Friday, May 23, 2008

5/23 Morning News: Have Clinton-Obama Talks Begun?

News Items
Breaking: CNN: Clinton Camp Pushing For Compromise In Formal Talks
The punditry is abuzz after a report on CNN this morning that Clinton and Obama have held formal talks about her exit from the race, with Clinton outlining three possible scenarios.

Bill Clinton talking up his wife as Obama VP
NYT: The former president has privately begun contemplating wife Hillary as Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate, friends say.
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ABC:
Bill Clinton Pushes Hillary for Vice President
FirstRead:
Clinton: The Push to be VP
NYPost:
Groundswell of Calls For O-Hill Union
NYT:
As Race Wanes, Talk of Clinton as No. 2 Grows

Obama Faces Tough Questions by Jewish Voters
Barack Obama was grilled at a Boca Raton synagogue tonight as he tried to win over Jewish voters. Although he was well received by the crowd, he was asked some of the toughest questions to date.
Related Articles:
NYT:
Obama Asks Jewish Voters to Judge Him on His Policies
FL Daily News:
Don't judge me by my funny name, Barack Obama tells Jewish voters
Miami Herald:
Obama tries to ease Jewish voters' angst
Sun-Sentinel:
S. Florida Jewish voters put Obama to the test
FOX:
Obama Takes Tough Questions
Politico:
Obama asks Jewish voters for chance
Newsweek:
Obama to Florida's Jews: 'Don't Vote Against Me Because of Who I Am'
CNN:
Obama looks to shore up Jewish support
FOX:
Obama Grilled on Ties to Pro-Palestinian Professor

Two New Hampshire Edwards delegates back Obama
State Sen. Peter Burling and high school teacher Deborah Nelson announced their decision at a news conference Friday morning.

Obama makes moves for fall election
The Democratic front-runner looks for a running mate, talks with party officials and campaigns where it counts -- all while trying not to overstep while Clinton is still in the race.
Related Articles:
Washington Post:
Obama, McCain Begin Running-Mate Searches
FOX:
McCain coy about weekend plans
TIME:
What are the keys to McCain's VP pick?

In Rejecting Pastor, McCain Takes Swipe at Obama
CBS News has learned that one of the reasons that McCain distanced himself from Hagee today was that the San Antonio minister was preparing to withdraw his endorsement.
Related Articles:
Newsweek:
Another Day, Another Pastor to Reject
CNN:
McCain rejects endorsement of a second controversial pastor

Critics Try To Make McCain's Age An Issue
John McCain is 71 years old. You would be hard pressed to argue that that's an insignificant number - it's only a few years less than the average lifespan of U.S. men, now about 75 years. But it perhaps does not have the sort of visceral impact that some of McCain's critics might wish it did.

McCain making Obama’s age a campaign issue
So who is making age an issue now? While his campaign took great offense to Senator Obama’s subtle jab at the GOPers age a couple weeks ago, Sen. McCain decided to instead make Obama’s youth a campaign issue Thursday.

Records show McCain as healthy
Associated Press review of medical records reveals cancer survivor in good shape.
Related Articles:
CBS:
A Look At McCain's Medical Records
ABC:
The Note: In Sickness and in Health
CNN:
Records show McCain in good health
The Caucus:
McCain’s Health Records

A Warning for McCain
Yesterday I noted Sid Blumenthal's warning to Democrats not to overplay the "McSame" card. Today, Commentary's Jennifer Rubin reads Bob Novak and has a warning to McCain and the GOP:...

The Comedy Campaign: Enough Already!
The most gag-filled primary season in history is finally nearing an end. A modest proposal: going forward: Candidates, leave the laughs to the pros...

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Polling Results
CA Poll: Obama Outperforms Clinton
In a new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (May 12-18, 1,086 LV, MoE +/- 3%), Obama's support in California appears to be growing, as Clinton's seems to be shrinking.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows John McCain and Barack Obama tied with each man attracting 45% of the vote.

Election 2008: California Presidential Election
In California, the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds Barack Obama leading John McCain 52% to 38%. That's an improvement for Obama whose lead had slipped to seven percentage points in April.

Fewer Democrats Want Hillary to Drop Out
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 32% of Democrats now think Clinton should withdraw from the race. That’s down from 38% who wanted her to exit the race just ten days ago.

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Commentaries
Joe Biden: Republicans and Our Enemies
In fact, it is the policies that President George W. Bush has pursued, and that John McCain would continue, that are divorced from that great tradition – and from the legacy of Republican presidents like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

First Thoughts: All About McCain
For the first time in quite a while -- and, as it just so happens, the day before the Memorial Day weekend -- the political world today focuses squarely on McCain, whether it's the release of his medical records, the veep possibilities who head to Arizona, or yesterday's denunciation...

Hillary Clinton - Why it went so wrong
A year and a half ago, a senior Clinton ally, speaking privately to reporters, made the following prediction: "She's the favorite, but Obama's so good. Hillary only needs to make one or two mistakes and he'll be the the nominee."

McCain's Ethical Dilemma: Campaign Filled With Lobbyist Kingpins
The steady disclosures of past lobbying activity by campaign aides, and the struggle to minimize firings, continue to plague John McCain's presidential campaign -- but the reality is that these problems only get worse the deeper anyone digs.

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