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Obama Tells Supporters: Stop Measuring White House Drapes! Watch For Joe The Plummer….

October 16, 2008

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama warned his supporters to guard against overconfidence on Thursday as he and underdog Republican rival John McCain opened a 19-day sprint to Election Day.

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent, Reuters

The two candidates hit the campaign trail — Obama raising money in New York and McCain holding a rally in Pennsylvania — after their third and last presidential debate on Wednesday, a testy face-off that made an Ohio plumber famous.

So far, all the stars seemed to be lining up in Obama’s favor. He leads in national opinion polls and in many of the battleground states where the November 4 race will be won or lost.

Traders betting on future events in the political prediction markets are overwhelmingly predicting an Obama victory, giving the Illinois Democrat a better than 80 percent chance of winning.

But Obama pointed out to deep-pocket contributors at a fund-raising breakfast in Manhattan that he was supposed to win New Hampshire last January in the Democratic primary but lost the state to Sen. Hillary Clinton.

“For those of you who are feeling giddy or cocky or think this is all set, I just have two words for you: New Hampshire,” Obama said.

“I’ve been in these positions before when we were favored and the press starts getting carried away and we end up getting spanked,” he said.

NEW POLITICAL STAR

The new star in U.S. politics — at least for a news cycle or two — is Joe Wurzelbacher, “Joe the plumber,” who told Obama at a campaign stop that he wanted to buy a small plumbing business in Holland, Ohio.

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Obama Measuring White House Drapes? Predicting Landslide, Plans Big Election Night Party

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Obama Measuring White House Drapes? Predicting Landslide, Plans Big Election Night Party

October 16, 2008

It’s not a done deal yet, but all indications are that campaign officials are leaning toward Hutchinson Field on the south end of Grant Park as the site of their election night party.
By Jay Levine
CBS Channel 2, Chicago

The field is home to softball diamonds, the popular summer Lollapalooza music festival and was the site of the mass pope John Paul held in Chicago nearly 30 years ago.

If Grant Park is chosen as the venue, it would not be the first big outdoor event for Obama. He announced his presidential run outside the old state capitol in Springfield on a very cold day last February and gave his nomination acceptance speech at Denver’s Mile High Stadium.

CBS 2 first reported last month that Grant Park was on Obama campaign officials’ shortlist. They tentatively decided on it late last week. The negotiations with the city and park district have begun. Security arrangements are reportedly starting to take shape, and Mayor Richard M. Daley reportedly said it was a great idea.

The record low for Nov. 4 in Chicago is 15 degrees. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine asked Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President Jerry Roper what he anticipated for the night.

“Weather’s never a problem Chicago. We know how to handle it,” Roper said. “And there’ll be a lot of warmth that night, if indeed it does take place in Grant Park.”

Roper added that the event would be a “huge economic boost for our city.”
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Above: Senator Obama (L) and Senator McCain at the final presidential debate, October 15, 2008.  Photo from Getty Images

“People have been following Barack Obama around the world, and the world will have their eyes on Chicago that evening,” Roper said. “With the Pope’s visit from 30 years ago, to Lollapalooza, this city knows how to handle big events. … We’re prepared.”

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