(CNN) - A new study that surveyed racial attitudes suggests that racial prejudices could tip the balance in the coming presidential election.
If there were no racial prejudice among voters, Sen. Barack Obama would receive about 6 percentage points more support, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, designed in partnership with Stanford University.
The results suggest that 40 percent of white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, including more than a third of white Democrats and independents. A small percentage of voters - 2.5 percent of those surveyed - said they may turn away from Obama because of his race.
Though Obama is of mixed race - his mother was white, his father black - he is generally identified as black.
The Statement: At a town hall meeting Monday, September 22, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain hit his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, on the economic crisis. "Sen. Obama has declined to put forth a plan of his own," McCain said. "In a time of crisis, when leadership is needed, Sen. Obama has simply not provided it."
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(CNN) - FBI agents investigating the hacking of a personal email account belonging to Alaska governor Sarah Palin have searched the home of the son of a Democratic state legislator, federal law enforcement sources said Monday.
The search occurred late Saturday and early Sunday at the Knoxville home of David Kernell, 20, son of Memphis Democrat Mike Kernell.
Officially, Justice Department spokeswoman Laura Sweeney acknowledged Monday only that "investigative activity occurred" over the weekend. But three sources familiar with the case confirmed the search of Kernell's residence. No documents have been made public showing what equipment or evidence agents had seized.
(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign appears to be ending its push for North Dakota, a state that hasn't voted Democratic in a presidential election for more than 40 years.
Obama's campaign confirms to CNN it is pulling staffers from the state and sending them to two key nearby battlegrounds: Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Democratic nominee last visited North Dakota in early July.
President Bush carried North Dakota in 2004 by nearly 30 percentage points, though a recent American Research Group poll suggests McCain only holds a 9 point lead there. The Arizona senator currently has no paid staff in the state.
The Obama campaign has also pulled staff from Georgia, Idaho and Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska - all historically red states that also initially appeared within striking distance.
(CNN) - McCain senior adviser Steve Schmidt accused the New York Times Monday of being “in the tank” for Barack Obama’s presidential bid, and charged the Democrat’s team with a “campaign of intimidation” directed at his critics.
“Whatever by the New York Times once was, it is today not by any standard a journalistic organization,” said Schmidt, on a conference call with reporters. “It is a pro-Obama advocacy organization that every day attacks Senator McCain, attacks Governor Palin and excuses Senator Obama.
“There is no level of outrage directed at his deceptive ads. There is no vetting...This is an organization that is completely, totally 150 percent in the tank for the Democratic candidate,” said Schmidt, saying later: “We would hope in the last 43 days of this campaign… that there is a restoration to some degree of a level of symmetry in coverage.”
The former Bush adviser has been an increasingly vocal media critic. Earlier this month, he accused journalists of being on a “mission to destroy” Sarah Palin, and called a Times investigative report on the vetting process that preceded her selection as McCain’s running mate a “work of fiction.”
Schmidt also told reporters on the call, “There is no question that there is a fierce campaign of intimidation directed at any critic of Obama’s” by his campaign.
But McCain aides backed away from claims last week that Obama had pressured Senator Hillary Clinton into backing out of an appearance at a rally where Governor Sarah Palin would be in attendance, and of pushing organizers to disinvite the Republican VP nominee, with campaign manager Rick Davis saying instead that the incident demonstrated a “failure of leadership” by the Democratic nominee.
(CNN) - For the first time since the financial crisis broke, the economy took a back seat in the ad wars Monday morning.
John McCain’s campaign released a new spot – "Chicago Machine"– that takes aim at the politics and political figures of Barack Obama’s adopted hometown.
“Barack Obama. Born of the corrupt Chicago political machine,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot, citing lobbyist William Daley, “political godfather” Emil Jones, much-investigated Governor Rod Blagojevich and convicted felon Tony Rezko. “With friends like that, Obama is not ready to lead,” he says.
Obama’s campaign responded with an attack of its own, telling reporters McCain was trying to divert attention from new reports his campaign manager had lobbied against stricter regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The Obama ad uses a piece by McCain first highlighted by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman – a primary season critic of the Illinois senator's health care plan – late last week.
ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS IN ELIZABETHTOWN, Kentucky (CNN) - We’re heading south toward Friday’s debate in Oxford, Mississippi, but as the country rolls by the windows of the bus, I keep hearing the voice of a man named Will Jackson.
He and I spoke just before we loaded the bus to leave the Cincinnati/Covington area. He’s 31; he had at dawn dropped his brother at the airport in Dayton, 67 miles away (it was worth the drive for his brother to get a a less expensive ticket at the more distant and inconvenient airport than to fly out of the Cincinnati/Covington one and pay a higher price), and now he had driven the 67 miles back and was getting ready to go to work.
He said that, in theory, he likes the idea of politics, and, in theory, he would consider the idea of running for a local office someday himself.
But he won’t.
And the reason is a lesson he said he has learned from this year’s presidential campaign.
(CNN) - John McCain is holding a town-hall event in Scranton, Pennsylvania this hour.
He's expected to discuss his reaction the the nearly $1 trillion federal bailout.
Watch the event on CNN.com/live
Read McCain's prepared remarks after the jump