January 28th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, January 28, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

Washington Post: Hard Choices on the Path to Feb. 5
None of the four remaining major candidates for the Republican nomination has the time to compete in every state that will vote on Super Tuesday. Instead, they will be immersed in the process of picking and choosing, employing divergent strategies aimed at winning the most states and delegates.

NY Times: Kennedy Chooses Obama, Spurning Bill Clinton Plea
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, rejecting entreaties from the Clintons and their supporters, is set to endorse Senator Barack Obama’s presidential bid on Monday as part of an effort to lend Kennedy charisma and connections before the 22-state Feb. 5 showdown for the Democratic nomination.

USA Today: Rudy: Demise Rumors Are 'Premature'
Rudy Giuliani has a message for those who doubt his floundering presidential campaign can survive. "The rumors of my demise are premature," Giuliani told USA TODAY, paraphrasing Mark Twain's famous line.

WSJ: Strategizing for Super Tuesday
For weeks, presidential candidates have waged battle one state at a time. But now the race enters a new phase, with candidates delving into the complex coast-to-coast contest known as Super Tuesday, and tough decisions are being made about where and how to compete.

Washington Post: Md., Va., D.C. Seek Strength in Numbers After Super Tuesday
This year, for the first time, the District, Maryland and Virginia hope to accomplish collectively what they have been unable to separately: become players in the selection of Democratic and Republican nominees. On Feb. 12, 1.5 million to 2 million voters could turn out to award 358 delegates (239 Democratic and 119 Republican) to candidates in what amounts to the Potomac Primary.

WSJ: Obama Gains, But Still Lags In Big States
Barack Obama's overwhelming weekend victory in South Carolina's Democratic primary gives him new momentum in the run-up to the near-national nominating contest a week from tomorrow, known as Super Tuesday. But Mr. Obama heads into the 22-state showdown as the underdog. The Illinois senator trails Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York by large margins in polls in most of the big states voting Feb. 5. And he lacks the time or resources to campaign intensively in many of those far-flung races to close the gaps.

Washington Post: Top Candidates' Teams Look to the Lawyers
As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination raged on in South Carolina and across the country this weekend, America's top trial lawyers became the focal point of a different aspect of the campaign at a seaside resort in Puerto Rico.

NY Times: In Florida, Rivals Focus on Economy and Security
Mitt Romney and Senator John McCain continued their tug-of-war Sunday over what should be the top concern of voters in the Florida Republican primary on Tuesday — the economy or national security.

Washington Times: McCain Sees Attrition As Way To Ease Illegal Entries
Sen. John McCain now is embracing a version of the attrition strategy to fight illegal immigration, saying his version of a guest-worker plan would actually force many illegal aliens to leave the country over the next couple of years.

Washington Post: At Home, Clinton's Not Quite a Local
Some places go out of their way to celebrate their hometown presidential candidates, but not Chappaqua, NY. The 9,000 or so residents revel in their spacious houses and their easy commutes to Manhattan and their public high school that sends 99 percent of its graduates on to four-year colleges. They don't need Hillary Clinton.

NY Times: After Obama Victory, Clinton’s Camp Seeks Gentler Role for Ex-President
Democrats inside and outside the Clinton campaign on Sunday debated and in some cases bemoaned the degree to which former President Bill Clinton’s criticism of Senator Barack Obama last week had inflicted lasting damage on his wife’s presidential candidacy.

Boston Globe: Romney Sheds His Suit, Focuses On Castro
Mitt Romney showed up yesterday at a youth center named for the powerful Cuban-American activist Jorge Mas Canosa. But he was not wearing his usual Boston businessman's uniform of French-cuff shirt and silk tie. Romney was wearing an open-necked ivory-white guayabera, the traditional Cuban men's shirt.

NY Times: McCain, Long a G.O.P. Maverick, Is Gaining Mainstream Support
Is John McCain, the maverick flyboy of the Republican Party, becoming the candidate of the Republican establishment?

Washington Times: Giuliani Falls Far Behind In Florida
Florida now appears to be a two-way race between Mitt Romney and Sen. John McCain, as two new polls show Rudolph W. Giuliani losing support after skipping six straight presidential-nomination contests.

NY Times: Races Entering Complex Phase Over Delegates
The presidential campaign is entering a new phase as Democratic and Republican candidates move beyond state-by-state competition and into a potentially protracted scramble for delegates Congressional district by Congressional district.

NY Times: Real Estate Troubles Are Weighing on Florida Voters’ Minds as Primary Nears
As Florida prepares for its presidential primary on Tuesday, one issue appears to sew together its disparate parts: the real estate crisis.


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