JACKSON, Ohio — Republican John McCain on Wednesday called on Congress to return from its summer recess to address immediately the U.S. energy crisis, though he missed numerous energy-related votes in the Senate last year.
McCain, campaigning on energy and economic issues in southern Ohio, said that as president he would tell members of Congress “not to leave town, not to take their vacation or pay raise” until they passed legislation to ease the burden of high energy prices on consumers.
Obama volunteer resigns over Muslim connections
WASHINGTON — An attorney who volunteered to help Barack Obama improve his relationship with Muslim and Arab Americans has resigned from the campaign amid questions about his connection to a fundamentalist imam.
Mazen Asbahi started as the campaign’s outreach coordinator on July 26, and he resigned in a letter to the campaign Monday. He said he was stepping down “to avoid distracting from Barack Obama’s message of change.”
Asbahi, an associate at the Chicago law firm Schiff Hardin, said in his letter that he served on the board of the Dow Jones Islamic Index Fund for a few weeks but resigned “as I became aware of public allegations against another member of the board.”
Coloradoans will get most convention speech tickets
DENVER — More than half of the 75,000 tickets for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention will go to residents of Colorado, a battleground state critical to the party’s hopes of winning the White House.
Obama will deliver his speech at Invesco Field at Mile High, home to football’s Denver Broncos, and Democratic officials announced their credentialing plans Wednesday. Nearly two-thirds of the tickets will go to residents of the West and Southwest, including Colorado, where Democrats have made inroads in recent elections.
McCain joins Obama with expensive Olympics ads
WASHINGTON — John McCain won’t cede the pricey Olympics airwaves to Barack Obama.
McCain plans to run $6 million worth of TV commercials on NBC broadcast and cable channels during the Summer Games in Beijing. He committed the money just a few days before Friday’s opening ceremonies and a few weeks after his Democratic rival’s campaign signaled its intention to spend some $5 million on ads.
Poll: 48 percent tired of hearing about Obama
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama may be the fresh face in this year’s presidential election, but nearly half say they’re already tired of hearing about him, a poll says.
With Election Day still three months away, 48 percent said they’re hearing too much about the Democratic candidate, according to a poll released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Just 26 percent said the same about his Republican rival, John McCain.
According to an ongoing Pew study, Obama has appeared in more news stories this year and more people say they have heard more about him than the Arizona senator, who also ran for president in 2000.
St. Paul gets $50 million
to prep for GOP convention
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The federal government is giving St. Paul police $50 million to help pay for everything from new bikes to powerful radios to extra staff and training time ahead of the Republican National Convention.
The convention is expected to bring 45,000 visitors and perhaps tens of thousands of protesters to the Twin Cities Sept. 1-4.
— Wire Reports