Today on the Presidential Campaign Trail, Sep. 3rd


Palin prepares to speak to delegates, other Americans amid political and personal revelations ... Giuliani says Sarah Palin is ready to handle Sept. 11 crisis ... Late-night TV hosts tread lightly with Palin pregnancy; use it to go after John Edwards

Palin prepares to introduce herself to the nation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Buffeted by revelations both political and personal, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin prepared Wednesday to speak to GOP delegates and other Americans wanting to know more about the person John McCain picked for his running mate.

Palin's experience - she has been mayor of tiny Wasilla, Alaska, and has served as the state's governor for less than two years - and her commitment to resisting politics-as-usual government have been questioned since McCain chose her last week. The process that led to her selection has been criticized as hasty because McCain had met her just once before he offered her the job.

Palin also is the subject of an ethics investigation involving the firing of the state's public safety commissioner after he wouldn't dismiss her former brother-in-law, a state trooper. Her efforts as mayor to gain millions of dollars in federal funding through the so-called "earmark" process appeared to be at odds with the McCain message of fiscal reform.

Her personal life became a topic of discussion after Palin revealed that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter was pregnant. Yet her candidacy has excited Republicans at the convention and across the country, in part because she has earned a reputation for taking on entrenched interests in Alaska and is staunchly pro-gun and anti-abortion.

Giuliani says Palin ready to handle 9/11 crisis

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said if Sarah Palin had been president when the U.S. came under attack on Sept. 11, 2001, he's confident she would have been able to handle the crisis.

Palin's experience as the mayor of a tiny Alaska town and as Alaska's governor for less than two years have led critics to question her readiness to be vice president in a John McCain administration - and president should he be unable to continue serving.

In an interview Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Giuliani was asked, "If she were the president on 9/11, you would have been confident?"

Giuliani responded: "I'd be confident that she'd be able to handle it. She's been a governor of a state, she's been mayor of a city."

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Late-night TV hosts tread lightly with Palin

NEW YORK (AP) - Late-night comics tread lightly when referring to the pregnancy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's unwed daughter.

CBS' "Late Show" host David Letterman made the pregnancy the subject of only his fifth and last joke about the selection of the Alaska governor as John McCain's running mate.

"Here's good news, ladies and gentlemen," Letterman said. "The Palin family crisis that we were talking about on Sunday and Monday, that has been solved now and, today, the baby is being adopted by Angelina Jolie."

Three of the comics made Democrat John Edwards the butt of their jokes. Edwards, the former presidential candidate, admitted this summer to an affair after first denying it.

"Gov. Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months' pregnant," Jay Leno said near the top of his NBC "Tonight" show monologue Tuesday. "And you thought John Edwards was in trouble before! Now he has really done it."


Barack Obama discusses the economy in New Philadelphia, Ohio, and holds a barbecue in Dillonvale, Ohio.

Joe Biden discusses the economy in Fort Myers, Fla., and holds a town hall meeting in Sarasota, Fla.


John McCain travels to Minneapolis for the Republican National Convention.

Sarah Palin accepts the vice presidential nomination at the convention in St. Paul, Minn.


"Give her a chance to make her first speech, then give her a chance to do her first interview. And after about four or five then you can jump to the preordained conclusion you may have already, or maybe you'll come to a different conclusion." - Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaking about Sarah Palin on ABC's "Good Morning America."


As part of the efforts to secure the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., $34 million will be used to pay law enforcement officers overtime.

Compiled by Ann Sanner.