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Archive for September 2008

John, Sarah and Katie

Bonus video: Katie Couric’s interviews with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin continue this week. For those who missed last night’s, here’s the sit-down interview that included John McCain, and spends a fair amount of time on invading Pakistan.

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video: President Bush talked about the financial crisis pretty early this morning. If you weren’t up yet, here’s the clip


Here are today’s headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press

Candidates propose raising amount of bank deposits insured by federal government to $250,000

McCain continues focus on Iowa despite polls giving Obama double-digit lead

Early voting begins in Ohio, election officials prepare for rush

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in Reno, Nev. Joe Biden has no public schedule.
John McCain talks about small businesses in Des Moines, Iowa. Sarah Palin has no public schedule.
WA Gov: Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi debate Wednesday in Yakima

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The whole spectrum of Main Street America’s economy is going to be jeopardized unless we pass this legislation. And we didn’t do a good enough job selling it.” — Republican John McCain, speaking about the bailout legislation on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
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STAT OF THE DAY
The Commission on Presidential Debates has assigned 3,100 media credentials for the vice presidential debate — the most ever in the seven vice presidential debates hosted by the commission, the group says.
It’s true that Spin Control 2.0 does not normally highlight the Stat of the Day, but given the fact that those 3,100 media types could have been descending on Spokane, rather than St. Louis, we think it only fair to add some emphasis.

Is this ready for MTV? Or CNN?

A hip hop artist has created a song backing Obama. But watch for yourself to see if The Obama Dance is about boosting the candidate or the prospects of singer Bob Brown.

Roll call on the bailout

Here’s how the Northwest delegation broke down on the proposal the bailout package, also known as the Economic Stabilization Plan.

Voting No
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.
Doc Hastings, R-Wash.
Dave Reichert, R-Wash.
Jay Inslee, D-Wash.
Bill Sali, R-Idaho
Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.
David Wu, D-Ore.

Voting Yes
Norm Dicks, D-Wash.
Brian Baird, D-Wash.
Adam Smith, D-Wash.
Jim McDermott, D-Wash.
Mike Simpson, R-Idaho
Darlene Hooley, D-Ore.
Greg Walden, R-Ore.

On a political note, McMorris Rodgers opponent, Mark Mays, criticized her decision and said he would have voted yes, even though the bill wasn’t perfect.

Sali’s opponent, Walt Minnick, said he would have voted no because the bill had too many problems.

That was the week that was

John McCain suspended his campaign to go to Washington to help out with the economic talks

But he left David Letterman high and dry for a guest spot

Sarah Palin met with world leaders at the UN, and with Katie Couric on CBS

McCain unsuspended his campaign and went to Mississippi for the first debate

And they debated

Friday’s quickie political briefing

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

First presidential debate is on as McCain agrees to participate. Watch the video:

Biden meets Georgian president without reporters during opening photo opportunity

David Letterman continues assault on McCain Watch the video:

Palin says she will donate money from those implicated in federal corruption probe

To read the stories behind the headlines, click here and scroll down

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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: John McCain planned to participate in the presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. Sarah Palin planned to watch the debate in Philadelphia.
Barack Obama planned to participate in a presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. Joe Biden attends a fish fry in Cudahy, Wis.
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DEBATE WATCH
Spokane-area Democrats will hold a party to watch tonight’s first presidential debate, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Hamilton Studios, 1427 W. Dean, which sometimes is called Toad Hall. Admission is $10.
Spokane-area Republicans have no plans for an event tonight, County Chairman Curt Fackler said, but expect to hold a debate-watch party at Gonzaga on Oct. 2 for the vice presidential debate.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“At this point, my strong sense is that the best thing that I can do, rather than to inject presidential politics into these delicate negotiations, is to go down to Mississippi and explain to the American people what is going on and my vision for leading the country over the next four years.” — Barack Obama, to reporters Friday.
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STAT OF THE DAY
A recent AP-Yahoo News poll found that 18 percent of likely voters are up for grabs — undecided or willing to change their minds about Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.

Nader meets Obama Girl

Today’s bonus video: Ralph Nader has become a parody of…himself?

McCain and Obama issue joint statement

This statement on the economic talks just arrived by e-mail from the McCain campaign.

Joint Statement of Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama

“The American people are facing a moment of economic crisis. No matter how this began, we all have a responsibility to work through it and restore confidence in our economy. The jobs, savings, and prosperity of the American people are at stake.

“Now is a time to come together – Democrats and Republicans – in a spirit of cooperation for the sake of the American people. The plan that has been submitted to Congress by the Bush Administration is flawed, but the effort to protect the American economy must not fail.

“This is a time to rise above politics for the good of the country. We cannot risk an economic catastrophe. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.”

Going, going, GOP

The Washington State Democratic Party clearly doesn’t like the fact that Dino Rossi lists his party preference as GOP. It’s not like they filed suit just because they’ve got lawyers sitting around doing nothing.

Or do they?

In any case, here’s another bit of data to consider. Rossi is hardly the only candidate on the ballot using “GOP” as his party preference.

The Secretary of State’s office says 24 other candidates listed that when they filed for office. Another listed Grand Old Party…which of course means the line reads “prefers Grand Old Party Party.”

That should be illegal because of the redundancy.

If Rossi were to be barred from using that designation, would the others have to switch, too?

Now should we be glad the veep debate is elsewhere?

John McCain’s call for a delay in the first debate no doubt has debate commission staff scrambling down at the University of Mississippi.

Whether it goes on as scheduled, gets postponed or cancelled, it does show the risk to being a debate host.

Just think how fast everyone would be moving in Spokane right now, had Washington State University accepted hosting the vice presidential debate here.

Because of the top guys don’t debate, the No. 2 folks probably don’t debate, either. And everyone involved would have a big pucker factor right now.

Monday’s quickie political briefing

Here are today’s headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

McCain says economic crisis worst since World War II
Listen to part of today’s speech:

Obama pledges deep cuts in spending to fix economy
Listen to part of today’s speech:

Obama and McCain attack each other in new television ads

Biden calls for stronger voice for National Guard within the Defense Department

AP-Yahoo Poll: Blacks, whites still see society through different lenses

To read the stories behind the headlines, and the campaign ads mentioned above, click here and scroll down.

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DAILY TRACK
Democrat Barack Obama holds a slight edge over Republican John McCain — Obama has 48 percent to McCain’s 44 percent — among registered voters in the presidential race, according to the latest Gallup Poll daily tracking update.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: John McCain is scheduled to hold a town-hall style meeting in Scranton, Pa, before joining Sarah Palin at a rally in Media, Pa.
Barack Obama is scheduled to campaign in Green Bay, Wis., before attending a fundraiser in Chicago. Joe Biden planned to address National Guard Association of the United States in Baltimore.
WA Gov: Dino Rossi attends the National Federation of Independent Business retreat in Lake Chelan. Chris Gregoire campaigns with James Carville in Seattle.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We cannot give a blank check to Washington with no oversight and accountability when no oversight and accountability is what got us into this mess in the first place.” — Barack Obama, on the nation’s economic crisis.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Undecided voters and those who say they might switch candidates preferred Democrat Barack Obama to be their child’s schoolteacher over Republican John McCain by 18 percentage points, according to an AP-Yahoo News survey.

That was the week that was

It was a week in which the economy dominated everything, even the presidential race and Washington’s gubernatorial race.

At the beginning of the week, Republican presidential hopeful John McCain insisted “the fundamentals of the economy are strong,” a phrase he’s used many times in recent months.

But his campaign put out an ad saying the economy was in crisis.

Obama questioned McCain’s take on the economy, and his campaign unleashed this ad:

Vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offered this clarification during an interview with Sean Hannity.

In the middle of this debate, Obama seemed to gain ground on McCain in the polls.


Presidential campaigns have short attention spans, however. By weeks end, Congress and President Bush seemed to have brokered a deal to stabilize the financial markets and both campaigns were falling back on some old favorites, with a Obama ad suggesting that McCain would endanger social security, and a McCain ad raising the specter of higher taxes.

In Washington state, the economic forecaster said state government will have less to spend in the upcoming biennium, prompting (what else?) a sharp exchange between Dino Rossi and Chris Gregoire. While every news organization in the state covered this, the report on KOMO-TV supplied Democrats with fodder for an ad to use against Rossi.

For the best video of the week on the candidates and the economy, go inside the blog.

We gotcher debates, right here

The vice presidential candidates won’t debate in Spokane, but candidates for governor and Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District will. And voters will get a chance to ask questions.

Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, and GOP challenger Dino Rossi, and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic opponent Mark Mays have agreed to participate in televised debates sponsored by The Spokesman-Review and KSPS-TV.

The gubernatorial debate will be broadcast Oct. 9 and the congressional debate Oct. 16, both at 7 p.m. on Channel 7. Both will be covered the day they are taped by The Spokesman-Review; audio and video will be available on The Spokesman-Review’s Web site. The debates will be broadcast on KJRB 790 AM.

Some questions in each debate will come from area voters. Questions for either set of candidates can be sent to Debate questions, c/o Newsroom, The Spokesman-Review, Box 2160, Spokane WA 99210. They can be e-mailed to Spin Control 2.0. Include your name, address and a daytime phone number; debate organizers may contact you for further information.

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s Web site: Think you can do better on the federal budget than the candidates? Take your best shot

Here are today’s headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

Biden says paying higher taxes gives wealthier Americans a chance to be patriotic

Obama tells voters McCain is not a moderate on abortion despite that perception

Hagel says it’s a ’stretch’ to call Palin qualified to be president

Their town still recovering from flooding, Cedar Rapids residents wish McCain would tour city

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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: Barack Obama holds a rally in Espanola, N.M. Joe Biden campaigns in Ohio.
John McCain and Sarah Palin talk to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Green Bay, Wis.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.” — Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, speaking about wealthier Americans paying more taxes, in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
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STAT OF THE DAY
Since their party conventions, the two presidential campaigns have shown ads nearly 70,000 times in battleground states and on national cable and national network television at a total cost of more than $15 million, according to TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group, a firm that tracks ads.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video: For those who need a little levity in the face of the campaigns and the financial markets.

If you saw it in the paper: This morning’s S-R plugged a color-coded state primary map. You can find it here.

Here are today’s headlines in the presidential race from The Associated Press:
Opposed to taxpayer bailouts, McCain says govt. ’forced’ to propose $85 billion plan for AIG

Obama pitches voters on economy in national ad that cites a campaign of ’petty’ distractions

Top Clinton fundraiser and member of Democratic platform committee backing McCain over Obama

McCain operatives flock to Alaska, head off embarrassing disclosures about Palin

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: Barack Obama campaigns in the Nevada cities of Elko and Las Vegas. Joe Biden talks to voters in Wooster, Ohio.
John McCain and Sarah Palin hold a town hall meeting together in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You know, there are people that are without jobs, that are hurting, whose businesses have collapsed, who don’t know where they’re going to find money to feed their families. This is not the major issue on people’s minds right now.” — Cindy McCain, asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” whether she opposes overturning Roe v. Wade.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Eighty percent of respondents in a recent AP-GfK poll say Republican John McCain, with nearly three decades in Congress, has the right experience to be president. Just 46 percent say Obama, now in his fourth year in the Senate, is experienced enough.

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video: This site has promise. The concept is candid views of both campaigns, and this video, apparently their first, is both even-handed and good.

Here are today’s headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

McCain calls for a commission to study economic crisis; Biden says GOP policies are to blame

McCain campaign releases Palin administration e-mails in seeking to quell ’Troopergate’

Obama taps Barbra Streisand to sing at big-money fundraiser in Beverly Hills

No gaps in political ads; outside groups add their voices to presidential contest

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: Barack Obama campaigns in Golden, Colo., and attends a fundraiser in Los Angeles. Joe Biden talks to voters in Media, Pa.
John McCain holds a rally in Tampa before joining Sarah Palin at a campaign event in Vienna, Ohio.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“My Lord, take a look at what — who got us in this hole, whose policies? This has been a Republican philosophy of letting Wall Street do what they want and the middle class be damned. It’s about time we change it.” — Joe Biden, Democratic vice presidential candidate.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Democrat Barack Obama raised $66 million in August, a record for a presidential candidate. More than a half-million first-time donors helped raise the money, the campaign said.

Live from Spokane: It’s Dino and Chris

Gov. Chris Gregoire and GOP challenger Dino Rossi will both appear at a candidate forum sponsored by The Arc of Spokane this evening.

It’s not a debate, but a joint appearance with a chance to answer the same questions, sent to them in advance by Arc. Legislative candidates for the districts that are wholely or partly in Spokane are also on the agenda.

It’s open to the public and starts at 6 p.m. at the Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Green. Gov candidates start at 6:20 p.m., and all candidates are expected to hang around when the question answering finishes around 7:30 p.m.

Gregoire also has a fund raiser in Spokane in the late afternoon, early evening

That was the week that was

It was a week where lipstick got more attention than Iraq or the economy on the campaign trail.

Fox showed more of Barack Obama’s interview with Bill O’Reilly

ABC parcelled out Sarah Palin’s interview with Charlie Gibson

John McCain and Obama called a one-day truce in the ad wars, and stood side by side at Ground Zero. And the quetion at week’s end was: was that a fluke, or the shape of things to come?

Coming Monday: Rossi and Gregoire appear together at The Arc of Spokane forum, 6 p.m., Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N. Green St.
For videos on these topics, click here.

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video: If McCain and Obama can lay off the negative ads out of respect for Sept. 11, Spin Control can follow suit. Instead, here’s Ron Paul — who has a decent sized following in these parts — talking about voting for third party candidates.

(Afternoon addendum: Chris Gregoire’s re-election campaign announced that she, too, had pulled ads for the day.)


Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign, from The Associated Press:

On 9/11 anniversary, McCain and Obama ask citizens to take on best qualities of Americans

Obama health plan follows where some states have struggled

Poll: McCain gains support in 2 swing states

For stories behind the headlines, click here and scroll down.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: John McCain attended a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., where the hijacked United Airlines airplane crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, then visits ground zero and participates in the presidential forum in New York. Sarah Palin attends a troop deployment ceremony in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Barack Obama visits the site where the World Trade Center towers once stood and participates in a presidential forum in New York. Joe Biden talks to first responders in Parma, Ohio, before attending the presidential forum in New York.

WA Gov: Chris Gregoire attended a 9/11 memorial ceremony in Tacoma. Dino Rossi toured the Port of Vancouver.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Let us remember that the terrorists responsible for 9/11 are still at large, and must be brought to justice.” — Democrat Barack Obama.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Nebraska has been giving the GOP all its electoral votes in every presidential election since 1964. Only Nebraska and Maine divide their electoral votes, though the votes have never actually been split.
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COUNTDOWN: There are 54 days until the election.

Final words on the state primary

The Secretary of State’s office certified the results of the Aug. 19 primary, and the only figure in doubt—the final turnout — is known.

It’s 42.6 percent, which is a bit under what Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted, but in the ballpark for a primary in a presidential year. And Reed is quick to point out that’s better than some other state’s primaries, like Alabama at 15.1 percent and Iowa at 9.2 percent.

And they say Iowa has such good, salt of the earth, concerned voters. Apparently once the caucues are over, who the heck cares?

Reed, a big fan of mail-in voting, noted that mail vote turn out (or maybe that’s turn in) was 47 percent, while poll site voting in King and Pierce counties was 16 percent.

And the big winner?

Bonus videos: Who’s the Maverick here?

The McCain-Palin campaign started it with this ad, which tries to stake a claim on the original mavericks in the campaign.

The Obama-Biden campaign called and raised with this ad contending that McCain-Palin ain’t no mavericks.

Want to settle it? click here to see who the real Maverick.

Monday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video: Thoughts on takeover of Fannie and Freddie

This just in: Spokane will restore alley trash pickup in areas it axed last year. Issue may have helped tip mayoral election. Read story here.

Here are the headlines in the presidential race from The Associated Press:

Palin: Obama shouldn’t ’go there’ when talking about earmarks

Bush, Cheney say Palin would be a good veep, praise her speech as “superb”

Biden tells Wisconsin: Obama administration would make middle class top priority

Obama drops daughters off for first day of classes at University of Chicago school

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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DAILY TRACK
Republican John McCain has a 5-percentage-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama — he has 49 percent to Obama’s 44 percent — among registered voters in the presidential race, according to the latest Gallup Poll daily tracking update.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep: John McCain and Sarah Palin campaigned in Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Barack Obama has scheduled stops in the Michigan cities of Flint and Farmington Hills. Joe Biden campaigned in Green Bay, Wis., before heading to Des Moines, Iowa.

WA Gov: Republican challenger Dino Rossi tours the Port of Bellingham Monday afternoon, Bennett Lumber in Clarkston on Tuesday. Democratic incumbent Chris Gregoire
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THE REPUBLICANS
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The idea that somehow, there’s a woman, ’oh my God, I don’t know how to deal with this,’ I think guys who think that way have never been around strong women.” — Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, on debating his Republican rival Sarah Palin.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Four Arizona politicians, including John McCain in 2000, have run for president. All lost.

Sarah Palin’s time at Idaho colleges

Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin spent part of the 1980s in college in North Idaho, after starting her college career in Hawaii.

Here’s the information on her academic stops, courtesy of the University of Idaho and The Associated Press.

Fall 1982: Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu.
Spring & Fall 1983: North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene.
Fall 1984-Spring 1985: University of Idaho, Moscow.
Fall 1985: Matanuska-Susitna College, Palmer, Alaska.
Spring 1986-Spring 1987: UI, graduating with a Bachelor Science in Journalism.


Idaho casts…

Madame secretary, the great state of Idaho casts its 26 votes…

Huckleberries Online has posted the video clip here.

PCO ties a-plenty in Spokane County

The state’s major political parties don’t like the new primary election law, but it could provide them with an unexpected bonus: extra precinct officers.
Many of the state’s elections officers do like the new “top two” system, but it will cause them extra work: more ties and recounts for those ground-level elective offices.
Except for precinct committee officers, races on the Spokane County ballot were settled Wednesday as elections officials certified results from the Aug. 19 primary. For state, county and legislative offices, there were no changes from the first count on election night. The one remaining close race, for second place in a central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District House race, went to Chris Bowen who beat fellow Republican Laura Carder by 36 votes and will face incumbent Rep. Alex Wood in the Nov. 4 general election.
But elections for about 40 precinct committee officers in Spokane County are either tied or separated by one or two votes, which means they will need recounts required by state law.

Today’s lesson: Always check if the mike is hot

This video of two Republican strategists trashing McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin raises two questions (other than the obvious ones about the veep selection):
When will political types learn to check whether their microphones are on?
What will journalists do when they do learn?

Update on the Gregoire-Rossi ad wars

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s campaign is holding back a day on its answer to the Dino Rossi commercial that aired during Thursday’s Democratic Convention coverage.

The Rossi ad, mentioned in an earlier Spin Control 2.0 post, suggested to people settling down for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech that if they wanted change in that other Washington, they should consider voting for him for change in this here Washington.

Gregoire Campaign Spokesman Aaron Toso said they’ve held back the response. “Given Hurricane Gustav, we don’t think it is appropriate to release the video today and we will be waiting until tomorrow. We sent an e-mail out to our supporters today asking for contributions to Mercy Corps, Salvation Army, and the Red Cross.”


GOP Convention schedule

Thanks to Hurricane Gustav, the schedule for the Republican convention has been a moving target.

But Tuesday night’s announced schedule includes President Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Sen. Fred Thompson. For the latest schedule from the Associated Press, click here.

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