PUEBLO, Colo. -- Vice President Dick Cheney, Barack Obama's politically unpopular distant cousin, handed Obama a gift Saturday by affirming his support for John McCain, while a Kenyan aunt of Obama's turned up in a Boston public housing apartment, living illegally in the U.S.
And foreshadowing what an Obama administration may look like, Obama urged public officials to boycott cable television shows that he contends only foment dissent and look back, not ahead.
"Don't spend all your time bickering, stay off the cable news shows," Obama said.
With only hours left to the campaign, Obama skipped from Las Vegas (hotel: Caesar's Palace) to this heavily Hispanic part of Colorado to Springfield, Mo., all battleground states. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia caught up with the campaign here, dining at a Mexican restaurant after the rally where Michelle introduced her husband.
Now, what's new from the trail:
• • A central strategy of the Obama campaign is to argue that electing McCain is handing the unpopular Bush-Cheney White House a third term. During the primary, Obama often joked about Cheney being his distant kin on his mothers side. Cheney, speaking in his home state of Wyoming on Saturday, urged a vote for the McCain-Palin ticket.
In Pueblo, Obama verbally danced through the door Cheney opened. "Now here is my question to you, Colorado: Do you think Dick Cheney is delighted to support John McCain because he thinks John McCain is going to bring change to Washington? Do you think Dick Cheney and John McCain have been talking about how to really shake things up?"
• • A member of Obama's far-flung family on his father's side surfaced in Boston; the Associated Press found that Kenyan Zeituni Onyango was ordered by an immigration judge to leave the U.S. four years ago after she her request for asylum was denied. She is Obama's late father's half sister.
Obama "has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed," the campaign said in a statement.
The $265 in donations she gave to the Obama campaign in small chunks will be returned, the campaign said. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to donate to federal campaigns.
Onyango did attend Obama's swearing in as a U.S. senator in Washington in 2004. Obama, the campaign said, has not had contact with her and was not aware she lived in public housing.
The story about Onyango first surfaced in the Times of London. In Henderson, Nev., Obama chief strategist David Axelrod suggested that it was a result of a smear job.
"I think people are suspicious about stories that surface in the last 72 hours of a national campaign. And I think that they're going to take that -- they're going to put it in that context," he said.