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Palin: I’m Sorry if I Cost McCain a Single Vote

Sarah Palin this morning apologized for any votes she might have cost John McCain in his bid for the presidency, while downplaying aspirations to challenge Barack Obama in four years during an interview with MSNBC.

“If I cost John McCain even one vote, then I am sorry about that,” she said.

Palin said she could not even imagine running for national office in 2012, saying “2012 sounds so far off.”

The governor cited the economic crisis as the key factor for their loss, saying her selection as McCain’s running mate could in no way trump the country’s serious financial woes.

Palin said she will return to Alaska tonight and cannot wait to get back to working full time as Alaska’s governor.

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>Palin: I’m Sorry if I Cost McCain a Single Vote

>Sarah Palin this morning apologized for any votes she might have cost John McCain in his bid for the presidency, while downplaying aspirations to challenge Barack Obama in four years during an interview with MSNBC.

“If I cost John McCain even one vote, then I am sorry about that,” she said.

Palin said she could not even imagine running for national office in 2012, saying “2012 sounds so far off.”

The governor cited the economic crisis as the key factor for their loss, saying her selection as McCain’s running mate could in no way trump the country’s serious financial woes.

Palin said she will return to Alaska tonight and cannot wait to get back to working full time as Alaska’s governor.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27556549#27556549

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CNN Poll: Obama won the night

CNN) — A national poll of debate watchers suggests that Barack Obama won the second presidential debate.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released 30 minutes after the end of the debate say that Obama did the best job Tuesday night, with 30 percent saying McCain performed better.

According to the poll, 64 percent had a favorable opinion of Obama after the debate, an an increase of four points from his pre-debate showing. McCain’s approval rating remains unchanged: 51 percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of McCain after the debate.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted by telephone with 675 adult Americans who watched the debate. All interviews were taken after the end of the debate. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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>CNN Poll: Obama won the night

>CNN) — A national poll of debate watchers suggests that Barack Obama won the second presidential debate.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released 30 minutes after the end of the debate say that Obama did the best job Tuesday night, with 30 percent saying McCain performed better.

According to the poll, 64 percent had a favorable opinion of Obama after the debate, an an increase of four points from his pre-debate showing. McCain’s approval rating remains unchanged: 51 percent of those polled had a favorable opinion of McCain after the debate.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted by telephone with 675 adult Americans who watched the debate. All interviews were taken after the end of the debate. The survey’s sampling error is plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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Limits on "Town Hall" Debate tonight

Lynn Sweet

“Tuesday’s match-up at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., will be moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw, with the questions to be culled from a group of 100 to 150 uncommitted likely voters in the audience and another one-third to come via the Internet. The Gallup Organization — as in past debates like this — has the job of making sure the questioners reflect the demographic makeup of the nation.

Brokaw selects the questions to ask from written queries submitted prior to the debate, according to the “contract.”

An audience member will not be allowed to switch questions. Under the deal, the moderator may not ask followups or make comments. The person who asks the question will not be allowed a follow-up either, and his or her microphone will be turned off after the question is read. A camera shot will only be shown of the person asking — not reacting.

While there will be director’s chairs (with backs and foot rests), McCain and Obama will be allowed to stand — but they can’t roam past their “designated area” to be marked on the stage. McCain and Obama are not supposed to ask each other direct questions.

As in all the debates, the contenders cannot bring in notes, though they can take them once at the lectern….”

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>Limits on "Town Hall" Debate tonight

>Lynn Sweet

“Tuesday’s match-up at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., will be moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw, with the questions to be culled from a group of 100 to 150 uncommitted likely voters in the audience and another one-third to come via the Internet. The Gallup Organization — as in past debates like this — has the job of making sure the questioners reflect the demographic makeup of the nation.

Brokaw selects the questions to ask from written queries submitted prior to the debate, according to the “contract.”

An audience member will not be allowed to switch questions. Under the deal, the moderator may not ask followups or make comments. The person who asks the question will not be allowed a follow-up either, and his or her microphone will be turned off after the question is read. A camera shot will only be shown of the person asking — not reacting.

While there will be director’s chairs (with backs and foot rests), McCain and Obama will be allowed to stand — but they can’t roam past their “designated area” to be marked on the stage. McCain and Obama are not supposed to ask each other direct questions.

As in all the debates, the contenders cannot bring in notes, though they can take them once at the lectern….”

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Quote of the Day

“I’ve lived here for at least 10 years and before that about every third duty I was in either Arlington or Alexandria, up in communist country.”

— Joe McCain, brother of the Republican presidential nominee, quoted by the AP, attempting to make a joke about the newly-competitive Virginia.

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