SBD/Issue 35/Law & Politics

Rollins, Others Stump For Obama As Presidential Election Nears

Rollins Lends Voice To Phone Message
In Support Of Barack Obama
Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins has recorded a "robo-call" on behalf of Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama that invites listeners on the other end of the phone line to a rally tonight at Marconi Plaza in Philadelphia, according to Chris Brennan of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. Rollins starts the call by saying, "Hi, this is Jimmy Rollins of the World Championship Philadelphia Phillies." The call "ends with a notice that it was paid for by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party." Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, are expected to attend tonight's rally (PHILLY.com, 11/2).

OWNING UP: Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie, a registered independent, has publicly endorsed Obama for President, a "first for him." In Philadelphia, Fox & Purcell cited Federal Election Commission reports which showed that Lurie and his wife, Christina, since '95 have donated $150,000 to "various candidates and political action committees." Lurie in the past decade has donated to both the Republican and Democratic National Committees (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/2). Steelers Chair Dan Rooney, who "has been spending the last several weekends campaigning" for Obama, on Saturday, along with Steelers players, United Steelerworkers union leaders and government officials, participated in an Obama rally at the United Steelworkers HQs in Pittsburgh. Rooney: "We're in the two minute warning. Franco (Harris) is here. Remember he won the greatest game in the world in the last two minutes. So we can't mess it up now" (KDKA.com, 11/1).

PLAYERS' VOICES: Celtics F Paul Pierce, in a cover-story for Boston Common magazine, said that he supports Obama. Pierce, who resides in Nevada, said he will "definitely fill out an absentee ballot" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/3). Rockets G Tracy McGrady tomorrow in his game against the Celtics will wear shoes that feature the slogan "Change is Needed." McGrady, when asked if his message was an endorsement, said, "Absolutely. I'm Obama all day, every day. I endorse him" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/2). Former NASCAR driver Junior Johnson also announced his intention to vote for Obama (AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 11/2). In Portland, Jason Quick reports in a poll of Trail Blazers players regarding the election, "Obama was a landslide victor, with only a few players considering" Republican candidate John McCain. Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said that he will vote for Obama, while F LaMarcus Aldridge declined to reveal his vote and said, "That's supposed to be sacred." Trail Blazers Gs Brandon Roy and Steve Blake and F Ike Diogu said that they "will not vote" (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/3). In Seattle, Jim Moore wrote the Seahawks "hands down ... are Obama fans. I found only one McCain fan" (SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 11/1).

Schilling Joins John McCain At Campaign
Stop Yesterday In New Hampshire
NOT EVERYONE LEANING LEFT: In Boston, Hillary Chabot reports free agent P Curt Schilling yesterday appeared with Republican Presidential candidate John McCain during a campaign stop in Peterboro, New Hampshire. Schilling, who has stumped for Republican candidates in the past, said that while he "believes Obama is well-intentioned ... he questioned the Democrat's judgment." Schilling: "I know who Sen. McCain is. I don't know who Obama is" (BOSTON HERALD, 11/3).

THE YOUNG VOTE: NBC political correspondent Luke Russert appeared on ESPN's "College GameDay" Saturday and discussed the election and issues that are important to college football players. ESPN’s Chris Fowler: "We took a survey and very few schools were able to cooperate with us. They didn’t want any part of politics mixing in with the locker room because it has gotten so divided.” Russert added, “Something that we found was a lot of guys said, ... ‘We’ll talk about that in class, maybe amongst our friends over dinner, but we really don’t like to bring our personal politics into the locker room because it can be so divisive’" (“College GameDay,” ESPN, 11/1). But Univ. of Florida football coach Urban Meyer said, "I love it when our guys talk about that stuff. I just think that's great and that's very mature" (PALM BEACH POST, 11/2).

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