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Obama Congratulates McCain on Cheney Endorsement

 
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Obama Congratulates McCain on Cheney Endorsement
(CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama hit key swing states Saturday, taking a jab at his GOP counterpart's endorsement by the nation's vice president.

At an event in Laramie, Wyoming, on Saturday, Vice President Dick Cheney said he will cast his ballot for the McCain-Palin ticket.

"This year, of course, I'm not on the ballot, so I am here ... not to vote for me, but I want to join daughter Liz, who is with me today, join us in casting ... our ballots for John McCain and Sarah Palin."

Obama started his day with a morning rally in Henderson, Nevada, and later moved on to Pueblo, Colorado, and Springfield, Missouri.

In prepared remarks for the rally in Pueblo, Obama lashed out at the Cheney endorsement.

"I'd like to congratulate Sen. McCain on this endorsement because, he really earned it. That endorsement didn't come easy," according to the remarks. "George Bush may be in an undisclosed location, but Dick Cheney's out there on the campaign trail because he'd be delighted to pass the baton to John McCain."

Obama continues, "He knows that with John McCain, you get a twofer: George Bush's economic policy and Dick Cheney's foreign policy. But that's a risk we cannot afford to take."

Earlier at a rally in Henderson, Nevada, Obama continued to defend his tax plan for the middle class -- and defended against "socialist" claims.

"The choice in this election isn't between tax cuts and no tax cuts, it's about whether you believe we should only reward wealth or we should also reward the work and the workers who give it," he said. "John McCain calls this socialistic. I call it opportunity."

Across the country, former President Clinton hit the campaign trail for Obama in Beckley, West Virginia.

Clinton defended Obama's economic policies and blasted the GOP for believing in a "top-down economy, and we can't afford the wrong philosophy, and they're out there whacking on Obama saying he's for redistribution. Gimme a break, folks."

"We just had the biggest redistribution of income upwards in the last eight years since the 1920s, and we know how the 1920s ended," he added.

Sen. Joe Biden said he hoped McCain would finish the campaign with a positive tone. The Delaware senator said he doesn't remember a presidential campaign ending so viciously.

"In my view, over the last few weeks, John McCain's campaign has gone way over the top," Biden said Saturday at an outdoor rally on Evansville, Indiana's Main Street. "They are trying to take the low road to the highest office in the land. It's not only George Bush's economic policies that John McCain has bought hook, line and sinker. He's also bought Karl Rove's brand of political tactics. Watch more of Biden's take on the race »

"It is disappointing, I never thought I'd see this from a McCain campaign," Biden continued. "They're calling Barack Obama every name in the book. They are going out in a way that I don't recall it being more personally vicious."

Biden also holds events in Marion, Ohio; and Bowling Green, Ohio. Watch analysts weigh the state of the race

Biden's Republican counterpart, Gov. Sarah Palin, kicked off a bus tour of Central Florida on Saturday by focusing on the financial concerns of the nearly 3 million Floridians over the age of 65.

Palin, speaking at a rally in New Port Richey, Florida, promised that she and McCain will "keep our defining commitments to our senior citizens."

But she wasted little time on the Republican agenda and turned her sights, as usual, on Obama, who has accused McCain of wanting to cut Medicare funding and place Social Security benefits in the stock market. Watch more of Palin's comments »

"Obama goes around promising a new kind of politics. Then he comes here to Florida ... he tries to exploit the fears and worries about Social Security and Medicare to our retirees, and that's the oldest and cheapest kind of politics there is," she said.

The Alaska governor had rallies scheduled in five cities in three key states Saturday: Florida, North Carolina and Virginia

At an event in Springfield, Virginia, on Saturday, McCain also hit Obama hard on issues facing seniors.

"Every four years, the Democrats roll out these ads try to scare seniors over Social Security and Medicare. ... I was there when we saved Social Security under President Reagan, and I'm going to protect Social Security. I'm going to protect Medicare, and I'm not going to let this Congress tax away your retirement," McCain said. Watch more of McCain's Virginia rally »

McCain, trying to make up a deficit in many polls, appeared at a rally Saturday morning in Newport News, Virginia, a formerly reliable Republican state that has become a toss-up.

McCain told the crowd that his Democratic opponent would try to raise taxes as president.

"He's running for redistributor in chief; I'm running for commander in chief," McCain said to cheers. Fact Check: Who exactly will get tax cuts under Obama's plan?

McCain attended a rally in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, before heading to New York for a scheduled appearance on "Saturday Night Live."

[link to www.cnn.com]
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11/01/2008 05:12 PM
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Re: Obama Congratulates McCain on Cheney Endorsement
God help the world if Obama looses
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can't wait to see Obama and Biden go nuts after losing Tuesday.. they're cracking already
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11/01/2008 05:16 PM
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Re: Obama Congratulates McCain on Cheney Endorsement
Meanwhile ... Cousin Odinga and Mr Farrakahn endorse Obama.

Cousin Cheney could have stayed loyal.
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Meanwhile ... Cousin Odinga and Mr Farrakahn endorse Obama.

Cousin Cheney could have stayed loyal.
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God help the world if Obama looses
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right !
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