Monday, April 28, 2008

4/28 Evening News: Obama Responds To Wright

News Items
Obama Addresses Rev. Wright Issue
"He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign, and so, he may make statements in the future that don’t reflect my values or concerns," the senator told reporters who strained to hear him on the loud tarmac.
Related Articles:
CBS FtR:
Obama Says Wright “Doesn’t Reflect My Values”
FOX: Wright Appearance Sparks More Rejection From Obama, Recriminations By Critics
FOX Blog: Obama on Wright: “He does not speak for me. He does not speak for the campaign.”
NYT: Obama Adds to Distance From Pastor
CNN: Obama: Wright is 'free to speak his mind'
The Caucus: Obama Addresses Ex-Pastor’s Media Blitz

The Preacher Speaks
If Wright's speech on Monday—to an overflow crowd of press and members of the African-American religious establishment—showed anything, it's that these different personae don't always play well together.
Related Articles:
FirstRead:
Wright, Front and Center
FOX:
Rev. Wright Taunts Journalists, Blasts Government
FOX:
Transcript: Rev. Wright at the National Press Club
NYT Blog:
Not Speaking for Obama, Pastor Speaks for Himself, at Length
CNN:
Obama's ex-pastor speaks out about church, sermons
CNN:
CNN.com readers react to Rev. Wright

Obama Gets Personal
Barack Obama returned to North Carolina today where he received a loud and enthusiastic welcome at a local coliseum here. He changed up his stump speech a bit, making it more personal, with less emphasis on attacking Hillary Clinton.

Delegate Update: NM Senator Backs Obama
Obama just picked up the support of Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), the campaign announced. Bingaman chairs the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Related Articles:
CNN Ticker:
Obama picks up superdelegate
The Caucus:
New Mexico’s Bingaman Opts for Obama

Hillary's Chief Strategist On Wright: It's Time To "Move On"
"Senator Obama has said what he has to say," Garin said, adding: "We respect the fact that Senator Obama has had his say on this and the campaign should move on."

Obama Talks the Economy, Hits McCain
"He had the gall yesterday to tell me that obviously because I didn’t agree with his plan I must not be sympathetic to poor people,” Obama said.

Gas Tax Holiday Won’t Help You…Much, Obama says
Barack Obama continued to rail against John McCain’s proposed gas tax holiday, which just yesterday he called a “scheme.” Today in Wilson, NC, he brought in Hillary Clinton to his riff, saying, “they both, I think, are saying the same thing.”

Obama: flag always in my heart
Obama offered an affirmation of his devotion to America in response to an audience member at a town hall meeting in Wilmington, N.C. She asked the Illinois senator what she should tell a family member concerned Obama's patriotism because the senator does not typically wear a flag pin on his lapel ...

Brent Scowcroft Echoes Obama: We Need To Talk To Enemies
Brent Scowcroft, the national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, said on Monday that he agrees with the position, stated mainly by Sen. Barack Obama, that the U.S. would benefit from having direct talks with the leaders of its most distrusted adversaries.

Clinton highlights Obama's objection to gas tax holiday
Hillary Rodham Clinton criticized Barack Obama on Monday for opposing proposals to suspend federal gas taxes this summer, a plan she and Republican John McCain have endorsed. Obama didn't take the bait. He ignored Clinton and focused on McCain.
Related Articles:
NYT:
As Clinton Seeks Gas Tax Break for Summer, Obama Says No
NYT:
Candidates Shift on the Gas Tax

Obama Calls Voter ID Ruling 'Wrong'
Obama said he was disappointed today in the new Supreme Court decision that has upheld Indiana's voter ID law, calling it "wrong," and emphasizing that the law could suppress turnout among minorities and poorer voters.

Rove tells Obama how to win
The man widely credited for President Bush's two electoral victories just can't stop giving advice to this year's Democratic presidential candidates.

Despite Dean's Call, Super Stays Neutral
"He hasn't communicated with me," she says of Dean. "So, for now, I'm still doing my thing -- which is being uncommitted to the convention."

Senate Chairmen Line Up for Obama, Clinton
They also are falling to Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton by a wide margin, currently 8-2. Democratic Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico is the latest to announce his backing for the Illinois senator in the Democratic presidential primary race.

Second Ad Links Obama And Wright
This week brings the second such spot. This new ad, like the last one, uses the Wright/Obama connection to attack a local Democrat. This time around, it's House candidate Travis Childers of Mississippi ...

McCain: Obama and Wright do not share views
Despite his newfound willingness to make political hay out of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, John McCain insisted three separate times on Monday he does not believe Barack Obama shares Wright’s “extremist views.”

Obama dread turns to glee for the GOP
After weeks of controversies, Republicans now are ready to place a $500,000 bet that Obama will be a heavy burden on down-ballot Democrats.

Obama Pops the Question: “Will You be my Running Mate?”
Most candidates are tight-lipped about whom they are considering to be their running mates – especially if they haven’t locked down their party’s nomination as Barack Obama has yet to do. But today in Wilmington, North Carolina, in front of 5,000 voters and a slew of media, Barack Obama asked, “Will you be my running mate?”
Related Articles:
CNN Ticker:
Obama: Will you be my running mate?

NC Governor to Endorse Clinton
Mike Easley, two-term North Carolina governor in his final year, will endorse Hillary Clinton at a rally in Raleigh tomorrow, according to sources in the governor's office and sources close to the Clinton campaign.
Related Articles:
CBS FtR:
North Carolina Gov. To Back Clinton
CNN Ticker:
Sources: North Carolina governor to back Clinton
The Caucus:
Governor of N. Carolina Goes for Clinton
Politico:
Popular NC gov. backs Clinton

Hillary on Rev. Wright and Bill Clinton
Clinton said she regretted that Republicans have “politicized” the matter and criticized McCain for not acting more strongly to put a stop to ads by local Republicans that invoke Obama’s former pastor.
Related Articles:
CBS FtR:
From the Left, Clinton Scolds McCain Over Republican Ads on Wright
CNN Ticker:
Clinton: McCain could do more to stop Wright ads

MoveOn: Obama Got Outfoxed
It was a mistake for Obama to go on FOX’s Sunday show and treat the experience as if it was a real news interview. Democratic politicians need to understand that FOX is a Republican mouthpiece masquerading as a news outlet. When dealing with FOX, you either burn them or they will burn you.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Race Still Close with Obama 47%, Clinton 46%
Gallup Poll Daily tracking conducted April 25-27 shows Democrats closely divided in their nomination preferences, with 47% favoring Barack Obama and 46% backing Hillary Clinton.

AP Poll: Clinton leads McCain by 9 points
Hillary Rodham Clinton now leads John McCain by 9 points in a head-to-head presidential matchup, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll that bolsters her argument that she is more electable than Democratic rival Barack Obama.
Related Articles:
CBS Horserace:
Poll: Clinton Fares Better Than Obama In Match Up With McCain
CNN:
Poll shows Clinton has better shot of beating McCain

Clinton, Obama dead even, poll says
Hillary Clinton's Pennsylvania win last Tuesday has clearly given the New York senator a boost in the national polls, the latest daily tracking survey from Gallup suggests.

Poll: Obama Performs Better Than Hillary In Key Swing State
A new poll from the University of Wisconsin finds Barack Obama running stronger than Hillary Clinton for the general election in this battleground state: ...

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Commentaries
Why Wright Doesn't Hurt Obama's Shot at the Nomination
That said, in terms of actually securing the nomination--and not just reigniting the media's obsession with race--I'm not sure how much Wright's reappearance actually hurts the Illinois senator.

My, How Young Activists Have Changed
Whether or not Barack Obama can win his party’s nomination, there’s no doubt that he’s entrancing young Democrats. That trend has sparked comparisons to the iconic youth movements of the 1960s—not least from the campaign, which calls its youth wing “Generation Obama.”

A 'Real Debate' Between Obama and Clinton? Don't Count on It.
Hillary Clinton wants a piece of Barack Obama. He's refusing to set foot in the ring. That may be bad news for her--but it's worse, I think, for the rest of us.

Obama: The know-too-much candidate?
When he tries to pander to sliced-and-diced voting blocs, Obama loses everywhere.

Face Off
Warning: This post is completely devoid of content. Happy Monday! While you--a normal, sane human being--checked out of politics for the weekend, controversy raged across the land.

Bad News For Obama
If you had a chance to listen to Rev. Jeremiah Wright-- at his NAACP appearance in Detroit, or in his talk at the National Press Club -- you came away with two impressions: first, Rev. Wright is a learned, compelling, often hilarious speaker; second, he is a genuine threat to the presidential hopes of Barack Obama.

Rifts Mend, Unless Identity Politics Is a Different Stripe
Blacks or women might balk if their candidate loses. Then again, they might reconsider.

Cafferty: Should Obama have accepted another debate?
Obama’s campaign has said repeatedly that most debates have offered little new information. And he criticized the line of questioning in the last debate in Philadelphia earlier this month saying that it was more about “gotcha games” and “stirring up controversy” than the issues.

Why Jeremiah Wright Is Willing To Destroy Barack Obama; This Campaign Really Is Generational
Jeremiah Wright is like the return of the repressed, a last desperate lunge of the undead 60s toward center stage.

Dumbing-Down the Candidates
Suddenly, being articulate, polite, and well-educated is snobbery. Dressing formally in a tie and jacket is pretentious. What are we looking for? A world leader or a bowling buddy?

New Litmus Test for the Democratic Nominee: Attack John McCain
Both the Obama and Clinton camps can use the upcoming primaries to go after John McCain with the kind of fervor they've reserved for each other.

Dean, Not Obama or Clinton, Should Drop Out
Dean has turned the Democratic Party into the laughingstock of political punditry, and the object of frustration, disgust and ridicule by Democrats who just knew that this was their year.

Jeremiah Wright Goes to War
Analysis: The remarks by Obama's pastor could cause major political damage for the candidate. But Wright wasn't wrong in pointing out U.S.' misconceptions of the black church.

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