MILWAUKEE, WISC. — What a day!
Sen. Barack Obama began the traditional Labor Day campaign blitz in Michigan, but immediately told the crowd he didn’t think it was time for politics given Hurricane Gustav’s impending landfall.
By the time we got to the second stop in Michigan, the news broke that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will soon be a grandma. Her 17-year-old daughter Bristol is pregnant and plans to marry the father.
When Obama tried to give an update on the storm, reporters asked about the Palin news. I filed a Web story with his forceful response:
“People’s families are off limits,” he said. “People’s children are especially off limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Gov. Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. ”
“I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories,” he added. “That shouldn’t be a topic in our politics.”
Read the full story here.
Also, in a rare moment, Obama sang a few lines of an Aretha Franklin tune in Detroit:
It was a short drive to the Toledo, Ohio airport from the Monroe, Michigan event, so we flew from there to Wisconsin. We spent most of yesterday in the Buckeye State, and I had a story about battleground Ohio in today’s paper.
Michigan is leaning toward Obama, and the crowd was loving him last night in Battle Creek. Here’s some video I shot of voters reaching out to touch his fingertips after the rally.
—Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times
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