Saturday, March 29, 2008

3/29 Afternoon News: Texas Presidential Primary Convention Today!

News Items
Texas Dems try to divvy up delegates
"Democrats gathered in basketball gyms, churches and courthouses Saturday for another phase of Texas' complex caucus system to decide whether Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton will win more delegates in the state. ..."

BOR Exclusive: TX Presidential Primary Convention Results
You can find updated results for the Texas Presidential Primary Convention here. Refresh throughout the day.
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NYTimes: Who’ll Stop the Pain?
"Gore and Edwards may have the most party clout. But there’s only one person Hillary will finally listen to. Her name isn’t Bill. ..."

Candidates spin TV ads toward 'Wheel' audience
"What key constituency group are the presidential candidates fighting over? Soccer moms? NASCAR dads? Perhaps, but if television ad spending habits are any indication, the keys to the White House may be held by Pat Sajak and Vanna White. ..."

Reid to Worrying Democrats: ‘Cool It.’
"He said he has had separate conversations with the House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, Howard Dean and former Vice President Al Gore recently and is confident that the nominating fight will end naturally. ..."

Clinton's 'Narrow Path' to Nomination Hinges on Pa.
"She has every right to go on," said Democratic strategist Bob Shrum on "Good Morning America Weekend Edition." "She just has very little chance of winning. ..."

Edwards praises both Clinton, Obama
"Former Sen. John Edwards, in his first public speech since dropping his White House bid two months ago, praised Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama on Saturday, but declined to endorse either candidate. ..."

Obama aligns foreign policy with GOP
"Sen. Barack Obama said Friday he would return the country to the more "traditional" foreign policy efforts of past presidents, such as George H.W. Bush, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. ..."
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Clinton Fundraising Problem?
"We're facing a big deadline on Monday. Our opponents and the media will scrutinize our fundraising reports and look for any sign of weakness. By making a contribution today, you can help make sure we show nothing but strength. ..."

Philly Mayor Would Quit Obama Church
"Sen. Hillary Clinton's most prominent African-American supporter in Pennsylvania says that had he been a member of Sen. Barack Obama's church, he would have left because of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's fiery and controversial sermons. ..."

Clinton: nomination battle is good for democracy
"Hillary Clinton began her Saturday in Indiana by continuing to push back against calls for her to exit the presidential race, telling an audience in Indianapolis that “it is better for our democracy” to keep the nomination contest moving forward. ..."

Rove turns his attention to Obama
"On the sidelines during presidential campaign season for the first time this decade, former presidential adviser Karl Rove couldn't resist taking shots at Democratic frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama. ..."

Obama's pastor makes surprise appearance at Chicago church
"Barack Obama's controversial former pastor got a big round of applause last night during a surprise appearance before a congregation in Chicago ... and did not speak about the Democratic presidential hopeful. ..."

'As long as she wants'
"Talking to reporters in Johnstown, Pa., Saturday, Barack Obama said Hillary Clinton “can run as long as she wants.” “She should be able to compete, and her supporters should be able to support her as long as they are willing or able,” Obama said. ..."

Sunday talk show tip sheet
"As the Democratic presidential race lurches ever closer to one conclusion, or the other, surrogates for Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama again lead the way on the Sunday talk shows. ..."

"Stop these abortions."
"This is an example where good people can disagree," the Illinois senator said. "The question then is, are there areas that we can agree to that everybody can get behind? We can all agree that we want to reduce teen pregnancies. ..."

A penny for your thoughts
"A voter at Sen. Barack Obama's town hall meeting in Greensburg, Pa., yesterday asked whether he would consider eliminating the penny. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Still on Top, 50% to 43%
"For the second consecutive Gallup Poll Daily tracking report, Barack Obama holds a statistically significant lead over Hillary Clinton in national Democratic preferences for the nomination, 50% to 43%. ..."

Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Barack Obama with a six-point lead over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. ..."

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Commentaries
Obama Diplomacy?
"John Heilmann has an interesting account of the efforts by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to woo John Edwards...and guess what? Clinton was far more effective than Obama. Here's the key section: ..."

The Contributor Gotcha Game
"... I want to take a stab at the more general practice of trying to link -- and tar -- candidates with every single contributor they have. ..."

At the Barricades In the Gender Wars
"But many of her supporters see something troubling in the sometimes bitter resistance to her campaign and the looming possibility of her defeat: a seeming backlash against the opportunities women have gained. ..."

Missing a Generation
"To many voters, it may seem that Obama is proposing the kind of overgenerous welfare programs that were finally rejected in the backwash of the '80s ... But that may be counterbalanced by Obama's appeal to black voters and to the millennial generation ..."

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