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"The Boss" and the Democratic presidential candidate appeared together in Cleveland. The Post's Shailagh Murray reports, and lays out Obama's plans for his final day before the voting starts. (Video by Ed O'Keefe / washingtonpost.com)

By Shailagh Murray
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Barack Obama may meet the press on Wednesday. Or, he may not.

The Democratic nominee told reporters as he was boarding his campaign plane this morning that he would have a press conference on Wednesday. That was news to his staff. They knew of no such plan.

Spokeswoman Linda Douglass said Obama would address the media before the end of the week, but "don't count on Wednesday."

Emboldened by Obama's tarmac response -- a departure from the usual cool brush off given to reporters -- ABC News correspondent Jake Tapper tried again at the next stop.

"David Petraeus just landed in Pakistan. Do you have a message for him?" Tapper shouted to the candidate. Obama paused at the door of his car, muttered something that no one could decipher, and then ducked into his car.

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How anyone can believe Obama amazes me. I thought the electorate was far smarter. Obama is the 4th most partisan senator, has no record of compromise, yet has sold himself to willing buyers as a uniter. Right! Obama, who has a long association with and has pulled close two of the prime architects of the mortgage market collapse in Johnson and Raines, claims he will fix the problem. Right! Obama how for years has said one thing and then does the opposite has sold a wish and a dream he has no intention or capability of fulfilling. Right. Obama who lacks the management experience require to run a small business claims he is ready to be CEO of the largest organization in the country. Right. Obama, who said he would "bankrupt any new coal fired power plant" also says he will promote clean coal. Right. Obama, who says it is racist to vote for a candidate because he is white, says it is not racist to vote for a candidate because he is black. Right.

The Repulicans are in a no lose situation. They win a small victory if McCain wins. They win a huge victory if Obama wins -- because he will unite with Rep. Pelosi and Senator Ried in the most vindictive, partisan one-term presidency in history and it will be a generation before another Democrat occupies the office of President.

Posted by: johne37179 | November 3, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"How can anyone who is not a millionaire cheer John McCain, who has said he wants to extend the tax breaks for the wealthiest instead of returning the tax for them to what it was during the Clinton administration, as Obama proposes?"
BettyW1

Betty, I know ten thousand or more coal miners in West Virginia this morning who are waking up to read the Spectator and none are millionaires, yet all are questioning any support they may have had for Obama.
Bill Clinton said in 1988 that removing the cap on social secutity taxes was "regressive...no one wants to." THAT'S Exactly what Obama wants to do- it will hurt small business. Obama cleverly claims that 98% of small businesses make under 250k and therefore won't be hurt. He conveniently leaves out the fact that ALL SMALL businesses are included in his figure- EBAY sellers who work at home by themselves, for example. 50% of all small business INCOME will suffer additional heavy taxes due to Obama's unprecidented move.
His "most aggressive cap and trade policy"- his words- will put tens of thousands of coal workers out of work across the country- New Mexico, Colorado, W. Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Virginis. WHO WILL EMPLOY THESE PEOPLE? THE SMALL BUSINESSES WHO ARE BEING MORE HEAVILY TAXED?

The NY Times last week covered the horrible jobs picture in Rhode Island- 8.8% unemployment as the state with the highest cumulative business taxes-

Wake up Betty, don't cut off your nose to spite your face, by voting for Obama in order to "stick it" to Exxon/Mobile and in turn ruining the entire job creating small and medium sized business sector in our great country.

Millionaires, like Penny Pritzker and Barbara Streisand can AFFORD to support Obama Betty- we can't.

Posted by: thecannula | November 3, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Let's cut to the chase. Barack Obama is a voice of reason and unity. He has repeatedly said he intends to develop clean coal. Over and over again and he will get it done!! That equates to more jobs for the coal industry. Get and deal with it!

Please vote for the calm voice who will reach across the aisle and across America to bring out the best in all of us and reject the hysteria and fear mongering that has infected this Republican campaign.

Dozens of top Republican thinkers have rejected the hostile wailings of these irresponsible and undereducated demagogues and you should too!

Posted by: robertchoward | November 3, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Pennsylvania and Virginia are the two major coal producing states which do not have early voting...wonder how Obama's boasting, that his, the most aggressive cap and trade policy will bankrupt coal plants, will go over on Tuesday, given that it's bad for jobs, bad for energy independence, bad for affordable electricity, and bad for Virginia's and Pennsylvania's families?

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

The West Virginia Record
11-2-08

The senior vice president of the West Virginia Coal Association called Obama's comments "unbelievable."

"His comments are unfortunate," Chris Hamilton said Sunday, "and really reflect a very uninformed voice and perspective to coal specifically and energy generally."

Hamilton noted other times Obama and vice presidential candidate Joe Biden have made seemingly anti-coal statements.

"In Ohio recently, when Joe Biden said 'not here' about building coal-fired power plants -- this is exactly what will happen," Hamilton said. "Financing won't be directed here. It will all go aboard for plants elsewhere in the world. The United Sates is importing more coal today from Indonesia, South Africa and Colombia than we ever have.

"If we're going to create a situation where coal-fired power plants are at that much of a disadvantage, there will be new ones built. But as Biden said, just not here."

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's state director said Obama's statements are troubling, especially for West Virginians.

"I think this clearly shows the attitude the Obama-Biden ticket has toward coal," Ben Beakes(Chief of Staff, WV Secretary of State's Office)said Sunday. "Rhetoric is cheap, but behind closed doors what they tell their supporters - that's what we have to take as gospel.

"They're definitely not friends of coal."

Beakes noted other examples of Obama and Biden making seemingly anti-coal statements, such as in February when Obama said he'd like to tax "dirty energy" such as coal and natural gas.

"And their cohorts in Congress make similar statements," Beakes said. "(Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said this summer that 'coal makes us sick.'

"This is an attitude and view that, to me, shows their hatred of coal. And therefore, their view would cost West Virginians thousands upon thousands of jobs."

Beakes touted McCain's view toward coal.

"John McCain has embraced coal," Beakes said. "He doesn't agree with everything in the coal industry, but his view of coal is positive. He will make it part of his energy policy. He's met with leaders in the coal industry and let them know that. He's sought advice from coal industry leaders.

"McCain understands that coal supports about 49 percent of our electricity in this country. He'll continue to make coal important. He wants to reduce our foreign dependency on oil."

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the average American really is for Obama. The real-life average American, the nation's most statistically average man or woman discovered after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search's website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | November 2, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm a middle aged guy- many years to work- I believe in paying my fair share- I would not complain about a rise in my income tax during this economic crisis....BUT Obama is proposing something way beyond that- his wanting to "spread the wealth around" includes removing the payroll tax cap on Soc. security taxes, a move which Democratic Economic hero Bill Clinton called "Regressive" because it is regressive...the more a small business owner profits, the more she's taxed...it will lead to layoffs in my business and in many many others. Obama wants to send my additional tax dollars to those who currently pay no income tax....and he will have more and more former employees to send checks to. He also will raise business taxes- which we will all pay. He doesn't care- he supports corn ethanol which helps Illinois farmers, makes us all pay higher food prices, and does nothing to reduce our dependence on foreign oil- uses one unit petrol for every one it saves.

So, he's obviously more motivated by what's best for Barack Obama than what's best for America...and IF you're supporting him, he's obviously also successful in fooling you and those like you.


Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

LET'S TALK COAL- OBAMA'S AGAINST IT AND McCAIN'S FOR IT- (anything else?)

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Gateway Pundit
EXPLOSIVE NEW AUDIO-- Obama Promises San Francisco Audience He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry!!

OBAMA TOLD A SAN FRANCISCO AUDIENCE THAT HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY!!!

ATTN: Coal states Virginia , OHIO, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Indiana, guess what Obama told San Francisco about you?

OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY:

from his talk to the San Francisco Chronicle in January 2008:


"Let me sort of describe my overall policy.

What I've said is that we would put a cap and trade system in place that is as aggressive, if not more aggressive, than anybody else's out there.

I was the first to call for a 100% auction on the cap and trade system, which means that every unit of carbon or greenhouse gases emitted would be charged to the polluter. That will create a market in which whatever technologies are out there that are being presented, whatever power plants that are being built, that they would have to meet the rigors of that market and the ratcheted down caps that are being placed, imposed every year.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.

That will also generate billions of dollars that we can invest in solar, wind, biodiesel and other alternative energy approaches.

The only thing I've said with respect to coal, I haven't been some coal booster. What I have said is that for us to take coal off the table as a ideological matter as opposed to saying if technology allows us to use coal in a clean way, we should pursue it.

So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can.

It's just that it will bankrupt them."


This goes hand-in-hand with what he's said about nuclear energy.
His preconditions make it impossible to expand nuclear energy at this time.
From The Wall Street Journal:


On nuclear power, Sen. Obama says he's open to expanding nuclear energy, which now provides 20% of the nation's electricity, as part of an effort to increase power sources that emit little or no carbon dioxide. But he also has said there is no future for expanded nuclear energy until the U.S. comes up with a safe, long-term solution for disposing of nuclear waste. He opposes the Bush administration's plan for storing waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.

Posted by: thecannula | November 2, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Let's be realistic (not to mention bipartisan) about this. All four major candidates (Obama, Biden, McCain and Palin) have got to be physically exhausted from their grueling campaign schedules the past several weeks. I wouldn't expect any of them to do anything but catch up on their rest for a few days starting Wednesday.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 2, 2008 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Obama has built his campaign billing himself as the anti-Bush candidate. What happens when Bush is gone? Honestly, Barack has promised everything. How will he deliver? He smiles, and brushes off questions now. Ask yourself what you are willing to sacrifice for Barack's vision of the US? Listen, I'm blogging from Galveston right now. Almost two months after Hurricane Ike flooded the Island with 8 feet of water and left thousands homeless and exasperated with FEMA and insurance companies - where is Barack, or for that matter John McCain? We on the coast know that the federal government is a cluster $#!%. Keep your hands off my money and let me take care of my own.

Posted by: daavina | November 2, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

McCain knows all about bailing out rich bankers and screwing over middle class and poor people, he's been doing it for years.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAzDEbVFcg8
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*McCain - Founding Member of the Keating 5


McCain was one of the "Keating Five," congressmen investigated on ethics charges for strenuously helping convicted racketeer Charles Keating after he gave them large campaign contributions and vacation trips.


Charles Keating was convicted of racketeering and fraud in both state and federal court after his Lincoln Savings & Loan collapsed, costing the taxpayers $3.4 billion. His convictions were overturned on technicalities; for example, the federal conviction was overturned because jurors had heard about his state conviction, and his state charges because Judge Lance Ito (yes, that judge) screwed up jury instructions. Neither court cleared him, and he faces new trials in both courts.)


McCain intervened on behalf of Charles Keating after Keating gave McCain at least $112,00 in contributions. In the mid-1980s, McCain made at least 9 trips on Keating's airplanes, and 3 of those were to Keating's luxurious retreat in the Bahamas. McCain's wife and father-in-law also were the largest investors (at $350,000) in a Keating shopping center; the Phoenix New Times called it a "sweetheart deal."


McCain was not convicted of any crimes, though the Senate concluded that he exercised "poor judgment." (Furthermore, he got off on some charges by a technicality -- that he was still in the House when he took those vacation trips, and so the Senate couldn't prosecute him. The House concluded that THEY couldn't prosecute him because he had moved to the Senate.)


Here's some mavericky straight talk, my friends:
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http://www.realchange.org/mccain.htm
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Posted by: DrainYou | November 2, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

A lot of wingnut trollers on these sites this weekend. Why is that? Is the John Birch Society not having its weekend all male orgies this weekend, or something?

Posted by: osullivanc1 | November 2, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Audio Unearthed OBAMA TELLS SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL BANKRUPT THE COAL INDUSTRY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hdi4onAQBWQ

Posted by: thejaner | November 2, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

How long has it been since The One held a news conference? Even Palin has taken questions.

Posted by: JakeD | November 2, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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