Posts Tagged ‘ 2008 presidential election ’

Pact on Debates Will Let McCain and Obama Spar

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

The Obama and McCain campaigns have agreed to an unusual free-flowing format for the three televised presidential debates, which begin Friday, but the McCain camp fought for and won a much more structured approach for the questioning at the vice-presidential debate, advisers to both campaigns said Saturday.



Obama Criticizes McCain on Social Security

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

While Senator McCain has not called for a full privatization of Social Security, he has supported the concept of allowing individuals to invest part of their payroll taxes in stock and bonds. But the idea has taken on a new air of political vulnerability because of the upheaval on Wall Street, which Senator Obama has sought to seize on.



In California, Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Tied to Obama Factor

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Opponents of the proposed same-sex marriage ban worry that many black voters, enthused by Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy but traditionally conservative on issues involving homosexuality, could pour into voting stations in record numbers to punch the Obama ticket — and then cast a vote for the marriage ban.



Obama, McCain demand more from Wall St

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Propelled by discontent at Republican handling of the economy in light of the financial crisis, Senator Obama matched his record high of 50 percent in the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, against 44 percent for Senator McCain. Meanwhile, Mr. McCain tried to blame the turmoil on fraud at US mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.



Lipstick Bungle

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

It turns out that the Republican enthusiasm for Sarah Palin is just as superficial as she is. They were so eager for someone to cheer for (because they really don’t like John McCain) that they dove face first into the Palin mirage. But, on the issues, even they worry about her.



McCain lashes out as Obama takes lead

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008, Lead Stories

After a week of economic turmoil and his damaging remark on Monday that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong” Senator McCain aggressively sought to regain his footing. Battling to distance himself from the Bush administration and blame for the economic instability, Mr. McCain also called for the firing of SEC chief Christopher Cox.



Immigration Deception

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Opinion

Senator McCain lied first, in a Spanish-language ad that accused Senator Obama of helping to kill immigration reform last year, by voting for amendments that supposedly doomed a bipartisan bill. Mr. Obama’s retaliatory ad, also in Spanish, was just as fraudulent. The country needs to hear better answers, stated clearly and forthrightly.



Husband of Alaska Governor Refuses to Testify in Legislature’s Trooper Inquiry

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: United States

The Palins have long denied wrongdoing, and the governor initially said she would cooperate with the bipartisan legislative inquiry. Now that she is Senator McCain’s running mate, however, the campaign says the inquiry has become a partisan political circus. It has accused Alaska Democrats of using it to hurt the Republican ticket.



Alaska Star May Add Luster to Tarnished Senator

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

Sarah Palin has spent most of this month out of state, campaigning with Senator McCain, and has endorsed neither Senator Stevens nor his opponent. But that has not stopped both candidates from trying to benefit from her enormous popularity in Alaska, which has only grown since she joined the McCain ticket.



The New McCain: More Aggressive and Scripted on the Campaign Trail

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Election 2008

As John McCain worked his way through Florida and Ohio this week as the Republican presidential nominee, he was a candidate transformed. He unsmilingly raced through a series of relatively brief speeches, reading often from a teleprompter, and served up a diet of the kind of sound-bite attacks that he used to dismiss with an eye roll.