Fresh off his vacation, Democrat Barack Obama comes out firing. It was one day after The hug with McCain
The New York Times says Republican John McCain wasn't in his cone of silence.
The McCain campaign pushes back against a similar NBC story.
Politico says also McCain's pure evil response regarding two mentally disabled women who were blown up in Iraq has been questioned. Democrat Hillary Clinton also used the same story while she was on the campaign trail.
The Star Tribune takes a look at New Trier, MN which split its votes for President Bush and John Kerry in 2004.
Republican John McCain gets a briefing on Tropical Storm Fay.
A group wants to criticize Obama on abortion.
Rural woes may help Obama.
Obama meets with oilman T. Boone Pickens.
Pawlenty for VP Watch
Governor Pawlenty is in Wisconsin today for a few local fundraisers. He'll also hold a news conference on energy in Madison and will visit the Waukesha County Victory Center.
The New York Times says Sunday morning was a "parade of hopefuls."
The Wall Street Journal says all of the VP candidates tread lightly.
The American Spectator discussed internal polling among conservatives. Pawlenty is mentioned.
Fox News says time is running short to pick the running mates.
Politico says Obama should pick this week.
2008 Race for Senate
MPR takes a look at where the Senate candidates stand on energy.
The latest KSTP/Survey USA poll shows Democrat Al Franken is closing on GOP Sen. Norm Coleman.
2008 Race for Congress
The candidates in the 3rd debate on Thursday. Republican Erik Paulsen, DFLer Ashwin Madia and I-P candidate David Dillon will participate.
The GOP is skeptical of Nancy Pelosi's energy plan that includes drilling.
KARE takes a look at the new bridge.
The Star Tribune says plenty of viewpoints will be shared on the St. Paul stage.
St. Paul's library is getting ready for the RNC.
Posted at 10:46 AM on August 18, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The publication TV Week is reporting that former Gov. Jesse Ventura is negotiations to host a court show.
As television syndication companies this year seek high-profile names and show formats, Mr. Ventura, the former governor, actor, author and professional wrestler, is deep in negotiations with Twentieth Television to host a court show aimed at daytime television, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.
If the deal is completed, the half-hour court show would debut in fall 2009, joining a number of other personality-driven series being readied for the season. That's in stark contrast to recent years, when cheap formats and under-the-radar names drove shows.
(h/t Capitol Chatter)
Posted at 11:24 AM on August 18, 2008
by Tim Pugmire
Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says he understands why some of his colleagues have said they will skip next month's Republican National Convention in St. Paul.
North Carolina's Elizabeth Dole and Alaska's Ted Stevens lead a list of GOP Senators who've reportedly said they won't attend the four-day event. Coleman says convention attendance is a simple election-year decision for many Senators who are facing tough re-election battles.
"So I think those who come here will have an extraordinary time," Coleman said." But the colleagues who don't come are staying at home only because they have tough races. If the convention wasn't in St. Paul, I wouldn't be at the convention."
Coleman, who's also running for re-election this fall, says he plans to be active and involved during in the four-day-event. But the first-term Republican says his schedule, including a convention speaking slot, hasn't been finalized.
Posted at 1:05 PM on August 18, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The Fix goes through the winners and losers in Sunday's VP Olympics. Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine won the gold. Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh won the silver and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney won the bronze. Here's what The Fix wrote about Bayh's performance (he sat opposite Gov. Pawlenty on Face the Nation):
SILVER: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) on "Face the Nation -- Bayh is criticized -- usually fairly -- for his lack of flair as a candidate. Democratic insiders worry he is too nice to serve as the lead attack dog on the ticket and that his record -- voting for the war in Iraq, most notably -- is too different from Obama's to make him an effective surrogate. Bayh and his campaign team are surely aware of that criticism and yesterday's performance on "Face the Nation" seemed to suggest that there is more to Evan Bayh than first meets the eye. (The Fix: a poet and he didn't know it!). Bayh had the line of the morning -- "We are not all Georgians now" -- and repeatedly and aggressively went after not just McCain but also his foe on the show -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R). After Pawlenty attacked Obama for standing by his opposition to the surge, Bayh responded incredulously: "Tim, you opposed the surge....I read about it in your hometown newspaper." Pawlenty was rocked back on his heels, noting that he had said at the time that he was "skeptical" of the surge. Bayh even found a way to use the anti-Obama book by Jerome Corsi ("The Obama Nation") as a talking point against the Arizona senator -- noting that the "old John McCain" would have denounced it while the "new John McCain" embraces it. Did Bayh do enough? Who knows. But he acquitted himself quite well in what was widely being cast as a preview of the vice presidential debate.
Question of the Day: Fair characterization of the picks?
Update: Marc Ambinder picks up that a GOP blog in Ohio says McCain's camp is looking for a big Ohio venue for the day after Obama's speech. The sentence was later removed from the site.
Posted at 1:41 PM on August 18, 2008
by Tom Scheck
There has been a lot of discussion regarding Gov. Pawlenty and his initial thoughts on the surge in Iraq. Here's audio from the governor when President Bush announced that he was sending more troops to Iraq in January, 2007.
Posted at 5:23 PM on August 18, 2008
by Tom Scheck
Gov. Pawlenty campaigned in Wisconsin today on behalf of Republican John McCain. He was scheduled to attend two fundraisers in Madison and Milwaukee. He also talked energy policy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
For the record, Obama's campaign said Obama supports increased drilling and building more nuclear reactors but is also focused on more renewable energy options like solar and wind.
Wisconsin Democratic Congressman David Obey also addressed the impact of McCain adding Pawlenty to the ticket. He said Wisconsin voters won't care if McCain picks the governor of their neighbor to the west.
"I don't think people are interested in the mileage between their community and the hometown of the nominee. I think they're more focused on the distance of the needs of average Americans and the politicians who are trying to get their votes."
During his stop in Wisconsin, Pawlenty again declined to talk about his VP chances and whether or not he's being vetted by McCain's campaign. We get to try again tomorrow since he has two events on his official schedule.
Posted at 9:55 PM on August 18, 2008
by Tom Scheck
The paper, however, doesn't say whom it is.