Head Winds: Palin a Hit With the Base, but Outside Pressures Leave Clouds Over RNC

"Inexplicably he's chosen somebody who has no experience," House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., tells Tammy Haddad in a "TamCam" segment. "It's worse than a Dan Quayle pick."

Among your themes for the week: McCain feels your pain. "As he prepares to accept his party's nomination for president in Minnesota this week, Sen. John McCain insists he understands the economic anxieties Americans face, despite his own family's wealth and attempts by Democrats to portray him as out of touch," Jill Zuckman writes in the Chicago Tribune.

McCain tells Zuckman: "I know how people are hurting. . . . I don't think Americans are too concerned that my father-in-law was able to achieve the great American success story -- they want to stay in their own homes."

As for Obama saying that McCain "doesn't know" about the lives of middle-class Americans," Cindy McCain tells Stephanopoulos: "I'm offended by Barack Obama saying that about my husband."

Your battleground: "As Democrats bolt from their historic convention and Republicans get ready to start their own, they are hitting the campaign trail in pursuit of no one so much as independent-minded, working-class voters whose economic anxieties have strategists in both parties calling them a crucial voting bloc this fall," Pat Doyle and Jenna Ross write in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The message from one who will be in St. Paul: House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, lays out the vision for the week. "Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin are uniquely positioned to be the standard-bearers of our reform agenda, and every day through Nov. 4, they and Republican candidates up and down the ballot will highlight our solutions on gas prices, the economy, security and health care -- the issues that matter most to families, seniors and small businesses in Minnesota and across the country," Boehner writes in an op-ed in the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The bounce? "Barack Obama jumped to his biggest lead since late July in public opinion polls, after his Aug. 28 speech to more than 75,000 people in a Denver football stadium when he accepted the Democratic Party's presidential nomination," Bloomberg's Bob Drummond and Nicholas Johnston report. "Obama leads McCain 49-41 percent in the most recent Gallup Poll daily tracking survey, which measured voter sentiment during a three-day period ending Aug. 28."

An irresistible storyline for reporters who seek such things out: Welcome to the Twin Cities, Dr. Paul.

"More than 9,700 tickets had been sold for the Rally for the Republic, which seeks to bring together activists who are anti-war, anti-government regulation, anti-immigration, anti-taxes, anti-Federal Reserve, anti-outsourcing, pro-individual liberty, pro-civil liberties and pro-Paul," per the AP's Suzanne Gamboa. "The Ronvoys -- fleets of buses and vans carrying Paul's loyalists -- were to begin arriving Saturday. A few rally-goers planned to walk from Green Bay, Wis., and join up with Paul for the final miles of their Walk4Freedom."

What is it with the mothers-in-law, anyway? "Faye Palin admitted she enjoys hearing Barack Obama speak, and still hasn't decided which way she'll vote," Nancy Dillon reports in the New York Daily News.

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