Jon Stewart: Everybody knows Senator Barack Obama has a problem with the Reverend Wright issue. Americans, I think 35% said they were concerned about his relationship with the reverend. You, sir, have your own person, religious, I don't want to say zealot, but a religious person endorsing your campaign that Americans have expressed greater concern, your relationship with him, 43%. Will you take the opportunity right now to repudiate and denounce President Bush? What do you think of that, though? Do you find that more Americans are concerned about your relationship with President Bush than Obama and Reverend Wright?
John McCain: (laughs and almost walks off the stage in jest) I think that the President's polling numbers are obvious. I have to run my campaign and present my vision and plan of action to help America. Americans are hurting right now. They're sitting around the kitchen table right now. "How are we going to make our home payment? How are we going to meet our mortgage payments? How are we going to keep a job?" Or they've recently and suddenly lost the job.
Jon Stewart: Do you feel like you're going in a big, different direction than he did?
John McCain: Spending, climate change, the failed strategy that was employed in the war in Iraq but there are other issues that I agree with the President on.
Jon Stewart: You know who your running mate should be if you want to win this election?
John McCain: Besides Jon Stewart?
Jon Stewart: Senator Hillary Clinton. If you chose Senator Clinton, you would win the election…Don't you think that's a great idea?
John McCain: That's one I've never contemplated.
Jon Stewart: Do you want to say into the camera right now that you would do that?
John McCain: No, I don't want to look in the camera and say I would ever do that.
Jon Stewart: Who would you rather go up against? You've got Senator Clinton and Senator Obama. Who do you think you could beat more easily? Who do you think would beat you? Who do you find to be more disreputable? Give me your thoughts.
John McCain: I'm going to run a respectful campaign. Americans are sick and tired of the kind of campaigns. I will run a respectful campaign, my friend…I respect both of them. There are stark differences in how we approach government, in our vision for our future, in how we restore our economy and make our nation secure.
John McCain: I think they [terrorists] think I'm their worst nightmare and I think I'm their worst nightmare as well.
Jon Stewart: I think their worst nightmare is, when they get to Hell, finding the girls aren't virgins.
Jon Stewart: Meanwhile, a jubilant Obama carried to victory in North Carolina by enormous Black voter turnout felt confident enough to turn his focus to the general election. Task one: removing all visual evidence of his enormous Black voter turnout from behind him. Task two: address concerns that an unpatriotic elitist can't win the big states. (clip features Obama's comment "That's the America I love") The America where I'm up 14 points. Not so crazy about the America where I'm down by 8. I'm looking at you Pennsylvania. That America is really getting on my nerves.
Moment of Zen: Wolf Blitzer reporting on why a 98 year old was not allowed to vote in Indiana.
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