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Morning Update: Bailout on the Trail

by campaign2008 Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Responding to news of the failure of the Wall Street bailout legislation, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said it is “time for all members of Congress to go back to the drawing board.” He reiterated principles he hoped the bill would follow, including “responsible oversight, effective transparency, added protections for the taxpayers, and a cap on excessive salaries for executives.” He also said the bill should “have no earmarks.”

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Morning Update: Bailout and Debate

by campaign2008 Monday, September 29, 2008

Both presidential candidates said Sunday they will likely support the proposed $700 billion federal financial bailout deal. On Face the Nation Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) repeated his call (PDF) to “update our 20th century regulatory framework for a 21st century global financial system.”

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Morning Update: Cutting Carbon Emissions

by campaign2008 Friday, September 26, 2008

Both presidential candidates spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative conference on Thursday. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) stressed the need to limit carbon emissions. “To make the great turn away from carbon-emitting fuels, we will need all the inventive genius of which America is capable,” he said. “We will need as well an economy strong enough to support our nation’s great shift toward clean energy.”

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Morning Update: Economic Crisis Management

by campaign2008 Thursday, September 25, 2008

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) released a joint statement on Wednesday calling for bipartisan cooperation to solve the economic crisis. McCain announced on Wednesday he would suspend his campaign and return to Washington to help broker a deal on a financial bailout. Together, the candidates will meet with President Bush (CNN) and leaders of the House and Senate Thursday to work on the bailout plan.

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Quote: Biden on National Security

by campaign2008 Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Biden“There’s a short list of the forces shaping the 21st Century.  No one country can control these forces, but more than any other country, we have an ability to affect them – if we use the totality of our strength. That means maintaining the finest fighting force in the world – not pushing it to the breaking point… rebuilding our alliances, partnerships and international institutions – not disparaging them… strengthening our diplomacy — not disdaining it… and using our economic might, not putting it in jeopardy.”

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Morning Update: Latin American Relations

by campaign2008 Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) said the U.S. focus on Iraq has meant diminished attention to Latin America (WashPost). He spoke with Miami’s Radio Caracol on Monday. “We spend the same amount in Latin America in an entire year that we spend in Iraq in one week. That has created, I think, a void which people like [Venezuelan President Hugo] Chavez have been able to fill,” Obama said.

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Gauging Public Opinion on Foreign Policy

by Joanna Klonsky Monday, September 22, 2008

A new public opinion study (PDF) from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs polls Americans on their views of foreign policy issues. The poll, which surveyed more than 1,500 respondents during July, shows “the American public is concerned about the country’s standing in the world and favors major changes in U.S. foreign policy,” according to the Chicago Council.

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