February 22nd, 2008
07:30 AM ET
10 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, February 22, 2008


Compiled by Jonathan Helman
CNN Washington Bureau

CNN: Analysis: Clinton Likely Didn't Slow Obama's Momentum
It was one of Hillary Clinton's last chances to knock rival Barack Obama - seemingly on a path to the Democratic nomination - off course. But throughout the CNN/Univision debate in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, the New York senator struck a cautious and at times conciliatory tone toward Obama, and likely did little to blunt the momentum of a candidate who has won 11 straight contests.

Washington Post: Obama-Clinton Debate Starts Warm, Heats Up
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama disagreed sharply on how to achieve universal health care, debated about which of them is most ready to serve as commander in chief and argued over who can best change the country as they appealed for support Thursday ahead of showdown primaries in Texas and Ohio.

NY Times: McCain Denies Aides’ Statements About Lobbyist
Senator John McCain on Thursday disputed an account in The New York Times that top advisers confronted him during his first presidential run with concerns about his ties to a female lobbyist.

WSJ: Obama Wins 65% of Democrats Abroad
Illinois Sen. Barack Obama won the Democrats Abroad global primary in results announced yesterday, giving him 11 straight victories in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Washington Times: Superdelegates asked to stall choice
Democratic officials backing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton are urging uncommitted superdelegates to wait until after the Texas and Ohio primaries, on March 4, before deciding who they will support at the presidential nominating convention in August.

Washington Post: Clinton Has Edge in Ohio; Race in Texas Deadlocked
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, facing a pair of big Democratic primary tests on March 4 that could determine the fate of her presidential candidacy, is deadlocked with Sen. Barack Obama here in Texas and holds a slender lead over him in Ohio, according to two new Washington Post-ABC News polls.

WSJ: Voting Changes May Snarl Tallies in Big Ohio County
Ohio's March 4 primary could be do-or-die for New York Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential ambitions. Here is the catch: Cuyahoga County, where she hopes to cement a victory, has just changed the way it casts, collects and counts its votes, potentially clouding any win.

Washington Post: FEC Warns McCain on Campaign Spending
The nation's top federal election official told Sen. John McCain yesterday that he cannot immediately withdraw from the presidential public financing system as he had requested, a decision that threatens to dramatically restrict his spending until the general election campaign begins in the fall.

NY Times: Spending by Clinton Campaign Worries Supporters
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s latest campaign finance report, published Wednesday night, appeared even to her most stalwart supporters and donors to be a road map of her political and management failings. Several of them, echoing political analysts, expressed concerns that Mrs. Clinton’s spending priorities amounted to costly errors in judgment that have hamstrung her competitiveness against Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

Washington Post: The Anti-Lobbyist, Advised by Lobbyists
For years, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has railed against lobbyists and the influence of "special interests" in Washington, touting on his campaign Web site his fight against "the 'revolving door' by which lawmakers and other influential officials leave their posts and become lobbyists for the special interests they have aided." But when McCain huddled with his closest advisers at his rustic Arizona cabin last weekend to map out his presidential campaign, virtually every one was part of the Washington lobbying culture he has long decried.

WSJ: Clinton Looks to Regain Support Obama Eroded
Sen. Hillary Clinton and her allies are fighting to win back women and working-class voters - groups that she could once depend on but which have drifted to Sen. Barack Obama. With less than two weeks until Texas and Ohio hold primary contests, the Clinton campaign is spending millions of dollars in an on-the-ground effort to court these voters in both states and Pennsylvania, which holds its primary April 22.

WSJ: Got Your Superdelegates Added Up? Count Again
Liberal groups and bloggers have been sounding alarms that Democratic Party insiders - the so-called superdelegates - could tip the presidential nomination to Sen. Hillary Clinton behind closed doors. MoveOn.org and Democracy for America are advertising and even raising money on the issue. "Will party insiders overturn your vote?" DFA asks recipients. But the superdelegates aren't party bosses of old, and they are as split as the voters have been.

Washington Post: Cindy McCain: A Quiet Strength
Cindy McCain is tougher this time around, though it's hard to imagine her otherwise. She is impeccable - that ever-present smile, the ever-present pearls, the folded hands and elegant suits, the very proper look she said she got from her "very proper" mother.

Filed under: Political Hot Topics
soundoff (No Responses)

Comments are closed.