Clinton avoiding Palin

Sen. Hillary Clinton is avoiding a public face-off with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin while still raising money and votes for the Democrat who wrested the presidential nomination from her.

Advisers to Barack Obama and Clinton say she will resist pressure to speak out against Palin, believing it would diminish her own stature while creating a sideshow that would only distract voters from the contest at the top of the ticket.

Clinton abruptly canceled an appearance at a rally protesting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after learning that Palin had also been invited to the event scheduled next week outside the U.N. A spokeswoman for Palin, Tracey Schmitt, said of Clinton's cancellation: “Gov. Palin believes that the danger of a nuclear Iran is greater than party or politics.” Associated Press

‘Don't ask, don't tell' not on Obama's agenda

Barack Obama said if elected president he would not try to repeal the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy on his own. Obama said in an interview to run in gay publications today that he wants to work with military leaders to build a consensus on removing the ban on openly gay service members in the armed forces. Associated Press

Biden says Wall Street woes awoke McCain

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday it took a financial crisis on Wall Street for Republican John McCain to realize the U.S. economy is in trouble.

“Where was he a week ago, a month ago?” Biden asked.

McCain spokesman Ben Porritt dismissed Biden's talk. “No matter how fiery the sales job, Ohio voters prefer John McCain's maverick record of reforming government and fighting for change,” Porritt said. Associated Press

Palin's Yahoo e-mail account is hacked

Hackers broke into the Yahoo e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska's governor, revealing as evidence a few inconsequential personal messages she has received since John McCain selected her as his running mate.

“This is a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these e-mails will destroy them,” the McCain campaign said in a statement. Associated Press

Michelle Obama holds women's economic talk

Michelle Obama said Wednesday people are looking for policies to help them in their everyday lives, but do not expect government to have all the solutions. She said her husband's policies will focus on families.

“As president, Barack is determined to change Washington so that instead of just talking about family values that we also work to develop policies that actually value families,” she said to applause.

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Clinton fundraiser backing McCain

Lynne Forester de Rothschild, a top Hillary Clinton fundraiser, threw her support behind Republican John McCain on Wednesday, saying he will lead the country in a centrist fashion and accusing the Democrats of becoming too extreme. Associated Press