POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 9/15

Suffolk Poll: McCain Leads in Ohio

A new Suffolk University poll in Ohio finds Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama, 46% to 42%.

Said pollster David Paleologos: “McCain is benefiting from Palin identification and empathy as well as a greater sense of Buckeye voter trust. However, should the trust firewall in Ohio break down, it could signal the beginning of an electoral blue domino effect there.”

SurveyUSA: Obama Moves Ahead in Virginia

A new SurveyUSA poll in Virginia shows Sen. Barack Obama leads Sen. John McCain, 50% to 46%.

Compared to an identical poll released one week ago, immediately following the Republican National Convention, Obama is up 3 points; McCain is down 3. 

Bonus Quote of the Day

“The fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

— Sen. John McCain, in a speech today. The statement drew an immediate and harsh response from Sen. Barack Obama.

Tough to Campaign Through a “Media Fog”

Bush strategist Matthew Dowd told the New York Times “that given a proliferation of news sources — and the fact that so many once-trusted news organizations are under attack — campaigns would be wise to discard the standard playbook,” the 

He “went so far as to suggest that Mr. McCain and Mr. Obama were wasting their money on television advertisements, and that they would be better off preparing for the coming debates. Those encounters, he said, are likely to be the only chance the candidates have at capturing the undivided attention of the public.”

Said Dowd: “At this point, the ability to create and drive a message narrative is all but impossible. There’s just so much stuff. The average person has 90 channels. They all get the dot-coms. They all get a newspaper. There is so much flow of information that they just to begin to discount it all.”

Quote of the Day

“Sarah knows how to field-dress a moose. I know how to castrate a calf. Neither of those things has anything at all to do with this election. But since we know so much about Sarah’s special skills, I wanted to make sure you knew about mine too.”

— Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D), quoted by Iowa Politics, on Sen. John McCain’s running mate.

Bergen Record: Obama Ahead in New Jersey

A new Bergen Record Poll in New Jersey finds that Sen. Barack Obama leads Sen. John McCain among likely voters, 50% to 41% with 7% still undecided.

Key findings: “The likely voters surveyed said they think overall that Obama is better prepared to be president, but by a slimmer, four-point advantage. By double-digit margins, they believe Obama is better suited to deal with the nation’s economy, environment and health care.”

“But when it comes to handling the war in Iraq or the nation’s security, they picked McCain as more qualified, by an edge of 2 percent and 6 percent, respectively.”

Financial Market Crisis Threatens to Derail Campaigns

The instability of America’s financial markets “could upend the final 50 days of the presidential campaign, with both candidates forced to confront a calamity that has gotten only glancing attention during the first 20 months of the race for the White House,” according to Politico.

“Red flags about the nation’s economic infrastructure have been popping up at least since the collapse in March of the investment bank Bear Stearns. But neither Sen. John McCain nor Sen. Barack Obama has talked in detail about the potential consequences for voters and the government.”

Obama: “The challenges facing our financial system today are more evidence that too many folks in Washington and on Wall Street weren’t minding the store.”

McCain: “The McCain-Palin Administration will replace the outdated and ineffective patchwork quilt of regulatory oversight in Washington and bring transparency and accountability to Wall Street.”

Meltdown

Political Insider: When are Barack Obama and John McCain going to finally address the meltdown in America’s financial markets?

Tracking Poll Update

The major daily tracking polls show little statistically significant movement, however three of the four have trended slightly in Obama’s favor this weekend.

Gallup: McCain 47%, Obama 45%

Diageo/Hotline: Obama 45%, McCain 43%

Research 2000: Obama 47%, McCain 45%

Rasmussen: McCain 50%, Obama 47%

Obama Hits McCain Hard on Lobbyists

Last week, we noted Sen. John McCain tapped a lobbyist to begin planning for a potential transition if he wins the November election.

This week, Sen. Barack Obama has turned the news into a blistering advertisement.

Key line: “His campaign is run by lobbyists. Now we find out McCain’s White House will be lobbyist-run too… Does that sound like change to you?”

RNC response: “If Barack Obama is truly worried about lobbyists’ influence, he should start by looking in the mirror. This week, Joe Biden’s lobbyist-ties became too much to bear and his son ended his profession of successfully lobbying senators like Obama. Obama’s attacks this weekend are a transparent attempt to cover-up for his campaign’s lack of transparency and abundance of special-interest connections.”

Star Tribune Poll: Minnesota is Dead Even

“Minnesota has become a battleground in a presidential campaign that has dramatically tightened nationwide,” according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are each supported by 45% of likely voters in the state.

Key findings: “The poll found that McCain has made gains across the board since a May Minnesota Poll that showed him trailing by 13 points. He has picked up considerable support among men and to a lesser degree among women. He also has boosted his standing with whites, young voters and all levels of household income and education.”

SurveyUSA: Minnesota Remains Very Close

A new SurveyUSA poll in Minnesota finds Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 49% to 47%, within the survey’s 3.7 percentage point margin of sampling error.

Compared to an identical poll released a month ago, Obama and McCain are each up two points overall. Little has changed, and what changes have occurred appear to have offset one another.

Too Far — Even for Rove!

“McCain has similarly gone one step too far, attributing to Obama things that are, you know, beyond the 100% truth test.”

— Karl Rove, on Fox News Sunday, talking about Sen. John McCain’s advertising.

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