Monday, May 5, 2008

5/5 Morning News: The Morning Before Super Hoosday

News Items
Obama Nabs Another Super-Delegate
His campaign announces that he's picked up the support of Kalyn Free, an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee. The campaign's super-del tally right now: 258. NBC, meanwhile, puts Hillary's total at 274.
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NC's Largest Newspaper: We recommend Obama
Do the Democrats need a restoration of the past, or is it time for a change? We think it's time for a change. We recommend a vote for Barack Obama in Tuesday's primary.

The Early Word: Last Scramble for N.C., Ind.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will campaign at a frenzied pace Monday as they try to drum up support on the last day before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

Obama Gets Intimate in Indiana
So, it was not surprising that when Barack Obama's campaign bus rolled up Sunday to the leafy corner of Superior and Bank streets, people came pouring out of their neat bungalows to meet him and his wife and his daughters.
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Democratic Candidates Duel Through Morning Talk Shows
The Democratic presidential candidates pressed their cases on the morning news shows, Monday, trying to capture last minute voters in Indiana and North Carolina by pushing their gas price reduction proposals and claiming momentum.

California superdelegates' wavering bodes ill for Hillary Clinton
Hillary Rodham Clinton, stung last week by the defection of a prominent superdelegate, could lose the backing of more of these Democratic Party leaders and elected officials if she fails to make significant gains in the remaining month of presidential nominating contests...

Obama: Clinton's 'obliterate' Iran statement too much like Bush
Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday accused Sen. Hillary Clinton of echoing the "bluster" of President Bush when she said the U.S. would be able to "obliterate" Iran if it used nuclear weapons against Israel.

The Note: Running, Scared
If change has been the watchword of the 2008 race, the weary rivals for the Democratic nomination enter the next critical week in their never-ending race in agreement: They desperately want to change the subject.

Obama Continues Courting Working-Class Voters in Indiana
As he and Hillary Clinton remain in a dead heat in Indiana and she appears to be closing in on his lead in North Carolina, Obama realizes that he can’t take anything for granted.

With her donors tapped out, Clinton turns to Internet
Running out of high-dollar donors, Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is stepping up its Internet appeals in hopes of attracting enough contributions to keep afloat financially in the last stretch of Democratic primaries, aides say.

Clinton, Obama, predict fight stretches to June 3
Democratic presidential rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton took their fight over gas price relief to the morning talk shows Monday as they braced for the crucial Indiana and North Carolina primaries.

Clinton Defends Saying She Would 'Obliterate' Iran
"Why would I have any regrets?" she asked in an exclusive appearance on a special edition of "This Week" from Indianapolis, Ind. "I'm asked a question about what I would do if Iran attacked our ally...

As Primary Nears, Obama Takes His Family to Voters
With help from his wife and daughters, Barack Obama closed his final days of campaigning before Tuesday's primaries by knocking on doors and hosting a massive family picnic. Crowds gathered on sidewalks in a working-class neighborhood ... to meet the Obama family.

Dems ramp up attacks ahead of pivotal primaries
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton hit each other hard Monday, a day before contests in North Carolina and Indiana that could break the deadlock over who will be the Democratic nominee for president.

Obama Says Teamsters Need Less Oversight
Sen. Barack Obama won the endorsement of the Teamsters earlier this year after privately telling the union he supported ending the strict federal oversight imposed to root out corruption, according to officials from the union and the Obama campaign.

A quick sale for Obama in Indiana
"As soon as he announced he was running — that's when I made my decision," said Fawley, 70, living in retirement with his wife Caroline just outside of Pierceton in northern Indiana. "I had my eye on him for a long time before he even announced it."

Obama: Feds May Need To Rethink Ethanol
Democrat Barack Obama said Sunday the federal government might need to rethink its support for corn ethanol because of rising food prices, a stance similar to Republican John McCain's but at odds with farm states considered important to the November election.

CQ Politics Forecasts a Slim Obama Victory in N.C. Delegates
Despite that lead, a district-by-district analysis of types of voters indicates Obama is likely to receive just a slight majority of the state’s 77 district-level delegates because of how the delegates are distributed.

Clinton, Obama supporters focus on political horse race
The Run for the Roses is always a big draw for the rich and powerful, and prominent supporters for both Democratic presidential candidates rubbed elbows with them at Churchill Downs. Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe called it a "great opportunity to network."

Hillary Clinton Doesn't Listen to Economists
When asked this morning by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos if she could name a single economist who backs her call for a gas tax holiday this summer, HRC said "I'm not going to put my lot in with economists.”
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Clinton 'Not Going To Put My Lot In With Economists' on Gas Tax

Clinton mailing's gun gaffe
The image of the gun pictured on the face of the mailing is reversed, making it a nonexistent left-handed model of the Mauser 66 rifle. To make matters worse, a prominent gun dealer said, it’s an expensive German gun with customized features that make it clearly European.

Clinton Says She’s “Unapologetic” Over Gas Tax Proposal
In the face of growing criticism from economists and some in her party, Hillary Clinton said she will not give up in her pursuit to temporarily eliminate the federal gas tax for the summer.

Are Events on the Trail Changing Election Results?
Democrats may be about to discover whether campaigning can in fact move the Democratic primary campaign.

Polling Results
Sunday Gallup Daily: Obama 49%, Clinton 45%
Gallup Poll Daily tracking shows Barack Obama is the current choice of 49% of Democratic voters nationwide for the party's presidential nomination, while 45% back Hillary Clinton.

Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
In the race for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, Obama now attracts 46% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters while Clinton earns support from 45%.

In Poll, Obama Survives Furor, but Fall Is the Test
A majority of American voters say that the furor over the relationship between Senator Barack Obama and his former pastor has not affected their opinion of Mr. Obama, but a substantial number say that it could influence voters this fall...
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Poll: Hillary Leads By Six In Indiana, But Obama Has Better Favorables
The newest Suffolk University poll of Indiana gives Hillary Clinton a single-digit lead here, with a lot now depending on how the undecideds break...

Zogby: Obama's Lead Steady In North Carolina, Indiana Undecideds Could Break For Hillary
The latest Zogby tracking poll shows Barack Obama's lead in North Carolina holding steady in the high single digits, and unlike other pollsters also gives Obama a narrow but shaky edge in Indiana.

Poll: Wright and Obama
The latest survey takes the pulse on Barack Obama’s pastor, the gas-tax suspension and national standings.

CBS Poll: Support For Obama Rebounds
Democrat Barack Obama appears to have rebounded from some of the damage caused by the controversy surrounding his former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll.

Polls: Clinton gets lead in Indiana; Obama holds in North Carolina
Hillary Clinton appears to have taken a clear lead in the crucial primary state of Indiana while Barack Obama remains ahead in Tuesday's other big prize — North Carolina.

IN and NC Polls: Not Great News for Obama
Insider Advantage has released new polls in Indiana and North Carolina, with less than stellar results for Obama.

Polls: Obama falters with working-class whites
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.

First Thoughts: The Math Game
Assuming he wins half of the delegates tomorrow (93), Obama needs just 38% of ALL remaining delegates to get to the magic number of 2,025. If Clinton wins 94 delegates on Tuesday, she will need 66% of all remaining delegates.

Obama faces down his patriotism hurdle
As Sen. Barack Obama tries to secure the Democratic presidential nomination and turn his attention to the presumptive GOP nominee, Sen. John McCain -- a war hero who survived more than five years in enemy captivity -- he is facing a crucial test of one of his driving themes: redefining what it means to be a patriot.

Analysis: Candidates use news shows to woo superdelegates
Two presidential candidates, two celebrity interviewers, two agendas, one audience: the undecided superdelegates likely to select the Democratic nominee.

Starting Gate: Can Anyone Break Out?
This weekend’s caucuses in Guam pretty much summed up the Democratic race: Out of about 4,500 votes, Barack Obama edged Hillary Clinton by a grand total of seven votes. That’s about where the race is heading into the next round of all-important primaries...

The Gas Tax 'Holiday' Shell Game
Nearly every environmental expert, with the exception of a Shell Oil lobbyist, concur: the Gas Tax Holiday would be a windfall for the oil companies and offer the consumer little.

Spin set, let the voting begin
Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton toured Indiana on Sunday, both calling themselves the “underdog.” But as they barrel into the biggest states left to vote, North Carolina and Indiana, polling and conventional wisdom have set clear expectations that belie that label.

No End Game
Whatever the outcome of this week’s primaries, the pressure to resolve the Democratic contest can only increase. How Clinton will respond is unclear: her campaign seems to have entered a new, almost mystical phase...

Ruthlessness And Grit Seen in Clinton's Style
In recent days, Mrs. Clinton has chided the experts for “counting me out” and Senator Barack Obama for his inability to “close the deal” and declared that no one was going to make her quit.

About that Crush on Obama
With the ten-point loss in Pennsylvania, the latest Reverend Wright eruption, and the shrinkage of Obama’s leads in the polls, the media are feeling lousy, and not just because their guy is taking a beating.

Superdelegates Must Tell Color of Change What it Can Do With its Silly Vote for Obama Petition
The assumption that all blacks scream with one voice for Obama is foolish, arrogant, and racially myopic.

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