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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dem Campaign Chatter 10-1-2008

George Wenschhof

Today, Obama is in LaCrosse, Wisconsin - Biden is in Wilmington, Delaware. Both Obama and Biden will go to Washington D.C. to vote on the financial rescue bill presented in the Senate today. Michelle Obama is in Boulder, Colorado and Kansas City, Missouri.

Former President Bill Clinton is on the stump for Obama. Today, he will appear in Orlando and Ft. Pierce, Florida.


Senate to vote on bailout bill today - the vote will occur after sundown in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are confident of passage - Let's see how well they count their votes.

Several changes have been made to the House bill which failed including the raising of the FDIC insurance from $100,000 to $250,000. This was a change first proposed by Senator Obama, later seconded by Senator McCain and agreed to by President Bush. Also relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax. has more here.


Obama makes large gains in key battleground states - In a poll released by Quinnipiac University. Florida: Obama 51%, McCain 43%, Ohio: Obama 50%, McCain 42%, and Pennsylvania: Obama 54%, McCain 39%.

Pew Research Center released their latest national poll taken from September 27-29 showing Obama 49% and McCain 42%


The latest Palin moment occurred when Katie Couric asked her what newspapers she read - You can watch Palin reply here. Looks like another Tina Fey skit; I'll just have to get back to ya. Palin is overshadowing another Republicans gaffes - former vice-President Dan Qualye - remember "potatoe?"


The Wall Street Journal points out Palin did well in debate running for Governor of Alaska - In a article today they point out she connected with the television audience and may have been aided by her earlier days as a sports announcer on TV. Read more here. The VP debate is tomorrow night starting at 9:00 PM ET, televised on most cable stations.

We will do some live-blogging during the debate. Gwen Ifill, the moderator for the debate, broke her ankle when she tripped going up some stairs carrying some papers preparing for the debate. She will still be the moderator.


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