POLITICAL WIRE’S HEADLINES – 9/16

Fiorina: Palin Couldn’t Run Big Company

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, an adviser to Sen. John McCain, said that if Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was called upon to run her former company the Alaska Republican wouldn’t be ready, according to The Hill.

Said Fiorina: “No, I don’t.”

Of course, she also doesn’t think Sen. Barack Obama is qualified to run Hewlett Packard either.

Update: Fiorina defended her comments but really only gave more material for future Obama ads.

Quote of the Day

“It is a bad economy.”

— Sen. John McCain, quoted by Time, reversing himself after getting hammeredyesterday for insisting the “fundamentals of our economy are strong.”

One key reason: The latest Diageo/Hotline tracking poll finds Obama holds a solid 9-point lead over McCain among those who say that the economy is the top issue facing the country, 48% to 39%.

Palin to Meet Foreign Leaders

Gov. Sarah Palin “will meet with foreign leaders next week at the United Nations, a move to boost her foreign-policy credentials,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Said a campaign strategist: “The meetings will give her some exposure and experience with foreign leaders. It’s a great idea.”

Outrage as a Campaign Tactic

Time uncovers the secret behind McCain strategist Steve Schmidt’s use of outrage to dominate news cycles.

“In the heat of a campaign, Schmidt understood that outrage could cut through the news clutter like a buzz saw. It didn’t matter much if the outrage was fueled by fact — better if it was fueled by emotion, which would tweak the fury of his base, leading to exciting exchanges on cable television and fresh chatter around the watercooler. Unlike health care or foreign policy, the emotional charge of outrage has a magnetic effect; voters are forced to take sides and respond, shifting the debate.”

GWU Poll: McCain Leads Nationally

The latest GWU Battleground Poll has Sen. John McCain running ahead of Sen. Barack Obama nationally, 48% to 44%.

Democratic analysis: “Yet the key battlegrounds states – on which these races are ultimately waged, and won, in a system based on electoral votes – show a more positive picture. If the race were decided today, Obama would be the winner by virtue of the electoral math,1 which is underscored by his 4-point lead in battleground states (48% to 44%, with 5% undecided). Obama is also winning in Midwest states (+12) and states in the West (+14) by comfortable margins. McCain’s strength nationally is buttressed by strong showings in the South (+14), Mountain States (+21), South Central (+21), and Central Plains (+17).”

Republican analysis: “With seven weeks left in this volatile Presidential cycle, we have seen tumultuous  changes on both sides and anticipate nothing less in these remaining days.  Regardless, this latest collection of data reports results that neither the pundits nor the news media could have predicted.   Presidential candidate John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin have reignited GOP intensity.  This has, in effect, influenced the environment  enough to produce a very close race and potentially ensure a continued Republican edge  through November.”

Update: As several commenters have noted, this poll was taken last week but not released until today. 

McCain Spokesman Blasted on Cable News Networks

Gawker calls McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds a “human pinata” after CNN, Fox and MSNBC all declared McCain’s advertising claims about Barack Obama to be false.

The videos, which are posted, are “awesome to see.”

Economist Poll: Obama Holds Small Lead Nationally

A new Economist/YouGov poll shows Sen. Barack Obama just edging Sen. John McCain nationally, 41% to 40%.

Adviser Says McCain Helped Create the BlackBerry

BlackBerry 8820 Smartphone (AT&T)“Move over, Al Gore. You may lay claim to the Internet, but John McCain helped create the BlackBerry,” the AP reports.
 
“At least that’s the contention of a top McCain policy adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. Waving his BlackBerry personal digital assistant and citing McCain’s work as a senator.”

Said Holtz-Eakin: “You’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.”

PPP Poll: McCain Moves Ahead in Ohio

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Ohio shows Sen. John McCain leads for the first time since the winter, taking a four point lead over Sen. Barack Obama, 48% to 44%.

Key findings: “Obama is losing ground as undecided white voters in the state make up their minds. Last month McCain had an 11 point lead with whites while 13% remained undecided. The percentage of undecideds in that group is now down to 8%, and McCain’s advantage with them is now up to 18 points.”

Interestingly, PPP is expected to release a poll from Virginia tomorrow that shows Obama in a very good position. Stay tuned.

ARG Poll: Montana, West Virginia Look Competitive

Political Wire got an advance look at several new state polls from American Research Group that show Sen. John McCain has just a 2-point lead in Montana and a 4-point lead in West Virginia. 

Meanwhile, Sen. Barack Obama has a 7-point lead in New Mexico.

ARG will release the results of these and 24 other state polls tomorrow.

Update: A new ARG national poll shows McCain leading Obama for the first time, 48% to 45%.

Independent Groups Ramp Up Efforts

“After largely staying on the sidelines, the types of independent groups that so affected the 2004 presidential campaign are flooding back as players in the final sprint to the election this fall, financing provocative messages on television, in mailboxes and through the Internet,” the New York Times reports.

“Hewing to their reformist themes, the McCain and Obama campaigns initially tried to discourage such activities on their behalf. But as the race has intensified in its closing weeks, the campaigns have increasingly turned a blind eye to the activities of these groups, which sometimes operate outside campaign finance rules and with little accountability.”

TPM notes “top Democratic Party operatives are privately urging the party’s major donors to get serious about putting big money into outside groups looking to attack John McCain in key battleground states.”

Political Insider: A loophole to go negative.

Why Palin Drives Democrats Crazy

Political Insider: A viral email compares Barack Obama and Sarah Palin.

R2000: Obama Way Ahead in Vermont

A new Research 2000 survey in Vermont shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 55% to 36%.

Quinnipiac: McCain Gains in New Jersey

“Fueled by a surge of support from white voters,” Sen. John McCain has narrowed a 10-point gap and now trails Sen. Barack Obama by just three points, 48% to 45%, according to a Quinnipiac poll.

Said pollster Clay Richards: “The McCain-Palin ticket has narrowed the gap dramatically, but it will take more than this post convention bounce for the Republicans to win in true blue New Jersey. The upcoming debates probably will provide a clue to whether Sen. McCain can build on his current momentum, or whether the tide will turn back to the Democrats.”  

Obama Could Shatter Another Fundraising Record

According to the Los Angeles Times, Sen. Barack Obama will attend “two ultra-rich Beverly Hills fund-raisers” tomorrow and could raise as much as $9 million at the events setting a one day fundraising record.

SurveyUSA: McCain Just Ahead in Ohio

A new SurveyUSA poll in Ohio shows Sen. John McCain leading Sen. Barack Obama, 49% to 45%.

McCain Loses Bounce

“The bounce John McCain received in national opinion polls following his party’s convention and the selection of Sarah Palin to the GOP presidential ticket appears to have evaporated,” a new CNN poll of polls suggests.

“In the latest CNN survey of several recent national polls, Obama and McCain are locked in a dead heat at 45 percent each with 10 percent who remain undecided with 50 days remaining until Election Day.”

However, in the latest electoral college projection at Electoral-Vote.com, McCain edges Obama 270 to 268.

Palin Had Tanning Bed Installed

Gov. Sarah Palin “had a private tanning bed installed in the Governor’s Mansion in Juneau,” according to Us magazine. “Tanning beds can cost up to $35,000 to install in a home — not including the cost of parts.”

Said a spokesman: “She did. She paid for it with her own money.”

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