by Kevin Flynn - Friday October 3 2008 09:17:08 AM
From the New York Times:
Mr. Biden, a six-term senator who has twice sought the presidency, remained forceful and composed against an opponent who proved difficult to attack, given that she is a newcomer and a woman in an arena long dominated by men.
...Mr. Biden, standing at a lectern a few feet from Ms. Palin’s, replied with one of his characteristic strategies in the debate: portraying Mr. McCain as unaware or unmoved by voters’ problems and as an ally of the deeply unpopular President Bush.
“It was two Mondays ago John McCain said at 9 o’clock in the morning that the fundamentals of the economy were strong,” Mr. Biden said. “Eleven o’clock that same day, two Mondays ago, John McCain said that we have an economic crisis. That doesn’t make John McCain a bad guy, but it does point out he’s out of touch. Those folks on the sidelines knew that two months ago.”
...Ms. Palin also tended to seize on a single point or phrase of Mr. Biden or the moderator, Gwen Ifillof PBS, and veer off on her own direction in her 90-second answer.
...In response to a question about her views on an exit strategy in Iraq, Ms. Palin championed Mr. McCain’s support for the “surge” of American troops there; hailed “a great American hero,” Gen. David H. Petraeus;
...After that, Mr. Biden turned to the moderator and said, “Gwen, with all due respect, I didn’t hear a plan.”
...“The issue is how different is John McCain’s policy going to be than George Bush’s,” Mr. Biden said. “I haven’t heard how his policy is going to be different on Iran than George Bush’s.... I haven’t heard how his policy in Afghanistan is going to be different than George Bush’s. I haven’t heard how his policy in Pakistan is going to be different than George Bush’s.
“It may be, but so far it is the same as George Bush’s.”
Mr. Biden also turned tougher in the final half-hour after Ms. Palin had, several times, referred to Mr. McCain as a “maverick.”
“He’s not been a maverick when it comes to education — he has not supported tax cuts and significant changes for people being able to send their kids to college,” Mr. Biden said. “He’s not been a maverick on the war. He’s not been a maverick on virtually anything that generally affects the things that people really talk about.”
From the Washington Post:
The two candidates repeated their campaign slogans on taxes. Palin accused Obama of voting to support tax increases 94 times, a claim that Biden forcefully rejected as false.
... "The charge is absolutely not true. Barack Obama did not vote to raise taxes," Biden responded. "Using the standard that the governor uses, John McCain voted 477 times to raise taxes. It's a bogus standard."
On health care, Palin said Americans would not want it "taken over by the feds," while Biden accused McCain of trying to fool the public with a tax credit for health-care insurance that would become more expensive because of the Republican's policies.
"So you're going to have to place -- replace a $12,000 plan with a $5,000 check you just give to the insurance company," Biden said. "I call that the ultimate bridge to nowhere."
Palin, who governs the nation's largest oil-producing state, was aggressive on energy, calling opposition to expanded drilling a "nonsensical position" and saying that "people are so hungry for those domestic sources of energy to be tapped into."
Biden blasted McCain on the issue, saying: "John McCain has voted 20 times against funding alternative energy sources and thinks, I guess, the only answer is drill, drill, drill. Drill we must, but it will take 10 years for one drop of oil to come out of any of the wells that are going to begun to be drilled."
From the Toledo Blade:
Barack Obama hammered away at "greed" and "irresponsibilty" that he said were part of a philosophy embraced by his opponent during a rally on the campus of Michigan State University yesterday, even as his opponent was pulling most of his campaign organization out of the state.
..."What this crisis has taught us is that at the end of the day, there is no separation between Main Street and Wall Street. When there's greed and irresponsibility on Wall Street, that affects Main Street. When Main Street is suffering, the pain trickles up," Mr. Obama said.
"This country and the dream it represents are being tested in a way that we haven't seen in nearly a century," Mr. Obama said. He said future generations will either say America lost its nerve, or that "this was another one of those moments when America overcame."
He said the rescue plan up for a possible vote in the House of Representatives today is the "beginning of a long-term rescue plan for our middle class."
...He urged the crowds to register and then help him win Michigan, which has 17 electoral votes.
... Mr. Obama promised that as president he would cut taxes - repeating himself for emphasis - on "95 percent of all working families."
"If you make less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increase one single dime," he said.
He also said he would eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses and start-ups.
He said Mr. McCain is offering "$200 billion in tax cuts for big corporations" and a $700,000 tax cut to "the average Fortune 500 CEO."
..."I'm running for President to make sure the cars of the future are made in the same place they've always been made - right here in Michigan," Mr. Obama said.
From the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger:
"You can't get mad at what goes on in this country if you don't use that right and have your say," [said Anna Mauldin, 21, a Mississippi College senior].
But you can't have your say in the Nov. 4 election if you don't register. And if you haven't registered, you have until 5 p.m. today or noon Saturday to do so, depending on where you live.
Saturday is the official deadline, but that won't matter if courthouses are closed, as usual, on the weekend.
... "We have pushed for successful voter registration drives statewide in more than 17 cities for two weekends in a row," said Melanie Roussell, Southern Regional communications director for Obama.
"We have had tremendous success registering students all across the state, at Jackson State, Mississippi State University, Ole Miss and other schools."
.... During four assemblies held Thursday, the nonpartisan, voter education group [Vote For Your Life] urged 18-year-old high school seniors to register; teams of young volunteers are visiting four more schools today, Horhn said.
"Historically, there has been a lot of apathy among voters, particularly among young people.
"But this election is quite different. We're either going to have our first female vice president or the first African-American president," he said referring to Republican VP nominee Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the Democratic presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.
"There's also a feeling that this country is on the precipice of a lot of important decision-making. These young people want to be a part of that."
That's the case with first-time voters Kenesha Phillips of Little Rock, Ark., and Kellie Harvey Grizzell of Clinton, two18-year-old Jackson State University freshmen.
"In order to bring change, you must vote," Phillips said.