October 11th, 2008
12:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin heightens rhetoric on abortion

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/11/art.palintrig.cnn.jpg caption="Gov. Sarah Palin greeted Pennsylvania voters at a Sheetz store in Altoona, cradling her son Trig in a baby carrier."]JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Sarah Palin charged resolutely into the culture wars on Saturday, painting Barack Obama as a radical on abortion rights and drawing attention away from the troubled economy and an ethics investigation that concluded she abused her power as Alaska governor.

“In times like these with wars and financial crisis, I know that it may be easy to forget even as deep and abiding a concern as the right to life, and it seems that our opponent kind of hopes you will forget that,” Palin told a Pennsylvania crowd. “Like so much else on his agenda, he hopes that you won’t notice how radical, absolutely radical his idea is on this and his record is until its too late.”

Palin has mostly avoided raising her opposition to abortion rights on the campaign trail since she was tapped as John McCain’s running mate, a fact she readily acknowledged in her remarks. But Palin said Obama’s record on the matter is too extreme to be ignored, and she spent 10 minutes of her 30-minute speech discussing abortion.

“A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for activist courts that will continue to smother the open and democratic debate that we deserve and that we need on this issue of life,” she said.

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October 3rd, 2008
11:36 AM ET
13 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Obama on the stump in Pennsylvania

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/03/art.cnnlive4.cnn.jpg caption="Obama campaigned in Pennsylvania earlier Friday."](CNN) - Barack Obama held a campaign rally in Abington, Pennsylvania earlier Friday during which he commented on the lasted jobs report showing employers slashed over 150,000 jobs last month.

Watch: Obama stumps in PA

"Just since January, we’ve lost more than 750,000 jobs across America, 7,000 in Pennsylvania alone," he said. "This is the economy that John McCain said – just two weeks ago – was fundamentally strong. This is the economy that my opponent said made great progress under the policies of George W. Bush. And those are the economic policies that he proposes to continue for another four years." (Related: Obama, McCain issue statements on job report)

Read the full prepared remarks

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September 25th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
13 years ago

HAPPENING NOW: Biden on the stump in Pennsylvania

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/25/art.cnnlive11.cnn.jpg caption="Watch Biden's event on CNN.com/live."](CNN) - Joe Biden is holding a campaign rally in Pennsylvania this hour.

Watch the event on CNN.com/live

September 22nd, 2008
10:47 AM ET
13 years ago

HAPPENING NOW: McCain in Scranton

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/22/art.cnnlive1.cnn.jpg caption="Watch McCain's campaign event on CNN.com/live"](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

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September 17th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
13 years ago

New Obama ad slams McCain on Pennsylvania jobs

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/17/art.obamapaad.cnn.jpg caption="Another new Obama ad hits McCain on jobs."]
(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign has released another negative ad that accuses John McCain of failing to protect American jobs – its second TV spot in the past few weeks aimed at working-class Pennsylvanians as the nation's economic crisis continues.

The tough new ad spotlights the closing of a Corning Glass factory in State College, accusing the Republican presidential nominee of being partly responsible for the loss of 1,100 jobs there four years ago.

“Corning shuts down its plant in Pennsylvania,” says the announcer in the 30-second spot. “Hundreds lose their jobs. Then the workers are rehired to disassemble the plant. And ship the equipment to China.

“Washington sold them out. With the help of people like John McCain. He supported tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. And voted against cracking down on China for unfair trade practices. We can’t afford more of the same.”

'Revitalize' is the latest Obama ad to hit McCain on jobs. They released a spot several weeks ago that charged the Arizona senator with failing to protect U.S. motorcycle manufacturing jobs that hit the airwaves as he visited York, Pennsylvania, home of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle factory.

Earlier: Another Obama Pennsylvania spot accuses McCain of failing to protect U.S. jobs

The campaign has also run radio and television ads that said the presumptive Republican nominee and his campaign manager Rick Davis were partly responsible for the potential loss of thousands of Ohio jobs, timed to coincide with his trip to the area where shipping giant DHL may make those cuts, and a similar ad about the auto industry when McCain visited Michigan.

The Obama campaign said the ad would air in Pennsylvania and in "key" states nationwide.

UPDATE: The Republican National Committee response pointed to Obama's spring loss to Hillary Clinton in the Pennsylvania primary. “Barack Obama has no record of reforming government and does not know how to fix the current crisis, so he’s going on the attack," said Republican National Committee spokesman Alex Conant. "Pennsylvanians rejected Obama’s name calling and false attacks this spring, and they’ll do it again this fall.”

September 5th, 2008
04:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama: 'Not about the issues' comment means making stuff up

DURYEA, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Barack Obama continued to hammer the McCain campaign on Friday for manager Rick Davis’s comments that the election would be more about the candidates’ personas, not the issues. The Illinois senator said he’s not running for president for his “pretty good personality” and that it’s a sign Republicans intend to scare voters away from him with false accusations of Muslim and radical connections.

Watch: "They're trying to run me down," Obama says

“When [the Republicans] say this isn’t about issues it’s about personalities what they’re really saying is “we’re going to try to scare people about Barack”,” he told a small gathering at a glass factory near Scranton. “'We’re going to say that you know, maybe he’s got Muslim connections or we’re going to say that, you know, he hangs out with radicals or he’s not patriotic.' Just making stuff up.”

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September 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain, Obama jump on jobs report

(CNN) - With the conventions over, the running mates picked, and 60 days to go until the election, Friday began a new stage of the presidential campaign. And it came with a big new piece of fodder for both campaigns.

The latest government jobs report, released Friday morning, showed unemployment at a five-year high of 6.1 percent.

Related: CNNMoney.com: Jobless rate soars to 6.1%

"You would think that George Bush and his potential Republican successor John McCain would be spending a lot of time worrying about the economy, and all these jobs that are being lost on their watch," Barack Obama told voters at a campaign stop in Duryea, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he said, speakers at the Republican National Convention "didn't say a thing about what is going on with the middle class."

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August 30th, 2008
07:35 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin booed for mentioning Hillary Clinton

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/30/art.palinpa.gi.jpg caption="Palin is praising Clinton on the trail as the GOP woos the New York senator’s supporters."]WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania (CNN) - This might not be the best way to reach out to those disillusioned Hillary Clinton supporters.

In just her second appearance on the campaign trail with John McCain, newly-minted GOP running mate Sarah Palin was showered with boos on Saturday for attempting to praise Clinton’s trail-blazing bid to become the first female president.

As she did at in her debut speech in Ohio yesterday, Palin appealed to the women in the crowd here in Pennsylvania with a political shout-out to Geraldine Ferraro, who preceded Palin as the first women to be tapped as a vice presidential candidate.

But in contrast with the mild reception that greeted her comments at the Ohio event, when Palin praised Clinton here for showing “determination and grace in her presidential campaign,” the Alaska governor was met with a noisy mix of boos, groans and grumbles around the minor league ballpark where the “Road to the Convention Rally” was held.

Palin quickly recovered, promising the audience that female candidates weren’t yet finished, and that she and McCain were on their way to victory in November.

August 28th, 2008
01:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Biden: We can’t win without PA

DENVER (CNN) - In his first remarks since accepting the Democratic Party’s vice presidential nomination, Joe Biden told the Pennsylvania delegation Thursday morning “we cannot win without winning Pennsylvania.”

“Ya brung me up,” the Pennsylvania-born Biden also told the ballroom in a hotel on the outskirts of Denver.

“Scranton never leaves you, and Pennsylvania never leaves you,” said the Delaware senator, who is sometimes called Pennsylvania’s third senator. “I probably campaigned in Pennsylvania I can’t tell you how many times, literally hundreds of times, hundreds of times, because part of my heart has always been there.”

He stumbled trying to say “the Obama-Biden campaign” but once he got it out, quipped, “I’m getting used to this.”

Read more: Take a look at the electoral map

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