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Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008
GENERAL NEWS HEADLINES with excerpts
Obama wins Maine by double-digit margin
Obama wins Louisiana!
Obama wins Virgin Islands - 90% of vote for him
Obama wins Nebraska - over 2 to 1 margin
Obama wins Washington
Obama beats out Bill Clinton for a Grammy
Huckabee wins Louisiana
Huckabee wins Kansas - 3 to 1 over McCain
Bush hits Obama during FOX interview full transcript
Barack Obama ran into some headwinds on Sunday, as President Bush attacked the Illinois Senator in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace. Asked if voters know enough about Obama, Bush replied:
I certainly don't know what he believes in. The only foreign policy thing I remember he said was he's going to attack Pakistan and embrace Ahmadinejad.
Massive, record-setting voter turn out in state after state
More people have registered to vote, and many states have reported record voter turnout in the primary contests and caucuses so far.
... The shift in party registration has been measurable in early-voting states like Nevada, where the number of registered Democrats crept ahead of registered Republicans in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 19 caucuses.
In Iowa, which started the nation's nominating season five weeks ago, Democratic registrations leapfrogged ahead of Republicans. Registered Democrats climbed to 606,209 last month, up nearly 14% from four years ago, and Republican registrations slid more than 1% to 576,231.
In New Hampshire, more than 75,000 people registered as Democrats on the day of the primary last month, compared with 61,731 Republicans. Such registrations for Democrats were more than double the number in 2000; primary-day registrations among Republicans fell from 2000.
Those last-minute registrations helped the Democrats edge past Republicans -- 333,802 to 332,698 -- a big change, given that Republicans held significant leads in the two previous presidential cycles. (The biggest gain in New Hampshire's primary-day registrations was among independent voters.)
In Florida, where the Democratic candidates did not campaign because of a dispute over the state's unsanctioned early primary, Democratic registrations still rose 5.6% from four years ago. That nearly kept pace with the 6.6% rise in Republican registrations.
Not only have more people registered, but more voters are turning out at the polls. About half the states that held elections through Super Tuesday saw record turnout...
Romney wins CPAC straw poll
Mitt Romney suspended his presidential bid at the Conservative Political Action Conference, but he won the straw vote among activists there anyway.
In results posted today on the conference website, Romney won 35 percent to John McCain's 34 percent. Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul each received 12 percent.
Huckabee sweeps Kansas, wins Louisiana
Mike Huckabee swept to victory in the Kansas Republican presidential caucuses yesterday, beating his party's presumptive nominee John McCain by a margin of more than 2-1.
Huckabee also won in Louisiana, where the former Arkansas governor had 43 percent of the vote to 42 percent for Arizona Senator McCain, Fox News Channel reported. Huckabee captured 60 percent of the vote in Kansas to 24 percent for McCain and 11 percent for Texas Representative Ron Paul. The Washington state caucuses were too close to call.
Huckabee, challenging McCain for the party's more conservative voters, said he won't heed calls to pull out of the race, as former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney did last week.
Huckabee forges ahead, seeks 'micracle'
"I know what they say, 'Well the math doesn't work out.' Folks, I didn't major in math, I majored in miracles. And I still believe in them," said Huckabee, a Baptist minister. "Across America, everywhere there's a vote to be cast, I'm still standing."
'Mircale' Mike Huckabee electrifies CPAC crowd
Hitting his mark, he emphasized the issues that resonated well with the several hundred cheering conservatives in the room:
Pro-traditional marriage, pro-life stance, border security, all Republican platform benchmarks, and with Huckabee’s argument for each, the audience roared with approval, and regular standing ovations.
... Huckabee then concluded with a story from a supporter from Kentucky who had recently lost her house in the tornadoes that ravaged the South on Tuesday.
“Despite damage to her home there was one thing that was pretty remarkable. She had a Mike Huckabee yard sign -- when the tornado had gone through -- standing pristine, without a hint of damage, or even meaning, was that yard sign.” Huckabee continued, using the image as an analogy for his campaign. ”Across America, everywhere there is still a vote to be cast, I am still standing.”
McCain has work to do
It won't impact his path to the nomination, but John McCain got a reminder Saturday of the work he has to do with his party base.
Despite his inevitability, McCain lost two of the first three GOP contests to take place since the departure this week of Mitt Romney.
Mike Huckabee blew him away in the Kansas caucuses and edged him out in the Louisiana primary. In Washington, which held caucuses, McCain bested Huckabee by two percent.
And in a symbolic straw poll vote at CPAC, McCain was narrowly topped by Romney.
Virginia Gov. Gilmore endorses McCain
John McCain yesterday added the endorsement of former Gov. Jim Gilmore three days before Virginia's presidential primary.
Loss points to McCain's conservative difficulty
McCain has been trying to wrap up the nomination, in part, by getting the Republican establishment behind him in primary and caucus states. On Saturday, former Gov. Jim Gilmore of Virginia endorsed him, and McCain also recently received the endorsement of former Sen. George Allen of Virginia. Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich, who had backed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has also endorsed McCain. But as the Arizona senator learned in Kansas on Saturday, endorsements don't always matter.
Bush says McCain is a true conservative
John McCain is a "true conservative," President Bush says, although the presumptive Republican presidential nominee may have to work harder to convince other conservatives that he is one of their own.
McCain "is very strong on national defense," Bush said in an interview taped for airing on "Fox News Sunday." "He is tough fiscally. He believes the tax cuts ought to be permanent. He is pro-life. His principles are sound and solid as far as I'm concerned."
But when asked about criticism of McCain by conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter, the president said, "I think that if John is the nominee, he has got some convincing to do to convince people that he is a solid conservative and I'll be glad to help him if he is the nominee."
Bush said some of the criticism of the Arizona senator was the result of "probably, some personal animosity toward me. You can't please all the people all the time."
Ron Paul appears to have Kucinich moment
Just as the liberal Ohio congressman realized last month that his long-shot presidential campaign was imperiling his prospects for keeping his House seat, Paul appears to be choosing the comfort of incumbency over a continued effort to win a nomination that he has virtually no shot at capturing.
Last night, the libertarian-leaning Texas congressman sent a message to his supporters signaling that he was scaling back his presidential bid.
The most telling passage:
"I also have another priority. I have constituents in my
home district that I must serve. I cannot and will not
let them down. And I have another battle I must face
here as well. If I were to lose the primary for my
congressional seat, all our opponents would react with
glee, and pretend it was a rejection of our ideas. I
cannot and will not let that happen."
Hillary's campaign manager is out
Clinton's campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, left the position today, to be replaced by Clinton's former top White House aide, Maggie Williams. The change formalizes a shift in the campaign's power structure that began to set in after Clinton's win in New Hampshire...
Hillary rips MSNBC's Shuster
Hillary Clinton ripped MSNBC over reporter David Shuster’s suggestion that Chelsea Clinton was “sort of being pimped out” by the campaign.
“I found the remarks incredibly offensive,” Clinton told reporters...
... “Nothing justifies the kind of debasing language that David Shuster used and no temporary suspension or half-hearted apology is sufficient,” Clinton wrote to NBC News President Steve Capus, who apparently had already called Clinton to personally apologize.
“I would urge you to look at the pattern of behavior on your network that seems to repeatedly lead to this sort of degrading language,” Clinton wrote. “There’s a lot at stake for our country in this election. Surely, you can do your jobs as journalists and commentators and still keep the discourse civil and appropriate.”
... The letter and harsh rebuke followed similar
comments made by her top advisers and came a day after
Shuster issued an
Barack beats Bill for the Grammy
Barack Obama topped a Clinton in another contest on Sunday -- the Grammys.
The presidential candidate beat both former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter to win best spoken word album for his audio version of his book "The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream."
Clinton was nominated for his book "Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World" and Carter for "Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World." Also nominated was Maya Angelou and Alan Alda.
Obama landslides could break deadlock
Barack Obama’s landslide victories in three mid-sized states Saturday suggest that he has the opportunity build a significant lead over Hillary Clinton among the locked-in “pledged” delegates before the candidates face off in the big battlegrounds of Ohio and Texas on March 4.
... In squeezing every delegate out of the small and mid-sized states between now and March 4, and every dollar out of his supporters, Obama is hoping to build a head of steam this month that will make him unstoppable and will lure free-floating superdelegates to his camp.
Obama gets convincing wins in 3 states
Barack Obama won decisive victories over Hillary Clinton in Washington, Louisiana and Nebraska on Saturday, giving him an impressive sweep going into a month when the Democratic nominating contests are expected to favor him.
... While Mr. Obama had been expected to win the contests on Saturday, the margin of victories were surprising, particularly in Nebraska and Washington, which offered the day’s biggest trove of delegates. In both states, he captured 68 percent of the vote in caucuses, compared with Mrs. Clinton’s roughly 32 percent.
While Mr. Obama’s victories were significant, the Democratic Party awards delegates proportionally, so Mrs. Clinton stands to walk away from the contests with a sizable number.
Obama on McCain's Iraq position: 'simply stubborness'
... "when it comes to foreign policy, John McCain says he wants to fight a 100 year war! ‘A hundred years,’ he said. ‘As long as it takes.’ That is not designed to make us safer. That is simply stubbornness. That is designed to try to make a bad decision look better,” Obama declared.
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