Thursday, May 22, 2008

5/22 Morning News: The VP Search Begins

News Items
Dems say Obama beginning search for VP mate
Democratic officials said Thursday the party's likely nominee has asked former Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson to begin vetting potential vice presidential picks. Johnson did the same job for Democratic nominees John Kerry in 2004 and Walter Mondale in 1984.
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CNN: Obama begins VP search process
CBS Horserace: Starting Gate: The Mating Dance Begins

Clinton, Obama Back on Capitol Hill
In short, both are here more than likely to maintain their anti-war stance by VOTING AGAINST war funding, and their pro-troops stance by VOTING FOR an expanded GI bill. The votes -- four of them -- should start about 11:30 am ET.

Mine Workers union endorses Obama
The United Mine Workers of America endorsed Barack Obama for president Wednesday despite his recent defeats in primaries in coal-producing states where many of the union's members vote.

Viral e-mails attack Obama’s life story
The reporter offered this observation: “They think you are un-American,” he said. Such questions, asked by reporters and plainly on the minds of voters in Appalachia and elsewhere, are the fruits of an unprecedented, subterranean e-mail campaign.

Petraeus: Diplomacy, Not Force, With Iran
Army Gen. David H. Petraeus ... supports continued U.S. engagement with international and regional partners to find the right mix of diplomatic, economic and military leverage to address the challenges posed by Iran.

Obama Says He Hopes to Seat Florida Delegation
During his opening remarks at a Kissimmee, Florida, town hall meeting, Barack Obama noted his pledged delegate majority, but admitted the campaign was not quite over.

Harkin Suggests Military Background Makes McCain Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin is catching grief for suggesting John McCain’s family history of military service makes the presumptive Republican presidential nominee unfit to be commander-in-chief.

McCain adviser rebuked for work with dictators
For half a decade in the 1980s, Black was also Jonas Savimbi's man in the capital city. His lobbying firm received millions from the brutal Angolan guerrilla leader and took advantage of Black's contacts in Congress and the White House.
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Washington Post: McCain Adviser's Work As Lobbyist Criticized

McCain hosting friends, potential VP candidates
Presumptive Republican nominee John McCain will meet this weekend with two governors and a former primary rival long rumored to be on his vice presidential shortlist, CNN confirms – though senior advisers insist the visit is just a social one.
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Grading McCain's veep prospects
FOX: McCain hosting potential VPs but campaign says it is “social”
NYTimes: The Early Word: Let the Veepstakes Begin

Clinton, a New Yorker, Has Advantage Among Puerto Rican Voters
Forget placards, stoic bodyguards and formal rallies. To win Puerto Rico’s presidential primary, both the Clinton and Obama camps are campaigning in the boisterous, face-to-face “boricua style” favored on this Caribbean island.

IRS OKs Obama Appearance at Church Convention
The Internal Revenue Service says the United Church of Christ did not violate rules when it hosted Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama at its convention in Hartford, Connecticut, last year.

Ellen Challenges McCain On Gay Marriage
Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman."
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McCain Discusses The Issue of Gay Marriage With Ellen

Opposition Grows To Clinton's Delegate Cause Celebre
In a last ditch stand, Hillary Clinton is trying to turn the seating of the disputed Florida and Michigan delegations into a cause celebre, posing questions of equal justice and voting rights in anticipation of a May 31 meeting of the Democratic Party's Rules and Bylaws Committee.

McCain Pastor: Islam Is a 'Conspiracy of Spiritual Evil'
Despite his call for the U.S. to win the "hearts and minds of the Islamic world," Sen. John McCain recruited the support of an evangelical minister who describes Islam as "anti-Christ" and Mohammed as "the mouthpiece of a conspiracy of spiritual evil."

Bill Clinton says Chelsea may go into politics
In an interview with People Magazine, the former president said he thinks his daughter is a natural campaigner who may one day follow her parents into the family business.

Clinton evokes ghosts of Bush v. Gore
She warns that failure to count unsanctioned primaries would smack of the former presidential election.

Many Florida Jews Express Doubts on Obama
Jewish voters are vital to Barack Obama’s hopes, but among many older Jews, he has become a conduit for anxiety about Israel, Iran, anti-Semitism and race.

Clinton Still in the Game, but Wants Rules Changed
Hillary Clinton has vowed to stay in the game, but some critics contend she is looking to change the rules.

Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows John McCain earning 46% of the vote while Barack Obama attracts 42%. This is the first time in nearly three weeks that either candidate has enjoyed a four-point advantage...

Election 2008: Colorado Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Obama leading 48% to 42%. That six-point advantage is up from a three-point edge a month ago.

Gallup Daily (Wednesday): Obama 47%, McCain 44%
Barack Obama holds a slight advantage over John McCain, 47% to 44%, in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update of general election preferences among registered voters.

TIME: Straw-Man Diplomacy
McCain is trying to brand Obama as soft on Iran. He should get his own facts straight first...

Boston: Clinton's seven stages of grief
So as Barack Obama moves closer and closer to taking the nomination away, there's a version of the seven stages of grief and loss in the apparent death of Clinton's dream.

RCP: McCain Won't Play by Obama's Rules
The shorthand, widely repeated by the news media, is that the Republican candidate must not "Swift boat" Obama. That amounts to unilateral political disarmament by McCain. McCain is not about to disarm.

Politico: McCain struggles on cusp of general election
After making a promising debut as their nominee, McCain has worried many Republicans by seeming to flounder during the past few weeks.

First Thoughts: Shiny Object Time
You’ve got to hand it to Team McCain. By leaking out word that the candidate will be hosting three potential veep running mates (Charlie Crist, Bobby Jindal, and Mitt Romney) at his ranch this weekend, the campaign has given the press corps a nice distraction story to focus on...

Newsweek: Popular Vote Poison
But Clinton has continued with one claim that could have a pernicious effect on the Democrats' chances in November. While she knows that the nomination is determined by delegates, Hillary insists on saying at every opportunity that she is winning the popular vote.

Politico: Can Clinton muscle to a VP nod?
Her strength with women and the white working class fuel the argument that Obama should choose her.

The Note: Math (and) Class
While Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton makes us sit through math class (and threatens to keep us after school to finish our social studies homework), Sen. Barack Obama would rather be at football practice, getting ready for the big game.

Online media changes political landscapes
While the Democratic race for president continues to carry on, it’s time to consider the prospects of a head-to-head race between 46-year-old Barack Obama and 71-year-old John McCain. Why do I mention their respective ages? Because age matters… a lot.

Hello There, Ladies
Obama and McCain are vying for the support of Hillary's female supporters. Who's the man?

No Nightmare Ticket
I have no idea what's in Hillary head as far as her endgame is concerned. But there is speculation (uninformed, probably) that she wants maximum leverage to pressure Obama into putting her on the ticket.

Ten Reasons Why Women Should Unite Behind Obama If He's the Candidate
Should Obama emerge as the Democratic candidate, women have compelling reasons to support his candidacy. Here are my top ten.

How Our Unconscious Votes
Give the democrats of West Virginia points for honesty. As Hillary Clinton romped to a landslide of 67 to 26 percent over Barack Obama in the primary, 20 percent of voters in exit polls said that race was an important factor in their choice...

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1 comment:

T said...

Welcome back, Cris!

So glad to see you this morning!