Thursday, April 3, 2008

4/3 Morning News: Over $40 Million...

News Items
Obama Raises More than $40 Million
"The Obama campaign has issued a press release saying it raised more than $40 million in March. This amount is less than the $55 million it raised it February -- but it's still a significant haul. ..."
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CBS On the Road: Obama Raised $40 million-plus in March
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Politico: Obama tops $40 million in March
The Page: Obama Release on March Fundraising Numbers

Clinton campaign to release March figures in two weeks
"Moments after the Obama campaign announced that it had raised $40 million in the month of March, Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told reporters on a campaign conference call that the New York senator's fundraising figures for that month would not be released until April 20 ..."

Carter hints at supporting Obama
"Don’t forget that Obama won in my state of Georgia," Carter said. "My town, which is home to 625 people, is for Obama, my children and their spouses are pro-Obama. ... "As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for but I leave you to make that guess," Carter added. ..."
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This Day (Nigerian Newspaper): Obama May Get Carter’s Support

Obama Catches Clinton in Support From Superdelegate Lawmakers
"Barack Obama has pulled even with Hillary Clinton in endorsements from top elected officials, with a surge in support from congressional freshmen and governors from Republican-dominated states. ..."

Hardball College Tour: Sen. Barack Obama
"Sen. Barack Obama kicked off the Hardball College Tour Wednesday in West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Below are some highlights from the broadcast: ..."

The Neverending Nomination Battle
"Conventional wisdom says that the longer the Democrats continue to fight over their party's presidential nominee, the greater the chance of a Republican victory in the fall. But is that true? A look at electoral history. ..."

Richardson: I never promised Clintons
"New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday sharply disputed Bill Clinton's reported claim that Richardson promised to endorse Hillary Clinton's bid for the White House. ..."

New North Carolina Debate Proposed For April 27th
"A joint letter from the North Carolina Democratic Party and CBS News to the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton proposes a 90-minute debate, to be aired live on April 27th from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. ..."

Delegate Fight: Corzine Mulling Options?
"Gov. Jon Corzine, a Clinton superdelegate, just said on CNBC's Squawk Box that he reserves the right to change his vote from Hillary Clinton if she doesn't have the popular vote. ..."
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Huff Post: Jon Corzine, Clinton Superdelegate, Hints At Switching Support

Ticket giveaway steals Bill Clinton's thunder
"As former President Bill Clinton was extolling his wife's credentials, Obama's campaign office in Bloomington began giving away tickets to Sunday's Dave Matthews concert at Assembly Hall. ... "I was leaning toward Obama, but this sealed the deal for sure, ..."

Jane Fonda: 'Obama!'
"Jane Fonda, the actress and ardent anti-Vietnam war advocate who visited North Vietnam during those hostilities, has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president. ..."

Dodd: I’m not lecturing anyone to get out of the race
"Sen. Chris Dodd on Thursday appeared to step back from his previous suggestion that the presidential race should end before many of the final round of primaries play out. ..."

Obama to Reward Students Who Register Others to 3-on-3 Basketball
"Barack Obama will play three-on-three with students — and possibly a former Indiana University basketball star — as he taps the state’s rich basketball tradition to help get out the vote for next month’s primary. ..."

Crunching the NC Registration Numbers
"Between January and March of this year, more than 30,000 currently registered voters changed their party identification. Over 12,000 of those, about 40%, are previously Republican voters who have moved OUT of the party ..."

Richardson endorsement still irks Bill Clinton
"He sort of gets a little redder and redder and redder, but he wasn't off the deep end as I had seen him in the past," said Inola Henry, an uncommitted superdelegate. "It was sort of like, 'Gee, I'm a martyr.' He seemed more hurt than anything. ..."

Hill: Barack's a Lost Cause
"While lobbying for his endorsement, Hillary Rodham Clinton flatly told New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson that Barack Obama could not win the presidency if he got the Democratic nomination. ..."

The Note: Clinton Says Obama 'Cannot Win', Takes on McCain
"In case you thought there was any room left for subtlety in the race, ABC's George Stephanopoulos confirms the whispers: The Clinton message on Obama (the one that counts -- the one to superdelegates) is clear, harsh, and pretty close to irrevocable. ..."
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Huff Post: Hillary Clinton: Barack Obama Can't Win

The Early Word: Florida Awaits a Candidate Compromise
"Howard Dean ... said yesterday that he believed “we will absolutely seat the delegation from Florida at the convention.” Now he just has to get what he calls the “critical” support from the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. ..."

Obama is Smokin'
"Last August, I ran into Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, outside the Senate chamber in the Capitol. ... and immediately I smelled cigarette smoke on Obama. Frankly, he reeked of cigarettes. ..."

Superdelegate Sweepstakes
"Friends say former president Clinton was upset over the process and the push for an early end to the campaign when he boiled over at a meeting of California superdelegates. ..."

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack Obama with a very slight advantage over Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination. ..."

Age, Vote More Strongly Related in Obama-McCain Matchup
"Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama appeal to opposite ends of the age spectrum, with McCain faring better among older voters and Obama among younger voters. Hillary Clinton fares less well versus McCain than Obama does among younger voters, but she does better than Obama among older voters. ..."

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Commentaries
FirstRead: Two Different Maps
"On TODAY and Morning Joe, NBC’s Tim Russert took at a stab at November’s electoral map. And this morning, we do the same, to show how different Clinton’s and Obama’s paths to 270 are. ..."

Why the Democratic Race Could End in North Carolina
"The end could be near. Or the endgame, at least, of a surprisingly drawn-out Democratic presidential contest. ..."
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ABC News: Why the Democratic Race Could End in North Carolina
Huff Post: North Carolina Primary Could Be Democratic Graveyard

Obama and the Skeptic-Free Campaign
"The Obama campaign has done many a time-starved commentator a great service. It has composed the story for them -- that Hillary Clinton can't possibly win the Democratic nomination and is a horrible person besides. ..."

It's 2:59 a.m. for Hillary
"How would you like to be a super-delegate on the receiving end of a late-night call from Hillary, Bill, or even tagalong Chelsea? There would be urging, cajoling, pleading, demanding, arm-twisting, bribing, perhaps blackmailing in an attempt to obtain your support. ..."

The Vice Presidential Searches Are Stalled
"Whether Kerry made the right choice in the end by picking John Edwards is for history to decide, but the search itself was a model of efficiency and secrecy. ... As of April of 2008, Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are way behind Kerry's pace. ..."

Hillary Clinton cannot let go of her dream (requires registration)
"Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the Democratic presidential nomination are now anywhere from 5 per cent to 20 per cent. By rights she should be flat on her back, declared the loser by technical knockout. But not only is she standing; she is plunging ahead with a dogged ferocity. ..."

So, Hillary, Obama Can't Win? Tell Me... Who Won Texas?
"So, Hillary's case is no longer just that she's the best person to be president. It's that she has seen the future and knows with absolute certainty that Barack Obama will lose to John McCain, no matter what he and the Democratic Party does. ..."

But by the Content of Their Candidacies
"Obama is working to expand the party with activating people who have never voted before. Take them out of the equation, and it would be Clinton with the nomination wrapped up. ... The difference is that Obama made the pie bigger ..."

Clinton Favors Dark Tales In Speeches
"It almost always comes when the audience least expects it: the moment Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton brings a roaring crowd to a hush with a heart-rending anecdote. ..."

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