Saturday, May 3, 2008

5/3 Saturday News: Obama Wins Guam by 7 Votes

News Items
Obama wins close race, beats Clinton in Guam
Barack Obama defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton by seven votes in the Guam Democratic presidential caucuses Saturday. The count of more than 4,500 ballots took all night. ... That means they'll split the pledged delegate votes. Obama's slate won in 14 of 21 districts.
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Delegate Update: Guam: Clinton-Obama, 2-2
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Obama Appears to have Won Guam Narrowly
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Guam Voter Vignettes
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Obama Leads in Guam
CBS News:
Obama Wins Guam Caucuses By Only 7 Votes
TPM:
Obama Wins Guam By A Hair, Even Delegate Split Likely
CNN:
Obama defeats Clinton in Guam caucuses by 7 votes
The Caucus:
Obama Wins Guam
NYT:
Narrow Victory for Obama in the Caucuses in Guam
Politico:
Obama wins Guam by 7 votes

Obama: Clinton's gas tax plan is 'phony'
Broadening his attack, Barack Obama said Saturday that Hillary Rodham Clinton's support for a summertime break from the federal gasoline tax symbolizes a candidacy consisting of "phony ideas, calculated to win elections instead of actually solving problems."
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Obama: Clinton, McCain wrong on gas taxes
CBS:
Pandering At The Pump
CBS FtR:
Obama Calls Gas Tax Holiday a "Shell Game"
CBS Horserace:
Obama Ad: Clinton "Pandering" On Gas Tax
FOX:
Obama on Hillary’s Gas Tax Holiday: “It’s a Shell Game - Literally”
CNN:
Obama rips Clinton's gas tax plan

Obama To Run Two-Minute Closing Ads In Indiana And North Carolina
Barack Obama is putting his financial advantages over Hillary Clinton to good use in Indiana and North Carolina, with two-minute ads set to air in each state to close out the primary campaigns there.
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CNN:
Obama to sell campaign in new two-minute ads
The Caucus:
Obama’s 2-Minute Closers in N. Carolina and Indiana

N.M. chairman for Obama
Swing-state Democratic party chairman backs Obama.

National Environmental Group Endorses Barack Obama for President
Friends of the Earth Action cites senator’s stand for real energy solutions instead of sham Clinton-McCain ‘gas tax holiday’ as key reason for endorsement.

Obama’s Indiana Family Day
After enduring several weeks of criticism from his opponents who have argued that he is out of touch and elitist, Barack Obama worked hard today to prove his rivals wrong. With his wife and daughters by his side, Obama met with small crowds at several retail stops...
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Life's a picnic for the Obamas

Early Indiana turnout heavy in Obama counties
Early voting in Indiana could offer some encouragement to presidential hopeful Barack Obama, who needs a victory in its upcoming primary after a tough few weeks on the campaign trail.

Beware: Celebrity Endorsement
Tom Hanks endorses Barack Obama to be the next President of the United States of America.

Delegate Update: Two More Add-Ons
Score another for Obama. The campaign just announced it picked up one of the Maryland add-ons, former Gov. Parris Glendening. That's 3-1 today and expect three more from the Illinois convention as well. Numbers adjusted above.

Clinton’s Derby Pick Places Second, Then Euthanized
Clinton’s pick to win the Kentucky Derby this year came in second, but was later euthanized on the track. The tragic moment at Churchill Downs cast an eerie spell over ... the candidate who recently compared herself ... to the only female horse running in the race, Eight Belles.

In Closing Arguments, Clinton Sharpens Attacks on Obama
For the first time in weeks, Hillary Clinton has stepped up her attacks on Barack Obama, drawing contrasts between their policy positions over gas prices, the housing crunch and health care.

Obama’s New Gospel
What does Barack Obama believe? It's a question that an army of surrogates, out trying to assure religious voters of his faith, is answering again and again.

McCain’s Pastors: Same Questions, Different Answers
If turnabout is fair play, then John McCain critics believe his association with controversial pastors should be held to the same scrutiny as Barack Obama’s ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

As Tuesday Votes Loom, Obama Seeks Lift and Clinton Pushes Gas-Tax Plan
Senator Barack Obama sought to reframe and reinvigorate his candidacy by imploring Democrats to move beyond the recent political controversies.

GOP uses Obama to boost Republican candidates
These days his face still appears in television ads in both states, this time from Republicans trying to turn him into a liability for Democrats in two looming special elections for long-held Republican seats.

McCaskill: Easley, Bill Were Against Gas Tax Cut
She also said the former president Clinton also agreed with Obama at one point in time about how short-sighted a gas tax holiday would be and said it was noteworthy that the Clinton campaign had not been able to produce experts who backed her proposal.

Obama’s Small Time Indiana Campaign
The weekend before the Indiana primary on Tuesday, Barack Obama is traveling the state opting to meet and greet voters in intimate settings rather than rallying the troops at 15,000+ person rallies that he’s become known for.

A Turbulent Pastor
But at least one question does get him bobbing and weaving: why doesn't he renounce the endorsement of Pastor John Hagee, the San Antonio televangelist who has offended Roman Catholics and other groups?

Clinton: Tuesday Will Be a 'Game Changer'
“This primary election on Tuesday is a game changer. This is going to make a huge difference in what happens going forward. The entire country – probably even a lot of the world is looking to see what North Carolina decides.”

Hillary: Obama's 'Ivory Tower'
Hillary Clinton stepped up efforts to contrast her positions on a range of issues with Barack Obama’s, saying that there is a “difference between making speeches and implementing solutions.”

Dems cover all bases in N.C.
As two presidential campaigns sweep through N.C., each is basing its central strategy on courting the polar political opposites within the state’s Democratic base.

Clinton Says She Is 'No Shrinking Violet' Amid Cheers for Obama
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., had to endure cheers for Sen. Barack Obama and boos for the North Carolina governor, who has backed her, at the North Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Raleigh, N.C., Friday evening -- where both she and Obama spoke.
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CBS FtR:
Clinton Tells Vocal Obama Supporters: “I’ll Work My Heart Out For Him”

Obama's Closing Argument to Indiana Voters
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., made an economic heavy closing argument to the voters of Indianapolis, Ind., summoning up a historical reminder of the last time the state’s primary was so closely watched.
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FirstRead:
Obama's Closing Argument
CBS FtR:
Obama Preps For Closing Arguments
FOX:
Barack Obama’s Closing Arguments

Obama Looks Beyond Wright
"We have had a rough couple of weeks, I won't deny that," Obama told reporters at a press conference Friday in Indianapolis, "We've had to fight thorough over the last week an awful lot of noise."

Obama Praises Edwardses, Talks Party Unity
As his rival for the nomination did earlier in the night, Obama praised John and Elizabeth Edwards at a Democratic Party dinner in their state Friday night.

Clintons: Dems Will Be United
Hillary Clinton brought thousands of North Carolina Democrats to their feet last night by pledging her full support for Barack Obama, should he win the nomination.

ID law could depress black turnout in Ind.
Experts say Supreme Court ruling upholding law could disenfranchise minorities, youth and the elderly.

Clinton Sharpens Attacks; Drives a New Message
Clinton offered a new message: "Headlines and Trend Lines" -– a slogan she has used before, but really hammered on Saturday in Wake Forrest, N.C. In her sharpest remarks in days, Clinton said she is better on the housing crisis, health care and on the gas problem...

Something Wasn’t Wright
According to two sources, Winfrey was never comfortable with the tone of Wright's more incendiary sermons, which she knew had the power to damage her standing as America's favorite daytime talk-show host.

Clinton Hedges on Convention Question
One question Clinton was asked raised eyebrows. When asked if she would go all the way to the convention -– she said, “Well, I plan on going through the next contests -– West Virginia, Kentucky and others.”

O, No: Winfrey a no-show
Winfrey has been absent from Barack Obama's side since Super Tuesday.

Stumping for Delegates, Clinton Pledges Voting Rights to Guam
In an interview with KUAM-TV, Clinton, asked about giving Guam citizens the right to vote for president, said, "I am in favor of full voting rights for every American and that includes the people on Guam."

Bill Clinton: 'It'd Be a Shame to Do All This Work and Not Win'
"She can win this thing,” Clinton told a gymnasium full of Hoosiers in Greenfield late this afternoon. “The last national poll had her running nine points ahead of senator McCain, seven points better than her opponent in the primary.

Paul: Not ready to endorse McCain, likes Obama's foreign policy
Even though Rep. Ron Paul has never officially ended his long shot presidential bid, he’s ready to weigh in on the three remaining major candidates for the White House.

Clinton Picks up Indy Star Nod
The Indianapolis Star, Indiana's largest newspaper, has endorsed Senator Hillary Clinton, just 4 days before the Democratic primary in that state.

Edwards lacks North Carolina clout
Even if John Edwards decides to endorse one of his former rivals prior to Tuesday's primary, local experts say it would make little difference.

Hillary Reminisces; Tries to Identify with NC
Hillary Clinton, her voice fading at the end of a long day yesterday in the Tar Heel State, waxed nostalgic about her family's political past as she looked toward another do-or-die primary day.

Targeting Women Voters, Clinton Dishes on Lewinsky, Chelsea’s Dating
Hillary Clinton made an appearance on a web based program today geared toward women, primarily women with children.

Hillary Campaign: Former DNC Chairs Support Us, Too
The Hillary campaign has hit back at former DNC chair Joe Andrew's surprise switch to Obama yesterday, releasing a letter from eight former DNC chairs that makes the "electability" case for Hillary.

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Polling Results
Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, it’s Clinton 47% Obama 44%.

Gallup Daily: Democratic Horse Race Neck-and-Neck at 47%
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are tied at 47% in the preferences of national Democrats for their party's presidential nomination.

Obama's appeal to working-class whites faltering, polls show
Barack Obama's problem winning votes from working-class whites is showing no sign of going away, and their impression of him is getting worse.

Polls: Clinton Closing Gap on Obama
Four days before the Democratic primaries in Indiana and North Carolina, Sen. Hillary Clinton won the endorsement of Indiana's largest newspaper and has cut Sen. Barack Obama's once imposing lead in North Carolina to single digits.

Zogby: Obama's Lead In North Carolina Shrinks, Indiana A Dead Heat
This morning's Zogby tracking polls show Barack Obama's lead in North Carolina slipping into the single digits, consistent with other polls, while also showing a tight race in Indiana. The numbers, compared to yesterday...

Rasmussen: Obama Ahead By 12 In Oregon
The internals show a class divide here: Obama does best among upper-income voters, while Clinton does best among those earning less than $40,000 per year.

Poll: Clinton Ahead By Seven In Indiana
A new InsiderAdvantage poll of Indiana gives Hillary Clinton a seven-point lead in this upcoming primary...

Clinton gaining on Obama in North Carolina
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is gaining on Barack Obama’s lead in North Carolina’s polls, three days before the states May 6 primary.

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Commentaries
Showing His Mettle
Can Barack Obama throw a punch? If there is an upside to the shots Obama has taken from his former pastor, it's the opportunity created for him to show his mettle.

Stone: For Obama, It's Easy Being Green
Surprised? You probably shouldn'’t be. Having reported on the environment, I would have bet a week's pay most of the movement's support would go to Obama. (Too bad I didn't.) What makes the support so intuitive is that Obama has long had the greenest credentials of the bunch.

Analysis: The Wright effect on presidential race
Politics is a business of numbers, and the numbers favor Sen. Barack Obama. But they are changing in ways that give Sen. Hillary Clinton some hope and have dramatically changed how Republicans look at the presidential election.

Raising Expectations?
Is it wise for Hillary to conflate Tuesday's primaries? You'd think she'd play it safe but today in North Carolina -- where she's behind -- she said the eyes of the world are upon them -- not exactly the way one goes about minimizing damage.

The Kantor Clip and the Divided Democrats
The point, I suppose, was clear: supporters of Barack Obama were finally getting revenge. "If the company candidates keep is as important as your coverage of Rev. Wright implies," wrote one reader, "then Kantor's continued association with Hillary Clinton and her campaign certainly is noteworthy.

Politics '08 — A war of attrition
One of the more bizarre games I played as a kid was something called "kill the man."
It was a cross between football and rugby, which found the person carrying the ball a target of some hungry tacklers. I still don't know why we enjoyed the game because it was impossible to win.


Obama Navigates the Home Stretch
Can Obama represent both class resentment and racial tolerance? America's future depends on the answer to that question.

Obama can't bluff past Wright issue
Barack Obama needs to speak honestly about the Wright scandal if he wants to be taken seriously.

Dem Pollster: Clinton More "Approachable"
Political Players: Former Edwards Aide Says Obama Has Work to Do Among Blue Collar Voters.

4 Reasons Why Hoosiers Should Pass the Ball to Obama
I am writing this partially in support of Sen. Obama, but just as much as an homage to all my deer-hunting, Pucker drinking, four-wheel riding Hoosier homies, many of whom are blood.

Hey, Blue-Collar Voters of Indiana: This Bud's for You
Obama's answer: it's Miller Time. Actually, make that Bud. Visiting VFW Post 1954 in North Liberty, Ind. yesterday evening for a "mix and mingle" photo op, Obama suddenly had nothing but booze on the brain.

The All-White Elephant in the Room
Bored by those endless replays of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? If so, go directly to YouTube, search for “John Hagee Roman Church Hitler,” and be recharged by a fresh jolt of clerical jive.

Olbermann: Manchurian Candidates and Fox
Firstly, Senator Clinton's appearance with O'Reilly is more pathetic and revelatory than it is outrageous. Secondly, the "Manchurian Candidate" meme voiced by Coultergeist might be taken down and later used against her.

What Will A Clinton "Victory" Feel Like?
I am sick to death of hearing that a vote for John McCain is a vote for four more years of George Bush, when more and more a vote for Hillary seems to be exactly the same thing.

An Army of Women
I think that the media's continual attacks on Clinton are symptomatic of deep cultural fear: that she is an extraordinarily visible woman who refuses to "know her place."

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