Wednesday, April 2, 2008

4/2 Morning News

News Items
Obama Endorsed by Lee Hamilton
"Former Indiana Rep. Lee Hamilton endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, praising his ability to transcend partisan division and calling his foreign policy outlook "pragmatic, visionary, and tough. ..."
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Wyoming Governor Backs Obama
"The AP is reporting -- and First Read has confirmed -- that Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Dem superdelegate, is endorsing Obama. ..."

Democratic Rivals Tout Main Street Over Wall Street
"Sen. Hillary Clinton is now casting herself in the light of Rocky Balboa -- as a scrappy fighter who will stay in the ring till the final round. ... Nevermind that in the movie Rocky does manage to go 15 rounds, but loses…and by a split decision at that. ..."

Obama to Clinton: "Rocky Was a Movie"
"After days of making only subtle references to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama ratcheted up his rhetoric against her on the last day of his statewide bus tour. While addressing the state AFL-CIO convention, Obama turned Clinton’s Rocky metaphor into a jab against her. ..."

Obama says he's conflicted on Olympics
"On the one hand, I think that what has happened in Tibet, China's support for the Sudanese government in Darfur, is a real problem." Still, Obama said, "I am hesitant to make the Olympics a site of political protest because I think it's partly about bringing the world together. ..."

Obama's Lama Problem
"Sigh. But there you have it– this is now Clinton’s base. This is why the Clinton campaign has been making such strange and credibility-destroying arguments in the past couple of weeks: because those arguments are "credibility-destroying" only among high-information voters. ..."

Another Shift in the Wind for Clinton and Murdoch
"Now another sign has emerged offering possible clues to Mrs. Clinton’s Murdoch status: Mr. Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth is holding a fund-raiser at her London home this month for Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. ..."

Turmoil in race tests Democrats’ low-key chief
"Dean under pressure to resolve increasingly acrimonious primary fight ..."
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Durbin On Clinton Camp Raising Wright: Try Your Best
"Sen. Dick Durbin, one of Barack Obama's chief surrogates, said ... Hillary Clinton was within her right to use Obama's controversial former pastor as a method to persuade superdelegate support. But, he added, such a move would likely not bear political fruit. ..."

Cheers For Bill Clinton In Indiana, But Frustration In S.F.
"The paper reports that Clinton had a "meltdown" when asked about Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama at a meeting with California superdelegates at the state convention last weekend: ..."
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The Note: Tired Eyes
"And there's fatigue of messaging, as a campaign that's consistently trailed in efforts to inspire voters looks for a way to make the race about something big -- anything to change the discussion in this non-voting interregnum that's looking like a slow, painful bleed. ..."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 46%
"There is little change in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update on the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, with support among national Democrats at 49% for Barack Obama and 46% for Hillary Clinton. ..."

Poll: Clinton leads Obama, McCain in key states
"In a general election matchup in Florida, McCain closely trails Clinton 42 percent to 44 percent but McCain leads Obama, who would be the first black president, 46 percent to 37 percent, according to the poll. ..."

Obama Takes the Lead in PA
"Barack Obama has taken the lead in Pennsylvania, a remarkable turnaround after trailing Hillary Clinton by 26 points in a PPP poll in the state just two and a half weeks ago. ..."
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Obama, Clinton Leverage Different Groups vs. McCain
"Gallup Poll Daily tracking results for the general election have shown that both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are essentially tied with John McCain among registered voters nationwide. ..."

Clinton lead narrows in Pennsylvania
"Hillary Clinton holds a 9 point lead over Barack Obama in the crucial state of Pennsylvania, a margin that is slightly narrower than that found in a similar poll released earlier this month. ..."
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New polls show Obama surge in Pa.
"Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is surging in Pennsylvania, according to several new polls. In one survey, released by Public Policy Polling this morning, Obama is now leading New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for the first time, 45 percent to 43 percent. ..."

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"Hillary Clinton attracts 45% of the vote while Barack Obama earns 44% ..."

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Commentaries
Obama Seeks To Reshape The Electorate
"Even as he fends off Senator Hillary Clinton in the Democratic nomination contest, Senator Barack Obama is already turning his attention to the general election, and to an ambitious plan to reshape the American electorate in his favor. ..."

For Clinton, Simply Winning Pa. Isn't Enough
"With 19 days left before Pennsylvania Democrats (finally) go to the polls to pick between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton, conventional wisdom says the contest is Clinton's to lose. BUT, "How big will she win?" and "What will it mean?" are questions of huge importance. ..."

The Hillary Waltz
"Besides coaching Obama, Hillary is also shielding him. If she had not fibbed about the Tuzla airport landing, and then fibbed to get out of a fib, the press would have stayed focused on Wright. She has been an invaluable lightning rod. ..."

Obama Risks Alienating Clinton Women and Blue-Collar Supporters
"There's a reason why Hillary Clinton gets a surge in fundraising everytime some Democratic party leader or insider calls for her to drop out of the race: it pisses people off. ..."

Obama's Foreign Policy Stature Enhanced by Key Endorsement
"Hamilton's endorsement of Senator Obama is the most recent in a lengthy list of top level Democrats backing the former Harvard Law graduate in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. ..."

Karl Rove Likes What He Sees
"You've said -- what was the phrase you used about Hillary? "Fatally flawed"? Fatally flawed. I just thought her flaws would show up in the general election. I didn't know they'd show up as early and as strong as they have. ..."
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