McCain picks World Series favorite

ABOARD THE STRAIGHT TALK EXPRESS — Sen. John McCain has decried his rival’s lack of leadership and experience, and today he punctuated the point. “The World Series — how many games and who takes it?” The Washington Times asked the Republican nominee en route from New Hampshire to Ohio.

“Well, I don’t know, but I certainly know enough about politics not to pick a winner. My team was the Diamondbacks, and they led for about four months and then collapsed at the end.”

The McCain campaign has been having a field day with Barack Obama” href=”/themes/?Theme=Barack+Obama” >Sen. Barack Obama’s pledge in Philadelphia on Oct. 11, when he said: “My White Sox are gone, so I’ll go ahead and root for the Phillies now.”

But Mr. Obama faced a dilemma just days later, when the Tampa Bay Rays knocked out the Boston Red Sox to make it to the World Series. Campaigning in the state, Mr. Obama told a Tampa crowd he was “showing some love for the Rays,” and several members of the team joined him onstage.

“I have said from the beginning that I’m a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox fan showing some love for the Rays and the Rays showing some love back, you know we’re onto something here,” Mr. Obama said.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton walked back the dual endorsement. “He said nice things about the members of the team who came to support him today, but that doesn’t change his feelings about the fact that they bounced his White Sox out of the playoffs,” Mr. Burton said, adding that Mr. Obama would root for the Phillies. “He’s a unity candidate, and it is going to be a great series.”

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