(CNN) - Barack Obama said Monday he was "shocked and saddened" to learn of the recent death of one of his top campaign aides in the crucial battleground state of Nevada.
Terrence Tolbert, the Nevada state director of the Obama campaign and a former top aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, died of a sudden heart attack in Las Vegas on Sunday. He was 44 years old.
“Terence was a strong force in this campaign, with a positive outlook that brought people together," Obama said in a statement. "He was much loved by his team, who often repeated his motto of 'leave no stone unturned.' His enthusiasm, talent, and warm heart will truly be missed. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Obama-Biden family are with his wife and loved ones."
In a Monday statement, Bloomberg called Tolbert, "one of the most hardworking people in the world."
Tolbert was on a temporary leave from his position as a lobbyist in Albany, New York on behalf of New York City's public schools.
(CNN) - Virginia State Police may press charges against the person responsible for a bogus flyer in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area that told Democrats to vote on the day after Tuesday's election, according to the state's Board of Elections.
"It was a joke that got out of control on the internet," says Virginia Board of Elections Secretary Nancy Rodriguez.
The state's official logos appear on the flyer, which started circulating on October 24. It said Republicans and Independents leaning Republican should vote on November 4 - Election Day - and Democrats and Independents leaning Democratic to vote the following day.
It says the change in voting times is due to "larger than expected voted turnout" and says an "emergency session of the General Assembly has adopted the following emergency regulations to ease the load on local electorial (sic) precincts and ensure a fair electoral process."
Communicating false information to voters is punishable as a class 1 misdemeanor under Virginia election law.
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(CNN) – Looking back at his two-year marathon for the presidency, Barack Obama told CBS he was most angered by "right-wing" attacks on his wife, Michelle, and said many of them were "completely out of bounds."
"I do believe there is a Republican or right-wing media outlet, or set of media outlets, that went after my wife for a while in a way that I thought was just completely out of bounds," Obama told CBS' Katie Couric in an interview that aired Monday morning.
"Frankly, I would never have considered or expected my allies to do something comparable to the spouse of an opponent. I just feel like family are civilians."
Mrs. Obama took particular heat from conservative circles for comments she made during the primary season, when she said that for the first time in her adult life "I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback." Those comments were highlighted by several Republican state party chapters in an effort to paint the potential first lady as angry, leading the Democratic presidential nominee to call on them to "lay off my wife" in an ABC interview in May.
Mrs. Obama was also been labeled "Obama's baby mama," by Fox News and "Mrs. Grievance" by the conservative National Review. Some conservative outlets also buzzed last summer about the possibility of a tape, which has never appeared, that showed her using the word "whitey" from the pulpit of Trinity United Church. The Obama campaign said Mrs. Obama had never uttered the word and that no tape existed.
"I just feel like family are civilians, and they don't sign up for this stuff... They really should be bystanders in this process, even if they're campaigning for you," Obama told CBS in the interview that aired Monday.
(CNN) - John McCain will spend the final hours before the polls close Tuesday visiting Colorado and New Mexico, two states his campaign manager now says are key to a last-minute “new pathway to victory.”
Both states voted for President Bush in 2004, but have been leaning Obama this cycle.
Watch: McCain looks for a late shift in momentum
Late Sunday, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis sketched out a fresh roadmap to the White House that runs through the West, telling reporters that new surveys that suggested Barack Obama’s lead was shrinking to single digits had given the Republican nominee reason for optimism. “If we can win Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, all of the sudden we’ve got a whole new pathway to victory,” Davis told reporters. “Those weren’t even on the list three weeks ago.”
McCain's visit to New Mexico tomorrow will mark his second stop in the state in two days.
Watch: McCain says 'I need your vote'
Obama leads by 6 in the most recent CNN Colorado poll of polls, and by 8 points in an Albuquerque Journal/Research & Polling survey of New Mexico voters, both released late last week.
Both states also feature Senate races for seats held by retiring Republicans; Democrats are heavily favored in both contests, as the party pushes for a filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate.
Speaking at a campaign event Sunday. Nov. 2, in Columbus, Ohio, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama criticized the rhetoric of his Republican opponents. "Despite what our opponents may claim, there are no real or fake parts of this country," he said. "There is no city or town that is more pro-America than anywhere else - we are one nation, all of us proud, all of us patriots."
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CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN)– When you spend an entire autumn aboard a bus with three other guys– days, nights, meals, missed meals– you tend to get to know each other pretty well, and to have too many conversations to count them all up.
So– this was at some point during the last week of the campaign, when all four of us who were sitting around the bus: Dale Fountain, who drives the Election Express; Josh Rubin, who produces the stories for CNN that come out of the bus; Jordan Placie, who makes certain the electronic signals hit the right spot on the right satellite and find their way into your home; your devoted typist– arrived, at about the same moment, at a mutual realization concerning this election year:
The finish line isn't.
Meaning: tomorrow night, when the story is supposed to end, it really is just beginning.
If Barack Obama wins the presidency, the historic aspects of that victory, and of what will follow, are self-evident. If John McCain proves the pollsters wrong, and walks away with the presidency, there will be a different kind of history in the making, one that will be analyzed for generations to come.
Either way, regardless of your political leanings, you almost certainly have to concede:
When the ballots are finished being counted late tomorrow night (or early the next morning), the country in which we live, and its long-running story, will only become more interesting, not less.
The finish line, we are about to find, is really the starting line.
(CNN) – John McCain held a campaign rally on the Tennessee/Virginia border earlier Monday, during which he highlighted comments Barack Obama has made on coal.
"You know we found out yesterday what Sen. Obama really thinks about coal." he told the crowd. "In a new video talking about his policies on coal, he said... 'if somebody wants build a coal powered plant they can. It is just that it will bankrupt them.' How out of touch is that?...I am not going to let our coal industry go bankrupt."
(CNN) - Both major party presidential candidates made a final pitch to readers of The Wall Street Journal on Monday on the newspaper's opinion page.
The columns penned by Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama echoed their stump speeches, with the Democrat charging that McCain's economic policies would be a reprise of President Bush and the Republican saying Obama would raise taxes and restrict trade.
But they were in agreement in their opening paragraphs as each candidate said the nation is suffering the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Obama called this "a defining moment," while McCain declared it "a pivotal moment."
Obama and McCain both called for a break from the Bush administration.
Obama: "At a moment like this, we can't afford four more years of spending increases, poorly designed tax cuts, or the complete lack of regulatory oversight that even former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan now believes was a mistake. America needs a new direction."
McCain: "But we cannot spend the next four years as we have spent much of the last eight: waiting for our luck to change. We have to act immediately. We have to fight for it."
The Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls diverge on who would be best to fix the economy.
(CNN)–On the final full day of the 2008 campaign, Republican presidential candidate John McCain and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama are making one final push to court undecided voters. In the latest installment of CNN=Politics Daily, the senators are campaigning in key battleground states and making an all-day all-out effort to change the electoral map. CNN’s Ed Henry and Jim Acosta report.
Plus: Sens. McCain and Obama are on the stump and promising tax cuts, but which candidate can actually keep their campaign pledges? CNN’s Christine Romans breaks down both senators’ economic plans and how their policies will affect taxpayers.
Finally: There are great expectations for a record voter turnout tomorrow, but what if the final number falls short of projections? CNN’s Frank Sesno takes a look at Election Day “what ifs.”
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(CNN) - Barack Obama held a campaign rally in Jacksonville, Florida earlier Monday.
It was his last stop in the crucial battleground state before the election.
Watch: Obama makes his case in Jacksonville
“This is gonna be close here in Florida – this is gonna be close across the country,” he said.
CNN Political Producer Mike Roselli also reports Obama appeared to forget where he was at one point - confusing Ohio with the Sunshine State. He corrected himself and moved on with his well rehearsed closing argument speech – one he has given for a week with just slight variations.