Tuesday, June 10, 2008

6/10 Morning News: The VP Search Ramps Up

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Obama ramps up search for a running mate
Barack Obama ramped up his search for a running mate on Monday, consulting with one congressional ally by phone and dispatching members of his vice presidential vetting team to the Capitol for meetings. Sen. Dick Durbin said he had spoken with Obama, his fellow Illinois senator.
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CNN:
Obama's VP team raises 'a lot of names' on Capitol Hill

Unexpected Name on Obama's VP List
Jones, a Vietnam vet born in Kansas City, MO (swing state alert!), was a career military officer rising to one of the highest posts possible. Now retired, Jones has been critical of the number of troops currently in Afghanistan. He's been appointed to independent posts by both the Democratic Congress and the Republican-run State Department...

Obama takes the offensive vs. McCain
Forgoing a softer introduction to the broader electorate, Obama and his advisers have decided to go right at McCain, calculating that the candidates' major distinctions on issues such as tax relief, the war in Iraq, and diplomacy play to their favor.
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NYT: Obama, Adopting Economic Theme, Criticizes McCain
CNN: Presidential hopefuls eye the economy

Barack Obama is $100M man
Leading Democratic fundraisers predict that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will raise hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few months if he opts out of public financing and begins raising money for the general election.

Barack Obama reaches out to Elizabeth Edwards in effort to woo women voters
Barack Obama never won Elizabeth Edwards' endorsement, but the presumptive Democratic nominee pledged yesterday to work with her on health care - a not-so-subtle appeal to female voters and party unity.

Obama Camp Hopes to Utilize Clintons on Campaign Trail
When asked if the NY Senator would be making appearances on the campaign trail on behalf of the presumptive Democratic nominee, Axelrod said, “We hope so, we expect so based on what she said publicly....

Obama says differences with Clinton 'infinitesimal'
Just how small were the differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton? "Infinitesimal," said Barack Obama at a fundraising event in St. Louis Monday.

Dems can't afford donation ban
Obama’s ban on contributions from lobbyists and PACs irritates Democratic lobbyists and fundraisers.

Pakistani leader says Obama must change course
Embattled, U.S.-backed Pakistani Pres. Pervez Musharraf Saturday warned Barack Obama that if he wins the White House, he'd have to change his policies towards Pakistan.

Is Hotmail Contributing To Obama-Muslim Smear Campaign?
According to Bill Hillsman, a partner at the firm, under Hotmail's system, if a user has the word Obama in his or her email, and then clicks the spell check button, the top suggested item that comes up is Osama -- as in, the leader of al Qaeda.

McCain says Obama bad for business
McCain said Tuesday that Obama's policies would mean higher taxes and higher overhead costs. The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting also criticized Obama for pledging to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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The Caucus:
The Early Word: McCain’s Turn on the Economy
CBS FtR: McCain Says Obama's Economic Plan Amounts to Tax Increase

McCain facing tricky balancing act
What surprised Burress was how badly the meeting went. He says he tried, but failed, to make the McCain team understand how much work remained to overcome the skepticism of social conservatives.

McCain criticizes an Obama advisor
John McCain criticized his Democratic rival Monday for seeking campaign advice from a Washington power-broker who, Republican officials say, may have improperly received preferential treatment from a controversial mortgage lender.
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Politico:
Obama vetter draws unwanted scrutiny
The Caucus: Attacking on Loans

McCain, Feeling Pressure From Left, Lets Media in on Fundraisers
Republican John McCain reversed course Monday and allowed the media into three private fundraisers, including an event where he chided Democratic rival Barack Obama for his reluctance to agree to a series of joint town-hall meetings.

McCain: 'I will veto every single beer'
In a slip of the tongue while railing against excessive earmarks at the National Small Business Summit in Washington, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee inadvertently pledged to veto the popular alcoholic beverage.

McCain reaches out to Clintonites
Republican contender reaches out to Clinton supporters at a Virginia fundraiser.

The Movie Star and McCain
While John McCain’s campaign may not be attracting the star power Barack Obama’s camp ... the grizzled actor Robert Duvall appeared with McCain at three high dollar fundraisers tonight, which raked in over $2 million for his presidential effort.

The Reformers As Fundraisers
Fundraising events ... will fuel their campaign through the summer. But advisers to the White House hopefuls are also working feverishly to square their carefully crafted images as campaign finance reformers with the need to gather tens of millions of dollars.

For Clinton, millions in debt and few options
With her campaign now officially suspended, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is confronting still another challenge: whittling down what is believed to be the largest presidential campaign debt in history.

Jewish Whispering Campaign
But before tackling the factual problems, the article’s biggest problem needs to be addressed — Newsweek aids and abets the Obama campaign’s decision to slander Joe Lieberman...

Diplomacy on the Distaff Side
Laura Bush, fresh off a trip to Afghanistan, showed that her well-honed diplomatic skills extend even to Democrats.

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracts 48% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When “leaners” are included, Obama leads 50% to 43%.

Election 2008: New Jersey Presidential Election
Barack Obama holds a solid lead over John McCain in New Jersey in the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state since the Illinois senator clinched the Democratic Party's nomination last week.

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Commentaries
An introduction to Obamanomics
As a campaigner, he is strategically, tactically and technically bold and brilliant. He thinks outside of the box. As a would-be president, however, he has so far proven to be cautious and conventional.

FirstThoughts: That 70's Show
Yesterday, in his interview with NBC’s Brian Williams, McCain said: “Sen. Obama says that I'm running for a Bush's third term. It seems to me he's running for Jimmy Carter's second.” Sen. Obama wants to dust off the old big government, high taxes ideas of the 60s and 70s that failed then.” Does McCain’s Carter/70s attack work?

Back To The Future: Is Jimmy Carter Coming Back?
Now it doesn’t “work” of course in the same way that McCain’s association with George W. Bush does. Carter is not the incumbent president and Obama is not running on a platform to continue any of the Carter policies. But that is not really required for McCain’s purposes.

Michelle Obama, Cindy McCain are study in contrast
McCain posed in size zero jeans for the latest issue of Vogue. Obama, who has also appeared in the fashion magazine, was praised by style writers for the violet sheath dress she wore to her husband's Democratic nomination victory rally ... But the aspiring first ladies have plenty of differences.

Hillary's final curtain
Now that Clinton's campaign is over, I want to remember her as she's truly been -- a pain in the ass, sometimes ill-behaved, and a woman who changed history.

The Note: Lobby Scrub
For both candidates, cleanliness is next to electability -- and if one or the other can own this reformer's mantle as different-kind-of-politician, he will (much like whoever "owns" the economy and national security) be a long way toward reaching the middle-of-the-road voters they both covet.

Starting Gate: Turning Blue?
The fact that all three of the state’s leading Democrats – Warner, Sen. Jim Webb and Gov. Tim Kaine – are often touted as contenders for higher office demonstrates the hopes their party has for turning it from red to blue.

Time for an honest conversation on race
In an Ideas piece, Cleaver says the next president should call for an honest conversation about race.

Marcia Meier: The Perfect Date
Hillary was gracious in her defeat, and encouraging in her endorsement. I hope Obama takes her with him on the ride to the White House.

Bloomberg, Bloomberg, He's the One
Since Bloomberg gets along well with both McCain and Obama, why not allow each of them to select New York's mayor as a running mate?

Pro-Choice Democrats and John McCain
Clinton's backers are overwhelmingly pro-choice, and they’ll want to know this: Would McCain stock the Supreme Court with foes of Roe v. Wade? The 1973 decision guarantees a right to abortion.

Kathleen Sebelius, Completing The Obama Puzzle
When weighing Kathleen Sebelius' potential as a possible vice presidential pick for Barack Obama, it's useful to consider two separate instances when the Kansas Governor confronted President George W. Bush.

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