WASHINGTON (CNN) - Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres made a surprise appearance by video uplink at a Hillary Clinton rally on Monday evening, energizing the young audience and tossing Clinton a few inside-the-beltway questions she might get on a Sunday morning talk show.
Clinton took several questions from DeGeneres, who led off by jokingly asking Clinton if she would consider banning glitter. Then the comedian put on a straight face and turned to the presidential horserace.
“As we all know,” Degeneres noted, “Obama has now won 11 states in a row. What needs to happen to change the momentum?”
Clinton was ready with an answer about her now well-known comeback plan, but she accidentally swapped out one state for another that must also be on her brain: “Well, we’re going to win Ohio and Michigan!”
After ten seconds of applause and smiles, she let the crowd know that her strategy hadn’t taken a suddenly bizarre turn.
“Wait a minute, Ohio and Texas,” she shouted. “We already won Michigan."
Degeneres also asked Clinton if she is “being given a harder time” because she is a woman (the question got a loud cheer from the mostly female audience at George Washington University).
“I think that it's my opportunity to make my case the best I can,” Clinton said with a smile, while offering a standard line that she is up to whatever challenges the White House may hold.
Clinton was introduced at the event, a “low dollar fundraiser," by Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who told the college students that “we won’t need to win in Pennsylvania” in April if Clinton pulls off victories in Ohio and Texas next week.
Rendell attempted to contradict the prevailing wisdom that Barack Obama has a lock on the youth vote. He told the crowd that “the young people of America don’t belong to any one candidate."
(CNN)—President Bush told Republican governors meeting in Washington Monday he is confident the GOP will keep the White House this year – and also predicted the party would retake the House and Senate.
“Our ideas are those embraced by the American people,” Bush told attendees at the Republican Governors Association dinner in Washington, citing a strong national defense, lower taxes and less government interaction.
He also said that, despite opinion polls that show a majority of Americans oppose the Iraq war, the public would understand that the conflict was essential to national security. “We will elect someone in the White House who will keep up the fight to make sure Iraq is secure and free,” said Bush.
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NY Times: Obama’s Support Grows Broader, New Poll Finds
In the past two months, Senator Barack Obama has built a commanding coalition among Democratic voters, with especially strong support among men, and is now viewed by most Democrats as the candidate best able to beat Senator John McCain in the general election, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.
NY Times: McCain Says Prospects May Hinge on Iraq
Senator John McCain said Monday that he needed to convince the American people that the troop escalation in Iraq was working and that American casualties there would continue to decline. If he did not, he said, “I lose” the election.
Washington Times: Military Fears 'Unknown Quantity'
Members of Washington's military and defense establishment are expressing trepidation about Sen. Barack Obama, as the Illinois senator comes closer to winning the Democratic presidential nomination and leads in national polls to become commander in chief.
Columbus Dispatch: NAFTA At Center Of Ohio Campaign
Barack Obama continued yesterday to hammer Hillary Clinton in Ohio over the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying Clinton is trying to distance herself from the trade deal despite what he called essentially presenting herself as "co-president" with her husband in the 1990s.
USA Today: Nader's Candidacy Rankles Democrats
Ralph Nader is back, and the consumer advocate says he's no spoiler.
"The two parties have spoiled our country," said Nader, who has launched another White House bid. "They're the real spoilers." Some Democrats beg to differ, saying Nader won just enough votes in 2000 to deny Al Gore the presidency though they don't think he will affect this election, given his poor showing in 2004.
Compiled by Jonathan Helman, CNN Washington Bureau
Tonight, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama face off at The Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio at an NBC sponsored debate from 9 to 10:30p.m. ET.
*Hillary Clinton hosts a town hall meeting in Lorain, Ohio before participating in the NBC Democratic Debate.
*Mike Huckabee is in Ohio. He holds a media availability in Cleveland, attends a rally and hosts a media availability in Columbus, and attends a rally in Mason.
*John McCain attends a rally and holds a media availability in Cinncinnatti, Ohio. Later, he attends a town hall meeting in West Chester, Ohio.
*Barack Obama holds a media availability in Cleveland, Ohio before participating in the NBC Democratic Debate.
(CNN) - As the voting in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island approaches, things are heating up between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley reports on the latest back-and-forth between the two remaining Democrats vying for their party's nod.
Republican front runner John McCain continues his march to collect enough delegates to officially garner the GOP's nomination. Dana Bash reports on McCain's latest comments about the Iraq war.
Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider reports on a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of likely primary voters in Texas.
Finally, Brian Todd keeps them honest and does a fact check of claims by Clinton and Obama on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
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