John McCain defended his use of robocalls on Fox News Sunday, arguing his attacks on Barack Obama are different from the slanderous calls that targeted him during the 2000 primaries, Politico reports. “These are legitimate and truthful and they are far different than the phone calls that were made about my family,” he said. On other talk shows:
- Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich told This Week with George Stephanopoulos that Colin Powell’s endorsement of Obama “eliminated the experience argument."
- McCain told Fox News Sunday that Obama’s record-breaking fundraising haul may include more illegitimate donations than have already been revealed, Politico reports.
- Conservative webmaster Matt Drudge has recently been pushing any polls that hint the race is closer than expected, and McCain seems to be paying attention, Politico reports: Some polls "show us in the margin of error or somewhat behind," McCain said.
- "We are seeing what anyone would characterize as a recession in some parts of the country," President Bush's top economic adviser told CNN, Reuters reports.