McCain Takes Up Change Banner; Biden Says Malarkey

By Erin Mendell,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2008 1:01 PM CDT
Obama revealed today that he once seriously considered joining the military.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Talk shows were once again abuzz this morning, as both presidential campaigns entered the two-month sprint to the White House. A round-up of today’s highlights:

  • Obama revealed to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he’d once seriously considered joining the military, and rebutted Palin’s jabs at his community organizing background: “For folks who suddenly have tried to grab the change banner, you know, they've got a very traditional view of what service means.”

  • John McCain defended Sarah Palin on Face the Nation, calling her “the most popular governor in America” and an agent of reform. He vowed to include Democrats in his Cabinet, and would ask some members "to work for a dollar a year. They've made enough money."
  • Joe Biden told Meet the Press he doesn’t believe in imposing his anti-abortion religious views on a pluralistic nation. He shrugged off McCain’s claim of being a change agent: “This is such malarkey—90% of the time, John votes with the president.”