Monday, April 14, 2008

4/14 Monday News

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News Items
Clinton Heckled For Obama Slam
Sen. Hillary Clinton ... manage to squeeze in a slam towards her Democratic opponent Sen. Barack Obama. Her remarks were received poorly by the audience and instead of eliciting applause, Clinton was jeered when she brought up the subject.
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Clinton Keeps Spotlight On Obama
CBS From the Road: Jeers for Clinton as She Continues Criticism of Obama
CNN Ticker: Pennsylvania crowd jeers Clinton attacks on Obama
Huff Post: Clinton Heckled, Obama Cheered Over 'Bitter' Remarks

York, Pa. Mayor: Obama "Got It Right"
"Barack Obama understands us," Brenner says. "He's got it right, we are frustrated -- frustrated with polices that enable businesses to leave our community, pensions to be stripped, health care benefits to be taken away and homes foreclosed.
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CBS Horserace: Audio of the Robo-Call (MP3)

Pa. Voters Divided Over Obama Remarks
Yes, some Democrats in Pennsylvania's Rust Belt communities were upset by Barack Obama's suggestion that voters there "cling to guns or religion" because of bitterness about their economic lot. But many more seem to think it was no big deal ...

Obama Makes Light of ‘Bitter’ Uproar; Goes on Attack Against McCain
“If I had to carry the banner for eight years of George Bush’s failures, I’d be looking for something else to talk about too,” Obama said.

Starting Gate: The Angry Campaign
A party that charged into campaign 2008 with such high hopes and unity has slowly become a rather angry one – or at least one that’s become about anger. The hullabaloo over Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments is just the latest example of it.

Chatty Crowd Forces Clinton to Cut Speech Short
Hillary Clinton was forced to cut her normal stump speech short when a chatty and meddlesome crowd kept her from grasping their attention. Clinton, who was addressing the Philadelphia County Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, spoke for just over five minutes ...

Obama Would "Immediately Review" Potential Of Crimes In Bush White House
Obama said that as president he would indeed ask his new Attorney General and his deputies to "immediately review the information that's already there" and determine if an inquiry is warranted ...

Owner Of Pittsburgh Steelers Endorses Obama
It needs to be said that this endorsement could be a big deal in western Pennsylvania, among the sort of voters that comprise Hillary's base. Obama spokesperson Sean Smith emails over the following: ...

Obama Corrects 'Obama bin Laden' Slip
Obama, clearly a bit agitated, quickly interrupted him, “I think that was Osama bin Laden,” the Democratic candidate said, and then took a big gulp of water from the glass next to the podium.
Singleton quickly apologized.

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CNN Ticker: Obama confronts another 'Obama-Osama' stumble
Editor & Publisher: AP Chairman Refers to "Obama bin Laden"

Obama: Clinton Criticism "Toughening Me Up"
Barack Obama described Hillary Clinton’s recent criticisms of him as Republican arguments that will “toughen” him up for the general election. While speaking at the Associated Press luncheon this afternoon, Obama said, “I’m sure that Senator Clinton feels like she’s doing me a great favor ...
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CNN: Obama goes on offensive against Clinton
CNN Ticker: Clinton 'toughening me up' for the general

Behind the Scenes: Small-town voters talk economic pain, politics
After spending a day talking with Coaldale voters, it seems to me the anger Obama described in his now controversial comments might not have been too far off the mark.

Obama's Shot at Clinton's Shot
Without mention any candidate by name, Obama said "Around election time, the candidates they just can't do enough. They'll promise you anything, they’ll give you a long list of proposals. They'll even come around, with TV crews in tow and throw back a shot and a beer."
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Obama Fires Back at Clinton: 'Shame on Her'
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Obama questions Clinton on trade
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Obama Takes 'Shot' At Clinton
CBS From the Road: Obama Says Candidates "Promise You Anything" at Election Time
CBS From the Road: Obama: "Shame on Her"

Clinton, Obama Field Questions at the Compassion Forum
From the body language between the opponents during their brief handshake on stage, it seemed the the events of the weekend had led to the icy reception between them.
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CBS From the Road: Clinton And Obama's Icy Meeting

Carter: Dem leaders should follow people
Former President Carter says Democratic superdelegates should follow the people and vote for the presidential candidate with the most delegates, but that they also should be free to vote the other way if they want.

McCain: Obama Guns, Religion Remark 'Elitist'
Senator John McCain responded Monday to comments made by rival Sen. Barack Obama in which Obama seemed to imply that it is out of economic uncertainty that many rural voters “cling to guns or religion.”
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McCain: Obama 'Comments are Elitist'

Clinton Attacks Obama on Air
Clinton has taken her attacks on Obama over the "bitter" remark to the next level. In a TV ad released tonight, Clinton features Pennsylvanians "insulted" by Obama's comments that rural voters "cling to" guns and religion because of their economic status.
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CBS Horserace: New Clinton Ad Addresses Obama's "Bitter" Comments
CNN Ticker: New Clinton ad: Obama is 'out of touch'
The Caucus: Voters in Clinton Ad Strike at Obama
Politico: Clinton airs 'out of touch' ad
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Obama: 'Bitter' Comments May Have Been a Mistake
Obama opened up with a joke before the press heavy crowd, "I kept a lot of you guys busy this weekend with the comments I made last week. Some of you might even be a little bitter about that."

Oh 'Boy'...
Kentucky congressman Geoff Davis: "I'm going to tell you something: That boy's finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country."
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CBS Horserace: Davis Apologizes For Calling Obama "Boy"
FOX: GOP Lawmaker Apologizes for Referring to Obama as ‘Boy’
CNN Ticker: GOP congressman apologizes to Obama for 'snake-oil' remark
Politico: Insults fly at GOP dinner
Huff Post: Kentucky GOP Rep. On Obama: "That Boy" Could Not Be Commander In Chief
Huff Post Blog: Rep. Geoff Davis Just Called Obama "Boy"?

Clinton would fix husband's NAFTA mistakes
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton told manufacturers and union workers on Monday that her husband made mistakes related to the North American Free Trade Agreement that she plans to fix.

'Annie Oakley' changes her tune
Clinton, who bashed guns eight years ago, will have a very different message for same group on Tuesday.

The Indiana primary's fretful five
State's five Democratic House members decline to weigh in despite Clinton and Obama entreaties and mounting pressures to take a side.

Obama talks guns, God
"Can a Democrat talk about guns, God, and immigration without getting in trouble?" a news executive asked Obama after his speech at the Associated Press annual meeting. Obama laughed. "I actually think it's possible," he responded. "Not only is it possible but I think it's necessary," he added.

Bloomberg: No plans to endorse in 'near future'
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has introduced Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain at recent events and who talks to Hillary Clinton often, is unlikely to make an announcement of support for any of them anytime soon.

Dueling NC Ads
The Clinton and Obama camps in North Carolina are up today with dueling ads, both addressing the high cost of gas prices.

Raising Money Off 'Bitter'
McCain's campaign is making an appeal to supporters, trying to raise money now off the "bitter" flap.
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CBS Roadside: Release Watch: "Bitter" Bucks

Bill Clinton Keeps 'Bitter' Alive
Former president Bill Clinton's campaign rally this morning at the junior high gym in Corydon, Indiana was a wealth of Hillary Clinton surrogates, among them many who had their own thoughts about Sen. Barack Obama's recent comments about small town voters.

Sen. Clinton to hang out with Colbert, Sen. Obama says no thanks
Both Clinton and Colbert have come to Pennsylvania ahead of thestate's hard-fought Democratic primary on April 22. Clinton rival Barack Obama also is in Pennsylvania — but he is declining Colbert's invitation. Obama's wife, Michelle, will appear on the show Tuesday.

Obama mocks Clinton 'throwing back a shot and a beer'
Barack Obama furthered his recent criticisms of Hillary Clinton Monday by mocking the fact that she recently "threw back a shot and a beer" in front of the media.

Lieberman: It’s ‘a good question’ to ask if Obama is ‘a Marxist.’»
In his New York Times column today, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol claimed that Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) now-infamous “bitter” remarks sound like Karl Marx’s “famous statement about religion.”

The Note: Bitter Tastes
Maybe Sen. Barack Obama's biggest fear should never have been becoming Jesse Jackson. Maybe it should have been becoming John Kerry.

About That Fund-Raiser, Sir Elton
Sir Elton John’s recent performance at a fund-raising event for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton has drawn a formal complaint from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.

Progressive Media's first shot: 'McCain: Out of Touch'
The Democratic independent group Progressive Media USA, (now chaired by David Brock) is up on CNN and MSNBC with its first foray into national media. The message: McCain and Bush share an economic policy.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Numbers Holding Strong
Barack Obama, who has come under attack by his presidential rivals for describing small-town voters as "bitter," seems to be weathering the storm to this point as far as voters are concerned.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama leads Clinton 48% to 44%. While statistical noise has created daily fluctuations, this race has remained quite stable for the past month or so.

ARG Poll: Widening Lead For Clinton In Pennsylvania
A new poll by the American Research Group has Hillary Clinton with a 20-point lead in Pennsylvania over Barack Obama, just over a week before that state’s April 22nd primary.
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WSJ: Is Clinton’s Pennsylvania Lead Really 20 Points?

Polls: Revote Battle May Have Hurt Obama In Florida, But Not Michigan
A new pair of polls from Michigan and Florida casts some doubt on the argument over whether the arguments over the states' rogue primaries would make one Democrat more electable than the other in these particular states: ...

Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #13712 (Indiana)
In a Democratic Primary in Indiana today, 04/14/08, three weeks until the primary, Hillary Clinton defeats Barack Obama 55% to 39%, according to a SurveyUSA poll ...

Rasmussen Election 2008: Florida Presidential Election
The battle over Florida’s convention delegates may be taking its toll on Barack Obama’s prospects in the Sunshine State. For the second time in three months, John McCain enjoys a double digit lead over the Democratic frontrunner.

Rasmussen: 56% Disagree with Obama’s Comments on Small Town America
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters nationwide disagree with Barack Obama’s statement that people in small towns “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

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Commentaries
Barack Obama's counterpunching style
The response was signature Obama: Attack first, sort out the details later, if at all. No apology, no immediate regret, just a sharp counterattack. For a candidate sometimes mocked for being too soft to win a political fistfight, he has shown an uncanny ability to take a punch and then rear back and deliver one in return.

You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
Hillary Clinton is willing to do what she says she is going to do—take her campaign to a convention fight.

Dueling Campaign Managers
First, Rick Davis sends out this for McCain: "If Barack Obama is the Democrat nominee in the general election, the American people will have a clear choice between two different visions..."

FINEMAN: The New Electoral Math
Obama's long-term goal remains: to prepare to compete, if he locks up the nomination, in states that haven't been on his party's fall target list for eons. One is Virginia, where voters also tend to love their guns.

Is Obama an 'Elitist'?
With a few days of distance, it's probably fair to ask: did Obama's remarks actually expose his inner elitist? I suspect that, in some sense, they did--but not necessarily in the way his opponents would have you believe.

David Gergen: Slouching towards the fall
For the first time since this long, dramatic campaign began, people are asking me whether we are heading into a fall with yet another set of disappointing candidates. Sadly, these past few weeks seems to have diminished all of them.

Blitzer: Dem elders starting to worry
A lot of Democrats are increasingly worried about the tough back-and-forth that is now part of the tense Hillary Clinton-Barack Obama race for the party’s presidential nomination.

Cafferty: "Bitter" Democratic fight
Here’s my question to you: How harmful will Barack Obama’s “bitter” remarks be to his candidacy?

Jesus Is My Running Mate!
In today's Democratic push to the center, the donkeys are donning fresh pressed robes to join the celestial chorus of the lowest common denominator.

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