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October 14, 2008

Obama widens lead over McCain

John McCain's support from evangelicals fell 12 percent from last week, a new
The CBS News/New York Times
poll shows.

McCain still leads Obama 63 to 27 percent among evangelicals, but Obama gained seven percentage points from last week. A September 25 CBS poll showed McCain leading 69 to 20 percent.

Overall, the poll shows Obama with a 14-point lead over McCain: 53 percent to 39 percent.

ABC News polling director Gary Langer wrote yesterday that no presidential candidate has come back from an October 10-point deficit in pre-election polls since 1936.

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Evangelicals tend to "cluster". . .Why is that?

It may be true that no candidate has ever recovered from a 10 deficit, it is not clear that McCain is really that far behind. The CBS/NYT poll should be compared with other national daily tracking polls, such as Rasmussen and Zogby, which have Obama holding a 3 to 6 point lead, which is down from a 6 to 9 point advantage a week ago.

If you really want to see the true poll picture, go to pollster.com. They don't cherry pick, but give a comprehensive summary and analysis of all the polls.

A Canadian friend of mine watched the McCain/Obama debates last night in Canada and i have permission to quote him verbatim: " Maybe 20 years ago McCain could have been a presidential contender, now he just looks out of place and out of time." I agree!

it is obvious from last night’s debate that mccain does not
recognize the difference between autism and down syndrome, the
unfortunate affliction of sarah palin’s child. what more does this man not know
or insensitive to?

Nobody is perfect. To vote for Senator Obama is choosing the lesser of two evils.

Barack Obama....William Ayers..... Rev.Wright....Bill Clinton...
Hillary.....Code Pink....NOW....Ruby Ridge.....Mass murder in Waco...Travelgate...ACORN....Bitter gun-owning-faith-clingers..
first world trade center bombing....abortion....bombing of Cole...
Ruby Ridge.....Father Flager.....Tony Resco.....Spread the "Wealth" ...Joe the plumber slandered.....Bill Clinton +Monica....secret service used like pimps....easy mortgage for
Obama.....Christians pretending Obama will slow down abortion
with more welfare....stem cell research with ground up fetuses..
we will pay for infanticide(murdering living, breathing
alive babies)....U.S. soldiers treated with contempt....Christians
and Christianity mocked with glee.....euthinasia....more taxes...
Elian Gonsales.....who wants a rerun in a more dangerous world?
Untested, Obama who owes every liberal a piece of his success....
He wouln't even visit injured soldiers in Afghanistan......
Go McCain and Palin..pro life and pro-God....

Maybe people should investigate Obama and his background. Who ever heard of Obama until he wanted to be President. To me he is a Pide Piper. People are blindly following him. Where does he get all his money from??? College educated in best colleges. Campaign money. buying the election, voter fraud, etc.,etc.,etc. No where in History has such nonsense gone on in an election. People had better wake up and smell the roses before it is to late.

Sorry Michael Li, Obama is not the lesser of two evils. He is the most liberal senator and the most liberal presidential candidate. He stand on several issues including abortion are not inline with Christianity.
I feel sorry for this country that the liberal left wing news media has made Obama out to be our next countries Messiah. I will not vote for him. He has lied and refused to disclose so much information it is incredible.


Obama: Most Secretive Democratic Presidential Candidate Ever

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 7:58 PM

By: David A. Patten Article Font Size

Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign says his campaign will bring a new level of honesty and transparency to the White House. Obama proudly touts that he and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla, passed a law requiring more transparency via a public database of all federal spending.


But when it comes to offering the public documents about his own public and private activities, Obama’s record for openness gets an "F" grade.


During the heated Democratic primary, Obama complained of the Bush White House being “one of the most secretive administrations in our history” and chided Sen. Hillary Clinton for not releasing her White House schedules.


Ironically, Obama, just days away from possibly being elected president, continues to stonewall a growing chorus of information requests for documents about his legislative, personal health, education, financing, and background -- leaving many voters to cast ballots based on incomplete information.


And serious questions about his past continue to swirl as Election Day looms, fueled in part by his own campaign’s refusal to make relevant documents available.


And the press, usually banging at the door for candidates to make “full disclosure” is strangely quiet about Obama’s stonewalling.


A Newsmax survey of key Obama aspects of Obama’s public and private life continued to be shielded from the public.


Among the examples:

Obama has released just one brief document detailing his personal health. McCain, on the other hands, released what he said was his complete medical file totaling more than 1500 pages. After criticism on the matter, last week the Obama campaign also released some routine lab-test results and electrocardiograms for Obama. All test results appeared normal, but many details about his health remain a mystery.

Obama has refused to offer his official papers as a state legislator in Illinois, and has been unable to produce correspondence, such as letters from lobbyists and other correspondence from his days in the Illinois state senate. There are also no appointment calendars available of his official activities. “It could have been thrown out,” Obama said while on the campaign trail during the Democratic primary. “I haven’t been in the state Senate now for quite some time.”

Obama has not released his client list as an attorney or his billing records. Obama has maintained that he only performed a few hours of legal work for a nonprofit organization with ties to Tony Rezko, the Chicago businessman convicted of fraud in June. But he has not released billing records that would prove this assertion.

Obama won’t release his college records from Occidental College where he studied for two years before transferring to Columbia.

Obama’s campaign refuses to give Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science, permission to release his transcripts. Such transcripts would list the courses Obama took, and his grades. President George W. Bush, and presidential contenders Al Gore and John Kerry, all released their college transcripts. (McCain has refused to release his Naval Academy transcript.)


Obama’s college dissertation has simply disappeared from Columbia Universities archives. In July, in response to a flurry of requests to review Obama’s senior thesis at the Ivy League school, reportedly titled “Soviet Nuclear Disarmament,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt told NBC News “We do not have a copy of the course paper you requested and neither does Columbia University.”

The senator has not agreed to the release of his application to the Illinois state bar, which would clear up intermittent allegations that his application to the bar may have been inaccurate.

Jim Geraghty of the National Review has written extensively about Obama’s unwillingness to release records related to clients he represented while he was an attorney with the Chicago law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill, and Gallard. Obama was required to list his clients during his years in the Illinois senate. “Obama listed every client of the firm,” Geraghty reported, making it impossible to discern which clients he represented.

Obama has never released records from his time at Harvard Law School.

Obama also has not disclosed the names of small donors giving $200 or less to his campaign. An exception to the finance-reporting laws exempts the campaign from reporting those who donate less than $200, but that law never envisioned the more than $300 million that has been raised by Obama in small amounts. The Republican National Committee has released its small donors, as well as McCain’s, on a public database.

On several occasions, the Obama campaign has offered to provide additional information to reporters if they have specific questions or issues. And in some cases, it has done so.

When Internet rumors began to fly that perhaps Obama was born outside the United States, for example, the campaign released images of a birth certificate that verified his birthplace as Honolulu, Hawaii. When that led to suggestions the birth certificate had been altered, the campaign again responded, allowing reporters to examine the actual birth certificate, complete with raised seal. (In late July, according to FactCheck.org, a researcher uncovered an announcement of Obama’s birth in the August 13, 1961 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser).

Such instances of cooperation pale, however, compared to the many unanswered questions surrounding Obama, such as the financing of his education, and requests for the complete release of all donors to his campaign.

Of course, candidates are often reticent to disclose any information that opposition researchers could use against them.

But Politico.com notes that the Obama’s failure to share documents is “part of his campaign’s broader pattern of rarely volunteering information or documents about the candidate, even when relatively innocuous.”

The hue and cry from the media for disclosure usually forces candidates to release sought after documents. But the press has largely acquiesced to Obama’s stonewalling.