Monday, August 11, 2008
GENERAL NEWS HEADLINES with excerpts
Democrats stay brave in the face of potential Clinton challenge at convention
Hillary and Bill Clinton have both scored plum speaking
spots on two separate n
The Clintons have not made it easy for Obama to assume the role of the Democratic Party’s newest leader. After a grueling and record-long campaign season against Hillary Clinton, who remains a New York senator for now, Obama and his campaign have had to make sure both Clintons fall into line and don’t undermine his chances at the presidency.
see also: Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama get prime time slots
Obama cites deficit, Iraqi surplus;
... Obama, delivering the Democratic party's weekly radio address, said a projected federal budget shortfall of almost $500 billion while Iraq has a surplus are "stark examples of exactly what's wrong with Washington, and what's at stake in this election.''
McCain:... "America is finally winning in Iraq, and he wants to forfeit,'' McCain said in his weekly radio address. "Government is too big, and he wants to grow it. Taxes are too high, and he wants to raise them.''
"Congress spends too much, and he proposes more. We need more energy, and he's against producing it.''
McCain said Obama's energy proposals are "timid'' and don't include a plan for offshore drilling.
"He pledges a vague willingness to possibly consider limited drilling as part of some hypothetical compromise at an undetermined date,'' McCain said. ``Careful listeners are still waiting for an actual commitment to offshore drilling.''
"I say yes to drilling, here and now,'' McCain said.
McCain, Obama Florida machines get cranking
The worry by Florida Republicans is justified 90 days out from election day, with the huge Obama operation under way here. It's also probably premature, given signs that the GOP machine is revving up with more canvassing events and phone banks like the one where Riley works.
But with well over 200 full-time staffers in Florida — four times as many as McCain and the Republicans — and some 150,000 Florida volunteers registered online, Obama is building a Democratic campaign machine that could finally challenge the GOP's mastery of ground-game tactics.
Evangelicals seek to put their stamp on '08 campaign
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) and top evangelical leaders will join forces next week to amplify issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and stem-cell research in the race for the White House.
Huckabee, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, and Lou Engle, the leader of The Call, a young adult movement, plan to hold a news conference Friday calling on Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to spend more time talking about issues that matter to evangelical voters.
The press conference will be followed by a day of fasting and prayer on the national mall organized by The Call. Engle said thousands of evangelicals from across the country are expected to attend.
The event will take place Aug. 16, the same day McCain and Obama will make their first joint general election campaign appearance.
Edwards' mistress shuns paternity test
The ex-mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards says she will not participate in DNA testing to establish the paternity of her daughter.
Rielle Hunter's lawyer, Robert Gordon, on Saturday said his client is a private individual who wishes to maintain the privacy of herself and her daughter.
Mr. Gordon said that Ms. Hunter is ruling out any kind of testing that could establish who the girl's father is.
McCain VP buzz about Tom Ridge
Sen. John McCain spends the next two days campaigning through Pennsylvania with the state’s former Gov. Tom Ridge at his side.
Anytime McCain appears with someone that might be on his vice presidential shortlist, it stirs up a whole new round of speculation. And as Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, Ridge is getting plenty of attention.
Ridge, a former Homeland Security Secretary, grew up in Erie and begin his political career in the northwest Pennsylvania city where the McCain tour begins.
McCain prescient on Russia?
When violence broke out in the Caucasus on Friday morning, John McCain quickly issued a statement that was far more strident toward the Russians than that of President Bush, Barack Obama and much of the West.
But, as Russian warplanes pounded Georgian targets far beyond South Ossetia this weekend, Bush, Obama and others have moved closer to McCain's initial position.
... McCain aides feel encouraged that their candidate appeared to get it right first, and they are now working to remind reporters that he's long been wary of Putin's Russia.
Pushing the prescience line, aides are circulating a pair of YouTube clips from 1999 and 2000 that feature some tough talk from McCain about the new Kremlin regime.
McCain: Russia needs to reverse its 'perilous course'
“Russia should immediately and unconditionally cease its military operations and withdraw all forces from sovereign Georgian territory. What is most critical now is to avoid further confrontation between Russian and Georgian military forces. The consequences of Euro-Atlantic stability and security are grave,” McCain said. “The government of Georgia has called for a cease fire and for a resumption of direct talks on South Ossetia with international mediators. The U.S. should immediately convene an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council to call on Russia to reverse course. The U.S. should immediately work with the E.U. and the OSCE to put diplomatic pressure on Russia to reverse this perilous course that it has chosen.”
McCain takes no vacation from pummeling Obama
John McCain is taking no vacation from pummeling his Democratic opponent, accusing Barack Obama on Saturday of being unfit for command just as the Illinois senator began his weeklong holiday in Hawaii.
The Arizona senator used his weekly radio address and a speech before the Disabled American Veterans in Las Vegas to drive home that point.
He told the veterans’ organization that Obama is shifting positions on Iraq and criticized Obama for saying in July that he would have still opposed the troop surge if he could do it again.
“Behind all of these claims and positions by Senator Obama lies the ambition to be president,” McCain said. “What’s missing is the judgment to be commander in chief.”
Analysis: Obama tax plan would balloon deficit
On the campaign trail, Sen. Barack Obama bashes President Bush for "reckless" economic policies that are "mortgaging our children's future on a mountain of debt." But the Democratic presidential candidate has adopted a key component of Bush's fiscal policy: A novel bookkeeping method that guarantees that the $9.5 trillion national debt will get much bigger...
Obama shifts affirmative action rhetoric
No Democratic candidate for president has ever come so close to calling for an end to the era of identity-based affirmative action as has Barack Obama.
Since 2004, the first black major party nominee from either party has been offering comments suggesting that economic status should match or even trump race and gender as a criteria for who should benefit from the program — though he has yet to propose a specific policy, let alone one that matches his rhetoric.
After four decades of affirmative action, Obama’s historic candidacy itself is seen by some as proof that such programs are no longer needed.
Obama in home state of Hawaii this week
Barack Obama today went for an early morning a jog along a Windward side beach, then played a round of golf on the second day of his Hawaii visit, which he has said is primarily a vacation and to spend time with family.
After a first day that included a rally in front of about 4,000 people at Ke'ehi Beach Lagoon Park, Obama's second day did not have any public events.
Inquiry in Ohio could hurt Obama vote
A federal investigation of Democratic Party leaders in Cuyahoga County could pose problems for Barack Obama’s campaign in Ohio, party insiders and political analysts say.
If the party’s local campaign operation suffers, some Democrats said, it could cost Mr. Obama votes in a Democratic area where he must win overwhelmingly to offset Republican strength elsewhere in the state.
Growing diversity in swing counties benefits Obama
That's got to be good news for Barack Obama, bidding to become the first black president.
Blacks and Hispanics are moving to counties that already were racially diverse, such as Osceola in central Florida and Mecklenberg in North Carolina, home to Charlotte. They also are moving to key counties that remain predominantly white, such as Lake in Northeast Ohio, Lehigh in eastern Pennsylvania and Oakland outside Detroit.
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