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Originally posted 11/04/2008 07:15AM
As the clock struck midnight Tuesday – signaling the start of Election Day – both John McCain and Barack Obama couldn't help feeling sentimental.
Obama marked the occasion with a solemn stroll through his campaign plane before it carried him home to Chicago. The Democratic hopeful shook the hand of each of the five dozen journalists aboard, some of whom had traveled with him for all 21 months of his long campaign. (One photographer, who was celebrating her birthday, even got a kiss!)
And when one in the entourage said, "Good luck," Obama simply shook his head. "It'll be fun," he replied, "fun to see how the story ends."
And, early Tuesday, Obama and his wife Michelle cast their ballots at a polling place in Hyde Park, just a few minutes from their home. Their daughters were with them.
Asked by reporters if he was feeling sentimental, Obama replied, "I'm sure I will tonight. That's when the polls close and the journey ends."
Originally posted 11/02/2008 01:45AM
With the presidential election just days away, Republican presidential candidate John McCain drew laughs – often at his own expense – during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.
In response to Barack Obama's purchase of airtime on several major networks on Wednesday, McCain joked in the opening sketch that he could only afford airtime on QVC, peddling everything from pork knives to commemorative plates.
"I'm a true Maverick: a Republican without money!" he quipped. "My only showbiz connections are Jon Voight and Heidi from The Hills."
Originally posted 10/31/2008 11:30AM
John McCain may be locked in the fight of his political life, but he just found time to appear on Saturday Night Live.
With only three days to go until his Nov. 4 ballot box clash with Barack Obama, the GOP presidential hopeful will duck from the campaign trail to appear on NBC's live broadcast, according to the Associated Press.
McCain last appeared on SNL in May, after he became the Republican nominee. During that appearance, the candidate, 72, joked about his age, saying: "I ask you, what should we be looking for in our next president? Certainly, someone who is very, very, very old."
Originally posted 10/31/2008 09:00AM
Want to catch a glimpse of John McCain on election day? First, try the ballot box. And if that doesn't work, there's always the local multiplex.
"He always goes to a movie on election day," daughter Meghan McCain told PEOPLE Tuesday in Las Vegas. "He usually goes in the early afternoon."
As for her own ritual, "I wear purple somehow," she said. "Purple is my lucky color."
This is the presidential hopeful's eighth political campaign. But all that election-day experience doesn't make the upcoming decision any less nerve-wracking.
"I'm a basket case on election days traditionally, and I probably will be on this one, too," she said. "This is a really big deal and no one knows what the outcome is going to be."
Originally posted 10/17/2008 04:30PM
John McCain may have apologized to David Letterman Thursday night, but the show's ratings are nothing to feel sorry about.
Originally posted 10/16/2008 09:00PM
John McCain made an apologetic appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, blaming nobody but himself for his much-ridiculed cancellation last month.
"I screwed up. What can I say?" the Republican presidential nominee told Letterman on Thursday night's show.
There was, however, a silver lining, said McCain.
"Look at all the conversation I gave you," he told Letterman.
The late-night host had been skewering the Arizona senator since he missed a Sept. 24 appearance during the momentary suspension of his campaign due to the economic crisis.
Originally posted 10/16/2008 09:55AM
Who was the big winner in Wednesday night's heated presidential debate? Oddly enough, it wasn't Barack Obama or his Republican opponent John McCain.
Meet plumber Joe Wurzelbacher, an unknown from Ohio, whose first name was invoked nearly a dozen times during the third and final showdown for the would-be-presidents.
Wurzelbacher met Obama in Toledo earlier this week, and explained that he'd been working as a plumber for 15 years. He claimed that, under the Democratic hopeful's tax plan, he'd never be able to buy the business. (Because it earns more than $250,000, it would be taxed at a higher rate – 39 rather than 36 percent – under Obama's plan, the Associated Press reports.)
"It's not that I want to punish your success," Obama told Wurzelbacher at the time. "I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you ... [has] a chance at success, too."
McCain seized on the encounter during the debate, using the plumber's story as an example of how Obama's economic policies could hurt small business owners.
Originally posted 10/14/2008 08:30AM
Gossip Girl stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley aim for the funny bone in a pro-Barack Obama commercial that jokingly warns of the dangers of voting for John McCain.
"If you're ever out somewhere and you're considering voting McCain, just call me," Lively says in the 30-second ad. "I'll pick you up. No questions asked."
Part of MoveOn's Youth Vote program, the commercial was directed by Mr. and Mrs. Smith director Doug Limon and will air during Gossip Girl on CW and on MTV and Comedy Central.
Originally posted 10/13/2008 07:50AM
Better late than never?
Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain is set to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman Thursday – less than a month after controversially canceling his last appearance at the last minute, the Associated Press reports.
The candidate bailed on his Sept. 24 interview, claiming he had to begin work immediately on the Wall Street bail-out. But instead, McCain appeared on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.
After discovering McCain's other commitment, Letterman quipped, "Now I'm feeling like an ugly date."
Originally posted 09/25/2008 12:15PM
A very peeved David Letterman took Republican presidential candidate John McCain to task on his CBS Late Show Wednesday for McCain's last-minute cancellation as a guest.
The TV host discovered that McCain hadn't gone to Washington, D.C. (as he had given as his excuse), after all – but was instead across town, giving an interview to CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric – which prompted more comments from Letterman about McCain. (See the full monologue here.)
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