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Spin Control

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today's videos: McCain, Obama discuss the economic bailout

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

Polls show Obama has the advantage in trio of critical states: Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania

Palin’s foreign policy limited to Canadian negotiations, no talks with neighbor Russia

McCain, Obama call for greater bank security, attempt to cool partisan heat over economy

Palin says media’s coverage of her hasn’t been sexist, more a matter of media not knowing her

To read the stories behind these headlines, or see Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric, click here and scroll down.
Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in La Crosse, Wis., before returning to Washington to vote on the financial bailout bill. Joe Biden will also be in Washington to vote on the bailout.
John McCain planned to stop in Independence, Mo., before returning to Washington to vote on the bailout. Sarah Palin has no public schedule.
WA Gov
Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi debate in Yakima. On KSPS-TV Channel 7 at 7 p.m.
WA 5th Congressional District
Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in Washington, D.C. Mark Mays has a town hall at Walla Walla Democratic headquarters, 226 E. Main
“It would be sexist if the media were to hold back and not ask me about my experience, my vision, my principles, my values, you’re right.” — Sarah Palin, in an interview aired Wednesday on CBS’ “The Early Show,” on whether media coverage of her has been sexist.
An estimated 52.4 million viewers watched the first debate Friday between John McCain and Barack Obama, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s 10 million less than the first debate between President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry in 2004.

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