September 3rd, 2008
06:01 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008


* Sen. John McCain has no public events.

* Gov. Sarah Palin speaks at the Republican National Convention.

* Sen. Barack Obama holds a town hall meeting in New Philadelphia, OH. He then heads to a BBQ in Dillonvale tiny Dillonvale, OH.

* Sen. Joe Biden has two stops in Florida, holding a roundtable meeting in Ft. Myers and a town hall meeting in Sarasota.

Filed under: On the Trail
September 2nd, 2008
05:15 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008



CNN: CNN Poll of polls: Obama holds slim lead
Roughly nine weeks before Election Day, a new CNN poll of polls shows Barack Obama holding a five point lead over John McCain. Only four days after Obama’s acceptance speech and three days after McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin as his running mate, Obama is now ahead of McCain, 49 to 44 percent.

CNN: McCain camp claims new fundraising record
John McCain's campaign said Monday that it had raised $47 million in the month of August – his biggest monthly total to date – nearly matching Barack Obama’s July fundraising figure of $50 million.

Washington Post: GOP Deals With the Storm - and the Stork
Hurricane Gustav made landfall on the Louisiana coast about 10:30 a.m. Monday. Hurricane Bristol made landfall in Minnesota at 11:43 a.m.

AP: John McCain's vetter defends Sarah Palin review
Sarah Palin voluntarily told John McCain's campaign about her pregnant teenage daughter and her husband's 2-decade-old DUI arrest during questioning as part of the Republican's vice presidential search.

AP: McCain fought money on teen pregnancy programs
Republican John McCain, whose running mate disclosed that her unmarried 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, has opposed proposals to spend federal money on teen-pregnancy prevention programs and voted to require poor teen mothers to stay in school or lose their benefits.

Washington Post: Palin's Small Alaska Town Secured Big Federal Funds
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.

Washington Times: McCain in talks with Ron Paul for backing
The McCain campaign, acting through the Republican National Committee, has been negotiating with Rep. Ron Paul to win his support and acquire the names of his sympathizers among the 4,607 delegates and alternates at the Republican National Convention, according to a senior aide to the Texas congressman.

CNN Radio: Anarchists and Police make volatile mix at the Republican Convention
Police arrested more than 200 protestors outside the Republican National Convention. Dick Uliano reports President Bush could appear today via satellite from Washington. Get it all in today’s CNN Radio Political Ticker.

WSJ Op-ED: Nancy Pfotenhauer: Ignore the Chauvinists. Palin Has Real Experience.
In Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain has found a fellow maverick to be his running mate - one who can help bring the right kind of reform to Washington. Ms. Palin, like Mr. McCain, has a strong record of battling the status quo, restoring accountability and effectiveness to government, and working to secure energy independence, root out corruption and curb wasteful spending.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
September 2nd, 2008
04:51 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008


* Sen. John McCain campaigns in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

* Gov. Sarah Palin has no public events.

* Sen. Barack Obama has no public events.

* Sen. Joe Biden holds two town hall meetings in Florida.

Filed under: On the Trail
September 1st, 2008
06:49 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, Sept. 1, 2008



CNN: CNN Poll: Obama 49, McCain 48
On the eve of the Republican convention, a new national poll suggests the race for the White House remains dead even.

CNN: Gustav prompts major changes to RNC agenda
The Republican National Convention will cut back most of its activities Monday because of Hurricane Gustav, Sen. John McCain said Sunday.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Thousands expected Monday for protest
About 50,000 are expected today, despite no-shows by Bush and Cheney. But some call recent police actions efforts at intimidation.

USA Today: Palin backed 'bridge to nowhere' in 2006
In her nationally televised speech accepting the job as John McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she "championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress" and opposed federal funding for a controversial bridge to a sparsely populated island.

CNN Radio: The Grand Old Party scales back the party
The Republicans are scrapping the celebrating and cutting back most activities at their convention today because of Hurricane Gustav. Dick Uliano has today's CNN Radio political ticker.

NY Times: Don’t Like Palin’s Wikipedia Story? Change It
IN the 24 hours before the McCain campaign put the finishing touches on its surprise announcement Friday that Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska would be the Republican vice presidential candidate, one Wikipedia user was putting the finishing touches on her biography on the site.

Washington Post: With Palin On the Ticket, Evangelicals Are Energized
Outside his evangelical church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, David Chung was mobbed by friends and church members suddenly excited about the Republican ticket.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
September 1st, 2008
06:37 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, Sept. 1, 2008


* Sen. John McCain makes a stop in Toledo, OH Monday morning before heading to Philadelphia.

* Gov. Sarah Palin is in St. Paul, MN.

* Sen. Barack Obama spends Labor Day at a rally in Detroit and a union BBQ in Monroe, MI.

* Sen. Joe Biden will be in Pennsylvania Monday, at a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh and then a meet and greet in his hometown of Scranton

Filed under: On the Trail
August 29th, 2008
06:09 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, Aug. 29, 2008



CNN: Obama blasts McCain, lays out his own agenda
Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for president Thursday in a speech that attacked John McCain and George W. Bush, laid out an ambitious agenda for an Obama administration and called on Americans to unite around common beliefs.

WSJ: McCain Moves To Seize His Target: The Momentum
John McCain worked to seize the momentum in the race for president with a new TV ad congratulating his Democratic rival, and a vice-presidential pick

CNN: McCain camp closely watching Gustav
John McCain’s campaign is keeping a close eye on Tropical Storm Gustav as it heads towards the Gulf Coast and Republicans begin the trek to St. Paul, Minnesota, to nominate McCain for president.

Detroit Free Press: Romney’s brother denies knowledge of Secret Service checking out sister’s house
If the Secret Service is vetting his family in advance of his brother’s selection as John McCain’s running mate, Scott Romney, the brother of Mitt Romney, said early this evening that it’s news to him.

Washington Post: Meanwhile, Back in the Capital . . .
Normally you can't swing an intern in Washington without hitting a politician, a lobbyist, a journalist, a muckety-muck or, at the very least, a deputy assistant undermuckety-muck. But everyone's gone from Official Washington. It's apocalyptically empty.

CNN Radio: Millions watch as Obama accepts historic nomination
Barack Obama made history Thursday night in his acceptance speech and then spent part of it blasting John McCain as out of touch. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum has more in this CNN Political Ticker.


Click here to catch all the Day 4 video highlights here

Click here for the full transcript of Obama’s speech here



Filed under: Political Hot Topics
August 29th, 2008
05:51 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Friday, Aug. 28, 2008


* Sen. John McCain celebrates his 72nd birthday and highlights next week’s Republican National Convention. It is speculated that he may announce his running mate today.

* Sens. Barack Obama and Joe Biden hold an “On the Road to Change” event in Beaver, PA.

Filed under: On the Trail
August 28th, 2008
06:09 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008



CNN: Biden goes on attack in acceptance speech
Sen. Joe Biden hammered Republican presidential candidate John McCain as he accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president Wednesday.

CNN Sources: McCain to reveal VP Friday in Ohio
John McCain has decided on his running mate and will officially reveal his pick on Friday in Ohio, multiple sources tell CNN.

Boston Globe: McCain attack on Obama foreign policy heats up
Republican John McCain intensified his foreign policy assault on Barack Obama yesterday, launching a TV ad that uses a remark his Democratic rival made about Iran to call him "dangerously unprepared" for the White House.

NY Times: The Speeches They Write Often Go Unspoken
While all presidential nominees try to put their own stamp on the convention, Democrats say Mr. Obama’s vetting team has been especially aggressive. And there is concern among many gathered here that the four-day production the Obama campaign is putting on lacks the partisan sharpness and fire that they expect the Republican convention will have.

CNN Analysis: Biden provides 'ham and cheese' to Obama's 'arugula'
See what our political contributors had to say about Day 3 at the DNC in Denver:

Click here to read Sen. Joe Biden’s full remarks

Click here to read Former President Bill Clinton’s full remarks

Catch the video highlights here

CNN Radio: Democrats make history-officially
It was a historic day at the Democratic National Convention as the first African American was nominated as a major party's presidential candidate. Steve Kastenbaum has the latest in today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

LA Times: Executive privilege showdown looms for Congress, White House
House Democrats schedule a hearing that would put former White House counsel Harriet Miers under oath. The Justice Department prepares a last-ditch court appeal.


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
August 28th, 2008
05:56 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008


* Sen. John McCain has no public events.

* Sen. Barack Obama accepts the Democratic Party nomination at Invesco Field in Denver, CO.

* Sen. Joe Biden attends Sen. Obama’s speech at Invesco Field.

Filed under: On the Trail
August 27th, 2008
07:16 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008



CNN: Clinton: Obama 'must be our president'
Sen. Hillary Clinton introduced herself as a "proud supporter of Barack Obama" at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday as she called on her party to rally behind her former rival.

CNN: McCain campaign: Clinton did not say Obama ready to lead
Sen. Hillary Clinton may have endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president in a speech at the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, but Sen. John McCain's campaign said she stopped short of saying that he is ready to lead the country.

CNN: Bill Clinton to take center stage at Democratic convention
Sen. Joe Biden will make his first appearance before the Democratic National Convention as his party's vice presidential nominee Wednesday night, but the real drama of the evening may come from former President Clinton and what he says about Sen. Barack Obama.

Boston Globe: Romney: McCain earned his homes; Obama didn't
Former governor Mitt Romney, perhaps continuing his audition to be John McCain's running mate, attacked Barack Obama today for making an issue out of McCain's many homes.

CNN: America needs Obama, says ex-Virginia governor
Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner told the Democratic National Convention that the most important race facing the country is the "race for the future ... and it won't be won with a president who is stuck in the past."

CNN Radio: Hillary goes all-out for party unity
It was Hillary Clinton's night to shine at the Democratic Convention as she called for unity in the party. CNN's Steve Kastenbaum has the details in the CNN Political Ticker.


Click here to view all the Day Two video highlights

Click here to read Sen. Hillary Clinton’s full remarks

Click here for Keynote Speaker Former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner



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