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Monday, July 7, 2008


Obama and McCain set to duel over economy

The presidential candidates will duel over the economy this week, with Republican Sen. John McCain touting proposals he says will stimulate job growth and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama discussing economic security for families.

McCain, an Arizona senator who has wrapped up his party's nomination, will embark on a tour of Colorado, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin -- all toss-up states in the November election to win the White House.

Obama kicks off his week in North Carolina, where he will also focus on the economy.


Kerry says McCain lacks judgment to be president

John Kerry says Republican John McCain doesn't have the judgment to be president.

If that's the case, then it's probably a good thing McCain rejected overtures from Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004, to form a bipartisan ticket and run with Kerry as his candidate for vice president. ..










John McCain... today's headlines with excerpts

Independent ads tout McCain's energy policies

OnMessage Inc., a Virginia-based company with Republican ties, rolled out television ads in the battleground states of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, touting Sen. McCain's backing of a gasoline-tax holiday and expanded oil drilling off the U.S. coast.

McCain promises to balance budget in 4 years

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico...

Conservatives ready to battle McCain on Convention platform

McCain has not yet signaled the changes he plans to make in the GOP platform, but many conservatives say they fear wholesale revisions could emerge as candidate McCain seeks to put his stamp on a document that currently reflects the policies and principles of President Bush.

DuHaime joins McCain operation as Political Director

John McCain's campaign has hired Mike DuHaime as political director, the first new hire by Steve Schmidt in his capacity as the person in charge of day-to-day campaign operations.

DuHaime had served as a senior advisor for political operations at the Republican National Commitee since March, but now he will head up the political team from within the McCain operation.

The move comes as the McCain campaign essentially relaunches its general election effort, after weeks of complaints in Republicans circles that McCain, R-Ariz., has been slow to find his footing against Illinois Democrat Sen. Barack Obama.






Barack Obama... today's headlines with excerpts

Iraq not top of Obama's foreign agenda

In Iraq, the surge in troop levels — which McCain was an early advocate for and Obama opposed and initially denied was accomplishing much before later softening his tone — has been accompanied by a dramatic drop in the number of American and Iraqi casualties. McCain deemed his opponent’s opposition to the surge a failure in judgment, and Republicans hope that they’ve framed the issue so that Obama can’t acknowledge much progress in Iraq without backing away from his plan to withdraw almost all American troops within 16 months.

In part to avoid that lose-lose formulation, Obama has reemphasized his foreign policy that hinges on defeating Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan...

Obama refines plans for Germany trip

...the Berlin Senate has reportedly been asked whether Obama can speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate, where former US President Ronald Reagan gave a famous speech in 1987. Reagan made a show of asking then-Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev to "tear down" the Berlin Wall.

The Brandenburg Gate has fresh significance (more...) for an American presidential candidate, since a large new US embassy officially opened there on July 4.



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