Friday, September 12


McClatchy Newspapers - A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach " 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners." The announcer then says, "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family." Why that's wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain's votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12. But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators. Republican Alan Keyes tried to use Obama's vote against him in the 2004 U.S. Senate race. At the time, Obama spoke about wanting to protect young children from abuse. He made clear then that he was not supporting teaching kindergartners about explicit details of sex.

LA Times - A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows that McCain is now winning among white women 52% to 41% after having been statistically tied with Obama in that crucial category just a month ago.

Obama has promised to double funding for private charter schools, part of a national effort to undermine public education.

"No one knows what war is like other than my family. Period." - Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain

Palin is still scared of the press. Reporters have been told that all Palin flight conversations will be off the record unless it's announced to the contrary.

Hillary Clinton says that returning the GOP to the White house is like "asking the iceberg to save the Titanic."

The Libertarians are on 42 state ballots, the Green Party 32, Constitution Pary 33 and Nader 41.

Political Wire - Sen. John McCain has now gone four weeks without holding a formal press conference and three weeks since his last town hall meeting, according to Fox News. McCain's new campaign strategy: staged rallies with his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin.


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