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Spin Control

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.
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.
“Let us remember that the terrorists responsible for 9/11 are still at large, and must be brought to justice.” — Democrat Barack Obama.
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.
COUNTDOWN: There are 54 days until the election.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.