Tuesday, April 29, 2008

4/29 Morning News: Two More Superdelegates

News Items
Exclusive: Iowa superdelegate to endorse Obama
Winthrop farmer Richard Machacek, an Iowa superdelegate, said today he is pledging to support Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. Machacek, a member of the Democratic National Committee, had been uncommitted. He said he saw little difference between Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton on policy positions or ability.

Obama to Pick Up Kentucky Superdelegate
With Chandler's endorsement, that brings the superdelegate count to Clinton 265, Obama 243. Overall (including pledged and superdelegates), it's Obama 1,734, Clinton 1,599.
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CNN Ticker: Obama to pick up another Super Delegate
TPM: Kentucky Rep. Ben Chandler Endorsing Obama

Obama Out to Prove Blue Collar Authenticity
In Wilmington, N.C., this afternoon, fighting the perception pushed by his opponents that he's an elitist, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., steered clear of his rock-star reception and soaring oratory about changing the world, and told his personal tale in a modest town hall meeting.

Obama Heads for Superdelegate Edge
Despite his loss in Pennsylvania and other campaign bumps, Barack Obama is heavily favored to win what will be the final and decisive contest for the Democratic presidential nomination -- the "invisible primary" for the convention votes of party leaders.

Obama Pledges to Return to Message, Avoid Negative Campaigning
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, attempting to regain his momentum after losing the Pennsylvania primary, promised to shun negative campaigning as his race drags on against Hillary Clinton.

Dukakis: It's Probably Obama in '08, But the Campaign Needs to Improve
“If Obama wins both of those states on the sixth of May, I don’t see how as a practical matter he doesn’t have it,” Mr. Dukakis, who officially clinched the Democratic nomination in June 1988, said in an interview this week.

Obama Plays Hoops With UNC Tar Heels
One by one, the players approached and shook hands with Mr. Obama. From the moment they came into view, it was clear that today’s game would be slightly more rigorous than the one he played last Friday night at a middle school in Kokomo, IN.
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The Caucus: Dribbling Past Reverend Wright
CNN Ticker: Obama shoots, but doesn't score

Obama Seeks Distance From Rev. Wright
Sen. Barack Obama again sought to distance himself from the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. yesterday after his former pastor capped a weekend media offensive with an appearance in Washington in which he revisited many of his most controversial comments.

First Thoughts: Does Wright Go Away?
Is today the day Wright goes away? Maybe -- at least in the context of the Obama-Clinton campaign. As we speculated yesterday, if there was a silver lining to Wright dominating the news, it was that voters were easily able to distinguish between the two men.

North Carolina Gov. Easley endorses Clinton for president
Gov. Mike Easley endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton Tuesday, boosting her presidential bid a week before North Carolina's May 6 primary. Appearing onstage with Clinton and his wife, Mary, the two-term Democrat declared the New York senator "gets it."
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N.C. Governor Endorses Clinton

Wright Raising Questions About Obama's Electability
Some speculate the re-emergence of Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is turning off white voters. Democratic sources tell ABC News that Wright is unquestionably worrying superdelegates about Obama's electability.

Gingrich: Wright May Be Deliberately Trying to Hurt Obama
In a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., suggested that controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright is angry with parishioner Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and may be deliberately trying to hurt his presidential bid.

Carter: Democrats will have a nominee soon
On the domestic front, the former president said Monday both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton should stay in the presidential race as long as they still have a chance to win.

Obama Says Opponents Focusing on Character, Not Policy
"We've been so successful in this campaign that, you know, right now people aren't arguing with me about policy, people don't think they've got better ideas than me," Obama argued at a town hall in Wilson, N.C. "What now they're gonna start talking about is me."

The Note: Wright's Stuff
Pressure Mounts on Obama to Quell Concerns Among Voters, Superdelegates

Clinton Fund-raisers: General Election Donors Need Not Apply
If you’re a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid and you’d like to attend a fund-raiser, your money may no longer be good there.

Sharpton Raps Obama
Barack Obama made a call for nonviolence in the aftermath of the Sean Bell verdict - infuriating the Rev. Al Sharpton, who accused the presidential candidate of trying to "grandstand in front of white people," sources told The Post.

Clinton: $2.3B in earmarks
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has requested nearly $2.3 billion in federal earmarks for 2009, almost three times the largest amount received by a single senator this year.

Clinton Backer "Organized" Wright's Press Club Event
It also turns out that Reynolds - introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club "who organized" the event - is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.

Starting Gate: Might Makes Wright
There remains one dominant issue in the presidential campaign today, one week before the North Carolina and Indiana primaries – Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Barack Obama’s former pastor is making headlines for yet one more day. And they’re not pleasant ones for the Illinois Senator.

McCain Strongly Rejected Long-Term Iraq Presence: "Bring Them All Home"
Three years before the Arizona Republican argued on the campaign trail that U.S. forces could be in Iraq for 100 years in the absence of violence, he decried the very concept of a long-term troop presence.

Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Democratic Presidential Nomination remains stable. It’s Obama 49%, Clinton 41%

Rasmussen North Carolina Democratic Primary
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of North Carolina’s Presidential Primary finds Barack Obama leading Hillary Clinton 51% to 37%. Earlier this month, Obama led by twenty-three percentage points.

CQ Politics Projects a Close Delegate Split in Indiana Primary
An exclusive CQ Politics analysis of the district-by-district competition for delegates to the Democratic National Convention show that the contest could hardly be closer — with Clinton projected to end up with a razor-thin edge over Obama.

Education Clearly Divides Preferences of White Democrats
Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama by 21 points among non-Hispanic white Democratic voters who don't have a college degree, while Obama leads Clinton by a 19-point margin among white Democratic voters who do have a college degree.

Newsweek: An Unfamiliar Narrative
With Barack Obama, it's about much more than just race.

Can Obama Appeal to White Rural Men?
The notion that Obama "can't appeal" to white rural men sells short both Barack Obama and white men who live in rural America. It also flies in the face of the facts.

Where Wright Goes Wrong
We all have our crosses to bear. The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has become Barack Obama's.

Rounding Up Wright's Wreck
Jeremiah Wright has managed to do the impossible: unite pundits from the left and the right in agreement about how badly he's hurting Barack Obama's quest for the White House.

Wright's Poison
We need a speech or statement from Obama in which he utterly repudiates this poison, however personally difficult that may be, however damaging the impact will be. The statement today will not do it.

A Pastor at Center Stage
Because John McCain and other legislators worry that they are easily corrupted, there are legal limits to the monetary contributions that anyone can make to political candidates. There are, however, no limits to the rhetorical contributions that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright can make to McCain's campaign.

HRC Has Some Bad Political Advice For Gay People
I was very proud in 1997 when Human Rights Campaign gave me a leadership equality award. After I learned more about them, I smashed my award and removed them from my will.

Ministers and their Sermons
Good ministers stir people up, challenge their congregants' assumptions, make people uncomfortable. They should serve, in the language of the church, a prophetic role that speaks truth to power.

America May Owe Reverend Wright a Debt of Gratitude
Ultimately, Reverend Wright may be the unheralded, indeed unpopular, "hero" who enabled us to reembark on a new journey of recovery for social justice.

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