Monday, June 9, 2008

6/9 Morning News: Shifting to the Economy

News Items
Obama heads for GOP areas talking economics
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama began on Monday searching for votes in Republican strongholds and other battleground states, aiming to draw sharp contrasts with opponent John McCain — especially on the struggling U.S. economy.
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The Caucus: The Early Word: Duel Over the Economy
FOX: Obama Heads for Republican Turf With Economic Message

McCain reaches out but evangelicals still wary
But Ms. Viars, who is among a cluster of socially conservative activists in Ohio being courted by Senator John McCain ’s campaign through regular e-mail messages, is taking a wait-and-see attitude for now toward Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.
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McCain's Evangelical Problem

GOP Insiders Worry About McCain's Chances
For four months John McCain had a clear field while Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were at each other's throats. Given the opportunity, the Arizona Senator failed to define the debate in favorable terms...

John McCain's Ohio disconnect
Republican Party machinery in the state helped get President Bush into office, but it's not firing yet on McCain's behalf.

Hillary Clinton sees new push to pick her for vice president
Potential running mates hit the talk shows in waves Sunday to tout their bona fides and abilities to help Barack Obama or John McCain woo disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters.

First lady admires Clinton's 'grit and strength'
First lady Laura Bush said Monday she admired the "grit and strength" Hillary Rodham Clinton demonstrated in the Democratic Party's long, hard-fought primaries, but said she would want to see a Republican woman as president.
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ABC: Laura Bush Praises Hillary's 'Grit and Strength'

Clinton Supporters Lament Campaign Exit
Their wake-like ceremony for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign involved all the usual stages of grief, from denial to depression and from anger to acceptance.

Clinton's supporters still wary of Obama
Harper was impressed by Clinton's empathy for the struggling middle class and said she would have voted for her this fall. But now that Barack Obama has sewn up the Democratic nomination, Harper isn't sure whom to support.

Rivals Give Mike a NY Nix
Barack Obama and John McCain don't agree on much, but they came together yesterday to reject an invitation from Mayor Bloomberg and ABC News to host a town-hall meeting in Manhattan.

Top Talent Scout for Obama Tied to Subprime Lender
James Johnson, one of three people tapped by Mr. Obama recently to oversee the search for his running mate, took at least five real estate loans totaling more than $7 million from Countrywide Financial Corp.

Superdelegate Mahoney stays uncommitted
Unless some compelling need arises for his services as a superdelegate, he says, he'd rather skip the convention to spend time in his congressional district.

Voter Attitudes On Race Eyed In Key States
Joyce Susick is the type of voter who might carry Barack Obama to the White House - or keep him out. A registered Democrat in a highly competitive state, she is eager to replace George W. Bush, whom she ranks among the worst presidents ever. There's just one problem.

Old Partisan Gulf Is Back, Broad and Looming Large
Strange as it sounds, the first five months of the 2008 campaign lacked the most powerful force in contemporary politics: partisanship fueled by ideology.

Each Party Is Set to Hunt The Other's Usual Ground
The 2008 general election will pit the best-organized nomination campaign in the history of modern Democratic politics against the battle-tested machinery of the Republican Party, with both Obama and McCain determined to shake up an electoral map that has been virtually static...

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Monday shows Barack Obama attracts 48% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%.

77% Like McCain Proposal for Ten Town Hall Debates
Seventy-seven percent (77%) of voters nationwide say John McCain’s call for a series of ten Town Hall debates is a good idea.

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Commentaries
Obama's campaign chief: low profile, high impact
Baseball and politics are two of David Plouffe's passions. So it was natural that his love for one game reinforced something that proved crucial in the other: Singles can score runs.

FirstThoughts: It's the Economy, Stupid?
But ask yourself this question: If the beginning of this presidential campaign had been framed by the economy -- and not Iraq -- would either Obama or McCain be their respective party nominees?

McCain and Obama have long, busy summers
While many people will work on their tans this summer, or on summer reading lists or on not working too hard, two exceptions — John McCain and Barack Obama — and their underlings will be working. Working industriously on an election that only one can win.

Campaign Adds to Complicated Clinton Legacy
While Mrs. Clinton could yet emerge as this year’s vice-presidential nominee, a major chapter in their vertiginous public biography was closed when Mrs. Clinton conceded the Democratic presidential nomination ... The Clintons’ complicated legacy is all the more complicated now.

With Clinton, end of line for a woman who 'is the line'
Her presidential campaign undoubtedly broke ground. But what does it mean for the future of women and politics?

The Great Mentioner at Work
Strickland, Warner, Webb, Schweitzer, Kaine, Clark, Dodd, Nunn, Sebelius. Who does Barack want?

Feeling Hillary's Pain
And yet history strongly suggests that Hillary Clinton is in for a tough time. Whether it is called "decompression" or, perhaps more honestly, depression, the crash is almost inevitable.

The Note: Fall Guys
One exit -- even the biggest of the big ones, with all appropriate grace and sincerity -- changes so much yet so little. So, herewith eight foolproof assertions for this first full week of the general election...

How Will Good News in Iraq Affect Obama Vs. McCain?
But the recent spurt of good news out of Iraq -- from the drop in American casualties to the increasing political stability of the Maliki government -- presents new challenges for both candidates and could change the dynamic of the race.

Starting Gate: That Sinking Ceiling
The former first lady’s exits the stage with a decidedly double-sided legacy. There was the good: Here was an historic run that energized the party, garnered 18 million votes, and – as Clinton suggested in a speech that referenced the new cracks in “that highest, hardest glass ceiling“ – made the prospect of a female president far more feasible.

McCain and Obama: The odd candidates
To understand the stylistic gulf between Barack Obama and John McCain, first consider their cultural references.

A Campaign We Can Believe In?
Hillary Clinton’s concession speech Saturday was the story of the weekend. But the dueling speeches by John McCain and Barack Obama on Tuesday night, after the last primaries, are what voters — and campaign operatives — should be revisiting.

Will Clinton take the blame if Obama falls?
In classic Washington finger-pointing style, the Democratic primary is only barely over but the recriminations are already being teed up.

Commentary: Latinos will vote for Obama
For the last six months, one of the media's most convenient -- and offensive -- narratives has been that Latinos wouldn't vote for Barack Obama because they refused to support an African-American for president.

Analysis: What's next for Bill Clinton?
The 42nd president's reputation as a master politician and respected elder statesman has been damaged. Some Clinton partisans are privately grumbling that he helped sink his wife's presidential campaign.

The Primary is O-V-E-R
It's tough for Obama supporters to look back on some of the work around here, I understand. But that's what happens in hard contests when you believe in different candidates.

Obama vs. McCain: The First Networked Campaign
If this is the first Networked campaign, McCain is looking like a digital tourist and Obama is looking like a man who knows and respects the conventions of digital life in the 21st Century.

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