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TRAIL MIX: Candidates on TV Tonight, Florida Extends Early Voting Hours

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TRAIL MIX: Candidates on TV Tonight, Florida Extends Early Voting Hours

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In today's news from newspaper campaign blogs: Tonight's a big one for the candidates on TV, Joe the Plumber on Middle East policy, and Florida extends early voting hours. Big Day for Candidates on TVOn PoliticsUSA TodayBy Mark Memmott Tonight's a big one for the presidential candidates on the boob tube. Obama's half-hour buy of advertising time -- in which he will air his campaign message on CBS, NBC, Fox, and some cable networks including Univision's American Stories -- will be followed by a surprise visit Obama pre-recorded on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11 p.m. ET. Not to be left out, Republican presidential nominee John McCain is due to be on Larry King Live at 9 p.m. ET.

Joe the Plumber on the Middle EastBy Jill LawrenceOn Politics Joe the Plumber, who was made famous by Republican John McCain during the last presidential debate, is evidently extending his expertise from tax policy to the Middle Eastern affairs. On Politics' Jill Lawrence notes that Fox News reported that at a rally for McCain at a flag store in Columbus, Ohio, Wurzelbacher agreed with an audience member who said that a vote for Democrat Barack Obama would be "a vote for the death to Israel." He was asked this question twice, and agreed both times. Wurzelbacher didn't go on to elaborate exactly how Obama would be "the death" of Israel. He then went on Fox News, and revealed under probing by Shepard Smith that he didn't really know anything about the subject.

Uh Oh, More Trouble for McCain AdvisorsThe SwampChicago TribuneBy Andrew Zajac First McCain advisors were let go for having too many ties to lobbyists, which went against its campaign platform. Then, it was pointed out that other advisors were not being completely frank about their relationship with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Then they were criticized for relying too much on the Rove tradition in their campaigning -- and most recently they have been accused of squelching Sarah Palin's natural "enthusiasm" on the campaign trail. Andrew Zajac of The Swamp is reporting now that still another top campaign adviser, Charles Black, has problems too. He has been accused of "failing in his duties as a director of e-Smart Technologies Inc, by allowing its CEO to defraud the company. …

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