There was a minor news event on the campaign trail, as Barack Obama's plane encountered in-flight steering problems en route to Charlotte. NBC's Lee Cowan filed a package on the minidrama from St Louis where an uneventful emergency landing was made. The actual substance from both Obama and John McCain consisted of speeches on economic policy. All three newscasts handled the speeches the same way, filing a compare-and-contrast feature on both candidates' economic platforms--tax rates, budget balancing, anti-recession stimulus, employment growth, free trade, energy costs. NBC's Andrea Mitchell and CBS' Chip Reid handled the issues chores singlehandedly. ABC split the tasks in a back and forth between Ron Claiborne and Jake Tapper.
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