Tuesday, June 17, 2008

6/17 Morning News: Gore: Obama is a Solver of Problems

News Items
Gore Endorses Obama as a Solver of Problems
Former Vice President Al Gore urged Democrats to keep in mind the consequences of not taking the general election with grave seriousness.
Related Articles:
ABC: Gore Formally Endorses Obama in Michigan
CBS: Gore Endorses Obama In Detroit
CBS FtR: Gore: Take It From Me, Elections Matter
FOX: Gore Steps into the ‘08 Fray
CNN: Al Gore backs Obama for president
Boston Globe: Gore throws his support to Obama
Wash Post: Gore Gives Backing to Obama
NY Sun: Gore's Clout To Be Tested After Obama Endorsement
Politico: Gore gives Obama nod in Michigan

McCain, Obama offer different visions on taxes
Make more than $250,000 a year? Watch out. Barack Obama wants to raise your income taxes. Social Security taxes, too. Run a corporation? Lucky you. John McCain wants to cut your business taxes.

Obama Plans Spending Boost, Possible Cut in Business Tax
Sen. Barack Obama shed new light on his economic plans for the country, saying he would rely on a heavy dose of government spending to spur growth, use the tax code to narrow the widening gap between winners and losers in the U.S. economy, and possibly back a reduction in corporate tax rates.

Obama returns Chicago to center stage
The third-largest city is no longer taking a backseat to New York, Los Angeles, John Kerry’s Boston, Al Gore’s Nashville and Bill Clinton’s Little Rock.

Defense of Marriage Act Splits '08ers
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was asked if he would re-think his pledge to repeal D.O.M.A. ... "No," said Obama. "I still think that these are decisions that need to be made at a state and local level. ... As president, my job is to make sure that the federal government is not discriminating...

Obama Labor Backer Throws Herself Into V.P. Mix
One of the unwritten rules of politics is that if you want to be vice president, you don't lobby for the job. But one of Barack Obama's most prominent labor backers has put herself in the running.

Obama defends Clinton at Michigan rally
Barack Obama defended Hillary Clinton at a Michigan unity rally Monday night that featured former Vice President Al Gore — and some off-message audience booing at the mention of the New York senator's name.

Can Georgia Be Obama's Ohio?
The Democratic candidate is making an aggressive push in the South, part of his ambitious effort to "redraw the political map." Black voters are the key, but will they be enough?

HILL FANS RIP AIDE'S BAM JOB
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton were fuming yesterday after Sen. Barack Obama's campaign hired the ex-candidate's ousted campaign manager to work for the Democratic nominee's running mate.

Obama vows to meet with automakers; misspeaks on Bush meeting
Likely Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama vowed Monday to meet with leaders of the beleaguered auto industry, but misspoke when he said President Bush had waited until the sixth year of his presidency to meet with the leaders of Detroit's Big Three automakers.

Barack Obama answers John McCain's call to visit Baghdad
After yet another zinger about it from John McCain, Barack Obama Monday said he'll make a stop in Baghdad on the campaign trail before the election.

And Obama's veep is ... a Republican?
Some are buzzing about Chuck Hagel, a strong critic of Bush and the war, for the Democratic ticket. A bold idea or political fantasy?

The Early Word: McCain on Energy
Lifting a moratorium on offshore oil exploration is one of the policies Senator John McCain will suggest.
Related Articles:
MSNBC: McCain touts conserving energy, oil exploration
CBS FtR: McCain Unveils Energy Plan, Takes Aim at Obama
AP: McCain hits Obama on windfall profits tax

How Close McCain Is to Bush Depends on the Issue
It is hard to categorize John McCain as doctrinaire, but he appears to have ceded some of his maverick reputation.

New McCain Ad on Global Warming
His campaign released the new spot, called "Global," Tuesday morning.
Related Articles:
The Caucus: … And An Anti-McCain Ad
FirstRead: Liberal Groups Air Anti-McCain TV Ad
CBS: MoveOn Ad Targets McCain On Iraq War
CNN: McCain ad highlights differences from Bush on global warming
CNN: Independent groups launch new anti-McCain ad

McCain Camp Hits Obama On Guantanamo
The McCain campaign today attacked Obama over statements he made to ABC in an interview yesterday in Flint, Mich., regarding the handling of terrorists in Guantanamo Bay.

McCain Adviser: Common Ground With Obama On Nukes Is At "90 Percent"
"Campaigns are about contrasts," or so goes the election-year cliche. But it seems someone forgot to tell that to the surrogates for Barack Obama and John McCain who spoke to the Arms Control Association's annual policy luncheon...

There at the beginning — and maybe at the end, too
If loyalty ranks high on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) checklist for a running mate, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has to be on his short list.

Unity still out of reach
On matters of policy, the differences between Obama and Clinton are indeed small, and numerous pundits have predicted a rapid reversal of the primary enmity. Nonetheless, the divisions among their followers are not insignificant and easily bridged.

A Quiet Dealmaker Works for Pained Homeowners
The latest sign of his rising stature as a quiet dealmaker respected by colleagues in both parties. Mr. Reed’s name even appears on some lists as a potential running mate for Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Hillary Holding Private Conference Call With Top Fundraisers On Wednesday
A source forwards me the email from her national finance director, Jonathan Mantz, inviting the money people on to the call. The email says that she wants to thank them for their "dedication and commitment" to her candidacy. But the real question is what she'll say to them about Obama...

Raw Data: McCain, Obama Trips Abroad
Note from Cris: The Choice of pictures for each candidate is interesting, isn't it?

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday is unchanged from yesterday with the candidates as close as they have been in over a week. Barack Obama attracts 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%.

Poll: Obama leads McCain nationally by small margin
The presidential race nationally: The numbers: Barack Obama, 48 percent; John McCain, 42 percent
Related Articles:
ABC: Close Race: McCain Stays in Range
ABC: 'Danger Signs' as Clinton Supporters Resist Obama
CBS: Poll Finds Independent Voters Split

Poll: Obama Holds Big Lead In Ohio
Barack Obama seems to have a very good start in Ohio as the general election season beings, a new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) suggests. The numbers: Obama 50%, McCain 39%, beyond the ±3.6% margin of error.

Obama and the Latino Vote
The survey of 800 Lation voters in 21 states found that 60 percent planned to vote for Obama, compared to 23 percent for McCain, with 16 percent undecided.

Voters See Big Differences Between Obama and McCain, Expect Close Election
Just 14% of voters believe there’s not much difference between Barack Obama and John McCain in terms of how they’ll actually perform as President. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey found that 77% disagreed and see a significant difference.

67% Support Offshore Drilling, 64% Expect it Will Lower Prices
Most voters favor the resumption of offshore drilling in the United States and expect it to lower prices at the pump, even as John McCain has announced his support for states that want to explore for oil and gas off their coasts.

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Commentaries
Does McCain’s Vietnam View Explain Iraq?
John McCain, like many of his fellow prisoners of war, credited the Nixon administration with stepping up the pressure on their captors by unleashing new attacks on North Vietnam and publicizing reports about the mistreatment of prisoners.

First Thoughts: Gore-Acle Finally Speaks
For months, the question wasn't if Al Gore was going to endorse Obama, but when. And would he do it at a time that was pivotal in the primary?

Stone Poll Crazy
On Sunday, the organization's headline was "Obama-McCain Race Reverts to Virtual Tie." The next day, however, it had changed. Now, according to Gallup, "Obama [had] reestablishe[d] significant lead." What caused such a momentous shift in the mood of the electorate, I wondered?

Why McCain Wouldn't Be Bush III (Sorry, Barack)
Call it the "Tale of Two McCains." If you buy the central argument of Barack Obama campaign, John McCain suffers from something like split-personality disorder.

The Note: Bouncing 'Round
If this is the high point in the "bounce," someone needs to put some more air in the ball. The new ABC News-Washington Post poll shows Sen. Barack Obama narrowly leading Sen. John McCain, 48-42 -- about where his lead stood a month ago...

Starting Gate: Is It His Party?
When then-Vice President Al Gore stood on a Los Angeles stage late in the summer of 2000, it’s doubtful that he was very familiar with a young Illinois state senator by the name of Barack Obama. It was Gore’s moment to take the reins of the Democratic Party and make it his own.

My Own Reverend Wright
A good friend of mine is now publicly representing the faction of "Clintonites" that are threatening to not vote in November or to vote for McCain rather than fall in line behind Obama.

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