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US election at-a-glance: 3 Sept

DAY IN A NUTSHELL

Sarah Palin, the running mate chosen by John McCain, delivers a fiery address in which she defends her small town roots, praises Mr McCain and attacks his Democratic rival Barack Obama. It goes down well with a crowd warmed up by rousing speeches from Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney. Mr McCain joins Mrs Palin on stage, before being formally nominated as candidate in a roll call vote.

KEY QUOTES

"The American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of 'personal discovery'. This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organiser."
Sarah Palin takes the fight to Barack Obama, with a reference to his time as a community organiser in Chicago

Don't you think we made the right choice for the next vice-president of the United States?
John McCain

"We need change all right - change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington. We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington - throw out the big government liberals and elect John McCain."
Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor, backs John McCain

"Maybe the most dangerous threat of an Obama presidency is that he would continue to give madmen the benefit of the doubt. If he's wrong just once, we will pay a heavy price."
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor, attacks Mr Obama on foreign policy

"I'm sorry that Barack Obama feels that (Mrs Palin's) home town isn't cosmopolitan enough. I'm sorry, Barack, that it isn't flashy enough. Maybe they cling to religion there."
Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor, targets Mr Obama

"Don't you think we made the right choice for the next vice-president of the United States?"
John McCain joins Mrs Palin on stage, with her family, after her speech

"All these speakers came up, you did not hear a single word about the economy. Think about it. Not once did people mention the hardships that folks are going through."
Barack Obama, campaigning in Ohio, accuses the Republicans of not talking about the issues at their convention

"This vetting controversy is a faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee for vice-president of the United States who has never been a part of the old boys' network that has come to dominate the news establishment of this country."
Steve Schmidt, spokesman for the McCain campaign, rejects claims Mrs Palin was not thoroughly checked out

NUMBER NEWS

Democratic candidate Barack Obama is pulling ahead of Republican rival John McCain in the swing states of Iowa and Minnesota but the two remain neck-and-neck in Ohio, according to a new CNN-Time poll.

In Iowa, 55% of those surveyed backed Mr Obama, compared with 40% for Mr McCain. In Minnesota, the Democratic senator led by 53% to Mr McCain's 41%.

The same survey had Mr Obama only two points clear in Ohio, with 47% to his rival's 45%.

Meanwhile, a poll by women's rights group Emily's List suggests women voters remain unswayed by the presence of Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket.

Of those surveyed, 52% said they would back the Democratic ticket of Mr Obama and Joe Biden, compared with 41% support for the Republican pairing of Mr McCain and Mrs Palin.

DAILY PICTURE

Sarah Palin waves after her speech in St Paul, 3 Sept
Sarah Palin's speech - in which she pulled few punches in her attacks on Democrat Barack Obama - went down well with the Republican party faithful




Electoral College votes

Winning post 270
Obama - Democrat
365
McCain - Republican
173
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