Thursday, May 1, 2008

5/1 Morning News: Clinton Ally Switches Over

News Items
Clinton Ally Switches to Obama, Expects 'Attack Dogs'
A former leader of the Democratic Party who last year endorsed Hillary Clinton with lavish praise has switched to Barack Obama — and now predicts that the Clinton "attack dogs" will be after him.
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Former Democratic leader switches to Obama
The Caucus:
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CNN:
Major Clinton backer switches to Obama
Politico:
Clinton superdelegate goes Obama

Clinton Gas-Tax Proposal Criticized
Backing up Obama's position against Clinton's proposal to suspend the 18.4-cent-per-gallon tax for the summer is a slew of economists who argue that the proposal, first offered by Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, would be counterproductive.
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The Gas-Guzzler Gambit

Obama picks up 3 more Illinois superdelegates: Daley, Currie and Stroger.
When the Democratic Party of Illinois meet next week to finish filling out the delegate slate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will pick up three more superdelegates, according to Steve Brown, a spokesman for state party chair Michael Madigan, who is also the speaker of the Illinois House.

Obama Is Now Fewer Than Twenty Super-Dels Behind Hillary
With the switch of former DNC chair Joe Andrew from Hillary to Obama, he has now crept to within 20 super-dels of Hillary: She's got 267, while he's got 248. The three he's going to get this weekend will bring him to 251.

Obama Catches Clinton On Capitol Hill
With endorsements coming in from California, Iowa and Indiana, Sen. Barack Obama yesterday pulled even with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the race for support on Capitol Hill, as Democratic lawmakers shrugged off his recent struggles.

Despite Rough Stretch, Obama Builds Support
It's not a flood that washes away the mess left by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, but Wright's wake brought Obama another three superdelegate pickups Wednesday -- compared to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's two.

Obama Strikes Chord Urging Parents to Be More Responsible
Sen. Barack Obama has cast himself as a "truth-talker" on the campaign trail, with the refrain that government can't solve people's problems and that one of the biggest problems facing the country is "parents who don't parent."

Michelle Obama opens up on tough campaign
In rare joint interview, the candidate and his wife try to move past Wright.

Michelle Obama: Let's move past Wright, get back to issues
Michelle Obama said Wednesday that her husband's move to distance himself from his controversial former minister has been "painful," but that she's pleased with the way he's handled the situation.

Obama says public tired of hearing about his former pastor
"They don't want to hear about this division, they want to know what are we going to do to move beyond these issues," she said. "And what made me feel proud of Barack in this situation is that he is trying to move us as a nation beyond these conversations that divide."

A Strained Wright-Obama Bond Finally Snaps
Late Monday night, in the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C., Barack Obama’s long, slow fuse burned to an end. ... he felt dumbfounded, even betrayed, particularly by Mr. Wright’s implication that Mr. Obama was being hypocritical. He could not tolerate that.

The District That May Decide Indiana
Obama should run strong in the state's heavily urban First Congressional District, but Clinton is trying to make inroads.

McCain won't use Wright against Obama
On Fox News, McCain says of Obama, "I don’t think he shares Reverend Wright’s views."

Delegate Update: One For Clinton
This morning we reported on the superdelegate switch of Joe Andrew for Obama. But First Read has confirmed that Clinton is expected to pick up one today as well.
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Milestones: Barack Obama and Reverend Wright
An interactive timeline of Barack Obama’s life and career highlights events in his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.

RPT-Obama says he grew up less privileged than rivals
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday said he had grown up in less privileged circumstances than his rivals as he fought a perception among some voters that he is "elitist."

Pastor vs The Pol: Did Wright Mean To Hurt Obama?
Chicago friends of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Sen. Barack Obama say both men are simply sad following a controversy and eventual falling out that came to a head Tuesday. Just how did the battle of wills play out behind the scenes?

Dispute Divides Church's Congregants
Some parishioners at the United Church of Christ are so steamed by Barack Obama's condemnation of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright that they say the presidential hopeful might want to find another place to worship.

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, the Wright impact is especially evident. Clinton now has a statistically insignificant two-point edge over Obama, 46% to 44%.

Loss and Furor Take Toll on Obama, Poll Finds
Senator Barack Obama’s aura of inevitability in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination has diminished after his loss in the Pennsylvania primary and amid the furor over his former pastor, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

Mason-Dixon: Obama Seven Points Ahead In North Carolina
A new Mason-Dixon poll of North Carolina confirms that this has state's primary has turned into a very close contest: Obama 49%, Clinton 42, a result within the five-point margin of error among 400 likely Dem primary voters.

Poll: Hillary Takes Slim Lead In North Carolina
A new InsiderAdvantage poll of North Carolina is the first one yet to actually show Hillary Clinton ahead in the crucial primary, demonstrating just how badly the latest controversies have hurt Barack Obama.
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RCP:
NC Poll: Clinton Takes Lead

Quinnipiac: Hillary Runs Stronger Than Obama Against McCain In Big Three Swing States
A new batch of polls from Quinnipiac University lends weight to Hillary Clinton's argument that she's more electable against McCain than Obama -- it finds that she handily beats McCain in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, while Obama only wins in one of the three.

Rasmussen: Indiana Democratic Primary
Senator Hillary Clinton leads Senator Barack Obama by five percentage points in the Indiana Democratic Presidential Primary.

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Commentaries
Gas Tax Gotcha
We have to agree with Sen. Barack Obama, the only candidate who has refused to play this game. "It's not an idea to get you through the summer," he said. "It's an idea to get them through an election."

Rev. Wright, the sequel
This week, the preacher reignited the furor over his earlier comments by defending and reinforcing them. This raises a much broader question: How much transcendence can the American political grind really tolerate?

The New Politics of Religion in the United States
Who would have thought that the Democratic presidential campaign would have embroiled itself in a battle over the influence of a perceived religious extremist?

Superdelegates and the Rules of the Game
Whether we agree or disagree with the system created in 1982, this is how this game is played. Uncommitted delegates of the Party should have the opportunity to choose.

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