Tuesday, April 1, 2008

4/1 Evening News

News Items
Obama Frames Race As Match With McCain
"Sen. Barack Obama is talking about the elephant in the room - Republican rival John McCain - and all but ignoring the Democratic donkey who stands between him and his party's presidential nomination. ..."
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CBS From the Road: Obama Continues Attacks on McCain

Hagel Backing Obama? It's "Possible."
"Republican Sen. and Iraq war critic Chuck Hagel has been talked about a possible third-party presidential or vice presidential candidate, though that talk has significantly diminished with the success of Barack Obama's political campaign. ..."

Delegate Update: Obama Gains in MS
"NBC News has adjusted the delegate count in Mississippi, giving one more to Obama and one less to Clinton. ..."

The Blue-Collar Battle in Pennsylvania
"Pennsylvania is a pretty big state, but the two Democratic hopefuls are right on top of each other this week as they fight for the blue-collar vote in areas that are generally considered to be Clinton strongholds. ..."

West Virginia's Youngest Councilman Endorses Barack
"On November 7th, 2006, at age 20, Matthew S. Delligatti was elected as the youngest council member in the city of Fairmont, West Virginia’s history. Recently, Delligatti announced his formal endorsement of Barack Obama: ..."

Obama Wins Backing of 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman Lee Hamilton
"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has won the endorsement of one of his party's top foreign policy figures, Lee Hamilton, who hails from Indiana, home to one of the next crucial primary votes. ..."

Obama Keeps Cash Lead Over Clinton
"While a monthly fundraising total of $30 million or more would be well short of the more than $55 million Obama raised during the month of February, it would still represent nearly $1 million a day - a healthy pace for a campaign that had a politically rocky last few weeks. ..."

Clinton, Obama Claims Don't Hold Up
"Both Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama Have Made Dubious Claims in '08 Race ..."

Pa. last big Dem battleground for unions
"The Pennsylvania primary is more than a contest between Democratic Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. It's a showdown between two rival factions in organized labor and whether they can deliver for their presidential candidate. ..."

Reid backs July 1 superdelegate deadline
"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid revealed Tuesday that he supported a proposal that would ask Democratic superdelegates to weigh in publicly by July 1. ..."
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Play of the Day: Lesson in becoming prez
"Political Play of the Day: Obama gives lesson on how to become president ..."
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FirstRead: How to Be President

Obama Talks Gas Prices
"As Congress holds hearings on Capitol Hill, demanding to know why oil and gas companies like Exxon-Mobil and Chevron are earning billions as the price of gas creeps upward, Obama made some promises of his own on how he would cut the cost of fuel. ..."

Pennsylvania Could Be Do or Die for Clinton, Dem Strategists Say
"Hillary Clinton has to win — and win big — in Pennsylvania’s April 22 primary if she wants to stay competitive in the race for her party’s presidential nomination, Democratic strategists said on Tuesday. ..."

Obama, Clinton invited to Indiana debate
"A consortium of Indiana television stations and newspapers has invited Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to appear at a debate in their state ahead of the May 6 primary. ..."

NC Registration 'Unprecedented'
"Hot off the presses: New numbers from the North Carolina Board of Elections show that, since the first of the year, more than 165,000 new voters have registered to participate in advance of the state's May 6 primary. ..."

Pennsylvania Jewish Leaders Applaud Obama for Condemning Pastor’s Sermons
"Dozens of Jewish leaders from Pennsylvania are speaking out on behalf of Barack Obama and praising him for condemning the controversial sermons of his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. ..."
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JTA.org: Pa. Jews endorse Obama
The Caucus: Pa. Jewish Leaders Praise Obama in Letter

Hillary Telling Local Media In Future Voting States That Obama Wants Race To End
"Hillary appears to have adopted a concerted strategy of telling local media in states that will vote after Pennsylvania that Obama and his supporters are opposed to allowing those states' residents to vote. ..."

Lawmaker dismisses Obama's attraction
"For White Americans, it's like, this guy can speak," Cleaver said in the radio interview. "If you put him on a level with a lot of other African-American public speakers, he may not even measure up. ..."

Harold Ickes Confirms That Wright Is Key Topic In Discussions With Super-Delegates
"In an interview with me this morning, senior Hillary adviser Harold Ickes confirmed that Reverend Jeremiah Wright is a key topic in discussions with uncommitted super-delegates over whether Obama is electable in a general election. ..."

Clinton Campaign: Calls To Drop Out Reminiscent Of Florida Recount Decision
"Hillary Clinton's campaign manager Maggie Williams sent a memo to reporters today linking the 2000 Florida recount to calls for her candidate to drop out of the Democratic race. ..."
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Politico Ben Smith Blog: Clinton pleads for time

$1 Million A Day
"You asked what happened to those Clinton pronouncements about raising $1 million a day? Well, today the senator insisted the campaigned raised $1 million yesterday, but going back from there, the campaign hasn’t hit that million-dollar milestone every day. ..."

More Pelosi Talk On Superdelegates
"Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she wants to see the Democratic nomination decided by July, and added once more that she hopes that superdelegates "vote their conscience" but do so in a way that is in accordance "with the will of the people. ..."

Obama Gets "Very Flirtatious" At Campaign Stop
"It may be April Fools Day, but Sen. Barack Obama was acting like it was Valentine's Day. He was in full charm mode while touring the Tama Manufacturing plant, a JC Penny supplier of made-in-the-USA clothing in Allentown. ..."

Obama Holds LGBT Fund-raiser in NYC
"Sen. Barack Obama waded deep into Clinton territory Thursday evening at a private LGBT fund-raiser in New York City where the price of admission was $2,300 per person. ..."

Substance Abuse
"A misleading e-mail has been making the rounds, alleging that Clinton has fewer legislative accomplishments than Obama, and that they are less substantive. We've had questions about it from a number of readers, and blogs have jumped into the fray. So what's the real story ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%
"... 49% of Democratic voters nationwide saying they are most likely to support Barack Obama for the party's presidential nomination and 45% choosing Hillary Clinton. ..."

Clinton Less Appealing Than Obama as Potential V.P.
"Only 42% of Democrats nationwide want Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic vice presidential nominee if Barack Obama wins the presidential nomination, ... the majority of Democrats -- 58% -- would like to see Obama nominated as vice president if Clinton heads the ticket. ..."

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Commentaries
Bill Richardson: Loyalty to My Country
"While I certainly will not stoop to the low level of Mr. Carville, I feel compelled to defend myself against character assassination and baseless allegations. ..."

Defending My Projection: Clinton Can Win the Popular Vote
"Some commenters have argued that I was too optimistic (again, from the Clinton point of view). I'm not convinced. ..."

Five Amazing Similarities Between Hillary Clinton and Rocky Balboa
"2. Rocky discharged his inner anger and resentment by brutalizing a large, red slab of meat; Hillary is married to Bill Clinton ..."

Clinton dropout depends on donors
"But will she drop out altogether or just suspend certain activities? ..."

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Anonymous said...

I posted this on ABC in response to Jack Tapper's claims against Obama on NAFTA:

Canada working furiously to prevent NAFTA re-opening (Montreal Gazette)
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=3d8691d0-d6ae-4417-af26-bd8204a22c26&k=55787

McCain has been very blunt about being against reopening NAFTA. Clinton's chances of winning the nomination have dropped to 5-10%. But the Canadian government's anxiety has significantly increased over the prospects of NAFTA being reopened since they “leaked” the memo that they wrote.

The “leaked” memo, written by an unknown Canadian from an informal Chicago meeting with professor Goolsbee – not on official campaign business - stinks as a set up. Isn’t it unusual when the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary and the Canadian US Ambassador are two of the three sources for such a “leak”? You’d think they’d know better and unless you’re prone to naivety, they most certainly do. It wasn’t an accident. It was a political move.

The Canadian Ambassador to the US who leaked the memo, Michael Wilson, is the past Canadian Minister of Trade who negotiated NAFTA and a past Clinton “buddy”. Are you catching on yet or still slow on the uptake?

Now ask yourself: as McCain is dead against reopening NAFTA and Clinton’s candidacy is all but dead, why would the Canadians be even more concerned about reopening NAFTA? Answer: because their attempt to knee cap Obama before Texas & Ohio didn’t work as well as they hoped to kill his candidacy.

Their actions also underscore that Obama must be right about reopening NAFTA because they wouldn’t be scurrying to affect the outcome of the election of the next president of the United States and to shore up support for NAFTA unless they felt that they had something to lose.

Wake up Jack. Actions speak louder than words. Obama told the truth here.

cleduc2