Monday, April 21, 2008

4/21 Evening News

News Items
Obama's Response to Clinton's Closer
ANNOUNCER: Who has what it takes to really bring change? To finally take on the special interests - not take their money. ... And who in times of challenge will unite us - not use fear and calculation to divide us.


Hillary's Closing Ad


Bill's Response to Clinton's Closer


Delegate Update: Obama Gets One More
The Obama campaign announced that it got the support of superdelegate/Ohio DNC member Enid Goubeaux. The superdelegate count now is: Clinton 262, Obama 238.

On Eve of Primary, Obama Focuses on Issues, Not Opponents
He spoke to approximately 40 voters on issues ranging from the economy to education. Although he spent most of his weekend criticizing Hillary Clinton, he did not mention her once at the event.

Obama Readies for Tomorrow's Pa. Vote
With just one day to go until the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama will make an aggressive push in both the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas. According to campaign estimates, roughly 35 percent of the overall primary vote will come from Philadelphia and its suburbs.

Ohio Superdelegate for Obama
Today, Ohio superdelegate and DNC member Enid Goubeaux endorsed Barack Obama. Her statement is below: ...

Bruising Democratic race in Pennsylvania nears finish
Both candidates have been launching waves of robocalls, tough mailers and matching attack ads, spending an estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.

Obama predicts Clinton win in Pa.
The presidential hopeful said Monday his rival would get the critical victory she needs in Tuesday's Keystone State primary, but said his goal is to keep it close.
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CBS Horserace:
Obama Not Predicting Win In Pennsylvania
ABC News:
Clinton reaches for Pa. win; Obama says he'll be close
Politico:
Obama prepares to spin loss as victory
FOX:
Obama: ‘It’s Going to Be Close’ in Pennsylvania

Dem voter surge could cut Clinton margin
An historic spike in Democratic voter registrations in Pennsylvania could help Barack Obama cut into Hillary Clinton’s vote in Tuesday’s primary, robbing her of the big victory margin she needs to justify continuing the primary fight.

Breaking Down Pennsylvania's Demographics
Older, whiter and more female than the nation as a whole, Pennsylvania looks like Hillary Rodham Clinton country. Wealthier, better educated and more African American than the rest of the state, Pennsylvania's thickly settled southeast corner could belong to Barack Obama.

New Obama Ad in North Carolina - "Turn It Off"


Obama on the offense, ads getting tougher
Pennsylvania residents witnessed perhaps the most vitriolic days of the Democratic primary race over the weekend, with Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton slapping back and forth at one another in campaign stops across the state.
Related Articles:
CBS Horserace:
Clinton, Obama Hit Each Other Hard In New PA Ads

Clinton uses Pearl Harbor, bin Laden images in new ad
With only one day left until voters in Pennsylvania head to the polls, Hillary Clinton launched a television ad there that includes images from the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Osama Bin Laden.

Delegate results could be delayed in Pennsylvania
Voters may have to wait a little longer to find out who will win the most Pennsylvania delegates.

Dems Abroad Slate Ready for Denver
Barack Obama has garnered 6.5 delegate votes from the group and Hillary Rodham Clinton has gotten 3.5 votes. Each overseas delegate to the convention gets half a vote.

Clinton's Cash Woes Continue
In an April 3 item titled "Could Money Woes Force Clinton from the Race?", we wrote that "if Clinton spent [in March] at anything like February's rate--$1 million a day--she'd be living hand-to-mouth." Turns out that's pretty much true.

Michael Moore endorses Obama, chides Clinton
Moore endorsed Obama in a 1,100-word posting on his Web site Monday. It includes praise for the Illinois senator and harsh words for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic Party and the Bush administration.
Related Articles:
CBS Horserace:
Barack And Me

More Expectations Games
The Clinton campaign tried to set expectations and pushed back against the conventional wisdom that Clinton needs a decisive victory in Pennsylvania tomorrow.

Obama Talks About Rumors
On the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, Senator Barack Obama was asked about two challenges that have dogged his candidacy for months: What could he do to dispel rumors circulating on the Internet – and beyond – that he is neither a Christian nor a patriotic American?

Misleading Pennsylvania Voters
Both are predicted to do far more to reduce the number of uninsured than anything offered by Republicans, and to cost far more as well. The biggest difference is that Clinton would impose a requirement on everybody to obtain coverage, a potentially unpopular mandate.

Bill Clinton: Hillary would be winning with GOP rules
Joining wife Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally on the eve of the Pennsylvania primary, former President Bill Clinton argued that if Democratic candidates were awarded delegates the same way as Republicans, his wife would be beating Barack Obama ...

Clinton: It’s OK if Voters Are "Still Shopping” For a Candidate
At a rally today, Hillary Clinton said she knows there are still voters out there who are “still shopping” for a candidate and said they have until tomorrow to make a purchase.

'Just Let Me Eat My Waffle'
Asked by a reporter if he had heard that Carter reported a positive outcome from the meeting, Obama looked sternly at the reporter in question and said, "Why can't I just eat my waffle?" (Video available at the link.)

Get Ready To Rummmmble!
The presidential candidates have appeared on countless late night and day time talk shows, from “Ellen” to “Oprah” to Jay and Dave. But they’re not leaving any stone unturned in the search for votes. All three remaining candidates have taped promos for the WWE’s “Raw” program ...
Related Articles:
ABC News:
Can You Smell What Clinton & Obama Are Cooking?
CNN Ticker:
Candidates to appear on Monday Night Raw
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Clinton on Iran Attack: 'Obliterate Them'
"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president, we will attack Iran," Clinton said. "In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

Hillary in Harrisburg
New city; same stump speech. So I thought I'd share the insights and impressions of some of the voters I met here at the Zembo Shrine.

Clinton needs big margin in industrial Pa.
Hillary Clinton needs big wins in northeastern and industrial areas to offset expected Obama landslide in Philadelphia.

Corporate America Catches Obama's 'Change' Bug
In fact, when we asked Bierut how Obama's branding stacked up against the best commercial design, he said the candidate's was "as good or better." Apparently, commercial designers agree.

Obama Gets Specific--and the Media Yawns
But today's appearance on the campus of Montgomery County Community College here in the Philadelphia suburbs was anything but typical--and that was exactly the point.

Oregon 'Register-Guard' Endorses Obama
Voters should grasp the opportunity to open a new chapter — a chapter with a fresh political vocabulary, elevated discourse and rekindled hopes. Obama offers that opportunity, and Oregon Democrats should support him in the May 20 primary election.

Proposed North Carolina Debate Called Off
The April 27th Democratic presidential debate proposed jointly by the North Carolina Democratic Party and CBS News has been called off. A statement released by the state party today cites the “time constraints and logistical issues ...

Obama avoids media in final days of PA
It's now been ten days since Democrat Barack Obama has made himself available for questions from his traveling press corps, and it appears as though that number could rise even higher.

Transcript of Obama on “The Daily Show”
JS: will you pull a bait-and-switch, sir, and enslave the white race? Is that your plan? And, if it is your plan, be honest. Tell us now. BO: [laughs] That is not our plan Jon, but I think you’re paranoia might make you suitable as a debate moderator.

Pa. officials brace for record turnout
High level of interest in the Democratic race and surge in new voter registrations could cause long lines at polls.

Clinton Shows Confidence at Campaign Rally
Clinton’s speech was short and to the point at an event that felt more like a victory rally. The rambunctious crowd oftentimes cut into Clinton’s remarks with chants of “One more day to victory!” or “Madame President!”

South Carolina Pastor Posts Sign Linking Obama With Bin Laden
A South Carolina pastor says he wasn’t trying to be political when he posted a sign in front of his church linking Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and Usama bin Laden.

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Polling Results
A measure of racism: 15 percent?
Poll says 15 percent of voters think Obama's a Muslim, and 8 percent would not vote for him because he is black.

Poll: Clinton Headed for Keystone State Win
Hillary Clinton (52%) leads Barack Obama (42%) among likely Pennsylvania Democratic voters, according to a poll released by Suffolk University

Gallup Daily: Obama Regains Lead Over Clinton, 49% to 42%
Support for Barack Obama's nomination bid has rebounded among national Democratic voters, who now favor him over Hillary Clinton by a seven percentage point margin, 49% to 42%.

Rasmussen Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential Primary
The final Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the Democratic Presidential Primary in Pennsylvania shows Hillary Clinton with 49% of the vote and Barack Obama with 44%.

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Commentaries
Whither the Cheesesteak?
No, we're not talking about the hours required to persuade undecided Pennsylvanians that you're the best Democrat to lead the country ... No, we here at Stumper headquarters have an altogether, um, meatier concern. Cheesesteaks.

Analysis: As Dems stumble toward summer, GOP cries for more
If the long-running Democratic presidential race were a play, Republicans would be clamoring for even more after the six-week intermission now giving way to the Pennsylvania primary.

Once Upon a Principle
There was a time when John McCain had positions. Then he ran for president, and everything was suddenly up for grabs.

Blitzer: 'We could be in for a long night'
Pennsylvania voters must now decide who will be a stronger Democratic presidential nominee in the general election against John McCain. The latest polls show Hillary Clinton ahead of Barack Obama — but those same polls show about 7 percent of the likely Democratic voters remain undecided.

How Is A Primary Like A Team Rivalry?
The Keystone State Primary: It's a regional contest with two teams that represent two different Pennsylvanias.

SMALLEY: Battle for the 'Burbs
It's been one of the longest phases of the 2008 campaign, a seemingly endless clash between Democratic titans that finally comes to a head Tuesday, when voters in Pennsylvania head to the polls.

Unconventional Thoughts from the U.S. Primary
A lot of analysis on the Democratic campaign has depended on a few key points that have become the conventional wisdom. While many of them are on the mark, some strike me as incorrect.

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