October 23rd, 2008
03:40 PM ET
12 years ago

View co-host hitting the trail

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(CNN) - Elizabeth Hasselbeck, the lone conservative on the daytime talk-show "The View," is set to campaign with Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin this weekend.

Hasselbeck, who often clashes with her co-hosts over the presidential election, said Thursday the Alaska governor had asked her to participate in a weekend rally in Florida.

"Governor Palin asked me to be with her this Sunday to introduce her at the rallies in Florida and I am more than honored to be there," Hasselbeck said. "So I will be flying there to travel with her and meet some pretty interesting people, I have a feeling. So that's an honor, I am excited to do it, and I'll have some stories on Monday."

Palin is set to campaign in Iowa, Indiana, and Florida this weekend.

Hasselbeck has engaged in repeated arguments with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and Sherri Shepherd on-air over the presidential candidates, especially after the show's unexpectedly hard-hitting interview with John McCain last month.

Filed under: Sarah Palin
October 23rd, 2008
03:15 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama says McCain puts Main Street last

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(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday charged that Sen. John McCain "wants to keep on putting corporations ahead of workers."

"Just yesterday, Sen. McCain strongly defended the Bush policy of lavishing tax cuts on corporations, including those that ship American jobs overseas.

"He made the strange argument that the best way to stop companies from shipping jobs overseas is to give more tax cuts to companies that are shipping jobs overseas," Obama said at a rally in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Obama was referring to comments McCain made Wednesday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

McCain said that big corporations often move work overseas if they can because the tax rate is much lower.

"If they go to Ireland, they're only paying 11 percent. So where are they going to go where they can create wealth and create jobs? It's simple fundamental economics," McCain said as he defended his plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.

Obama on Thursday said, "My opponent may call that 'fundamental economics,' but we know that's just another name for the Wall Street first, Main Street last."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
October 23rd, 2008
03:10 PM ET
12 years ago

Campaigns fight for North Carolina in surprisingly close race

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (CNN) - It is a methodical routine: House by house, Mary Boyd walks to the door and carefully affixes an election guide to the doorknob.

Boyd is a foot soldier of the Mecklenberg County Republican Party, charged with finding - and helping deliver - every available GOP vote.

"And the best way to do that is to take a list of registered Republican households and take a piece of literature and leave it right on their door so that they have easy access to the information," Boyd cheerfully said during her rounds in a Charlotte neighborhood this week.

It is Boyd's third presidential campaign as precinct captain; twice before, she has walked these streets for a ticket led by George W. Bush.

This year is very different.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
October 23rd, 2008
01:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Has McCain run an “honorable” campaign?

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John McCain said this on February 3, 2008, when talking about his run for the White House: "We will run an honorable campaign."

McCain made that statement in response to a question about whether his campaign would resemble George Bush's run for the White House in 2000, one of the nastier campaigns on record.

With less than 2 weeks before Election Day, it's very much an open question whether John McCain has kept his word.

In fact, in the last few weeks John McCain has become downright nasty. It started around the time one of his advisers said that if McCain campaigned on the economy, he would lose. And the ugly personal attacks began.

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Filed under: The Cafferty File
October 23rd, 2008
01:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Fact Check: Is Bush now supporting Obama's troop withdrawal plan in Iraq?

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The Statement
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, speaking at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Wednesday, October 22, said, "finally after six years, George Bush is now backing the plan that Barack Obama suggested, which is to set a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq and turn over responsibility to the Iraqis. That's the agreement we're negotiating now."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Fact Check • Joe Biden
October 23rd, 2008
01:15 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain on Joe the plumber tour

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INTERSTATE 4, Florida (CNN)– Joe the plumber goes on tour?

Well sort of.

Driving through Florida on the "Straight Talk Express," Sen. John McCain rallied voters and talked to small business owners during the "Joe the Plumber: Keep Your Wealth" tour.

“You know whether it is Joe the plumber in Ohio or whether it is Joe over here –thank you Joe. There's Joes all over here,” said McCain at his second stop, a rally in Ormond Beach, Florida. “Senator Obama wants to spread the wealth around. That means fewer jobs at their businesses and fewer jobs here in Florida.”

People cheered as they held signs that said, "McCain will help the working man" and "My husband is Tom the plumber". Two fork lifts held the "Country First" sign above the platform.

McCain kicked off the tour at the Starlite Diner in Daytona Beach with four small business owners, or in campaign speak, four Joe the plumbers.

Their actual names and professions are florist Richard Rivers, pub owner Tom Curtis, food store owner Patricia Surgine and Thomas Crowe, president of a lumber supply company and a former professional football player.


Filed under: John McCain
October 23rd, 2008
01:10 PM ET
12 years ago

HAPPENING NOW: Palin in Ohio

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Filed under: Happening Now
October 23rd, 2008
01:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Poll: Voters think most of Congress should go, especially GOP

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that a majority of Americans don't think most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. But most of the anger appears to be directed at Republicans rather than Democrats, who have controlled both houses of Congress for the past two years.

Fifty-eight percent of registered voters questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Wednesday said that most members of Congress do not deserve to be re-elected; 37 percent said most members should be returned to office.

"It's a "throw the bums out" sentiment similar to how the public felt in 1994, when Congress switched to GOP control, and 2006, when Congress switched back to Democratic control," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

But which bums should be thrown out?

Fifty percent of those questioned said most Democratic members of Congress deserve to be re-elected, but that number drops to 36 percent for Republican lawmakers.

"This is just not shaping up to be a good year for Republican candidates," Holland said. "It's possible that voters are so angry at George W. Bush that they are thinking about voting against anyone whose name is followed by an 'R' in parentheses."

But while many voters are ready to "throw the bums out," that doesn't mean they think their own member of Congress is a bum. Fifty-five percent of those questioned said their member of Congress deserves re-election; 38 percent said no.

"Americans tend to dislike large groups, such as all bankers or all lawyers, but they also tend to like their own banker or their own lawyer - or their own member of Congress," Holland said. "It's a phenomenon that pollster David Moore calls the 'BIMBY effect' - Americans tend to believe that things are 'better in my back yard.' The BIMBY effect has helped incumbents get re-elected to Congress for years, and 2008 looks like it will follow the same pattern."

Democrats currently control 235 seats in the House of Representatives. Republicans control 199. One seat is vacant.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corp. Poll was conducted October 17-19, with 1,058 adults questioned by telephone. Because each question was asked of only half the respondents, the survey's sampling error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

Filed under: Congress
October 23rd, 2008
12:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Podcast: Attack of the robocalls


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(CNN) – With just 12 days until Election Day, the struggling economy is Issue #1 on the campaign trail.

In the latest episode of CNN=Politics Daily, Ed Henry reports on Sen. John McCain’s emphasis on taxes in an effort to win over middle-class voters. Henry is on the campaign trail in Florida for McCain’s first event of the day.

Jessica Yellin is also out on the trail with Sen. Barack Obama. She has the latest on Obama’s response to recent McCain attacks calling Obama’s economic philosophy “socialist.” Yellin also reports on Obama’s upcoming break from campaigning in order to go to Hawaii and visit his ailing grandmother.

American Morning’s John Roberts uses the Magic Wall to update you on CNN’s latest polls from several battleground states. Roberts also has a look at where things stand between McCain and Obama on CNN’s Electoral Map.

Finally, Carol Costello reports on the deluge of robocalls voters are receiving in some key states. It’s gotten so bad that a robocall one has been launched  to respond to another robocall. Watch (and listen) for yourself.

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October 23rd, 2008
12:30 PM ET
12 years ago

Fact Check: Does Obama oppose mandatory prison sentences for violent criminals and drug dealers?

The Statement
In a new automated telephone call being sent out by the Republican National Committee in battleground states, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a Republican and former presidential candidate, says, "I'm calling for John McCain and the Republican National Committee, because you need to know that Barack Obama opposes mandatory prison sentences for sex offenders, drug dealers, and murderers. It's true, I read Obama's words myself."

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Fact Check
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