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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows the race for the White House is tied with Barack Obama and John McCain each attracting 44% of the vote. However, when "leaners" are included, it’s McCain 47% and Obama 46%. As always, at this point, polls mean very little, but this could show a shift.

To anyone who wants to discredit this post, I cite the Rasmussen Poll, check it, double and triple check it. I have not checked the CNBC poll to see if Obama still has 99.9% of the vote there. Rasmussen and Gallup are far and away the most respected and accurate pollers in the country, the others can and should be weighed (if you care about this stuff) but these are the authorities.

Gallup by the way marks 45% to Obama with 44% McCain, they do not however factor in the leaners.......same old message, if Obama does win it will be by barely dragging himself across the finish line and this is against John McCain, who has run a decrepit and pitifully inadequate campaign, to put it kindly. Combine this and the unprecedented (even by modern Lib standards) Media adulation and love as well as the manipulated stories in his favor, and Obama still cannot increase the distance. Pitiful, horrible candidates on both sides.

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I'm scratching my head if Obama believes the following new ad is going to change his fortunes. If I'm the McCain/GOP camp, I'm using this against him at every turn.

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Obama Ad Calls for Return of Windfall Profits Tax

by Associated Press

Monday, August 4, 2008

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CHICAGO — Barack Obama’s campaign unveiled a television ad Monday that attacks Republican John McCain’s energy policies.

“After one president in the pocket of big oil we can’t afford another,” says the ad, referring to President Bush’s previous work in the oil industry.

Obama hoped to emphasize energy and the economy in campaign stops this week in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, beginning with a speech Monday in Lansing, Mich. Gas prices over $4 a gallon have become a top issue in the presidential contest.

Obama’s spot trumpets his proposal to revive a windfall profits tax on energy companies and asserts that McCain favors tax breaks for the oil industry.

“A windfall profits tax on big oil to give families a thousand-dollar rebate,” an announcer in the ad says.

Obama has pushed for such a tax to fund $1,000 emergency rebate checks for consumers besieged by high energy costs.

Congress enacted a windfall profits tax in 1980, during an earlier era of high oil prices, but repealed it in 1988 amid concerns the tax was discouraging domestic oil development. Last year, the House approved $18 billion in new taxes on the largest oil companies, but they were blocked by Republicans in the Senate.

The new Obama ad opens with a driver pumping gas. The announcer says, “Every time you fill your tank, the oil companies fill their pockets.”

Republicans were quick to pounce.

“Barack Obama’s latest attack ads shows his celebrity is matched only by his hypocrisy,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “After all it was Senator Obama, not John McCain, who voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that was a sweetheart deal for oil companies. Also not mentioned is the $400,000 from big oil contributors that Barack Obama has already pocketed in this election.”

Alex Conant, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said Michigan Republicans planned to go to Obama’s Lansing event to pass out tire gauges engraved with “Obama’s Energy Plan.” That pokes fun at the part of Obama’s energy plan calling for people to inflate their tires to the highest correct pressure to help conserve fuel.

Obama aides said the new ad began running on Monday in markets around the country.

Obama has said recently that he would reluctantly consider accepting some new offshore oil drilling. Obama previously opposed any offshore drilling.

Lately, however, he has cited “very constructive” talks between Senate Republicans and Democrats on this issue. He praised a plan unveiled by a group of Republican and Democratic senators to permit drilling while supporting an effort to convert most vehicles to alternative fuels in 20 years.

McCain’s campaign accused the Democrat of flip-flopping. However, the Arizona Republican recently reversed his own former opposition to drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Both candidates have energy proposals to reduce U.S. dependence on oil. Obama’s was first, and its centerpiece is a 10-year, $150 billion spending plan focusing on clean coal technology, further development of plug-in hybrid cars, commercialization of wind and solar power and other measures.

McCain’s, which is called the Lexington Project, includes building 45 new nuclear power plants; offering a $300 million prize for major advancement of low-cost, plug-in hybrid or electric car technology; and “encouraging the market” in wind, hydroelectric and solar power. Both he and Obama would cut use of fossil fuels to combat climate change

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Obama's now up by 3 in the latest Gallup tracking poll. I expect that Rasmussen tracking poll to be tied or Obama to be ahead in the next few days after he unveiled his new energy plan. Also his new ad will help as well:

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I'd say that ad will hurt him. He should pull it now and change his plan. I can't wait for the first question in a debate to Obama, "so how do you define a "windfall" profit Mr. Obama?".

I can't believe people buy into this stuff.

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I'd say that ad will hurt him. He should pull it now and change his plan. I can't wait for the first question in a debate to Obama, "so how do you define a "windfall" profit Mr. Obama?".

I can't believe people buy into this stuff.

I cant believe people buy ino him period. Oh well. Talk about sheep.

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