February 15th, 2008
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 15, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

The Columbus Dispatch: Clinton At OSU: "The People Of Ohio Get Me."
Sen. Hillary Clinton last night said she does not view Ohio as a must-win firewall to keep Sen. Barack Obama from winning the Democratic presidential nomination.

WSJ: McCain-Obama Race Could Redraw Electoral Map
Barack Obama's success in rallying African-Americans and John McCain's difficulty with conservative evangelicals raise an intriguing question: Would a general election between the two put additional states - particularly in the South - into play?

Washington Post: Romney Releases His Delegates, Backs McCain
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney made a Valentine's Day endorsement of Sen. John McCain on Thursday, ending a bitter, year-long rivalry and handing over almost enough delegates to guarantee McCain the Republican presidential nomination.

Washington Post: Clinton Camp May Regret Largely Turning Its Back on Caucus States
Among the costliest decisions Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign has made this year was to largely cede caucus states to Barack Obama. It is one that, in retrospect, baffles Democratic strategists and, even more so, the operatives on Obama's team.

NY Times: Large Union Backs Obama; Another Is Likely to Do Same
Giving Senator Barack Obama new momentum, one of the nation’s largest labor unions, the United Food and Commercial Workers, endorsed him on Thursday. Another giant, the Service Employees International Union, was on the brink of backing him.

USA Today: Dems Stumped Figuring Fla., Mich. Into Delegate Equation
In the fight for the Democratic presidential nomination, the votes in Florida and Michigan didn't count when residents in those states went to the polls in January. But now Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are locked in a fierce battle for every possible convention delegate, prompting talk of a showdown at this summer's national convention and raising the specter of a divided party going into the November election.

NY Times: Warring on McCain, Limbaugh Sees No Reconciliation
Rush Limbaugh took his show on the road this week, forsaking his main broadcast studio in Palm Beach, Fla., for one in Midtown Manhattan. But the change of scenery did nothing to dampen the Republican-on-Republican smackdown he has been waging from afar against Senator John McCain, the party’s likely presidential nominee, whom Mr. Limbaugh considers too moderate.

WSJ: Clinton Seeks to Regroup in Ad Wars
In recent weeks Barack Obama’s team has used its growing financial advantage to hit the airwaves in new states faster and more broadly than Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Now the Clinton operation is attempting to shift the momentum, unleashing its first negative spot this week. But the fight ahead, which could rival advertising expenditures in the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, could test the campaign's limited finances.

Washington Post: Clinton, Obama Offer Similar Economic Visions
Hillary Rodham Clinton slammed Barack Obama during an appearance at a General Motors plant in Ohio on Thursday for what she charged was a lack of a record of achievement on the economy. But as both Democratic presidential candidates announced comprehensive economic plans this week, they advocated similar visions for what has become the single biggest issue for voters in the 2008 campaign.


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