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Obama, McCain Campaign: Did The “Kill Him” Incident Even Happen?

October 18, 2008

At the final presidential debate, Barack Obama complained that someone yelled “kill him” at a Sarah Palin rally, a comment Obama said was directed toward himself.  Much has been written about this incident; yet it may not have even happened….

By Colbert King
The Washington Post

“Kill him”: the battle cry of a lynch mob and words yelled out by a man at a Sarah Palin rally in Clearwater, Fla., this month, according to my Post colleague Dana Milbank.
Some observers claim that the proposed killing was directed not toward Barack Obama but at Bill Ayers, the co-founder of the radical Weather Underground that bombed public buildings during the turbulent Vietnam era. Ayers, now a college professor who has served with Obama and other noted Chicagoans in civic enterprises — and hosted a campaign event for Obama’s initial run for the state legislature — is being portrayed by John McCain’s campaign as Barack’s bosom buddy, the facts notwithstanding.

Whether the call for assassination was aimed at Obama or Ayers is immaterial. It represents a dangerous new low in American politics.

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (L) (D-IL) ...
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (L) (D-IL) speaks to moderator Bob Schieffer (R) in his third presidential debate with Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

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Secret Service Says “Kill Him” Incident Didn’t Happen

By Steve Thomma
McClatchy Newspapers

The U.S. Secret Service says reports that someone at a Sarah Palin rally in Pennsylvania yelled “kill him” at the mention of Barack Obama‘s name are unfounded.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reported that someone at a Palin rally in Scranton on Tuesday shouted the threat when a Congressional candidate named Chris Hackett mentioned Obama’s name. The story was widely picked up by other media.

The issue came up in Wednesday night’s presidential debate, when Obama asked why John McCain and Sarah Palin have not instantly spoken up when people have yelled things like “kill him.”

But the Secret Service says it investigated the report, interviewing its own agents who were at the event as well as others, and found no one who said they heard the yell other than the reporter.

“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” said Secret Service agent Bill Slavoski. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”

 The Scranton Times-Tribune said it stands by the story.


Asian markets surge on Wall Street rally

April 2, 2008
By THOMAS HOGUE, AP Business Writer 

BANGKOK, Thailand – Asian stocks surged Wednesday as investors took heart from an overnight rally on Wall Street amid a growing belief that the worst of the credit crisis is over.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April ...
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange April 1, 2008. U.S. stocks extended gains on Tuesday, lifting the benchmark S and P 500 and the Nasdaq up more than 3 percent, as Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc’s move to bolster its balance sheet calmed worries about the financial sector’s stability.(Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

In Tokyo, the region’s biggest bourse, the Nikkei 225 index jumped 3.3 percent in morning trade to 13,077.5. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index soared as much as 4.6 percent to 24,195.3.

In mainland China, the Shanghai Composite Index rose more than 3 percent, and benchmark indices in Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan all gained more than 2 percent.

“Investors believe the credit crisis in the U.S. is over,” said Francis Lun, a general manager at Fulbright Securities in Hong Kong. “They think the worst has gone.”

Wall Street began the second quarter with a big rally Tuesday as investors rushed back into stocks amid easing worries about the credit crisis that has battered many major banks and optimism that the U.S. economy — a major export market for Asia — is faring better than expected.

Financial stocks were among the big winners in U.S. and Asian trading after Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Switzerland‘s UBS AG issued new shares to help bolster their balance sheets. The news was viewed as upbeat and offset even an announcement that UBS will take a fresh $19 billion write-down due to additional declines in the value of its mortgage assets and other credit instruments.

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