September 12th, 2008
08:44 AM ET
14 years ago

New RNC ad hits Obama, touts McCain-Palin, on spending

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(CNN)— The Republican National Committee took aim at Barack Obama’s record on spending in a new radio ad released Friday.

“Change or more of the same?” the announcer asks. “In three short years in the Senate, Obama requested nearly a billion dollars in earmarks…that’s over a million dollars for each day he’s been in Washington, D.C.”

“John McCain - never requested an earmark,” the announcer adds in the 60-second spot.

McCain has made opposition to pork-barrel spending a centerpiece of his presidential run. The new spot also touts Palin’s record on earmarks, which has become a subject of some controversy on the trail.

Related: McCain earmark claims examined

According to state records and Taxpayers for Common Sense, Palin has asked for about $450 million in federal money since she became governor.

“John McCain and Sarah Palin will shake up Washington. Barack Obama - more of the same and opposed real reform,” the announcer concludes.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
September 12th, 2008
05:34 AM ET
14 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, Sept. 12, 2008



AP: Obama mocks McCain as computer illiterate
John McCain is mocked as an out-of-touch, out-of-date computer illiterate in a television commercial out Friday from Barack Obama as the Democrat begins his sharpest barrage yet on McCain's long Washington career.

AP: Palin administration may fight subpoenas in court
Gov. Sarah Palin's administration is threatening to block any subpoenas by the Alaska Legislature as it investigates whether she abused her authority in trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper.

CNN: McCain, Obama find common ground on national service
Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama showed Thursday night that they have more common ground than differences when it comes to making national service a priority in their presidential administrations.

USA TODAY: Palin 'governed from the center,' went after big oil
Weeks after taking office as Alaska's governor in December 2006, Sarah Palin vetoed a bill that sought to ban benefits for the same-sex partners of state workers. It was unconstitutional, she said.

CNN Radio: Candidates come together, Palin answers tough questions
Joining together to remember America's darkest day. And Sarah Palin faces a media inquisitor! Bob Costantini has today's CNN Radio Political Ticker.

Washington Post: Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska
Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."


Filed under: Political Hot Topics
September 12th, 2008
05:23 AM ET
14 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Friday, Sept. 12, 2008


* Sen. John McCain appears on “The View” and “The Rachel Ray Show.”

* Gov. Sarah Palin’s first conversation with a national reporter since her selection continues Friday when she meets again with ABC’s Charlie Gibson.

* Sen. Barack Obama is on the trail in New Hampshire, holding a morning discussion on tax relief in Dover and a 6pm Change We Need event in Concord.

* Sen. Joe Biden has no public events.

Filed under: On the Trail
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