Monday, June 9, 2008

6/9 Evening News: Obama Hits McCain on the Economy

News Items
Obama hits McCain on economy, gas prices
The presidential campaign's focus turned sharply to the economy Monday, an inopportune time for Republican John McCain as Americans cope with record-high gasoline prices and a spike in job losses.
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Candidates Focus on Economy…as Gas Prices Soar
CBS FtR: Obama Hits McCain on the Economy
FOX Blog: Obama Hits McCain Hard on Economy
The Caucus: Obama Deals With Economy and McCain’s Views
NYT: With Fall Vote in View, Obama Assails McCain on Economy
Financial Times: Obama calls McCain tax plans ‘outrageous’
CNN: Obama: Give economy $50 billion boost
FirstRead: Obama Blasts McCain on the Economy
FirstRead: Solutions in Speeches?
TIME: What Is Obama's Economic Plan?

Obama Camp Reaches Out To Clinton Fundraisers
Now that Hillary Clinton has called on her supporters to rally around presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, Obama's campaign is trying to win over some of Clinton's biggest financial backers.

Obama’s VP Team Makes Capitol Hill Stop
Two members of Barack Obama’s vice presidential-vetting team met separately Monday with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, surfacing publicly for the first time since they were tapped to help the Democratic presidential contender select a running mate.
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Obama's VP team raises 'a lot of names' on Capitol Hill
CNN: Sources: Obama's team to start VP search

Obama Takes Fire Over Adviser’s Relationship to Home Lender
A prominent adviser to Barack Obama drew criticism from the Republican party Monday over a loan deal with Countrywide Financial Corp., a company at the center of the subprime lending debacle.

Obama Camp Calls McCain Criticism “Height of Hypocrisy”
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for the McCain campaign to try and make this an issue when John Green, one of John McCain’s top advisors, lobbied for Ameriquest, which was one of the nation’s largest subprime lenders and a key player in the mortgage crisis.
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McCain hits Obama on Johnson “contradiction”
Politico: McCain criticizes mortgage deal

Obama/Edwards Partnership?
When talking about his health care plan, Obama gestured towards Mrs. Edwards and told the approving crowd, “By the way, I’m gonna be partnering up with Elizabeth Edwards. We’re gonna be figuring all this out.”

Democratic Party: Obama can win Virginia
The Democratic National Committee e-mailed a memo to national reporters Monday outlining why the state of Virginia and its 13 electoral votes could fall into Democratic hands in November, a sign that ... Barack Obama genuinely believes they can turn the state blue...

Obama's Own Pitch to Evangelicals
With the news out today that McCain might have some challenges ahead in courting evangelical voters, we totally missed this Friday piece by CBN's David Brody, who wrote that Obama is planning to unveil his outreach program to younger evangelicals and Catholics.
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CBN: EXCLUSIVE: Obama Campaign will Launch 'Joshua Generation Project'

Evangelical plans lawsuit over new Obama outreach effort
A conservative Christian activist is planning to sue Barack Obama’s campaign over the name of its ambitious new program aimed at evangelical and Catholic young people.

Obama's hip hello
Fist pound catches on as Easley gets in on the act.

McCain opens fundraiser to media
Republican John McCain reversed course Monday and allowed the media into a private fundraiser where he chided Democratic rival Barack Obama for his reluctance to agree to a series of joint town-hall meetings.
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FirstRead: McCain's Richmond Fundraiser

McCain Hits Obama For Dodging Town Hall, Says He's Using Google To Find VP
John McCain told a small crowd of fundraisers that Barack Obama “has obviously not accepted” his invitation to a town hall meeting in New York City on Thursday. McCain made the remarks at the first fundraiser that his campaign has opened to the media.

McCain's Strategy Briefing
Though campaign manager Rick Davis admits McCain has to reckon with "the worst [environment] in our party's history," the campaign takes solace in its finding that "...people perceive McCain’s political ideology to be closer to their own than they do Barack Obama’s ideology."
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McCain campaign: We'll win where Clinton did

McCain: Obama Means Second Carter Term
In an interview to air later tonight on Nightly News, McCain tells NBC's Brian Williams that while Obama might criticize him for representing a third Bush term, Obama seems to be running for a second Carter term. Part of the transcript...
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Playing the Carter card

Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against McCain
"Seven of McCain's staff and fundraisers lobbied for Airbus," an announcer says in the spot. "McCain got more money from Airbus' U.S. executives than any other politician. And guess what? John McCain intervened, which helped Airbus get that Pentagon contract."
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FOX: Public Financing Advocacy Group Files FEC Complaint Against McCain

McCain says using Google to vet VP candidates
Republican presidential candidate John McCain joked on Monday that Google, the popular Internet search engine, had made investigating his list of potential candidates a little bit easier.

McCain resurrects call for gas tax holiday
With gas prices reaching a national average of four dollars a gallon — a record high — John McCain is planning to resurrect his call for a national gas tax holiday, which became a staple of his stump speech in late April and early May.

Record gas prices could hurt McCain
With confidence in U.S. energy policy at a record low, voters don’t trust the GOP or its presidential candidate.

McCain incorrectly denies criticizing media's Clinton coverage
Sen. John McCain incorrectly denied this weekend that he had made a remark criticizing media coverage of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid during his election night speech near New Orleans, telling an interviewer that he was “not in the business of commenting on the press.” But the presumptive Republican nominee had delivered the comment in question.
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FirstRead:
McCain Did Criticize the Press

Grumbling Clinton supporters make Democrats nervous
As Clinton wrapped up her remarks Saturday in Washington with a plea for supporters to work "as hard for Barack Obama as you have for me," many were posting messages saying they would never vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Laura Bush applauds Clinton, has advice for Michelle Obama
Bush also defended Michelle Obama over a controversial comment that drew criticism from many conservative pundits – but offered caution for the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama.

Clinton on Clearance
Hillary's campaign gear has depreciated since she suspended her campaign on Saturday. Check out the sale rack at the Richmond, Va. hotel where John McCain held his morning fundraiser today.

Report: Clinton able to continue run by postponing debt repayment
Sen. Hillary Clinton was able to continue her presidential run until the end of the primary season in large part because of generous creditors who allowed her to postpone repayment of her debts, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

CNN projects: Who's ahead in the fight for the Electoral College?
Today, CNN unveils the first of many CNN Electoral Maps of the 2008 general election. It is based on analysis from the CNN Political Unit and takes into account a number of factors, including polling, state voting trends, ad spending, candidate visits...

2 million poll workers wanted for November elections
States and counties are putting out "help wanted" signs five months before Election Day in hopes of finding hundreds of thousands of younger, tech-savvy poll workers needed to handle an expected record turnout.

Army Prominent in Iraq, Afghanistan, But Not in Campaigns
Neither John McCain nor Barack Obama has any prominent Army officials advising him, even though the nation is fighting two ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, wars in which the Army is integral.

German Dollmaker Offers Barack Obama Doll
A German dollmaker has added a 14-inch (36-centimeter) Barak Obama, complete with pale blue tie and Stars & Stripes lapel pin, to his lineup in honor of the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee.

Housing Bill Creates National Fingerprint Registry
Sens. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) authored a bill (with 11 co-sponsors, including Sen. Barack Obama) that was incorporated into a housing bill passed by the Senate Banking Committee 19-2 before the Memorial Day recess...

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Takes Lead Over McCain, 48% to 42%
Barack Obama is enjoying a modest bump in support following Hillary Clinton's exit from the presidential race. The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking update finds Obama leading Republican John McCain, 48% to 42%, among registered voters nationwide.

Polls suggest mixed effects of Clinton on ticket
Lots of Democrats love Hillary Rodham Clinton. Yet plenty of Republicans, conservatives and all-important independents can't stand her, suggesting possible pitfalls for Barack Obama should he make her his vice presidential running mate.

Nader Shows Strength In Poll
When pollsters asked not just about Obama and McCain but also Libertarian party candidate Bob Barr and independent Ralph Nader, Obama led 47 percent to 43 percent, with Barr taking two percent and Nader taking six percent.

Election 2008: Wisconsin Presidential Election
Wisconsin has been agonizingly close in recent Presidential elections and current polling data suggests it’s likely to be a very competitive state again in November 2008.

Public Perceptions of Obama and McCain Shifting Rapidly
A similar pattern is seen for John McCain. The presumptive Republican nominee was seen as politically conservative by 31% of all voters in December, by 41% in April, and by 67% today. Just 19% say he is Very Conservative.

Most Say Race Will Not Be a Factor in Their Presidential Vote
A large majority of blacks, 78%, and an even larger majority of whites, 88%, say the fact that Barack Obama is black makes no difference in terms of their likelihood of voting for him for president.

Are women shunning Obama? Pollster says no
Are women a big problem for Obama? Maybe not. At least one poll shows rapid recent movement to Obama overall among Democrats, including women.

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Commentaries
What the Official Obama and McCain Blogs Reveal About Election 2008
I bring this up today because John McCain just launched his own blog, the McCain Report--and the differences between the two sites say a lot about the character and, I think, electoral chances of the two campaigns.

Right, Left and Idiotic
Thankfully, FOX News's E.D. Hill has finally come to the rescue. In a segment this afternoon dedicated exclusively to the Obamas' much-buzzed-about maneuver ... Hill reports that we may have actually witnessed--wait for it--a "terrorist fist jab."

Also, He Dug Up Lake Michigan as a Drinking Hole for His Giant Blue Ox
The Beltway lovefest is nothing compared to the coverage of Obama in Africa, where the Illinois senator is apparently seen less as a candidate for office than a colossus striding across the American continent, brushing his cowering opponents aside with a single sweep of his hand.

Did Clinton Damage "Glass Ceiling"?
Clinton was referring to the approximate number of votes she got in the course of the primary campaign. So, how much damage did Clinton's campaign truly inflict on the "glass ceiling"?

The Clinton Campaign and the Media
We want to incorporate your thoughts into our examination of this topic; most helpful will be comments that are concise and cite specific examples.

Behind the Scenes: Is Barack Obama black or biracial?
Included in the multiracial category is the Democratic presumptive nominee, Sen. Barack Obama. With a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, Obama is the nation's first biracial candidate for president.

Blitzer: Many of Clinton's supporters are still angry
There is no doubt that many of Hillary Clinton’s most passionate supporters remain very angry right now. They are especially angry over the way they believe their candidate was treated by some of Barack Obama’s supporters and the news media.

Cafferty: How can Obama win over Clinton supporters?
Hillary Clinton may be out of the race, but that doesn't mean her supporters are automatically going to flock to Barack Obama. Not by a long shot.

Jim Goldgeier and Derek Chollet: The (Bill) Clinton Legacy
Free trade, democracy promotion, and use of force comprised the core of Clinton's foreign policy -- and Obama falls squarely within this tradition. Yet these positions will be even harder for him to maintain.

It's Not the Size of the Government, It's How You Use It
Framing Obama and McCain's environmental positions as a choice between more or less government is a red herring. Governments always shape energy markets -- the question is how to do it better.

Moving Pictures Move Left
Our goal is to engage young voters, providing them with the sort of entertaining content that reminds them that being a Democratic is "cool:" the sort that they are willing to spread virally online.

Barack Obama's Real Problem with the Jewish Vote
Lost in all the noise about Obama's supposed problems winning Jewish support is that he is winning this group by nearly 2-1. Obama should wish for such problems with Christian voters as well.

Barack Obama, Bobby Kennedy's Historical Heir
Kennedy was a dreamer and a social justice visionary. Kennedy lived and breathed the rough and raw world of politics and power, which Obama mastered in the tough training grounds of Chicago and Springfield.

Barack, Hillary, Jack and Bobby
Barack's more like Jack than Bobby: Both built campaigns on an undifferentiated idealism and sheer personal magnetism. Both are post ideological figures who belie cultural stereotypes.

Getting Down With the Oldies! Dancefest at McCain Headquarters
But really, McCain staffers: about that song choice -- couldn't you do better than "Take a Chance On Me" to woo women voters? There are so many better choices from ABBA's ouevre.

The Other Math: How the Democratic Race Was Really Won
Clinton's followers, feeling the audacity of plagiarism, adopt, "Yes, we will" as their rallying cry: + 50 Clinton delegates believing in change you can Xerox.

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