Saturday, April 12, 2008

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News Items
Obama says some voters are angry, bitter
In the midst of an assault from his rivals, a defensive Barack Obama said Friday that many working-class Americans are angry and bitter over economic inequalities and have lost faith in Washington ...
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ABC News:
Guns, God and Government
FirstRead:
HRC: Obama Says Pennsylvanians 'Bitter'
CBS From the Road:
Clinton Says Obama "Looks Down" on Pennsylvanians
FOX:
Obama Draws Fire for Comments on Small-Town America
The Boston Globe:
Clinton attacks Obama for small-town voter remarks
Reuters:
Obama attacked as elitist after fundraiser remarks
CNN Ticker:
Clinton hits Obama over 'bitter' comment
NYT:
Opponents Call Obama ‘Out of Touch’
TPM:
Hillary Hits Obama
The Caucus:
Obama Slams Critics on Middle-Class Comments
TPM:
Obama Responds
Huff Post:
Obama: No Surprise That Hard-Pressed Pennsylvanians Turn Bitter
CBS From the Road:
Clinton Says Obama is “Out of Touch” with Middle Class Americans, Calls Comments “Elitist”
CBS From the Road:
Clinton to Hit Obama's "Bitter" Comments In Indiana Speech
CNN Ticker:
Clinton: Obama's 'bitter' remarks 'demeaning'
CNN Ticker:
Obama defends 'bitter' remarks
Related Articles:
Clinton to Hit Obama Over ‘Small Town’ Remarks

Obama Explains 'Bitter' Comments, but Rivals Pile On
“I didn’t say it was well as I could have,” Obama confessed today during a town hall in Muncie, Ind., in response to the controversy he described as a “political flare-up because I said something that everyone knows is true.”
Related Articles:
CBS From the Road:
Obama Admits Misspeaking, But Defends Comments
CBS From the Road:
Obama Comments Put Him on the Defensive
FOX News:
Obama on Guns and Religion: ‘I Didn’t Say It as Well as I Should Have’
CNN Ticker:
Obama on 'bitter' remark: 'I didn't say it as well as I should have'
Time Blog:
Obama's Bitterness

Interview w/ Newsweek: Obama's World
The anti-doctrinaire candidate maps out his foreign-policy priorities and the personal experiences that shaped them.

McCain Blasts Obama's Financing Remarks
Earlier this afternoon in Dallas, McCain spoke to reporters for the first time in several days. He got rather animated over Obama’s recent statements on public financing -- once again saying that Obama had previously committed to taking public funds in the general election if the GOP nominee agreed as well.
Related Articles:
CBS From the Road:
McCain Calls Obama "Flip-Flopper" on Public Financing
The Caucus:
McCain to Obama: ‘Keep Your Word’

McCain Also Hitting Obama on Energy Bill
McCain -- who, like Clinton, voted against the legislation -- also now is hitting Obama on this issue, which suggests the 2005 energy bill could come up in an Obama-McCain general election.

Olympics issue emerges as flashpoint
To the Obama campaign, Clinton’s position smacks of something other than a thoughtful approach to human rights issues. “The issue — and this is what Sen. Clinton completely missed in her approach — is how do we maximize leverage on the Chinese to achieve the outcomes we want on Tibet, on Darfur and other human rights concerns.

War-weary Pa. voters wonder about exit
For Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, vital to getting the edge in military service-oriented but war-weary Pennsylvania is figuring out how to pull U.S. forces out of Iraq without dragging the flag in the process.

Why Gov. Bill Richardson didn't endorse Clinton
The New Mexico governor says he was dismayed by pressure from the Clinton camp, and impressed by Obama's optimism. Besides, 'you don't transfer loyalty to a dynasty.'

Bill Clinton "Just Can't Help Himself"
Now the question being asked is, with Hillary's Bosnia comments having long died down (the Senator has even joked about it several times), why would the former president raise the matter again, and make inaccurate points in doing so?

Piling on (Mark) Penn
This week has been bookended by unfavorable reviews of (and bad outcomes for) Mark Penn, the longtime top Clinton campaign strategist.

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Election 2008: North Carolina Presidential Election
Barack Obama has caught up with John McCain in the Tar Heel State. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that both Obama and McCain attract 47% of the North Carolina vote ...

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama now attracts 46% of the vote while Hillary Clinton earns 44%. That’s the closest the race has been in a week ...

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Commentaries
Young voters help start political phenom
Thousands of messages flooded Meredith Segal's inbox in 2006, responding to her Facebook petition to get Barack Obama into the presidential race. "... What I was most amazed about was the number of messages I got from young people saying, `I want to do more.'"

Is Hillary Preparing to Move the Goalposts on Pennsylvania?
Obama may have boosted Clinton’s new strategy by handing her a rare gaffe. Speaking at a private fundraiser in San Francisco last weekend, Obama talked about the despair he had heard from residents of small Pennsylvania towns hurt hard by unemployment.

McCain Said It, Before He Attacked It
The fact that McCain's campaign is feigning outrage over Obama's truisms when their own candidate has made thematically similar statements strikes me as...what's the word...oh yeah -- dishonest.

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