Tuesday, July 1, 2008

7/1 Morning News: Obama Reaches Out

News Items
Obama courting evangelicals once loyal to Bush
“What caught my attention early on was his comment that we don’t want red states and blue states, but we want to find reconciliation and rapprochement with folks,” said Mrs. Speakman, who changed her party affiliation to Democratic ... this year to vote for Mr. Obama...
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The Caucus:
The Early Word: You've Got To Have Faith
ABC: The Note: Gotta Have Faith
CBS: Obama Plan Would Expand Bush Faith Program
CBS FtR: Obama Reaches Out To Religious Voters
FirstRead: Gotta Have Faith
Politico: Obama to scrap Bush's faith-based office

Clark: Obama had no part in McCain comments
"Sen. Obama had nothing to do with this," Clark said Tuesday in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America." "I'm very sorry this has distracted from the message of patriotism that Sen. Obama wants to put out...
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ABC: Clark Stands By Comments About McCain War Record

Obama and Bill Clinton end mutual silent treatment
In their first conversation since the end of the heated primary, former President Clinton agreed to campaign for the candidate he portrayed as inexperienced for a presidential run. Obama had said Bill Clinton's harsh criticisms led him to wonder which Clinton he was running against...

Obama Fiercely Defends His Patriotism
"No further proof of such sacrifice is necessary," he said. "And let me also add that no one should ever devalue that service, especially for the sake of a political campaign, and that goes for supporters on both sides."
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NYT:
Campaign Flashpoint: Patriotism and Service

Obama's two Buckeye State playbooks
Today, under the early summer skies of the Buckeye State, supporters of Democrat Barack Obama are building a strategy designed to ensure that it doesn’t happen again in 2008. To do so, Obama’s team has the benefit of two different playbooks from past statewide campaigns.

Obama Shifts on Welfare Reform
Barack Obama aligned himself with welfare reform on Monday, launching a television ad which touts the way the overhaul "slashed the rolls by 80 percent." Obama leaves out, however, that he was against the 1996 federal legislation which precipitated the caseload reduction.

Obama's Sister On The Campaign Trail
To many in this crowd Obama's Asian-American half-sister ... represents yet another aspect of Obama's identity that makes him unique as a presidential candidate, although it has been underplayed amid the excitement surrounding his shot at becoming the first black president.

Missouri Obama Supporter Offers Him Shirt Off Her Back
The St. Louis native was wearing an oversized white T-shirt. It featured a picture of him and said: “Obama’s in the House.” Obama said he loved it. So Williams said she’d give it to him and started to peel it off.
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Obama offered shirt off woman's back

Obama skips annual meeting of centrist Democrats
But when the Democratic Leadership Council met over the weekend in the shadow of Barack Obama's Chicago headquarters, he didn't bother to stop by. Is it losing its clout?

Wall Street: Barack Obama has collected nearly twice as much money as John McCain
Although the Democratic presidential hopeful has vowed to raise capital gains and corporate taxes, financial industry bigs have contributed almost twice as much to Obama as to GOP rival John McCain, a Daily News analysis of campaign records shows.

Google and the Anti-Obama Bloggers
Did Google use its network of online services to silence critics of Barack Obama?

McCain Heads Today for Colombia, Where Adviser Has Long Had Ties
At a time when the role of lobbyists and special interests are at issue in the presidential campaign, Senator John McCain leaves Tuesday on a trip to Colombia, where a senior adviser to him has long had business and political ties.
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CBS:
McCain To Tout Free Trade In Latin America
CBS FtR: McCain Readies For Colombia Visit
CNN: Crime on McCain agenda, while Obama focuses on religion

McCain's energy record is on/off
But McCain's record of tackling energy policy on Capitol Hill shows little of the clear direction he says would come from a McCain White House. Instead, the Arizona senator has swerved from one position to another over the years, taking often contradictory stances on the federal government's role in energy policy.
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Bloomberg:
McCain Touts Coal, Nuclear While Decrying `Playing Favorites'

McCain Urges Voters to See Benefits of Free Trade
John McCain has changed his mind about the president’s tax cuts and drilling for oil off the U.S. coast, but the Republican presidential hopeful says his advocacy of free trade is unyielding.

Bush base yet to rush to donate to McCain
President Bush has headlined a fund-raising event to help John McCain finance his campaign to succeed him, but most of the big-money backers who helped reelect Bush in 2004 haven't pulled out their checkbooks for McCain - or asked their friends to chip in either.

Political Play: McCain recalls loss on "Jeopardy"
Who is Heathcliff? The name of the doomed romantic hero in Emily Bronte's novel "Wuthering Heights" eluded John McCain more than 40 years ago, robbing him of a second straight win as a contestant on the televised quiz show "Jeopardy," the Republican presidential hopeful said...

New plane=new puns?
They did not disappoint today with this zinger from the email box of DNC spokesman Damien LaVera … “John McCain’s new flying “Straight Talk Express” hit turbulence on its first trip out today.

McCain campaign pulls ads from some anti-Obama web sites
John McCain's campaign will stop advertising on several pro-Hillary Clinton Web sites that have attacked Barack Obama for being unpatriotic and, in one case, compared the Democratic nominee-in-waiting to Adolf Hitler.

McCain: More jobs, here and in Mexico
Well, don't accuse McCain of pandering to the Lou Dobbs vote. He argues for the importance of creating jobs in Mexico and Colombia as an anti-immigration measure in this webad, which is subtitled in Spanish.

Cindy McCain settles debt with San Diego tax man
Officials said Monday a trust controlled by the multimillionaire wife of Republican presidential hopeful John McCain had initiated payment on $1,743 owed in property taxes on a condominium in the tony La Jolla Shores area.

US candidates’ health plans diverge (Requires Registration)
“I know of no other big country where your work determines your health plan, what level of cover you have, how much you pay, which doctor you and your family see,” says Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation. “Move job and you move – or lose – cover.”

A New Campaign Charge: You Supported Clinton
But the district’s longtime congressman, Edolphus Towns, did not share his constituency’s preference for Mr. Obama. Now some of those voters are pushing to oust him.

Deeply divided Colorado could be a toss-up state
The state, which will host the Democratic National Convention in August, is home to deep political divisions. Republicans, Democrats and independents each make up about a third of Colorado's voters.

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Polling Results
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
Continuing the remarkable stability of recent weeks, the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Barack Obama attracting 46% of the vote while John McCain earns 40%. When "leaners" are included, Obama leads 49% to 44%.

Americans Worry McCain Would Be Too Similar to Bush
A recent USA Today/Gallup poll finds about two in three Americans concerned that John McCain would pursue policies as president that are too similar to what George W. Bush has pursued. Nearly half -- 49% -- say they are "very concerned" about this.

Canadians prefer Obama over own leaders: poll
A new poll suggests Canadians would prefer to vote for Barack Obama rather cast a ballot for their own political leaders, while 45 per cent of Americans envy Canada's health care system.

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Commentaries
How will next pres work with Congress?
Clashes over executive power have been a staple of the past eight years. They won’t go away when the next president takes office. But the senator who succeeds Bush in the White House will have a difficult choice to make...

Obama’s Money Class
Barack Obama sells the Democratic Party short. He talks about his fund-raising success as if his donors were part of a spontaneous movement of small-money enthusiasts who cohered around himself.

Heilemann on Obama’s V.P. Conundrum
Plouffe’s answer, by design, made the big choice facing Obama seem simple — but, of course, it’s not. In fact, the degree of difficulty inherent in the decision is unusually, confoundingly high.

John McCain's JFK Opportunity
No, the words are not John McCain's. They are John F. Kennedy's. But on the day that Sen. McCain leaves for a quick trip to Colombia and Mexico, they present him with an opportunity: The chance to remind American voters that his opponent has more in common with the party of Ted Kennedy than the party of John Kennedy.

What Pawlenty Can't Do for John McCain
But it’s important to keep a couple of things in mind about Pawlenty’s appeal. His two statewide victories in Minnesota have been paper-thin, and both times he’s finished with well under 50 percent of the vote.

Analysis: Rivals hide immigration similarities
When it comes to immigration, Barack Obama and John McCain generally agree. It's just that they don't want to say so.

Which Vice President Are You Voting For?
With the economy becoming the No. 1 issue, both presidential candidates need to demonstrate that they would be able to handle the country's troubled finances. The easiest way to do that is by identifying an economic guru ... as the person who would be in charge of the economy.

Starting Gate: Swift Boat Legacies
Despite the phenomenal rise of a politician who was unknown just a couple of years ago, Obama remains a blank slate of sorts. The whispering campaigns are a tremendous threat to a candidate trying to convince many voters that his theme of change is not a threatening one...

The Conspicuous Silence At The Heart Of Obama's Patriotism Speech
Attacks on Obama's patriotism fueled by fear-mongering speculation about his religious faith demand a vigorous defense of patriotism on First Amendment grounds. That's not what we got this week.

Did Obama Really Torpedo Immigration Reform?
The immigration reform bill killing amendments, and Obama's vote on them, give McCain the hook he needs to lambaste Obama as an immigration reform spoiler.

Dear President Obama: On The Economy
Anyway, so you’re gonna do the tax thing, Mr. President, and throw in some form of universal healthcare to boot that your buddy Hillary will help spearhead. You hope you can get a lot of this passed despite a potentially long string of filibusters from the Senate...

Caroline Kennedy: External Flame
If Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is crazy for Barack Obama, the guy must really be something special, right? This, clearly, is the line of thinking Team Obama hopes voters will follow as it thrusts the lone surviving child of John F. Kennedy to the fore of its presidential effort.


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