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TRAIL MIX: McCain Defends Palin on Imus, Bob Barr Claims McCain Is 'Toast'

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TRAIL MIX: McCain Defends Palin on Imus, Bob Barr Claims McCain Is 'Toast'

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In today's news from newspaper campaign blogs: McCain POW interview online, McCain on Imus defends Palin, and Bob Barr on a "faux conservative." See links to blog at bottom.

McCain POW interview onlineOn PoliticsUSA TodayBy Mark Memmott The 1967 film of John McCain as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, the long version of which has not been available for decades, is online this week. A French reporter made the film and it shows McCain without a shirt, smoking and unshaven talking about being shot down, his treatment by his captors and his family. If interested, Mark Memmott of On Politics can tell you where to go to see the full version.

McCain on Imus on PalinThe TrailThe Washington PostBy Michael Abramowitz On Don Imus' syndicated radio show Wednesday, John McCain professed to be "amazed" at the constant critique of Gov. Palin and described her once again as "the most qualified" vice presidential candidate in recent years. "My question is, what's their problem?" McCain was responding to Imus about criticism of Palin from Colin Powell and others. Michael Abramowitz of the Trail goes on to report that in a "feisty" exchange with Imus, McCain compares Palin's experience to that of Bill Clinton, who also came out of a small state to run for President. Two incumbents challengedThe Washington WireThe Wall Street JournalBy Easha Anand Two Senate races that are still too close to call -- and in which republican incumbents are challenged by democrats -- are the lively races in Minnesota and New Hampshire. Easha Anand reports on both races for the "Down the Homestretch" feature Wednesday. In Minnesota, the Republican incumbent Norm Coleman is running against former comedian, social critic, and writer Al Franken. They have spent $28 million attacking the other over expensive suits and outdated video featuring foul language and comedic outtakes. Minnesota is a state which trends blue and which has the longest streak of any state for voting Democratic for president albeit often narrowly (three points in 2004). A third-party candidate might also have as much an impact on this election as Obama or McCain coattails. Dean Barkley, Jesse Ventura's former campaign manager, could be a spoiler, though it is unclear whether he'll hurt Franken or Coleman. …

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