Obama shows gains in poll

Barack Obama leads John McCain nationally by a margin of 46 percent to 42 percent, opening his biggest edge since the campaign entered the fall stretch after the two major party conventions, according to a new Ipsos-McClatchy poll.

Obama's four-point lead marks steady if small gains the Illinois Democrat has made in the poll since Labor Day. Over four weekly surveys, he has gone from being down by one point to tied, up by one point and now up by four. The most recent poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

One key reason for his gain over the past week could be last week's kickoff debate between the two major party candidates. A separate Ipsos-McClatchy online poll of undecided voters, taken Monday, found that a majority thought that Obama did better in the 90-minute face-off. The online survey isn't a random sample of the population, has no statistical margin of error and is not scientific.

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Palin's view of high court centers on one case

When it comes to the Supreme Court, only one case comes to Sarah Palin's mind: Roe v. Wade.

In an interview shown on Wednesday's “CBS Evening News,” the Republican vice presidential hopeful cast herself as a federalist and could name no other high court decisions she disagrees with.

“I believe that states should have more say in the laws of their lands and individual areas,” Palin said, explaining why she thought the court got it wrong on the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

Asked what other Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with, Alaska's governor didn't name any.

“Well, let's see. There's, of course, in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, that's never going to be absolute consensus by every American,” Palin said. “And there are, those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know, going through the history of America, there would be others, but …”

Associated Press

Clinton makes first appearance for Obama

Former President Clinton set aside his cool relationship with Democratic candidate Barack Obama on Wednesday to condemn Republican economic policies as well as endorse his wife's ex-rival.

For his first campaign trail appearance on Obama's behalf, Clinton appeared in the swing state of Florida, whose 27 electoral votes are seen as central to Republican John McCain's hopes for victory. A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed Obama with a 51 percent to 43 percent lead over McCain among likely voters there.

Clinton didn't speak Obama's name until five minutes into his 22-minute speech and mentioned wife Hillary Clinton's voter outreach group when explaining why he came to Florida: “Hillary sent me.”

Associated Press