Biden spokesman: The VP nominee’s son was not lobbying his dad

The McCain camp launched an attack not too long ago claiming that Biden’s son used to lobby on behalf of MBNA. Biden’s spokesman says that never happened.   Yeah, right:

The McCain campaign points out that Hunter Biden served as a vice president at the credit card giant MBNA at one time and later as a “consultant” to it.

Biden’s camp has always denied that the senator’s son was hired to lobby, though it’s hard to imagine that the bank wasn’t aware of their employee’s connection to the senator.

I know my I.Q. isn’t as high as Biden’s, but I’m having a hard time accepting the idea that Biden’s son never ever informally lobbied his dad on behalf of his former employer – an employer that just happens to have their headquarters in Delaware.


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Radio ad: McCain stood in way of stem cell research

Via Ben Smith:

A reader and assiduous radio listener in Colorado sends over word of Obama’s latest, unannounced radio ad buy.

This one addresses Obama’s support of stem cell research, and says McCain has stood in the way of progress on stem cell research.

In fact, McCain has generally been a supporter of stem cell research, though it’s a complicated issue, and hard to address without the details of the ad, which I don’t have.

While Ben doesn’t have the actual radio ad, here’s a quick profile on the subject provided to you by Pew:

McCain opposes embryonic stem cell research that uses cloned human embryos. In 2006 he supported a trio of U.S. Senate bills designed to increase federal funding for adult stem cell research, ban the creation of embryos for research and offer federal support for research using embryos slated for destruction by fertility clinics. In 2007, in what he described as “a very agonizing and tough decision,” he voted to allow research using human embryos left over from fertility treatments.


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Suspect in e-mailgate is a the son of a Democratic lawmaker

It’s official:

WASHINGTON – The FBI searched the residence of the son of a Democratic state lawmaker in Tennessee over the weekend looking for evidence linking the young man to the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account, two law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Monday.

David Kernell, 20, has not returned repeated phone calls or e-mails from the AP since last week. He is the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, a Memphis Democrat and chairman of Tennessee’s House Government Operations Committee. The father declined last week to discuss the possibility his son might be involved in the case.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this kid wasn’t just acting out of sheer curiosity.

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ABC News factchecks Obama and McCain economy attacks

Watch the video.  When I initially watched it, I thought they were going to take an even number of statements and call it a draw for the sake of neutrality, but as it turns out, one of these candidates has mislead the public more than the other.


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What Palin would’ve said at the anti-Iran rally

NY Sun published the speech she never gave.  Again, she praises Hillary:

Earlier this year, Senator Clinton said that “Iran is seeking nuclear weapons, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is in the forefront of that” effort. Senator Clinton argued that part of our response must include stronger sanctions, including the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization. John McCain and I could not agree more.

Senator Clinton understands the nature of this threat and what we must do to confront it. This is an issue that should unite all Americans. Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Period. And in a single voice, we must be loud enough for the whole world to hear: Stop Iran!


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McCain ad: Obama wants to chat with Chavez

This seems like one of those ads that are going to make the Sunday talk shows.  

Pretty effective.


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Washing Post editors: Obama’s truthiness on McCain’s regulation record

Color me shocked (Political Punch via HotAir): 

When I was warning about the danger ahead on Wall Street months ago because of the lack of oversight, Senator McCain was telling the Wall Street Journal — and I quote — ‘I’m always for less regulation,'”Obama said in Espanola, NM, yesterday.

But as the Post points out, (as we have before), the full quotation from McCain’s March interview with the Wall Street Journal includes McCain’s assertion:

“But I am aware of the view that there is a need for government oversight. I think we found this in the subprime lending crisis — that there are people that game the system and if not outright broke the law, they certainly engaged in unethical conduct which made this problem worse. So I do believe that there is role for oversight.”

The Post says when it comes to regulation of the financial markets, “McCain’s record is more in keeping with his current rhetoric. In the aftermath of the Enron collapse and other accounting scandals, he was a leader, with Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.), in pushing to require that companies treat stock options granted to employees as expenses on their balance sheets…

A politician with great foresight that reaches across the aisle to work for Americans or one that just talks about it? What… a… tough… choice?

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