Monday, June 16, 2008

6/16 Morning News: Obama, The Delegator

News Items
A Delegator, Obama Picks When to Take Reins
The evolution of his style in recent months suggests he is still finding the right formula as he confronts a challenge that he has not faced in his career: managing a large organization.

Obama tells black fathers to engage their kids
"They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it," the Democratic presidential candidate said Sunday at a largely black church in his hometown.
Related Articles:
ABC News: Obama Tells Black Dads: Have the Courage to Be a Father
CNN: Obama calls absent black fathers to task
NYT: Obama Calls for More Responsibility From Black Fathers

Obama Won't Count On Florida, Ohio To Win
Barack Obama's campaign envisions a path to the presidency that could include Virginia, Georgia and several Rocky Mountain states, but not necessarily the pair of battlegrounds that decided the last two elections - Florida and Ohio.

The Early Word: Economics, Round II
Obama appeals to working-class Americans with a speech on competitiveness in Michigan.
Related Articles:
CBS FtR:
Obama Kicks Off Second Week Of Economy Tour

Women voters lining up behind Obama
"I can't understand the thinking of how someone would jump from Hillary to McCain," she said. "It doesn't make any sense." Now that the Democratic marathon is over, Clinton supporters like Authenreith are siding heavily with Obama over McCain, polls show.

Edwards Has Not Ruled Out VP Run
2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards this morning left open the possibility of a second run for the position. "I'd take anything he [Obama] asked me to think about seriously," Edwards explained...

Everywhere and Beyond
Will Obama win Wyoming? Don't be silly. Still, Paul Tewes's job is to make McCain defend his turf.

Ex-Reporter Is New Face Of Obama Campaign
It wasn't until 20 minutes later, when she shouted, "Last question!" that her former colleagues were reminded of her new role as a traveling spokeswoman who will be the public face -- a female face in this post-Hillary period -- of the campaign.

Bush Biographer Pens Pro-Obama Book
"For Obama, faith is not simply political garb, something a focus group told him he ought to try. Instead, religion to him is transforming, lifelong, and real," Mansfield writes...

When faith is front and center
This was an unprecedented sit-down for any political figure ... Why would the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party devote so much time talking faith rather than politics? Quite simply, because it is the senator's deep personal faith that explains his audaciously positive hope for his country.

Obama Plans White House Basketball Court, If Elected
“I hear there’s a bowling alley and obviously that hasn’t gone too well,” Obama told comic Jimmy Kimmel in a satellite interview from Philadelphia on Sunday. “So we’re getting rid of the bowling alley and replacing it with a basketball court in the White House.”

Obama finds refuge on the basketball court
"He could've played and started on any other team in the state. He was that good. We just happened to have just a team that was pretty loaded," McLachlin said. As a result, Obama found himself stuck behind a couple of veteran forwards.

Some call Georgian a good fit for Obama
When a newly elected Senator Barack Obama was staking out issues to champion in Congress, he sent word that he would like to meet with a former senator he had admired from afar: Sam Nunn of Georgia.

Obama And McCain Seeking Solace With Clinton Voters
Last Wednesday, an event was organized at the house of Obama-backing Rep. Rosa DeLauro with the purpose of bridging the gulf that many Clinton supporters felt had emerged during the course of the Democratic primary.

GOP attacks Obama over Michigan primary
As Barack Obama took to the trail in Michigan on Monday, the state's Republican party released a web ad needling him over his decision not to campaign in Michigan during the Democratic primary season — a line of attack Hillary Clinton warned of throughout her own presidential bid.

McCain Fundraiser Back On, Sans Oilman
This morning, a McCain aide confirmed in an e-mail that the contributors who had already made a combined donation of at least $300,000 to the event would have another chance to meet McCain.

McCain sits down with Iraqi
Republican presidential candidate John McCain met yesterday with Iraq's foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari. The two discussed security improvements in Iraq, and spoke about negotiations between the two countries on the future presence of US military forces in Iraq.

Lieberman for veep?
It remains a longshot, but Joseph Lieberman's name has been popping up as a vice presidential prospect.

Behind McCain's Town Hall Campaign
The same can be said for John McCain, though his trademark medium is anything but the formal rally, where his appearances can still leave empty seats and relatively subdued crowds even in a high school gymnasium.
Related Articles:
NY Observer: John McCain and the Chicken Barack Strategy
USA Today: Candidates differ on desirable debate format

McCain Heads To Texas To Talk Energy
McCain has a couple of fundraisers in Dallas today before heading to Houston tomorrow, where he will make a speech outlining his energy policy.

Report: McCain Calls for End to Corn Subsidies for Ethanol
U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain supports ending subsidies for U.S. ethanol production and would back Brazil’s inclusion on an expanded United Nations Security Council, a Brazilian newspaper reported Sunday.

VP Contenders Express Minimal Interest
Two former senators and one sitting governor thought to be possible candidates for vice president on Sunday expressed minimal interest in the job but didn't remove themselves from consideration. Been there, done that, said one.

Zebari Also Speaks With Obama
As mentioned earlier, McCain met with Iraqi foreign minister Hoshyar Zebari on Sunday. And today, the Iraqi official spoke with Obama, a campaign spokesperson just said. (This is the full text of the article).

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When “leaners” are included, Obama holds a four-point advantage, 48% to 44%.

Election 2008: Kansas Presidential Election
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Kansas shows John McCain leading Barack Obama by ten percentage points, 47% to 37%. Six percent (6%) say they’d vote for a third-party candidate while 10% remain undecided.

Arkansas: McCain vs. Obama
RCP: Average: McCain +15

Americans Predict Obama Will Be Next U.S. President
Barack Obama and John McCain are now about tied in Gallup Poll Daily tracking of voter preferences for the general election, nevertheless, in a June 9-12 Gallup Poll, Obama leads McCain 52% to 41% in public perceptions of who will win in November.

Nevada: A Toss Up
The latest polling out of Nevada indicates a statistical tie with McCain leading Obama 44% to 42%, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal/Mason-Dixon poll.

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Commentaries
No Ordinary Candidates, No Typical Campaign
The general election campaign will be different from what American voters are used to — in the style of John McCain, the scale of Barack Obama’s coffers, and the silence of Tim Russert.

McCain's Wingwoman
For the past 15 months, Carly Fiorina has given her life to John McCain. A brand-name businesswoman owing to her tumultuous tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina serves as "victory chairwoman"...

The Note: Reality Check
In First Battle of the General, Will the "Real" Candidate Please Stand Up?

Starting Gate: Back To The Road
A Father’s Day weekend and the loss of NBC’s Tim Russert has left the political world a little deflated as the week kicks off. But the clock continues to tick away...

Commentary: Black men must reclaim our children
A lot of my colleagues will suggest it's too simplistic to assign such a high value to a dad being in the life of a child. But just take a visit to your local jail, juvenile hall or state prison. You likely will be confronted with a sea of black men...

Blitzer: Iraq will still have an 'enormous' impact at the polls
The polls show the state of the economy is the most pressing issue for most voters right now. I have no doubt about that. Still, what happens over the next five months on the ground in Iraq will have an enormous impact on the presidential election.

Obama, Trumping Despair, Can Win Comfortably
There are three types of U.S. presidential elections: landslides, comfortable margins and squeakers. With 20 weeks to go, this one isn't going to be a landslide, though it starts with a decided tilt toward Barack Obama.

'Maverick' McCain bedevils Democrats
Sen. John McCain's reputation as a maverick who regularly bucks the conservative wing of his party will be a formidable obstacle for Sen. Barack Obama as he seeks to persuade moderates to vote for him in November.

Angry Clinton Women ♥ McCain?
TEN years ago John McCain had to apologize for regaling a Republican audience with a crude sexual joke about Hillary and Chelsea Clinton and Janet Reno. Last year he had to explain why he didn’t so much as flinch when a supporter asked him on camera, “How do we beat the bitch?” But these days Mr. McCain just loves the women.

The Fall and Rise of Hillary Clinton
But arguments can be made that, by historical standards, Clinton’s treatment of Obama wasn’t all that rough; that, far from weakening him for his tussle with John McCain, she made him appreciably stronger...

The real reason running mates matter
We're already hearing plenty of chatter about possible vice presidential choices. But as pundits and politicians debate who will provide party tickets with the most electoral bang, the one thing we won't hear is why the VP selection is important.

McCain: Sunnis, Shiites "Trying to Confuse Me"
Sen. McCain reserved his harshest words for the Shiites, who he said were trying to confuse him by sometimes referring to themselves as "Shiites" and other times as "Shia."

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