Political Notebook: Oct. 20

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Mount Shasta Herald

Number to Know

17: Number of electoral votes George McGovern received in the 1972 election vs. Richard Nixon, the second lowest amount of votes a major-party candidate has received since Hawaii became the 50th state in 1959.

Fact Check: Debate statements: Health insurance

John McCain claimed that Barack Obama’s real “object” is a government-run, single-payer health insurance system like those in Canada or England. The McCain campaign points to a quote from five years ago, when Obama told a labor gathering that he was “a proponent of a single-payer health care program.” But Obama has since qualified his enthusiasm for Canadian-style health care, and his current proposal is nothing like that. --

Quotes from the Candidates

"I love being the underdog. You know, every time that I've gotten ahead, somehow I've messed it up." – What Sen. John McCain said Sunday on Fox News. 

"I have been honored to have the benefit of his wisdom and counsel from time to time over the last few years, but today, I am beyond honored and deeply humbled to have the support of General Colin Powell." – What Sen. Barack Obama said Sunday after Powell – a Republican and former secretary of state – officially endorsed his candidacy.

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