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Obama Back on Iowa's Hallowed Ground

By Peter Slevin
DES MOINES -- Barack Obama returned to Iowa today to trade hugs with the voters who first validated his improbable quest to win the White House. In a state where he once engaged voters in coffee shops, he drew a cheering crowd of 25,000.

"People of Iowa, I will always be grateful to you," Obama said. "Think about the journey we've made."

He recalled the long slog in 2007, when polls put him miles behind Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and critics questioned almost everything about his methodical campaign. When he needed an emotional boost, Obama and his wife Michelle tended to look to Iowa.

"We started the campaign right here," Obama said. "Back then, we didn't have much money and we didn't have many endorsements. We weren't given much chance by the polls or the pundits. We knew how steep our climb would be."

The tide turned in the weeks before the Jan. 3 caucuses, where Obama handily beat Clinton and former senator John Edwards. His primary campaign would become a roller coaster as he and Clinton traded wins for five more months -- longer than either candidate had expected, win or lose.

"On the day of the Iowa caucus, my faith in the American people was vindicated," Obama said, clearly buoyed by the reception, the sunshine and the polls that show him leading Republican John McCain in advance of Tuesday's election.

"What you started here in Iowa has swept the nation. We're seeing the same turnout," Obama called out. "A whole new way of doing democracy started right here in Iowa and it's all across the country now."

Obama still has some business to take care of. Polls show him ahead in Iowa, which President Bush carried four years ago. But the McCain campaign believes it has a shot here, and is deploying vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin to Dubuque on Monday.

The Obama campaign, racing across the country and playing to huge crowds in the final days of Campaign 2008, would love to end the race with a win here, where it all started.

"As great as all these moments are," campaign strategist David Axelrod mused as he watched Obama bask in the cheers, "I don't think we'll ever quite capture the feeling of that last night in Iowa when we won. This is hallowed ground for us."

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Arnold should comment on McCain's softened brain, my fellow prisoners.

McCain keeps on lying about Obama's tax plan.He keeps saying that Obama will raise 'YOUR' taxes.
'YOU" must make over a quarter million bucks a year, then.
Between $200 -$250 thousand, no change.
Under $200,00, congrats, you get a tax cut.
Read about it.
McCain will keep lying about it until election day.
And the tax rate for the ultra wealthy only goes up from 35% to 39%. But, boy, can they whine about it.
I guess the CEOs who make $100 million per year don't want to pay the extra 4%.
That comes to real money.

Posted by: mtobias1 | November 1, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

McCain is really tired or getting old because he's been making a lot of mistakes by forgetting or misremembering facts, such as trying to recall his endorsements on Meet The Press, and the difference between the Phillies and Pirates. But this one takes the cake.

In this one, McCain forgets who he is trying to insult:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omykhsrJ_5g
(60 secs.)

Posted by: NeilSagan | November 1, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Now AP Report Confirmed by (of all places) MSNBC!

AP: Obama’s aunt living in U.S. illegally
Immigration judge denied Kenyan woman’s request for asylum in 2004
updated 11:27 p.m. ET, Fri., Oct. 31, 2008
WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango's case.

Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government...

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Again- she's living in public housing in Boston, which means she's not only illegally here- We're paying to keep a roof over her head, while her Millionaire nephew tells US that he wants to decide how to "spread the wealth around"!

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Barack Obama has inspired hope in millions of Americans, period. His message, "Yes We Can" IS the American message. It was the message of our forefathers, our great leaders, indeed, MY message to my children, to my workmates, to my friends. It is YOUR message. No one can deny this. The reason why Obama will win is because we see in him that hope, that confidence, that goodness. His opponents say "No We Can't" and "No We Shouldn't" and "No We Aren't" but Barack is about YOU and your faith in America's goodness, in America's wealth and America's sense of community spirit which always strives to bring everyone to the table of opportunity and success equally and would never allow our less fortunate citizens to remain in poverty or despair. Barack is about YOU and your love of life, and your love of the freedom that comes from knowing that YES YOU CAN, YOU ARE FREE TO DO SO, YES YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT, YES YOU SHOULD, and of your love of the pursuit of happiness, everyone's common goal. Yes, we can. America CAN afford to spread the wealth, American CAN live in peace everywhere in the world, America CAN be safe, America CAN be part of everyman's hope in this World. Barack Obama has led us to realize that YES WE CAN. I believe this, and I'm voing for Barack Obama. He is the quintessential American, and I will NOT be made to be afraid of him and what he represents. JOIN ME AND VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA.

Posted by: DanRains | November 1, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Real Estate Dictionary: Public Housing
Government-owned housing units made available to low-income individuals and families at no cost or for nominal rental rates.

From the Huffington Post-
Zeituni Onyango (Obama's aunt)
Volunteer Resident Health Advoca
Boston Housing Authority Updated
Q3/2008
Barack Obama
$260 81 ORTON MAROTTA WAY
South Boston MA

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So, our tax dollars have been subsidizing Obama's aunt's housing for the past 5 years, while she is living here Illegally AND DONATING $260 to her nephew's campaign!

AND Obama's now chastising people who don't trust him to share our income judiciously!

You know, border states are very concerned about illegal immigration, as are some states that border border states...

Posted by: thecannula | November 1, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Associated Press
AP poll: 1 in 7 voters still persuadable
By ALAN FRAM 10.31.08, 9:19 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.

"I'm split right down the middle," said the 50-year-old Air Force Reserve technician from Amherst, N.Y. "Each one has things that are good for me and things that are bad for me. And people like me."

With the sand in the 2008 campaign hourglass about depleted, Campbell is part of a stubborn wedge of people who, somehow, are still making up their minds about who should be president. One in seven, or 14 percent, can't decide, or back a candidate but might switch, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo (nasdaq: YHOO - news - people ) News poll of likely voters released Friday.

KEEP THROWING PROMcCAIN REPORTERS OFF THE PLANE OBAMA REPLACING THEM WITH JET AND ESSENCE MAGAZINE WRITERS- YOU'RE LETTING AMERICA SEE YOUR TRUE AUTHORITARIAN SIDE A FEW DAYS TOO SOON: Fairness Doctrine comes next - cut off conservative radio- like you cut off that tv station in Orlando-

YOU'RE WORSE THAN BUSH- HE DIDN'T TRY TO CUT OFF MSNBC! and 1 IN 7 ARE DECIDING...

Posted by: thecannula | October 31, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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Why would the rich elites like the ones that John McCain belongs to, want to give a real shot at the American dream to an average American? Think about it.

John McCain is a perfect poster child of all those American elites who graduate as morons from their classes yet end up at the top of the society because of their rich dads. So why will the rich elites give away their advantage in the status quo? McCain represents them.

Obama is fundamentally for a society that is based on equal opportunity so that the field is leveled for people aspiring to an American dream. Today issues like lack of basic health care, racism, sexism and income disparity (which makes morons like McCain and Bush become representatives at the highest offices) are biggest reasons why the field is not level for a meritocracy.

Obama stands for leveling the playing field. While McCain stands for maintaining the status quo so that the rich continue to be allowed the advantage of getting their kids control the politics and all the opportunities at wealth generation.

The choice is stark: Vote for a rich elite moron who will continue the policies of the rich elite moron preceding him or vote for change.
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Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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Why would the rich elites like the ones that John McCain belongs to, want to give a real shot at the American dream to an average American? Think about it.


John McCain is a perfect poster child of all those American elites who graduate as morons from their classes yet end up at the top of the society because of their rich dads. So why will the rich elites give away their advantage in the status quo? McCain represents them.

Obama fundamentally for a society that is based on equal opportunity so that the field is leveled for people aspiring to an American dream. Today issues like lack of basic health care, racism, sexism and income disparity (which makes people like morons like McCain and Bush become representatives at the highest offices) are biggest reasons why the field is not level for a perfect meritocracy.

Obama stands for leveling the playing field. While McCain stands for maintaining the status quo so that the rich are allowed to let their kids even if they are morons to continue controlling the politics and all the opportunities at wealth generation.

The choice is stark: Vote for a rich elite moron who will continue the policies of the rich elite moron preceding him or vote for change.
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Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Think about it - John McCain graduated the last of his class. Think about it, out of 900 people McCain was ranked in the bottom 5 people. McCain is not just an average guy of the class. McCain was amongst the abject morons of his class.

John McCain is a perfect poster child of all those American elites who graduate as morons from their classes yet end up at the top of the society because of their rich dads. John McCain is the perfect example that American Dream is extremely difficult to attain to the really hard working Americans. For John McCains very presence at the Senate represents one less opportunity for a hard working American who really deserved to be there.

But thats not it, in his 26 years in the Senate McCain still doesnt get it.

McCain has 26years of experience in senate while Obama has nothing.....

This is what the experience of McCain is:

1) McCain said for 30 years the government did nothing about energy security, when McCain was in the senate for 26 of those years and voted no 23 times for renewable energy.

2) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate and with his immense foreign policy experience made him judge that there were WMDS in Iraq when the Head of UN inspections in Iraq Hans Blix shouted his head off and claimed there were NO WMDS in Iraq BEFORE the Iraq war. BTW - WMDs were never found. (This is what I heard on the grapevine - McCain supports increased spending for Nasa so that they could search for WMDs in Mars with those fancy rovers.)

3) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate and with his immense foreign policy experience made him judge that Shia and Sunni will not fight, when for centuries Shia and Sunni always fought each other- Today they are fighting again.

4) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate and his immense foreign policy made him believe that singing Bomb bomb iran is just a joke but it is not OKay for Obama to say we will get Osama Bin Laden if we know where he is.

5) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate taught him that the Fundamentals of the Economy were strong when in only a few weeks later McCain had to suspend his campaign to save the American economy.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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Think about it - John McCain graduated the last of his class. Think about it, out of 900 people McCain was ranked in the bottom 5 people. McCain is not just an average guy of the class. McCain was amongst the abject morons of his class.

John McCain is a perfect poster child of all those American elites who graduate as morons from their classes yet end up at the top of the society because of their rich dads. John McCain is the perfect example that American Dream is extremely difficult to attain to the really hard working Americans. For John McCains very presence at the Senate represents one less opportunity for a hard working American who really deserved to be there.

But thats not it, in his 26 years in the Senate McCain still doesnt get it.

McCain has 26years of experience in senate while Obama has nothing.....

This is what the experience of McCain is:

1) McCain said for 30 years the government did nothing about energy security, when McCain was in the senate for 26 of those years and voted no 23 times for renewable energy.

2) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate and with his immense foreign policy experience made him judge that there were WMDS in Iraq when the Head of UN inspections in Iraq Hans Blix shouted his head off and claimed there were NO WMDS in Iraq BEFORE the Iraq war. BTW - WMDs were never found. (This is what I heard on the grapevine - McCain supports increased spending for Nasa so that they could search for WMDs in Mars with those fancy rovers.)

3) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate and with his immense foreign policy experience made him judge that Shia and Sunni will not fight, when for centuries Shia and Sunni always fought each other- Today they are fighting again.

4) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate and his immense foreign policy made him believe that singing Bomb bomb iran is just a joke but it is not OKay for Obama to say we will get Osama Bin Laden if we know where he is.

5) McCain's 26 years of experience in senate taught him that the Fundamentals of the Economy were strong when in only a few weeks later McCain had to suspend his campaign to save the American economy.
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Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

John McCain the weasel was against the Bush tax cuts to the rich before he realized he was a republican when he flip flopped. Today this same erratic man call Obama a socialist when all Obama is doing is reversing the Bush Tax cuts to the rich. McCain, who graduated last in his class thought till recently that the fundamentals of the economy are fine before he had to pull off a stunt by suspending his campaign to save the economy. The duddering fool went to Washington and sat like a potted plant while others fixed a bill to save the economy. The old fool couldnt even vote against 150 billion dollar pork which he was so against. Make no mistake folks McCain is a Moron, the same one who graduated last in his class. McCain if elected will continue the parade of fools governing US.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

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John McCain the weasel was against the Bush tax cuts to the rich before he realized he was a republican when he flip flopped. Today this same erratic man call Obama a socialist when all Obama is doing is reversing the Bush Tax cuts to the rich. McCain, who graduated last in his class thought till recently that the fundamentals of the economy are fine before he had to pull off a stunt by suspending his campaign to save the economy. The duddering fool went to Washington and sat like a potted plant while others fixed a bill to save the economy. The old fool couldnt even vote against 150 billion dollar pork which he was so against. Make no mistake folks McCain is a Moron, the same one who graduated last in his class. McCain if elected will continue the parade of fools governing US.
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Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

John McCain the weasel was against the Bush tax cuts to the rich before he realized he was a republican when he flip flopped. Today this same erratic man call Obama a socialist when all Obama is doing is reversing the Bush Tax cuts to the rich. McCain, who graduated last in his class thought till recently that the fundamentals of the economy are fine before he had to pull off a stunt by suspending his campaign to save the economy. The duddering fool went to Washington and sat like a potted plant while others fixed a bill to save the economy. The old fool couldnt even vote against 150 billion dollar pork which he was so against. Make no mistake folks McCain is a Moron, the same one who graduated last in his class. McCain if elected will continue the parade of fools governing US.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

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The Congress has the lowest approval ratings. This proves that the misery of Bush years is because of last two years of Democratic rule by congress. But how come Republicans in congressional races are getting their sorry behinds handed back to them. Why??!!! I dont understand.
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Watch out for Obama landslide, despite what the right wingnuts have to yada yada about.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The Congress has the lowest approval ratings. This proves that the misery of Bush years is because of last two years of Democratic rule by congress. But how come Republicans in congressional races are getting their sorry behinds handed back to them. Why??!!! I dont understand.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

The Congress has the lowest approval ratings. This proves that the misery of Bush years is because of last two years of Democratic rule by congress. But how come Republicans in congressional races are getting their sorry behinds handed back to them. Why??!!! I dont understand.

Posted by: judgewisely | October 31, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Obama has changed his programs so many times that it is difficult to remember what he said yesterday. Campaign financing, gun control, death penalty, etc. etc. Don't believe a word this man says; he will say ANYTHING to get elected. He threw off his plane reporters who worked for newspapers that endorses McCain, now is that reaching across to the other party as he said the other night? He has some very radical programs which will costs lots of money so who will pay for these. As far as socialism in Europe as one person commented, have you researched the unemployment rate in Western Europe and how after they opened their borders to the Muslims in the '80s they are now having to fight all the Islamic terrorist in their country, while the Muslims keep reproducing and will be a majority there soon. Do not, do not, do not vote for a socialist. Democracy has served us well for over 200 years.

Posted by: love234america | October 31, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Dear shidiscipo ,

Yes Obama makes more than $100,000. He makes a lot more than that. How else could he own a multi million dollar home? Taxing himself doesn't mean he is a savior. Religion does tell you to take care of your neighbor. But, you do it by choice and kindness.. not by the Govt taking it from you. The USA is one of the MOST charitable country's on Earth. We give more than anyone else... but it is a choice.

And, do you think some of that could rub off on Biden? What did he give to charity? 1/10 of 1%????? But, paying more taxes is patriotic... another example of "do as I say, not as I do" great guy!

Posted by: tbastian | October 31, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Dear wmcgrath12 ,

Yes Obama threw reporters off his plane. Anyone who doesn't agree with him and his agenda is in trouble.. ask Joe The Plumber, ask the news reporter in Fl.

The race is closer than he wants you to know and even he is getting scared at this point. How could the MSM not deliver him to victory? How can Oprah not make it certain?

His campaign is one of lots of flash and glitter and no substance. People are starting to get scared about the idea of this guy in the WH with Pelosi, Reid helping to control him. Afterall, he has never once stood up to them.. or anyone in his party. It would be a free for all.

Posted by: tbastian | October 31, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 31, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

"I don't mind if Obama gets beat because Americans really believe that McCain would do a better job a President, but I really don't want to find ourselves in the same position 4 years from now as we are in today."

Democracy is an imperfect system.

Palin, her intellectual political Highness, doesn't read American newspapers (Russian perhaps?), but she watches republican CNN tv: Lou Dobbs, A. Cooper, Campbell and Wolf Spitzer. The Bush 2004 reelection: A court jester decided who would become President & who would wage 2 useless, foreign wars & would ask 4000 American families to sacrifice their sons & daughters - for what purpose? For words & only words, in the sand, in the dust.

But it does matter if America elects McCain.

It would mean that America is able to live with Guantanamo prison, secret international torture chambers, massive civilian wire-tapping, a totally erroneous "terrorist" list (I'm probably on it & you are too), unfair taxation system, rich & poor school boards, 47 million citizens sans a family doctor or universal medical care, a broken education system, a national debt that will inflate (i.e., break) the US Dollar, the break-down of the separation of Church & State (who could hold public office in the US as an atheist? gotta believe in god in the sky or pie?), free guns for every man, woman and child and on and on we go... and this is what a McCain Presidency would mean for America and the rest of the world ...

I wouldn't say that is banal or nothing.

Posted by: hchiba | October 31, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

...is it TRUE? I HEARD ON FOX that certain news reporters were kicked off Obama's airplane..Is it TRUE?

Posted by: wmcgrath12 | October 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Also, Obama makes over $100,000 salary is that true or not? Because if so then he's takeing money from his own pocket to pay taxes to those under $100,000. For Christians arn't we supposed to give to the poor, ah, but hold- on people who make under $100,000 arn't always poor but working middle-class average fold that work 2-3 jobs, or the poor consist of your full-time college students! I don't even think it's a war on classes but a principal that needs to be met in order to better the country. I do believe that Ron Paul is more on the money then both candidates, and I support him. And choose the President with the less dirt through Wikipedia.com.

Posted by: shidiscipo | October 31, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

>I hear a major talk show host to have verified that Obama has taken Washington post journalist off his league of campaign news reporters because Washington Post [isn't reporting news as is facts] but are supporting McCain?

It wasnt the Washington Post -they endorsed Obama. Secondly, McCain and Palin have also done selective media exposure.

when was the last time Chris Mathews, Anderson Cooper or Dan Rather interviewed Palin? Never!

Posted by: Dano111 | October 31, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What Karl Rove (Republican witch-doctor) might consider after losing 4 November is to work on his (over)weight.

Those rare Republican beef steaks have really slowed his pace and augmented his dark shadow.

Posted by: hchiba | October 31, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, Obama makes over $100,000 salary is that true or not? Because if so then he's takeing money from his own pocket to pay taxes to those under $100,000. For Christians arn't we supposed to give to the poor, ah, but hold- on people who make under $100,000 arn't always poor but working middle-class average fold that work 2-3 jobs, or the poor consist of your full-time college students! I don't even think it's a war on classes but a principal that needs to be met in order to better the country. I do believe that Ron Paul is more on the money then both candidates, and I support him. And choose the President with the less dirt through Wikipedia.com.

Posted by: shidiscipo | October 31, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

ok, Obama just left last night Mizzou! or Columbia, Missouri; now I hear a major talk show host to have verified that Obama has taken Washington post journalist off his league of campaign news reporters because Washington Post [isn't reporting news as is facts] but are supporting McCain? And he added Essence Magazine and Jet Magazine in place of you all. Tell me is this true? If not talk to me later about this guy because he's spreading rumors on his show! And if it is what picture does that paint for who and why is that a problem because they are "black" magazines when washington post is majority catered to businesses but "whites" as the show host stated. I say don't get distracted this is a war of classes not race, he's half white and black and loves his white relatives why would he hurt them?

Posted by: shidiscipo | October 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

What must be very frustrating to the McCain people is Obama's steadfastness in not allowing them to push him into the denial mode. The Rovian ploy is to distract the voters from the real issues. and dump slander into the mix, in the knowledge that the stain cannot be removed before election time. It worked before, but not this time. Barack is astute enough to know that, "It;s the economy,stupid !".Besides...while slander may be juicy it doesn't put the potatoes on the plate. Oh well Karl....you tried !!

Posted by: hlandis2 | October 31, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I just read this article. Why is this race as close as it is???

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html


Posted by: julie15 | October 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I just read this article. Why is this race as close as it is???

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html


Posted by: julie15 | October 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I just read this article. Why is this race as close as it is???

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1024927/The-wife-John-McCain-callously-left-behind.html


Posted by: julie15 | October 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

As a long time scientist (physics and thermodynamics) I know how biased supposedly scientific data can be. A poll run by an entity with an agenda can come up with supposedly objective data that is wildly different than another entity with a different agenda or methodology. I can only put significance on a poll who's methodology I know, otherwise it is all but meaningless.

Internal polls of campaigns seemed to be designed to do two different things. On the one hand they can give a campaign important targeted information about what specific things they might do or say to sway voters. On the other hand internal polls are also used to keep the base from throwing up their hands in defeat before the election. I think that McCain's campaign is using their internal polls for both purposes. They tailor the method to get good numbers to release to their supporters to get them to vote, then they run other polls whose results are never released, to find out which attacks work and which turn people off. I believe Obama is legitimately very up in the polls, but his campaign worries that because they are partly relying on voting blocks that are traditionally unreliable (especially young voters) that they need to press their advantage right to the end to make sure that these voters actually go out and vote.

If history is any precident then McCain is going to go extremely negative in the last few days. He is going to make every accusation that he can come up with. We have heard about socialism (I cannot think of a definition of the word that doesn't apply equally to both candidates), terrorist (a wild stretch of the facts), hints at inciting racism, perhaps moving to overt racism (Obama is actually part African American so McCain has got him there), suggestions of Islamic roots and radical ideology (we all know that Obama never was Muslim and as an Ivy League grad myself I can tell you that I never saw any radicals at an Ivy League law school).

I don't mind if Obama gets beat because Americans really believe that McCain would do a better job a President, but I really don't want to find ourselves in the same position 4 years from now as we are in today. Bush used the exact same fear tactics and negativity to win two elections that he clearly should not have won (if we see our goal as a stronger America), lets not fall for it again.

Posted by: bjuhasz | October 31, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

As a long time scientist (physics and thermodynamics) I know how biased supposedly scientific data can be. A poll run by an entity with an agenda can come up with supposedly objective data that is wildly different than another entity with a different agenda or methodology. I can only put significance on a poll who's methodology I know, otherwise it is all but meaningless.

Internal polls of campaigns seemed to be designed to do two different things. On the one hand they can give a campaign important targeted information about what specific things they might do or say to sway voters. On the other hand internal polls are also used to keep the base from throwing up their hands in defeat before the election. I think that McCain's campaign is using their internal polls for both purposes. They tailor the method to get good numbers to release to their supporters to get them to vote, then they run other polls whose results are never released, to find out which attacks work and which turn people off. I believe Obama is legitimately very up in the polls, but his campaign worries that because they are partly relying on voting blocks that are traditionally unreliable (especially young voters) that they need to press their advantage right to the end to make sure that these voters actually go out and vote.

If history is any precident then McCain is going to go extremely negative in the last few days. He is going to make every accusation that he can come up with. We have heard about socialism (I cannot think of a definition of the word that doesn't apply equally to both candidates), terrorist (a wild stretch of the facts), hints at inciting racism, perhaps moving to overt racism (Obama is actually part African American so McCain has got him there), suggestions of Islamic roots and radical ideology (we all know that Obama never was Muslim and as an Ivy League grad myself I can tell you that I never saw any radicals at an Ivy League law school).

I don't mind if Obama gets beat because Americans really believe that McCain would do a better job a President, but I really don't want to find ourselves in the same position 4 years from now as we are in today. Bush used the exact same fear tactics and negativity to win two elections that he clearly should not have won (if we see our goal as a stronger America), lets not fall for it again.

Posted by: bjuhasz | October 31, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who votes for McCain is voting for second place ..... Bye, Bye johnny

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 31, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Iowa is proof that the "Bradley Effect" is dead. Except of course in the 'Red' states where Obama is just a presumptious African-American elitist.

Is it true that voting Republican gives you type II diabetes?

Posted by: thebobbob | October 31, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama Supporters are Using Huckabee in new online ad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI

Criminal charges may be brought up on Palin for ethics issues? http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 31, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Obama Supporters are Using Huckabee in new online ad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YADwYU-phpI

Criminal charges may be brought up on Palin for ethics issues? http://www.hotpres.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 31, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Iowa has a special place in my heart.

Whether Obama ultimately wins or not, Iowa, a state with over 95 percent white population looked beyond the man's color. They saw what the rest of us have come to see, and started him in this improbable journey. Thanks, Iowa.

E. Smart, http://mrsmart.wordpress.com

Posted by: smartexp | October 31, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

SOMETHING IS UP WITH THE POLLS ...

WHY IS OBAMA IN IOWA? THOUGHT IOWA WAS BLUE
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Brother smacks Obama's power .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvc0tYG_YpA
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Obama' thought control police throw

three newspapers off his plane after they

endorse ...... M c C A I N * P A L I N

Posted by: RaZoR777 | October 31, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama even in Iowa other than to make a full-circle ceremonial visit? Are internal polls showing Iowa as a far closer race than anything the public and media know?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 31, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

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