February 18th, 2008
05:51 AM ET
6 years ago

Scenes from the trail: Africans for Obama

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President Bush is visiting Africa this week, but he can't escape the campaign to succeed him. CNN's Erika Dimmler took this photograph from the president's motorcade in Tanzania.

February 18th, 2008
05:50 AM ET
6 years ago

Chelsea Clinton stumps in Hawaii

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Chelsea Clinton campaigns for her mother in Hawaii. (Photo Credit: Bethany Swain/CNN)

WAILUKU, Maui, Hawaii (CNN) - Chelsea Clinton greeted more than a hundred people Sunday afternoon in Wailuku, a city on the Hawaiian island of Maui. From the moment she arrived at the rally, attendees welcomed Clinton with leis and hugs.

A local cheerleading squad performed a routine they choreographed just for Clinton's visit to the island. After a group of local girls danced a hula, Clinton was invited to try the local tradition. After some encouragement from the crowd, a reluctant Clinton went to the very back of the stage and joined in, along with other local Democratic leaders. She was still wearing her dark high heels.

Later, the Stanford graduate thanked the crowd for its support of her mother's presidential campaign and encouraged them to particpate in Tuesday's caucus. She vowed to practice her hula skills before returning to Hawaii.

After the rally, the 28-year-old spoke with attendees and posed for pictures.

Related video: Aloha! Hawaii's in play.

–CNN Photojournalist Bethany Swain


Filed under: Chelsea Clinton • Hawaii
February 18th, 2008
05:49 AM ET
6 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, February 18, 2008

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Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

USA Today: Clinton Campaign Accuses Obama Of 'Flip-Flop'
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign hammered rival Barack Obama on Sunday for refusing to reaffirm his commitment to accept public financing in the general election, a development a top aide criticized as "a pretty big flip-flop" and an opening for Republican attack.

Washington Post: McCain Says No New Taxes
Republican John McCain says there will be no new taxes during his administration if he is elected president.

Washington Post: System Worries Clinton Backers
Supporters of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are worried that convoluted delegate rules in Texas could water down the impact of strong support for her among Hispanic voters there, creating a new obstacle for her in the must-win presidential primary contest.

NY Times: For McCain, a Choice on a Role for Bush
Senator John McCain’s campaign advisers will ask the White House to deploy President Bush for major Republican fund-raising, but they do not want the president to appear too often at his side, top aides to Mr. McCain said Sunday.

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February 18th, 2008
05:46 AM ET
6 years ago

ON THE TRAIL: Monday, February 18, 2008

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 On The Trail:

* Hillary Clinton attends a town hall at St. Norbert University, in De Pere, Wisconsin, and a rally in Madison, Wisconsin before heading to Ohio.

* Mike Huckabee is in Wisconsin where he greets diners at Hudson Bagel & Coffee Co. in Hudson, and attends rallies in Eau Claire, and Appleton.

* John McCain and former President George H.W. Bush hold a press conference in Houston.

* Barack Obama attends rallies at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio and at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin.


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February 18th, 2008
03:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Edwards and Obama meet

Edwards and Obama before the Des Moines Register debate in December.
Edwards and Obama before the Des Moines Register debate in December.

CNN's Candy Crowley reports that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards met with Barack Obama today at Edwards' home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hillary Clinton also met with Edwards at his home recently.

Both Obama and Clinton are seeking the endorsement of the former North Carolina senator.

Just over one week ago, Edwards met with several of his longtime advisers for a Saturday night session during which they discussed many issues, including which candidate he should endorse.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirmed the meeting with Edwards on Sunday. "Sen. Obama visited this morning with John and Elizabeth Edwards at their home in Chapel Hill to discuss the state of the campaign and the pressing issues facing American families," said Burton.


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