Archive for the ‘primary’ Category

Obama Casts Race Between Him, McCain (Ignoring Hillary)

April 1, 2008
By DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press Writer

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Sen. Barack Obama is talking about the elephant in the room — Republican rival John McCain — and all but ignoring the Democratic donkey who stands between him and his party’s presidential nomination.
Even though Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was campaigning down the Northeast Extension in Philadelphia, Obama criticized the likely Republican nominee’s policies on the U.S. troop presence in Iraq, trade and tax cuts. In his town-hall session Tuesday, and in other campaign appearances in recent days, Obama has sought to frame the race as a general election matchup between him and McCain.

Of course, there’s the little matter of a Pennsylvania primary on April 22, and Clinton’s double-digit lead in recent state polls.

The extended presidential nomination contest has resulted in an odd political triangle, with each candidate taking alternate turns criticizing one or both of their competitors.

“He’s on a biography tour right now,” Obama said of McCain. “Most of us know his biography, and it’s worthy of our admiration. My argument with John McCain is not with his biography, it’s with his policies.”

Obama argued that McCain would merely be another four years of President Bush on economic and military policies. McCain has criticized Obama as being inexperienced on national security, and the Illinois senator answered back.

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Clinton takes lead over Obama in Gallup poll

March 20, 2008

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has moved into a significant lead over Barack Obama for the first time in weeks in the race for the party nomination, according to a Gallup poll.

The March 14-18 national survey of 1,209 Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters gave Clinton, a New York senator, a 49 percent to 42 percent edge over Obama, an Illinois senator. The poll has an error margin of 3 percentage points.

Gallup said it was the first statistically significant lead for Clinton since a tracking poll conducted February 7-9, just after the Super Tuesday primaries.

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For Democrats, Increased Fears of a Long Fight

March 16, 2008
March 16, 2008
WASHINGTON — Lacking a clear route to the selection of a Democratic presidential nominee, the party’s uncommitted superdelegates say they are growing increasingly concerned about the risks of a prolonged fight between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, and perplexed about how to resolve the conflict.Interviews with dozens of undecided superdelegates — the elected officials and party leaders who could hold the balance of power for the nomination — found them uncertain about who, if anyone, would step in to fill a leadership vacuum and help guide the contest to a conclusion that would not weaken the Democratic ticket in the general election.

While many superdelegates said they intended to keep their options open as the race continued to play out over the next three months, the interviews suggested that the playing field was tilting slightly toward Mr. Obama in one potentially vital respect. Many of them said that in deciding whom to support, they would adopt what Mr. Obama’s campaign has advocated as the essential principle: reflecting the will of the voters.

Mr. Obama has won more states, a greater share of the popular vote and more pledged delegates than Mrs. Clinton.

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Democrats Fret Over Warring Words

March 14, 2008

By Jill Lawrence and Kathy Kiely
USA Today

(March 14) – Democrats are increasingly worried about their chances for victory in November after a series of attacks by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on rival Sen. Barack Obama’s leadership, credibility, readiness as commander in chief and, now, his ability to win the White House.


Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton

The latest twist came Thursday on a conference call with reporters about Pennsylvania, where polls give Clinton a double-digit lead. Chief Clinton strategist and pollster Mark Penn said the April 22 primary will show that “Hillary is ready to win and that Sen. Obama really can’t win the general election.”

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Strippers Are People Too

March 5, 2008

I have known my share of strippers (whatever that means) in my time and my assessment is that strippers are people too.  Often times, it seems to me, strippers are no better and no worse that a lot of the permanently clothed population.

I make this observation, with more than a little of what the Brits call “cheeky humor.”  This because the American media has now revealed that “American Idol” singing sensation David Hernandez is a former male stripper — complete with lap dances for men and women.

This last fact, it seems to me, is particularly grating to a segment of the U.S. population such as Christian Conservatives.  While you might find some of these folks sneaking into a “girls entertaining guys” strip club, they wouldn’t (normally) be caught dead in a “guys entertaining everyone” strip club.

Despite a quiet controversy, “American Idol” producers say Mr. Hernandez can stay in the competition despite his past as a stripper.

According to the Associated Press, executive producer Ken Warwick said, “We’ve had strippers on the show before. We’re never judgmental about people who do things like that.  If it were some sort of heavy porn, then maybe we’d have to take action. But certainly not on this.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post sent reporter Jose Antonio Vargas to a place called Gun Barrel City, Texas to get a story on gay men who support Hillary Clinton.

I assume “Gun Barrel” was named a long time ago and has something to do with firearms, but who knows?

Mr. Vargas writes in today’s editions, “She’s been picked on, ridiculed, bullied. Those haircuts, that laugh, the clothes. Oh, and Monica. But she never gives up. She’s got good policy positions. She bullies when she needs to. She’s ‘a diva.'”

“And that about sums up why gays — not all, of course, but many — are such ardent, longtime and downright defensive backers of Sen. Hillary Clinton.”

“This historic primary race has turned the American electorate into a demographic pizza pie. Alongside white women and Hispanics, blue-collar folks and Catholics who currently form Clinton’s core constituency, count gays and lesbians, too.”

So putting together a winning coalition of voters has gotten a lot tougher in America since say about 1960.

I’ll just say this about that: strippers are people too.

Super Tuesday Is Now Rolling

February 5, 2008

Huchabee Wins West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Mike Huckabee won the first contest declared on Super Tuesday, picking up all 18 national delegates awarded at West Virginia‘s state GOP convention.

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Obama vs. Clinton Unlikely to be Decided Today

By Ariel Sabar 
The Christian Science Monitor
February 5, 2008

Washington – A nail-biter of a fight for the Democratic presidential nomination enters its biggest day Tuesday, with voters in 22 states and American Samoa casting ballots in a historymaking race.

 Polls released over the weekend show Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, long the national Democratic front-runner, losing ground. In just the past few days, Sen. Barack Obama has pulled even in key states long seen as Clinton country, among them California, New Jersey, and Missouri.Read the rest:

Super Tuesday: Looking Toward the White House

February 5, 2008

(AP) — Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton fought for a breakout in their eyeball-to-eyeball Democratic duel while Republican John McCain hoped to bury his rival’s presidential hopes in a blur of voting Tuesday from Alaska to the Atlantic.

US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks at ...

Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) ... An enormous cache of delegates was at stake — not enough to clinch a nomination but plenty enough to mint a runaway favorite, or even two.

The days of retail politicking in rustic diners was a distant memory, although just weeks old. Sens. Clinton and Obama each poured more than $1 million a day into TV ads in the last week alone; Clinton buying an hour on the Hallmark Channel for a town hall meeting on Monday night, Obama seeing some $250,000 disappear in 30 seconds in his Super Bowl ad a day earlier.

Democratic Presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) ...
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor ...

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Republican presidential hopeful former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee ... 


From USA Today

By Michael Medved

The only safe prediction about campaign 2008 is that no prediction is safe.

Experts once assumed, for instance, that today’s “Tsunami Tuesday” primaries and caucuses would settle the nomination struggles in both parties. It’s now obvious, however, that hand-to-hand combat over delegates could continue for weeks, if not months, at least among the Democrats.

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Obama Giving Clinton a Race in New York

January 13, 2008
“The expectation is that Hillary should win in New York,” said Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV of Harlem, an Obama supporter.
“As you know, expectations don’t always translate into votes, and so we’re going to fight in New York.”
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Clintons Move to Tamp Down Criticism From Blacks

McCain: The Man Who Won’t Go Away

January 9, 2008

By Ruth Marcus
The Washington Post 
Wednesday, January 9, 2008; Page A15

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Standing alone in the fluorescent-lit shabbiness of American Legion Post 29, ringed by an audience of veterans sitting on metal folding chairs, John McCain was arguing that he was still relevant.

McCain’s victory further scrambles the Republican primary.On Monday I asked McCain about that painful weekend. The senator was once again comfortably ensconced on his campaign bus, once again ringed by reporters clamoring for the chance to experience McCain unscripted….Read the rest:

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Clinton, McCain in “Masterful Upsets”!

January 9, 2008
January 8, 2008 (Late Editions)
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton won the New Hampshire Democratic primary in a surprising show of strength after losing the Iowa caucuses to Senator Barack Obama last week. Senator John McCain prevailed meanwhile on the Republican side, breathing life into a campaign that had been given up for dead just months ago and scrambling a race that now has no clear front-runner.
Supporters cheer as Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., as she takes the stage in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, after her Democratic primary win in the state.
AP Photo/Jim Cole

“Now it’s a one-on-one race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama,” said Terry McAuliffe, Mrs. Clinton campaign manager. He said that Mr. Obama came out of Iowa with momentum but Mrs. Clinton turned it around with her debate performance Saturday night and what he called a humanizing moment on the campaign trail on Monday.Mr. Obama conceded the race to Mrs. Clinton, congratulating her on a “hard-fought victory.”

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