Wednesday, July 2, 2008

7/2 Morning News: Leaning to the Center...

News Items
Obama Voters Protest His Switch on Telecom Immunity
Senator Barack Obama’s decision to support legislation granting legal immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the Bush administration’s program of wiretapping without warrants has led to an intense backlash...
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'LEFT' IN THE DUST

Record ad spending near in presidential race
The 2008 presidential race, which has already drawn a record number of dollars and voters, is poised to shatter another record: the amount of money spent on television advertisements.

Obama Camp Hits McCain on Colombia Trip
John McCain hasn’t been in Colombia for 24 hours yet, but the Obama campaign is already taking jabs at his visit. At issue is the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, which McCain supports and Barack Obama opposes.

Obama Seeks Bigger Role for Religious Groups
Senator Barack Obama said Tuesday that if elected president he would expand the delivery of social services through churches and other religious organizations, vowing to achieve a goal he said President Bush had fallen short on during his two terms.
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Co. Springs Gazette: Obama will hold gatherings Wednesday, starting at UCCS
Cleveland.com: Obama promises that 'faith' will have a role in his White House

Team Obama Goes Cherry-Picking
In the weeks since Mrs. Clinton officially suspended her candidacy, the Obama campaign has recruited the services of the Clinton campaign’s director of national security, Lee Feinstein, as well as foreign-policy advisers Mara Rudman...

Texas congressman coy about Obama veep chances
U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards was coy Tuesday about whether he has talked with the Barack Obama campaign about a No. 2 spot on the ticket a week after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi singled him out as the best House member for the job.

Sebelius — a blue star in red state
Democrats see in Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) an effective leader, not afraid to throw a punch or shake hands with her Republican opponents, all while being elected by sizable margins in a bright red state — twice.

Japan phone company pulls Obama 'monkey' ad
The commercial opens with a crowd rallying behind a well-dressed monkey speaking from a podium. The supporters are cheering and waving signs that say “Change.” In the ad, the monkey was encouraging users to change providers.

Obama over fist bumping?
The Illinois senator refused to bump fists with a boy as he was touring the Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio. As the boy outstretched his first, Obama said no and added, "If I start that …"

Obama Got Discount on Home Loan
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the rate was adjusted to account for a competing offer from another lender and other factors. "The Obamas have since had as much as $3 million invested through Northern Trust," he said in a statement.

Quayle Respects Obama, McCain Has Uphill Battle
Former Vice President Dan Quayle said Tuesday he respects Democrat Barack Obama "because he beat the Clintons" and fears Republican John McCain has an "uphill battle" to defeat Obama in November's presidential election.
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Quayle: I respect Obama 'because he beat the Clintons'

Barack Obama...Soccer Dad?
The Senator set up his chair on the sidelines and watched as his 9-year-old, clad in a red soccer jersey, ran up and down the field in the game. He flashed Malia a thumbs up, and jumped out of his seat, along with his wife, in unison, as she took control of the ball during one play in the game.

Former ‘24′ President Credits His Role for Obama Rise
“If anything, my portrayal of David Palmer, I think, may have helped open the eyes of the American people,” said the actor, who has contributed $2,300 to the Illinois Democrat’s presidential campaign.

Streisand Offers Support to Obama
It wasn’t long ago that the Oscar-winning actress and singer called Hillary Rodham Clinton the next president of the United States. On Tuesday, with Clinton out of the race and now supporting Obama, Streisand endorsed him, too.

Improve Human Rights, McCain Tells Colombian
Senator John McCain pressed President Álvaro Uribe of Colombia to do more to improve human rights in a meeting on Tuesday evening here. Earlier in the day, he criticized ... Senator Barack Obama, for opposing a trade agreement between the United States and Colombia.
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Wash Post: McCain Stressing Trade On Latin American Trip
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FOX: McCain Fights Free Trade Criticism in Latin America
The Caucus: The Early Word: McCain's Foreign Trip

McCain: Obama Should Cut Wesley Clark Loose.
John McCain, taking questions from reporters aboard his Straight Talk Express: The Airplane Edition, said it was time for the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama to cut retired Gen. Wesley Clark loose.
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McCain on Clark to Obama: "Cut Him Loose"

McCain on Obama: A difference of 30,000 feet
“Now he has switched, I mean remarkably, from saying that he would unilaterally renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement in the strongest possible terms in Ohio - he went to North Carolina and said well, I’m for free trade...” McCain said.

Congressman Cantor Listed As Viable VP Longshot
Currently serving his fourth term in the house, representing Virginia's 7th district, Eric Cantor's name has been out there as a possible VP candidate for John McCain, Monday being mentioned by Politico in a list of viable longshots for VP.

Rudy: I'm still the best, though John McCain is No. 2
"I thought I was best qualified, but I thought John was No. 2," Giuliani told CNN, his ego apparently overruling the message Team McCain wanted him to deliver in an escalating flap with Barack Obama's camp over comments from ... Wesley Clark, a retired Army general.

Swinging for Latinos
As New Mexico emerges as a key swing state in the 2008 elections, the two parties are increasingly focusing on the state’s Latino electorate as a key demographic.

US politicians find ways to play on racial fears
Democrats distribute fliers accusing the Republican of wanting a statue to honor the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. The only black justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is defeated after his rival runs an ad with the justice's picture next to that of a black convict...

Clinton attacks against Obama vanish on Web
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has scrubbed all negative ads from her campaign Web site and YouTube page, leaving visitors with only the warm and fuzzy moments from her bid for the presidency.

Rezko calls straw-donor claim reckless
Lawyers say there isn't evidence Rezko reimbursed an associate for a contribution to Obama’s Senate bid.

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

Poll: Obama beats McCain as barbecue guest
Men are about evenly divided between the two while women prefer Obama by 11 percentage points. Whites prefer McCain, minorities Obama. And Obama is a more popular guest with younger voters while McCain does best with the oldest.

Poll: Michelle Obama Twice as Disliked as Cindy McCain
The public hasn’t taken to Michelle Obama yet, especially whites. And it’s got a question about Cindy McCain: Who is she?
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Poll shows Americans cool to Michelle Obama

Hispanic Voters Solidly Behind Obama
Hispanic registered voters' support for Barack Obama for president remained consistent and strong in June, with Obama leading John McCain by 59% to 29% among this group.

Poll: Terrorism fears are fading
As Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama battle over who has the best approach to national security, a new CNN poll finds Americans' concerns about terrorism have hit an all-time low for the post-September 11 era.

Partisan Trends
During the month of June, 41.0% of Americans considered themselves to be Democrats, 31.5% said they were Republicans and 27.5% were not affiliated with either major party.

President Bush Job Approval
During June, President Bush’s Job Approval ratings fell for the fifth straight month and set a new all-time low for the third straight month.

Most Americans Proud of U.S. History, Say Other Nations Should Follow America’s Lead
As the country approaches its 232nd birthday this July 4 (Friday), the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 75% of U.S. voters declare themselves proud of America’s history. Only 13% say they are ashamed of that history, with the rest undecided.

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Commentaries
First Thoughts: Can The Center Hold?
So what do we make of Obama’s week so far? On the one hand, he’s made a big push to seize turf that the GOP has owned. At the same time, however, he has received a considerable amount of criticism from the left...

Cindy’s fortune: An asset and a liability
In 2004, Republicans demanded fuller disclosure about the considerable fortune of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. Now, the GOP is reaping what it sowed.

Getting Ahead of the Gotcha Game
Oh, wait. Nevermind. My bad. It was, in fact, John McCain who confused Somalia and Sudan yesterday afternoon--on the eve of his trip to Columbia and Mexico...

Obama Win Offers Brand America a Global Lift: Frederick Kempe
The U.S. would profit globally from a failed Obama presidency more than it would from a successful McCain presidency. That's the sort of provocative, but plausible, statement that lies at the heart of the famous Oxford Union debates. Disagree?

The Note: Serve Somebody
So let's get this straight: One candidate is swiping a policy page from President Bush . . . As well as a page from Karl Rove's playbook . . . And is trying to swipe a Bush Cabinet secretary . . . while The Wall Street Journal editorial page places him as the president's heir...

Starting Gate: Politics As Usual
Win the nomination by appealing to the base, then run to the center for the general election. It’s one of the most overused and tired clichés in presidential politics and is obviously an oversimplification of very complicated political calculations.

Dem "Strategists": Use These 8 Points and Learn How to Discuss Taxes or Don't Go on TV
The Republicans will lie -- they will claim that Obama is going to raise everyone's taxes. Today, I heard several people on TV dubbed "Democratic strategists" just fall for it.

The Politics of Patriotism
Should John McCain have to "defend" his military record? Of course not. But the fact that he served in the military, with distinction, does not mean he's qualified to be president.

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