McCain Says One-Party Rule Bad For Washington
STEVE INSKEEP, Host:
Let's get some analysis now from NPR's Cokie Roberts who joins us most Monday mornings. Cokie, good morning.
COKIE ROBERTS: Good morning, Steve.
INSKEEP: So how are the campaigns doing in getting the votes up?
ROBERTS: Well, they seem to be doing very well. In an ABC tracking poll last week, fully 30 percent of the people said that they plan to vote early, before Election Day. So that message is getting out. Get your absentee ballot or go vote early. And those voters that are overwhelmingly for Barack Obama versus those who say they're going to vote on Election Day are where he's leading by single digits. So the big question, of course, is whether the people who say they plan to vote early actually do. There were over the weekend long lines in several states. But that's where the ground game that David is describing comes into play.
INSKEEP: And then, of course, there's the message McCain and his supporters, as well as the Republicans in Congress trying to keep their seats in Congress, are saying, wait a minute. Do you want to turn over the whole government to one party?
ROBERTS: Elizabeth Dole, for instance, in North Carolina is using that line of attack in her ads. And it did work for Republicans in 1996 when her husband was running against Bill Clinton for his second term. They said, you know, hold back the government, hold back the Democrats. And that was effective. What you are hearing from some of those Democratic candidates is that they wish that Barack Obama would share some of his vast campaign treasure with them to help knock off those Republican incumbents.
INSKEEP: So that's the concern about divided government. Is there any concern on the Republican side about a divided campaign?
ROBERTS: Well, Sarah Palin, the vice presidential candidate, is clearly looking to her own future in the party and thinking that she has been disserved by the McCain campaign. She's making her unhappiness clear in grumblings to the press. Over the weekend she tried to diffuse the flap over the $150,000 spent by the Republican National Committee on her family's wardrobe and made a point that, I'm back to my own clothes from my favorite consignment store in Alaska. Look, Steve, I think if John McCain loses, that we will hear more from Sarah Palin. I think that she was an up-and-coming star in the Republican Party before he picked her, and she plans to still be a star in the Republican Party despite the nicks of this campaign.
INSKEEP: Cokie, it's always good to hear from you. That's NPR's Cokie Roberts.
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