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2008-10-20 06:00:06

By Kathy Kiely and David Jackson Barack Obama scored two campaign coups Sunday: a record-breaking month of fundraising and the backing of former secretary of State Colin Powell. The long-anticipated announcement, which came with praise for Republican John McCain but harsh criticism of his negative attacks, gave Democrat Obama perhaps the campaign's most coveted endorsement. "He is a transformational figure," Powell said of Obama, vying to be the first black president, on NBC's Meet...

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2008-10-16 12:25:00

The Oct. 15 Presidential debate offered one last big opportunity for John McCain and Barack Obama to prove their mettle and win over voters in this hotly contested election. Since the first debate last month [BusinessWeek, 9/29/08], I have been paying close attention to each candidate's nonverbal communication, which accounts for as much as 93% of the message actually received by viewers. Nonverbal signals include everything from facial expressions, tone of voice, distance, and posture, to...

2008-10-16 12:00:08

An Ohio plumber who talked to Barack Obama about taxes became John McCain's embodiment of the working class during Wednesday's presidential debate. McCain took a weekend encounter between Obama and Joe Wurzelbacher in the Toledo area, using "Joe the Plumber" as a symbol of how Obama's tax policies would hurt small businesses, The New York Times reported Thursday. "It floored me. It's not something I expected ever," Wurzelbacher said Thursday in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning...

2008-10-16 06:00:06

By Susan Page HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- It was all about Joe the Plumber. In the final presidential debate Wednesday night, John McCain and Barack Obama seemed to be vying for the affections not only of the average Joe generally, but of a particular Joe: Joe Wurzelbacher, a plumber from Holland, Ohio. Wurzelbacher had expressed concerns to Obama on Sunday that if Obama were elected, his taxes would go up when he buys his own small business. "Joe, I want to tell you, I'll not only help...

2008-10-14 06:00:21

By Jackie Calmes, Jeff Zeleny and Brian Knowlton 21 days to the vote * With his presidential campaign gaining momentum on a tide of economic worries, Senator Barack Obama is adding emergency planks to an economic platform that he says is designed to help average Americans, and not just Wall Street, through the downturn. The Democratic nominee proposed steps to spur new jobs, give Americans penalty-free access to retirement savings during the downturn, declare a 90-day moratorium on...

2008-10-13 06:00:30

By Eric Stark For me, it's all about the debate after the debate. The best TV viewing occurs after the candidates for president and vice president finish their discussions. That's when we find out who blinked too much, who twisted the facts and who was most convincing. It's amazing how quickly they edit the video clips, check the facts and set up interviews. After the vice-presidential debate and the most recent clash between John McCain and Barack Obama, I tuned in to CBS. No, not for...

2008-10-08 12:00:13

By JIM DEE AFTER'S last week's much hyped showdown between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden, the second round of the McCain-Obama debate play-off turned out to be a bit of a damp squib. The 'Town Hall' format that had the candidates appear in front of a 100-strong audience of undecided voters was billed as a more up- close-and-personal format than the previous set piece debate. However, in contrast to the at times freewheeling dust-up between their respective running mates, McCain and Obama...

2008-10-08 00:00:21

By Mary Dejevsky UPWARDS of 50 million Americans were expected to watch the encounter between John McCain and Barack Obama last night in the second of three presidential debates. Last Thursday a record 70 million saw Sarah Palin fail to disgrace herself in the obligatory running-mates match. And in homes, halls and bars across America, how did people watch this crucial rite of presidential passage? On television. These debates are almost the only times - other than the Super Bowl - that...

2008-10-07 09:00:21

From wire reports NASHVILLE, Tenn. Who does America want at the helm in a time of crisis, an erratic gambler or a dangerous radical? That's the stark choice being portrayed by Barack Obama and John McCain as they prepare for their second debate tonight - each is looking to frame the other in the darkest possible terms heading into the final month of the campaign. Obama, having opened a lead and looking to seal the deal, heads into the debate portraying himself as the steady hand of...

2008-10-07 09:00:03

By Liz Sidoti Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Running short on time, John McCain has the most riding on the second presidential debate, though Barack Obama will be out of his scripted comfort zone in the town-hall-style confrontation. It could be ugly if Monday's tussling is any indication. Tonight's debate comes exactly four weeks before Election Day with a lot going on both inside and outside the campaign: Polling shows Obama approaching the 270 Electoral College votes needed for...


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