Friday, February 29, 2008

News for Feb 29 (Evening Edition)

I apologize for the late update tonight. - Cris

Obama, Clinton Battle in Texas Just Days Before Key Primary
"The Obama campaign, as well as former President Bill Clinton, say the New York Democrat must do well in Texas and Ohio on March 4 if she is to continue to battle for the Democratic nomination. ..."

'Red Phone' Response Could Decide Texas
"... And if he responds successfully, the exchange may form a template for a general election against John McCain. ..."

The Obama 3AM Response Ad

Calling For Obama
"I admit it. I'm addicted. Since the primaries and caucuses began, I've spent practically every free hour reading article after article, and poll after poll, charting the shifting sands of the Democratic presidential race. ..."

Why Barack has Already Won (and Hillary Has Become a Republican)
"In spite of the Clinton campaign's latest outlandish claim that Barack Obama must win all four contests this Tuesday or he's in trouble, those of us still residing in a place called reality understand the actual picture is much different. ..."

The Original Clinton 3AM Ad for Comparison

Obama's Visit to the Border
"Barack Obama took a break from the usual campaigning today, making a stop at the Texas-Mexico border and a local neighborhood festival. ..."

Clinton Camp Tried to Lower the Bar
"Can Hillary Clinton go 1 for 15 in the post-Feb. 5th contests and still win? That's what her campaign is now arguing. ..."

Does Experience Matter in a President?
"A story is often told at times like this — times when American voters are choosing among candidates richly seasoned with political experience and those who are less experienced but perhaps more exciting alternatives. Once upon a time ..."

Day of Reckoning
"A visitor to Clinton HQ sees signs of serious trouble. ..."

News for Feb 29 (Mid-Day Edition)

Senator Rockefeller Endorses Barack Obama
"... the Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, endorsed Barack Obama for president, citing his judgment on the Iraq war and national security issues, and calling him the right candidate to lead our country during a time of instability at home and abroad. ..."

New "We Are The Ones" Song by

From Bill Clinton in 2004
"Now one of Clinton’s laws of politics is this: If one candidate’s trying to scare you and the other one’s trying to get you to think, if one candidate’s appealing to your fears and the other one’s appealing to your hopes, you better vote for the person who wants you to think and hope."

Ohio State University's The Lantern Endorses Obama
"Ohio State University's student newspaper, The Lantern, has endorsed Barack Obama. OSU is the largest university in the US ..."

Four More Superdelegates Endorse Obama
"Today, the Chair and Associate Chair of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party endorsed Barack Obama. Chair Brian Melendez and Associate Chair Donna Cassutt — two Minnesota superdelegates — backed Obama ..."

Gallup Daily Poll: Obama Increases Lead
"Barack Obama maintains a significant lead, 49% to 42%, over Hillary Clinton in Gallup Poll Daily tracking's new update ..."

Clinton Campaign Stoops to Fear and Division

"Coming at this point in the campaign, this ad feels like evidence of futility and a last-ditch attempt to revive a dying campaign. ..."

Weekly Poll Analysis: Obama Continues to Rise
"In the Lonestar State, where Clinton led by 16 points just two weeks ago, her lead has disappeared entirely. It is now a statistical dead-heat, with Obama at 45% and Clinton at 46%. ..."

Rasmussen Daily National Poll: Obama Maintains Lead
"Obama now earns support from 47% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton attracts 42% ..."

Obama/McCain Showdown in Iraq
"The spat between John McCain and Barack Obama over Iraq reflects tensions within the military itself. ..."

Obama Aide: Clinton Will 'Fail' Tuesday
"Obama campaign manager David Plouffe predicted flatly Friday that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will “fail” to make meaningful progress ... in the big Ohio and Texas primaries on Tuesday. ..."

Fox News Poll: Obama Leads in Texas; Clinton up in Ohio
"Hillary Clinton has an 8-point lead over Barack Obama heading into Tuesday’s Ohio Democratic primary ... while the race is virtually a tie in Texas, where Obama tops Clinton by a slim 3 points, according to a FOX News Poll released Friday. ..."

Complex Strategies in Texas Voting System
"The unique combination pits Barack Obama's skill in caucus organizing against Hillary Rodham Clinton's success in big-state primary campaigns. ..."

Kirk: Clinton Wouldn't Be Able to Govern
"Political Players: Former Dallas Mayor Says Only Obama Can Unite America ..."

Spouses' Roles Evolve On the Trail
"A Blossoming Mrs. Obama And A Reined-In Mr. Clinton Refine Their Approaches ..."

Clinton Goes Nuclear; Obama Camp Fires Back
"The tone of the ad ... indicates that the Clinton campaign is pulling out the all the stops leading into the Ohio and Texas primaries. ..."

Clinton Camp: Obama Needs to Sweep March 4
"Seeking to raise the expectations for its rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign said Friday that Sen. Barack Obama needs to sweep the March 4 primaries. ..."

Obama: Clinton Ad an Attempt to Scare Voters
"We've seen these ads before," the Illinois senator said at a campaign event in Houston, Texas. "They're the kind that play on people's fears to scare up votes. ..."

News for Feb 29 (Morning Edition)

Next News Update: 2:00 PM CT ---------
Obama has Small Lead in Texas, Close in Ohio
"Obama, an Illinois senator, has a 6-point edge on Clinton in Texas, 48 percent to 42 percent. He trails Clinton 44 percent to 42 percent in Ohio -- well within the poll's margin of error of 3.8 percentage points. ..."

NPR (Audio): Obama Volunteers Trained in Organizing
"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's supporters are more than enthusiastic volunteers — many of them have been trained in the rudiments of old-fashioned community organizing. ..."

Clinton Camp Threatens Lawsuit Over Complicated Texas Voting System
"... aides to White House hopeful Hillary Clinton raised the specter of an "imminent" lawsuit over its complicated delegate selection process, officials said Thursday night. ..."

Obama in Brownsville Today
"The senator’s campaign spokesman said Obama is expected to speak at a prayer meeting, one of a handful of Texas events scheduled before Tuesday’s primary election. ..."

Houston Poll: Obama Pulls Ahead Despite Clinton's Hispanic Backing
"The survey found Obama leading 48.2 percent to 41.7 percent over Clinton statewide. ..."

Time: Why is Obama's Middle Name Taboo
"Asked afterwards if it was appropriate to use the Senator's middle name, McCain said, "No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate. ..."

Canada Says TV Story on Obama NAFTA Deception is Untrue
"I can categorically say that no one has contacted our embassy or our ambassador," said Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman Andre Lemay. ..."

Texas Contest Includes Primary, Caucus
"The unique combination pits Barack Obama's skill in caucus organizing against Hillary Rodham Clinton's success in big-state primary campaigns. Their different strengths have created the remarkably close race for the Democratic presidential nomination."

Is There a Texas Radio Station Obama is Not on the Air?
"Driving north from Austin to Waco, I caught his youth-oriented spot with kids talking about "our generation" and urging fellow youngsters to "text" on 981. KVET ..."

Obama Buys 2-Minute Ads in OH, TX
"Some more details... the ads are to begin running March 3rd, the day before the primaries, statewide in both Ohio and Texas. ..."

It's the Economy, Barack
"I am a progressive, but I always tell people that if you're progressive, you should be fiscally even more conservative than the so-called conservatives and the reason is because there are a lot of needs that need to be met, ...”

Obama Foes Start Taking the Gloves Off
"... if Mr. Obama becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, he is sure to face an onslaught from Republicans and their allies that will be very different in tone and intensity from what he has faced so far. ..."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

News for Feb 28 (Evening Edition)

New Texas Ad

Obama Busts a Move - Again - For Ellen
"One day after Hillary Clinton appeared on Ellen via satellite, Senator Obama did the same. Last fall he danced his way out, and he thanked Ellen for the boost in the polls he says it got him. He then busted a move once again. ..."

Michelle Obama Holds Women's Issues Roundtable in Zanesville
"Michelle spoke about how she likes meeting with women all over the country because she enjoys talking about their common challenges and struggles. She tells Barack about her experiences with women so that he can "continue to be accessible to folks and still connected to what's happening on the ground. ..."

Bruce Springsteen on Obama
"I always look at my work as trying to measure the distance between American promise and American reality," Springsteen says. "And I think (Obama's) inspired a lot of people with that idea: How do you make that distance shorter? ..."

Video: Inside Obama HQ
"Charlie Gibson talks with top Obama strategist David Plouffe about the campaign ..."

Clinton Hauls in $35 Million; Obama Camp Says They'll Do Better
"Democrats familiar with the Obama campaign's fundraising operation told ABC News his campaign is expected to have raised north of 50 million dollars for the month. ..."

Obama: Best Education? Good Parenting
"Barack Obama assumed the role of Dr. Phil at a town hall meeting in Texas, where he coached over a thousand jumping and cheering people on parenting skills and healthy eating, while they listened and laughed. ..."

Obama Rebuffs Challenges on Israel Stance
"Washington Post: Growing Republican Effort To Question His Tolerance, Support Of Israel ..."

For the Record: Barack Obama
"A Closer Look At The Candidate's Background - From Local Church To State Senate To Capitol Hill ..."

Texas Republicans Cross Over to Vote for Obama
"As many as a tenth of the Texans voting in the Democratic contests could be Republicans, and overwhelmingly they favor Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, the polls show. ..."

Democratic Intensity Shows Up At the Polls
"It is a slow but steady trickle all day long at the Hamilton County Board of Elections: The Ohio presidential primary is Tuesday, but turnout is already smashing records. ..."

Public Financing: The Seeds of a New Response

In addition to scouring the media and compiling the news in an easy to follow format, I also look for opportunities to point out things which others may have missed.

During Tuesday’s debate, Obama faced a question re: accepting public financing for the general election. Parts of his answer were familiar to those who follow his campaign, yet he added the following:

“Now what I want to point out, though, more broadly is how we have approached this campaign. I said very early on I would not take PAC money. I would not take money from federal-registered lobbyists. That -- that was a multimillion-dollar decision but it was the right thing to do and the reason we were able to do that was because I had confidence that the American people, if they were motivated, would in fact finance the campaign.

We have now raised 90 percent of our donations from small donors, $25, $50. We average -- our average donation is $109 so we have built the kind of organization that is funded by the American people that is exactly the goal and the aim of everybody who's interested in good government and politics supports."

It seems like Obama is laying the groundwork for the reasoning that will allow him to shift away from the notion of accepting public financing. IF he is able to convince people that “public financing” has been achieved through the grassroots efforts of his campaign, then he can potentially decline McCain’s offer while still seeming true to his word. I’m not certain how many people caught it, but I expect this to become a core part of his response to the issue.

Would you be convinced by such an approach? Would it compromise his character? Comment and let your voice be heard.

Obama News for Feb 28

Clinton Advisor: Blame Mark Penn
"Mark Penn has run this campaign,” said Ickes in a brief phone interview this morning. “Besides Hillary Clinton, he is the single most responsible person for this campaign. ..."

Someone Vandalized the Obama HQ in Gregg County Texas
"The building is not only the headquarters for Obama’s Gregg County campaign, but it is also a phone service center. Early this morning the owner, Eddie Towles and his technicians found the words “a racist” spray painted on two company vans. ..."

White Men with Obama Since the Beginning
"In fact, Virginia was neither the first state (nor even first Southern state) where Obama bested Clinton among white men. Nor was it the state where he won this group by the largest margin. Obama has been doing well with this group since the beginning of primary season. ..."

Congressman John Barrow Endorses Obama
"Today, United States Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) endorsed Barack Obama, citing his success in the Georgia primary and his proven track record of bringing change that matters to working families. ..."

A Detailed Analysis of the Clinton/Obama Race in Cartoon Form

Race, Religion, Gender Didn't Matter
"If Hillary ends up losing, it will be because she never had a vision or a message that resonated with the majority of voters and that many voters were looking for a change candidate, and not a candidate who held out their Washington experience as crucial. ..."

Method Man Vs. Character Woman
"Obama's extraordinary momentum in the last 11 primaries is partly a triumph of casting. Hillary Clinton has not found a consistent role to play either on the campaign trail or on the debate platform, and Obama has. In an age when the camera captures every detail of a person's mood or karma, Obama's consistency has given him a superior sense of authenticity. ..."

Obama Takes the Pillow, Not the Bait
"Obama’s reaction was zilch, nada, nothing. He took the pillow -- but not the bait. He handed the pillow back discreetly with no reaction. ..."

Rasmussen National Poll: Obama Opens 9 Point Lead
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack Obama opening a nine-point lead over Hillary Clinton ..."

Rasmussen Pennsylvania Poll: Obama Closes Gap to 4 Points
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Pennsylvania shows Hillary Clinton with a very narrow advantage over Barack Obama in the Democratic Presidential Primary. ..."

Updated: Rasmussen Texas Poll Shows Obama with 4 Point Lead
"Barack Obama has moved ahead of Hillary Clinton in Texas. ..."

In Texas: Bill v. Barack
"But six days before Clinton arrived for this rally, there was another one just down the hill from UT in front of the Texas Capitol: Barack Obama's. And there, hundreds of placards emblazoned "Change We Can Believe In" popped up from a crowd estimated between 15,000 and 20,000. ..."

Obama's Post-Boomer Language
"Obama has his own round with Ellen today, and what strikes me most about the transcript is his language, and how clearly he's of a different generation from either Clintor or McCain ..."

Obama Raises "Considerably More" Than $35 Million
"Obama spokesman Bill Burton, anticipating the Clinton campaign's announcement that she has raised roughly $35 million this month, tells me that the Illinois senator has raised "considerably more than that" in the same period. ..."

Obama: "Remember New Hampshire"
"In a press conference aboard his plane on the flight into Beaumont, TX this afternoon, Obama did his best to set a modest goal for Tuesday’s vote. ..."

Tennessee GOP Pulls 'Hussein,' Obama Photo from Fiery Release
"The Tennessee Republican Party has toned down a fiery press release that included a controversial photo of Barack Obama and blasted the candidate on his stance on Israel. The release was changed after a rebuke from the Republican National Committee. ..."

Obama Dishes with Ellen on How He Quit Smoking
"I've been chewing on this Nicorette, which tastes like you're chewing on ground pepper - but it does help, ..."

The Movement and the Maverick
"McCain has identified with the war more unreservedly than any national leader besides Bush; Obama can claim to have opposed it from the outset and promises to quickly begin extricating American troops. No voter could ask for a clearer choice on how to proceed. ..."

Obama Slams Bush, McCain on the Economy
"People are struggling in the midst of an economy that George Bush says is not a recession but is experienced differently by folks on the ground. ..."

Michelle Obama on the "Fear Bomb"
"They threw in the obvious, ultimate fear bomb," Obama said of her husband's 2004 Senate race. "We're even hearing [that] now. … 'When all else fails, be afraid of his name, and what that could stand for, because it's different.' ..."

Gallup Daily Poll: No Changes
"Barack Obama maintains a 48% to 43% lead over Hillary Clinton in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national Democratic preferences. ..."

---------- Updates Above as of 1:55 PM Central Time ----------

Toledo Blade Endorses Obama
"THE Blade has a long-established principle of seldom endorsing a candidate in any primary election. It's easy to see, however, that this isn't a typical year. ..."

Daily Show Coverage of Tuesday Night's Debate
"He's dodging everything -- oh my gosh, he sees the matrix!"

Barack Obama's Dream Ticket: Bloomberg for VP
"If he rides the wave all the way to the Democratic presidential nomination, Barack Obama could do himself a huge favor by picking a prominent New Yorker to round out a dream ticket. No, not Hillary Clinton. ..."

Newsweek: Decoding the Debates
"Sick of hearing Chris Matthews bark about who won and who lost the Democratic debates? So are we. That's why NEWSWEEK's Katie Paul called up Allan Louden, a professor at Wake Forest, the head of the National Debate Tournament ..."

Houston Superdelegate Switches to Obama
"Democratic superdelegate and state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, of Houston, defected from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign Wednesday ..."

Pennsylvania Poll: Obama Surges
"Sen. Barack Obama, surging among younger voters, has cut Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters to 6 points ..."

RNC Goes On Record Denouncing the Tenn GOP for "Hussein" Use
"One day after issuing a private warning to the Tennessee Republican Party over their use of Barack Obama's middle name in a press release, the RNC this morning went public with their complaint. ..."

Tennessee GOP Attacks "Hussein" "Anti-Semite" Obama
The below-the-belt attacks begin, I guess.

Time: Experience is Overrated
"... experience itself—the raw amount of time you spend pursuing any particular activity, from brain surgery to skiing—can actually hinder your ability to deliver reproducibly superior performance. ..."

Insults, Apologies Fuel Obama's Rise
"Senator Barack Obama has accepted the apologies of three United States senators, a former senator, CNN and various lower-level supporters of Senator Hillary Clinton. ..."

As Obama Security Rises, Lapses Remain
"Yet, despite the intense security ring protecting the presidential candiate, questions remain about security, especially among the huge crowds the candidate draws. ..."

"Obamacans" Could be a Significant Force
"Republicans for Obama may have a small, yet defining voice in the remaining primaries ..."

Iraq Spat Could Be McCain-Obama Preview
"Obama made it clear that he will not back down from such a fight, issuing a quick rebuke of McCain that linked him to President Bush and the war in Iraq. ..."

Rasmussen Poll: Obama Takes 4 Point Lead in Texas
This via the DrudgeReport - link to be updated once Rasmussen is updated.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Obama News for Feb 27 (continued)

Clinton Having Hard Time Connecting with Voters in Texas
"David Iannelli of Public Strategies is conducting the poll for 11 News. After reviewing the data, he says it’s becoming apparent that Clinton’s strategy of selling her “experience” has connected well with voters who believe that is an important trait – but only 12-percent of voters believe it’s the most important trait. ..."

Commentary: Clinton at Risk of Losing Latino Vote
"A recent Gallup survey found Obama in a slight, but not statistically significant, lead over Clinton among Latinos. Obama-mania has gone multicultural. And it's about time. ..."

Former Gov. Mark White Endorses Obama
"There’s enthusiasm, hope. He will not only be nominated, he will be elected president. He will be America’s president. ..."

"O'Bama" St. Patrick's Day Shirts Available at

New Ohio Ad: 'Plan'

Summary of Texas Newspaper Endorsements
"Each part of the state has its own personality, history, culture, and demographic make-up, and each of its biggest cities is entirely different from the other. This is a remarkable unity of opinion. ..."

Associated Press: Obama Not a Muslim
"People who are sick of the Muslim smears directed at Barack Obama should feel encouraged with the new Associated Press article that will be printed in newspapers across the country..."

Obama as Told by George Lakoff
"Obama had figured out how to say what many of us believe, that the values people label with the L-word (Liberal) are actually American values. ..."

GOP Strategist: Obama Needs to 'Address' His Middle Name
"From there, however, the discussion went right off the rails, with Jacobus accusing the Obama campaign of being "thin-skinned" (this despite the fact that the Obama campaign's reaction was simply to offer their thanks to McCain ..."

The Psychology of Hope: Why Obama's Words are More Effective Than Hillary's
"I noticed something in Obama's and Clinton's choices of language in the Cleveland debate last night, something the newest ads from each campaign manage to illustrate precisely. ..."

Clinton Declines to Reject Supporter's Comments on Obama's Race
"A day after lecturing her presidential rival for not rejecting a controversial minister's support, Hillary Rodham Clinton declined Wednesday to reject one of her Texas backers who commented on Barack Obama's race. ..."

HRC's Black Supporters Now Considering Supporting Obama
"...some elected officials are being forced to consider whether their backing for Clinton will have adverse consequences for their own political fortunes. ..."

Obama Touts "Track Record of Service"
"It wouldn’t make sense for me to run and then suddenly act completely different from what I was doing over the course of years,” Obama said. ..."

Maine Superdelegate Backs Obama
"Marianne Stevens said, “After considerable thought I am proud to give my support and endorsement to Senator Barack Obama. ..."

Commentary: Obama has Made Politics Exciting Again

I realize I’m no political pundit or Washington insider, so my understanding of the political landscape is admittedly limited. However, my ‘newcomer’ status allows me a ground-level perspective that is often missed.

For all of the talk about how “words don’t matter,” I have to share that it is Senator Obama’s words that have inspired me to go beyond a “vote on the given day” level of involvement in politics. I have made phone calls, researched the various candidates’ positions, informed friends on the finer policy differences, and just recently began a blog that seeks to keep the world easily informed on the developments in this campaign.

I wager this is one of a variety of reasons for his campaign's success. So, in an effort to reflect upon my experience, here are my top 10 reasons for his success - in priority order.

  1. His message of unity – the idea of a UNITED States of America and establishing a “working majority” resonates strongly with those who see the gridlock in congress
  2. The desire to mitigate lobbyist and special interest influence in Washington
  3. His speeches (they ARE good – especially the one after Iowa)
  4. The "Obama" brand
  5. His general demeanor (calm, affable, and most of all he comes off as trustworthy)
  6. The generally positive tone of his campaign, even when responding to negative attacks from his opponent(s)
  7. His ability to bring young people into the political process
  8. The belief in “grassroots” politics and the idea of change “from the bottom up
  9. The relative consistency of his message (as opposed to the drastically changing tactics of other candidates [e.g. Romney, Clinton, etc.]
  10. The almost defiant slogan of “Yes, We Can” :-)
Do you think I missed any? Comment and let me know!

Obama News for Feb 27

Expertinent: Why the Obama Brand is Working
Obama's success owes a lot, of course, to his message--the promise to pass Democratic policies by rallying a "coalition for change." But watching Obamamania over the past few weeks, I've become convinced that there's something more subtle at work, too. ..."

Time: Debate Report Card
proved himself able to face his fellow frontrunner and make his case for the job. ..."

Memo to President Obama
Never mind Iraq. Just end the 'war on terror.' ..."

Hillary Should Get Out Now
Clinton has only one shot—for Obama to trip up so badly that he disqualifies himself. ..."

It's the Campaign, Stupid: Clinton Ground Game Under Fire
Hillary Clinton has slipped from “inevitable” front-runner to second fiddle over the past two months, and political observers have chimed in with their take on what went wrong: No plan for after Super Tuesday. A poor caucus strategy. Her husband. ..."

Can Barack Obama Be Stopped?
"Chuck Todd on why the final nail is likely going into the Clinton coffin..."

Karl Rove: Don't 'Hussein' Obama
No less an authority figure than Karl Rove has warned Republican operatives from demagoguing Barack Obama's middle name. ..."

Sen. Byron Dorgan to Endorse Obama
I decided I wanted to determine who out there can inspire people to move in a new direction," Dorgan said, deciding that Obama was that candidate. ..."

Obama Spanish Ad: Oportunidad
Obama has a new, meat-and-potatoes Spanish-language spot in Texas touting his tuition assistance program. ..."

Gallup: Daily Poll for 2/27
Barack Obama has opened up a 48% to 43% lead over Hillary Clinton in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of national Democratic preferences. ..."

Obama Parries Clinton Offensive at Crunch Debate
Democrat Hillary Clinton threw some sharp jabs at White House rival Barack Obama in their final debate before crucial primaries, but Obama parried the blows to score some hits of his own. ..."

MSNBC Video: Who Won the Debate in Ohio
George Stephanopoulos analyzes how the Democrats did in the 20th debate. ..."

Rep. John Lewis Switched Support to Obama
Georgia Congressman John Lewis told WSB-TV Channel 2's Monica Pearson Wednesday that he is switching his support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. ..."

-------- New Updates Above (as of 1:55 PM CT) --------

Rasmussen Reports: Daily Poll
Obama now earns support from 47% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton attracts 43%..."

Most Improved Debater
At what may be the last debate of the Democratic primary, Obama was commanding, at ease, and magnanimous. Clinton needed him to stumble, and he didn't. He won the night. ..."

Hillary's Missed Opps
Hillary Clinton missed some opportunities tonight. Her complaint at the beginning about the format of the debate seemed to fall flat. ..."

Newsweek: Building the Team
How Obama could get a jump on the general election campaign..."

Newsweek: Debate Analysis
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are making their final pitches to voters in OhioTexas, must-win contests for Clinton, after a mostly somber and policy-filled debate that seemed unlikely to alter the political calculus of the race. ..."

Frazier versus Ali in Cleveland
The bout between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama ends in a draw..."

Obama's Support Grows Wider, New Poll Finds
In the past two months, Senator Barack Obama has built a commanding coalition among Democratic voters, with especially strong support among men, and is now viewed by most Democrats as the candidate best able to beat Senator John McCain ..."

Congressional Hopefuls Ride the Obama Wave
Democrats in some of the unlikeliest places are looking forward to running on a ticket with his name on the top line..."

Chuck Todd: A Tense Night Comes to An End
Phew, the entire debate had a very tense feel; a combination of two very competitive Democratic candidates and two very tough questioners. Both candidates were put on the spot and survived. ..."

ABC News: Debate Commentary
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, at Tuesday night's debate in Cleveland Ohio, was forceful, determined and, in moments, clearly frustrated with her underdog status..."

Dodd Heads to Texas for Obama
"Sen. Christopher Dodd, the newest Obama campaigner and the first former Democratic presidential candidate to choose a side in the race, is Texas-bound this weekend, trying to persuade that major March 4 primary state to follow his lead. ..."

New Quinnipiac University Poll (link corrected)
"Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, surging among younger voters, has cut Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead among Pennsylvania likely Democratic primary voters to 6 points, 49 - 43 percent, after trailing by 16 points just two weeks ago..."

1 Million Donor Goal Achieved!

Clinton's Complex Challenge; Obama's One Job
"Yet by the end of the night, there was little evidence that Mrs. Clinton had produced the kind of ground-moving moment she needed that might shift the course of a campaign that polls suggest has been moving inexorably in Mr. Obama’s direction..."

Obama Speaks on Jewish Issues in Cleveland
"Senator Obama of Illinois met with about 100 members of Cleveland's Jewish Community at the Landerhaven function hall in Cleveland. The following is a partial transcript of the session..."

Rasmussen Markets Update: Debate Doesn't Slow Obama Momentum
"Overnight results from show that the Tuesday night debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama did not change the trends of the campaign. ..."

Obama Tells Clinton: I Don't Whine
"Senator Clinton has ... constantly sent out negative attacks on us, e-mail, robo-calls, flyers, television ads, radio calls, and we haven't whined about it because I understand that's the nature of these campaigns," he said. ..."

Obama: Pro-Israel Needn't Be Pro-Likud
"I think there is a strain within the pro-Israel community that says unless you adopt an unwavering pro-Likud ap-proach to Israel, then you're anti-Israel, and that can't be the measure of our friendship with Israel..."

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

News Items Since the 2/26 Debate

Huffington Post Debate Coverage, Including Pundit Responses
Clinton really flubbed that 'SNL' line and she did so early so it made it into a bunch of writeups. ..."

Debate Review Compilation
"The reviews are in: Obama scores higher, "Won," "Quick on his feet," "Well prepared and focused," "Excellent command..."

Obama Tops New National Polls
Here's something Democrats agree on even more: In two different polls, around 70 percent of Democrats polled believe Obama will get their party's nomination. ..."

CNN: Debate Summary
Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama sparred with each other over negative campaigning, health care and free trade Tuesday, a week before primaries in Texas and Ohio ..."

MSNBC: Political Slugfest in Cleveland
"Obama did not back down. He said that he had faced the same tactics from Clinton’s supporters but that “we haven’t whined about it because I understand that’s the nature of these campaigns. ..."

MSNBC Poll: Obama Won the Debate
Holding steady at 65% for Obama, 22% for Hillary.

Obama's Quiet Offensive Against Farrakhan
"Obama held a private meeting with Jewish community leaders in Toledo, Ohio this past weekend, where he addressed concerns that he wasn't tough enough on Israel..."

Obamanomics: Why Small Differences Matter
"Obama and Clinton share many economic views. Here's why his is better..."

ABC News: Debate Summary
"The tone was polite yet pointed, increasingly so as the 90-minute session wore on, a reflection of the stakes in a race in which Obama has won 11 straight..."

ABC News Live Blog of the Debate
"Obama: "She would be worthy as the nominee." That puts her in a tough spot on the same question..."

Hawaii Senator Apologizes for Speaking Ill of Obama's High School
"Sen. Daniel Inouye has apologized for suggesting that Sen. Barack Obama’s private high school in Hawaii was elitist. ..."

Hillary Plays the Victim Card
"Hillary Clinton as the inevitable Democratic nominee didn’t work. Hillary Clinton as the front-runner didn’t work. So how about Hillary Clinton as the victim? ..."

Obama News for Feb 26

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin Endorses Obama
"Citing hope for "a new direction in American politics and a positive change in Washington," U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-South Dakota, at-large) today endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for President of the United States. ..."

Stories from the Obama Grassroots
"The Obama campaign has singlehandedly done more to rebuild the Democratic Party of Texas in 2 weeks than the TDP has been able to in probably 10 years. ..."

Army General: Obama's Military Shortage Story Fine By Me
"Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey, testifying on troop strain before the Senate Armed Forces Committee Tuesday, said there is "no reason to doubt" Sen. Barack Obama's military shortage story during CNN's debate..."

Two More DC Superdelegates Endorse Obama
"Shadow United States Senators Paul Strauss and Michael D. Brown endorsed Obama, citing his longstanding commitment to the rights of DC residents and his ability to unite Americans to bring change. ..."

Chelsea Says Texas is Must Win
"I think we do have to win in Texas," Chelsea said. "And I think we will win in Texas if we work hard. ..."

Obama's Test: Close Out Clinton - Now
"...Obama needs to close out Clinton so that he can start to define himself before the GOP makes it all about lapel flag-pins. ..."

Ohio Debate Primer on Trade
"Ohio is a state that has been hit hard by trade-related job losses and wage cuts. The economy will certainly be center-stage tonight at the debate: ..."

Clinton Bets the House, Release Rash of New Ads in Ohio, Texas
"Days after former President Bill Clinton described the importance of the Texas primary in stark, do-or-die terms, the former first lady's campaign released a slew of new ads targeting voters in both states..."

Obama's Campaign Bends Gender Conventions
"Obama is a female candidate for president in the same way that Bill Clinton was the first black president. ..."

MSNBC: Tonight is Hillary's Last Stand
"But if Clinton can’t dramatically convince voter/viewers of her essential point – that Obama is dangerously vague and ill-prepared for a fall campaign, let alone for the presidency – then it is very hard to see how she can stop the Obama Express in March. ..."

Fact Check: Clinton's Misleading Mailer
"But what she offers is certainly not the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The quotes about Obama and NAFTA she uses are completely out of context. ..."

Richardson Endorsement Could Come Within Days
"...Richardson praised both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and suggested now might be the right time he publicly backs one of them. ..."

McCain Apologizes for Supporter's Comments About Obama
"Republican John McCain quickly denounced the comments of a radio talk show host who while warming up a campaign crowd referred repeatedly to Barack Hussein Obama..."

Gallup Daily Poll: Obama and Clinton Tied
"The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on Democratic voters' presidential nomination preferences show equal percentages preferring Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. ..."

Former Clinton Administration Official on Obama's Foreign Policy
"John Holum -- who served for eight years under the Clinton administration, first as Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and then as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security -- writes about why Obama is the best candidate on foreign policy..."

Obama's Ohio Grassroots Advantage
"... Now that I've been with both campaigns, I see that Obama's has a lot more volunteers, and they're all grassroots people from the neighborhood," Conwell says. "I didn't think this movement would grow. I was wrong. It's strong."

Finding Political Strength in the Power of Words
"Not since the days of the whistle-stop tour and the radio addresses that Franklin D. RooseveltNew York has a presidential candidate been propelled so much by the force of words, according to historians and experts on rhetoric. ..."

Washington Post: Team Clinton - Down and Out of Touch
"They are in the last throes, if you will. ..."

Clinton Lead in Ohio Shrinks on Day of the Debate
"The 50 percent to 44 percent margin for Clinton is three percentage points less than one week ago, when she led 52-43. ..."

Chris Dodd Endorsement Official
"A former adviser for Dodd said the timing of the Connecticut senator's endorsement "works pretty well" given that foreign policy has become a key issue of the campaign. ..."

Rasmussen: Clinton Lead Slipping in Ohio
"With just a week to go until the crucial March 4 Democratic Presidential Primaries, Barack Obama continues to gain ground on Hillary Clinton in Ohio. ..."

Rasmussen Daily National Poll: Obama leads Clinton
"Obama now earns support from 46% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton attracts 43%..."

Obama Support Surges Past Clinton
"Barack Obama has taken clear leads over Hillary Rodham Clinton among white men, middle-income earners and liberals, allowing him to catch his faltering rival in their race for the Democratic presidential nomination..."

Clinton Camp: March 4th will Determine if Clinton Moves Forward
"When the dust settles after next Tuesday’s election battle in Texas and Ohio, Hillary Clinton will know “whether to go forward or not” in the quest for the White House, in the opinion of one of her top campaign strategists. ..."

Obama's Real Experience: His Candidacy
"The best evidence of Obama’s readiness to lead the nation is the ability with which he has run for president. ..."

Dean's Plan - Avoiding Division Going Into the Convention
"...he offered a perhaps slightly improbable image for preventing a fight at the convention: He, Obama, and Clinton will simply sit down and hash it out..."

Finger Pointing, Frustration in the Clinton Camp
"With a week to go before climactic tests in Texas and Ohio, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign team has slipped into full recriminations mode. ..."

Senator Christopher Dodd to Endorse Obama
"Dodd will endorse his colleague, a senator from Illinois, in Cleveland on Tuesday, according to a Democratic official close to Dodd who requested anonymity because no formal announcement had been made. ..."

The Clintons in Defeat
"In defeat, the Clintons are remarkably adept at picking up the pieces. ..."

Obama's Support Grows Broader, New Poll Finds
"... Mr. Obama has made substantial gains across most major demographic groups in the Democratic Party, including men and women, liberals and moderates, higher and lower income voters..."

Clinton Campaign Starts 5-Point Attack on Obama
"After struggling for months to dent Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy, the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now unleashing what one Clinton aide called a “kitchen sink” fusillade against Mr. Obama..."

Monday, February 25, 2008

Obama News for Feb 25

ABC Texas Local News: Texas is Slipping Away
"We'll say this quickly. Hillary Clinton is picking up support among senior citizens statewide and voters in central and south Texas. Other than that, it's pretty much bad news for her. ..."

SurveyUSA: Texas Polls Show Obama Ahead
"Compared to a SurveyUSA tracking poll released one week ago, Obama is up 4 points, Clinton is down 5 points."

NY Times: So Far, Time Has Been on Obama's Side
"... If Mrs. Clinton ends up losing the race, the real reason may be nothing more than she was not better than an opponent she could never have anticipated."

Obama Wins Over One Ohio Voter
"Colleen Munninghoff challenged Sen. Barack Obama politely Thursday to win her vote in next week's Ohio primary. And he did. ..."

CNN Poll: Obama, Clinton tied in Texas
"Obama, the Illinois senator who became the party's front-runner a few weeks ago, received 50 percent support from likely Democratic primary voters to 46 percent for Clinton, senator from New York..."

Clinton Aide Compares Obama to Jesse Jackson
"Long-time Democratic National Committee member Harold Ickes, who served as deputy chief of staff for President Clinton and is a top aide to Sen. Hillary Clinton, made the comparison at a breakfast with reporters today..."

MSNBC: Texas Could be Clinton's Last Stand
"But beneath the banter there's apprehension within Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign that Texas' hybrid nominating contest, which allocates two-thirds of its delegates in the primary and one-third in the caucus, could prove to be her last stand. ..."

Rasmussen Poll: Texas: Clinton 46% Obama 45%
"The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Texas finds Senator Hillary Clinton clinging to a one-point lead over Senator Barack Obama. ..."

CNN Poll: Obama up by 4 Points in Texas
"In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Monday, 50 percent of likely Democratic primary voters said Obama is their choice for the party's nominee, while 46 percent backed Clinton..."

Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory Endorses Barack Obama
"Cincinnati's only Democratic "super-delegate," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, ended months of courting by both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, by endorsing the Illinois senator just before he came on stage for a rally at the Fifth-Third Center. ..."

USAToday/Gallup Poll: Obama Leads Nationally - 51% to 39%
"Obama leads Clinton 51%-39% nationally, according to a new USA Today/Gallup poll."

Utility Workers Back Obama
"Senator Obama understands our issues, supports our goals and will do what is right for utility workers, our families, our communities and our country..."

Rasmussen Reports: Obama leads in national Polls over Clinton
"Obama now earns support from 45% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton attracts 42%..."

Clinton's Crumbling Ohio Firewall
"...Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland was reported expressing doubt to political colleagues about whether he could hold his state for Clinton during the two weeks remaining before Ohio's Democratic presidential primary March 4."

Who Will Bell Hillary?
"...last Tuesday, wise old heads in the Democratic Party were asking this question: Who will tell her that it's over, that she cannot win the presidential nomination..."

Latest Message from Barack Obama
"...We started behind in the two biggest states that will vote on March 4th, Ohio and Texas, but as we spend time on the ground, we are gaining strength..."

GOP Attack Strategy Begins - Testing How Far They Can Go
" Faced with running against Clinton or Obama, Republican strategists investigate how far their attacks can go."

Clinton Camp Spread Smear Photo - Obama Responds
"Obama responds to the recent photo of the senator in Somali clothes spread by the Clinton camp..."

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