All from the very excellent site Politicalwire.com:
McCain Gives Up on Michigan
Sen. John McCain “is pulling out of Michigan,” reports Jonathan Martin, “a stunning move a month away from Election Day that indicates the difficulty Republicans are having in finding blue states to put in play.”
“McCain will go off TV in Michigan, stop dropping mail there and send most of his staff to more competitive states, including Wisconsin, Ohio and Florida.”
Democracy Corps: Obama Leads in Ohio
A new Democracy Corps poll in Ohio shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 49% to 43%.
Advice for Tonight
George Stephanopolous offers some pointers for tonight’s vice presidential debate:
For Sarah Palin: “Enjoy yourself. You’re the candidate facing the most pressure tonight…this debate is about you. Given the fact that 6 out of 10 Americans don’t think you are qualified and a third polled now say they are less likely to vote for John McCain because you are on the ticket, you can’t afford to make a mistake tonight. But the mistake is if you are so tightly wound that you freeze up. Your mantra: while risky, your best hope is to enjoy yourself. Embrace this, bask in the national spotlight, don’t be afraid. It’s better to risk a mistake by being who you are than to look so frightened that you freeze up.”
For Joe Biden: “Restrain yourself. It’s only natural for you to want to show how much you’ve done and how much you know. But a little bit of that can go a long way. Everyone will be on alert for overbearing, condescending or patronizing moments. People are lying in wait to call you sexist, so restrain yourself. Remember the opponent is McCain and the goal tonight is to make your case as clearly and simply as you can. When in doubt, say nothing. Less is more.”
As Palin Sinks, Obama Surges
Public Policy Polling surveyed four states immediately after the Republican convention and then again three weeks later. In those states, Gov. Sarah Palin’s favorability has dropped by a net average of 12 points, and Sen. Barack Obama’s standing in the horse race has improved by an average of seven points.