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Friday, October 31, 2008

McCain Outpolls Obama in Zogby Friday Polling - 10/31/08

The Drudge Report is headlining a Zogby Poll coming out Saturday that shows Sen. John McCain actually leading Barack Obama in polling done today (Friday):

ZOGBY SATURDAY: McCain outpolled Obama 48% to 47% in Friday, one day, polling. He is beginning to cut into Obama's lead among independents, is now leading among blue collar voters, has strengthened his lead among investors and among men, and is walloping Obama among NASCAR voters. Joe the Plumber may get his license after all...


John McCain Interview on Good Morning America - Video 10/31/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain on ABC's "Good Morning America" today, October 31, 2008.


Obama Campaigns in Iowa - Video 10/31/08

Here is video of Barack Obama speaking at a campaign rally in Iowa today, October 31, 2008.


McCain Ad Asks Voters to Join Him by Voting for a Stronger America - Video 10/31/08

Here is a new John McCain ad which features Sen. McCain asking Americans to join him in voting for a stronger America.


Obama Supporter Says No Worries About Car Payments or Mortgages with Obama as President - Video 10/31/08

CORRECTION: The woman in the video says she won't have to worry about "gas in the car," not "car payments." I listened to her before posting, but it got crossed up in my mind!

Here is video of an emotionally overwhelmed Obama supporter following an Obama rally who says she knows she will not have to worry about paying her mortgage or car payment again once Obama is President - "If I help him, he'll help me."

Hope. Change.


Obama Holds 7-Point Lead Over McCain in Latest Zogby Tracking Poll - 10/31/08

The Reuters/C-Span/Zogby Tracking Poll shows Barack Obama ahead by 7-points over John McCain heading into the final weekend of the campaign. That is unchanged from yesterday:

Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain held steady at seven points as the race for the White House entered its final four days, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Friday.

Obama leads McCain by 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the three-day national tracking poll, virtually unchanged from Thursday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

"Essentially there is no difference in today's tracking," pollster John Zogby said. "Obama is holding firm and McCain is not making any gains."

It was the second consecutive day Obama's support has hit the 50 percent mark, and the eighth day out of the last 11. McCain's support has not surpassed 45 percent in more than three weeks of polling.

The Illinois senator held steady among several crucial blocs of swing voters in the November 4 election, leading by 15 points among independents, 9 points among women, 5 points among men and 9 points among Catholics.

Obama led in every age group and among every income group except voters who make more than $100,000. McCain, a former Navy fighter pilot and Vietnam prisoner of war, trails among voters with a member of the military in their family.

Mccain, an Arizona senator, also was winning only 26 percent of Hispanics, a fast-growing group that gave Republican President George W. Bush more than 40 percent of their vote in 2004.

"If you are John McCain you want to see something start changing in this race, and right now it is not," Zogby said.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist Calls John McCain "an American Hero" in New Ad - Video 10/30/08

Here is a new John McCain ad featuring Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who urges voters to vote for John McCain, calling him "an American Hero."


Al-Qaeda Leader Prays for President Bush and Republicans to Be "Humiliated"

Reuters is reporting that one of Al-Qaeda's leaders has prayed for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be "humiliated" in the upcoming Presidential Election. The prayer is reportedly found on a Web video that has been posted on the Internet:

An al Qaeda leader has called for President George W. Bush and the Republicans to be "humiliated," without endorsing a party in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, according to an Internet video posting.

"O God, humiliate Bush and his party, O Lord of the Worlds, degrade and defy him," Abu Yahya al-Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the Internet.

Libi, a top al Qaeda commander believed to be living in Afghanistan or Pakistan, called for God's wrath to be brought against Bush equating him with past tyrants in history.

The remarks were the first from a leading al Qaeda figure referring, albeit indirectly, to the U.S. elections. Muslim clerics often end sermons by calling on God to guide and support Muslims and help defeat their enemies. . . . . More


Barack Obama Interview with NBC Anchor Brian Williams - Video 10/30/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama being interviewed by NBC News Anchor Brian Williams. Obama discusses the ailing auto industry and how he would approach appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Barack Obama Already Raising Money for Presidential Transition Work Underway

Here is word that the Obama Campaign is already raising money for the Presidential transition that is being worked on before the election has even taken place:

The Obama campaign has opened a new fund-raising front, I've learned, creating a nonprofit entity to bankroll Barack Obama's presidential transition operation, quietly in business for months.

The organization is called the "Obama Transition Project." The money is being raised from individual donors -- no Internet, direct mail or events -- with a $5,000 donation cap. Under self-imposed rules, lobbyists will not be allowed to contribute.

Though Obama has raised more than $600 million for his White House bid, legally it is for the election only. The first disclosure report does not have to be filed until Nov. 15

The Obama campaign, which has made transparency a centerpiece, is not making any voluntary early disclosures.

Federal money kicks in to bankroll a transition--staff and offices, etc.--once there is a vice president-elect.

The money Obama is raising is pay to for costs to deal with a potential transition during the ongoing campaign.
He's already working on his transition, and is raising money to pay for it.


McCain Tells Ohio Crowd, "You're All Joe the Plumber" - Video 10/30/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain telling an Ohio rally crowd today, "You're all Joe the Plumber," after having praised "Joe the Plumber" for drawing out of Barack Obama his "spread the wealth" socialist remark.


McCain Says Obama's Definition of "Rich" is "Creeping Down" - Video 10/30/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain at a rally today where he warned Americans that Barack Obama's definition of "rich" for tax purposes is continuing to "creep down."


Obama Blames Struggling U.S. Economy on Bush and McCain - Video 10/30/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama speaking in Florida today where he blamed the struggling U.S. Economy on President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain. Question: What blame should the Democratic Congress shoulder, especially considering the way Democrats pushed for years for home loans to be given to people who could not really afford to pay for them?


Analyst Says McCain Can Still Win With "Perfect Storm"

One analyst of the 2008 Presidential Elections is saying John McCain could still win, if he gets what is described as a "perfect storm." Essentially, the analyst is saying events will have to break McCain's way over these last five days, and then on Election Night, all the key battleground states will need to tip his way:

John McCain still could win.

It would take what one analyst calls a "perfect storm" of events breaking his way in the campaign's final days, but he could come from behind, overtake Barack Obama and pull off the greatest upset in 60 years.

He'd have to squeeze out more support from independents, score higher with his "Joe the Plumber" warning about Obama's tax and economic polices, and hope that enough undecided voters swing his way to help him sweep almost all the states that now are considered tossups.

Difficult? Yes. Impossible? No.

While he's still trailing, polls show McCain within reach and gaining, even if only slightly, both nationally and in some key battleground states.

"Sure, McCain can win," veteran conservative strategist Greg Mueller said. "It's not going to be easy. But it can be done."

A new Ipsos/McClatchy Poll this week found McCain trailing nationally by 6 percentage points, 2 points closer than the week before. The poll also found 8 percent of likely voters still undecided, enough to deliver the election to the Arizona senator if they moved to him as a bloc.

McCain also has closed the gap in several key battleground states, according to new polls released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University. In Florida, he trailed by 2 points, narrowing the gap from 5 points the week before. In Ohio, he went from 14 points back to 9 points behind.

For McCain to win, he must hold all the states that went for President Bush four years ago, which would be enough to give him 286 Electoral College votes and victory. He could even lose one midsized Bush state, such as Virginia, which has 13 electoral votes, and still have more than the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win.

To be sure, that won't be easy. Obama leads in many of those states, including Florida and Ohio narrowly. And McCain doesn't have any good prospects right now for offsetting the loss of a "red" state; he doesn't lead in a single state that went Democratic in 2004.

"It would take a perfect storm. Everything has to break his way," said Dennis Goldford, a political scientist at Drake University in Iowa, a Bush state in 2004 where McCain now trails. "All of a sudden, all of those states that are close or within the margin of error would have to tip back to McCain." . . . . . (More)


Rasmussen Tracking Poll Shows Obama Now Up by 5-Points Over McCain - 10/30/08

The Rasmussen Tracking Poll out today shows Barack Obama returning to a five-point lead over John McCain, after leading by 3-points yesterday. It had appeared John McCain was gaining ground on Obama, but today's numbers certainly do not look good for Sen. McCain:

After showing the candidates just three points apart yesterday, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll on Thursday returns to the range that has defined the race for over a month. It’s Obama by five, 51% to 46%.

This is the 35th straight day that Obama’s support has been between 50% and 52%. With the exception of yesterday, McCain’s support has stayed between 44% and 46% during that stretch.

Within their own party, both candidates lead by identical 86% to 12% margins while Obama has a six-point advantage among unaffiliated voters.

Obama is now viewed favorably by 56% of voters nationwide, McCain by 54%.


Chris Matthews Says Obama Infomercial was "Romance" - Video 10/29/08

Here is video of reaction to Barack Obama's 30-minute infomercial last night by his two biggest fans - Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews of MSNBC. At the 55-second mark of the video, Matthews begins his review of the infomercial by saying "it was Hollywood, it was romance....." There's more fawning from both if you want to hear it!


Bill Clinton Campaigns with Barack Obama in Florida - Video 10/29/08

Here is video of former Pres. Bill Clinton appearing at a campaign rally last night in Florida with Barack Obama. It's been a long time coming, but with less than a week remaining, Clinton is finally out there on the trail with Obama.


McCain Within 4-Points of Obama in Pennsylvania

Here is why John McCain has been spending so much time in Pennsylvania - A new NBC/Mason-Dixon poll has McCain within four-points of Obama there, 47%-43%.


Obama Moves Out to 7-Point Lead Over McCain in Zogby Tracking Poll - 10/30/08

The Reuters/C-Span/Zogby Tracking Poll shows Barack Obama moving out to a 7-point lead over John McCain with only five days remaining in the Presidential Election race. This is the second straight day Obama has gained two-points on McCain in the Zogby Poll:

Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 7-point lead over Republican rival John McCain with five days left in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.

Obama leads McCain by 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the three-day national tracking poll, building on his 5-point advantage on Wednesday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

It was the second consecutive day Obama's lead has grown as the two-year presidential battle draws to a close. McCain is struggling to overtake Obama's lead in every national opinion poll and in many battleground states.

"This is not good news for McCain. The race was tightening for a few days but now it is going back the other way," pollster John Zogby said.

Support for Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, hit or exceeded the 50 percent mark for the seventh time in the last 10 days. McCain's support has not reached 46 percent in more than three weeks of polling.

Obama held steady or expanded his edge among several crucial blocs of swing voters, leading by 19 points among independents, 10 points among women, 9 points among Catholics and 7 points among voters above the age 65.

Obama also moved ahead of McCain, an Arizona senator, by 5 points among men. McCain still leads by 8 points among white voters but only earns the support of about 30 percent of Hispanics, a fast-growing group that gave President George W. Bush more than 40 percent of their vote in 2004.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

"Hardball" Panel Discusses McCain Internal Poll Showing Race Essentially Tied - Video 10/29/08

Here is video of a discussion tonight on MSNBC's "Hardball" with Chris Matthews that talked about a McCain Campaign Memo out today that says the race is "essentially tied" in battleground states. Matthews and the other Democratic representative clearly think Obama is ahead by double-digits, and they believe the memo is completely bogus. I guess we will find out on election day just how accurate these polls are.


McCain Hammers Obama for Plan to "spread the wealth around" - Video 10/29/08

Speaking in Florida today, Sen. John McCain said that Barack Obama wants to control the wealth of Americans through taxes, part of his plan to "spread the wealth around."


New McCain Ad Hits Obama for Pledge to Meet Personally with Iranian Leader - Video 10/29/08

Here is video of a new John McCain web ad called, "Preconditions." It really hammers home the point that Obama's pledge to meet with Iran and other rogue states without preconditions is a dangerous and naive approach to Foreign Policy.


Obama Lead Back Up to 5-Points in Zogby Tracking Poll - 10/29/08

The Reuters/C-Span/Zogby Tracking Poll has Barack Obama moving back out to a 5-point lead with just six days remaining in the Presidential race:

Democrat Barack Obama has a steady 5-point national lead over Republican John
McCain with six days left in the grueling race for the White House, according to
a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.

Obama leads McCain by
49 percent to 44 percent among likely voters in the three-day national tracking
poll, inching up from his 4-point advantage on Tuesday. The telephone poll has a
margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

"The daily numbers were
essentially unchanged from yesterday, with just a slight improvement for Obama,"
pollster John Zogby said. "The race is frozen in place for now."

Illinois senator still holds a solid lead with several crucial blocs of swing
voters -- he is ahead by 15 points among independents, 10 points among women, 8
points among Catholics and 5 points among voters above the age 65.

race is essentially tied among men and McCain moved into a slight 2-point lead
among self-described blue-collar workers as the two candidates push toward next
week's vote.

"Obama is holding steady," Zogby said.

Obama has
held a lead of between two and 12 points every day since the tracking poll began
three weeks ago. McCain, an Arizona senator, has not been able to push his
support above 45 percent in that time, while Obama reached a high mark of 52
percent a week ago before drifting back.

About two percent of voters
remain undecided in the race, which still has time for some last-minute shifts.

The 5-point margin for Obama is the same lead then-Texas Gov. George W.
Bush held in the tracking poll over Democrat Al Gore with six days left in the
2000 race. Gore closed fast and narrowly won the popular vote, but Bush won the
Electoral College and the presidency after a disputed Florida recount.

With six days to go in the 2004 race, Bush led Democratic challenger
John Kerry by one point before winning re-election by 3 points.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vets for Freedom Ad Hits Murtha for Accusations Against U.S. Marines - Video 10/28/08

Here is a very powerful ad out by Vets For Freedom that hits Democrat Congressman from Pennsylvania John Murtha for his attacks on the integrity of U.S. Marines who served in Haditha. Murtha said Marines "went into houses a killed women and children." The Marines call him on the carpet here for those statements.


Biden Drops Obama Tax Threshold from $250,000 to $150,000 - Video 10/28/08

Here is video of Sen. Joe Biden saying that under Barack Obama, everyone making less than $150,000 a year will get a tax cut. That is a significant change from what Obama has been saying all along - that people making less than $250,000 will get a tax cut. What's next? Will it drop to $75,000 next?


New McCain Ad "Compare" Says Obama is Too "Risky" on the Economy - Video 10/28/08

Here is a new John McCain ad called "Compare," which compares the approaches of John McCain and Barack Obama on the econmy. The ad says Obama is too "risky," while McCain is a proven leader. It references Obama's redistribution of wealth philosophy.


Megyn Kelly Hammers Obama Campaign for Continued Attacks on Fox News - Video 10/27/08

Here is video of Fox News' Megyn Kelly talking with Obama Campaign rep Bill Burton yesterday. Kelly was confronting him about Obama's comments on a 2001 audio tape in which he talked about the need to bring about "economic justice" through "redistributive change." Burton refused to ever comment on or explain Obama's remarks, and instead turned his fire on Fox News. Kelly hammered Burton for his pattern of attacking Fox News rather than answering the hard questions.


Monday, October 27, 2008

McCain Narrows Obama Lead to 3-5 Points in Daily Tracking Polls - 10/27/08

Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has now dropped under 3-points in the latest Investor's Business Daily (IBD/TIPP) Tracking Poll. Obama's lead stands at 47%-44.2%, or 2.8%. The lead had been 3.2% on Sunday, and 3.9% on Saturday.

After seesawing between 3.2 and 3.9 points over the weekend, Obama's lead
slipped to 2.8 Monday. Battleground also has Obama up 3, and other polls have
tightened, including Rasmussen, Zogby and Gallup to 5. Some polls show swings in
independents, but IBD/TIPP has them in a stable, 5-point range.

The Battleground Tracking Poll also has the race at 3-points today, 49%-46% in favor of Obama. Rasmussen, Gallup, and Zogby all put the race at a 5-point lead for Obama. That is a considerable improvement for McCain over 1-2 weeks ago, who trailed in most tracking polls by 7-11 points. Now the race appears to be a 3-5 point lead for Obama. If McCain can get that down to 1-3 points by the end of the week, we could be in for a really interesting final weekend to the campaign!


Biden Faces Tough Questions From Philly TV Station - Video

Here is video of another run-in Sen. Joe Biden had with a television station - this time in Philadelphia last Thursday - that dared to ask him some hard questions. As the report reveals, Biden has reportedly put this station on the punishment list, meaning the Obama Campaign have been instructed by him not to grant any further interviews to this station.


Obama Reassures Americans He Won't Have Time for "Sudden lurches to the left" - Video 10/27/08

Here is video of Barack Obama reassuring Americans that he does not "think" his administration would have time for any "sudden lurches to the left," as he calls it. But the recent audio uncovered of him in 2001 talking about the fact the U.S. Constitution should be reinterpreted to bring about "a redistribution of wealth" in America, coupled with his statement to Joe the Plumber that he wants to "share the wealth," is somehow not very reassuring.


Palin Says Media and Obama Campaign are Planning a Coronation - Video 10/26/08

Here is video of Gov. Sarah Palin speaking in Florida where she warned the Obama Campaign to not celebrate just yet. She told the crowd that while the media and the Obama campaign are planning a coronation, they want to respectfully ask for the votes of Americans.


Palin Pushes Back Against Media "Clothes" Attacks - Video 10/26/08

Here is video of Gov. Sarah Palin in Florida yesterday, where she pushed back against the media's attacks against her and the clothes the RNC provided for her during the campaign.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obama Talked of Plans to Reinterpet U.S. Constitution to Redistribute Wealth on 2001 Radio Show - Audio

Here is truly shocking audio of then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama in 2001 on a Chicago radio program describing the United States Constitution as generally a "charter of negative rights," in which it says what the states and the Federal Government cannot do to you, but does not do much in saying what the Federal Government should do for you. Obama said at that time that he believed the Constitution should be "reinterpreted" to facilitate a "redistribution of wealth" in America. He did not feel it could be accomplished through the courts, but believed it was possible to do it legislatively.

This is a bombshell folks. It shows that in 2001, Obama was thinking extensively of how to push an essentially socialist agenda in America, even thinking of it in terms of improving what he believes is lacking in the U.S. Constitution by finding a way to redistribute wealth in America. Somehow, someway, John McCain's campaign needs to make this a new ad that they run in as many swing states as possible to help Americans to see the plans Obama has long-had for America.


Average Americans Express Their Outrage at Media Over Pro-Obama Bias - Video 10/26/08

Here is video of average Americans outside a McCain / Palin rally recently who confronted members of the media about their pro-Obama bias. It is amazing to hear these hard-working, regular folks expressing their outrage and frustration with a press corps who have abdicated their important role in American Democracy to be an adversarial press to both sides. By going in the tank for Obama, they have crossed a line that no one knows really, what it will lead to. There is real disgust across America for what is happening.


John McCain on Meet the Press - Complete Video 10/26/08

Here is complete video of Sen. John McCain on NBC's Meet the Press today with Tom Brokaw. There is an extensive interview with McCain followed by analysis of the state of the Presidential race.


McCain Tells Brokaw We Will "be up late" on Election Night - Video 10/26/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain today on Meet the Press with Tom Brokaw. In this clip, McCain says the polls have consisently shown him further behind than he really is. McCain is confident he is closing the gap with Obama, and said we will "be up late" on election night.


McCain Tells Brokaw that Sarah Palin "needs no defense" - Video 10/26/08

Here is video from Meet the Press today where Tom Brokaw really pressed John McCain on the subject of Sarah Palin. McCain told Brokaw that Palin "needs no defense," and that he is "incredibly proud of her."


New Ad Hammers John Murtha for His Statements Against U.S. Marines - Video 10/26/08

Here is a new ad by William Russell, the Republican opposing Democrat John Murtha in his Congressional race in Pennsylvania. The ad hammers Murtha for saying the Marines accused of crimes in Haditha were guilty, even before they had a trial - where they were found innocent. Murtha never apologized for his slight against those Marines. Russell appears to have a real chance to unseat Murtha. This ad will help.


Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerry Says Media Has "Liberal Bias"

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey says there is a clear "liberal bias" in the media that favors Barack Obama:

Kerrey, who's now president of The New School, claimed that "the big unreported story" of the election cycle "is the tremendous spending advantage Obama's got. If everything else is equal, and it's not equal in this race, but if everything else is equal, McCain hasn't got a chance."

Asked why he thinks the story isn't getting adequate coverage, he responded, "There's a liberal bias. There's a preference for Obama and it's getting underreported as a result."

Then Kerrey got specific.

"If this thing was running the other way, if Obama was taking the public money and McCain had opted out and raised $150 million in September, do you think The New York Times would have an editorial against it?


McCain Gains 4-Points on Obama in One Day in Latest Zogby Tracking Poll - 10/26/08

The Reuters/C-Span/Zogby Tracking Poll shows Sen. John McCain making a huge gain on Barack Obama yesterday, reducing a 9.5-point deficit to 5.3-points in a single day. Obama now leads McCain 49.4%-44.1%. If McCain can keep tightening the race and get within one or two points by the middle of next week, this race could get really interesting at the end!

Republican John McCain continues to gain on Democrat Barack Obama, reducing Obama’s lead to 5.3 points with just over a week to go before Election Day, the latest Reuters/C–SPAN/Zogby national daily tracking poll shows.

The race now stands at 49.4% to 44.1% in favor of Obama. Obama led McCain by 9.5 points in yesterday’s report.

“There is no question that this race continues to tighten and that McCain is finding his message again,” said Pollster John Zogby. “It is after all about the economy and that is how McCain tightened it up the last time. I have said over and over again, when he focuses on extraneous issues, he screws up. In today's single day of polling, it was 49% to 46% in favor of Obama. McCain has moved his own numbers each of the three days and Obama has gone down from 54% to 50% to 49%. I have alluded before to this strange, magnetic pull that brings Obama down to 48% or 49%, a danger zone for him. McCain's gains are among white voters, where he now leads by 12 points, and with men, where he again has a healthy lead. There is still a lot of campaign to go. A lot of campaign to go.

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Obama Campaign Retaliates Against TV Station That Dared to Ask Tough Questions

Yesterday, we ran the video of an interview Sen. Joe Biden did with WFTV's (Orlando, FL) Barbara Waters in which she grilled Biden with questions no one else in the media has asked about Barack Obama. The interview was so tough, in fact, that the Obama Campaign has now retaliated against the TV Station. Could this be a sign of how an Obama Presidential Administration will deal with anyone who dares to ask hard questions?

WFTV-Channel 9's Barbara West conducted a satellite interview with Sen. Joe Biden on Thursday. A friend says it's some of the best entertainment he's seen recently. What do you think?

West wondered about Sen. Barack Obama's comment, to Joe the Plumber, about spreading the wealth. She quoted Karl Marx and asked how Obama isn't being a Marxist with the "spreading the wealth" comment.

"Are you joking?" said Biden, who is Obama's running mate. "No," West said.

West later asked Biden about his comments that Obama could be tested early on as president. She wondered if the Delaware senator was saying America's days as the world's leading power were over.

"I don't know who's writing your questions," Biden shot back.

Biden so disliked West's line of questioning that the Obama campaign canceled a WFTV interview with Jill Biden, the candidate's wife.

"This cancellation is non-negotiable, and further opportunities for your station to interview with this campaign are unlikely, at best for the duration of the remaining days until the election," wrote Laura K. McGinnis, Central Florida communications director for the Obama campaign.

McGinnis said the Biden cancellation was "a result of her husband's experience yesterday during the satellite interview with Barbara West."

WFTV news director Bob Jordan said, "When you get a shot to ask these candidates, you want to make the most of it. They usually give you five minutes."

Jordan said political campaigns in general pick and choose the stations they like. And stations often pose softball questions during the satellite interviews.

"Mr. Biden didn't like the questions," Jordan said. "We choose not to ask softball questions."

Jordan added, "I'm crying foul on this one."


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama Returns to Campaign Trail in Nevada - Video Report 10/25/08

Here is a video report on Sen. Barack Obama returning to the campaign trail today in Nevada following his two-day trip to Hawaii to see his seriously ill Grandmother. Obama is in a very strong position in the polls, leading in most polls by a 4-11 point margin depending on the poll.


McCain Campaigns in Western States - Video Report 10/25/08

Here is a video report on Sen. John McCain campaigning today in Colorado and New Mexico, as he seeks to win important Western States. He badly needs to win Colorado to have any real chance of victory on November 4.


Government Computers in Ohio Used to Dig Up Information on "Joe the Plumber"

There's probably not time between now and November 4 for this to go anywhere, but an investigation is underway in Ohio to find out who used government computers there to dig up information on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher , otherwise known as "Joe the Plumber." He had the audacity to ask Barack Obama a tough question face-to-face about Obama's tax plans. Obama, in a rare moment of candor, told Joe he wanted to "spread the wealth around," a catch-phrase of Socialist economics. We'll probably never know if Obama operatives had a hand in the dirt-digging on Joe, or if it was just Obama followers who worked in that state office.

"State and local officials are investigating if state and law-enforcement computer systems were illegally accessed when they were tapped for personal information about "Joe the Plumber."

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became part of the national political lexicon Oct. 15 when Republican presidential candidate John McCain mentioned him frequently during his final debate with Democrat Barack Obama.

The 34-year-old from the Toledo suburb of Holland is held out by McCain as an example of an American who would be harmed by Obama's tax proposals.

Public records requested by The Dispatch disclose that information on Wurzelbacher's driver's license or his sport-utility vehicle was pulled from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles database three times shortly after the debate.

Information on Wurzelbacher was accessed by accounts assigned to the office of Ohio Attorney General Nancy H. Rogers, the Cuyahoga County Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Toledo Police Department.

It has not been determined who checked on Wurzelbacher, or why. Direct access to driver's license and vehicle registration information from BMV computers is restricted to legitimate law enforcement and government business.

Paul Lindsay, Ohio spokesman for the McCain campaign, attempted to portray the inquiries as politically motivated. "It's outrageous to see how quickly Barack Obama's allies would abuse government power in an attempt to smear a private citizen who dared to ask a legitimate question," he said.

Isaac Baker, Obama's Ohio spokesman, denounced Lindsay's statement as charges of desperation from a campaign running out of time. "Invasions of privacy should not be tolerated. If these records were accessed inappropriately, it had nothing to do with our campaign and should be investigated fully," he said.

The attorney general's office is investigating if the access of Wuzelbacher's BMV information through the office's Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway computer system was unauthorized, said spokeswoman Jennifer Brindisi.

"We're trying to pinpoint where it came from," she said. The investigation could become "criminal in nature," she said. Brindisi would not identify the account that pulled the information on Oct. 16.

Records show it was a "test account" assigned to the information technology section of the attorney general's office, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Thomas Hunter.


Democrats Already Planning 25% Cut in Military Spending with Obama as President - Video

Democrat House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, told an editorial board yesterday that he is ready to call for a 25% cut in military spending once Barack Obama is elected President:

In a meeting with the editorial board of The Standard-Times, Rep. Frank, D-Mass., also called for a 25 percent cut in military spending, saying the Pentagon has to start choosing from its many weapons programs, and that upper-income taxpayers are going to see an increase in what they are asked to pay.

The military cuts also mean getting out of Iraq sooner, he said.

"The people of Iraq want us out, and we want to stay over their objection," he said. "It's extraordinary." The Maliki government in Iraq "can't sell (the withdrawal deal with the U.S.) because it sounds like we're going to stay too long."

"I was teasing (U.S. Rep.) Jack Murtha (a key supporter of military budgets) and I said to him, 'For the first time, somebody else has got a bill that's almost as big as yours.' We don't need all these fancy new weapons. I think there needs to be additional review."
This should surprise no one. Months ago, Barack Obama said he would cut military spending and stop the development of new weapons systems. It may be that the majority of Americans want exactly that. But voters should be under no illusions as to what they are getting with Obama as President working together with a Liberal-Democrat controlled Congress:


Biden Asked the Difference Between Views of Barack Obama and Karl Marx - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of an interview conducted by WFTV (Orlando, FL) anchor Barbara Waters with Sen. Joe Biden. She asks Biden the tough questions about Barack Obama, which visibly angers Joe Biden. She confronts Biden on Obama's socialist policies, and even asks Biden what is the difference between a Karl Marx quote and what Obama is saying. Biden responded with, "Are you joking?"


Obama in Nevada After Visit with Ailing Grandmother

Obama has finished his visit to Hawaii to see his ailing grandmother. He headed for Nevada last night, and has a rally today in Reno:

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama wrapped up almost two days worth of time away from the campaign trail Friday evening, as he finished spending time in Hawaii with his ill grandmother, 85-year-old Madelyn Dunham.

Earlier in the week, senior strategist Robert Gibbs described Dunham's condition as "very serious," but the campaign has not provided any further details.

Since arriving in Hawaii Thursday evening, Obama has kept a low profile, appearing within cameras' range only once, when taking a walk alone through his grandmother's neighborhood near Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu.

Wearing jeans, a black short sleeved shirt, sandals, and sunglasses, Obama was described as "somber and sad," according to a pool report.

Obama's half-sister Maya Soetoro-Ng also spent time with the family Friday morning.

The Illinois senator has spoken fondly of his grandmother in the past. Dunham helped raise him during his teen years in Honolulu.

Obama heads to Nevada late Friday night, where he will resume his campaign schedule Saturday morning with a rally in Reno before heading to Las Vegas for an afternoon event and then to Albuquerque, New Mexico for one later in the evening.


First 2012 Poll Gives Mitt Romney GOP Lead - Newsweek

Newsweek is out with a new poll showing Barack Obama leading John McCain among "likely voters" by a 53%-41% margin. But the really interesting thing about the poll is that it contains the first-known poll about the 2012 GOP Nomination Battle. They polled Republicans and gave them the options of Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, and Sarah Palin. Here are the results:

35% Mitt Romney
26% Mike Huckabee
20% Sarah Palin
10% Other
9% Don't Know

Of course, Newsweek did not ask Democrats about 2012 should Obama lose.


Obama Now Leads McCain by 8-Points in Latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll - 10/25/08

Barack Obama has matched his largest lead of the campaign in the latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll. Obama now leads John McCain by a 52%-44% margin. But as Rasmussen points out, opinion on the two candidates appears to be hardening, with only 9% of voters now saying they could still change their mind:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 44%. This eight point advantage matches Obama’s biggest lead of the year in a race that has been remarkably stable down the stretch. A week ago today, Obama was up by five. Two weeks ago, he was up by seven (see trends).

Today’s results mark the 30th straight day that Obama’s support has stayed between 50% and 52%. During that period, the number voting for McCain has stayed in the 44% to 46% range every day and the gap between the candidates has ranged from four to eight percentage points.

However, while the overall levels of support have remained stable, voters have become more certain of their intent. Today, the percentage who say they could still change their mind is down to single digits. Forty-eight percent (48%) are now certain they will vote for Obama while 40% say the same about McCain. Nine percent (9%) lean one way or the other but could change their mind. The remaining three percent (3%) are either committed to a third party candidate or remain undecided.

Thirty days ago, while Obama enjoyed a five-point lead overall, just 41% of voters were certain they would vote for him. At that time, 39% said the same about McCain.


Obama On Track to Win Most White Voters by a Democrat Since Jimmy Carter

Barack Obama is on track, according to recent polls, to win the largest share of White Voters by an Democrat Presidential Candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976:

Barack Obama, the first black major party nominee, is positioned to win the largest share of white voters of any Democrat in more than three decades, according to an exclusive Politico analysis of recent Gallup and Pew Research Center polling.

The most recent two weeks of Gallup polling, which includes roughly 13,000 interviews, show 44 percent of non-Hispanic white voters presently support Obama — the highest number for a Democrat since 47 percent of whites backed Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Until the stock market swoon in mid-September, Obama had never reached 40 percent among white voters.

No Democrat has won a majority of white voters since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. John McCain has shuffled between 48 percent and 50 percent support in recent weeks — which would be the lowest share for a Republican candidate in a two-man race since Barry Goldwater's run.

If Obama's share holds, it would top the 43 percent of white voters who backed Bill Clinton in 1996, when the Democrat won a plurality among white females and 38 percent of white men, the best performance by a Democrat in all those categories since 1976.

Before the party conventions, Obama's support among white men had never passed 35 percent. In September, he matched Clinton's level of support, and last week he jumped five points to 43 percent.

“That is amazing,” Obama’s pollster Cornell Belcher said after those numbers were read to him. . . . . . . More


The O'Reilly Factor Confronts William Ayers - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of The O'Reilly Factor confronting unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers, a longtime associate of Sen. Barack Obama. The video has Bill O'Reilly giving his "Talking Points Memo" on Ayers first, followed by video of a Fox News Reporter confronting Ayers outside his home. Notice the "star" on Ayers t-shirt - a Red Star - like in Chinese Communism.

P.S. I realize the Chinese Communist Star is Yellow on a red background. But the red star (often associated with Communism) is still interesting.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Sarah Palin Talks One-on-One with NBC Anchor Brian Williams - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of Gov. Sarah Palin talking one-on-one with NBC News Anchor Brian Williams. Palin tells Williams there have been many unfair attacks against her, her record and her family. Williams asks her about her political future should they not win the election, and Palin refused to speculate about that possibility.


Palin Says Obama Policies Would be Bad for Special Needs Families - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of Gov. Sarah Palin today telling a Pennsylvania audience that Barack Obama policies would be bad for families with special needs children.


McCain Warns of Higher Taxes and Unemployment in Obama Presidency - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain speaking at a rally today where he warned Americans that if Sen. Barack Obama is elected, he will enact policies along with the Democrat-controlled Congress that will lead to higher taxes and higher unemployment.


Pittsburgh McCain Volunteer Admits Attack Story a Hoax

I posted the story yesterday, so in the interest of truth, I have to correct the record today. The McCain Volunteer who claimed she was robbed at a Pittsburgh ATM and then assaulted, with a "B" being carved into her face by the assailant, has admitted she made the entire story up. What a pathetic, sad, hoax. Here are the details on her admission:

Police tell KDKA that a campaign volunteer has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter B in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker.

Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car.

Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test.

Authorities, however, declined to release the results of that test.

Investigators did say that they received photos from the ATM machine and "the photographs were verified as not being the victim making the transaction."

This afternoon, a Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story.

The commander added that Todd will face charges; but police have not commented on what those charges will be.

Authorities are expected to release more details at a news conference this afternoon.


Fred Thompson Clearly States the Choice Americans Face in the Presidential Election of 2008 - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of Sen. Fred Thompson clearly stating the choice before the American people in the Presidential Election of 2008 between Barack Obama and John McCain.


Fox News Host Takes Pro-Obama Academic Apart Over William Ayers - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of Fox News' Megyn Kelly yesterday just destroying pro-Obama academic Alan Singer for his insistence that unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers is being slandered by people who call him a "terrorist." Kelly took him apart during the interview!


Rush Limbaugh On Fox & Friends Says Race is Not Over - Video 10/24/08

Here is video of Rush Limbaugh (via telephone) on Fox & Friends this morning discussing the current polls and state of the campaign. Rush believes the race is not over.


Obama Says He Does Not Regret "spread the wealth" Statement to Joe the Plumber - Video 10/23/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama saying he does not regret his "spread the wealth" comment made to "Joe the Plumber." The comment has opened Obama to the attack of being a virtual socialist in his views of income redistribution.


Obama Travels to Hawaii to Visit His Seriously Ill Grandmother - Video Report 10/24/08

Here is a report by NBC's Lee Cowan on Barack Obama's trip to Hawaii to visit his seriously ill grandmother. Obama arrived yesterday, visited her last night, and will reportedly visit her again today. The report also gives a biographical sketch of Obama's relationship with his grandmother, and his ties to the state of Hawaii.

Thoughts and prayers to Obama's grandmother for strength and better health.


McCain Within 7-Points of Obama in Pennsylvania - Strategic Vision 10/24/08

A new Strategic Vision Poll has John McCain within 7-points of Barack Obama in Pennsylvania. The McCain Campaign seems to have decided they must win Pennsylvania to win the election. These results show it is a long-shot, but still within reach:

Below are the poll results are based on telephone interviews with 1200 likely voters in Pennsylvania, aged 18+, and conducted October 20-22, 2008. The margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.

1. If the election for President were held today would you support the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joseph Biden or the Republican ticket of John McCain and Sarah Palin?

Obama/Biden 50%
McCain/Palin 43%
Other 2%
Undecided 5%


Obama Holding Seven-Point Lead Over McCain in Latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll - 10/24/08

Barack Obama is holding his lead over John McCain in the latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll. Obama continues to lead McCain by seven-points, 52%-45%:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday once again shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 45%.

Obama leads by sixteen points among women, including a three-point advantage among white women. McCain leads by three among men. Obama now is supported by twelve percent (12%) of Republicans while McCain gets the vote from 10% of Democrats. . . .

Thirty-six percent (36%) of voters have already cast their ballots or plan to vote early this year. That figure includes 37% of Obama supporters and 35% of those for McCain. Forty-nine percent (49%) of African-American voters say they will be voting early. Voters not affiliated with either major party are far less likely to vote early than partisans.

Today’s results mark the 29th straight day that Obama’s support has stayed between 50% or above 52%. During that period, the number voting for McCain has stayed in the 44% to 46% range every day and the gap between the candidates has ranged from four to eight percentage points.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama while 53% say the same about John McCain. Those figures include 41% with a Very Favorable opinion of Obama and 26% who are that enthusiastic about McCain (see trends). Seventy-six percent (76%) of Democrats have a Very Favorable opinion of Obama. Just 54% of Republicans have a Very Favorable opinion of McCain.


Obama Leads McCain by 10-Points in Zogby Tracking Poll - 10/24/08

John McCain made a two-point improvement in the new Reuters/C-Span/Zogby Tracking poll, but still trails Sen. Barack Obama by 10-points, 51%-41%:

Democrat Barack Obama holds a 10-point lead over Republican rival John McCain in the U.S. presidential race, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Friday.

Obama leads McCain by 51 percent to 41 percent among likely U.S. voters in the three-day tracking poll, which has a margin of error of 2.9 points. Obama had a 12-point lead on Thursday.

The numbers marked the end of a 4-day slide for McCain, who has seen Obama's lead widen in national surveys as well as polls in many of the battleground states that will decide the November 4 election.

But pollster John Zogby said the strength of Obama's support -- which has grown amid increasingly dismal economic news -- remained impressive.

"McCain stopped the bleeding a little bit but he still has a long way to go," he said.

Obama, 47, continues to win support from women and independent voters, two groups expected to play pivotal roles in this year's election.

Among independents, the Illinois senator is ahead by 56 percent to 30 percent, while women back Obama by a 20-point margin, 58 percent to 38 percent.

Obama also leads among Catholic voters by 22 points, and among Protestants who are not evangelical by 48 percent to 44 percent. Evangelical or "born-again" voters back McCain by 60 percent to 34 percent for Obama.


Gov. Sarah Palin Interview on Hannity & Colmes - Complete Video 10/23/08

Here is video in three parts of Gov. Sarah Palin's interview last night on Hannity & Colmes with Sean Hannity:





Advice from a 134 Year-Old Woman - Video 10/23/08

Here is a video report on what is probably the world's oldest living person - a 134 year-old woman in South Africa. Her advice for a long life? "Trust God and respect your parents."


Palin Invokes Namath in Guaranteeing Win in Pennsylvania

Gov. Sarah Palin invoked the name of Pennsylvania native Joe Namath, yesterday, in guaranteeing a McCain victory in Pennsylvania on November 4:

Near the hometown of Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin guaranteed a come-from-behind victory for the McCain-Palin ticket in Pennsylvania.

“This morning we were in Ohio, we were in the home of Joe the Plumber,” Palin said to a crowd of supporters packed onto the football field of Beaver Area High School near Pittsburgh, Pa., this evening. “And now, we are here in Beaver County, Pa., home of Joe the Quarterback.”

Palin was referring to former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath, who was born and raised in nearby Beaver Falls, and led the underdog Jets to an upset win in Super Bowl III over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts, after Namath had guaranteed a win three days before the game.

“Now, Joe Namath is probably a little bit before your time,” Palin said to the high school students in the crowd. “But do you remember, though, in the biggest game of his life, all the experts had Joe Namath and the Jets written off to defeat? They were up against the elite team that had all the money, and they were held in awe by the media. And Broadway Joe replied, 'we’re gonna win the game, I guarantee it.' And they won.

“And I hope Joe won’t mind if I paraphrase him some in this state, his home state, Pennsylvania, with your help, we’re going to win this state. I guarantee it,” Palin said to wild applause. . . . . More


New McCain Ad Uses Biden's Warning About International Crisis if Obama is Elected - Video 10/24/08

Here is a new John McCain ad, which uses Joe Biden's words about Barack Obama going to be tested within the first six months of his presidency, as an endorsement for electing John McCain. "It doesn't have to happen. Vote McCain."


Pittsburgh Police Say ATM Evidence Conflicts with McCain Volunteer's Account of Attack

Evidence seems to be growing that the supposed attack on a McCain Volunteer in Pittsburgh, who claimed she was robbed and then attacked by a man who became enraged over "McCain" bumper stickers, may be a hoax. The Police are saying the ATM evidence that has been examined conflicts with her account of things:

A knife-wielding man robbed a McCain-Palin campaign volunteer and etched a "B" into her face after he saw a McCain bumper sticker on her car, the woman told Pittsburgh police.

Police planned to administer a polygraph test to Ashley Todd, 20, because her statements about the attack conflict with evidence from the Citizens Bank ATM where she claims the incident occurred, police said.

Todd, of College Station, Texas, told police she was using an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street in Bloomfield just before 9 p.m. Wednesday when a man approached her, put a knife to her throat and demanded money. . . . . More


Thursday, October 23, 2008

McCain / Palin Interview with NBC Anchor Brian Williams, Part 2 - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of NBC Anchor Brian Williams' interview with Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. John McCain, Part 2. The segment just aired tonight, October 23, 2008. In this segment they talk about terrorism, elitism, and feminism.


Skepticism on the Right Regarding the McCain Volunteer Attack

UPDATE: TMZ is reporting there is real skepticism at the Pittsburgh Police Dept. about the truthfulness of the attack.

In the interest of fairness, I must point out that even some on the right are skeptical of the alleged attack on a McCain volunteer in Pittsburgh. I posted the stories regarding the attack, and I'm not sure what I think about it now. But here is the first part of Michelle Malkin's skepticism:

Throughout my career, I’ve covered dozens of fake hate crimescampus hate crime hoaxes, Muslim hate crime hoaxes, fake noose hangings, etc., etc., etc. Most were perpetrated by liberals, but there have been some shameful ones on our side of the aisle as well.

I’ve reported on the great lengths that warped attention-seekers have gone to in perpetrating fake hate crimes, including beating themselves up, carving swastikas on their dorm room doors and walls, locking themselves in bathroom stalls, and burning down their own houses.

Which is why I’m not jumping up and down with outrage over Drudge-promoted story of a McCain volunteer claiming to have been attacked by a black man whom she accused of carving a “B” in her face after spotting her McCain bumper sticker.

She refused medical treatment after reporting the incident to police. Why on earth would she do that? . . . . .. More


Video Report on McCain Volunteer Attack in Pittsburgh - Video 10/23/08

This is one bizarre story to say the least. Here is video from a local Pittsburgh station reporting on the story.


McCain Staffer Mugged and a "B" Carved into Her Face by Attacker - Photo ADDED

UPDATE 10/24/08, 1:43 pm: The woman pictured below has now admitted the entire story was a pathetic hoax. She made it up.

UPDATE: Hot Air.com has the information on the woman who was attacked:

The woman who was attacked has identified herself as Ashley Todd, who is a College Republican field representative.

A John McCain staffer working in Pennsylvania claims she was mugged last night and "B" carved into her face by the attacker:
Pittsburgh Police are investigating a report by a campaign staffer for John McCain that she was mugged and the letter B was cut into her face following a robbery in Bloomfield last night.

Police say the 20-year-old woman, who is from Texas, reported that the attack occurred after she withdrew money from an ATM at Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street.

She said a man armed with a knife demanded her money. She gave it to him and began walking toward her car, which has McCain stickers.

Although the robber had moved away from her, he became agitated when he saw her car, punched her in the back of the head, pushed her to the ground and carved a B into her face, she reported.

Police said the woman declined medical treatment at the scene.


McCain Moves Within One-Point of Obama in IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll - 10/23/08

The Investor's Business Daily Tracking Poll (IBD/TIPP) out today has John McCain within one point of Barack Obama:


McCain Tells Voters He is a Tested Leader and Obama is Not - Video 10/23/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain today in Florida reminding voters that he is a tested leader, in sharp contrast to Sen. Barack Obama.


Obama Talks About Education and Health Care at Campaign Rally - Video 10/23/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama today speaking at a campaign rally in Indiana today where he talked about his plans for education and health care reform.


NBC Anchor Brian Williams Whines About 55-Day Wait to Interview Sarah Palin - Video 10/23/08

Fresh off the interview the McCain Campaign gave to NBC's Brian Williams with Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. John McCain yesterday, Williams could not contain himself this morning in gleefully painting the interview and the McCain Campaign in as bad a light as possible.

In the video above, Williams yucks it up with the cast of MSNBC's Morning Joe as he bashed Sarah Palin in every way he could. Watching this unprofessional behavior from what is supposed to be an unbiased anchor makes you realize what McCain has been up against. Williams whined repeatedly that he had waited "patiently" for 55 days to talk with Gov. Palin. The McCain Campaign would have been better off not wasting precious hours with someone so obviously in the tank for Obama as Williams.


McCain / Palin Interview with NBC Anchor Brian Williams - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's interview with NBC News Anchor Brian Williams. This is the first segment, which aired on October 22, 2008. There may be more to follow.


McCain Within Four-Points of Obama in Latest Battleground Tracking Poll - 10/23/08

The latest Battleground Poll has John McCain within four-points of Barack Obama, 49%-45%. McCain had pulled within one-point of Obama in the poll on Tuesday, 48%-47%. Since then, Obama has widened the lead back to 4-points.


Obama Increases Lead to 7-Points in Rasmussen Tracking Poll - 10/23/08

The latest Rasmussen Tracking Poll shows Barack Obama increasing his lead over John McCain to seven-points, 52%-45%:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack Obama attracting 52% of the vote while John McCain earns 45%. That seven-point lead is Obama’s largest in nearly two weeks. This is also the first time since October 11 that the Democratic candidate has reached the 52% level of support, his highest total of the year.

For the past 28 days, Obama’s support has stayed between 50% or above 52% every day. During that period, the number voting for McCain has stayed in the 44% to 46% range and the gap between the candidates has ranged from four to eight percentage points.


New Quinnipiac Polls Show Obama Leading McCain in Three Key States - 10/23/08

New Quinnipiac Polling in three key states continues the bad news for Sen. John McCain. The most shocking is their finding from Ohio that Obama leads there by 14-points. They also find Obama leading in Florida and Pennsylvania:

FLORIDA: Obama 49 - McCain 44

OHIO: Obama 52 - McCain 38

PENNSYLVANIA: Obama 53 - McCain 40


Obama Sweeping "Big Ten States" in New Polling - 10/23/08

The Big Ten Battleground Polls for "Big Ten" states are out, and they are devastating for John McCain if accurate:

The new Big Ten poll shows Obama ahead in every Big Ten state, including Indiana, where McCain held a slight edge in September, and Ohio and Pennsylvania, where last month’s poll results showed the two candidates in a dead heat.

Head-to-head results for individual states

IllinoisObama 61%McCain 32%
IndianaObama 51%McCain 41%
IowaObama 52%McCain 39%
MichiganObama 58%McCain 36%
MinnesotaObama 57%McCain 38%
OhioObama 53%McCain 41%
PennsylvaniaObama 52%McCain 41%
WisconsinObama 53%McCain 40%

The poll also included a nationally representative sample of 1,014 respondents, with a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points. That survey shows Obama with a 9-point margin over McCain, 52 percent to 43 percent.

“With the fundamental factors so to their advantage, this election was always about Barack Obama and the Democrats reaching a threshold level of credibility with voters,” said Goldstein, a UW-Madison political science professor. “It appears Obama has and this race has popped nationally and here in the Big Ten.”

The sample of registered voters and those likely to register to vote before the 2008 Presidential election for the state and national surveys was selected by random digit dialing (RDD) of landline phones. Cell-only households were not included in the sample.

NOTE: One caveat on this polling is that they apparently included in the sample people who were "likely to register to vote." I've never seen that in a reputable poll before.


John McCain Interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain's interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer yesterday, October 22, 2008:

Part 1:

Part 2:


Palin Favors "path to citizenship" for Illegal Immigrants

Gov. Sarah Palin's view on Immigration appears to mirror that of Sen. John McCain. In an interview yesterday, she says she supports a "path to citizenship" for "undocumented" (i.e. illegal) immigrants:

Governor, let me ask you about immigration. How many undocumented immigrants are there in Alaska?
I don't know, I don't know. That's a good question.

As governor, how do you deal with them? Do you think they all should be deported?
There is no way that in the US we would roundup every illegal immigrant -there are about 12 million of the illegal immigrants- not only economically is that just an impossibility but that's not a humane way anyway to deal with the issue that we face with illegal immigration.

Do you then favor an amnesty for the 12 or 13 million undocumented immigrants?
No, I do not. I do not. Not total amnesty. You know, people have got to follow the rules. They've got to follow the bar, and we have got to make sure that there is equal opportunity and those who are here legally should be first in line for services being provided and those opportunities that this great country provides.

To clarify, so you support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants?
I do because I understand why people would want to be in America. To seek the safety and prosperity, the opportunities, the health that is here. It is so important that yes, people follow the rules so that people can be treated equally and fairly in this country.


Obama Lead Over McCain Grows to 12-Points in Zogby Tracking Poll - 10/23/08

Barack Obama's lead over John McCain has now grown to 12-points in the latest Reuters/C-Span/Zogby Tracking Poll, 52%-40%. Obama led by only three in the poll just this past Sunday:

Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain has grown to 12 points in the U.S. presidential race, with crucial independent and women voters increasingly moving to his side, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.

With less than two weeks before the November 4 election, Obama leads McCain 52 percent to 40 percent among likely voters in the latest three-day tracking poll, which had a margin of error of 2.9 points.

Obama has made steady gains over the last four days and has tripled his lead on McCain in the past week of polling.

"Obama's expansion is really across the board," pollster John Zogby said. "It seems to be among almost every demographic group."

The Illinois senator saw his lead among women -- who are expected to play a decisive role in this election -- increase to 18 points from 16 points on Wednesday.

And independent voters, who have been the target of intense campaign efforts by both sides, have now swung behind Obama by a 30-point margin, 59 percent to 29 percent.

Zogby said McCain, 72, appeared to have lost the traction he won after the third and final presidential debate last week.

"McCain can still try to turn it around, but he has to find focus," Zogby said, adding that economic issues, which dominated the campaign amid turmoil in the credit, housing and financial markets, still seem to be working in Obama's favor.


Obama Says He Feels "righteous wind" at His Back - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama in Virginia asking voters to help him win the state and bring change to America. He also said, "I feel like we got a righteous wind at our backs here." Obama does not seem to be trying to avoid the "Messiah" label many have placed on him with statements like that.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

French Interview with McCain as POW Released - Video 10/22/08

Here is amazing video just released from a French Archive of the interview done with John McCain when he was a Prisoner of War in Vietnam. Brief snippets of it have been seen before, but nothing this extensive:

A French national archive has posted online extended footage of Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain being interviewed as a bedridden prisoner during the Vietnam War.

French reporter Francois Chalais conducted the interview. His widow says the online release this week of 4 minutes, 33 seconds of footage is the fullest distribution of the interview since it first aired four decades ago.

The video shows McCain shirtless and unshaven, smoking a cigarette. Answering questions from Chalais, he spoke about being shot down over Hanoi on Oct. 25, 1967, and parachuting into a lake.

At times, when speaking of his family, McCain's lower lip trembles and his voice breaks.

«I was on a flight over the city (Hanoi) ... and I was bombing and I was hit by a missile or anti-aircraft fire, I'm not sure which,» he said, adding that his plane «went straight down.

After landing in the lake, McCain said he «was picked up and taken to the hospital, where I almost died.

In the interview, McCain said he was treated well by his Vietnamese captors. Asked about the food, he told his French interviewer, «It's not like Paris ... (but) I eat it.

The exact date of the interview is not clear, but it appeared to be taken in late 1967.

The French national audiovisual archive INA is posting the interview on its Web site, www.ina.fr, for one week. It was first broadcast on French television program Panorama in January 1968.


McCain Says He Respectfully Disagrees with Colin Powell Endorsement, Criticism - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain talking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer today, where he said that he "respectfully disagrees" with Gen. Colin Powell regarding Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama for President and Powell's criticism of McCain's Campaign.


McCain Intends to Win Presidency with Help of New Hampshire - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. John McCain speaking at a rally in New Hampshire today where he said he intends to comeback and win the Presidency on Election Night with the help of New Hampshire.


Obama Vows to Bring "responsible end to the War in Iraq" - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama speaking following a meeting of Foreign Policy Advisers in Richmond, Virginia today. Obama vowed to bring a "responsible end to the War in Iraq." He did not elaborate on what that means exactly. But he did link ending the War in Iraq to the U.S. Economy, saying we cannot afford to continue spending 1.3 billion a month in Iraq. He also said we needed to end the War in Iraq in order to concentrate on the War in Afghanistan.

It is clear he does not see that both theaters of operation are part of the same Worldwide War on Terror that seeks to destroy Al-Qaeda in both places.


Obama Seeks to Explain Biden "International Crisis" Remarks - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Sen. Barack Obama today speaking to the press following a meeting with Foreign Policy Advisers in Richmond, Virginia. Obama sought to explain the controversial comments recently by running mate Joe Biden who guaranteed that within six months of Obama taking office, an "international crisis" would be generated by one or more of America's enemies to test the "mettle" of Obama.


Better Polling News for John McCain Puts Race at 1-5 Points for Obama

Some better news for John McCain on the national polling front:

Associated Press/GFK

44% Barack Obama
43% John McCain

Gallup Traditional Likely Voter

50% Barack Obama
45% John McCain


46% Barack Obama
42% John McCain


47% Barack Obama
42% John McCain


49% Barack Obama
47% John McCain

To summarize, here are five polls that have the race between 1 and 5-points. Certainly there are some polls that give Obama a much larger lead, such as the Fox News poll out today (49%-40%). Rasmussen has it a six-point Obama lead. But by no means is it over, and McCain needs to keep fighting hard.


Florida Governor Crist Predicts McCain Win in Florida - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on CNN's American Morning today where he talked about the Presidential race in Florida and predicted a victory there for Sen. John McCain.


Zogby Talking About Landslide Numbers for Obama

The numbers are really sobering if you support John McCain, which I do. But it does appear there is real movement toward Barack Obama right now that is undeniable. Only the Battleground poll has the race closer than five points right now. Here are the sobering numbers Zogby is talking about today that he is comparing to Ronald Reagan's landslide in 1980. Zogby has Obama ahead by 10-points today at 52%-42%. Obama has gained 7-points over the last three days. Drudge is headlining Zogby's numbers right now:

Three big days for Obama. Anything can happen, but time is running short for McCain. These numbers, if they hold, are blowout numbers. They fit the 1980 model with Reagan's victory over Carter -- but they are happening 12 days before Reagan blasted ahead. If Obama wins like this we can be talking not only victory but realignment: he leads by 27 points among Independents, 27 points among those who have already voted, 16 among newly registered voters, 31 among Hispanics, 93%-2% among African Americans, 16 among women, 27 among those 18-29, 5 among 30-49 year olds, 8 among 50-64s, 4 among those over 65, 25 among Moderates, and 12 among Catholics (which is better than Bill Clinton's 10-point victory among Catholics in 1996). He leads with men by 2 points, and is down among whites by only 6 points, down 2 in armed forces households, 3 among investors, and is tied among NASCAR fans.

Obama wins 85% support from Democrats, and 11% of Republicans.

McCain wins 83% of the Republican vote, and 10% of the Democratic vote.

The three–day rolling average poll includes 1,208 likely voters nationwide, surveyed at the rate of 400 interviews per day and was conducted Oct. 19–21, 2008. It carries a margin of error of +/– 2.9 percentage points. Interviews were conducted using live telephone operators in Zogby’s in–house call center in Upstate New York.


Chuck Todd Analyzes the State of the Presidential Race - Video 10/22/08

Here is video of NBC's Political Director Chuck Todd analyzing the current state of the Presidential race based on the numbers from the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal Poll, which shows Barack Obama ahead of John McCain by 10-points at 52%-42%.


Obama Now Up Six-Points in Rasmussen Tracking Poll - 10/22/08

The Rasmussen Tracking Poll now has Barack Obama ahead by six-points, 51%-45%. Scott Rasmussen says the incredible stability of the race for a full month now indicates it will be "difficult" for John McCain to change the dynamic of the race:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Barack Obama attracting 51% of the vote while John McCain earns 45%. Obama has now enjoyed a modest lead every day for nearly a month.

It is difficult to overstate the stability of this campaign ever since the events on Wall Street brought a new wave of economic anxiety to the fore. Just before Lehman Brothers collapsed and started the Wall Street debacle, McCain held a very slight lead in the polls. Immediately afterwards, the race became more of a referendum on the Bush Administration and Obama moved ahead. The stability of Obama’s advantage in recent weeks suggests that it will be difficult for McCain to change the dynamic before the results are finally set in stone.

For the past eleven days, Obama has been at the 50% or 51% level of support every day in the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll. During those same eleven days, McCain has been at 45% or 46% every day and the gap between the candidates has stayed between four and six percentage points.

If you go back a couple of weeks further, the results are pretty much the same. It’s now been 27 days since Obama’s support moved below 50% or above 52%. During that period, the number voting for McCain has stayed in the 44% to 46% range and the gap between the candidates has ranged from four to eight percentage points.

What Rasmussen is saying is undeniably true - John McCain is in a difficult position. But "difficult" is not impossible. John McCain must keep pressing home the issue of taxes and readiness to be President over these last 13 days. Hopefully, voters are going to take one more long last look at Barack Obama and will decide in the final couple of days he is too risky.


New McCain Ad Hits Obama on Taxes: "Sweat Equity" - Video 10/22/08

Here is a new ad out by Sen. John McCain's Campaign called "Sweat Equity." It hammers Obama for wanting to take the hard-earned dollars of Americans in taxes to spread around for his spending objectives.


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