Tales from the Trail

Bush to spend last campaign weekend at Camp David

October 29, 2008

WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush, who said in March he would find ample time to campaign for Republican White House contender John McCain, is going to spend the last weekend of the 2008 race at, well, Camp David.

McCain daughter blogs plea for support for her dad

October 28, 2008

WASHINGTON – As Meghan McCain has traveled the country campaigning for her father, Republican hopeful John McCain, she has been writing a blog sharing her thoughts and behind-the-scenes photos from campaign stops as well as from book signings for her new children’s book.

Bush gives Republicans a little pep talk ahead of election

October 28, 2008

WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush dropped by the Republican National Committee headquarters unannounced to give the staff a little pep talk Tuesday amid polls showing Republicans trailing in the presidential contest and scores of key congressional races one week out from the general election.

Sen. Lugar won’t join Cabinet of new president

October 27, 2008

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Lugar, a heavyweight in U.S. foreign policy, intends to stay in the Senate despite speculation the Indiana Republican may be the next secretary of state, said a spokesman on Monday.
“He’s been very clear that he won’t be serving in any administration, that he likes his current job and will stay put,” Lugar spokesman Andy Fisher said in an email.
Lugar, 76, has been mentioned as a  possible secretary of state for Democrat Barack Obama as well as previous candidates. He is the Republican leader on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, is the chairman.

Is internal strife rippling through McCain-Palin campaign?

October 26, 2008

WASHINGTON – As the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign enters its final week, reports are bubbling up about internal strife within the Republican ticket that suggest vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is trying to distance herself from the top of the ticket, John McCain.

Palin grabs her own coat on the trail

October 26, 2008

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin took a shot at her own party while campaigning solo in the battleground state of Iowa on Saturday.

Predictor of who will win Nov. 4, or just scary Halloween masks?

October 24, 2008

WASHINGTON – As Halloween approaches, the quadrennial exercise has begun to determine whether the presidential candidate mask that sells the best will predict the actual winner on Nov. 4.

Democracy at work: $5.3 billion or priceless?

October 23, 2008

WASHINGTON – Outfitting a vice presidential candidate: more than $150,000. Contributions raised by all candidates for the Senate and House of Representatives: over $1.5 billion. Presidential election cost: almost $2.4 billion. Democracy at work: priceless.

McCain discovers Garden of Eatin in Florida

October 23, 2008

PLANT CITY, Florida – Republican John McCain was taking advantage of the what the land provided to eat his way across Florida while on a bus tour on Thursday.

Bush working the campaign ropeline draws to an end

October 23, 2008

WASHINGTON – George W. Bush has worked his last campaign ropeline as president.