- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2008

POLITICS

McCain supporter charges ‘ageism’

A Republican on Sunday accused Barack Obama’s camp of stooping to “ageism” against John McCain.

“The Democratic Party is in full-throated panic over Sarah Palin,” said McCain ally and former top business executive Carly Fiorina on ABC’s “This Week.”

Miss Fiorina complained “ageism” was rampant, with Obama partisans arguing that Mrs. Palin, a first-term Alaska governor and 44-year-old mother of five, was too inexperienced to serve as vice president, given Mr. McCain’s age.

The Obama camp raised the age issue implicitly last week when it ran an ad mocking the 72-year-old Mr. McCain as out of touch and oblivious to the Internet revolution.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, was more specific, saying on ABC: “We’re talking about a reality here that we have to face.”

Miss Fiorina responded: “I frankly find this disrespectful in the extreme. This is ageism.

“All you need to do is look at the schedule that John McCain has kept for the last two years to realize that he is one of the most vigorous, most energetic campaigners, frankly, in my judgment, out there.

“This continued resort to ‘he’s too old’ is desperation, frankly.”

CAMPAIGN

Palin visits Nevada, Colorado

DENVER | Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has left the wilds of Alaska, but she hasn’t quite left the mountains.

In her first cautious steps on the campaign trail without running mate John McCain, the Alaska governor is making a brief swing through the West. It’s a region the campaign thinks will be particularly receptive to Mrs. Palin’s Washington-outsider message and outdoorsy persona.

It’s also a place poised to swing the election.

In her first solo stump speech in the lower 48 states on Saturday, Mrs. Palin addressed a cheering crowd in Carson City, Nev., in a roller hockey rink in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada mountains. She joked easily about hockey moms, the air show in town and her husband’s Piper Cub plane, an outdoorsman’s favorite that sits on the lake outside her Wasilla home.

The next stop was Colorado, where Mrs. Palin planned a rally Monday at an indoor riding center in the Denver suburbs.

CAMPAIGN

Candidates court Americans in China< /b>

BEIJING | John McCain and Barack Obama call for closer U.S.-China cooperation on trade, the environment and nuclear proliferation in the upcoming issue of an American business group’s magazine in an unusual effort to court voters abroad.

Neither candidate proposes specific initiatives, but both stress that the countries should work more closely to ease trade friction, combat global warming, improve military exchanges and block the spread of nuclear weapons to such countries as Iran and North Korea.

“A central challenge will be getting America’s relationship with China right,” Mr. McCain wrote in China Brief, the monthly magazine of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

Said Mr. Obama: “We know that America and China can accomplish much when we recognize our common interests.”

The magazine is due out Sept. 22, but the group provided advance copies of the one-page articles to the Associated Press.

The articles, aimed at American entrepreneurs in China, add to unprecedented efforts by presidential candidates to appeal to voters abroad.

MEDIA

Luke Russert dives into politics

NEW YORK | The reporter who sat across from John McCain and Barack Obama for separate interviews that aired on NBC’s “Today” show Friday was only 23.

Was he nervous?

“Not necessarily,” Luke Russert said. “I had prior relationships with both of them.”

He asked Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain about whether community service should be mandatory for young people. They said no, but both presidential candidates said the United States missed a real opportunity to teach citizens about sacrifice following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Matt Lauer debriefed him about the interviews.

No one would have figured on seeing a Russert on the “Today” show this political season following the shocking death of Luke’s dad, Tim Russert, of a heart attack on June 13.

Offered the chance to report on youth issues for NBC News, the gregarious young Mr. Russert dove into the assignment with gusto, toting a microphone backstage at the Democratic and Republican conventions. Many of his stories have appeared on the “Nightly News” Web site, and he blogs about his experiences on iCue.com.

OBITUARY

Nader running mate Camejo dead at 67

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. | Peter Camejo, a Green Party leader who was a third-party candidate in three California gubernatorial elections before becoming Ralph Nader’s running mate in the 2004 presidential race, has died. He was 67.

Mr. Nader said in a statement that Mr. Camejo, who had been battling lymphoma cancer, died Saturday at his home in Walnut Creek.

Mr. Camejo ran for the state’s top office in 2002, 2003 and 2006, supporting abortion rights, universal health care and a moratorium on the death penalty. Before joining the Green Party, he also ran for president as the Socialist Workers Party nominee in 1976.

During the 2004 presidential contest, Mr. Camejo was Mr. Nader’s vice presidential pick as an independent.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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