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S.A. Miller

S.A. Miller reports from the White House on politics, policy and political campaigns for The Washington Times. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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Obama backs off 50-state strategy against McCain

Barack Obama is pulling back from his 50-state plan as John McCain has solidified Republican support, turning November's presidential election into a contest for the same handful of states that have swung the last two contests. Published September 12, 2008

Obama slams McCain over war, education

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama - down in the polls - intensified his attacks Tuesday, accusing his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, of botching the war on terror and ignoring the United States' lagging schools. Published September 10, 2008

Independents flocking to McCain

John McCain has gotten a jolt of support right where he wanted it - from independent voters - and now holds a healthy lead over Barack Obama in the chase for that key constituency. Published September 9, 2008

Obama courting rural voters

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama wooed rural and small-town voters Thursday in this Republican bastion of a town that his party usually writes off, saying the state and its blue-collar workers are the lynchpin of his electoral strategy. Published September 5, 2008

Obama touts economy in critical swing states

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama staked out turf in critical swing states this week as Republicans convened in Minnesota, repeatedly depicting his rival, Sen. John McCain, as a wealthy, aging war hero. Published September 4, 2008

Biden appeals to Jews to head off GOP inroads

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. touted an "unstinting" record of defending Israel as he stumped Tuesday in South Florida to shore up support among Jewish voters, a usually reliable Democratic bloc that Republicans are aggressively courting this year. Published September 3, 2008

Irate Clinton backers push for promotion

A coalition of Democrats who can't get over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton losing the presidential nomination is trying to install her as the party's majority leader in the Senate. Published August 30, 2008

Obama readies attack strategy

Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama will use the 68-day sprint to the election finish line to unleash a hard-hitting campaign attack that casts Republican opponent Sen. John McCain as a well-heeled, aging war hero who is out of touch with most Americans. Published August 29, 2008

Obama aims to enlist support of military

Sen. Barack Obama, angling for veteran and military voters from rival Sen. John McCain, pledged Wednesday to rebuild the Department of Veterans Affairs and claimed his Republican foe would continue President Bush's policies that he says neglect troops returning from war. Published August 28, 2008

Obama focuses on economy as nomination nears

Sen. Barack Obama kept his campaign focused on the economy Tuesday, warning a crowd of airline mechanics threatened with layoffs that presidential rival Sen. John McCain would leave them in the lurch the same way he said President Bush did during the last eight years. Published August 27, 2008

Clinton voters buck Obama's bid

Barack Obama's bid for party unity at the Democratic National Convention is being challenged by angry supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton who refuse to let heal wounds from a brutal primary fight that their candidate lost. Published August 26, 2008

Obama reaches out to swing states

Obama struck a populist chord Sunday and sharpened attacks on his Republican rival for being well-heeled and out of touch, as he began a series of swing-state stops before accepting the Democratic presidential nomination later this week. Published August 26, 2008

Obama to outline contrast from foe

Sen. Barack Obama says his acceptance speech for the presidential nomination Thursday will not attempt soaring rhetoric but offer a "workmanlike" outline of policies that draw a stark distinction with Republican Sen. John McCain. Published August 26, 2008

Campaigns search for coveted crossovers

Forget soccer moms, security moms and NASCAR dads — the ultimate swing group this year may be the former party stalwarts each campaign is angling to poach from the other party, and chief among those are supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published August 26, 2008

Biden seen as giving ticket gravitas

Sen. Barack Obama returned Saturday to the spot where he began his improbable presidential run to present his newly picked running mate. Published August 25, 2008

Obama introduces Sen. Biden as running mate

Sen. Barack Obama returned Saturday to the spot where he began his improbably presidential run to publicly present his newly picked running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden of Delaware, introducing him as a man with "a distinguished record and a fundamental decency" who will help lead the country in a new direction. Published August 23, 2008

Party boasts Western revival

If you did not know Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County - the most densely populated jurisdictions in solidly Republican Utah - had Democrat mayors, you will by the end of the Democratic National Convention in Denver next week. Published August 22, 2008

Obama gives nod to success of surge

Barack Obama, edging away from a long-held position, tacitly acknowledged the success of the Iraq troop-surge strategy during an appearance Tuesday before the country's largest organization of combat veterans. Published August 20, 2008

Obama's serves up Southern strategy

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign in Georgia spent the weekend training more than 2,500 volunteers for a statewide push to register voters and boost Election Day turnout, a massive grass-roots mobilization that is part of the campaign's national strategy to drive up the mostly Democratic black vote and capture longtime Republican strongholds. Published August 19, 2008

Warner to deliver keynote address at convention

Sen. Barack Obama tapped Mark Warner to deliver the keynote address on the second night of the Democratic National Convention, boosting the former Virginia governor's run for U.S. Senate and the party's bid to steal the state from Republicans in the presidential race. Published August 14, 2008