All Clear On Powder Threat
McCain Office Mailed Threat, White Powder
Aug. 21, 2008(CBS/ AP) A threatening letter containing an unidentified white powder was received at John McCain's campaign offices in Denver, Colorado, CBS News has learned.
A second letter sent to a McCain campaign office in New Hampshire initially was reported to contain a white substance. Authorities said that was a false alarm and there was no powder in that envelope.
At least 19 people were examined at hospitals or were quarantined outside the Colorado office while authorities tried to determine whether the powder was hazardous.
Envelope with White Powder Sent to John McCain's Denver Office
Breaking News Story - Envelope Contained Threatening Note
By Carly Hart, published Aug 21, 2008
What the white powder envelope means to the John McCain campaign
If the white powder envelope addressed to John McCain does end up being a case of biological terrorism, this could be a huge boon to McCain's campaign for the Presidency, provided he handles it with the grace and stoicism. Most will remember the huge popularity boost that Rudy Giuliani experienced in the aftermath of the horrific attack on the World Trade Center. This white powdered envelope could be a make or break moment for John McCain. Regardless of whether it turns out to be a real terrorist attempt or a prank, how John McCain handles this event will give the country a glimpse into his leadership skills should Americans elect him. If he mishandles the white powder envelope event poorly, it could tank his chances at winning office.