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Still a lot of undecideds out there

Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.

"I'm split right down the middle," said the 50-year-old Air Force Reserve technician from Amherst, N.Y. "Each one has things that are good for me and things that are bad for me. And people like me."

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Looking back at the endless campaign

Can you believe it? It's almost over!

It seems as though we have been preparing for the 2008 election since 2004. What a ride! There was a time when the pundits said it was a given that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee. It was once a fact that John McCain's campaign was out of money and was dead, dead, dead. There was a post-Rev. Wright month when it seemed a feckless Barack Obama had lost for sure.


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Vetting Joe the Plumber

Joe Wurzelbacher, the now famous Joe the Plumber, was exercising one of his most basic rights as an American when he questioned Barack Obama about the Democrat's tax plan and spoke out against. It was political speech specifically protected by the Constitution.

That exchange brought him a lot of attention, some welcome, some not so welcome and some frankly sinister. He became practically the third person on the stage at the last presidential debate, being invoked 23 times by the candidate. He has appeared at a Sarah Palin rally.


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Somebody will win, somebody will lose

Millions of Americans will wake up disappointed on Wednesday morning. Barring an electoral tie vote, or some similarly freakish outcome, their candidate for president -- either Barack Obama or John McCain -- will have lost. And they'll face the prospect of four years under a president they opposed.


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Where, oh where, is Joe Biden?

Sen. Joe Biden seems to have all but disappeared and he hasn't even been elected vice president yet. Could it mean that Sen. Barack Obama, if chosen president next week, has decided to relegate his running mate to a more traditional role than has been the case in the last two administrations?


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Lies, damn lies & campaign promises

It will be 35 years next week since President Richard Nixon, responding to an Arab oil embargo, vowed to make the United States energy independent — and do it in seven years. America is still waiting.

Now as Barack Obama and John McCain vie to become the next president, a promise of U.S. energy independence again has become a rallying cry on the campaign trail.

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Obama lead holds steady in Zogby poll

Democrat Barack Obama's lead over Republican rival John McCain held steady at seven points as the race for the White House entered its final four days, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Friday.

Obama leads McCain by 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the three-day national tracking poll, virtually unchanged from Thursday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

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Obama infomercial a ratings hit

Barack Obama's campaign "infomercial" was the most-watched telecast in U.S. prime time on Wednesday, drawing an "American Idol"-size audience that easily eclipsed even the climax to baseball's World Series.

More than 33.5 million viewers tuned in to watch the Democratic presidential nominee's paid 30-minute message, aired on three major broadcast networks and four smaller channels, Nielsen Media Research reported on Thursday.

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Obama expands poll lead over McCain

Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 7-point lead over Republican rival John McCain with five days left in the race for the White House, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby poll released on Thursday.

Obama leads McCain by 50 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in the three-day national tracking poll, building on his 5-point advantage on Wednesday. The telephone poll has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

It was the second consecutive day Obama's lead has grown as the two-year presidential battle draws to a close. McCain is struggling to overtake Obama's lead in every national opinion poll and in many battleground states.


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