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Tuesday, April 8, 2008



Rasmussen national poll:
Obama 51, Clinton 40

That’s the lowest total ever recorded for Clinton since
the contest became a two-person race...



Petraeus faces Senate.... McCain, Obama, Clinton there

All three presidential candidates - Sens. John McCain, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama - sit on
committees that are to receive status reports Tuesday on the war's progress from Army Gen. David Petraeus
and Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker.

Rarely does a congressional event draw them all off the closely fought campaign trail. But the general's appearance
handed them an opportunity to restate their position on the Iraq war while interacting with the military brass one of them will command come January.







John McCain... today's headlines with excerpts

McCain rips Clinton, Obama for backing 'reckless' Iraq withdrawal

Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain cast Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as defeatists for backing "a hasty, reckless and irresponsible withdrawal" from Iraq.

McCain's broadside came before Army Gen. David Petraeus' appearance Tuesday on Capitol Hill, which is shaping up to be a three-way Iraq policy slugfest among the White House hopefuls.


McCain ties with Arizona blacks strained

Interviews with black civic and business leaders in Arizona found no one who suggested that McCain holds racial animus. And McCain can point to some warm personal and political associations with blacks, some of whom cited his responsiveness to their concerns when they approached him on official business. 
But the widespread perception of activists in the state’s traditional civil rights organizations and the African-American press is that McCain has consistently treated them with indifference. 





Hillary Clinton... today's headlines with excerpts

Hillary takes Obama to task over foreign policy experience claim

"I think a lot of people assume that might be some sort of military thing to make me look more commander in chief-like. Ironically, this is an area — foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain,” Obama reportedly said.

Clinton, speaking with FOX News Tuesday morning, said she was baffled by the claim.

“I’m somewhat shocked by that since I don’t see any evidence of it,” Clinton said, chuckling. “This is, you know, kind of hard to square with his failure ever to have a single policy hearing on the only responsibility he was given, chairing the European and NATO subcommittee on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Clinton source: Penn still 'in the loop'

Hillary Clinton's political guru may have been pushed from the top spot in her campaign, but he didn't land in the grave. Despite embarrassing the White House hopeful by consulting for the Colombian government on a U.S. trade agreement she opposes, Mark Penn remains ‘very much in the loop,’ a Clinton source said

Hillary urges vigorous diplomacy towards China

A day after urging President George W. Bush to boycott the opening ceremony of the summer Olympics in Beijing, Sen. Hillary Clinton  told Fox News a boycott is an opportunity to stand up for human rights.

"I feel very strongly that this is a moment in time when perhaps the Chinese government's attitudes toward Tibet, toward Sudan, toward human rights can be influenced."




Barack Obama... today's headlines with excerpts

Obama continues to twist truth
about twisting truth

It is accurate to say that Obama
has in the past distorted McCain's

Watch a Republican Youtube video
that shows Obama's words from today
and from the past HERE


John Cleese offers to write Obama's gags

Monty Python legend John Cleese is to offer his services as a speechwriter to Barack Obama if he wins the Democratic nomination to become US president, he told a British newspaper out Tuesday.

The British comedian, who lives in California, told the Western Daily Press regional paper that his jokes could help the Illinois senator get into the White House.


Poll: Obama loses popularity with PA men

Barack Obama lost ground among certain groups of voters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania during the last week, according to a new poll.

... Last week, Obama moved within 12 percentage points of Clinton, but men who flirted with the notion of voting for Obama at the end of March appear to be moving their support back to Clinton.



Obama leads Clinton in Oregon

Obama 52, Clinton 42

Bill Kristol: Republican expect Obama to be next president

I’ve spent a fair amount of time the last couple of weeks with conservatives of all ages and leanings. Call it my very own listening tour.

... Apart from accumulating a few frequent flier miles, what do I have to show for my travels? I can report that lots of conservatives and Republicans expect Barack Obama to be our next president.

see also: Coming slogan: 'Barack Obama: He's not who you think he is'

Obama's college trip to Pakistan

"... when I speak about having lived in Indonesia for four years, having family that is impoverished in small villages in Africa --knowing the leaders is not important -- what I know is the people...I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college -- I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic] before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."

Roger Simon: Obama's happy, drama-free appeal

“You can tell a lot about a candidate by the campaign they run,” Axelrod said.

And this is the pitch the Obama campaign is going to make in the weeks ahead, especially to those superdelegates who are still on the fence: Obama has run a good primary campaign, which is a sign that he will run a good general election campaign, and then a good presidency. Clinton, the Obama campaign will say, cannot make the same argument.

“Hillary is a bad manager,” a senior Obama aide told me. “Does it really look like she could deal with the Republicans?”



Obama: no need for foreign policy help from VP

... at a fundraiser in San Francisco, Barack Obama took a question on what he's looking for in a running mate. "I would like somebody who knows about a bunch of stuff that I'm not as expert on," he said, and then he was off and running. "I think a lot of people assume that might be some sort of military thing to make me look more Commander-in-Chief-like. Ironically, this is an area--foreign policy is the area where I am probably most confident that I know more and understand the world better than Senator Clinton or Senator McCain."

... the question is when the 3 AM phone call comes do you have somebody who has the judgment, the temperament to ask the right questions, to weigh the costs and benefits of military action, who insists on good intelligence, who is not going to be swayed by the short-term politics. By most criteria, I've passed those tests and my two opponents have not."




Ralph Nader... today's headlines with excerpts




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