates from a single party with a single vote.
The process is known as straight-party or straight-ticket voting. But while it sounds straightforward, the CNN Voter Hotline has gotten a number of calls with concerns about whether the option works.
In Pennsylvania, an e-mail being circulated warns people about voting a straight ticket.
"The e-mail said that it won't count your vote," Gwen Bryant of Chester, Pennsylvania, told the Voter Hotline.
"We've gotten a lot of calls about this," said Leslie Amoros, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
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(CNN)– Did Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s 30 minute ad better help voters envision the Illinois senator post-election? In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux has the latest on Tuesday’s debut of the “Obamamercial.”
And: Some fear that the heightened voter turnout this election season may be accompanied by an increase in security problems. CNN’s Dan Lothian takes a look at the battleground state of Virginia and how law enforcement is stepping up safety measures to prepare.
Plus: Republican presidential candidate John McCain kicks off a two-day bus tour in the hotly contested state of Ohio. CNN’s Dana Bash has the latest on the campaign’s final push to win the White House.
Finally: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama seem to have put aside their differences, sharing the stage for the first time in the Illinois senator’s campaign. CNN’s Randi Kaye takes a look at the former president's relationship with the current presidential nominee during the tumultuous primary season.
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(CNN) - Even before the current economic crisis, voters listed the economy as the top issue in the presidential election.
In a CNN.com special report, Battleground Voters, we talked to voters in five battleground states - Colorado, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio - to find out how the economy would influence their choice for president.
In the third of four parts, we talked to retirees, who say they're not only worried about their own finances, and whether they may need to work again, but about others, and the kind of world that their children and grandchildren will live in.
CNN's special report on battleground voters continues Friday with a look at unemployed voters.
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KANSAS CITY, Missouri (CNN)– At first, many people thought it was a trick question.
“You want me to say something good about who?” said Christine Graham, 43, of Arapahoe County, Colorado.
But it wasn't a trick. It was just a small attempt, in the final days of a presidential campaign that has at times been vicious and brutal-spirited, to, as they say, bring the country together.
“But I’m for John McCain," Christine Graham said.
That’s fine. McCain has your vote.
But, knowing that you’re not going to change your mind, Mrs. Graham, say something good about Barack Obama– something that you truly believe.
“Well. . . .” she said.
She paused for a few more seconds, and then said:
“He’s a dreamer. I think he probably wants to make life easier for people.”
There. Easy as that.