Tuesday, June 3, 2008

6/3 Evening News: Historic - Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination

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Obama claims Democratic nomination
By doing so, he shattered a barrier more than two centuries old to become the first black candidate ever nominated by a major political party for the nation’s highest office.
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FOX: Obama Clinches Democratic Presidential Nomination
FOX Blog: Obama in St. Paul: “Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.”
FOX Blog: Barack Obama, Presumptive Nominee**
Politico: Obama locks in Democratic nomination
Newsweek: Obama seals nomination: 'This is our moment'
CNN: Obama claims Democratic nomination
TIME: In Speech, Obama Heals—Then Attacks
The Caucus: In New York, ‘It’s a Wonderful Day’
NYT: Obama Claims Nomination; First Black Candidate to Lead a Major Party Ticket

FULL SPEECH: Obama Declares Victory
"There are those who say that this primary has somehow left us weaker and more divided. Well I say that because of this primary, there are millions of Americans who have cast their ballot for the very first time...."

Obama’s moment: Key point in U.S. history
The principle that all men are created equal has never been more than a remote eventuality in the quest for the presidency. But with the Democratic nomination finally in Barack Obama's grasp, that ideal is no longer relegated to someday. Someday is now.

'I Will be Making No Decisions Tonight'
The day started with reports that Hillary Clinton would concede, followed shortly after by talk from the candidate herself that she'd consider accepting the No. 2 spot. Speaking at the end of the day in her adopted state, Clinton said that she would be “making no decisions tonight,”...
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Huff Post: Clinton Wants Private Meeting With Obama
Newsweek: In New York, Clinton Reflects on Her Historic Campaign--and Gestures Toward a Second Act

McCain Knocks Obama in Kickoff Speech
In a much-anticipated general election kickoff speech tonight, John McCain at once distanced himself from the current president, alluded to the Democrats' meandering path to the nomination, depicted Barack Obama as both inexperienced and beholden to special interests...
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Politico: McCain draws sharp contrast with Bush, Obama
CNN: McCain targets Obama in final primary night
NYT: McCain Distances Himself From Bush and Jabs Obama
Huff Post: The Lime Green Monster: McCain's Speech Widely Panned
Huff Post: McCain Tries Aggressively To Distance Himself From Bush In Speech Tonight

For Clinton, Now What?
Clinton said tonight she wants to take some time before making decisions and encouraged her supporters to e-mail their views. If they do, that would increase her bargaining clout with Obama over her future role in the campaign.
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Obama's Call to Clinton
Obama called and left a message for Clinton at 11:06 p.m. ET and congratulated her on her victory in South Dakota and asked her to call him back. (This was the full text of the article).

16 More Supers for Obama
Obama picked up 16 more superdelegates bunched in one fell swoop press release minutes after the polls closed in Montana. Note, the Obama campaign lists 26.5, but some we have reported earlier this evening.
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Obama Wins Montana, Gains 9 Supers
He also picks up nine more superdelegates: CA Christine Pelosi, GA Michael Thurmond, GA Jimmy Carter, CO Gov. Bill Ritter, MT Sen. Max Baucus, MT Sen. Jon Tester, MT Gov. Brian Schweitzer, MT Dennis McDonald, MT Margaret Campbell.

Clinton Donor Base Is Obama’s Next Prize
The Obama camp believes Clinton’s team could add a boost to the record amounts it is already raising.

Obama Camp Accuses GOP of Embracing Bush’s Divisive Tactics
The RNC hosted a call today featuring Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty as Barack Obama is set to his big victory rally tonight in St. Paul on the site of the GOP ‘08 Convention. Pawlenty told reporters he thought McCain would siphon away Clinton’s supporter who are “underwhelmed by Senator Obama” from the Democratic Party.

McCain Camp: Obama Too Liberal...And He Sides With Bush
Preempting Barack Obama's remarks tonight, the McCain campaign sent out a statement highlighting the fact that the Illinois Democrat had, on many occasions, voted in line with President Bush.

HRC Backer Launching VP Petition Drive
Clinton friend and supporter Lanny Davis is announcing this evening a petition drive to make Hillary Clinton the Democratic vice presidential nominee.
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FirstRead: Hillary Expresses Interest As Obama Veep
CNN Ticker: Source: Clinton raised VP issue

Obama Camp Not Likely To Announce VP Until July
As speculation about Hillary Clinton's vice presidential prospects reached near fever pitch this afternoon, it did so in the complete absence of any prodding, or even recognition, from the camp of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

Preston: Top Clinton supporters ready to help Obama
Over the next several days, one of the main questions will be how much help Hillary Clinton will offer Barack Obama in his effort to win back the White House, which has been under Republican control ever since her husband Bill Clinton left office in January 2001.

Obama Would Pass 2,210
The number floated by the Clinton campaign in recent weeks was 2,210 to nominate. Well, Barack Obama would have passed that threshold as well tonight. He would have 2,219.5 delegates...

Former President Carter says he will endorse Obama
"The fact is the Obama people already know they have my vote when the polls close tonight," Carter told The Associated Press after speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center Tuesday afternoon.

In the Name of Unity, Ausman Backs Clinton
"Sen. Obama's already got the nomination," Florida's Jon Ausman told NBC NEWS. "I want to send a small message with my half vote that we need to be unified."

McCain, Obama take to Lifetime to court military vote
John McCain and Barack Obama will make indirect pitches to women voters Wednesday, with both presumptive presidential nominees appearing in “salutes” to military families on the Lifetime Network.

As Democrat Race Ends, McCain Readies For General Election
As the Democratic primary season finally winds to a close tonight, John McCain is not willing to cede the spotlight to either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

Look familiar?
The new backdrop at McCain’s New Orleans rally tonight: “A Leader We Can Believe In.” Tweaked ever-so-slightly from his new Democratic rival.

McCain seeks Clinton voters
Minnesota governor says, “We think he's going to be able to compete for Sen. Clinton's supporters.”

Priest who mocked Clinton suspended from parish
Father Michael Pfleger was asked to "step back from his obligations" at St. Sabina's parish for two weeks, according to a statement by Archbishop Cardinal Francis George.
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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama 52%, Clinton 43% as Final Votes Cast
Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Barack Obama the choice of 52% of Democratic voters nationwide, while 43% prefer Hillary Clinton.

Poll: Clinton's Run Opens Doors For Women
Hillary Clinton's campaign as the first serious female contender for the Democratic presidential nomination represents a shattering of the glass ceiling in presidential politics, a new CBS News poll shows.

Dems split on whether party is divided, energized
Did the long Democratic primary season leave the party energized or divided? South Dakotans said it had energized the party by a 55 percent to 40 percent margin, with Obama's and Hillary Rodham Clinton's supporters expressing the same mostly positive outlook.

Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring
Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls:...

Schneider: On the final night, an exit poll first
A significant majority of voters – roughly seven in 10 – said both Democratic candidates were honest and trustworthy. It’s the final night of the primary season – but the first time that has happened since voting began in Iowa five months ago.

Schneider: South Dakota Dems want joint ticket
South Dakota’s Democrats seem to like the idea; according to early exit polls, 55 of them think Clinton should be on the ticket this fall, while 41 percent do not.

Schneider: The generation gap persists
The youngest voters, those aged 18-29, supported Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton, 65 to 35 percent. Voters 65 and older had the exact same level of support for Clinton, voting for her 65-35 percent over Obama.

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Commentaries
Obama: Finding bonds in different worlds
Now, Barack Obama, the one-time outsider who not long ago was knocking on doors and pounding the pavement just to get heard, is making history — the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and first black candidate representing a major party.

Pondering The Dream Ticket
With Barack Obama on the verge of becoming the presumptive nominee and Hillary Clinton’s flirtations with being “open” to joining the ticket, CBS News’ chief political consultant Marc Ambinder looks at the early dynamics around a possible “dream ticket”:...

Will Obama Pick Clinton for Vice President?
ABC News' Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos talked with "World News" anchor Charlie Gibson about the possibility of an Obama-Clinton ticket.

How the Primaries Rewrote the Script: Lessons for the Campaign Ahead
It was going to be short and simple: Hillary Clinton vs. Rudy Giuliani.

Obama's first test: Handling Hillary
The presumptive nominee may need to say no to his rival's push for the vice presidency.

Clinton Kabuki
Live from New York, it's the Democratic anti-mating dance!

A Sigh of Relief
On the plane to St. Paul, Minnesota, the inner circle could finally savor the historic nature of the victory at hand: the man they worked for was about to become the first African-American candidate ever to top a major-party ticket. Staffers began to hug and joke.

McCain's Growing Pains
But even when he gets the big crowds, McCain’s campaign has struggled to deal with them logistically. Almost 2,000 people showed up to hear McCain’s speech tonight in New Orleans, which was booked in a smallish convention facility near the airport.

In the Big Easy, McCain Welcomes Obama to the Big Show
With the Democratic race effectively over, John McCain was in New Orleans Tuesday night, delivering a primetime speech aimed not only at attracting some crucial TV airtime for his campaign but framing the issues he'll use to fight Barack Obama...

Inside Clinton's Vice Presidential Campaign
As Hillary Clinton signals this evening in New York that she will start to wind down her presidential campaign, behind the scenes, her next political push--a bid for the vice presidency--is already up and running.

Another Clinton Clue? The Baruch-Barack Connection
As eagle-eyed Stumper reader Steven Cooke notes, Hillary Clinton's choice of venue for tonight's celebration--Manhattan's Baruch College--is pretty intriguing. Why? "After all the fuss that has been made about Obama's name," he writes, "it seems fittingly ironic that Hillary would choose Baruch College for her celebration, Baruch being a variant of Barack both meaning 'blessed.'"

Analysis: What does Hillary want? Respect and more
What does Hillary want? The former first lady wants campaign donations to forgive her debt. And she will press her case for relevancy at the risk of widening the divide between Barack Obama's supporters and her older, whiter, working-class coalition.

Blitzer: Did the primary season strengthen Obama – or weaken him?
Many political observers believe Obama is a stronger candidate today than he was a year ago. He has certainly improved his campaigning and debating skills. He’s learned a great deal. In short, he’s honed his skills and has improved his game.

Cafferty: Best way for Dems to unite for November?
It was five months ago today that an unknown black senator rode into the all-white state of Iowa and absolutely ruined Hillary Clinton’s day. And the day after. And the day after that. And pretty much every day since.

Next on Agenda Is Clinton’s Role
Barack Obama must work to repair relations with Hillary Rodham Clinton and her supporters and decide whether to offer her a spot on the ticket.

Calm in the Swirl of History
Barack Obama is a protean figure who inspires devotion in his supporters but remains inscrutable to critics.

McCain Will Not Change or Reform Washington
As a reformer who has watched McCain over the past 12 years, and very closely over the past 12 months, this is complete you-know-what.

Allison Herwitt: Exposing John McCain's Record of Opposing the Interests of GLBT Americans
John McCain is anti-gay and despite his pretenses toward moderation and tolerance, he is just as dangerous for gays as George W. Bush.

Straight Talk on the Stakes
The fundamental choice is whether Americans want once more to enlist in the neo-conservative's imperial mission, or focus on making America strong from the inside out.

How Obama Won and Clinton Lost
This is a race that Clinton could have won and should have won, and came very close. The following is my attempt at explaining what happened.

President Barack Obama
It's a new day in America. I am confident that we will unite behind the popular delegate winner, Barack Obama -- and tonight I pledge my DNC superdelegate vote to him.

This Primary Campaign Has Brought Out The Best And Worst In Me
I have and will continue to maintain that I've gotten much more out of this process than Obama. Yet I have at times felt driven to lash out in ways that expose the limits of my own ability to communicate.

Clintonism: A Post-Mortem
Hillary Clinton will graciously assume her new role campaigning for the Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, and we can look forward to her return to the Senate. Clintonism, however, is dead.

Obama, Clinton and Anger to Burn
This year offers an electoral opportunity to get out the fire hoses and douse the pyromaniacs of the GOP. But the long Obama-Clinton battle has depleted precious time with little good to show for it.

Is McCain Building An Iran War Drum?
Kowtowing to an Israeli fear of Iran, McCain used the AIPAC forum to reinforce his three most dubious and dangerous policy claims and beat the drums of war.

So ... President Obama or President McCain? Predictions, Predictions...
Soon, very soon, we'll finally lurch into the general election campaign. So where to now? Not surprisingly, there are any number of predictions available.

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