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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

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John McCain addresses the 7,000 supporters who had crammed into the Biltmore Hotel and congratulates Barack Obama on his election victory.

“Senator Obama and I have had and argued our differences,” he said. “No doubt those differences remain. But these are difficult times for our country. And I pledge to him tonight that I will help him lead us through the many challenges that we may face.”

“I urge all Americans to join me in not just congratulating him, but in offering our next president our goodwill and encouragement in finding ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises to settle our differences, to help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world and leave our children and grandchildren in a stronger better country than we inherited.”

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Will Democrats Lock Up a Supermajority?

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This is a rush transcript from “Hannity & Colmes,” November 3, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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SEAN HANNITY, CO-HOST: The Diageo/Hotline polled voters about the congressional election and found that, as of today, 44 percent plan on voting Democratic. Thirty-nine percent will cast their vote for a Republican. The poll indicating Democrats may be losing some support, as their lead is now only 5 percent as opposed to 8 a week ago.

Mike Huckabee - Will Democrats Lock Up a Supermajority?

Mike Huckabee - Will Democrats Lock Up a Supermajority?

Joining us now is the host of the red hot “Huckabee.” By the way, you had Lorne Michaels. You had Bill Maher — who by the way, hates me; I don’t know what it is — on your program. It was a great show this weekend. Mike Huckabee, FOX News contributor, host of “Huckabee” right here on the FOX News Channel.

What do you make of the brand issue, and that is that the Republican brand isn’t as well? But it was like 20 points before, and now it’s down to five. Is that — is that a sign something’s going on? Maybe people not liking Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?

MIKE HUCKABEE, HOST, “HUCKABEE”: I think when they start thinking about having a Democrat president and then Pelosi and Reid, all being able to virtually do whatever they want to do, I think it gives people pause. What we ought to do is postpone this election for about five more days, and those numbers will get even closer and may surge the other way.

HANNITY: And listen, would you recommend that — that Democrats, by the way, listen to this program to vote Thursday?

HUCKABEE: I think that’s a great idea. What I’ve been trying to tell the Democrats is that the election has been postponed until Thursday or Friday. Tune in to FOX and we’ll tell you exactly where to come.

HANNITY: By the way, the most humorless people that absolutely have zero sense of humor, that is a joke.

HUCKABEE: You know what? I’ve got to tell you something, Sean. When I interviewed Lorne Michaels, he told me that he gets a lot more grief from Democrats and liberals than he ever does from the Republicans and the conservatives. He says the Republicans have a great sense of humor, and this is from a guy who lives off parody and satire. I thought it was a very interesting point.

HANNITY: I thought — I thought that Governor Palin was terrific, on the show. And I thought — I was watching. I thought it was a really good…

HUCKABEE: I thought she did a great job.

HANNITY: And then Senator McCain did a great job this weekend. We’ve always known that about Senator McCain. He’s come on this program for years. He used to call me. He goes, “You and Colmes are doing pretty good for a bunch of former homeless guys.” You know? So he always had a good sense of humor, as you have.

HUCKABEE: Well, let me talk about something that isn’t funny. It’s not funny to think about the Democrats getting total control of the House, the Senate and the White House.

HANNITY: No, that’s frightening.

HUCKABEE: It really isn’t.

COLMES: Hey, Governor, by the way, Hannity has offered to finally give me a ride in that new hybrid car of his Thursday to the polls.

HANNITY: I bought a new — I bought a new hybrid Escalade this weekend. I’m doing my part for the environment.

COLMES: But you said I could get a ride if I go to the poll to vote on Thursday.

HANNITY: OK. It’s a deal.

COLMES: Governor, look, do you really think when people go to the polls they’re thinking of Harry Reid and they’re thinking of Nancy Pelosi? Or are they thinking of their local commerce (ph) person and senators? They’re not thinking of, “OK, I want Obama, but I hate my” — you know, people are not thinking about divided government when they’re going to the polls. They’re thinking about their local races. Right?

HUCKABEE: They are thinking about that, but let me tell you one of the things that’s hurt the Democrats the last few days. I don’t know if there’s time to catch up.

But the fact that these numbers keep changing. You hear 250, 200. Then it’s 150. Now it’s 100. You know, the fact that all the surrogates and the Obama people can’t settle on where the tax break and where the tax increase is going to come. My gosh, Alan, it sounds like an auction, not a proposal.

And it’s very obvious that what ultimately is going to happen is that most of Americans who make money are going to have to give some up to finance this give-away, new welfare institution to other people.

COLMES: But this is a giveaway by a Republican administration. This is a problem that people perceive.

Obama is outpolling McCain on where — who would be better for the economy right now, according to the new FOX poll out today. And so people don’t want to reward the party that they perceive as having gotten us into the mess.

HUCKABEE: Well, there’s a lot of fault. And you know, if Barney Frank and Maxine Waters and some others would have reined in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac when they had the opportunity, but they stonewalled.

But this is not unique to the Democrats. Look, I’ve been as harsh on Republicans, especially on the bailout. Nobody beat them up more than I did, because I think it was a dumb idea. But what we’re talking about is a long-term issue of who’s going to be most likely to raise our taxes. And I think that that’s a pretty evident issue here.

COLMES: All right, Governor.

HUCKABEE: Not going to be the Republicans.

COLMES: I know you’re familiar now with hard breaks. You’re a big TV star, so we’re going to take a quick break.

More with Huckabee after the break. Plus, our final thoughts on the candidates, the campaigns, and what we expect to happen on election day, coming up.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

HANNITY: Now, just a reminder: our Freedom Concert tickets are back for the summer of 2009. Now, at all eight performances we’re going to have our good friends, musical stars Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels. And by the way, I may sing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

COLMES: Please.

HANNITY: Just for charity. Michael W. Smith, Lee Greenwood and much, much more. Colonel North is going to be there.

And as always, the net proceeds will go to the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund for the children of slain heroes.

And by the way, our cities are Houston, San Diego, Vegas, Phoenix, Cincinnati, Dayton, Atlanta, and Dallas-Fort Worth, and the New York-New Jersey area.

And Governor Huckabee, by the way, is going to be joining us.

And by the way, we have Christmas gift boxes. The only place to get your tickets is at Hannity.com. And we’re only going to sell it definitely this week. I don’t know if we’re going to sell it beyond this week. And – – because demands are pretty strong.

COLMES: But can I just say one thing? It’s great to raise money, and it’s a great cause, but wouldn’t you raise — wouldn’t you raise more money if you didn’t sing?

HANNITY: Governor — Governor, will you sing “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” with me with Charlie?

HUCKABEE: I won’t sing, but I’ll play bass on it. How’s that?

HANNITY: You’ll play bass on it?

HUCKABEE: I’ve played with Charlie Daniels, and he’s an amazing human being. I would love to be able to do that.

HANNITY: Well, we’ve got another star in here. I don’t know if I’m allowed to say he’s here. Am I allowed to say you’re here?

BRAD PAISLEY, COUNTRY MUSIC STAR: Yes, you can.

HANNITY: Are you sure?

PAISLEY: Yes.

HANNITY: Brad Paisley is sitting out here. He’s a good friend of ours. And hopefully, he’ll come to one of our shows.

But Hannity.com, Freedom Concert, eight cities. Mike Huckabee will be there.

Mike, good to see you.

HUCKABEE: Thank you.

HANNITY: Thanks for being with us.

HUCKABEE: Nice to see you, Sean.

HANNITY: Go vote.

HUCKABEE: Alan, take care.

HANNITY: We’ll see you back here tomorrow for special election coverage.

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Long lines form early as voters finally decide

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By NEDRA PICKLER and BETH FOUHY –

CHICAGO (AP) — Long lines have formed as polls open in Eastern states. John McCain is counting on a narrow path to an upset victory today while Barack Obama pinned his hopes for becoming the nation’s first black president on a ground organization designed to swell precincts with voters across the country.

“I think these battleground states have now closed up, almost all of them, and I believe there’s a good scenario where we can win,” McCain told CBS’ “The Early Show” in an interview broadcast as the day’s first voters stood in early-morning lines.

“Look, I know I’m still the underdog, I understand that,” the Arizona senator said. “You can’t imagine, you can’t imagine the excitement of an individual to be this close to the most important position in the world, and I’ll enjoy it, enjoy it. I’ll never forget it as long as I live.”

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said he was confident that new voters and young voters would fuel an enormous turnout to benefit the Illinois senator.

“We just want to make sure people turn out,” Plouffe told “Today” on NBC. “We think we have enough votes around the country.”

Standing in line in one of the battleground states, Ahmed Bowling of Alexandria, Va., said the election “will mark a significant change in the lives of all Americans, and so we do have to come out as early as possible to cast our votes.”

In Brooklyn, N.Y., 49-year-old Venus Kevin said the line at her precinct was “already down the block and around the corner” when she arrived shortly before 6 a.m. EST.

“Obama is the man,” said Kevin, who is black. “His message and his vision has reached a lot of people, not just African-Americans.”

The contest pitted the 47-year-old Obama, a first-term Illinois senator who rocketed to stardom on the power of his oratory and a call for change, against the 72-year-old McCain, a 26-year lawmaker whose mettle was tested during 5 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

“I’m feeling kind of fired up. I’m feeling like I’m ready to go,” Obama told nearly 100,000 people gathered for his final rally Monday night in Virginia.

“At this defining moment in history, Virginia, you can give this country the change it needs,” Obama said to voters in a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in 44 years.

The Illinois senator’s final day of campaigning was bittersweet: He was mourning the loss of his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who helped raise him. She died of cancer Sunday night, never to see the results of the historic election.

McCain completed a cross-country trek through seven battleground states before arriving at home in Phoenix early Tuesday morning.

“This momentum, this enthusiasm convinces me we’re going to win tomorrow,” McCain told a raucous evening rally in Henderson, Nev. It was the fifth campaign stop in an 18-hour odyssey that took him across three time zones.

Obama planned a quick campaign stop in Indiana on Election Day before a massive outdoor rally in front of the skyline in his adopted hometown of Chicago. The day’s forecast was for an unseasonably warm 70 degrees.

McCain planned events in Colorado and New Mexico, then a party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix.

Obama urged his supporters to resist overconfidence. “Even if it rains tomorrow, you can’t let that stop you. You’ve got to wait in line. You’ve got to vote,” he said.

Beth Fouhy reported from Phoenix.

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Listen to Quebec comedy duo prank call as Nicolas Sarkozy with Sarah Palin (Audio)

Sarah Palin - Canadian Radio Prank Call

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A Quebec comedy duo notorious for pulling prank calls on celebrities have struck again. This time, comedian Marc Antoine Audette and Sebastian Trudel Audette, known as the Masked Avengers, tricked Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin into believing that she was speaking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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The duo kept Palin on the line for several minutes and discussed politics and hunting, even making a jab at the current Vice-President’s infamous 2006 incident where he shot a friend in the face.

Throughout the interview Audette drops hints that he’s not who he claims to be. He names popular French singer Johnny Hallyday as his advisor on U.S. affairs and Quebec singer Stef Carse was named as Canada’s Prime Minister.

“We have such great respect for you [Sarkozy], John and I,” she gushed.

Later in the interview, Audette, jokes that he and Palin shared an interest in common, hunting.

“We should try hunting by helicopter like you did, I never did that,” Audette said.

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“We could have a lot of fun together while we’re getting work done. Kill two birds with one stone,” Palin replied.

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Palin also went on to praise Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni. “I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally, and your beautiful wife, oh my goodness,” she says.

“You’ve added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours.”

Audette responded by joking that Sarkozy’s wife, singer and model Carla Bruni, wrote a song about her.

When Audette said that he saw Palin as President one day, Palin’s response was a diplomatic, “maybe in eight years.”

At the end of the interview, Audette tips his hand and tells Palin that the call is a hoax. “Oh, have we been pranked,” Palin says as she hands the phone to an aide who quickly ended the call.

The call will be airing on Montreal radio station CKOI on Monday, the day before Americans go to the polls.

The Palin campaign has also responded to the prank (from Politico):

“Gov. Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy, and other celebrities in being targeted by these pranksters. C’est la vie.”

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Scate Releases Ignite 4 Home

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Police seek clues in slayings of Jennifer Hudson relatives

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Jennifer Hudson

With two crime scenes, a suspect in custody and an outraged community, Chicago’s police chief said he is confident investigators will find clues to solve the deaths of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew.

“I suspect we’ll have some evidence that will link us to the killer,” said Police Superintendent Jody Weis, adding that surveillance cameras throughout the city may have captured images that would help the investigation.

Hudson was among seven family members and close friends who cried and held hands as they identified 7-year-old Julian King’s body from a live image on a television screen at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office Monday afternoon.

The boy was found dead earlier Monday in the back of an SUV, ending a frantic search that began after the shooting deaths of Hudson’s mother and brother three days earlier.

Chicago police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the child also had been shot. The medical examiner’s office planned an autopsy on Tuesday.

Weis said a motive remained unclear. Police have characterized the slayings as “domestic related” and authorities have been questioning Julian’s stepfather, who has been estranged from the boy’s mother and is being held on a parole violation. No one has been charged in the slayings.

“It wasn’t a case of a stranger-type homicide,” Weis said.

Julian’s body was found early Monday in the rear seat of the SUV, which was parked on the street in a neighborhood of brownstone homes and apartment buildings about 10 miles from his home. The SUV had been the subject of an Amber Alert issued Friday after Hudson’s mother and brother were found slain.

The Amber Alert had listed William Balfour, the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, Jennifer’s sister, as a suspect in a “double homicide investigation.” He is not the boy’s father.

Balfour, 27, was taken into custody for questioning Friday after the bodies of Hudson’s 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, and 29-year-old brother, Jason Hudson, were found.

Weis said Monday that Balfour “remains a person of interest.”

On Sunday, Balfour was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections, where a spokeswoman on Monday declined to discuss his parole violation.

Corrections records show that Balfour spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicular hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. He was expected to remain in state custody until the Illinois Prisoner Review Board looked at his case.

Balfour’s mother, Michele Balfour, has said Hudson’s mother kicked Balfour out of the family home last winter. She denied her son had anything to do with the killings.

It was unclear whether Balfour had an attorney.

Lynette Louden, 47, said she called police about the SUV across the street from her home on Chicago’s West Side after her family’s Chihuahua started barking at it early Monday. Some neighbors said they hadn’t seen the vehicle before Monday, but Louden said it had been there since at least Saturday.

“I only hoped the body wasn’t in there,” she said. “When they said that it was, I cried.”

Weis said police were waiting for the autopsy to determine how long the boy had been dead but estimated the vehicle was parked on the street “a couple of days.”

When asked how officers could have missed the SUV during their massive search, Weis noted that Chicago is a big city and that the vehicle was “several miles away from the first crime scene.”

Steve Peterson, head of the department’s Bureau of Investigative Services, said the search for the boy had been centered farther east based on information they had about where Balfour’s current girlfriend lives.

Hudson, 27, who started out on “American Idol” and won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2007 for her role in “Dreamgirls,” returned to Chicago to be with her family during the weekend. She also had identified the bodies of her mother and brother.

At a candlelight vigil Monday night, hundreds of people gathered outside the Englewood home where the two bodies were found. They sang, held hands and cried in the cold as they contributed to an expanding memorial of stuffed animals, balloons and flowers.

Many said they could not understand how someone could shoot a little boy.

“It pains all of us to know three lives are gone and we don’t know why,” said Doris Jones, who lives in the neighborhood.

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Associated Press writers Caryn Rousseau, Don Babwin, Carla K. Johnson and Michael Tarm contributed to this report.