Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain battled over spending, taxes and the Iraq war in their first debate on Friday, sharply questioning each other's judgment and ability to lead on the biggest issues facing the United States.
In a 90-minute debate that gave undecided voters their first chance to directly compare the White House candidates in the November 4 election, McCain and Obama clashed over their economic and security approaches in heated exchanges that highlighted broad policy differences.Read More
Liberal and Democrat vs. conservative and Republican. Taller, younger and black vs. shorter, older and white.
It was a night of contrasts as Barack Obama and John McCain shared a stage in their first of three presidential debates.
The only similarities: a lack of specifics, a reliance on campaign-trail sound bites and an inability to answer a question directly.Read More
Republican John McCain says he's going to be at the first presidential debate, even though Congress doesn't have a bailout deal.
With less than 10 hours until the debate was scheduled to start, the McCain campaign announced that the Arizona senator would travel to the University of Mississippi. The campaign said after the forum he will fly back to Washington to continue working on the financial crisis.Read More
Gov. Sarah Palin swept into office as an avowed outsider, a claim that helped her land the GOP vice presidential nomination.
The woman touted by Republican nominee John McCain as a reformer said late Thursday that she will donate to charity more than $1,000 in campaign contributions from two Alaska politicians implicated in a sprawling federal corruption probe. Palin is also giving back $1,000 from the wife of one of the men.Read More
The first presidential debate between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama remained in doubt Friday, the very day it was to be held, embroiled in the same partisan divisions that were holding up a Wall Street bailout plan.
Obama said he intended to travel to the University of Mississippi in Oxford, where the debate had long been scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EDT. McCain, who had proposed delaying the contest so the two presidential hopefuls could help negotiate an economic rescue plan, wouldn't commit.Read More
Even for a party whose president suffers dismal approval ratings, whose legislative wing lost control of Congress and whose presidential nominee trails in the polls, it was a remarkably bad day for Republicans.
A White House summit meeting on Thursday meant to shore up John McCain's shaky campaign "devolved into a contentious shouting match." And that's how McCain's own campaign described it.Read More
All in all, it would have been better if John McCain and Barack Obama had stayed out on the trail and kept on campaigning.
But McCain, in what seemed an impulsive gesture, announced he was suspending his campaign to fly back to Washington -- first stopping to confer with CBS's Katie Couric -- to broker a compromise on the bailout package.Read More
Is paying taxes patriotic?
Joe Biden thinks so. The Democratic vice presidential nominee said so during a recent television interview, responding to criticisms of a proposed tax hike on America's richest earners. They should pay more, Biden said, during a time of national instability. "It's time to be patriotic ... time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut."Read More
John McCain and Barack Obama say presidential politics should have no role in the government's efforts to save the crippled financial system.
A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office.Read More