Wednesday, April 16, 2008

4/16 Morning News: Day of the PA Debate

News Items
The Note: Philly Stakes
The pressure once again is on Sen. Barack Obama to exceed expectations Wednesday night at 8 pm ET at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center -- and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is looking to close the deal in Pennsylvania, and look beyond.
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FirstRead: First Thoughts: Time to Debate
Politico: With Clock Running Out, Debate Looms Large
FOX: Clinton’s Last Stand? Debate Performance, Pennsylvania Victory May Not Be Enough
The Caucus: The Early Word: Democrats to Face Off in Philly
Philadelphia Inquirer: Candidates' showdown here tonight

Indiana Rep. backs Obama
Rep. Andre Carson of the Indiana's seventh Congressional District has endorsed Barack Obama — the first of the state's five member Democratic congressional delegation to make a primary season endorsement.
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FirstRead: Another Super, Plus the Boss

Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama
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."
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CNN Ticker: The Boss backs Obama
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The Caucus: Bruce for Barack: Ohhhh He’s the One Official Endorsement Letter
Huff Post:
The Boss Picks a Boss

Three More Pennsylvania Newspapers For Obama
In this morning's editions, three Pennsylvania newspapers formally endorsed Barack Obama — the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Bucks County Courier-Times and the Patriot News. All three editorial boards cited Barack's unqiue ability to bring people back into the political process ...
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Post-Gazette: Barack Obama: Democrats deserve a nominee for change
Bucks County Courier Times: Obama Inspires
The Patriot News: Illinois Senator Projects Sense of Leadership We Need

Fight leaves Pa. Dems questioning prospects
The battle between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama over whether Mr. Obama belittled voters in small towns appears to have hardened the views of both candidates’ supporters and stirred anxiety among many Democrats ...

As debate nears Obama, Clinton air attack ads
Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton hit each other with TV attack ads in the final days before the critical Pennsylvania primary, notching up the animosity in the Democratic presidential campaign on the eve of Wednesday's nationally televised debate.

Michelle Obama Charms Colbert
Stephen Colbert doesn’t let any of his guests on “The Colbert Report” off the hook, and he took no exception when Michelle Obama came on his show Tuesday night.

Obama Response Ad on Gas
Across Pennsylvania families are struggling. What's Hillary Clinton's answer? The same old politics. Misleading negative ads. The truth? ... Obama's the only candidate who doesn't take a dime from oil company PACs or lobbyists. And that's change we can believe in.

The Delegate Fight: The June Solution
A superdelegate convention? George McGovern and Mike Dukakis have joined the call for the so-called “June Solution” of a superdelegate convention to decide the nominee before the August convention ...
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CNN Ticker: McGovern, Dukakis support superdelegate convention
Boston Globe: The June solution

Economic Concerns Recall Past Campaigns
The latest polls - those of CBS News as well as those of other organizations - show enormous and growing concerns about the nation’s economy. Eighty one percent say the country is headed in the wrong direction ...

Clinton Picks Up 45,000-Member Union Endorsement
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of a union representing plasterers and cement masons in the construction industry.

Obama tied to lobbyists, but boasts of not taking money
Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor said that while Obama's refusal to take money from lobbyists "isn't a perfect solution or symbol, it does reflect Obama's record of trying to change the way that Washington does business." He declined to elaborate.

Catholic voters up for grabs
Of all the critical factors in the November election, pay special attention to Catholics voters. They have an astounding track record, picking the winner in eight of the last nine presidential elections.

Supporter in Clinton Attack Ad Not A Pennsylvania Voter
Barack Obama can take some solace out of Hillary Clinton’s new television ad in Pennsylvania. At least one of her supporters featured in the spot hammering Obama for his small town comments isn’t registered to vote in Pennsylvania.

Polling Results
Poll Gives Obama Narrow Lead In Pennsylvania
The new survey of Pennsylvania from Public Policy Polling (D) gives Barack Obama a narrow lead over Hillary Clinton. Here are the numbers, compared to a week ago: ...

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama leads Clinton nationally 48% to 41%. Obama leads among voters under 50 while Clinton has the lead among older voters.

Obama Support Amongst 'Bitter' Voters Unchanged
As Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton prepare for Wednesday night's debate in Philadelphia, Gallup's daily tracking indicates that Obama's support has yet to suffer following his widely reported remarks about small-town voters being "bitter."

Democrats willing to let battle continue
Sen. Barack Obama holds a 10-point lead over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton when Democrats are asked whom they would prefer to see emerge as the party's presidential nominee, but there is little public pressure to bring the long and increasingly heated contest to an end ...
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Zogby: Obama Leading Clinton By 13 Points
A new Zogby poll has Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton by 13 points, with significant movement since the last poll from a month ago: ...

Clinton and Obama running tight race in PA
The latest CNN poll of polls — which combines the results of four surveys taken between April 8 and April 14 — shows Hillary Clinton leading Barack Obama in Pennsylvania by 5 points with 47 percent to his 42 percent.

POLL-McCain even with Obama, leads Clinton-Reuters poll
Republican presidential candidate John McCain runs even with Democratic rival Barack Obama and narrowly leads Hillary Clinton in potential match-ups in November, according to a Reuters/Zogby poll released Wednesday.

New Daily News poll shows Obama closing in on Clinton
Clinton clung to a lead of 46 percent to 40 percent for Obama among likely Democratic voters, with 14 percent undecided. In March, Clinton led 51 percent to 35 percent.

Hillary's New 'Small Town' Soundtrack
Hillary Clinton is taking a page out of the Chevrolet marketing book by associating herself with the icon of small town America, John Mellencamp.

Will 'elitist' label stick to Obama?
Branding a rival elitist is not new in politics. Republicans for years have successfully labeled Democratic presidential candidates as the liberal elite. ... Republicans have connected with some voters by arguing they understand the values important to the everyday person.

Starting Gate: Lucky 21?
That would make tonight’s one-on-one meeting between Obama and Hillary Clinton the 21st. With “bitter” and “Bosnia” in the background, here are five questions heading into tonight’s debate: ...

The Wrong Playbook
McCain and the RNC expect to brand Obama with the same iron that bested Kerry and Gore. But there are substantial differences between Obama's candidacy and those of his predecessors.

Lies and Consequences
I'm referring to a phrase that is much in political vogue these days: the narrative, or meta-narrative, of a candidate and campaign. In the case of Senator Clinton, there have been multiple narratives, each of which she offered until circumstances deemed it no longer operative.

Obama’s Vulnerability
For now Barack Obama is still on track. The early indication from the Gallup Poll daily numbers (confirmed by a couple of other polls) is that despite four days of punishing coverage, "Bittergate" has not derailed Obama's campaign.

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