Wednesday, May 14, 2008

5/14 Evening News: Edwards Endorses

News Items
Edwards endorses Obama in move to unify support
Democrat John Edwards endorsed former rival Barack Obama on Wednesday, a move designed to help solidify support for the party's likely presidential nominee even as Hillary Rodham Clinton refuses to give up her long-shot candidacy.
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TPM: Edwards Endorses Obama at Michigan Rally
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Politico: In Michigan, Edwards endorses Obama

Obama Announces Manufacturing Plan
Obama today began his first primary season trip to Michigan by announcing his manufacturing agenda at a town hall in Macomb County, a place that has come to symbolize the very Reagan Democrats whose votes he hopes to win...

NARAL Pro-Choice America backs Obama
Democrat Barack Obama has won the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America, a leading abortion rights advocacy organization that has supported rival Hillary Rodham Clinton throughout her political career.
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The Responses To Edward's Endorsement
Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe issued this statement: "We respect John Edwards, but as the voters of West Virginia showed last night, this thing is far from over."
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CBS FtR: Clinton Campaign Reacts to Edwards Endorsement

Clinton Dismisses Race Factor in West Virginia Primary
A day after her landslide primary victory in West Virginia, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., dismissed exit poll results that suggest some of her supporters are voting against Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., because he's black.

Obama Says Mississippi Election Proves He Can Withstand Republicans
Barack Obama today used Travis Childers’ congressional win in Mississippi as proof that he will be able to withstand Republican attacks in November and beat John McCain. ... Republicans linked Childers to Obama and his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, yet Childers won...

Rules committee has big role in Clinton’s hopes
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s hopes for the presidential nomination may in large part rest on an obscure Democratic National Committee panel, a group of several allies, but not enough at this point to achieve her goal...

Kentucky demographics favor Clinton
Kentucky is a lot like neighboring West Virginia — Clinton country. Both states are overwhelmingly white, largely rural and have a greater share of residents below the poverty line and without college degrees than the nation as whole.

Interview - Hillary Clinton: The Game Isn't Over
Hillary: I mean, a primary always creates passionate feelings in supporters. My opponents have a lot of supporters who say the same thing, obviously. But once we have a nominee, which we don't yet have, we'll have a unified Democratic party.

Obama, Clinton agree to DNC fundraising agreement
The Democratic Party has reached an unusual joint fundraising agreement with both its remaining presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Clinton Considers Taking Race Into ‘Overtime’
Hillary Clinton told FOX News on Wednesday she’s taking her underdog fight for the Democratic nomination “a step at a time” and might even push the race into “overtime” — but first she’s working to keep her campaign afloat...

Delegate Update: Clinton's Super, More
A few updates... Clinton picked up the endorsement of TN DNC member Vicky Harwell, president of the Tennessee Federation of Democratic Women. (We mentioned in First Thoughts Obama picking up 2.5 supers overnight.)

‘Dream Ticket’ Supporters Grow, as Clinton’s Chances at Nomination Fade
Hillary Clinton’s chances at being the Democratic Party nominee are fading — even with her landslide win in West Virginia Tuesday — but Democratic voters and Clinton supporters are keeping the concept of a “dream ticket” pairing with Barack Obama very much alive.

Obama Apologizes for Calling Michigan TV Reporter ‘Sweetie’
On the air later Wednesday, the station played a voice mail message Obama left for Agar. In it, Obama apologized for not getting back to her. He also told her he has a bad habit of calling people “sweetie.” Obama then said: “I mean no disrespect, so I am duly chastened on that front.”
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FOX: Obama apologizes for 'sweetie' comment

Clinton Tries To Cash A Victory Check
Hillary Clinton is using her landslide victory in West Virginia last night to haul in as much cash as possible in hopes of staying afloat through the upcoming primaries for as long as possible.

Clinton campaign: We're ahead in the popular vote
Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday Hillary Clinton has overcome Barack Obama in the total popular vote.

Obama tours not-so-friendly turf
Two-day trip through swing states showcases cross-party appeal and advertises challenges.

After West Virginia Loss, Obama Keeps Racking Up Super-Delegates
Obama's landslide loss in West Virginia yesterday did nothing to slow his momentum, if today's super-delegate action is any indication.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Maintains 6-Point Lead Over Clinton
Gallup Poll Daily tracking from May 11-13 shows no change in Democratic nomination preferences, with Barack Obama holding a 50% to 44% advantage over Hillary Clinton.

Obama holds big lead in Oregon
According to a new poll from the Portland Tribune and KPTV, the Illinois Democrat holds a 20 point lead over Clinton there, 55 percent to 35 percent. Ten percent of voters remain unsure.

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Commentaries
Does Edwards Matter?
The frantic coverage is a given. But will the Edwards endorsement actually change anything? It's unlikely—and the reason is timing.

Yet Another Sign the General Election Has Already Begun...
1. The local Republican Party appartus in Kent County, Mich. releases an unbearably loooong B-grade web ad questioning Obama's patriotism ahead of his visit this afternoon to Grand Rapids.

Dick Cheney: Not the World's Greatest Surrogate
Poor Dick Cheney. He was only trying to help.

Blitzer: A touching moment in today's Clinton interview
“It’s one of the most incredibly gratifying experiences of my life, as a person and as a mother,” she replied, her eyes beginning to get moist. “I get very emotional. She is an exceptional person, and she’s worked so hard, and she’s done such a good job that I’m just filled with pride every time I look at her.”

Political Truth Serum
It's been a blast, this presidential campaign. A great story, full of drama. But no one should think it's been honest. With the possible exception of Iraq—a matter that compels candidates to face real issues—the campaign has been an exercise in mass merchandising.

The Politics of the Lapel, When It Comes to Obama
Barack Obama wore a flag pin three days in a row — the first consecutive days he has worn the pin in the campaign — but aides called it happenstance.
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The Race Perplex
I'll never forget a frigid morning in Springfield: Sen. Barack Obama, elegantly Lincolnesque in a long wool coat, launching his presidential candidacy in the shadow of the old Illinois State Capitol. The echoes of history were almost deafening...

Keeping Hope Alive
If Clinton's team was aware of the kind of sentiments that helped pump up their 41-point margin, they didn't let on. A jubilant Terry McAuliffe ... ran up the aisle of the campaign's charter plane ... and shouted at the press, "West Virginia, baby!

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