Wednesday, April 9, 2008

4/9 Morning News

News Items
Obama and Clinton court Pa. unions
"Before she even got to the landing, she was already telling the canvasser that she'd be voting for Barack Obama — just like the Service Employees International Union wants her to. But she also told the union representative that she holds a place in her heart for Bill Clinton. ..."

Even With Polls Tightening, Obama's Camp Still Sees "Deficits"
"Barack Obama returns to the campaign trail today, with several stops in Pennsylvania and Indiana. Yesterday his campaign downplayed expectations in both states, saying that they were up against “substantial deficits. ..."

Prez Candidates Giving Back to Gain Votes?
"For the first time in any of their respective campaigns, presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain are all uniting for one cause: "American Idol. ..."
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Obama: Lanny Resurrects Wright
"Clinton supporter and sometime adviser Lanny Davis has a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Rev. Wright, in which he continues to push the idea that Obama needs to spend more time talking about this issue. ..."
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Upcoming Contests: Lots of $ in PA
"[A]s of Sunday, the senator from Illinois had spent $3.6 million in the state to Clinton's $1.3 million, according to data compiled by TNS Media Intelligence/Campaign Media Analysis Group,” the Boston Globe reports. ..."

A Rare Day in the Limelight
"So it may have escaped wide notice, but for nearly two hours on Tuesday morning Mr. Obama was referred to as Mr. Chairman, as he presided over a Foreign Relations hearing. ..."

First Thoughts: Obama to Opt Out?
"Is Obama setting up the rationale to NOT take public financing in the general election? Here he is at a fundraiser last night ... : "We have created a parallel public financing system where the American people decide if they want to support a campaign they can get on the Internet and finance it ..."
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Candidates harsh but hopeful on China
"The presidential candidates are calling on China to improve its human rights record as protests over the crackdown in Tibet follow the Olympic flame on its international journey. ..."

Candidates Woo Gore, Focus on Climate
"Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama speak often about green jobs, emissions cuts and renewable energy. But they have more than global warming on their minds when they talk of environmental policy. ..."

New Scrutiny Of Voting Mishaps
"After waiting more than an hour in line, Tippit, 46, tapped the number into her cellphone. "This is crazy," she recalled telling the hotline's answering service. "Everybody was complaining. . . . People had to get out of line to go to work. It was a disaster. ..."

Polling Results
Reaction to Obama and Clinton PA Advertisements
"New Pennsylvania ads by Clinton and Obama connect with their own supporters. However, neither resonates with those they are trying to win over. See Below. ..."
Video - Obama Ad "For Decades"

Video - Clinton Ad "Ringing"

Gallup: Obama Dominates Clinton Among College Graduates
"Obama, on the other hand, leads among all other groups, including a 34-point margin among Democrats with postgraduate educations. ..."

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
"In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama now attracts 50% of the vote while Hillary Clinton earns 41%. That’s the fifth straight day that Obama has been at or above the 50% level of support ..."

Poll: Hillary Ahead By Five Points In Pennsylvania Primary
"A new poll of Pennsylvania from Strategic Vision (R) shows Hillary Clinton still in the lead, but narrowly so. Here are the results, compared to last week: ..."
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Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #13668 (North Carolina)
"Barack Obama is 10 points atop Hillary Clinton, exactly where Obama was two months ago, according to a SurveyUSA tracking poll conducted exclusively for WTVD-TV, the ABC-owned TV station in Raleigh. ..."

Clinton leadership a study in missteps
"Hillary Rodham Clinton wants voters to decide the nomination based on who can coolly and competently run the country. She had better hope they don’t study her recent campaign too closely for the answer. ..."

The Keystone State of Play
"In Pennsylvania, the clock is ticking. The yawning six-week chasm between the last Democratic primary--Mississippi on March 11--and the Keystone State's hugely hyped contest on April 22 has been whittled down to 13 days. ..."

Day One, Take Two!
"The exchange, recounted by a campaign source who was on the call, was perhaps the first concrete indication of a post-Penn era of sorts in the Clinton campaign. ..."

Commentary: Democrats finally getting religion on religion
"Sweet Jesus! What has gotten into the Democratic Party when it comes to issues of faith? ..."

HALPERIN’S TAKE: Reasons Mark Penn Could Have Been Fired by Hillary Clinton Before His Amazingly Ill-Advised Colombia Meeting
"1. He insisted on a message of “experience” in a “change” election. 2. He brought his near absence of visible professional humanity to a candidate that needs humanizing more than most. ..."

Obama's Weakness is Weakness
"In an age of terrorism, weakness is a capital crime. McCain needs to base his campaign on establishing Obama’s weakness and his own strong leadership by comparison. ..."

The Note: Philadelphia Freedom
"3. Permit questions to swirl about your position on trade issues that are more serious than those you're trying to raise about your opponent. ..."

Hillary says Memphis National Champ Despite KU Having More Points
"In a move that's sure to be seen as controversial, Hillary has contacted the NCAA Board of Directors to argue that Memphis is actually better qualified to be National Champion. ..."

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