- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Tuesday:Sen. Barack Obama and his closest advisers head to Tampa, Fla. - where polls show the race has tightened - to prepare for the upcoming debate.

Wednesday: Mr. Obama holds a morning rally in Florida as the economic crisis unfolds. Sen. John McCain challenges him to delay the first presidential debate, scheduled for that Friday. Mr. Obama declines and says presidents will need to do more than one thing at once.

Thursday: Mr. Obama leaves “debate camp” in Florida and meets Mr. McCain at the White House as congressional leaders work on a bailout bill; talks fall apart, and the debate’s fate hangs in the balance.

Friday: Mr. Obama heads to Mississippi for the debate and says he’ll be there if Mr. McCain doesn’t show. Mr. McCain decides to attend, as it appears Congress is nearing a deal. The debate is considered a tie, though polls show voters think Mr. Obama won.

Saturday: Mr. Obama holds 20,000-people-plus rallies in Greensboro, N.C., and Fredericksburg, Va., telling voters Mr. McCain didn’t use the phrase “middle class” once during previous night’s debate.

Sunday: Mr. Obama, running mate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. and their wives hold a rally in Detroit. Mr. Obama compares Mr. McCain’s reaction to the economic crisis to President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina.

Monday: Mr. Obama blasts Mr. McCain’s ties to the gambling lobby at rally in Denver.

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