Trail Mix

Boehner gets vulgar on campaign

House Republican leader John Boehner used a vulgar expression to refer to Democrat Barack Obama and his voting record in the Illinois Legislature. While campaigning for Republican John McCain on Wednesday, Boehner told a small crowd at a bar in the college town of Oxford that failing to vote “yes” or “no” on an issue meant a lawmaker was a “chickens---.”

The Ohio congressman said the last thing the country needs is to have a “chicken” in the White House.

Boehner spokesman Jessica Towhey confirmed the remarks on Saturday but said the congressman wasn't calling Obama the vulgar term. “The point that Boehner was making was that Barack Obama has consistently avoided making tough decisions and taking tough votes, and voters need to know that,” she said. Associated Press

Chris Rock jokes about McCain's age, number of houses

Comedian and movie star Chris Rock drew about 250 people to a get-out-the-vote rally for Barack Obama in Raleigh on Saturday, packing jokes at John McCain's expense into a brief appearance at Shaw University. Rock revved up the crowd by praising Obama and needling McCain.

“When John McCain was a boy,” he said, “minimum wage was two lumps of coal.”

Rock also wondered at the number of homes owned by McCain and wife Cindy: “He's been on ‘MTV Cribs' 31 times.” (Raleigh) News & Observer

No trick: Woman gives candy to McCain supporters only

A suburban Detroit woman has decided to scare up the vote among neighborhood children by just offering treats to John McCain supporters. Shirley Nagel of Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., handed out candy Friday only to those who shared her support for the GOP candidate. Others were turned away empty-handed. Associated Press