Wednesday, April 16, 2008

4/16 Evening News: Post-Debate News

News Items
Clinton, Obama Find 'Brotherly Love' at Philly Debate
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama opened Wednesday's presidential debate on a point of accord: neither would answer head-on whether they'd be willing to name the other as vice president.
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MSNBC: Can Obama win? ‘Yes, yes, yes,’ says Clinton
FirstRead: Final Debate Thoughts, The Pitch to Superdelegates, Obama Camp Response On Debate, How Do You Use Bush?, Obama's First Decent Debate Shot of the Night, More on Ayers, First Applause Line of the Night, Very Tough First Half For Obama, To Ayers Is Obama, Tired?, Obama On HRC's Truthiness, Holding Something Back?, Imperfection, Clinton Plays Farrakhan Card, HRC: 'You Get to Choose Your Pastor', When a Frontrunner Debates, All About Obama So Far, Practice Makes Perfect on 'Bitter'
CBS News: Clinton, Obama Face Off In Philadelphia
FOX: Campaign Gaffes Become Thorny Issues for Dems at Pa. Debate
CNN: Clinton, Obama face off in Pennsylvania
The Caucus: Live-Blogging the Democratic Debate
NYT: Clinton Employs Broad Attacks in a Key Debate
TPM: Clinton emphatically says Obama can win White House
TPM: ABC's Ignominy Continues
Time: Obama's Regular Guy Dilemma
Politico: Obama kept on defensive during debate
Politico: Americans too 'obsessed' with contest / gaffes

Three More Superdelegates for Obama
Barack Obama rolled out three more superdelegate endorsements Wednesday, all of them coming from North Carolina and Indiana, which hold their Democratic primaries May 6.

Ourselves and Our Prosperity
All eyes are once again on Philadelphia. That's where Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will face off Wednesday night in an ABC News debate moderated by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos.

Obama tries to reassure Jewish leaders
Sen. Barack Obama on Wednesday criticized former President Jimmy Carter for meeting with leaders of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas as he tried to reassure Jewish voters that his candidacy isn't a threat to them or U.S. support for Israel.
Related Articles:
CBS From the Road: Obama Questioned Again About Wright, Gets Some Help From The Boss
FOX: Obama Explains Divergent Positions on Hamas, Iran Diplomacy

Obama reports income of $4.2 million in 2007 tax returns
Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made $4.2 million last year as widespread interest in the presidential candidate pushed the sales of his two books.
Related Articles:
CBS Horserace: Obama Releases Tax Returns
CNN Ticker: Obama releases 2007 federal tax return
NYT: Book Sales Lifted Obamas’ Income in 2007 to a Total of $4.2 Million
Politico: The wages of political stardom
BarackObama.com: PDF of the Tax Return

Two N.C. congressmen back Obama
Two superdelegates — Reps. David Price and Mel Watt — announced their endorsement of Barack Obama on a conference call in advance of the White House hopeful’s visit to the state tomorrow. Watt had previously backed John Edwards.
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The News & Observer: Price, Watt to endorse Obama

Boss Backs Barack, Bashes Bush
Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorsed Democratic Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, saying "he speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years."

Hillary Clinton On Southern Working Class Whites In 1995: "Screw 'Em"
But a telling anecdote from her husband's administration shows Hillary Clinton's attitudes about the "lunch-bucket Democrats" are not exactly pristine. "Screw 'em," she told her husband. "You don't owe them a thing, Bill. They're doing nothing for you; you don't have to do anything for them."

Source: Hillary TV Ad Campaign Is Now 100% Negative In Most Pennsylvania Markets
In most of Pennsylvania's markets, the only TV ad Hillary is running right now is a negative one -- the spot hitting Obama over his "small town" comments, a political ad buyer who tracks buys in Pennsylvania tells me.

Obama backer: Campaign's 'racial dynamics' like Helms-Gantt
Rep. Mel Watt, who endorsed Barack Obama Wednesday, said that the current presidential contest reminds him of Harvey Gantt’s Senate bid.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains Lead Heading Into Debate
The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update shows Obama with a 50% to 42% lead over Clinton in national Democratic voters' nomination preferences.

Obama vs. Clinton: By the Numbers
6.7 percent: Hillary Clinton's average lead in the seven reputable Pennsylvania polls conducted (at least in part) after Barack Obama's remarks on the "bitter" small-town voters who "cling to guns and religion" first surfaced in the press last Friday.

Cafferty: Bill Clinton says older voters too savvy to fall for Obama
See, it's really not about Hillary… it's about Bill's legacy.

Poll Shows Erosion Of Trust In Clinton
Clinton is viewed as "honest and trustworthy" by just 39 percent of Americans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, compared with 52 percent in May 2006.

ABC Poll: Who Won the Debate?
Obama winning right now, 13k to 5k.

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Commentaries
How to Handle a Mistake
Barack Obama is such a savvy politician, surrounded by smart advisers, that I had a hard time figuring out why he was so slow and grudging to disavow and apologize for his remarks suggesting that some voters turn to guns and God out of out of "bitterness."

Obama to 'Eat Lightnin' and Crap Thunder' in Pennsylvania Primary?
What's more, the spectacle of candidates linking themselves to Rocky Balboa ... is getting pretty old. But despite all that, we have to admit: "BARACKY: The Movie" is pretty darn great.

The Springsteen Effect: Why This Bitter Thing Is Boomeranging on Clinton, From One Who Grew Up in the White Working Class
Stop asking the long-ignored, long-abused people of Rust-Belt America to participate in their own destruction. They've had enough of it.

Bitter Popcorn, or My Friend Joe
My friend Joe said, "on this screen of yours all anyone talks about is some guy who ordered orange juice instead of coffee, and was bad at knocking things over with a heavy ball, and said something about people in small towns being bitter."

Sounds Familiar
HRC's "screw them" (where "them" = working class Democrats) comment is getting all the attention, but I was struck by this contemporaneous statement by Bill.

Will Gore and Carter Come to Obama's Rescue?
Are Democratic dignitaries Al Gore and Jimmy Carter planning to intervene in the protracted Democratic primary battle--and ask Hillary Clinton to book a flight back to Chappaqua? That's the buzz this week in Beltway circles ...

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