Thursday, June 19, 2008

6/19 Morning News: Obama Opts Out

News Items
The Early Word: Obama Opts Out of Public Financing
The presumptive Democratic nominee says he will fuel his campaign on a large number of small contributions.
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MSNBC: Obama opts out of public funding
The Hill: Obama won’t accept public financing
ABC Blog: Obama to Break Promise, Opt Out of Public Financing for General Election
CBS: Obama: The System Is Broken
CNN: Breaking: Obama decides to decline public financing
Politico: Playbook: Obama opts out
Politico: Obama aide blames McCain on public-financing
FirstRead: First Thoughts: Obama Opts Out
Rasmussen: Obama Reverses Course on Public Funding
Huff Post: Obama Opts Out Of Public Financing, Reformers Back Decision

Obama's funding decision makes history
Barack Obama will become the first major party presidential nominee to refuse general election public financing in the program’s history, since it first went into effect in the 1976 presidential election as part of a package of post-Watergate campaign finance reforms.

AFL-CIO to endorse Obama within weeks
The AFL-CIO will endorse Sen. Barack Obama within weeks, union leaders said after a private meeting Wednesday with the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
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Wash Post:
Obama Meets With Labor Leaders

Obama calls for Nuremberg-like trial if bin Laden is caught
Democrat Barack Obama said yesterday he would bring Osama bin Laden to justice in a way that wouldn't allow the Sept. 11 mastermind to become a martyr.

Obama e-mail list makes Dems salivate
The candidate's massive collection of e-mail addresses holds game-changing potential.

Volunteers for Barack Obama's campaign refused to allow two women wearing Muslim headscarves to appear in a photo op with the Democratic candidate, touching off outrage yesterday in the Arab-American community.

GOP slip: "if we see Obama there's a shoot-on-sight order."
Interviewed on the Don Wade & Roma in the Morning show Wednesday, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said that he supports a policy "where if we see Obama there's a shoot-on-sight order." ... Given the context of the conversation, meant to refer to Osama bin Laden.

McCain and Bush to Survey Iowa Flooding, Separately
The presumptive Republican nominee and the president will tour areas of Iowa hard hit by floods on Thursday, but the McCain campaign said that it was not trying to step on Mr. Bush’s trip.

Pawlenty: No V.P. discussions with McCain campaign
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be in the spotlight Thursday evening when John McCain makes two campaign stops in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but Pawlenty ... continues to deny that he is being considered for a vice presidential nod.
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StarTrib: Pawlenty tamps down veep talk

Libertarian Candidate Barr Blasts McCain
Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, offered a scathing critique of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) today and predicted he would garner substantial conservative Republican support in a handful of battleground states...

John McCain backed by army of women in march to presidency
Barack Obama isn't the only candidate surrounded by the ladies. In John McCain's corner, a phalanx of powerful women have swooped in to support the Arizona senator's presidential bid.

Bush Rallies Behind McCain at Washington Fundraising Dinner
Seeking to energize party loyalists, President Bush on Wednesday gave his most extended public support to Sen. John McCain, his former foe for the White House. The president said McCain is the only candidate in the race who can face tough decisions and “will not flinch.”

Cindy McCain visits Vietnam
Cindy McCain ranged far afield from the U.S. presidential campaign trail Thursday to showcase her charity work helping Vietnamese kids born with facial deformities.

VP Hot Sheet: Democrats
The following list reflects who's hot and who's not in the search for Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate. It is compiled by senior political editor Vaughn Ververs and the rest of the political team...

Clyburn herds a diverse flock
The majority whip, who brings together many constituencies, is drawing the attention of Obama’s campaign.

Dems pressure lawmakers for cash
Democrats are complaining that dozens of members have not paid their dues — millions in total.

Michelle's dress
A reader who wore the same dress to her graduation sends in a link to the dress Michelle Obama wore for her well-reviewed View performance today.

Call to end drilling ban likely to stall
President Bush and Sen. John McCain have given Republicans new ammunition in the war of words over $4-per-gallon gasoline, but their calls to lift a ban on offshore oil drilling are unlikely to break the political stalemate in Congress.
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Greenville Online: Sanford still conditionally opposes offshore drilling
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Lieberman's Democratic ties frayed
Eight years after being nominated for vice president at an exuberant Democratic convention, Joe Lieberman describes himself as so estranged from the party over the Iraq war and national security policy that he is committed to siding with Senate Democrats only "for now"...
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USA Today: Lieberman straddles the aisle

Rumsfeld's Revenge: Declines To Endorse McCain
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld recently declined to answer whether he will support Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president. McCain, the GOP presidential standard-bearer, has been one of Rumsfeld's harshest critics.

Polling / Electoral College Analysis
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows Barack Obama attracting 45% of the vote while John McCain earns 42%. When "leaners" are included, Obama holds a three-point advantage, 48% to 45%.

Election 2008: Electoral College Update
The Rasmussen Reports Balance of Power Calculator (see methodology below) shows Barack Obama leading in states with 200 Electoral College votes while John McCain leads in states with 174 votes.

Election 2008: Florida Presidential Election
Some political observers think that price increase may be a game-changing event in the politics of the issue and Republican Presidential hopeful John McCain is putting that theory to the test.

Campaign Financing Not a Hot Topic in Presidential Election
Over half of likely voters could not even guess which candidate had recently re-affirmed his commitment to accept public funding and the limitations that come with it.

Poll on presidential spouses finds an edge for Obama
One is the Ivy League-educated, outspoken spouse who draws criticism like a magnet. The other is the very practiced, very rich second wife who keeps a lower profile.

The Note: Brand Zero
To a remarkable degree, the candidates are debating themselves -- whether it's Sen. John McCain on taxes, offshore drilling, and his relationship with President Bush, or Sen. Barack Obama on trade, public financing for his campaign, and his relationship with the Bush-Cheney energy bill.

Challenges Await Next President On Day 1
This intense back and forth between the campaigns has often obscured the larger challenge of how to deal with the threat from Iran, with its nuclear ambitions and support for extremists. Beyond the sound bites and attempts to twist each other's words, there are serious questions of life and death.

Starting Gate: Who Will Obama Pick?
Barack Obama has vowed to keep his vice presidential selection process dignified, orderly and, most importantly, top secret. But that won’t stop reporters from staking out the meetings his selection chiefs have with top Democrats...

Obama and McCain Spout Economic Nonsense
Barack Obama and John McCain are busy demonstrating that in close elections during tough economic times, candidates for president can be economically illiterate and irresponsibly populist.

Can Obama defend America?
The last two days have brought the beginning of the debate that will be the most important of the presidential election. The fundamental question is whether Barack Obama can hold his own against John McCain on national security questions.

It's not what McCain and Obama have done, it's what they'll learn
The biggest concern over the possibility of Barack Obama becoming president has been his complete lack of executive experience. History tells us, however, that this may not matter. What matters is whether Mr. Obama or John McCain has the capacity to grow.

The Post-Post 9/11 Candidate
Barack Obama's candidacy has always personified the desire among many Americans to move on from the Sept. 11 attacks and return to a time when terrorism was seen as a minor security threat.

Gore Has Right Stuff for Second Turn as No. 2
And to a lesser extent, appearances matter, and looking at the stage, the perfect vice president was on it. He's tall like Obama but more rooted to the ground, and I'm not talking about pounds. If there's anything Obama needs, it is an older, more tested, more solid version of himself.

Will $4 Gasoline Trump a 27-Year-Old Ban?
One was an oilman from Texas, the other a high-paid energy executive. Despite that, or perhaps because of it, for seven years George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have been unable to persuade Congress and the public that domestic oil drilling is an answer to America’s energy needs.

For this 'View,' a softer Obama
Let it be said that Michelle Obama knows how to command a stage - at least a stage as small as the faux-kitchen-table set of ABC's "The View." During her guest-host turn on the women's talk show yesterday ... once settled in her seat, she briefly took over.

Why President Obama Could Lose Ohio & Florida
If Obama can close the deal out West -- winning back Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico while simply holding the states that went for Kerry in 2004 -- then he can win.

The Imperialist Right Threatens Obama on Iraq
The idea of linking Obama's troop withdrawal plan to the Iranian position in Iraq makes no sense objectively, but it is the logical political response by those who led the United States into a disastrous war.

John McCain, Torture Puppet
Beyond McCain's stunted historical memory, his outburst flies in the face of the evidence that the entire "War on Terror" imprisonment program has been both chronically brutal and irredeemably flawed.

To My Fellow Hillary Supporters: Why We Must Unify Behind Obama
If we want to enhance Hillary's legacies we must join her on the campaign trail for Barack Obama. Our country needs a Democratic president -- our future depends on it.

McCain: The Taxpayer-Friendly Candidate
The Republican candidate for president embraced low-tax-rate incentives to grow the economy, promising a combination of pro-growth tax reform and simplification along with significant spending restraint. He has called himself a foot soldier in the Reagan revolution. This tax speech clinches it.

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