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Archive for October 12th, 2008

Debate Prep

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Debate Prep


Tracking Poll Update

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Tracking Poll Update
Sen. Barack Obama is holding solid leads in nearly every tracking poll of the presidential race and has broken 50% in four of them.

Diageo/Hotline: Obama 50%, McCain 40%

Gallup: Obama 51%, McCain 42%

Rasmussen: Obama 52%, McCain 45%

Research 2000: Obama 52%, McCain 40%

Zogby: Obama 48%, McCain 44%

Research 2000: Obama Up By Five in Florida
A new Research 2000 poll in Florida finds Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 49% to 44%.

Key finding: “Obama, long the favorite of the youngest votes, now leads 72-year-old McCain by 7 percentage points among the 60-plus age group. The oldest voters were about equally divided in last month’s poll.”


Strickland Hits McCain Rallies, Vouches For Obama As “Strong Christian”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Strickland Hits McCain Rallies, Vouches For Obama As “Strong Christian”
Obama campaign surrogates are out there in the states today pushing the campaign’s attack line over McCain-Palin’s unhinged crowds very hard, with Ohio Governor Ted Strickland blasting the McCain team at a rally today, and vouching for Obama as a…

TPM Track Composite: Obama Ahead By Nearly Eight Points
Here’s our daily composite of the five major national tracking polls. With two days of post-debate data within these three-day trackers, Barack Obama is ahead by nearly eight points. His support is holding about where it was before the debate,…

Election Central Saturday Roundup
Palin Lies About Ethics Report’s Finding Sarah Palin falsely told reporters this morning that the Alaska legislature’s ethics report on Trooper-Gate clears her of any wrongdoing. “And if you read the report, you’ll see that there was nothing unlawful or…


Walking a Fine Line

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2008 4:33 am by HL

Walking a Fine Line
The Pentagon confirms to TPM Election Central that military officials told the Obama campaign he could not visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany yesterday with campaign aides in tow because that would violate DOD regs. “We informed the Obama…

Election Central Morning Roundup
CQ changes its ratings on 14 House races — 12 in the direction of the Dem. That and the day’s other political news in the TPM Election Central Morning Roundup….

An Ominous Growth
In the post immediately below I referred to Obama’s audition for the role of ‘head of state/commander-in-chief’. And as a potential wartime president and in the rhetorical universe we’re now living in, this CINC test is inevitable and important for…


The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Florida Again Edition

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2008 4:32 am by HL

The LiberalOasis Radio Show: Florida Again Edition

Today at 10 AM ET, The LiberalOasis Radio Show was broadcast on WHMP-AM in Western MA. My special guest was Kenneth Quinnell of the Florida Progressive Coalition, who gave the ground-level view of the presidential election, and congressional elections, in Florida — once again a battleground state.

The audio podcast for the show is here: (iTunes / XML feed / MP3)

Video of the opening monologue is below, about how the economic crisis is pushing racial bias aside:


Incumbents Are Attacked for Rescue Plan

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on October 12th, 2008 4:31 am by HL

Incumbents Are Attacked for Rescue Plan
On the evening of Sept. 30, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) helped unveil a bipartisan deal that would open the door to massive government intervention in the financial markets, calling it “one of the finer moments in the Senate.”

Issue of Race Creeps Into Campaign
In the first presidential campaign involving an African American nominee of a major party, both candidates have agreed on this much: They would rather not dwell on the subject of race.