Monday, June 23, 2008

6/23 Evening News: Obama: I Support Equal Pay, McCain Does Not

News Items
Obama tells women he supports equal pay
Democrat Barack Obama, determined to win over female voters, talked Monday about the women who helped shape his life in arguing that he would be a better proponent of equal pay than Republican John McCain.
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Obama corners the market in Hollywood
Barack Obama's gala fundraiser Tuesday will attract the mandatory lineup of big-screen talent and boldface names ... and confirm again that the entertainment industry remains one of the most reliable and abundant sources of Democratic campaign cash.

Former rivals to meet in Unity, N.H.
The location, announced Monday, was chosen not only for the symbolism of its name, but because each candidate received exactly 107 votes there in the Jan. 8 primary.
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CNN: Obama and Clinton to appear in Unity, New Hampshire
CBS FtR: Obama, Clinton To Campaign Together Friday In New Hampshire
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FirstRead: Obama, Clinton: A Place Called Unity
Politico: Clinton, Obama to campaign in Unity, N.H.

Obama campaign retires altered presidential seal
A presidential seal graphically altered with symbols representing Barack Obama's campaign of change was just for one-time use and will not be used again, a spokeswoman for the Democrat's campaign said Monday.
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FOX: Obama Camp Drops Familiar ‘Presidential Seal’
FOX Blog: Obama Seal No More?
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Biden: Don't Ask…But If You Do, I'll Say "Yes"
On Sunday's "Meet The Press," Delaware Sen. Joe Biden gave an interesting response to what has become the question of the season: Would he like to serve as a vice-presidential candidate? Biden said that he does not want to be offered the job, but if he were asked, he'd have to accept.
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Obama camp hits McCain on offshore drilling
Barack Obama's campaign launched a broad swipe at rival John McCain's record on energy policy Monday, taking aim at the Arizona senator for appearing to reverse his position on offshore oil drilling.

Obama Faces the Tough Economic Questions
A staged Obama campaign event offered a glimpse onto one of the realities of the American economy.

Some Muslim Americans Feel Shunned by Obama
Barack Obama has visited churches and synagogues, but he has yet to appear at a mosque, and many Muslim Americans who embraced his candidacy feel slighted.
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Gas at $4 brings promises, pandering
Like two rival filling-station owners across the highway in long-bygone price wars, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain keep putting up flashy signs and offering new incentives in hopes of attracting customers battered by $4 gas prices.

Energy Focus on the Trail
For right now, the focus for John McCain and Barack Obama, as well as an assorted cast of surrogates and spokespeople, is on energy. Both candidates want to own this issue and present new ideas and leadership to address short and long-term relief from soaring energy costs.

McCain Adviser Regrets Seeing 'Advantage' in Terror Attack
McCain adviser Charlie Black expressed regret Monday for telling Fortune Magazine that a terrorist attack on U.S. soil would be "a big advantage" for the presumptive Republican nominee."Certainly it would be a big advantage to him," Black told Fortune Magazine.
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FOX: McCain Adviser Apologizes for Remark That Terror Attack Would be ‘Big Advantage’

McCain Web Ad Pushes "Energy Security"
John McCain's campaign has released a stark new minute-long, web-only ad called "Energy Security" in which the candidate lays out his "plans to move America forward toward energy independence," in the words of a campaign release.

McCain Says Head Bandage Result of Car Door, Not Cancer
Sen. John McCain sported a bandage atop his head after a run-in with an automobile rooftop. The Republican presidential candidate said he banged his head while getting out of his vehicle during a visit to Canada last Friday.
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The McCain Veepwatch, Vol. 4: Tim Pawlenty
Despite the faddish feel of the current Pawlenty chatter, he's long been considered a top veep possibility for McCain. The Minnesota gov was one of the first high-profile pols to endorse McCain's second White House bid.

McCain Earns May Fundraising Draw
While you were out (hopefully) enjoying the first weekend of summer, the campaigns released their latest fundraising reports. And it turns out that May might be considered a bad fundraising month for Barack Obama – that is, if $23.3 million raised counts as "bad."

Five Things You May Not Know About McCain
In the minds of some observers of the political scene, it could be argued that John McCain's run for the presidency runs afoul of the Constitution. And, in his younger days, McCain's nickname was "Punk."

Clintons Return from Vacation, Bill Barely Mentions Obama in Public Statements
In a speech before the U.S. Conference of Mayors, former President Bill Clinton only mentioned Obama once, and that was just to say he was pleased to hear Obama was going to support the COPS program, which Clinton signed into law.

It's back to work for Clinton
Clinton, who formally ended her presidential bid two weeks ago, is set to return to the Senate Tuesday — the first time in over 17 months the New York Democrat will set foot in the chamber not being a candidate for president.

Clinton Asks Donors To Help Pay Down Debt
Hillary Clinton has taken to the internet to ask supporters to help with the more than $22.5 million in unpaid campaign debts — $12 million of which is owed to the candidate herself.
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China quandary will confront next president
We begin with China, the world’s most populous nation, the fastest growing large economy, and the host of the Olympics in August. China is both America’s second largest trading partner and a growing military rival to the United States.

Publisher of 2004 ‘Unfit’ Kerry Book to Run New Obama Tome
The publishing house that put out a 2004 book critical of Sen. John Kerry’s military service is planning a new tome that takes a similar approach toward Barack Obama.

Presidential candidates all a twitter
The McCain and Obama campaigns are participating in the first ever presidential TWITTER debate. is a micro-blogging website that allows it’s users to stay in constant communication by sending instant messages known as “tweets”. It’s free, and open to anyone.

Impossible: Finding An Expert Who Says McCain's Energy Plan Provides Short-Term Relief
The Huffington Post took on the task of finding an expert who thought that Americans would, within the next decade, receive relief at the pump from McCain's plan.

RNC Retains $50 Million Cash Advantage Over DNC
Here are some new fundraising numbers that complicate the notion that Obama will have an enormous fundraising advantage over McCain this fall: The Republican National Committee now has $50 million more on hand than its Dem counterpart.

Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 46%, McCain 43%
Barack Obama maintains a slim advantage over John McCain in the latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report, 46% to 43%.

Election 2008: Utah Presidential Election
John McCain has a comfortable lead over Barack Obama of 52% to 33% in Utah, according to the first Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of the state's voters this year.

Election 2008: Pennsylvania Presidential Election
Barack Obama has now taken a four-point lead over John McCain in Pennsylvania 46% to 42%, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of state voters.

Election 2008: New Mexico Presidential Election
The presidential race in New Mexico has changed little over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 47% to 39%.

A cult of presidential personality
In a survey that compares candidates with celebrities based on five character traits--namely, how articulate, intelligent, confident, experienced and influential they are perceived to be--Barack Obama's second-closest match was Reagan.

Most Still See United States as Land of Opportunity
Fifty-five percent (55%) of American adults say that just about anyone who really wants to work can find a job in the United States. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 31% disagree.

Blitzer: Polls show Obama, McCain strong on different issues
In some of the more recent public opinion polls, Barack Obama comes out doing much better than John McCain on several domestic issues. McCain, on the other hand, does better when it comes to the war on terror.

Election Enthusiasm Dips After Primaries
A new poll finds a sharp drop in voter enthusiasm -- 48% of registered voters say they are "more enthusiastic than usual about voting," compared with 63% who said this in a poll conducted just after the Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses in early February.

Poll: Obama's candidacy not affected by racial divide
An ABC/Washington Post poll conducted June 12-15 indicates that roughly three in ten Americans express “less racially sensitive views,” such as having some feelings of prejudice or generally believing that African-Americans in their communities do not experience discrimination.

The Enthusiasm Gap
But the most revealing numbers in the survey were the ones measuring voter enthusiasm: 61% of Democrats said they were more enthusiastic than usual about voting in this year's election, while just 35% of Republicans said that.

Are You Experienced?
I'm not here to refute all of that: John McCain is 25 years older than Barack Obama, and he always will be. But here's something I bet you didn't know: If Obama becomes president, he will have spent more time serving as a state legislator (eight years) than anyone who has occupied the White House since Abraham Lincoln.

The Body Politic
But while each of these methods has its merits, we here at Stumper headquarters have decided--for today at least--to use a different yardstick to determine who will emerge victorious on Nov. 4: The candidates' physical attributes.

Graham: Obama Policy Is 'No' To Energy Challenge
Speaking Monday on a McCain campaign conference call on energy policy, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, alleged that the Democratic rival fails to respond to the "great challenge" of energy independence and "just says no to everything."

Rove: Obama is 'Coolly Arrogant'
"Even if you never met him, you know this guy," Rove said, per Christianne Klein. "He's the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by."

Obama Brand: Truth or Consequences
I believe Obama and his campaign made a blunder flip flopping on public campaign finance for the general election.

Cafferty: Will Barr take conservative votes from McCain?
Republicans have something else to worry about besides the war in Iraq, the economy and President Bush. Former Republican congressman Bob Barr is running as a Libertarian candidate for president. Some in the GOP are worried Barr's candidacy will take away conservative votes from John McCain.

Commentary: Can Obama's money buy him love?
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama has proven he's "better, stronger, faster" than any other Democrat in the race. He's the Six-Hundred Million Dollar Man.

Does Obama need to reintroduce himself to voters?
After a 16-month long primary campaign, you’d think voters would already have a pretty good idea about who Barack Obama is. But not so fast. Now that Obama has wrapped up the Democratic nomination he’s taking the time to reintroduce himself to the American people.

Commentary: How to fix our broken immigration system
In a recent commentary, I spelled out what bothers many Hispanics about the immigration debate. In response, many readers demanded to know -- for all my criticisms -- how I would go about fixing our broken immigration system. I thought they'd never ask.

The evolution of John McCain
As a maverick Senator, he took pride in just saying no to everyone's wish list. But as a presidential contender, he's become a tax cutter and defender of home mortgages. The inside story of how the candidate is shaping his plan to fix the economy.

McCain Disavows Top Adviser -- But Said the Same Thing in December
Following the tragic assassination of Benazir Bhutto last December, McCain struck the same note his top adviser Charlie Black recently made.

Obama's Best Choice for Veep? Elizabeth Edwards
As a woman, she will help lure female Democrats, as a southerner, she'll help Obama win a few battleground states, and as a cancer survivor, she'll help shine a light on McCain's abysmal health plan.

Sen. Lindsey Graham Flacks McCain, Offers Hysterical Histrionics On Meet The Press
Consider this Graham's audition reel for Days Of Our Lives, where he insists that "The reason John McCain is going to beat him is because John has put the country ahead of the desire to win."

The Politics of Identity Politics
After an ABC/Washington Post survey created a thoroughly bunk way of measuring how racist white American voters actually are, many of the poll's conclusions are completely useless.

John McCain's Contorted Position on the Environment
McCain's shameless flip-flop on offshore drilling marks just the latest backtrack in a long series of environmental policy revisions by the presumptive Republican nominee.

Ask Not Why Hillary Lost, But Why Barack Won
The emerging Democratic coalition has two elements that have produced all of America's earlier realignments: a new generation of voters and a new communication technology that mobilizes.

Asking The Bombers To Try Again
Because we treated the 1993 WTC bombing as simply a crime, our investigation was slow, sluggish and constrained by the need to acquire admissible evidence to convict the terrorists.

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