September 11th, 2008
06:42 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama are at Ground Zero for a ceremony to mark the 7th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Both candidates later speak at the Service Nation Summit Presidential Candidates Forum at Columbia University. Earlier in the day, Sen. Obama has a working lunch with Former President Bill Clinton.

* Gov. Sarah Palin attends her son Track’s deployment ceremony near Fairbanks, Alaska.

* Sen. Joe Biden holds a discussion with First Responders in Parma, Ohio.


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September 10th, 2008
06:14 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

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Chicago Sun-Times: Biden isn't afraid of Palin
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden assured a crowd of donors in Lincoln Park Tuesday night that he would handle himself just fine in his debate with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

CNN: McCain ahead in national polls; Obama up in electoral votes
Sen. John McCain has inched ahead of Sen. Barack Obama in national polls, but the Democratic candidate holds a steady lead in the most recent Electoral College estimates.

Financial Times: Five swing states could hold key to the Oval Office
They said that a contest between Barack Obama and John McCain could redraw the electoral map in the US. However, as polling day draws closer and the campaigns reveal their priorities in where they spend their money and locate field offices, all of a sudden 2008 is starting to look like 2004.

CNN Radio: Open political warfare as troops are withdrawn and Truth Squads deployed
Iraq becomes a campaign issue again, Obama’s not worried about the Palin factor, and remember Ron Paul? Bob Costantini has more in today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

CNN: Fact Check: McCain-lobbyist connections
Republicans say Sen. John McCain and his vice presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, are mavericks. But in a new ad, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign says not so fast - they're no maverick reformers.

USA TODAY: McCain raises cash while limited to public funds
Republican John McCain is asking donors to give far in excess of what they can contribute to him directly, even as he is limited to taking only public funds for the fall campaign.

AP: No questions, please; Palin sticks to her script
John McCain took a risk in picking little-known Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as a running mate, but now the campaign's playing it safer. She's sticking to a greatest hits version of her convention speech on the campaign trail and steering clear of questions until she's comfortable enough for a hand-picked interviewer later this week.
 

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September 10th, 2008
06:01 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin hold a Road to Victory Rally in Fairfax, VA. Later McCain moves on to a Roundtable in Philadelphia, PA, while Palin travels back to Alaska for Welcome Home Rally Fairbanks.

* Sen. Barack Obama continues his tour of Virginia, holding an early event in Norfolk. He then tapes Letterman in the afternoon before heading to Washington, DC, where he will address the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala.

* Sen. Joe Biden is in New Hampshire holding a Change We Need town hall meeting.


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September 9th, 2008
05:59 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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CNN: Palin shoves Biden out of the spotlight
With Gov. Sarah Palin getting so much attention these days, Sen. Barack Obama's running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, is being elbowed out of the vice presidential spotlight.

Washington Post: Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home; Taxpayers Also Funded Family's Travel
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months in office, charging a "per diem" allowance intended to cover meals and incidental expenses while traveling on state business.

WSJ Op-ED: Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin: We'll Protect Taxpayers From More Bailouts
The bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is another outrageous, but sadly necessary, step for these two institutions. Given the long-term mismanagement and flawed structure of these two companies, this was the only short-term alternative for ensuring that hard-working Americans have access to affordable mortgages during this difficult economic period.

CNN Radio: The polls have it...the race is a dead-heat
Not a lot of undecideds! Sarah Palin still tethered to John McCain! Obama slipping! Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

WSJ: In Palin's Past, the Personal Got Political; An Aide's Affair May Have Become Grounds for Firing
Sarah Palin and John Bitney go way back. They were in the same junior-high band class. Mr. Bitney was a key aide in Gov. Palin's 2006 gubernatorial campaign. When she took office, she gave Mr. Bitney a job as her legislative director, and a few months later stood beside him at a news conference and praised his work.

AP: A Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown? Don't bet on it
Anyone wanting a Hillary vs. Sarah smackdown might be in for a letdown. First, Sarah Palin launched her Republican vice presidential campaign with praise for the strides Hillary Rodham Clinton made in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. On Monday, Clinton spoke in kind.

NY Times: Forgoing Subsidy, Obama Team Presses Donors
After months of record-breaking fund-raising, a new sense of urgency in Senator Barack Obama’s fund-raising team is palpable as the full weight of the campaign’s decision to bypass public financing for the general election is suddenly upon it.
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September 9th, 2008
05:47 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin visit the historic Golden Lamb in Lebanon, OH for a 10am event.

* Sen. Barack Obama delivers a speech on education at a high school in Riverside, OH.

* Sen. Joe Biden holds a Change We Need town hall in Columbia, MO. He then moves on to a community gathering in St Louis.


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September 8th, 2008
05:45 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

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USA TODAY: Poll: Convention lifts McCain over Obama
The Republican National Convention has given John McCain and his party a significant boost, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken over the weekend shows, as running mate Sarah Palin helps close an "enthusiasm gap" that has dogged the GOP all year.

CNN: McCain vows to have Democrats in Cabinet
Promising a "very bipartisan approach" to how he'll run his administration, Sen. John McCain said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he would appoint Democrats to his Cabinet.

WSJ: Alaska Officials Weigh Subpoenas For Palin Staff Over Firing
An Alaska state investigation into Gov. Sarah Palin's firing of her public safety commissioner is turning into a power struggle between the state's executive and legislative branches.

NYT: MSNBC Takes Incendiary Hosts From Anchor Seat
MSNBC tried a bold experiment this year by putting two politically incendiary hosts, Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, in the anchor chair to lead the cable news channel’s coverage of the election. That experiment appears to be over.

CNN: Kennedy plans to return to Capitol Hill in January
Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy, who underwent surgery in June for a brain tumor, will not return to Capitol Hill this week when Congress returns from its August recess.

CNN: Palin to give first television interview to national media
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain’s surprise pick for the VP spot on the Republican ticket, has agreed to her first television interview with a national media outlet since being named as McCain’s running mate.

CNN Radio: Red (and blue) alert!
Battleground Stations! Battleground Stations! That's the call for the major party candidates now, eight weeks before the election. Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

CNN: Obama, Bill Clinton to sit down for a private lunch
Sen. Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton will share a private lunch together on Thursday, September 11, CNN has confirmed.

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September 8th, 2008
05:34 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin are in Lee’s Summit, MO for an afternoon rally.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds an afternoon economic town hall in Flint, MI before going to an evening town hall in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills.

* Sen. Joe Biden visits two states leaning blue at this point, holding town halls in Green Bay, WI and Des Moines, IA.


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September 5th, 2008
06:07 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

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CNN: McCain: 'Fight with me'
John McCain vowed Thursday to "shake up Washington" and said he's prepared to reach across the aisle to get the country "back on the road to prosperity and peace."'

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CNN: CNN Poll of Polls: Obama's lead narrows to four points
Obama now leads McCain by four percentage points – 47 percent to 43 percent — with 10 percent undecided about their choice for president. Since the previous CNN poll of polls released Wednesday, Obama has dropped two percentage points – from 49 percent percent previously to his current support level of 47 percent – while McCain’s support remains steady at 43 percent since Wednesday.

Washington Post: McCain, Obama Vie For 'Reformist' Mantle
This year, in the midst of a war, an economic downturn, an unpopular presidency and general dissatisfaction with the failure of the political system to deal with big problems, both McCain and his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, are scrambling for the reformist mantle, hoping to appeal to the disaffected middle without alienating the activist party bases.

WSJ: Anomaly in Arms: Candidates' Children May Face Combat Duty
Regardless of who wins this November's election, the U.S. is about to have its "Prince Harry" moment.

CNN: Palin aides peeked into trooper's files, union says
Aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin improperly obtained her former brother-in-law's state police personnel files and cited information from those records to raise complaints about the officer, the head of Alaska's state police union said Thursday.

CNN Radio: McCain and Palin ride the elephant out of St. Paul and onto the campaign trail
John McCain and Sarah Palin hit the campaign trail today following their Republican national convention. In today’s CNN Radio Political Ticker, Dick Uliano reports McCain's acceptance speech vowed cooperation with Democrats to change the way Washington works.

NY Times: House Chairman Failed to Report $75,000 in Income
Representative Charles B. Rangel has earned more than $75,000 in rental income from a villa he has owned in the Dominican Republic since 1988, but never reported it on his federal or state tax returns, according to a lawyer for the congressman and documents from the resort.

CNN: About last night...
See what CNN’s political experts and analysts had to say about McCain’s speech and the final night of the Republican National Convention.

CNN: Cindy McCain: John McCain speaks truth, at any cost
Cindy McCain praised her husband, Republican presidential nominee John McCain, as "someone of unusual strength and character" in a speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday.

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CNN: Graham: 'On the road to victory' in Iraq
Sen. Lindsey Graham says 'America is safer by winning in Iraq' thanks to Sen. John McCain.

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September 5th, 2008
05:54 AM ET
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ON THE TRAIL: Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

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* Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin attend a meet and greet in Cedarburg, WI and then head to a rally in Sterling Heights, MI.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds an event in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

* Sen. Joe Biden and his wife Jill hold a discussion in Langhorne, PA.


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September 4th, 2008
05:56 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

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CNN: Palin blasts Obama as unfit to lead
Sarah Palin praised John McCain on Wednesday night as a man who has met grave challenges and "knows how tough fights are won."

Click here to read the full transcript of Palin's speech.

CNN: Democrats say Palin mimics Bush divisiveness
Democrats accused Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin of mirroring "divisive" attacks by President Bush Wednesday night and said showed she wasn't qualified to be on the ticket.

CNN Radio: McCain gets props as Palin pulls no punches
John McCain takes center stage tonight after officially securing his party's nomination. Republicans used the third night of their convention to boost McCain and jab Democrat Barack Obama. Dick Uliano has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

WSJ: Speechwriter for McCain Hunkers Down
John McCain's acceptance speech Thursday is the pinnacle of a partnership between the candidate and his friend of nearly two decades, speechwriter Mark Salter.

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AP: Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told ministry students at her former church that the United States sent troops to fight in the Iraq war on a "task that is from God."

AP: Antiwar march planned for last day of RNC
As John McCain accepts his party's presidential nomination Thursday night, protesters calling for an end to the Iraq war plan to march outside the Xcel Energy Center.

Washington Post: McCain Address to Be Wake-Up Call for GOP
When he steps to the lectern at the Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night to accept the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. John McCain will face an immediate comparison to an opponent known for his soaring rhetoric who delivered his own speech to a football stadium full of people and a television audience of 38 million. And that's the easy part.

WSJ: McCain Top Fund-Raisers Set New Target
John McCain's top fund-raisers met privately here Wednesday to begin a new effort to raise $100 million in the final two months of the Republican presidential candidate's campaign.

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