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"Again and again I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed. That’s how I will govern as president. I will reach out my hand to anyone to help me get this country moving again. I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not."
"I can’t wait to introduce her (Sarah Palin) to Washington. And let me offer an advance warning to the old, big spending, do nothing, me first, country second Washington crowd: change is coming."
"Stand up, stand up and fight!"
-Senator John McCain
MCCAIN…PRESIDENTIAL…John McCain delivered the most important and possibly one of the best speeches of his life last night. He appealed to the American people to work together to get things done.
As is classic McCain, he wound up his speech with his personal story of growth, sacrifice and character which prepares him to lead. It was a moving speech that had the convention center on their feet as he challenges us to stand up and fight for what we believe is right.
PALIN TV VIEWER COUNT…was pretty impressive. As America watched on Wednesday, 37.2 million people watched Sarah Palin and 38.4 watched Barack Obama the week before. History is in the making More below.
RED,WHITE AND BLUE RALLY FLAGS….Special thanks to Jared maynard and teresa & Vince Mungioli and Barbara and David Harrell who put together the USA rally scarfs for last nights convention. Theresa said she was asked for a scarf by the folks at the Smithsonian which she donated after writing “Michigan 2008” on it. Great job…thanks.
ALAN & ALLEN PARTY…Senators Alan Cropsey and Jason Allen hosted a party for our Michigan delegation at the home of home of Lowell and Kay Hellervick. Delegates were able to get a lovely view of the city. Over two hundred of the Michigan delegation attended.
TODAY…MICHIGAN RALLY…Please join John McCain, Cindy McCain and the Vice Presidential Nominee, Governor Sarah Palin at a Road to Victory Rally on September 5th in Sterling Heights, MI. The doors open at 3:00 p.m. and the program begins at 5:00 p.m. As the Senator, Mrs. McCain and the VP Nominee continue the momentum traveling across the country after next week’s National Convention, they would be delighted to have you join them at this rally.
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HISTORY….PALIN vs OBAMA….HILLARY VOTERS CHECKING HER OUT…An audience of 37.2 million people watched Palin on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday. PBS estimated its audience at 3.9 million, based on a less reliable sample of several big cities. Nielsen does not count the audience for C-SPAN, which also showed the speech.
Last week, Nielsen said 38.4 million people watched Obama speak at a Denver stadium on the six commercial networks, along with BET, TV One, Univision and Telemundo – four networks that didn’t cover Palin’s speech. PBS added an estimated 4 million to that total.
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By DAVID PAUL KUHN
A poll released today by CBS News reports that Barack Obama’s post-Democratic convention bounce has been erased — and that for the first time, John McCain has drawn even with his Democratic opponent in the network’s poll.
Only hours before McCain accepts his party’s nomination in what will likely be the most-viewed moment thus far of his presidential bid, the race is knotted at 42 percent apiece, with 12 percent of voters stating that they are undecided, according to CBS. Obama was ahead 48 percent to 40 percent by CBS’ measure following the Democratic convention.
Other polls have failed to show the same tightening of the race found by CBS. Neither the Gallup or Rasmussen daily tracking polls have registered a significant drop in Obama’s support from his post-convention bounce numbers. The Gallup tracking poll, for example, still has Obama ahead of McCain 49 percent to 42 percent.
CBS’s findings from Monday to Wednesday — covering the early days of the Republican convention — is particularly noteworthy because generally Obama runs stronger in the CBS poll than in other surveys.
BY BEN SCHMITT, M.L. ELRICK and JIM SCHAEFER • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS
Gordon Trowbridge and Deb Price / Detroit News Washington Bureau
ST. PAUL, Minn. — John McCain, a war hero once shunned by many in his own party and declared a political casualty just a year ago, accepted the Republican standard in the fall campaign for president in a speech rich with reference to duty, honor and country.
McCain focused on the 5 1/2 years he spent as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, and on a political career spent angering many fellow Republicans. His suffering in a tiny prison cell, he said, led to a life aimed at serving country before party or self.
"I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s," McCain said.
By David Harsanyi
From time to time, political conventions can be consequential. And for Republicans, 2008 might be such a year.
It turns out that the angst over Barack Obama can only keep Republicans competitive. John McCain’s compelling story? It can only persuade independents to take a look. What then?
Well, in the end, it’s idealism that excites the American voter.
Washington insiders have been hammering away at a "re-branding" of the Republican Party. More often than not, they propose abandoning any stray fiscally conservative principles that may have survived the purges of the Bush administration and congressional Republicans.
Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau
ST. PAUL, Minn. — After two weeks of high-energy conventions, the strategies of each presidential campaign for reaching out to Michigan’s economically battered voters are clear: "Straight talking" John McCain is focused on style, and "Celebrity" Barack Obama is seeking a debate over substance.
The Republicans, newly energized by vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin at their just-completed convention here, have geared up an appeal based less on policy than personality.
And it’s Obama, regularly dismissed by McCain’s campaign as a charming but empty orator, who has tossed a flurry of proposals at Michigan voters aimed at convincing them he has a detailed plan for lifting Michigan out of its doldrums.
By SARA KUGLER
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Thursday blamed supporters of the Democratic presidential ticket for spreading "misinformation and flat-out lies" about her and her family.
But her spokeswoman said Obama’s campaign was not responsible, even though a Palin fundraising letter named the Democratic ticket with the words: "the Obama-Biden Democrats have been vicious in their attacks directed toward me, my family and John McCain."
The Obama campaign has raised questions about Palin’s qualifications based on her six years as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and less than two years as governor, but Obama himself has said her family should be off-limits. He also said he would fire any staffer who talks about it.
By DANIEL HENNINGER
In a less crazed world, the Sarah Palin story — hunter and snowmobiling mom becomes Alaska governor and routs old-boy political machine in bed for years with energy industry — would be celebrated. Of course, they have to demolish her.
Sarah’s story is the stuff of Erin Brockovich movies and full-page newspaper spreads. Except: She’s "pro-life," is a "Christian," and unlike all the white guys who came in second, Sarah looks like she might help get a Republican elected.
It may be possible to pack more downward spin in what is being written about her, but modern media records are being set. Sarah has to be stopped because Sarah looks like trouble.
When John McCain announced in Dayton, Ohio that his vice presidential running mate would be Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, he looked respectable but a little stiff — a bit like his campaign. Then Sarah spoke. And after lying dormant across two years of presidential campaigning, the Republican faithful exploded.
Why Obama’s “Community Organizer” Days Are a Joke By Michelle Malkin
Rudy Giuliani had me in stitches during his red-meat keynote address at the GOP convention. I laughed out loud when Giuliani laughed out loud while noting Barack Obama’s deep experience as a "community organizer." I laughed again when VP nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin cracked: "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities."
Team Obama was not amused. (Neither were the snarky left-wingers on cable TV who are now allergic to sarcasm.) They don’t get why we snicker when Obama dons his Community Organizer cape. Apparently, the jibes rendered Obama’s advisers sleepless. In a crack-of-dawn e-mail to Obama’s followers hours after Giuliani and Palin spoke, campaign manager David Plouffe attempted to gin up faux outrage (and, more importantly, donations) by claiming grave offense on the part of community organizers everywhere. Fumed Plouffe:
"Both Rudy Giuliani and Sarah Palin specifically mocked Barack’s experience as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago more than two decades ago, where he worked with people who had lost jobs and been left behind when the local steel plants closed. Let’s clarify something for them right now. Community organizing is how ordinary people respond to out-of-touch politicians and their failed policies."
By ED WHITE and COREY WILLIAMSThe Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was bounced from office Thursday in a deal with prosecutors that will send him to jail and put an end to the sex scandal that embarrassed this chronically struggling city and preoccupied its government for months.
The 38-year-old "Hip-Hop Mayor" who brought energy and excitement to City Hall when he took office in 2002 pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and will get four months behind bars.
The Democrat will also pay a $1 million fine and lose his license to practice law, and cannot run for any elected office for five years. His resignation will take effect in two weeks.
Kilpatrick was charged earlier this year with perjury and other offenses for denying he and his chief of staff had an affair. The scandal broke wide open in January with the release of a trove of lusty text messages between the two of them that appeared to contradict the mayor.
Detroit (WWJ) — Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Thursday he takes full responsibility for his own actions and the poor judgment they reflected. But he also singled out Governor Granholm for wanting to pursue political ambitions.
Kilpatrick spoke for about 20 minutes live on WWJ and local television hours after he agreed to step down as mayor as part of plea deals in two criminal cases. His mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., sat in the front row watching. Listen to the complete speech.
The mayor said under his administration the city has become an example of progress and resilience.
"I want to emphasize tonight that I take full responsibility for my own actions, for the poor judgement that they reflected," Kilpatrick said. "I wish with all my heart that we could turn back the hands of time and tell that young man to make better choices, but I can’t. Our challenge now is to put the anguish and turmoil of the recent months behind us and join in a common cause to love our city, to love one another and to move forward together."
Reporter: Jamie Edmonds
"I’ve been following the court proceedings with extraordinary interest," Former Lansing mayor David Hollister said. "It’s like a Shakespearean tragedy, I mean this is a very talented capable bright young man."
Hollister worked with Kilpatrick’s mother and father and knows the Mayor personally. He said this scandal’s certainly rocked the city of Detroit, but once the national media and comedians took hold…
"When they take you on, generally its pretty negative," Hollister said. "It sends the message, don’t go to Detroit, it’s a joke."
Though miles from Lansing, Hollister said the political, social and economic effects from this scandal were felt throughout Michigan.
"Detroit defines Michigan," Hollister said, "and as long as there is political paralysis or a scandal of any kind, it creates uncertainty."
Uncertainty, Hollister said, which scares away economic development for a city and state that badly needs it.