Campaign Connie Report 9/16

Far from running away from the issue of the financial markets yesterday, John McCain and Sarah Palin got out in front of the grim financial news right out of the gate. McCain in a statement on the financial markets released by his campaign repeated his months-long call to revamp the regulatory system, “The McCain-Palin Administration will replace the outdated and ineffective patchwork quilt of regulatory oversight in Washington and bring transparency and accountability to Wall Street,” McCain said.

Going solo in speeches in Nevada and Colorado today, Palin took on the issue of the financial markets head on. In Colorado, Palin told the crowd, “This crisis happened for several different reasons which have to be addressed right now.” For video of the speech from Fox News via YouTube, it can be found here.

In a speech in Carson City, Nevada,
Palin took on the issue of high gasoline prices, telling the cheering crowd, “Nevada, in a McCain-Palin administration, we’re going to expand opportunities for new energy development. We’re going to expand our use of alternative fuels, and we are going to drill now to make this nation energy independent!” When the audience began to applaud and chant, "Drill, baby, drill! Drill, baby, drill!” Palin agreed, saying, “You’re right! Drill, baby, drill!”

More scandal erupts in the Obama presidential campaign as Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari revealed in an interview that Obama tried to delay troop withdrawals from Iraq until after the elections. “[Obama] asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.

Yesterday morning in an exclusive appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, Obama seemed to admit that his campaign has been disseminating baseless attack ads: “If we’re going to ask questions about, you know, who has been promulgating negative ads that are completely unrelated to the issues at hand, I think I win that contest pretty handily,” Obama said.


Apparently, it was another huge gaffe. (Is Obama trying to be more of a gaffe machine than his running mate?) As it was with George Stephanopoulos correcting Obama when he referred to his “Muslim faith,” ABC tries to clean up after Obama and tell us what he really meant: “What Obama apparently meant was that McCain, not Obama, has put out more negative ads.”

In one of the biggest shockers of this presidential election season, McCain is seriously gaining ground in New York State. The New York Post reports that in private polling shared by both Democrats and Republicans, women are moving over to the McCain camp in heavily Democratic New York State since the Republican convention and the addition of Sarah Palin to the ticket.

From the New York State Siena Research Institute poll out late yesterday, Newsday reports Obama and McCain are in statistical tie in New York State. "Although New York has long been regarded as a ‘safe’ state for Democrats in presidential politics, likely voters in the Empire State are currently only giving Senator Obama a five-point cushion," said pollster Steven Greenberg. "The conventions are over. The running mates are set. And as voters begin to focus on the race, New York’s overwhelming Democratic enrollment advantage is not reflected in how voters tell Siena they plan to vote."

In August, the Siena poll had Obama leading McCain 47-39% which supports prior reports of Democrat women trending away from Obama-Biden and toward McCain-Palin.