On the US campaign trail

October 9, 2008 12:00 am

, WASHINGTON, October 9 – Heard and seen on the campaign trail in the presidential race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain:


The McCain campaign published a list of 100 former ambassadors who are supporting his presidential campaign, including former Senate Majority Leader and White House Chief of Staff Howard Baker, President George H. W. Bush and former UN ambassador John Bolton. Second on the alphabetical list was Lenore Annenberg, a former US chief of protocol whose family funded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge,a school reform project on which Obama in 1995 worked alongside former Weather Underground activist William Ayers.

 McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have branded Ayers a "domestic terrorist" and used Obama’s link to him to argue that Obama should not become president.


Obama supporters were quick to jump on a remark by McCain during Tuesday’s presidential debate when the Republican, in a reference widely interpreted as dismissive, pointed at his rival and called him "that one" during a heated exchange.

Within hours, Obama supporters created a "Thatone08" group on social-networking website Facebook and began offering Thatone08 t-shirts for sale.


"He’s not willing to drill for energy, but he sure is willing to drill for votes."

Sarah Palin accusing Obama of waffling on the issue of energy policy during a public rally in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


"You can’t call yourself a maverick when all you’ve ever been is a side kick."

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden challenging McCain’s campaign theme of government reform and accusing the Republican of pursuing the policies of incumbent President George W. Bush.


"No matter what your party, gender or race or religion, please help me today in welcoming the next vice president of the United States, John McCain!!"

An unidentified local official introducing Biden at a rally in Florida.


"I will confront the 10 trillion-dollar debt that the federal government has run up, and balance the federal budget by the end of my term in office. This is the agenda I have set before my fellow citizens."

Remarks as prepared for delivery by McCain in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Remarks as delivered:

"You and I together will confront the 10 trillion dollar debt the federal government has run up and balance the federal budget by the end of my term in office. Across this country, this is the agenda I have set before my fellow PRISONERS."


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