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New Ads, Palin Interview Top Campaign Headlines

The past week on the campaign trail featured new television ads released by Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain and the first network news interview of Republican vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Judy Woodruff recaps the developments.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    At a town hall meeting in Dover, New Hampshire, this afternoon, a supporter asked Barack Obama why he hadn't responded more forcefully to recent attacks from the McCain campaign.

  • MAN:

    So, for those of us that have given you our support and, more importantly, our money, when and how are you going to start fighting back against attack ads and the smear campaign?

    SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL), Presidential Nominee: Look, I just have a different philosophy. And that is that I'm going to respond with the truth.

    I'm going to respond with the truth. So…

    I know there are a lot of Democrats and some independents and some Republicans who really want change who start getting nervous, because they have seen this movie before. Every four years, right, you have ads that are based — are just fabricated. They're just made up, and…

  • MAN:

    Lies.

  • BARACK OBAMA:

    Lies, that's the word I was looking for.

    And, so, people start worrying.

    Here is what I can guarantee you, that we are going to be hitting back hard. We have been hitting back hard, but we're hitting back on the issues that matter to families. We're hitting back — I'm not going to — I'm not going to start making up lies about John McCain.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    The Obama team announced that it will respond with speed and ferocity to attacks leveled by the McCain camp.

    SEN. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), Presidential Nominee: I will keep taxes low and cut them where I can. My opponent will raise your taxes.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Today, that meant correcting the record on taxes.

  • BARACK OBAMA:

    I just to want to make this absolutely clear. My plan altogether is a net tax cut. My plan will cut taxes to a smaller share of the economy than they were under President Reagan. Under my plan, income taxes for typical American families will be the lowest that they have been in more than half-a-century.

    Everyone…

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