Tuesday, July 1, 2008

7/1 Evening News: Obama Responds (Again) to Clark Comments

News Items
Obama: Clark's Critique Not a Swiftboat
“I don’t think that General Clark you know had the same intent as the swift boat ads that we saw four years ago, I reject that analogy,” Obama said curtly back to the allegation by a reporter.
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CBS FtR: Obama Dismisses Questions on Clark
FOX: Obama Weighs in on Clark’s Controversial Comments
CNN: Obama: Clark just 'somebody on a cable show'
FirstRead: Obama Calls Clark's Comments 'Inartful'
FirstRead: McCain Camp: Obama's 'Wink and Nod'

Obama discusses his chat Bill Clinton
In Obama's first comments about his widely-covered phone conversation with the former president Monday morning, the Illinois senator said the two did not dwell on the prolonged and at times divisive primary race.
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The Caucus:
Obama's Chat With Bill Clinton

Powell meets with McCain and Obama
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who remains a popular figure among Democrats and Republicans, recently sat down with both presidential candidates, CNN has confirmed.

Obama not running as movement
Obama, showing he intends to win, rejects the Dean example of campaigning as leader of a movement.

Veepstakes Update: Obama on Sebelius
“I love Kathleen Sebelius. I think she is as talented a public official as there is right now. Integrity. Competence. She can work with all people of all walks of life, but I promised that I am not going to say anything about my vice president until I actually introduce my vice president.”

Obama Moves on MoveOn
That last clause is a direct shot at the liberal group MoveOn.org, which greeted Gen. David Petraeus’ congressional testimony last fall with a full-page ad in The New York Times that asked the question: “General Petraeus or General Betray Us?"
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The Caucus: Obama Backlash in His Online Backyard

Obama Advisers Differ Over Flexibility of Troop Withdrawal Plan
Two key Barack Obama advisers seemed to differ Tuesday on how willing the presumptive Democratic nominee would be to tweak his plan to withdraw troops from Iraq.

Obama works to mobilize 'Christian left'
Democrats have usually conceded the evangelical vote during presidential elections, but Sen. Barack Obama is trying to change that by mobilizing what some call the "Christian left."
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NYT:
Obama Wants to Expand Role of Religious Groups

Report: NRA to Launch Ads Against Obama, Depicting Him as ‘Bitter’
The National Rifle Association plans to spend $40 million this election year, with $15 million dedicated to depicting Barack Obama as “bitter” toward guns and as a challenger to the Second Amendment, Politico.com reports.

Obama Camp Slams McCain on Trade
As presumptive Republican nominee McCain headed to Latin America today after an event in Indianapolis, the Obama camp hosted a conference call to criticize him for what it called failed trade policies.

McCain quietly courts Christian conservatives
It is a group McCain has sought to make inroads with the last few years. He started in 2006, backing off a statement from his 2000 presidential bid that Jerry Falwell was one of politics' "agents of intolerance" and giving the commencement address at the pastor's ... University.

McCain Accepts Swift Boaters' Money
Now USA Today reports that McCain "has accepted nearly $70,000 for his presidential campaign from the top donors of the group" and their relatives.

In challenge to McCain, majority against free trade
As John McCain prepares to promote the advantages of free trade during a high-profile trip to Colombia and Mexico, a poll released Tuesday suggests the issue may pose a political hurdle for the Arizona senator as the general election campaign heats up.

McCain criticizes Obama's high court favorites
Republican John McCain said Tuesday that his Democratic rival's Supreme Court nominees would produce more decisions like the child rapist ruling that both presidential candidates have criticized.
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CBS FtR: McCain Jabs Obama at Sheriffs' Conference
The Caucus: McCain Warns of an Obama Court

McCain surrogate slams Clark's NATO record
As John McCain’s campaign continued to characterize a Sunday comment by former Gen. Wesley Clark as an attack on the former Navy pilot’s military service, a McCain surrogate countered Tuesday by criticizing Clark’s record as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.

McCain game plan worries insiders
Top GOP officials are frustrated by what they view as inconsistent messaging, sluggish fundraising and an organization that is too slow to take shape.

‘CHiPs’ Star Erik Estrada Endorses McCain
As he spoke to more than 2,000 members of the National Sheriffs’ Association on Tuesday, John McCain earned the endorsement of one deputy sheriff more famous for his on-air performance as a cop — Erik Estrada.
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FOX Blog: Ponch endorses McCain

Drill Now As The Conservative MoveOn?
Within a week, the Web traffic for American Solutions skyrocketed, even beating out MoveOn.org for a couple of days, which led blogger Soren Dayton, who used to work for McCain, to ask, “Is Drill Now the conservative MoveOn?

Clark Seeks to Clarify Critical Remarks of McCain’s Military Service
But after two days of angry responses and denunciations on both sides, Clark tried to clarify that while he respects McCain’s military service, he believes Obama has better judgment ... to be president, while Obama downplayed the impact of Clark’s comments.
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CNN: Clark: John McCain lacks 'judgment'
FirstRead: Clark Defends Comments Again

Going to Denver? You Can Pay to Mingle
$10,000 will allow you access to a four-day conference at the posh Ritz-Carlton Hotel that will run concurrent with the Democratic convention.

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Polling Results
Gallup Daily: Obama Retains 5-Point Lead
National voter preferences are holding steady, with 47% of registered voters favoring Barack Obama and 42% backing John McCain in Gallup Poll Daily tracking from June 28-30.

CNN Poll: Obama, McCain in a statistical dead heat
With the dust having finally settled after the prolonged Democratic presidential primary, a new poll shows Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama locked in a statistical dead heat in the race for the White House.

Election 2008: Massachusetts Presidential Election
Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain has grown even bigger in the historically blue state of Massachusetts. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Bay State found the Democrat ahead 53% to 33%.

42% Think Obama’s Public Funding Decision Was Smart, 40% Find it Hypocritical
Despite the media focus on Obama’s announcement, a separate Rasmussen poll found that it is unlikely to hurt Obama’s campaign. The survey found that just 30% of adults are in favor of public funding and only 16% consider it a Very Important voting issue.

48% Say Lower Gas Prices Key to Economic Recovery
Voters overwhelmingly believe that lowering gas prices is the best way to get the U.S. economy going again, even as Congress and the presidential candidates argue for tax cuts or passage of a second government stimulus plan.

Election 2008: Massachusetts Senate
There are no surprises in the latest numbers from the Senate election in Massachusetts. The newest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds incumbent John Kerry well ahead of Republican Jeff Beatty, 58% to 27% in his bid for re-election.

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Commentaries
Military service: A diminished campaign asset?
Once asked how he became a war hero, John F. Kennedy said, "It was involuntary; they sank my boat." Historian and Kennedy aide Arthur Schlesinger said this "deflationary wartime understatement" was an example of Kennedy’s nonchalance.
Three war veterans view the presidential campaign
Views of the 2008 presidential campaign from two recent Army veterans and an injured Marine...

Bill & Barack: Smoking Buddies?
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama came down on different sides of the 1996 federal welfare-reform bill -- and, of course, of a certain presidential primary 12 years later. But maybe they have more in common than they realize.

Military see presidential race through own lens
Those viewing the presidential race through the lens of military service can see it entirely differently: The desire to quickly get out of Iraq is balanced against the hope to see the country stabilized...

The Money Race: Who's the Underdog?
John McCain loves to be the underdog. In 2000, the insurgent spirit fueled his failed (but valorous) bid against George W. Bush for the Republican nomination, and his current campaign only found its footing after collapsing last summer...

Star Trek
Are you one of the millions of Americans ... who have yet to decide between Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain? Well, we here at Stumper headquarters sympathize. That's why we created a low-stress, hassle-free way to settle the question once and for all.

Will New Plane Be Gain or Pain for McCain?
Attempts to do regular media availabilities on McCain’s previous plane – an Embraer E190 chartered from the airline Jet Blue – lasted only a few weeks. The lighting was poor for camera use, and reporters had a nearly impossible time crowding around the candidate.

One Big, Happy Party
Today - just about a month after the contest ended - the rift is no longer. So says Barack Obama.

Dear Candidates: See you in ‘Hell’ (Michigan)
The candidates have been tackling election issues Americans care about… But there’s something else the candidates appear to care about: Location, location, location. Seems the candidates are ‘taking issue’ with town names, and the issues they bring up…

Who's smearing whom?
In an Ideas piece, the writer says it's the Democrats, not Republicans, who are culpable of smear tactics.

Paul Hogarth: "Flag City" Just Another Media Myth About Obama
The fact that some voters in "Flag City" think that Obama is a Muslim doesn't mean he will lose Ohio -- and it certainly doesn't belong on the front page of the Washington Post.

Senator McCain's $1,300 Lapel Pin
Perhaps the next time he starts whining about Obama and public financing, some brave reporter will ask John McCain the $1,300 question: "When, Senator, will you stop breaking the law?"

McCain Campaign Stumps for Obama
With all polls showing that Americans believe Republicans are hurting the country, the McCain campaign wants Americans to be absolutely sure they know that Obama is the Democrat.

Obama's Money, Take Two
I desperately want Obama to win, and I hope Wall Street gives him $10 million more. Having Goldman Sachs run the government would be a huge step up from having Halliburton run it.

Karl Rove's Big Lie
In Communist Poland, even when the government told the truth, the public had been conditioned not to believe anything it said. If the Republican propaganda machine isn't careful, it risks the same fate.

Israel's Exchange and Obama's Enemies
Amid the cheers arising in Hezbollah's Beirut and the Gaza of Hamas, the sound of Obama's defense of Israel may also be heard.


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