Palin Spurs Both Camps to Alter Strategies

Obama advisers struggle to criticize milestone for women
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2008 5:35 PM CDT
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin addresses supporters at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio., Friday, afternoon Aug. 29, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama and John McCain are tinkering with political strategy today to account for Sarah Palin's game-changing entrance into  the campaign. Camp Obama, which had planned attack ads against likely veep candidates Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, is struggling to criticize Palin, knowing she represents a political milestone for women. The camp's latest ad mentions her only in passing, the New York Times reports.

While Obama and Joe Biden stump in Pennsylvania today, McCain's camp plans to send Palin to swing states to rally women who supported Hillary Clinton. She will also be asked to bring in evangelicals still lukewarm on McCain. “We had a solid Republican and evangelical base,” one McCain adviser said. “But now it’s going to be very intense.”