- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MCCAIN‘S WEEK

Tuesday: Mr. McCain’s campaign gets driven off message by surrogates Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Carly Fiorina. Mr. Holtz-Eakin tells reporters Mr. McCain, as former chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, can claim to have “helped create” the BlackBerry smartphone, and Mrs. Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard, says neither Mr. McCain nor vice-presidential running mate Sarah Palin is ready to run a major company.

Wednesday: For the first time, Mrs. Palin takes an impromptu question from the press during a stop in Ohio, calling the American International Group bailout “understandable but very, very disappointing.”

Thursday: Mr. McCain calls for Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Christopher Cox to be fired, saying he “betrayed the public trust” by not giving closer scrutiny to Wall Street.

Friday: Mr. McCain attacks Mr. Obama for what he says is a weak response to the Wall Street mess. On the airwaves he announces a Spanish-language ad linking Mr. Obama to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, designed to win over Hispanic voters in Florida.

Saturday: Mr. McCain attends the 50th-anniversary class reunion at the U.S. Naval Academy and keeps a low campaign profile as his campaign tries to shore up his stance on the Treasury Department’s proposed Wall Street financial plan.

Sunday:Mr. McCain speaks to the National Guard Association’s annual gathering, telling members his support for and Mr. Obama’s opposition to the surge remains the crucial test of presidential leadership.

Monday: The McCain campaign says the press is failing in its role as watchdog and announces an ad raising Mr. Obama’s associations with the Chicago political machine and with political patron Tony Rezko.

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