Wednesday, May 28, 2008

5/28 Evening News: Obama vs. McCain on Iraq

News Items
McCain Unloads on Obama, Obama Camp Responds
“On the day after the former White House press secretary conceded that the Bush administration used deception and propaganda to take us to war, it seems odd that Senator McCain, who bought the flawed rationale for war so readily, would be lecturing others on their depth of understanding about Iraq,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said.
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CBS FtR:
McCain Says Obama Will Change His Mind on War if He Visits Iraq
CBS FtR:
McCain: Obama Has a "Profound Misunderstanding" About Iraq
FOX:
McCain: Obama displays ignorance on Iraq
FOX:
Obama Camp on Understanding Iraq
Politico:
McCain hits Obama on Petraeus meeting
Stumper:
McCain to Obama: 'It Takes Two, Baby, To Make a Dream Come True'
CNN:
McCain targets Obama for not going to Iraq
CNN Ticker:
Obama camp uses McClellan book to attack McCain
The Caucus:
McCain Raps Obama Again on Iraq, Preconditions

Obama Jumps in McClellan Pool
The Obama campaign decided to weigh in on the McClellan book. The campaign uses it as another reason to pivot to McCain on foreign policy and to link Bush and the presumptive Republican nominee.
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FOX:
Clinton Responds To McClellan Book: Bush Has Misled Us

The Day in Delegates: Obama 4-0
The only bit of superdelegate movement since First Thoughts today was the endorsement of Oregon Democratic Party Chairwoman Meredith Wood Smith for Obama.
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Huff Post:
Superdelegates Announce Endorsements

Obama Camp Hopes to Avoid 'Circus' re: Michigan, Florida
“We are not encouraging our people to gather and protest,” Campaign Manager David Plouffe said in a conference call with reporters, adding this warning shot. “With a click of a mouse in the Mid-Atlantic, we could get thousands of people there. But in the interest of party unity we are not encouraging a protest.
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FirstRead:
FL/MI: Clinton Camp Not Backing Down
Politico:
Dems seek to avoid meltdown
CNN:
Sources: Dems could meet Florida, Michigan halfway
CNN Ticker:
Democrats mull Florida, Michigan compromise

Obama Urges Education Reform
Barack Obama talked about turning around the American educational system today, as he viewed the work of students at a private school here.

Obama Considering Solo Trip to Iraq, After McCain Challenge
“A trip abroad is under consideration, but there are no plans at this point,” Obama spokeswoman Jen Psaki told FOX News on Wednesday.
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CNN Ticker:
Breaking: Obama considers trip to Iraq
The Caucus:
Obama Says He Is Considering Iraq Trip

GOP Spotlights Frequency Of Obama's Iraq Visits
The Republican Party is looking to turn the frequency of Barack Obama's visits to Iraq into a campaign issue.

Clinton Faces Setback on Delegates
Hillary Clinton is not going to get what she wants -- that's the headline coming out of the memo that DNC lawyers sent members of the Rules and Bylaws Committee this week.

Bill Clinton: Puerto Rico matters in '08
Bill Clinton urged Puerto Ricans on Wednesday to take advantage of their rare opportunity to affect the U.S. presidential election in what has turned out to be key in the hunt for the Democratic nomination.
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Bill Pitches the Popular Vote

Nominating, but not voting for president
The unrelenting contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has put the focus on what used to be overlooked details of the presidential nominating process. One of those details? Nominating contests in U.S. territories.

Two Candidates, Two Endgames
The Obama campaign has a plan to wrap up the nomination in the next week;the Clinton camp has its own scenario.

Clinton's Final Pitch
Hillary Clinton is making what seems to be a final pitch to all superdelegates before the last primary contests that end on June 3. Her argument: that she's more electable than Obama is.
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CBS FtR:
Clinton Again Touts Underdog Status
CBS Horserace:
Clinton Sends Letter To Superdelegates
Politico:
Clinton writes supers: I can win
CNN Ticker:
Clinton: Obama more likely to lose
CNN Ticker:
Clinton says she expects lead in popular vote, primary delegates

Clinton Argues Native Rights, Electability
In a somber speech before a small crowd on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, Hillary Clinton again pledged that Indian Country “will have a seat at the table in my White House.” She also argued that the “ultimate question” facing primary voters is which candidate can win in November.
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FOX:
Clinton Counts on Indian Country to Boost South Dakota Hopes
FOX:
3 Primaries to Go, Clinton Touts Her Electability in South Dakota

Hillary at Mount Rushmore
So Clinton and her entourage visited the national landmark this morning, surprising some tourists who never expected to see the presidential candidate. "We got fogged in yesterday, and I'm so glad we did," a North Carolina woman told Clinton.
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CBS FtR:
Vacationing with Hillary Clinton at Mount Rushmore
The Caucus:
Hillary Clinton Among the Giants

John Kerry: Is he angling for secretary of state?
Is the Massachusetts Democrat positioning himself to be secretary of state in a potential Barack Obama administration?

Veepstakes: Playing to their strengths
Although it’s much more fun to focus on the who when talking about the vice-presidential sweepstakes — ... can there still be a “dream ticket”? — how the candidates choose their running mates is much more important.

Female VP hopefuls contrast with Clinton
Other possible female picks have not become polarizing and have shied away from emphasizing gender.

FOX: Obama Dogged By Praise From America’s Foes
In a presidential race in which unwanted, damaging endorsements seem far more plentiful than endorsements that actually could help, Barack Obama has had the unfortunate distinction of being a magnet for such well-wishers.

The DNC's Gaffe List for McCain
Responding to today's earlier RNC research memo that listed several of Obama's misstatements and gaffes, the DNC has released its own list for McCain -- what it calls McCain's "Top 10 misstatements and outright deceptions."
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FirstRead:
The RNC's Obama Gaffe List

Rendell Wants Clinton on Ticket
Pennsylvania Gov. and top Clinton backer Ed Rendell says he believes Obama is considering her as running mate, and Hillary should take it -- if she doesn't win.
Related Articles:
ABC:
Rendell: Clinton 'Very Unlikely' To Win
CNN Ticker:
Rendell: 'Very unlikely' Clinton will win

2 Senators for McCain Leave Group After Ads
Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Lindsey Graham seemed to be in contravention of the McCain campaign’s conflict-of-interest rules.

McCain's New Anti-Obama Line Borrowed From Attack Ad
John McCain has gleefully pounded Barack Obama in recent days for having traveled to Iraq only once since he entered Congress. But his arguments virtually mirror those used in a new attack ad by an independent conservative group...

Clinton, McCain, Obama Label Darfur Situation Genocide
Finally, something all three remaining major party candidates can agree on: Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama have signed on to a statement and newspaper ad characterizing the actions by the government of Sudan in Darfur as "genocide."

The Price of a Good Time at Political Conventions: $500,000?
Want a chance to mingle with celebrities like Warren Beatty and Al Franken at the Democratic National Convention, and maybe even get face time with Barack Obama or Hillary Rodham Clinton? It’s yours, for a price.

McCain Gaffe Alert: Iran
McCain has clearly forgotten what Max Bergmann points out: The stated policy of the United States since April 7, 1980 has been that we don't talk to the Iranians.

Paterson says Clinton frustrated, not desperate
Hillary Clinton supporter and New York Gov. David Paterson appeared to backtrack Wednesday from his comments last week suggesting the New York senator's latest actions on the campaign trail showed signs of "desperation."

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: McCain 46%, Obama 45%
John McCain and Barack Obama are now virtually tied at 46% to 45% when registered voters nationally are asked for whom they would vote next November if these were the two presidential nominees...

Poll of Polls: Obama, Clinton both leading McCain
The CNN general election national poll of polls now shows both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton leading John McCain McCain by two points: 46 percent to 44 percent.

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Commentaries
Will smoking past affect Obama’s health?
In an Ideas piece, Stier says that just because Obama is young and fit doesn't mean he's completely healthy.

Expertinent: Can Obama Win Out West?
This week, Obama is stumping in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico. How important is the Southwest to his general-election strategy? Does he need to win there? Can he win there?

Florida and Michigan May See Delegates Halved
An analysis by Democratic Party lawyers could close off Hillary Rodham Clinton’s last opportunity to cut significantly into Barack Obama’s lead in delegates.

Cafferty: What should Dems do about Michigan & Florida?
It becomes pretty tricky when you consider that in Michigan, Barack Obama’s name wasn’t even on the ballot. It’s also important to note that both candidates signed a pledge not to campaign in either state and agreed the primaries should be invalid if the states changed the dates.

Hillary Clinton and the Popular Vote: Not Wrong, But Meaningless
Even if the Clinton math weren't a cynical and mendacious display of disrespect for the intelligence of the American people, it would still be flagrantly contradictory on its own terms.

Obama's Audacity in Appalachia
The mountaintop removal issue transcends any narrow debate of jobs vs. trees by clearly showing that the environmental devastation has gone hand-in-hand with economic decline.

No to Nunn
Sam Nunn would be a disaster as Obama's running mate and a total anathema to millions of Americans. His presence would totally diminish the power of the notion of change.

Assassination Remark and Hillary's "Moral Authority" Problem
If Clinton cannot use moral tactics to gain the nomination, how can she expect to gain the trust of millions of people as a moral president?

Another 55-Year-Old White Woman for Obama
We can cast a vote backwards in time, declaring that gender wins the 'who's-more-oppressed' game, or recognize that we missed an opportunity to change institutions 30 years ago.

Suckers for McCain
Question: How many lobbyists does it take to get to the center of John McCain's campaign? Answer: Too many.

Will Hillary Be Obama's Cheney?
While the mainstream media are proclaiming their indignance over Hillary's dumb remark about RFK, I see it differently. Hillary is setting herself up to be Obama's Cheney-like junkyard dog.

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