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McCain vows to end ‘partisan rancor’

John McCain tells the nation that the scars he earned in war and during years of Washington's policy battles left him better-equipped than Democrat Barack Obama to silence "partisan rancor" and lead through the nation's rough times. Published September 4, 2008

Palin takes on ‘Washington elite’

Her prime-time moment arrived, Sarah Palin introduced herself to the nation Wednesday night as a feisty mayor turned governor who was more qualified than Barack Obama to serve in the White House. Published September 4, 2008

Bush hands GOP to McCain

President Bush turned over the reins of the Republican Party to John McCain on Tuesday night as McCain's friends touted him as a maverick and teamed up to blast Barack Obama as the least-qualified nominee ever. Published September 3, 2008

Charity takes over agenda for GOP

Politics gave way to charity out of respect to those suffering from Hurricane Gustav when the Republican National Convention gaveled open Monday, but outside the Xcel Energy Center the parties rolled on. Published September 2, 2008

McCain cancels early GOP events

Sen. John McCain on Sunday canceled most events on the opening day of the Republican National Convention and promised no political rhetoric, taking an unprecedented step as both major political parties scaled back their schedules to allow the Gulf Coast to prepare for Hurricane Gustav. Published September 1, 2008

Fla. GOP donates nixed fete’s funds

The Florida delegation to the Republican National Convention has canceled its Thursday post-nomination party and has pledged to donate the funds for the party to the Red Cross and local charities assisting hurricane victims. Published August 31, 2008

Convention to duck immigration

It's the unmentioned issue — Democrats were nearly silent on immigration during their convention, and on Sunday House Minority Leader John Boehner said the Republican convention won't say much about it either. Published August 31, 2008

ANALYSIS: McCain picks Gov. Palin

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin unseated a sitting Republican governor in a primary by running against her own party establishment in Alaska. Now Mr. McCain hopes her magic can help him distance himself from the unpopular Republican administration in Washington. Published August 30, 2008

ANALYSIS: Trumping Obama on change

Sen. John McCain should be thrilled with the Washington crowd's lukewarm reaction to his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, in an election about change; they are exactly the sort of folks he should want to be miffed. Published August 30, 2008

Is the veep candidate Gov. Sarah Palin?

BREAKING NEWS -- Speculation has been swirling that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been selected as Sen. John McCain's choice for running mate, giving him a force among women and younger voters. Published August 29, 2008

Gore says foes ‘afraid’ of Obama change

Al Gore on Thursday said that as the man who lost to President Bush in 2000 he knows firsthand the problems of the last eight years, and told the Democratic convention the country must reject Republican presidential candidate John McCain. Published August 29, 2008

McCain’s turn

Always the bridesmaid, finally the bride. Published August 29, 2008

Convention swoons over Bill Clinton

For the third time since leaving office, former President Bill Clinton tried Wednesday to turn the reins of the Democratic Party over to a successor. This time, maybe it will stick. Published August 28, 2008

Warner positions Virginia in spotlight

Seizing his moment in the national spotlight, Senate candidate Mark Warner framed the fall election as a "race for the future" that Barack Obama and Democrats must win with new ideas and pragmatic politics. Published August 27, 2008

Hoyer hedges on McCain as ‘bad president’

House Democratic Leader Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday that Republican John McCain wouldn't necessarily be a bad president, but his problem is he has embraced President Bush's policies. Published August 27, 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

Pelosi: Civilization at stake in November

For those who thought this was just another election, Nancy Pelosi says to wake up: the planet is at stake in the choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. Published August 25, 2008

ANALYSIS: Biden is this year’s ‘Cheney’

Joseph Biden is a lot of things — a seasoned politician with an extensive legislative record, a familiar face in capitals across the world. In short, he's Barack Obama's Dick Cheney. Published August 25, 2008

Pelosi: Planet is at stake in this election

For those who thought this was just another election, Nancy Pelosi says to wake up: the planet is at stake in the choice between Barack Obama and John McCain. Published August 23, 2008