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The candidates are throwing muscle into the last full week of campaigning in this highly charged Election period. They didn’t let up on each other this weekend-McCain saying Obama “started out in the left hand lane of American politics and has remained there”. McPalin both warned that electing Obama would give the Democratic Congress unchecked power and warned folks to grab hold of your wallets. Palin went on to say that he is practically measuring the drapes at the WH, but that her side is not taking any votes for granted, but respectfully asking for them.
Meanwhile Obama jumped on McCain’s words that he shares a common philosophy with the Republicans. Obama told his rally that finally McCain was offering some straight talk and owning up to the fact that he and Prez Bush have a lot in common. He went on to say that McCain criticizing Bush is like “Robin getting mad at Batman”.
Reportedly, more than 100 thousand folks gathered to see Obama in Denver, (that's a lot of people). His campaign is spending big money on new TV ads attacking McCain’s economic plans this week. They certainly seem to have lots of dough to throw around, our own Tom Foreman will look at Obama’s fundraising methods and how both candidates’ piggybanks compare.
Our latest polls show Obama holding a 51-43% lead, and the candidates are hitting similar states in the Final Days. Today they both start in Ohio, and then move onto Pennsylvania, w/the economy squarely at the center of their msg. No wonder, as we woke once again to markets tumbling globally and Dow Futures down. Fears of worldwide recession and concerns over US econ reports expected later this week could mean another rough ride on Wall Street!
McCain’s camp received unnecessary distractions this wknd w/reports emerging of finger pointing going on in the GOP camp and some senior advisors indicating Palin is going rogue, acting like a diva, and going off msg. Apparently this push and pull was triggered by the tension stokes partly by the wardrobe controversy. People close to Palin apparently say she has been ill served by McCain aides and trying to bust free. Her spokeswoman says she is only focused on winning with McCain next week, dismissing the idea that she is setting herself up a party leader in 2009. We’ll try to get to the bottom of this tonight and find out what's real/what's not. Today she campaigns in Va. Joe Biden is in North Carolina and Florida.
Candy Crowley, Ed Henry and our fab political panel will have all these stories for you later, and more.
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