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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dem Campaign Chatter 9-11-2008

George Wenschhof


Today, Obama is in New York - He will have lunch with former President Bill Clinton - should be an interesting lunch - Bill Clinton knows a little bit about winning against the Republican attack machine. The has more here. Obama, Clinton and McCain will all appear at a memorial service at ground zero on the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Biden will be in Parma, Ohio and then join up in New York.


Both Obama and McCain will appear tonight when CNN and Time will sponsor a national service forum at Columbia University - the candidates will appear separately and receive questions for forty-five minutes on their views and the importance of service. The questions will be asked by PBS News Hour Anchor Judy Woodruff and Time managing editor Rick Stengel. has more here.

It begins at 8:00 PM ET and will be televised on MSNBC, CNN, and other cable channels.


Town of Wasilla, Alaska charged victims of rape for the cost of forensic medical exams - This practice, while Sarah Palin was mayor, was ended in 2000 when the state passed laws prohibiting this fee to victims of rape.

A national bill was passed by congress in 2005 prohibiting the practice - interestingly the senate sponsor was Joe Biden. The senate version of the bill had 58 co-sponsors, including Barack Obama, but not John McCain. has more here.


Alaska's 2009 earmark requests include 2 million to study crab mating habits - another request is for 3.2 million to study seal genetics. Seems like Governor Palin has some ways to go on earmark reform. has more here.


More McCain/Palin Trash Ads - the latest says Obama favors "comprehensive sex education" for kindergarten students which is just not true. The has more here. You can watch the ad here.


Electoral vote shows closeness of race - Today, has it Obama - 273, McCain - 238, and Ties - 27. 270 electoral votes are needed to win. 11 states are current battleground states with less than eight weeks to go.

The "barely" Dem states are Pennsylvania-21, Michigan-17, Colorado-9, Washington-11 and Nevada-5.

The "barely" GOP states are S. Dakota-3, Indiana-11,Ohio-20, Virginia-13, and New Mexico-5.

Florida is tied with 27 electoral votes. has some of the latest polls on the battleground states, including showing Florida a plus 7 on the GOP side. Read them here.

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