TRAIL MIX: Biden Question Stirs Controversy; Obama Lead Confirmed by Data from ... Karl Rove?

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In today's news from newspaper campaign blogs: Biden interview creates controversy; record crowds for Obama in Colorado and Karl Rove cites polling data to confirm Obama lead. Elizabeth Hasselbeck introduces Gov. Palin in Florida. See links at bottom.

"How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist?"The Swamp The Chicago Tribune By Frank James

Frank James of the Swamp was so appalled at an interview conducted with Biden by Barbara West, an anchor for WFTV in Orlando, FLa. last week, that he suggested that J-schools use it as a perfect example of how an interview "should never be conducted." Here is a snippet. West: "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. That's from Karl Marx. How is Senator Obama not being a Marxist if he intends to spread the wealth around?" Biden: "Are you joking? Is this a joke?" West: "No." Biden: "Is that a real questions?" West: "That's a question."

More fallout from the WFTV Biden-West interviewOn Politics USA Today

On Politics notes that the Obama campaign canceled interviews with Barbara West of Florida's WFTV after her "contentious" one with Biden. On Politics then goes on to report that West defends the tone of her interview with Biden in which she inferred Obama might be a Marxist, in a post in the Orlando Sentinel saying that she had four minutes of a satellite window for the interviews and ..."I got right down to it and yes, I asked him some pointed questions. ...I don't think I was rude or inconsiderate to him......I can't believe that in all his years in politics, and all his campaigning and such, that he hasn't run into some rough questions before. "

McCain and Graham defend Palin -- but then, where is she on Sunday mornings?The Trail The Washington Post By Juliet Eilperin

On the Sunday talk shows Sunday, both GOP nominee John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) defended Sarah Palin's choice as the republican VP nominee. First McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he "cannot be more proud of her," and then Lindsey Graham also came to Palin's defense on ABC, according to Juliet Eilperin of The Trail, saying, "Quite frankly, Sarah's energized our base better than anybody we could have picked, and we needed that." Neither McCain nor Graham would comment however, on why she has not been allowed to appear on the Sunday Talk Shows herself, the only vice presidential candidate from either party never to have done so. …