Obama Lied About Ayers, McCain TV AD Alleges

Trailing in polls and searching for a way to gain ground, Republican John McCain assailed Democratic rival Barack Obama on Friday in a sharply worded TV ad that said: "When convenient, he worked with terrorist Bill Ayers. When discovered, he lied."

At the same time, McCain moved to restrain the anger that has emerged from some of his crowds this week, telling a town hall meeting in Minnesota that Obama is a "person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States."

McCain's new ad uses Obama's association with Ayers, a Chicago college professor who was an anti-Vietnam war radical in the 1960s, to assert that Obama has "blind ambition" and "bad judgment," and can't be trusted during an economic catastrophe.

The Associated Press and other news organizations have reported that Obama and Ayers are not close, but that they live in the same Chicago neighborhood and worked together on two nonprofit organization boards from the mid-1990s to 2002. Ayers also hosted a small meet-the-candidate event for Obama in 1995 as he first ran for the state Senate.

To back up its allegation that Obama lied about his relationship, McCain's campaign juxtaposed that debate comment with a CNN report in which a reporter asserted that "the relationship between Obama and Ayers went much deeper, ran much longer, and was much more political than Obama said."

But McCain's campaign provided no other evidence that Obama "lied."

— Associated Press

State Judge Orders Alaska To Preserve Palin E-Mails

A judge has ordered the state of Alaska to preserve any government-related e-mails that Gov. Sarah Palin sent from private accounts.

Anchorage Superior Court Judge Craig Stowers ruled Friday in the lawsuit brought by Anchorage resident Andree McLeod against Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee.

Palin has occasionally used private e-mail accounts to conduct state business, and her Yahoo accounts were hacked last month. The hacking of Palin's private account was significant because it showed that private e-mail accounts used to conduct state business would be vulnerable to being exposed.

The judge ordered the attorney general to contact Yahoo and other private carriers to preserve any e-mails sent and received on those accounts. If the e-mails were destroyed when the accounts were deactivated, he directed state officials to have the companies attempt to resurrect the e-mails.

— Associated Press

McCain Losing Support Among Lation Voters

John McCain won nearly 70 percent of Latino voters in his last bid for the Senate in Arizona, but now is watching rival Barack Obama run away with those voters.

"The Republican Party pretty much alienated that voting bloc with the debate over immigration," said Clarisa Arellano, a GOP activist in Colorado Springs, Colo., and a co-chairwoman of McCain's Latino coalition in the state. "There's constant repetition that Sen. McCain is just another Republican, and negative campaigning works."

McCain's trouble is most evident in his own backyard — the swing states of Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. Latinos in these states are a growing and critical segment of the electorate. They are largely of Mexican descent and trend Democratic, but in recent elections Republicans have successfully carved out just enough of their support to win.

In a poll done last week, McCain was winning just 17 percent of Latino voters in New Mexico. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama had 62 percent, and 21 percent were undecided, according to the survey conducted by Research & Polling Inc. for the Albuquerque Journal.

McCain is faring somewhat better in national polls. A Gallup poll conducted last week showed 26 percent of Latinos favoring McCain; 64 percent preferred Obama.

— Associated Press

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