Nearly two decades later, John McCain is still haunted by his role in the Keating Five scandal.
His role in the 1980s banking scandal is featured in a new Barack Obama attack video. McCain's presidential campaign quickly moved to limit any damage.
The Republican senator's lawyer in the case, John Dowd, told reporters in a conference call Monday that McCain had been the victim of "a political smear job" by Senate Democrats.Read More
GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair.
McCain's ties are facing renewed scrutiny after his campaign criticized Barack Obama for his link to a former radical who engaged in violent acts 40 years ago.Read More
Just before the vice-presidential debate, one of my more jaded and cynical colleagues proposed this question for Gov. Sarah Palin: "I hope they ask her how old she thinks the earth is."
I'm not sure if asking this question is any fairer or more germane than asking the Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, if he really believes in the virgin birth. Or asking erstwhile presidential hopeful Mitt Romney whether he shares the Mormon belief that Native Americans are descended from the Lost Tribes of Israel.Read More
By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign.
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself may come to regret.
First, Palin's attack shows that her energetic debate with rival Joe Biden may be just the beginning, not the end, of a sharpened role in the battle to win the presidency.
Democrat Barack Obama, responding to his portrayal by John McCain's campaign as a crony of "terrorists," fought fire with fire Monday by highlighting the Republican's embroilment in a devastating 1980s financial scandal.
A month from election day on November 4, the rivals traded furious barbs as Arizona Senator McCain battled to arrest his Illinois opponent's poll surge at a time of deep anxiety about the state of the US economy.Read More
Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin went from winking hockey mom to snarling attack dog this weekend, tuning up the GOP smear machine with claims that Democrat Barack Obama "pals around" with terrorists and linking him with one of the founders of the Weather Underground.
The attack is not surprising, given the recent slide of John McCain and Palin in polls and Obama's surge as the economy takes center state as a major campaign issue.
What might be surprising, however, is the viciousness of the attacks. Obama, on the other hand, appears prepared for the onslaught.
In the aftermath and varying opinions of the overhyped debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates for vice presidents, two areas of consensus appear to emege: Sarah Palin didn't do anything TOO stupid and voters, the ones who still make the decisions on election day, feel Joe Biden won the night.
Incredibly, Palin held her own by not debating: She announced straight out that she would not answer the questions but would stick to talking points. It was, perhaps, the only way she could stay out of trouble but it showcased an inexperienced, inept candidate who has trouble with facts and only a faint relationship with specifics.
Four years ago, Clark County, Ohio, voted Republican instead of Democratic, as it had in 2000, thumbing its collective nose at John Kerry and giving President Bush enough votes to win Ohio and thus re-election.Read More
Republican Presidential nominee John McCain's Palin problems continue to mount as the gaffe-prone vice presidential nominee wanders aimlessly from one screw up to another, showcasing her lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, domestic problems and other issues facing the country.
Fresh off her embarrassing interview last week with CBS News anchor Katic Couric, Palin stumbled again this week when she was unable to name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade that she disagreed with. After stammering about "many cases" that she said warranted review, Palin could not come up with a specific case.