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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008


Obama, McCain win Virginia, Maryland, D.C. primaries

Obama surged to the fore in the delegate race for the party prize with resounding primary victories Tuesday in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. On the GOP side, John McCain took another step in shoring up his credentials as the runaway Republican front-runner despite lukewarm support from the party's conservative base.

Obama and McCain spar from victory podiums

Obama, riding high on his eight contest winning streak, turned his words to the likely Republican nominee. “We honor his service to our nation. But his priorities don’t address the real problems of the American people, because they are bound to the failed policies of the past,” he said at a rally in Madison, Wisc. Alluding to Mr. McCain’s support of President Bush’s policies on the Iraq War and tax cuts, he said “George Bush won’t be on the ballot this November…the Bush-Cheney war, the Bush-Cheney tax cuts, will be on the ballot.”

McCain’s victory speech had some tart rejoinders aimed at Obama’s campaign themes.

“They will promise a new approach to governing, but offer only the policies of a political orthodoxy that insists the solution to government’s failures is to simply make it bigger,” McCain said.

Then he took a long verbal tour of Obama’s signature theme.

“Hope, my friends, is a powerful thing,” McCain said, “I have seen men’s hopes tested in hard and cruel ways that few will ever experience.”

He went on: “To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude.”

Sore loser Hillary - refuses to congratulate Obama

For the second election night in a row, Hillary Clinton failed to acknowledge or congratulate Barack Obama after he won the day in dominating fashion.

On Tuesday in El Paso, hours after Virginia had been called for Obama, she stuck to her “Texas campaign kickoff” message and did not stray from an energetic, Lone Star-themed stump speech. She did mention Obama by name, only to chide his health care plan.

CBS delegate count:

Obama: 124, Clinton: 117, Edwards: 26

McCain 790, Huckabee 199, Romney 166





Mike Huckabee... today's headlines with excerpts

Evangelicals rallying behind Huckabee in Texas

Texas evangelicals are planning a big push to help Mike Huckabee in the March 4 primary, and the former Arkansas governor said Tuesday he's counting on Texas to help him stop the John McCain juggernaut and win the Republican nomination.

"Texas is very, very important to us," Mr. Huckabee told reporters over breakfast, adding that "we have a real shot in Texas because Texas is a very conservative state."

Huckabee scolds those who say he has alienated Mormons

Huckabee said Tuesday he would have concern if anyone said he had estranged the Mormon community.
    "In fact, if anything I have gone out of my way to say that I did not think that Mitt Romney's being a Mormon should be a factor in this election," Huckabee said in response to a question by The Salt Lake Tribune. "I have absolutely defended that and said I would be appalled if anyone voted for him or against him or for me or against me solely on the asis of religious affiliation."



John McCain... today's headlines with excerpts

McCain's two front battle

With Obama's starpower, and Huckabee's resilience, McCain is still waiting for the moment when his general election campaign can take off in earnest...

Rush Limbaugh: I'm McCain's 'most valuable asset'

"If I really wanted to torpedo McCain, I would endorse him," Limbaugh said on his radio show. "Because that would send the independents and liberals who are going to vote for him running away faster than anything."

"What people don't realize is that I am doing McCain the biggest favor that can be done for him by staying out of this," he continued. "If I endorsed him thoroughly and with passion, that would end the independents and moderates, because they so despise me and they so hate me."





Ron Paul... today's headlines with excerpts



Hillary Clinton... today's headlines with excerpts

Obama sweep pierces Clinton base

In previous states, the vote was split between African Americans and affluent liberals, who backed Mr. Obama, and Latino and middle- and working-class white voters, especially white women, who backed Ms. Clinton.

But in Virginia and Maryland last night, exit polls showed that Ms. Clinton's base is melting away, at least in the Chesapeake. The two candidates split the white vote evenly, with Ms. Clinton outpolling Mr. Obama among white women by only nine points, less than half her previously typical lead, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Obama led among white men.

And a Fox News exit poll put seniors, another core Clinton constituency, into Mr. Obama's column, by 53 per cent to 47 per cent. The Fox News poll also had Mr. Obama winning the Latino vote, 55 to 45 per cent. And among African Americans, Mr. Obama took nine votes out of 10.

The polls were reflected in the result. In Virginia, with 101 delegates at stake, Mr. Obama led Ms. Clinton by an emphatic 64 to 36 per cent, with most polls reporting. Early returns in Maryland, where polls were kept open late because of bad weather, showed a similar margin: 60 per cent to 37 per cent.

The District of Columbia, though it has only 37 delegates, was positively embarrassing: 75 per cent to 24 per cent for Mr. Obama over Ms. Clinton.

Hillary promises no personal scandal involving Bill...

The senator was asked a question from a reader in Santa Monica, Calif., who was seeking assurance that "no new business or personal scandal involving Bill Clinton" could erupt if she were in the White House and give fodder to Republicans.

"You know, I can assure this reader that that is not going to happen," she said. "You know, none of us can predict the future, no matter who we are and what we are running for, but I am very confident that that will not happen." 



Barack Obama... today's headlines with excerpts

Obama takes on new aura of momentum

Who’s inevitable now?

With three landslide victories in Tuesday’s “Chesapeake Primary” in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., and a widening lead by any measure of delegates, Senator Barack Obama’s supporters have begun to suggest a case that, just a few months ago, was coming from Hillary Rodham Clinton: He’s a lock.

... There are 573 delegates up for grabs between March 4 and April 22. For Clinton to even things up, she needs to get 345 of those 573 delegates, or 60 percent – the sort of margin she won in her home state of New York.

Obama’s dramatic victories Tuesday also put him ahead in the count of pledged delegates even if Florida, whose delegates have not been recognized by the Democratic National Committee, was permitted to seat a delegation.

Obama money deal may happen

With seeming effortlessness, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign raises gobs of money each day and has put the fear of God into Hillary Rodham Clinton.

But if Obama wins the nomination, his well-oiled money-raising machine may go dormant, leveling the money playing field with John McCain.

This is due to Obama’s year-old promise to take public funding in the general election as long as his Republican rival does the same.

House Speaker Pelosi leaning towards Obama

A senior adviser to Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has suggested that she – along with other “party elders” – will step into the ring if they feel that Democratic hopes of winning back the White House or maintaining control over Congress are being threatened. Ms Pelosi insists that she remains neutral in the race and that her “focus is on reelecting a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives”.

However, her voice would carry great authority among many uncommitted super-delegates on Capitol Hill – and she is said by one of those close to her to be leaning towards Mr Obama.


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