Campaign Rhetoric Heats Up Before Debate

Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin turned up the heat again on the campaign stump Monday, expanding on Barack Obama’s relationship with domestic terrorist William Ayers of the Weather Underground. Gov. Palin at a Florida rally Monday said, “… there’s even more to the story. Barack Obama says that Ayers was just someone in the neighborhood, but that’s less than truthful. His own top adviser said that they were quote, ‘certainly friendly.’ In fact, Obama held one of his first meetings of his political career in Bill Ayers living room.” (Full Palin Speech Transcript)

CNN’s John Roberts had the Obama campaign’s quick response, “In 1995, William Ayers held kind of a get-to-know you event at his place where he was introducing Barack Obama to the political culture there in Chicago when he was running for the State Senate for the first time. David Axelrod said that at that meeting Senator Obama was not aware of Ayers’ radical background.”

Gov. Palin fired back at her next speech later in the day.  “It was only a few months ago that Barack was saying that Ayers was just a guy in my neighborhood.  But, wait a minute, he didn’t know a few months ago that he had launched his political career in the living room of a domestic terrorist?” Palin remarked to thunderous cheers from the crowd.

On a side note, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Gov. Sarah Palin may appear on Saturday Night Live to spoof Tina Fey’s popular American Express commercial.  More at the link. 

In a speech McCain supporters have been waiting for since the suspension of his campaign to deal with the financial crisis, John McCain gave Obama and his fellow Democrats the verbal equivalent of a bloody nose over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the huge scandal bubbling under the surface for Democrats who are responsible for blocking any sort of reform legislation offered by Republicans to reign them in over the past half-decade.  

In his speech in New Mexico today, McCain said, “Senator Obama was silent on the regulation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and his Democratic allies in Congress opposed every effort to rein them in. As recently as September of last year he said that subprime loans had been, quote, "a good idea." Well, Senator Obama, that "good idea" has now plunged this country into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

“To hear him talk now, you’d think he’d always opposed the dangerous practices at these institutions. But there is absolutely nothing in his record to suggest he did. He was surely familiar with the people who were creating this problem. The executives of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have advised him, and he has taken their money for his campaign."

“He has received more money from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac than any other senator in history, with the exception of the chairman of the committee overseeing them. Did he ever talk to the executives at Fannie and Freddie about these reckless loans? Did he ever discuss with them the stronger oversight I proposed? If Senator Obama is such a champion of financial regulation, why didn’t he support these regulations that could have prevented this crisis in the first place? He won’t tell you, but you deserve an answer.”

(Full transcript of the McCain Speech)

The rhetoric is heating up just in time for tonight’s debate.