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Dukakis: McCain's Palin pick 'pretty pathetic'

UPDATED -- Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael S. Dukakis had some fighting words for Sen. John McCain during a live chat with The Washington Times on Friday. "I don't know if it is because he is getting older and this is his last shot at the presidency, but I don't think the John McCain of old would have hired a Karl Rove protege to run his campaign. ..." Published October 17, 2008

Joe the Plumber steals final debate

Joe the Plumber dominated the presidential campaign Thursday, with Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain saying the everyman from Toledo, Ohio, exposes Democratic tax-and-spend plans and Democrats trying to make the plumber's story crack under counterattacks. Published October 17, 2008

McCain accuses Obama of class warfare

Sen. John McCain declared his independence from President Bush in the final presidential debate Wednesday as he fired off attacks on Sen. Barack Obama. Obama countered that McCain would continue the course set by Bush. Published October 16, 2008

Clinton looms over presidential debate

She's the most important political figure not on the stage Wednesday in the final presidential debate, yet Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has been mentioned just once in the first three presidential and vice-presidential debates. Published October 15, 2008

Hispanic voters wage brutal ad war

Think the campaign's nasty in English? Try it en Espanol. For the first time, both presidential campaigns are engaged in a brutal, almost completely negative war in Spanish-language commercials, all but overwhelming their other messages to Spanish-speaking voters. Published October 14, 2008

Backers offering nastiest attacks

Sen. Barack Obama on Saturday praised his Republican presidential opponent Sen. John McCain for trying to tone down the recent bitterness of the campaign, but that tone took an ugly turn when a prominent Democratic congressman compared the Republican ticket to one-time segregationist George Wallace. Published October 12, 2008

Senators disown McCain mortgage plan

Welcome to a presidential campaign dominated by senators seeking to manage a Wall Street crisis that is confounding Washington policymakers. Published October 10, 2008

McCain ratchets up attack ads

Being dramatically outspent by Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain went almost 100 percent negative in his campaign commercials last week. Published October 9, 2008

McCain goes on offensive early

It took just 10 minutes for the Republican senator to fire off his first real shot at Barack Obama in Tuesday night's debate as he blamed him "and his cronies" for the housing crisis that sent Wall Street spiraling. Published October 8, 2008

McCain hits Obama's past before debate

Sen. John McCain challenged Sen. Barack Obama's honor and honesty on the eve of Tuesday's presidential debate, injecting a personal tone heading into the showdown as he refocused the race on character. Published October 7, 2008

Lawmakers reverse bailout votes

Boosted by the tone of the angry calls to their offices, enticed by added tax breaks or just scared by Monday's stock market plunge, nearly five dozen lawmakers switched votes to pass a $700 billion bailout for Wall Street. Published October 4, 2008

Alaskan delivers folksy message

From her opening greeting to her Democratic opponent in the vice-presidential debate - "Hey, can I call you Joe?" - to her pledge to deliver "straight talk" to voters, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin never looked out of her depth. Published October 3, 2008

Biden gets veep role wrong

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. appeared to incorrectly outline the constitutional role of the job he's seeking in Thursday's debate. Published October 3, 2008

Illegal immigrant population down

Illegal immigration appears to have fallen last year, marking the first drop in years and coinciding with Congress' failure to pass a legalization bill and the Bush administration's stepped-up raids and enforcement. Published October 2, 2008

'Bailout' by another name sounds sweeter

Washington struggled Tuesday for a solution for the Wall Street mess but settled on what to blame for the failure of a $700 billion package - the word "bailout." Published October 1, 2008

Bailout backers gambled on arm-twisting

Democrats and Republicans knew they didn't have the votes Monday morning to pass the Wall Street bailout bill but went ahead anyway, risking the markets on the hope that reluctant lawmakers could be steamrolled. Published September 30, 2008

Negative ads everywhere, nowhere

A lot of the nastiest, harshest ads are released to the press but aren't airing that much on regular television. Published September 30, 2008

Candidate mistakes muddy the race

While Henry A. Kissinger traveled to China twice before President Nixon's famous visit in 1972, it's tough to argue that represents the "many times" Sen. John McCain claimed during Friday night's presidential debate that the then-national security adviser visited the communist state. Published September 28, 2008