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November 2, 2008

Campaign '08 Final Weekend 3: Saturday's Best Contrast of How Obama – McCain Shaped Up

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Up top: In a moving "get out the vote" statement to help elect America's first African-American president, Getty photographer Mario Tama captures college students retracing the "Bloody Sunday" march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The beatings administered by police over forty years ago, in part, led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Down below: Former senator George "Macaca" Allen — a present day symbol of racial small-mindedness — pitching for McCain in Virginia. …The hand gesture is perfect.

(image 1: Mario Tama/Getty. November 1, 2008 in Selma, Alabama. image 2: Mandel Ngan/Getty. November 1, 2008 in Springfield, Virginia)

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