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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Dem Campaign Chatter 9-28-2008

George Wenschhof

Today, Obama is in Detroit, Michigan - He is joined by Biden. Biden joined him also yesterday in North Carolina. The duo campaigning together is perhaps a result of the debate last Friday night with the Obama campaign wanting to show their strength in foreign policy and also to show them together prior to the upcoming vice-presidential debate this Thursday.


McCain campaign plans attack on Obama's lack of experience in foreign policy - the Washington Post has a good read here. The article points out what was expected. Steve Schmidt, an adviser to McCain will hammer away that Obama is not ready to be commander in chief, and that Obama's policies will make the world more dangerous and the US less safe.

McCain's numbers continue to fall as voters focus on the economy, so expect Republicans to resort to their normal tactics of scaring the American voter and then saying how they will keep you and your family safe.


Obama widens lead in national polls 47.9% to McCain 43.6% - shows this as the average of seven national polls taken from 9-21 to 9-27. You can read more details here.


Some early details of Rescue Plan emerge - pretty much what has been discussed - 700 Billion total, 250B up front with another 100B available - the other 350B available after a return to and request from Congress, independent bipartisan oversight, an equity stake by government, limit to executive compensation, Republicans were able to insert a provision allowing Banks to purchase insurance to cover troubled assets at their cost, and republicans appear to have scuttled a democratic plan to included a provision to allow bankruptcy Judges to renegotiate home mortgages.

The Chicago Tribune has more here. I also expect to see a reduction in the capital gains tax which was also part of what House Republicans were calling for to be included in the bill.


Tina Fey shows up as Governor Palin again on Saturday Night Live - In case you missed it, you can watch it here. Tina Fey is great once again as she plays Sarah Palin being interviewed by Katie Couric. Amy Poehler also does a great job portraying Katie Couric.


The real Governor Palin debates Senator Biden Thursday, October 2 - the only vice-president debate will begin at 9:00 PM ET and be aired by CNN, MSNBC, and other cable channels. It will be held at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri - we will post a reminder and we will also Live-Blog during the debate.

This, as Republican concerns about Palin become public. has more here.


The passing of Paul Newman is felt by all - I normally do not comment on many topics outside of politics, but the death of Paul Newman was sad to hear. The NY Times has more here.

I grew up watching his movies and his line in "Cool Hand Luke" "... what we have here is a failure to communicate.." is a line I have never forgotten and actually use fairly often.

I also was fortunate on a weekend trip to New York in the Fall of 2002, to attend the Play "Our Town". Newman was awesome and we said hello and took pictures of him as he left the Theater from the rear stage door.


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