Today on the US election campaign trail

October 27, 2008 12:00 am

, WASHINGTON, October 27 – Heard and seen on the campaign trail Sunday, with just 10 days to go in the White House race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain.


Stung by criticism of her 150,000 dollar campaign wardrobe, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said Sunday she would forgo the expensive clothes in favor of her own outfits.

"Those clothes are not my property, just like the lighting and the staging and everything else the RNC (Republican National Committee) purchased … I’m not taking them with me," Palin told Republican followers in Tampa, Florida.

"I’m back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska," she said.

Palin, who has described herself on the campaign trail as a moose-hunting "hockey mom," told the crowd that her earrings, a gift from her mother-in-law, were also a product of her home state.


Actor Jason Alexander, better known as George Costanza from the 1990s television series "Seinfeld," canvassed voter support for Barack Obama Sunday among Florida’s elderly population.

"I’m not a celebrity who believes that celebrities should go out and proselytize," Alexander told the crowd," Alexander, 59, told the crowd.

"Celebrities aren’t any smarter than anyone else. In fact, most of us are dumber than most people. But I do believe that this election is the most important that I will vote in my lifetime."

He said his mother, Ruth Greenspan, was among those who resisted Obama at first, because she had supported Hillary Clinton, but that he had persuaded her since to vote for the Illinois senator.

"I would kick myself if this election went the wrong way, and I didn’t do everything in my power to make sure it didn’t," Alexander told reporters after his speech.


John McCain did not squirm when asked by NBC news if his 11-point gap behind rival Barack Obama in the battleground state of Iowa made him feel like George Clooney at the tiller of his sinking ship in "A Perfect Storm."

"I think that I could draw my own (film metaphor)," he answered, "and I’d have to think of it, maybe, maybe ‘The Gipper,’" referring to former president Ronald Reagan’s role in the 1940 film "Knute Rockne: All American."

"I feel like when — I feel like Knute Rockne when — at halftime, when he said, ‘You go out there and get one for the Gipper,’" McCain added recalling the line ("Win one for the gipper") used to inspire the Notre Dame football team when things were going downhill.


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