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Political Notebook: Oct. 21

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Number to Know

40: Total number of electoral votes George W. Bush won by in his two election victories. Bill Clinton won his terms by a combined 422 electoral votes. The most lopsided victories were by Ronald Reagan (952) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (928 in his first two terms).

Fact Check: Debate statements: Party lines

Barack Obama strained to portray himself as willing to break ranks with fellow Democrats. His prime example was his vote for a bill that was supported by 18 Democrats and opposed by 26. Congressional Quarterly rates him as voting with his party 97 percent of the time since becoming a U.S. senator. – www.factcheck.org

Quotes from the Candidates

“He guaranteed that if Sen. Obama is elected … we will have an international crisis to test America's new president. We don't want a president who invites testing from the world at a time when our economy is in crisis and Americans are already fighting in two wars.” – What Sen. John McCain said Monday in response to a comment from Sen. Joe Biden that a President Obama would be “tested” by the international community.

“We’ve seen it before. And we’re seeing it again. Ugly phone calls. Misleading mail and TV ads. Careless, outrageous comments. All aimed at keeping us from working together, all aimed at stopping change. It’s getting so bad that even Sen. McCain’s running mate denounced his tactics last night. You know, you really have to work hard to violate Governor Palin’s standards on negative campaigning, you’ve got to work hard.” – What Sen. Barack Obama said Monday in response to Gov. Sarah Palin saying she would be running the campaign differently if she were in charge.

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